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Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Racette & Anthony Roth Costanzo Headline Opera Philadelphia’s 2018-19 Season
Opera Philadelphia has announced its 2018-19 season. The season will see the company continue to shape the future of opera. The 2018-2019 season will kick off on September 20-30 with the festival’s second edition, O18, comprising five operatic happenings – two world premieres, two new productions, and a three-part cabaret event – at multiple venues across the city. The season will then continue in spring 2019 with a pair of repertory…
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Top Five Opera to See This Weekend – International (2/23-25): Juan Diego Flórez, Michael Spyres & Sarah Connolly Showcase Their Talents
This weekend looks a bit interesting for opera lovers looking to leave the core repertoire. Baroque dominates our selections for what we recommend and there is also a French rarity that no one should miss. Here is a glimpse. Saul & Ariodante - Wiener Staatsoper & Theatre an der Wien, Austria  Austria audiences are in for a Handel double. At the Theatre an der Wien the composer's oratorio "Saul" continues its run…
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Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko & Renée Fleming Headline Star-Studded Carnegie Hall 2018-19 Season
Carnegie Hall announced its 2018-19 season featuring some of the world's greatest singers and musicians. To stick with opera, we will only be highlighting the singers who will be featured in the season. Orchestras  Mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot will be featured with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in an all-Berlioz program. The program will feature selections from "Les Troyens." Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2018 Tenor…
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11 Anticipated Productions to See in 2018
With 2018 beginning there is so much to look forward to as many of the greatest stars will take on new roles while others will reprise signature parts in new productions alongside star-studded casts. The following is a look at some of the most anticipated new and revival productions that are all likely to create buzz and conversations around the world. Note that this only includes productions included as part…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
The Masterpiece of French Opera – Conductor John Nelsons On His Lifelong Relationship & Warner Classics Recording of Berlioz’s ‘Les Troyens’
Back in 1973, 32-year-old conductor John Nelson took the stage at Carnegie Hall. He was leading his first-ever performance of Berlioz’s monumental opera “Les Troyens.” Little did he know at that moment that the piece could come to become one of the most important of his entire career. “I was a kid back then,” the conductor told OperaWire in a recent interview regarding the conductor’s long association with the Berlioz…
DVD and CD Releases News
CD / DVD Releases – Week of November 20: Joyce DiDonato & Michael Spyres Lead New ‘Les Troyens’
It's Thanksgiving week and that means Black Friday is coming up. While we will have a list of must-buy recordings for the Holiday season later this week, let us focus on the one recording that will be released. Les Troyens  Warner Classics releases one of the most anticipated recordings of the year as John Nelson conducts a star-studded cast. The new Berlioz CD showcases Joyce DiDonato in her first Didon…
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Erato Announces New ‘Les Troyens’ Recording with Joyce DiDonato
Joyce DiDonato's famed interpretation of Didon in Berlioz's "Les Troyens" will get a CD release this fall. The new recording, which will be released by Erato features the full uncut score of the Berlioz masterwork, drawn from two concert performances that took place over the Easter weekend in April 2017 in the Strasbourg, France. The performance is led by conductor John Nelson who has performed the opera more than most conductors over…
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CD/DVD Releases -Week of August 28: Anna Netrebko & Joyce El-Khoury Headline New Albums
This week one of the greatest opera stars in the world will release her first crossover album, while two rising stars team up for distinct Bel canto albums. Meanwhile, Decca releases a new compilation of Pavarotti's favorite arias. Romanza  Anna Netrebko releases a new CD this week entitled "Romanza." The CD marks Netrebko's first crossover album featuring love songs written especially for her and her husband Yusif Eyvazov. The new…
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Chorégies d’Orange Summer 2018 Season To Feature Erwin Schrott, Olga Peretyatko, Aida Garifullina, Among Others
The Chorégies d’Orange has announced its 2018 season which will include two productions and recitals, among other things. Everything kicks off on May 25, 2018 with “Pop the Opera,” a concert featuring hundreds of artists from around the aria, performing famous excerpts from the world of opera. There will also be pop tunes and film music, giving the experience a wide range for all audiences. From there, the company will…
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Elza Van Den Heever, Leah Crocetto, Angela Meade and Camilla Nylund Lead Frankfurt Opera’s 2017-18 Season
The Frankfurt Opera has announced its new season with a line-up of new productions and a number of stars. New Productions  The first new production of the year, Verdi's "Il Trovatore," opens on Sept. 10. Elza Van Den Heever and Leah Crocetto lead an all-star cast that also includes Piero Pretti and Alfred Kim in the lead role. David Bösch directs the new production conducted by Jader Bignamini. On Sept. 16 Jakub Józef Orliński takes on the title role…