Michael Volle

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CD / DVD Releases – Week of July 18
Two new releases will hit the marketplace this week, including a rarely performed Bel canto gem and Wagner comic masterpiece. Here is a look at what audiences can look forward to. Maria di Rudenz Donizetti's rarely performed work gets a new recording by Bongiovanni. The new release comes from the Bergamo Festival and stars Maria Billeri, Ivan Magri, and Dario Solari. Sebastiano Rolli conducts the work. Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (5/26-28): Rolando Vilazón, Marina Rebeka & Anna Pirozzi Sing Title Roles
It’s a weekend of role debuts, production debuts and continuing runs. It’s also a weekend to see rare works, as well as repertoire staples. Aida - Teatro Colón, Argentina  The Teatro Colón opens its production of Verdi's masterpiece with Latonia Moore starring in the title role and Nadia Krasteva as her rival Amneris. Riccardo Massi, Mark Rucker, and Roberto Scandiuzzi also star with Carlos Vieu conducting. From the House of the Dead -…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Tosca: Anna Netrebko Conquers Puccini’s Iconic Diva
Written in collaboration with David Salazar It's been years in the making - Anna Netrebko singing "Tosca." The soprano has been outspoken about her dislike for the character and about her doubts singing the role, but it’s a character that audiences have been dying to see her sing. Afterall, who but Netrebko can be considered the quintessential diva of the modern opera world. A soprano who seems ready to surmount…
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Pretty Yende, Diana Damrau & Russell Thomas Headline Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2018-19 Season
The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2018-19 season featuring seven new productions and numerous revivals. The season will also include some of today's biggest stars as well numerous ensemble members. Here is a look! New Productions  Johan Reuter takes on the title role in Berg's "Wozzeck" in a new production by Ole Anders Tanberg's new production. Elena Zhidkova takes on the role of Marie while Burkhard Ulrich is Hauptmann.…
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Diana Damrau, Bryn Terfel, Cecilia Bartoli & Anja Harteros Lead Opernhaus Zurich’s 2018-19 Season
Opera Zürich has announced its 2018-19 season slate, which is among the largest in the world. It will feature a whopping 12 new productions, among a glut of exciting revivals. Let’s dive in. Premieres  Gisbert Näther's "Konrad oder das Kind aus der Konservenbüchse" gets a new production by Claudia Blersch.  Ann-Katrin Stöcker conducts two cast which will include Irène Friedli, Katharina Peetz, Flurin Caduff, Valeriy Murga, Hamida Kristoffersen, and Sinéad O'Kelly. Performance Dates: Sept. 22,…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (1/12-14): Angela Gheorghiu, Malin Byström & Maria Guleghina Lead Weekend Performances
It's a star-studded weekend with many artists performing signature roles in legendary productions. Here is a taste of what is in store for this weekend. "Tosca" - Vienna State Opera, Austria  Vienna audiences are in for a treat with Angela Gheorghiu in the title role as Tosca, her signature role and one she has dominated throughout the world. She is joined by Massimo Giordano in the role of Cavaradossi. Erwin Schrott sings…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Preview: 2013 ‘Les Vêpres Siciliennes Gets Encore Run
On Oct. 12, 2017, the Royal Opera House brings back Verdi’s “Les Vêpres Siciliennes” in Stefan Herheim’s production, which appeared at the theater in 2013. The production reunites Bryan Hymel, Michael Volle and Erwin Schrott, both of which took on the production during its initial run. Hymel took on the heroic role of Henri, Volle of his father Guy de Montfort and Schrott was the conniving Jean Procida. Hymel has…
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Plácido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Rolando Villazán & Rene Pape Headline Staatsoper Berlin’s 2017-18 Season
The Berlin Staatsoper has announced its 2017-18 season with a lineup of superstars. New Productions The opera with a new production of Schumann's oratorio "Szenen aus Goethes Faust" directed by Jürgen Flimm. Daniel Barenboim conducts the production which is set to star Roman Trekel and Rene Pape. The company will then present the chamber opera "Rivale" followed by the kinderoper "Der Unglaubliche Spota." Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" will get a new production…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Der Fliegende Holländer: Amber Wagner & Michael Volle Deliver Complex Performances In Cathartic Season Send-Off
This is a review for the final performance of the run, which took place on May 12, 2017.  The first opera I saw during the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season was Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.” So it was only fitting that the last one I saw this season was “Der Fliegende Holländer,” the first to truly establish the composer as the force he would go on to become. The Metropolitan…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: ‘Der Fliegende Holländer’s’ History Marked By 10-Year Breaks
Wagner’s first masterpiece “Der Fliegende Holländer” returns to the Metropolitan Opera on Tuesday, April 25 after a seven-year absence. Despite being well-known throughout the opera world, “The Flying Dutchman,” as translated in English, has had a rather interesting history at the Met marked by long hiatuses. The opera opened the 1889-1890 season in its first-ever performance. The cast that included Theodore Reichmann as the Dutch, Sophie Wiesner as Senta, Paul…