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Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Lead Staged ‘Tosca’ At Bravo! Vail Music Festival In 2019
The Philadelphia Orchestra will be back in 2019 to showcase Puccini’s “Tosca” as Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s debut opera production. Performances are set for July 11 and 13, 2019 at the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The announcement was made by Bravo! Vail’s Music Festival's Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott during a concert by the ensemble, as led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin will conduct with director James Alexander leading production company…
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Gran Teatro del Liceu 2017-18 Season – Manon Lescaut
Any time an opera production begins with non-textual lines, especially in a language different to the libretto, alarm bells ring louder the tubular Grail chimes in “Parsifal." Such was the case in Davide Livermore’s new staging of “Manon Lescaut” for the Gran Teatre del Liceu which had already been seen in co-production with the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Instead of opening in a pre-revolutionary square in Amiens c.1760 as Puccini…
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Jonathan Tetelman Replaces Piotr Beczala At Tanglewood
Tenor Jonathan Tetelman will replace Piotr Beczala in “La Bohème” at Tanglewood. Beczala was supposed to take on his signature role alongside soprano Kristine Opolais but opted for performing in “Lohengrin” at the Bayreuth Festival when Roberto Alagna stepped down from the production. Tetelman sang his first performances of Rodolfo in the Puccini masterpiece at the Fujian Grand Theatre in China. He has also appeared in performances at the Milan…
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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…
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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…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review – La Bohème: Matthew Polenzani, Maria Agresta & Company Trapped In Camp Direction
The word “Bohemian” – much like the popular terms “retro,” “Goth,” or “vintage” – is yet another label that has offered countless inferences over a plethora of different times. The “Bohème” clique of Puccini, undercut by the whimsy and exuberance of Italian verismo, would contrast with a play rendition of its source, Henri Murger’s “Scènes de la Vie de Bohème.” Bohemian niches across modern adaptations of the tale – whether…
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Artist Profile: Eva Marton, A Timeless Turandot
Eva Marton, born on June 18, 1943, is arguably the most famous Hungarian soprano of the last few decades. She studied at the Franz Liszt Academy and made her professional debut at Hungary’s Margaret Island Summer Festival. Then at the Hungarian State Opera, she appeared for the first time in “The Golden Cockerel” in 1968. From there she made her debut at the Frankfurt Opera and Florence in 1972. She…
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Gran Teatre Del Liceu Live Stream 2017-18: Gregory Kunde & Liudmyla Monastyrska Star in ‘Manon Lescaut’
The Gran Teatre del Liceu will showcase a production of “Manon Lescaut” on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The performance will be broadcast on La 2 in Barcelona as well as in Madrid in the Plaza Mayor and on mobile devices via RTVE. The performance will star Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role with David Bizic as her brother. Gregory Kunde stars as her beloved Des Grieux. Also in the cast…
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Jader Bignamini Replaces Leonard Slatkin In ‘Turandot’
The Detriot Symphony Orchestra's "Turandot" has announced two cast changes for its June 2018 performances. First, Jader Bignamini will conduct the performance, stepping in for Leonard Slatkin, who was forced to withdraw from the final three programs of the season to undergo heart surgery. As a result, maestro Slatkin needs three months to fully recover and return to conducting. Additionally, Bass Morris Robinson will replace Hao Jiang Tian, who must withdraw from…
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Sonya Yoncheva’s Met Opera ‘Tosca’ Comes to PBS In Mid-June
PBS will showcase Puccini’s “Tosca” from the Metropolitan Opera as part of its Great Performances Series on Friday, June 15, 2018. The broadcast will kick off at 9 p.m. EDT and will showcase soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the tragic heroine. This was the first of Yoncheva’s big season, during which she appeared on three Live in HD broadcasts. Her “Bohème” performance was already showcased on PBS. The production also features…