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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (6/15-17): Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo & Leo Nucci Headline
The World Cup is underway, but the opera companies don't seem to care all that much. Here is a look at what we think you have to see! Der Freischütz - Wiener Staatsoper, Austria  Camila Nylund, Daniela Fally, Alan Held, and Andreas Schager star in a new production of Weber's gem. The all-star cast is led by Tomáš Netopil at the podium. Macbeth - Berlin State Opera, Germany Anna Netrebko and…
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Leo Nucci, Stéphane Degout, Anna Pirozzi Among Major Stars At Opéra De Lyon’s 2018-19 Season
The Opéra de Lyon has recently announced its offerings for the 2018-19 season, which will feature staged productions, concerts, and the Opera Underground series. Here’s a look at what’s on offer for next season. Opera Boito’s “Mefistofele” opens the season with the company’s Music Director Daniele Rustioni leading the musical forces. Evgenia Muraveva takes on the two lead roles of Margherita and Elena with John Relyea as the title character…
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Jessica Pratt, Leo Nucci & Fabio Sartori Headline Palau De Les Arts 2018-19 Season
The Palau de les Arts has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring a number of operatic classics and rarely performed gems. In total, seven productions will be featured. Here is a look. Productions  The season opens with Puccini's "Turandot" starring Jennifer Wilson, Marco Berti, Miren Urbieta, and Abramo Rosalen, conducted by Alpesh Chauhan. Chen Kaige directs the production.  Performance Dates: Oct. 17-31, 2018 Graham Vick directs a production of Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" with…
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Ildar Abdrazakov, Plácido Domingo & Maria José Siri Lead Teatro Alla Scala’s 2018-19 Season
The Teatro alla Scala has announced its 2018-19 season featuring a number of new productions and operatic classics. The season will once again include a number of Italian operas continuing the theater's initiative to bring back Italian opera. Here is a look! Productions  The season opens with a new production of Verdi's "Attila" starring Ildar Abdrazakov. David Livermore directs the new production which also stars Saioa Hernandez, Fabio Sartori, and …
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Oper Graz 2018-19 Season To Feature Puccini, Rossini & Flotow
Oper Graz has announced its 2018-19 season with a number of rarely-performed operas and musicals. It will also include a number of operatic warhorses. Here is a look. Productions  The double bill "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "Pagliacci" opens the season with a distinguished cast that includes Aldo di Toro singing both lead roles, while Audun Iversen and Yngve Soberg share the roles of Alfio and Tonio. Ezgi Kutlu sings the role of…
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Artist Profile: Leo Nucci, The Rigoletto of 2 Centuries
Leo Nucci is one of the greatest baritones of the 20th century, dominating in the repertoire of Verdi, among other Italian operas. Born on April 16, 1942, he hails from Castiglione dei Pepoli  and made his debut in Spoleto as Figaro in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia.” A quick run through of his career yield the following dates as his major triumphs. He made his solo debut at La Scala…
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Adela Zaharia & Juan Jesús Rodríguez To Make LA Opera Debuts
The LA Opera has announced two major cast changes for its upcoming production of Rigoletto, scheduled to open on May 12. Baritone Leo Nucci, who had been scheduled to perform the title role on May 12, 16 and 19, opted out the performances as he is limiting his performances outside Europe. As a result, he will be replaced on those dates by Spanish baritone Juan Jesús Rodríguez, who is scheduled…
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Weekend Preview – International (11/3-5): Diana Damrau, Evelyn Herlitzius & Patrizia Ciofi Headlne Concerts
It's a rather quiet weekend for opera houses with many companies presenting ballet or concert series. Still, there are many favorites for opera fans! Austria "Katja Kabanova" highlights the Vienna State Opera starring Wolfgang Bankl, Herbert Lippert, Janina Baechle, Leonardo Navarro, Evelyn Herlitzius and Carlos Osuna. The company will also showcase "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Piero Pretti, Marco Caria, and Adrianne Pieczonka. Czech Republic  The Prague National Opera will present Donizetti's "Viva La mama"…
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Weekend Preview – International (10/27-29): Leo Nucci, Plácido Domingo & Jonas Kaufmann Highlight Weekend
The weekend is filled with many classics and some of the world's greatest stars as audiences will get to see legends like Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Yonghoon Lee, Jonas Kaufmann, and Valery Gergiev. Check out where these artists will be. Austria The Vienna State Opera kicks off its weekend with "Tosca" starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Yonghoon Lee, and Ambrogio Maestri. It will be followed by "Rusalka" with Dmytro Popov, Elena Zhidkova, Jongmin Park,…
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Danielle De Niese, Michael Fabiano, Jessica Pratt, Leo Nucci & Ferruccio Furlanetto Headline Opera Australia’s 2018 Season
Opera Australia has announced its 2018 season featuring a number of important debuts and some of the most prestigious singers in the world. Sydney Summer 2018 The summer season kicks off with Lehár's "The Merry Widow" featuring Danielle De Niese in her Opera Australia debut. The opera will be Conducted by Vanessa Scammell and directed by Graeme Murphy. Presented at the Joan Sutherland Theatre the opera will open on Dec.…