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San Diego Opera Announces Two Big Changes
The San Diego Opera announced that the opera "Hansel and Gretel," originally scheduled for performances in December, has been replaced by performances of "All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914." The company announced that it is trying to reschedule "Hansel and Gretel"  for a future season. General director David Bennett noted in a press release, “In preparing for our season we realized the production of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ we…
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Artist Of Week: Stephen Costello
Stephen Costello has long been one of the leading lyric tenors of his generation. His vocal beauty and stage presence have brought great acclaim and his vast repertoire has also shown his virtuosic power. This week Costello makes a major house debut, as well as a big role debut that will once again show the diversity that Costello has to offer. A winner of the Richard Tucker award, the tenor…
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Dallas Opera 2018-19 To Include Gregory Kunde, Anja Kampe & Angela Meade
The Dallas Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include five classic operas and numerous international stars. The season kicks off on Oct. 12, 2018 with Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" starring Greer Grimsley in the title role, Anja Kampe in her Dallas debut, and Jay Hunter Morris. Music director Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Performance Date: Oct. 12-20 (4 performances) Bizet's "Carmen" then takes center stage with Stéphanie d’Oustrac in…
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Weekend Preview – International (9/22-24): Plácido Domingo, Thomas Hampson And Peter Mattei Headline Productions
This weekend will be filled with new productions, an opening night in Zurich and, as always, many great stars. Austria  Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti headlines "La Traviata" at the Vienna State Opera with Jean-François Borras and Paolo Rumetz. At the Volksoper, "Die Zauberflöte," "Gypsy" and "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" will be shown this weekend. Belgium  Anna Caterina Antonacci will sing her signature "La Voix Humaine" at La Monnaie. At the Opera Royal…
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Weekend Preview – International (9/8-10): The Finnish, Dutch and Paris Operas Open New Seasons
This weekend a number of companies open their 2017-18 season featuring some of today's biggest stars while other companies open new productions. Austria  The Vienna State Opera's continues its season with "Chowanschtschina" starring Ferruccio Furlanetto, Christopher Ventris, Herbert Lippert, Andrzej Dobber, Ain Anger, and Elena Maximova. The company also presents "Le Nozze di Figaro" with Carlos Álvarez, Dorothea Röschmann, and Adam Plachetka and "Il Trovatore" with Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov. The…
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Weekend Preview – International (5/12-14): Olga Peretyatko and Stephen Costello Reunite For Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’
The weekend has a number of operatic classics being offered even though many companies are in the midst of ballet season. Take a look as there is something for everyone. Austria  The Vienna State Opera is in Ballet mode but will present Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin" with Olga Bezsmertna, Christopher Maltman, Pavol Breslik and Mika Kares. Czech Republic The Prague National Opera will  showcase Verdi's "Macbeth" and Humperdink's "Hansel and Gretel." Denmark …
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Susanna Phillips, Stephen Costello, Elizabeth DeShong Lead Metropolitan Opera 2017 Summer Recital Series
Even though the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season ends in mid-May, the Company is not completely closed for business this summer. In fact, the Met will continue its 2017 Summer Recital Series, now in its ninth year, with six free concerts all across the five boroughs featuring some of the world’s greatest singers. First up are two recitals on June 12 and 14 starring Susanna Phillips, Stephen Costello and Elizabeth DeShong…
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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Review – Roméo et Juliette: Emanuel Villaume Leads a Marvelous Pretty Yende And Striking Stephen Costello
On New Year's Eve, the Metropolitan Opera opened a new production of Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette." The result was a mixed bag with two bright stars heading the cast. The production was a dreary classically fitted take that lacked clarity of vision and ultimately dragged the show. After a few months, the Met has revived the production with better results. The reason in part is due to the cast and…
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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…
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Stephen Costello and Pretty Yende To Serenade Audiences On Valentines Day
As opera lovers prepare for a new cast in Gounod's "Roméo et Juliette," Stephen Costello and Pretty Yende will preview arias and duets on Valentine's Day. The two singers will participate in WQXR’S Classical Beer Jam at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space in downtown Manhattan, marking their first public appearance together. The event will take place on Feb. 14 and for opera lovers not present in the New York, the…