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Russell Thomas Slated For Salzburg Festival Debut, First ‘Otello’
It’s been a summer of debuts for Russell Thomas and he is about to make yet another one on Thursday, July 27, when he takes on the title role in “La Clemenza di Tito” at the Salzburg Festival. This will be Thomas’ first time singing at the festival in a role that he has previously conquered. The American tenor took on the role back in 2012 at the Metropolitan Opera…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Mozart’s ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’
There are only a select few of Mozart’s operas that get the same buzz as the Da Ponte trio of works. Among them is his 1782 opera, “Die Entführung aus dem Serail.” The work, which premiered on July 16, 1782, is one of two singspiel operas by the legendary composer that still gets continually performed in opera houses around the world. The opera famously appeared in the film “Amadeus,” where…
DVD and CD Releases News
Juan Diego Flórez Announces Debut Album For Sony Classical
Sony Classical has announced has Juan Diego Flórez's new CD. The new album, entitled "Mozart," will see the tenor exploring arias from the composer's famed works. The album will also mark his first album for Sony Classical and his first album since 2015 when Decca released "Italia." The new album will feature Orchestra la Scintilla and will be conducted by Riccardo Minasi. Prior to Mozart, Flórez recorded nine albums for…
Interviews Prague Summer Nights Stage Spotlight
Q&A: Anna Kozlakiewicz On Fulfilling A Dream In Salzburg & Pamina’s Challenges
The Prague Summer Nights festival, presented by Classical Movements, continues this week in Salzburg where young artists will have the chance to perform at the legendary Mozarteum. Among the young artists is Anna Kozlakiewicz, a lyric soprano who studied voice at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and Art History at the UKSW Warszawa. She is currently studying at Indiana University, where she is working under the tutelage of legendary artist…
In Review Prague Summer Nights Stage Reviews
Prague Summer Nights 2017 Review – Le Nozze Di Figaro: A Solid Cast Makes For An Enjoyable Evening Of Mozart
Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro" is considered a masterpiece on all levels, musically and dramatically. But it is also an opera that is incredibly complicated to stage. A production needs great singing actors who meet the demands that Mozart and da Ponte required. Luckily, the Prague Summer Nights lined up a cast that was very well directed by Maria Zouves and Sherrill Milnes. The Almavivas Perhaps the strongest singer of…
IndieOpera
Portland Opera To Showcase Unique ‘Così Fan Tutte’
The Portland Opera will present Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” in a brand new interpretation by director Roy Rallo. The performance is slated to open on July 14, 2017, with subsequent performances slated for the 16th, 20th, 22nd, 26th, and 29th. “Mozart’s ‘Così fan tutte’ is a deeply insightful look at relationships. His understanding of the human heart, and his ability to communicate that through music, is a profound aspect of…
In Review Stage Reviews
Opéra de Lausanne 2016-17 Review – Don Giovanni: A Decadent Interpretation Ends a Successful Season
The flamboyant new production of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni," a drama giocoso in two acts, was the brilliant ending of the 2016/2017 season of the Opéra de Lausanne. This was a remarkable event for the town, located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland on the picturesque shore of Lake Léman also known as Lake Geneva. Despite being one of the world’s best-known works – according to Operabase, Mozart’s masterpiece was the…
In Review Stage Reviews
San Francisco Opera 2017 Review – Don Giovanni: Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Erin Wall Lead Solid Cast in Musically Balanced Production
  San Francisco Opera’s "Don Giovanni" brings us bass-baritones with gusto, sopranos with flair, a tenor who pleads his case with feeling, and an opera that never ceases to amaze. Opening SFO’s 2017 summer season, Jacopo Spirei, in his SFO debut, offers us the ever satisfying chestnut in as provocative and seductive a production as the Don himself. Who can resist? Almost Equals Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, also making his SFO debut,…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Two Paths Cross – Tony Award Winner Paulo Szot On Balancing Opera With Broadway & Cabaret
How do you balance a career in opera with a high-profile presence in musicals and cabaret? While crossover is frequent among many artists, it is rare to see a singer split his or her time between opera and musicals. However, that has not been a problem for Polish-Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, as his work in opera has been met with critical acclaim while he has garnered the distinction of having won…
In Review Stage Reviews
On Site Opera Review 2016-17 – The Secret Gardener: Co-Commission With Atlanta Opera Results In Fascinating Communal Storytelling
Buzzing in conversation, an increasingly larger group of people sat around the circular West Side Community Gardens, their proximity one another as close as it was to the numerous flower beds growing around them. A wind octet and string bass were perched on the Northern side of the central circle with conductor Geoffrey McDonald waiting patiently as more and more people entered. Moments later, it was all “quiet,” though that…