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The Edinburgh Festival 2018 To Present Five Operas Featuring Christine Goerke, Elizabeth DeShong & Michele Angelini
The Edinburgh Festival has announced its 2018 season with a number of opera productions scheduled to be performed. There are also a number of concerts, dance and theater performances, but for this announcement, we will focus on the operatic events. Productions The festival opens with a concert performance of Humperdinck's "Hansel & Gretel" conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. The Royal Scottish National Orchestra accompanies a stunning international cast which includes Elizabeth…
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Anja Kampe, Gatson Rivero & Karine Babajanyan Headline Oper Leipzig’s 2018-19 Season
The Oper Leipzig has announced its 2018-19 season with multiple new productions, concert performances, and revivals. It will also feature a number of international stars, as well as ensemble singers, that will perform some of the greatest operatic masterpieces in the repertoire. New Productions Karine Babajanyan and Anja Kampe headline a new production of Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" with Simon Neal and Tuomas Pursio sharing the role of Jack…
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New York Philharmonic 2017-18 Review – Die Walküre: Jaap van Zweden & Soloists Deliver Sublime Rendition of Act One of Wagner Masterwork
In 2018-19, Jaap van Zweden, the current Music Director Designate of the New York Philharmonic, will drop the Designate part of that label. And if the concert on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 is any indication, he is going to be providing audiences with some dazzling music for years to come. In a series of concerts that kicked off on Valentine’s Day, van Zweden programmed two pieces that fit together beautifully.…
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Cal Performances 2017 Review – Simon O’Neill Gives the Intimate & the Epic In Fine Evening
From high up in the mountains; from a knoll, within a cave; from a curlicue within the cave, behind a rock; within two back to back rocks, down under the ground about two feet; behind a shelf of rock, jutting out from inside a dome of the oldest rocks in that cave and ancient concavities;  comes this voice, round, round and bound in gold, rich, resonant, and, big, bigger, full,…
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Opera Profile: Carl Maria von Weber’s ‘Der Freischütz’
Carl Maria von Weber wrote a number of operas, but only a select few have made it into the books of posterity. Shining brightest above these is “Der Freischütz,” the opera that had such a massive effect on the young Richard Wagner. The opera had its premiere on June 18, 1821, and has had a mixed life in the repertoire. While it certainly hasn’t been kicked to the curb like…
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Everything You Need to Know About Houston Grand Opera 2017-18 Season
The Houston Grand Opera announced its 2017-18 season Thursday with opening night featuring Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In sum, there will be seven operas overall between October 20, 2017 and May 11, including one World Premiere. The 2017 Operas “La Traviata” opens the season for seven performances with Albina Shagimuratova. This will be the soprano’s fourth run of the work in the last four years and the first time she takes…
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4 Operas Announced For Houston Grand Opera 2016-17 Winter Season
The Houston Grand Opera has announced the second half of its 2016-17 season, which kicks off in January with the 30th anniversary of John Adams’ “Nixon in China.” The opera originally made its world premiere with Houston Grand back in 1987, though this new production is slated to play up the media and technology themes of modern-day. The opera, which presents Nixon’s visit to China, incidentally premieres on Jan. 20,…