La Favorite

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Gran Teatro del Liceu 2017-18 Review(s) – La Favorite
Apart from the onslaught of syphilis, 1840 was a good year for Gaetano Donizetti. He become the first composer to have three operas (“La Fille du Régiment”, “Lucrezia Borgia,” and “La Favorite”) debut in three different theaters in Paris within a period of less than 12 months. The last of the trifecta was written specifically for Rosine Stolz (née Victoire Noël) who apart from being a celebrated mezzo, was also the…
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Artist Of Week: Stephen Costello
Stephen Costello has long been one of the leading lyric tenors of his generation. His vocal beauty and stage presence have brought great acclaim and his vast repertoire has also shown his virtuosic power. This week Costello makes a major house debut, as well as a big role debut that will once again show the diversity that Costello has to offer. A winner of the Richard Tucker award, the tenor…
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OperaVision 2017-18 Preview: ‘La Favorite’ Arrives from Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Donizetti’s “La Favorite” arrives on OperaVision to close out the month of March. The production from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino arrives on April 26, 2018 in a production conducted by Fabio Luisi. Veronica Simeoni stars as Leonor with Celso Albelo as Fernand. Mattia Olivieri will play Alphone XI with Francesca Longari as Ines. The stream kicks off at 7 p.m. local time. That’s around 2 p.m. EDT and 11 a.m.…
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“La Favorita” Slated For New York Performance
The New Amsterdam Opera has announced that it will present Donizetti's "La Favorita." The company will perform the work in Italian on June 2, 2018 in the Upper West Side. The company is currently looking to cast all roles including the lead of Leonore, which is considered one of the most demanding roles in the mezzo repertoire. It is also a work that is rarely performed on the New York…
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La Favorite DVD Review: Elina Garanca And Matthew Polenzani Are Outstanding In This Deutsche Grammophon Release
Last year the Bayerische Staatsoper opened a new production of Donizetti's beloved French work "La Favorite." It was specifically created for Elīna Garanča, who was making her staged role debut after having impressed in the work in a concert performance at the Salzburg Festival alongside Juan Diego Flórez. This time around the company brought along two of her frequent collaborators, Mariusz Kwiecien and Matthew Polenzani, and the results were outstanding if not…
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Elina Garanca’s ‘La Favorite’ Arrives on DVD
Donizetti's "La Favorite" has been announced for release on Deutsche Grammophon. The recording comes from the Bayerische Staatsoper and stars Elina Garanca, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Matthew Polenzani. Staged by Amelie Niermeyer, the production debuted earlier this fall and received rave reviews. Critics said, "Elīna Garanča as the nominal protagonist of the opera carried out her role driving the whole ensemble and keeping the storyline together." The opera marked the second production…
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Javier Camarena, Plácido Domingo & ‘Dead Man Walking’ Among Highlights of Teatro Real’s 2017-18 Season
The Teatro Real has finally announced its 2017-18 season, later than most other organizations. But the company has packed quite a punch for its upcoming showcase, with 13 operas on the docket. It all starts on Sept. 13 with Mozart’s rarely performed “Lucio Silla” directed by Claus Guth. The cast will be led by Patricia Petibon, who will sing five of the nine performances of the work. “Carmen” opens on…
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Teatro Liceu Announces 2017-18 Season With Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jonas Kaufmann in New Productions
The Barcelona-based Teatro Liceu held a press conference on Friday afternoon to showcase what it had in store for the 17-18 season and revealed a major surprise. Among its many entries, the company announced that Dmitri Hvorostovsky would be performing two operas next season including “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “The Demon.” The news comes as a huge surprise considering that the baritone recently stated that he would no longer…
High Notes Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season: 7 Operas That Need To Return To The Repertory
The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2017-18 season and with it there are two Met premieres and two notable revivals. "Luisa Miller" will have its first run in over a decade. Rossini's "Semiramide" will also be performed for the first time since 1993 while Msssenet's "Cendrillon" bows at the house for the first time ever. With some of these operas making rare appearances OperaWire takes a look at works that…