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March Madness Part 4: 5 Favorite ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’ Recordings
March Madness is coming to a close. With it, we've gone through memorable mad scenes in opera, breathtaking historic moments, and a little bit of musical history on Lucia's famous mad scene. To close this year's series, I want to go through my favorite recordings of "Lucia di Lammermoor." We've focused a lot on this opera as it has the most famous mad scene and what most consider one of…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Sonya Yoncheva & The Met’s 15 Other ‘Luisa Miller’ Interpreters
When Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” hits the stage on Thursday, March 29, it will be the first time the opera is staged with the company in exactly 12 years. The cast will include Plácido Domingo and Piotr Beczala among the male leads, but will also showcase the third major work headlined by Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva at the Met in 2017-18. The role of Luisa is highly demanding, asking the lead…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Umberto Giordano’s ‘Fedora’
Umberto Giordano’s “Fedora” will never rank with the likes of “Andrea Chénier” in the operatic canon, but the composer’s second most popular work still gets its looks from time to time. The work premiered on Nov. 17, 1898, with the composer in the pit and a certain Enrico Caruso in the lead tenor role. The work was based on the Sardou play of the same name and the libretto was…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: From Farrar To Racette, the Met’s Famous ‘Madama Butterfly’ Interpreters
“Madama Butterfly” is one of the most popular operas in the entire repertoire, which makes it no surprise that the Metropolitan Opera will bring back the work for its 2017-18 season. This year’s run kicks off on Nov. 2, 2017 and will be showcased six times in the fall before returning on Feb. 22 for another six performances. In the lead roles will be Hui He, who has performed the…
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Renata Scotto To Direct Donizetti Opera At Opera Naples Renata Scotto Opera Academy in 2018
Legendary soprano and now teacher and director, Renata Scotto is set to direct a production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” at the Opera Naples Renata Scotto Opera Academy this winter. The company announced that it is now accepting auditions for three sessions of the Academy, with the second of these featuring a month-long production of the Donizetti opera. Per the press release, “Madame Scotto serves as stage director with Ramón Tebar conducting.  In…
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Opera Naples Announces Its 2017-18 Season With Renata Scotto Academy
Opera Naples has announced its 2017-18 season showcasing numerous stars and productions. The season begins on Nov. 3, 2017, with Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." It will be followed by recital concerts by Maria José Montiel on Jan. 31, 2018, and Luca Salsi on Feb. 18, 2018. The season will also include Opera in the Garden on Feb. 20, 2018. Two performances of Donizetti's "L'Elisir d'Amore" will follow on Feb. 23 and 24, 2018.…
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Metropolitan Opera 50th Anniversary Celebration: Stories From The New House Told By Opera’s Greatest Stars
For 50 years, the Metropolitan Opera has made its home in Lincoln Center, creating numerous cathartic and revelatory memories for both audiences and artists alike. In speaking with some of the world's greatest artists that have performed at the Met, OperaWire has been granted the opportunity to hear some unique, enriching and entertaining stories and experiences that have taken place at the new Met. As a celebration of the season's climactic…
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On this Day: 4 Reasons To Admire Renata Scotto’s Art
Renata Scotto needs no introduction. She is one of the greatest singers of the 20th century and she conquered many of the prima donna roles. On Feb. 24, Scotto will be 83 and at her age the Diva still continues to teach and give masterclasses as evidenced last month at the Opera Naples. In celebration of Scotto's birthday, OperaWire looks at why Scotto was such a great artist and all…
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La Monnaie Preview 2016-17: ‘Madama Butterfly’ Run Kicks Off on Jan. 31
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” returns to La Monnaie on Jan. 31. The run will feature 11 performances that end on Feb. 14. Tickets start at 10 euros a piece with all but two performances starting at 8 PM local time. The opera will feature two separate casts. Alexia Voulgaridou and Amanda Echalaz will alternate the title role while Ning Liang and Quilin Zhang will both play Suzuki. Marcelo Puente and Leonardo…
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Weekend Preview (1/20-22, 2017) – USA: Houston Grand Opera Debuts & Opera Naples Features Renata Scotto
The Houston Grand Opera makes a big return as opera companies slowly but surely get prepared for the spring. Houston’s opening comes on Friday Jan. 20 with a production of John Adams’ “Nixon in China.” Scott Hendricks, Andriana Chuchman and Chad Shelton lead the production which will also take the stage on Sunday, Jan. 22. The Metropolitan Opera continues its busy schedule with the season premiere of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” starring…