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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Plácido Domingo, Irina Lungu, & Pavol Breslik Star in ‘La Traviata’
Verdi’s “La Traviata” will be the first opera to live stream from the Vienna State Opera in the month of June as the performance on the first will get a broadcast around the globe. Per the official website, Irina Lungu stars as Violetta with Pavol Breslik as Alfredo and Plácido Domingo as Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts the Jean-Francois Sivadier production. The performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m. local time and…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – La Traviata: Not Even Plácido Domingo Can Save Jean-François Sivadier’s Misguided Production
It is not too difficult to stage Verdi’s ever-popular tear-jerker “La Traviata.” Francesco Maria Piave’s libretto and stage directions are so detailed any director with access to a few lengths of velvet and some stock chandeliers can create a plausible mis-en-scène to serve Verdi’s marvelous, emotive music. French director Jean-François Sivadier, whose operatic resumé is shorter than a Rossini semiquaver, managed to turn the glamorous demi-monde divertissements of 19th century…
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Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – International (4/6-8): Diana Damrau Makes A Major Role Debut
This weekend, the opera world will see a major role debut from a major star, as well as a number of singers continuing runs of role debuts and house debuts. There will also be a concert performance of a rarely performed Verdi work. Il Trovatore - Finnish National Opera, Finland  Aquiles Machado sings the title in Verdi's ever-popular opera alongside rising star soprano Elena Stikhina. Sari Nordqvist, and Claudio Otelli…
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Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Kampe & Anja Harteros Headline Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2018-19 Season
The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include eight new productions and a number of revival productions. The season will also include a number of concert performances as well as recitals in the company's summer festival. Here is a look at all the operatic events. New Productions  Amélie Niermeyer directs a new production of Verdi's "Otello" with music director Kirill Petrenko conducting. Jonas Kaufmann stars in…
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Plácido Domingo, Angela Gheorghiu & Rolando Villazón Headline Semperoper Dresden’s 2018-19 Season
The Semperoper Dresden has announced its 2018-19 season featuring a number of superstars and nine new productions of operettas, chamber opera, and grand opera. As always, the following will only cover the operas that will be shown next season and not the ballets that were also included in the season announcement. New Production  Arnold Schönberg' "Mose und Aaron" gets a new production by Calixto Bieto conducted by Alan Gilbert. John…
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Six Major Stars Returning To The Metropolitan Opera in 2018-19
Every year the Metropolitan Opera throws in some surprises whether in repertoire or in casting choices. Sometimes those casting choices are curveballs that include important returns to the stage. This season, OperaWire pointed out six major artists that have not performed on the Met stage in years and will be pleasant surprises to hear and see in 2018-19. Denyce Graves  One of the iconic mezzo-sopranos our time returns to the…
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Top 6 Operas to See This Weekend – International (1/5-7): Leah Crocetto, Jonas Kaufmann & Jessica Pratt Headline Weekend
This weekend opera audiences are in for some classic gems with some rising stars. Jonas Kaufmann also returns to the stage while the Prague National Opera showcases a rare opera two times. "No Man" - Prague National Opera, Czech Republic The Prague National Opera gives audiences a rare chance to see Jiří Kadeřábek's music drama with an all-Czech cast on the New Stage. Per the Opera company's website the work…
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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…
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Social Media Beat (Week of 12/1-7): Angela Meade, Luca Pisaroni & Others Keep Rolling
December is one week old. While the companies are winding down on their programming, the artists are still going strong on social media. This week's picks range from new scores to powerful messages to fun times with friends. Enjoy! Pavol Breslik decided to show some holiday cheer... My st. Nicholas today is very good for my hips and extra kilos ;-) thank you very much @isavonfallois ;-)#isavonfallois #tenor #relax #afterlongday…
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Social Media Beat (6/30-7/6): How Are Great Singers Enjoying The Summer?
The opera world is in the midst of festival season. But that doesn't mean singers can't enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. Check what some singers did this week! Leah Crocetto showed off pictures of Coopertown as she enjoys her time off from rehearsals. This crew though. #independanceday #ggf2017 #ggfamily #summer2017 #happybirthdayamerica #opera #festival #love #soprano #ggfsiege #glimmerglass #singers #singersontheloose A post shared by Leah Crocetto (@leahcrocetto) on Jul 5, 2017…