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Anna Netrebko Confirms A Slew of New Roles & A Major Showcase At Bayreuth Festival
Anna Netrebko has recently confirmed a plethora of major productions she will be taking on over the next few years. In an interview with the magazine Classica, the Russian diva announced that she will take on the role of Lisa in "The Queen of Spades" in Salzburg in either 2018 or 2019 with Mariss Jansons at the podium. She also noted that two new Verdi roles that she will be…
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Verdi, Verdi & Something Else: The Roles Krassimira Stoyanova & Sharon Sweet Both Sang
Sharon Sweet and Krassimira Stoyanova. Two sopranos born on August 16 with rather different careers. The former was a well-known American dramatic soprano who took on a wide range of Italian and German repertoire, most prominently singing operas by Wagner and Verdi. The latter, a Bulgarian with a far lighter voice, has slowly dug into that very same dramatic repertoire, balancing it with the lighter fare. And yet there has…
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Revisit the Artistic Collaboration of Maria Guleghina & Salvatore Licitra
Maria Guleghina and Salvatore Licitra were always great friends and onstage partners. They also celebrated birthdays one year apart. With Guleghina born on August 9 and Licitra on August 10, it is no surprise that we continue to find links between these two great artists and that in some ways, their legacy is joined. Of course, the two had incredible successes apart from one another, but there is no doubt…
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Opera Holland Park 2019 Season Includes Rare Cilea, Tchaikovsky & Wolf-Ferrari Opera
There are still some companies waiting to announce their 2017-18 season, but one organization is taking a different approach, unveiling its 2019 calendar. It will be interesting to find out what, if any, impact Opera Holland Park's decision to announce the 2019 season will have, but it is still quite fascinating to see what the company has in store. The company had just announced its 2018 program in late April.…
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The Roles Birgit Nilsson & Zinka Milanov Shared & Fought Over
Zinka Milanov was born on May 17, 1906. Exactly 12 years later, on May 17, 1918, Birgit Nilsson was born. The two women would go on to markedly different careers, though they both performed at the greatest houses in the world and would perform with many of the same artists, albeit in different operas. Both women were dramatic sopranos, and while their repertoire diverged greatly, there were many points of…
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The Non-Verdi Roles Dolora Zajick has Dominated Throughout Her Career
Mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick is synonymous with Verdi. She’s been the leading Azucena at the Metropolitan Opera house over the last few years, singing the role a whopping 58 times since her debut on October 8, 1988, also in that very role. In Verdi’s “Aida,” she has performed the role of Amneris 80 times at the house. Throw in 17 performances as Eboli in “Don Carlo” coupled with another 18 as…
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Teatro Liceu Announces 2017-18 Season With Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jonas Kaufmann in New Productions
The Barcelona-based Teatro Liceu held a press conference on Friday afternoon to showcase what it had in store for the 17-18 season and revealed a major surprise. Among its many entries, the company announced that Dmitri Hvorostovsky would be performing two operas next season including “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “The Demon.” The news comes as a huge surprise considering that the baritone recently stated that he would no longer…
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CD/DVD Releases -Week of March 6: Krassimira Stoyanova Enchants With ‘Verismo’
This week sees the release of a world premiere recording as well as a DVD of one of Verdi's most popular operas. It also sees another Verismo album. Check it out! Telemaco Simon Mayr's "Telemaco" will be released by Naxos with members of the Bayersiche Staatsoper. Conducted by Franz Hauk, this marks the world premiere recording of the rarely performed opera. For those not familiar with the composer's work, he…
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Clemency & Self-Reflection in Opera’s Just & Benevolent Rulers
Corrupt power is at the heart of most drama. Seeing rulers misuse their power for personal greed or arrogance is at the heart of the mythology on ruling. Moreover, it is impossible not to find some degree of corruption in every leader regardless of his or her greatness. After all, this is a world where a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a symbol of change and progress bombed seven countries…
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Hebrew Organizations To Celebrate Robert Merrill’s 100th Birthday in Florida
The Cuban Hebrew Congregation-Temple Beth Shmuel of Miami Beach is slated to showcase a gala tribute concert honoring the late legend Robert Merrill for his 100th birthday on Jan. 8, 2017. The performance will feature Rabbi / Cantor Stephen Texon and Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi. The former is of the Cuban Hebrew Congregation while the latter is from the Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago. Alan Mason, music director Temple Israel of…