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‘Dinner At Eight’ Headlines Wexford Festival Opera 2018 Season
The Wexford Festival has announced its 2018 season, which will run for a few weeks in October. This season will feature a number of operas, both rare and well-known, that should interest all sorts of audiences. The season kicks off on Oct. 19 with the double bill of “Mala Vita” by Giordano and “L’Oracolo” by Leoni. The work will be conducted by Francesco Cilluffo, with direction by Rodula Gaitanou. Performances:…
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Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Season: Here Is All the Information For This Season’s Live in HD Performances
Every year, Metropolitan Opera audiences get pumped for a few things. But not many carry as much excitement as the Live in HD series. Every year the Met chooses a handful (or two) performances to showcase around the globe on the silver screen. Those are usually high profile presentations of new productions with opera's greatest stars. And as you might expect, this year is no different. So without further ado,…
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Virginia Opera 2017-18 Review – La Fanciulla Del West: Baritone Mark Walters Leads Promising Cast in Triumphant Interpretation of Puccini Classic
A wise man of opera once said in my hearing, testifying to the enduring emotional impact of Puccini: “When I no longer cry at ‘Boheme,’ I quit.” The same should be said of “La Fanciulla del West,” from “Ch’ella mi creda” to the end - and so it is with Lillian Groag’s production that opened on Nov. 10 at the Virginia Opera in Norfolk, with performances to come through Dec.…
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New York City Opera 2017-18 Review – La Fanciulla Del West: Kristin Sampson & Jonathan Burton Lead Stellar Cast In Exciting Revival
The production of "La Fanciulla del West" that has landed in the somewhat unlikely venue called Jazz at Lincoln Centre -- but really is the Rose Theater at the Time Warner Centre – would be notable for a number of reasons. It signals the opening of the second season of the reborn New York City Opera. Great news for someone like me who attended decades of amazing operas at NYCO’s…
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New York City Opera Announces ‘La Fanciulla del West’ Cast
The New York City Opera has announced the cast for "La Fanciulla del West," which is slated to open the 2017-18 season. Kristin Sampson returns to the company after an acclaimed run in "La Campana Sommersa" and takes on the title role in Puccini's masterpiece. This season she will also take on the role Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Teatro Goldoni Livorno, and Teatro Verdi in Pisa. Jonathan Burton takes on…
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On This Day: Marcelo Giordani’s Essential Recordings As the Tenor Turns 54
For decades Marcello Giordani was a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera, taking on many of the classics of the operatic canon as well as some lesser known works. He made his debut in 1993 as Rodolfo in “La Bohème” and has gone on to sing over 200 performances. The tenor, who is celebrating his 54th birthday on Jan. 25, also had an extensive discography that featured many DVD’s and CD’s.…
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On This Day – Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Puccini’s ‘Tosca’
Puccini’s “Tosca” had its debut on Jan. 14, 1900. Since then it has been an instant classic, one of the staples of the operatic repertoire. All of the world’s greatest sopranos have taken their respective cracks at the role with Maria Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Leontyne Price and Eva Marton among some of the many popular exponents of the role. And yet for all of its popularity, there are some interesting…
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One Essential Recording of Every Puccini Opera
Thursday December 22 is the 158th birthday of one of the greatest opera composers of all time – Giacomo Puccini. The Italian composer is best known for his brilliant melodic invention and his operatic output, while relatively small when compared with the likes of Italian predecessors such as Verdi, Rossini or Donizetti, is among the most popular in the entire canon. Puccini composed a total of 10 operas (though the…