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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (5/4-6): Rossini, Thomas Ades & Boito On Display
This weekend is filled with a number of rarities and modern masterpieces all around the world. We look at what we think audiences can discover for the first time and rising stars performing these roles. La Donna del Lago, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege, Belgium  Salome Jicia takes on the title role in Rossini's rarely performed drama with Marianna Pizzolato and Maxim Mironov in the lead roles. The cast will…
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Juan Diego Flórez, Anna Netrebko & Nina Stemme To Be Featured In Vienna State Opera’s 2018-19 Season
The Vienna State Opera has announced the 2018-19 season, which is incidentally the company’s 150-anniversary year.  The season will include six new productions, including a world premiere production. Here is a breakdown of what’s to come. New Productions (In Order of Opening) Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” will be the first new production, starting on Oct. 14, 2018. David McVicar directs while Alain Altinoglu conducts an ensemble that includes Brandon Jovanovich, Adam…
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Pretty Yende, Diana Damrau & Russell Thomas Headline Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2018-19 Season
The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2018-19 season featuring seven new productions and numerous revivals. The season will also include some of today's biggest stars as well numerous ensemble members. Here is a look! New Productions  Johan Reuter takes on the title role in Berg's "Wozzeck" in a new production by Ole Anders Tanberg's new production. Elena Zhidkova takes on the role of Marie while Burkhard Ulrich is Hauptmann.…
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Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais & Ramón Vargas Highlight Hamburg State Opera’s 2018-19 Season
The Hamburg State Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring a number of international singers and six new productions. Here is a look at what's in store for operalovers. New Productions  The Hamburg State Opera's first new production of the season will be "Così fan tutte" with Maria Bengtsson, Stephanie Lauricella, Kartal Karagedik, Dovlet Nurgeldiyev, Oleksiy Palchykov, Sylvia Schwartz, and Pietro Spagnoli. Herbert Fritsch directs the new production, which is…
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Anna Netrebko, Edita Gruberova, Vittorio Grigolo, & Puccini Among Highlights of Hungarian State Opera’s 2018-19 Season
The Hungarian State Opera has announced its 2018-19 season which is slated to includes a whopping 60 repertoire pieces and 16 premieres. The company has stated that the main theme of the season is taking audiences to Puccini’s Italy.  There are also a series of concerts with some of opera’s biggest stars. Let’s break it down. Premieres (in order of performance dates)  Orf’s “Carmina Burana” gets a series of concert…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (3/23-25): Anja Harteros & Joseph Calleja Headline New Productions
Let the Holiday season begin as many of the world's festivals begin their Easter celebrations. Here is a breakdown of the performances you should see this weekend. Tosca - Salzburg East Festival, Austria  The Easter Festival begins in Salzburg with a new production of "Tosca" starring the extraordinary Anja Harteros alongside Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ludovic Tézier. Christian Thielemann conducts the new production, which will be directed by Michael Sturminger. The production opens…
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Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Kampe & Anja Harteros Headline Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2018-19 Season
The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include eight new productions and a number of revival productions. The season will also include a number of concert performances as well as recitals in the company's summer festival. Here is a look at all the operatic events. New Productions  Amélie Niermeyer directs a new production of Verdi's "Otello" with music director Kirill Petrenko conducting. Jonas Kaufmann stars in…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: How Joseph Calleja’s Caruso Moment Colors The Entire Theme of ‘The Immigrant’
“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment we will take a look at James Grey’s ode to opera, “The Immigrant.” To…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Live Cinema Preview: Calleja, Pieczonka Star in Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
The Royal Opera House will present Puccini’s “Tosca” live in cinemas on Feb. 7, 2018. The performance will be broadcast around the world and stars Adrianne Pieczonka in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Mario Cavaradossi, and Gerald Finley as the villainous Scarpia. Regarding the showcase, OperaWire praised the production by Jonathan Kent noting, “It’s humorous to think that many operagoers sigh when learning that another old production will be…
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CD / DVD Releases – Week of January 29: Sonya Yoncheva & Joseph Calleja Pay Homage To Verdi
This week, two of the most celebrated artists of our time pay homage to Verdi. Both singers, now in their primes put two distinguished programs together that showcase new repertoire and a new facet of their careers. Verdi  Sonya Yoncheva records her third solo album for Sony featuring a delightful selection of Verdi's most popular and uncommon arias. The album showcases arias from "Otello," "Luisa Miller," "Stiffelio," "La Forza del…