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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Ambrogio Maestri Stars As ‘Falstaff’
This Saturday, the Vienna State Opera brings its season-long live stream series to an end with Verdi’s “Falstaff.” Per the official website, Verdi’s final masterwork will showcase Ambrogio Maestri in his signature role alongside Christopher Maltman as Ford. Among the other major stars of the showcase are Jinxu Xiahou, Olga Bezsmertna, Hila Fahima, and Monika Bohinec. James Conlon conducts Sir David McVicar's production. The performance kicks off at 7 p.m.…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’ Takes The Stage With Annette Dasch
This Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Vienna State Opera streams a live performance of Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” The showcase is part of the company’s season-long service straight from its website. Per the official website, the Wagner work will feature Jongmin Park, Christopher Ventris, Annette Dasch, Jukka Rasilainen, Elena Zhidkova, and Adrian Eröd. Sebastian Weigle leads the massive score in a production byAndreas Homoki. The performance kicks off at 6 p.m. local…
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Tenor Ivan Magrì To Make Debut At Vienna State Opera in ‘Rigoletto’
Ivan Magrì will replace Juan Diego Flórez as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Vienna State Opera. It will be his debut with the company. He will perform alongside Paolo Rumetz’s interpretation of the title role and Aida Garifullina, who will take on Gilda. Magrì has performed at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Opernhaus Zürich, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam,…
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UPDATE – Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Aida Garifullina Stars in ‘Rigoletto’
Update: Juan Diego Flórez recently announced that he is canceling his participation in this production. The original article follows.  This Sunday, June 10, 2018, the Vienna State Opera streams a live performance of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” around the globe. The performance is part of the company’s season-long service straight from its website. Per the official website, the performance will star Juan Diego Flórez as the Duke with Aida Garifullina as Gilda.…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Plácido Domingo, Irina Lungu, & Pavol Breslik Star in ‘La Traviata’
Verdi’s “La Traviata” will be the first opera to live stream from the Vienna State Opera in the month of June as the performance on the first will get a broadcast around the globe. Per the official website, Irina Lungu stars as Violetta with Pavol Breslik as Alfredo and Plácido Domingo as Germont. Marco Armiliato conducts the Jean-Francois Sivadier production. The performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m. local time and…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – La Traviata: Not Even Plácido Domingo Can Save Jean-François Sivadier’s Misguided Production
It is not too difficult to stage Verdi’s ever-popular tear-jerker “La Traviata.” Francesco Maria Piave’s libretto and stage directions are so detailed any director with access to a few lengths of velvet and some stock chandeliers can create a plausible mis-en-scène to serve Verdi’s marvelous, emotive music. French director Jean-François Sivadier, whose operatic resumé is shorter than a Rossini semiquaver, managed to turn the glamorous demi-monde divertissements of 19th century…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – Capriccio: A Win for the Words When Music Misses The Mark
Of Richard Strauss’ 15 completed operas, his last opus “Capriccio” is arguably the most abstruse. For a start, it isn’t even called an opera but a “Conversation Piece for Music.” Many Strauss scholars are baffled by this highly cerebral, seemingly escapist bagatelle composed in the midst of the mayhem of World War II. It was as if Strauss and librettist Clemens Krauss were writing something for their own intellectual amusement…
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Vienna State Opera Live Stream 2017-18: Strauss’ ‘Capriccio’ Takes the Stage
This Thursday, May 24, 2018, the Vienna State Opera showcases a production of Strauss’ late work “Capriccio” via its famed live streaming service. Per the official website, the showcase stars Anna Gabler, Markus Eiche, Michael Schade, Adrian Eröd, Wolfgang Bankl, and Angelika Kirchschlager among its cast members with Michael Boder conducting the performance. The performance kicks off at 7 p.m. local time and ends around 9:30 p.m. For those in…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – Samson et Dalila: Despite Solid Turns From Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca, Modern Makeover of Classic Bible Story Goes Up In Flames (Literally)
Taking the biblical element out of “Samson et Dalila” makes about as much sense as setting “Madama Butterfly” in Botswana. Typical of many opera directors trained in the theater, Alexandra Liedtke seems to have limited understanding of Saint-Saëns’ music and even less about Lemaire’s libretto. As is often the case when a regisseur feels their genius may be unappreciated, Liedtke chose to project some gratuitous quotes onto the proscenium scrim before…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Elina Garanca & Roberto Alagna Star As ‘Samson et Dalila’
Before the Met showcases Elina Garanca and Roberto Alagna in “Samson et Dalila” this fall, audiences around the world will get to hear the duo live from the Vienna State Opera as part of its live stream series as the showcase on Friday, May 18, 2018, will be presented globally online. The production will be conducted by Marco Armiliato and will also feature Carlo Alvarez and Sorin Coliban. The performance…