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Glyndebourne Festival 2018 Announces Cinema & Live Stream Schedule
The Glyndebourne Festival has announced that several productions will be screened during this summer’s festival. The performances will be showcased in cinemas across the UK or online for international audiences; the live streams online will be straight from the festival’s website. This year the operas on offer to a wider range of audiences will be “Madama Butterfly,” “Vanessa,” and “Saul.” The Puccini masterwork will get screenings between June 21 and…
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4 Major Met Opera Premieres Featuring Rosalind Elias
When you sing a major part of your career with one theater, you get to experience a ton of major moments in said organization’s history. Rosalind Elias, born on March 13, 1929, was such an artist, experiencing a major part of her artist life at the Metropolitan Opera. In sum, she showed up on the Met’s stage 687 times between 1954 and 1996, singing all kinds of repertoire ranging from…
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Opera Profile: Barber’s Vanessa
First premiering on January 15, 1958, Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa” draws inspiration from Isak Dinesen’s novella “Seven Gothic Tales.” At its premiere, “Vanessa” was praised for being a grand opera penned by an American composer, though later critics, comparing it to more famous works, insist that the work is American only insofar as Barber himself was born in the country. The opera deals with the theme of idealized love and romance…
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Glyndebourne Festivals Announces 2018 Casting
The Glyndebourne Festival has been announced its casting for the upcoming 2018 festival. The season will include 17 singers making Glyndebourne debuts including German baritone Markus Brück, Austrian soprano Christina Gansch, American baritone John Chest and French mezzo-soprano Virginie Verrez. The event opens with the Festival debut of Puccini’s "Madama Butterfly," which is set to star Olga Busuioc as Cio-Cio-San, Joshua Guerrero as Pinkerton, and Elizabeth Deshong as Suzuki. The revival of Strauss’s "Der…
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9 Operas You Didn’t Know Nicolai Gedda Performed
Nicolai Gedda was one of opera’s most proficient artists, taking on dozens and dozens of roles throughout his career. For many, Gedda, born on July 11, 1925, will always be associated with the role of “Faust” in Gounod’s famous work, one which he performed hundreds of times, but he also performed a number of roles that one might not associate with him, or many iconic tenors, for that matter. Here…