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Weekend Preview (3/10-12) – USA: Dallas, Minnesota, San Diego & Naples Audiences Get New Operas to See
Many opera companies get back in on the action this weekend from all around the country in one of the busier weekends of the season. The Dallas Opera makes its great return on Friday, March 10 with a production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Hui He stars in the leading role with Gianluca Terranova, Lucas Meachem and Manuela Custer rounding out the cast. Donato Renzetti conducts the Friday performance and another on…
DVD and CD Reviews In Review
‘Les Pêcheurs de Perles’ DVD Review: Damrau, Polenzani, Kwiecien Shine in Must-Buy Metropolitan Opera Production of Bizet’s Gem
For decades Bizet’s “Les Pêcheurs de Perles” was rarely ever performed anywhere. We would hear the famed “Friendship Duet” or get the occasional recording here and there, but seeing a staged performance was a thing of dreams. But now opera lovers can enjoy a live performance of Bizet’s often-ignored work from the comfort of their living rooms. Mind you, the Metropolitan Opera’s new DVD release is not the only one…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – La Traviata: Sonya Yoncheva Strong Vocally But Dramatically Amiss in Surprisingly Unfulfilling Rendition of Willy Decker’s Masterpiece Production
I preface this by stating that this review is for the performance on March 5, 2017. I would also like to recognize that this is just one performance of a seven-performance run. In an ideal situation, I would attend every performance and write a detailed review of the overall work. As it stands, I can only go on my perspective of one performance. Willy Decker’s “La Traviata” production is arguably…
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Breaking News: Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Met ‘Tosca;’ Grigolo to Replace Him
It has now been over three years since Jonas Kaufmann has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera. Fans were excited to see the tenor return next season for a hotly anticipated “Tosca,” but alas, the wait for his return to New York will continue after news broke out that he has canceled his appearances next season. The New York Times broke the news on Friday stating that the tenor’s management had messaged…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Werther: Brilliant Grigolo, Leonard & Powerful ‘Werther’ Production Will Leave You Emotionally Enriched & Exhausted
This review is for the performance on Feb. 20, 2017. Taking in the experience of Massenet’s “Werther” is a rather fascinating one. Not because the music is without a doubt the composer’s finest creation or because the Metropolitan Opera’s production is a dramatic home run (more on that later). It has to do with audience interaction and engagement. Who would think that an opera about limerence would draw up such…
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Jamie Barton To Sign Copies Of ‘All Who Wander’ At the Met Opera Shop
Fans will get a chance to meet mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton at the Metropolitan Opera Store on Feb 23 at 3 p.m. Barton will sign copies of her new album "All Who Wander," which includes music from Sibelius, Dvorak and Mahler. Upon release OperaWire said, "Barton’s voice is delicate throughout, a sound that the audiences are not accustomed to hearing in the opera house where her potent mezzo soprano exhilarates with its brilliance and forwardness.”…
DVD and CD Releases News
CD/DVD Releases -Week of Feb. 20: Diana Damrau Leads New Releases In Bizet
It isn't a particularly busy week in terms of releases, but there are some gems that people will undeniably want to check out. Here is a look at the French and German offerings you can find available for home release. Damrau in Bizet One of the major highlights of the Met Opera's 2015-16 season was Bizet's "Les Pêcheurs de Perles." Not only was the production by Penny Woolcock stunning, but…
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Editorial: Why We Must Heed Peter Gelb’s Warning & Demand Continued Government Support For the Arts
During this weekend’s broadcast of “I Puritani,” Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb was given the floor to talk about the company’s upcoming 2017-18 season, which was announced this past Wednesday. But instead of launching into his offerings, Gelb moved in a different direction, turning his attention toward the social-political challenges facing arts institutions. “I think it’s really important that people be aware of this: The possibility of losing the…
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Peter Gelb Cancels A Major New Production And Announces Two New Productions For The Metropolitan Opera In Future Seasons
The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled plans to stage Damiano Micheletto's version of Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila." According to the AP, Gelb said, “Michieletto is a very talented director, however, this production of ‘Samson’ just didn’t click with the Parisian public.” As a matter of fact the production was booed when opened last year at the Opera de Paris. Michieletto restructured the opera's narrative, subverting and inverting major elements in the…
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On This Day: 5 Essential Roles in Vittorio Grigolo’s Career
Vittorio Grigolo is one of the most acclaimed tenors of his generation and has already been hailed as the successor to Luciano Pavarotti, his greatest qualities including his rampant energy and charisma on stage. On Feb. 19 Grigolo celebrates his 40th birthday and as a result OperaWire takes a look at some his most acclaimed roles The Duke in "Rigoletto" Vittorio Grigolo has toured this Verdi masterpiece around the world. Most notably,…