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In Review Stage Reviews
Teatro Alla Scala 2017-18 Review – Il Pirata
Performances of Bellini’s melodrama, “Il Pirata,” at the Teatro alla Scala have, over the years, been few and far between. Originally written for the theatre in 1827, and starring the celebrated soprano, Henriette Méric-Lalande as Imogene and the famous tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini as Gualtiero, it was roundly deemed to be a success, and quickly received two revivals, one in 1830 and the other in 1840. It had, however, to…
In Review Stage Reviews
Teatro La Fenice 2017-18 Review – Norma: Soprano Mariella Devia Reigns Supreme In Final Staged Production
The evening was all about Mariella Devia. At the age of 70, and following a hugely successful career, in which she has performed some of opera’s greatest soprano roles in the world’s most famous opera houses, she is taking her final curtain calls at the Teatro la Fenice in three performance as Bellini’s “Norma,” a wonderfully appropriate role for the High Priestess of bel canto to say goodbye to the…
News
Riccardo Frizza Gets Major Position At Donizetti Opera Festival
Conductor Riccardo Frizza has been named the first and new music director of the Donizetti Opera Festival in Bergamo. The festival is the only one dedicated to the research and dissemination of the Bergamo born composer´s wide repertoire, a cornerstone of the Romantic bel-canto style. The new appointment was announced by Bergamo´s councillor for culture, Nadia Ghisalberti, and by the director of the Fondazione Teatro Donizetti, Massimo Boffelli, the artistic director of the…
Stage Spotlight
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…
DVD and CD Releases News
CD/DVD Releases -Week of April 3: Jonas Kaufmann Leads With New Mahler Recording
This week Jonas Kaufmann has a new CD out while Dynamic brings a new "Otello" interpretation to home video. Das Lied Von Erde Sony releases a new recording of Mahler's "Das Lied von Erde" with none other than Jonas Kaufmann. In this new recording conducted by Jonathan Nott, Kaufmann takes on the tenor and baritone parts. The symphony is accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic and it marks Kaufmann's sixth CD…
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Lyric Opera of Chicago 2016-17 Preview: Sondra Radvanovsky Takes on ‘Norma’
The Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its 2016-17 season in a big way when it showcases Bellini’s masterful “Norma” on its stage this Saturday. The production will feature Sondra Radvanovsky, who has dominated the title role all around the world. Conductor Riccardo Frizza recently told OperaWire that working with Radvanovsky on this role is a revelation because she is “fully committed and serious artist… She is always looking to dig…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
From Hate to Undying Love – Riccardo Frizza’s Ever-Growing Passion For ‘Norma’ & Italian Opera [Exclusive]
At age 14, Riccardo Frizza decided he wanted nothing to do with opera. The catalyst? Bellini’s “I Puritani.” “I was studying in the conservatory and they took us to see ‘I Puritani,’” the famed conductor told OperaWire in an exclusive interview. “I thought it was so boring. It was a mistake to take me to see that first before any other opera because for years I refused to know anything…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Bel Canto, Verismo & Verdi – Davinia Rodriguez on Carefully Developing Her Voice and Learning New Roles [Exclusive ]
It is always a challenge to make a role debut in a season, particularly when it features some of the most challenging repertoire in the operatic repertoire. It is an even greater risk and challenge to make three in one season. But don't tell Davinia Rodriguez as the soprano has spent this season doing just that and succeeding all the while. The Spanish soprano is one of the rising stars…