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Bruno Ganz Out Of ‘Die Zauberflöte’
The Swiss actor Bruno Ganz has pulled out of Mozart’s "Zauberflöte." The actor was expected to appear in the upcoming production of Mozart's work at the Salzburg Festival, but had to pull out citing poor health. As a result, he will be replaced by actor, Klaus Maria Brandauer. Ganz is an award-winning actor who is acclaimed for his role in "Downfall" and has also appeared in such English language films…
Opera Quiz
Opera Quiz: Tell Us Your Musical Tastes & Find Out Which Opera Composer You Are
Ever wonder what Mozart or Verdi might have thought about the changes that music took on nearly 100 years after them? It would certainly be interesting to see what they would have felt and how they might have connected to musicians of the last half-century. It would have been even more interesting to see what they felt of the direction of the music industry. So here is a little quiz…
In Review Stage Reviews
Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review: Don Giovanni
So much is Don Juan’s tale the stuff of legend that it lends itself as easily to various interpretations as Greek myths. For every legendary story that encounters many incarnations – be it Tristan and Isolde’s love, Medea’s filicide or Romeo and Juliet – there comes a time when it is not only acceptable, but fascinating to encounter the familiar narrative against a novel backdrop or within a different context.…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 Review: Schneider, Timpau, and Ramirez Bare All Before the Bronx
As the Metropolitan Opera company’s Summer Recital Series rolls on, the artists and crew took to Williamsbridge Oval Park in the Bronx for an afternoon of arias, duets, and a trio from some of opera’s most cherished composers. Kicking things off was tenor Gerard Schneider, singing “Questa o quella” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” This amorous aria made for a spirited opening, and demonstrated Schneider’s ability to be vocally strong and still…
Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: Giuseppe Taddei, A Perennial ‘Falstaff’
Born on June 26, 1916, baritone Giuseppe Taddei’s path to a successful career was rather unconventional. He studied in Rome and made his professional debut in “Lohengrin.” In 1942, he was conscripted into the army but returned to singing after World War II, appearing for two seasons in Vienna. He went to sing in London in 1947, followed by the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro di San Carlo, and La Scala,…
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Rene Barbera Withdraws from ‘La Clemenza di Tito’ in Valencia
Tenor Rene Barbera has announced via social media his withdrawal from Les Arts production of Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.” The move comes shortly after the departure of conductor Fabio Biondi, with Barbera citing “administrative reasons” as the impetus for his own withdrawal. Barbera’s statement is as follows: “Well folks it has been quite a crazy month and this week is no different. I have some very disappointing news to share. As…
Opera Quiz
Opera Quiz: Tell Us What Apps You Have On Your Phone And We’ll Tell You Which Mozart Opera Character You Are
Mozart’s operas feature some of the most nuanced, human-like characters in all of the operatic repertory. And if his characters were real humans living and breathing today, in the year 2018, chances are they’d have a smartphone attached to the palm of their hand, filled with apps that they’d use to navigate the twenty-first-century world around them. From Snapchat to meditation apps to Tinder, the apps you have on your…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q & A: Guido Loconsolo On Specializing In Mozart, Figaro & Opera Naples
Guido Loconsolo is one today's leading bass-baritones singing all over the world in every major opera house. His career has seen him perform many leading roles from Baroque composers, Verdi, Puccini, and Mozart, a composer he specializes in and wants to continue singing. This week he makes his Florida debut performing at Opera Naples under the direction of Ramon Tebar. In this new production, he will sing the title role…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Mozart’s ‘Le Nozze di Figaro,’ the Greatest Opera of All Time?
Is “Le Nozze di Figaro” the greatest opera of all time? A fair share of artists certainly uphold this belief of the Mozart and Da Ponte work, which premiered on May 1, 1786. And why not? The work features one glorious piece of music after another in a complex plot featuring some of opera’s most iconic characters. Throw in Mozart’s penchant for the brilliant use of musical form and you…
IndieOpera News
Divaria Productions To Premiere “Don Giovanni in New York” At St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral
On May 23, 2018, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral will be the venue where Divaria Productions showcases their new work “Don Giovanni in New York,” which follows the historical events preceding the American premiere of Mozart’s classic work 192 years ago. The work, presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, has an original script that weaves together the memoirs of Lorenzo da Ponte with the letters of…