Rene Pape

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Bayerische Staatsoper 2017-18 Review: Parsifal
"Parsifal. Parsifal." Real? Dreamed? Which? In the opening of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernfest 2018, we couldn’t tell. The new production by Pierre Audi and Georg Baselitz, which featured Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Christian Gerhahar, Nina Stemme, Wolfgang Koch, and conductor Kirill Petrenko, took us to a world far-beyond the drizzly night outside the doors, and watched a human and sacred tale that raised similar questions. Set in a nameless wood,…
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Bayerische Staatsoper 2017-18 Live Stream: Jonas Kaufmann Leads Starry Cast in ‘Parsifal’
The Bayerische Staatsoper will live stream its new production of Wagner’s “Parsifal” on Sunday, July 8, 2018. The production, directed by Pierre Audi, will be led by Music director Kirill Petrenko and star Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Gerhaher, René Pape, Wolfgang Koch, and Nina Stemme. The stream kicks off at 5 p.m. local time. That’s around 12 p.m. EDT and 9 a.m. PST for the start time. This is the last…
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Top 6 Operas to See This Weekend – International (6/29-7/1): Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, & Angela Gheorghiu Lead Star-Studded Weekend
It's a star-studded weekend. Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva, Angela Gheorghiu, and many others perform around the world. Here is a look at what you cannot miss this weekend. Nabucco - Prague National Theatre, Czech Republic Jose Cura directs a new production of Verdi's early work with Anda-Louise Bogza in the role of Abigaille and Miguelangelo Cavalcanti in the title role. Andreas Sebastian Weiser conducts the new production. Il Viaggio a…
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10 Must See Operas For The Summer Season 2018 [International Edition]
The 2017-18 season comes to an end and in comes festival season. So where are the big stars and what are interesting works being discovered this year? With a ton of selections to be sure, we whittled it down to the 10 Must-See productions (as we did with the U.S.) that cannot be missed this summer. 10. Tristan und Isolde - Teatro Colón: Daniel Barenboim returns to Argentina, bringing a production…
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Juan Diego Flórez, Anna Netrebko & Nina Stemme To Be Featured In Vienna State Opera’s 2018-19 Season
The Vienna State Opera has announced the 2018-19 season, which is incidentally the company’s 150-anniversary year.  The season will include six new productions, including a world premiere production. Here is a breakdown of what’s to come. New Productions (In Order of Opening) Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” will be the first new production, starting on Oct. 14, 2018. David McVicar directs while Alain Altinoglu conducts an ensemble that includes Brandon Jovanovich, Adam…
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Rolando Villazón, René Pape, Cecilia Bartoli Headline Mozart Week 2019 At Mozarteum Salzburg
The Mozarteum in Salzburg has announced its programming for Mozart week in 2019. It will feature a wide range of music including theatrical, vocal, orchestral, and chamber music. As has been our policy with other season announcements, OperaWire will stick to the vocal performances only in this article. The company will kick things off with a production of “T.H.A.M.O.S.,” a play that was adapted by La Fura dels Baus into…
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Sonya Yoncheva, Placido Domingo & Rolando Villazon Headline Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin’s 2018-19 Season
The Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin has announced its 2018-19 Season, featuring numerous new productions and revivals featuring some of today's most popular artists and conductors. Here is a look at what to expect next season. New Productions (in alphabetical order by title) Sonya Yoncheva headlines a new production of Cherubini's "Medea" with Andrea Breth directing. Daniel Barenboim conducts the star-studded cast, which is set to include Charles Castronovo, Marina Prudenskaya, Elsa…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Parsifal: A Brilliant Cast Shines In Met’s Greatest Production Of Last Decade
The world is divided into men and women. And only the unification of these two sides, through mutual understanding and respect can bridge the gap and bring about a new world full of equality. Sounds familiar right? It was what François Girard saw prior to 2013, and his vision remains ever true to this day. Perhaps even more prevalent. It is this kind of vision and understanding of human nature…
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Enjoying Life His Way – Bass Rene Pape on ‘Parsifal,’ Future Projects, & The Papeduck
René Pape, opera’s most iconic bass had an eventful 2017 and is kicking off the New Year in tremendous style. For those who want a recap – the bass sang in 14 productions throughout the year, mostly in Wagner operas and then ended 2017 by releasing a rubber duck in his image, the famed “Papeduck.” And now he’s back for more Wagner and is recently coming off the distinction of…
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Elina Garanča, Marlis Petersen & René Pape To Be Featured In Wigmore Hall 2018-19 Season
The Wigmore Hall’s 2018-19 Season has been announced with a number of recitals from some of the world's greatest singers. The season will include a plethora of performances, including chamber music, song, piano, early music, contemporary music, and jazz. For this article, we will concentrate only on the singers. Mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly and Soprano Marlis Petersen will be featured as residents this season. Connolly will be featured  in a daytime masterclass,…