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4 Opera Parties ‘Worth Attending’ on New Year’s Eve
It’s New Years Eve! And for some opera fans, there is no better way to celebrate it than to kick back and listen to some opera. Obviously, we wouldn’t recommend a tragedy to kick off the year, but probably some excitement and joyous partying. And we all know that opera has some of the most raucous parties imaginable. So as you count down to the New Year, sit back and…
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Top 6 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (12/29-30): Met Opera’s ‘Tosca’ Plus Eugene Opera, Amore Opera Holiday Specials Dominate Weekend
As 2017 comes to a close, the US opera scene fades out almost completely. Last week we saw only a handful of operas from the Metropolitan Opera featured on the weekend. This weekend is slightly different with two other companies joining the fray. Here are the operas to see this weekend. The Barber of Seville - Eugene Opera, Amore Opera Eugene Opera will close out 2017 with two performances of…
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Top Three Operas to See this Weekend – North America (12/22-24): Met Opera Offers Up Three Holiday Specials
Let’s be clear. This weekend is not one generally associated with opera in the US or North America at large. With Christmas just a few days away, most companies are not keen on risking small audiences simply because most of their greatest supporters are away with family or other activities. So for the first time in weeks, there will be no piece dedicated to “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – The Merry Widow: Susan Graham & Andriana Chuchman Shine In Léhar Operetta
This review is for the performance on Dec. 14, 2017.  It's an interesting time at the Metropolitan Opera right now. Undeniably taking into account the jolly spirit of the holidays the company is only showcasing comedies between now and Dec. 31, when it presents a new production of one of the most violent of all operas - "Tosca." But for now its all about warmth and comedy with the offerings…
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Top 3 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (12/15-17): More ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ Plus Two Unique Offerings in New York
As we move deeper and deeper into the holiday season, more and more companies will be taking breaks and closing shop. So as you might have noticed from the title, this week will not feature five but three major offerings. Some of this might also have to do with that movie coming out this weekend, but in any case, some houses are still willing to brave the galaxy far, far…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Susan Graham & the Major ‘Merry Widow’ Interpreters of the Met
On Thursday Dec. 14, 2017, Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow” makes a return to the Metropolitan Opera. To this date, the company has given just 40 performances of the operetta, its first ever coming as recently as Feb. 17, 2000. This season, Susan Graham will take up the mantle of the title role, making her the foremost interpreter of the role of Hanna Glawari at the Met. But before we…
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5 Notable Non-Wagnerian Roles By Tenor René Kollo
Rene Kollo (or René Kollodzieyski, as he was born on Nov. 20, 1937), was a renowned Wagnerian tenor. He took on every major leading role by the great composer, recording almost all of his interpretations to great acclaim with the best of conductors. His Siegfried was recorded with Wolfgang Sawallisch, his Lohengrin and Walther von Stolzing with Herbert Von Karajan, and his Tannhäuser with Georg Solti, just to name a…
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season News
Everything You Need to Know About the Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season
The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2017-18 season and as promised, it contains a lot of hotly anticipated productions and performances. Here is a quick rundown with OperaWire set to include additional content throughout the day. The New Productions The Metropolitan Opera season will feature five new productions. David McVicar's  new production of Bellini's "Norma" will open the season on Sept. with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja. Angela…