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Yannick Nézet-Séguin To Lead Staged ‘Tosca’ At Bravo! Vail Music Festival In 2019
The Philadelphia Orchestra will be back in 2019 to showcase Puccini’s “Tosca” as Bravo! Vail Music Festival’s debut opera production. Performances are set for July 11 and 13, 2019 at the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. The announcement was made by Bravo! Vail’s Music Festival's Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott during a concert by the ensemble, as led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nézet-Séguin will conduct with director James Alexander leading production company…
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Announces Exclusive Contract With Deutsche Grammophon
Yannick Nézet-Séguin has signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon. The company announced the news noting that the contract will include complete cycles of Rachmaninov’s symphonies and piano concertos, with soloist Daniil Trifonov and The Philadelphia Orchestra. It will continue his acclaimed Mozart series with "Die Zauberflöte," to be recorded with the COE and an outstanding cast this summer at the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus. The contract will also include Russian bass Ildar…
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Philadelphia Orchestra 2017-18 Review – Tosca: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Ends Season With Symphonic Take on Puccini Classic
“The crown! The crest! It's the Attavanti's!” Exclaimed the tempestuous diva Floria Tosca, pacing about in a frenzied fit of jealousy after being led to believe by the scheming and lascivious Barron Scarpia that her lover, the painter and maverick Mario Cavaradossi, had been dallying with a Marchesa in the chapel. In fact, no such dalliance occurred, as he had merely been working on his painting of Mary Magdalene. In…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Elektra: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Steals The Show In Strauss’ Most Violent Work
Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in a hotly anticipated revival of Patrice Chéreau’s production. Last time out, the production was a smash hit, its stripped-down sets allowing for the audience to focus on the violent drama put before us. It continues to work in that vein, though its overall stillness might not be apt for some audiences. Horror Film Embodied Its most…
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Makes Met Opera History Two Years Early
On Thursday, the Metropolitan Opera announced that Yannick Nézet-Séguin will move into the position of Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director two seasons earlier than originally expected. He will assume the position in September and will be conducting three operas for the next two seasons before moving up to five per year in 2020-21. The three works he will lead in 2018-19 will be "Dialogues des Carmélites," "La Traviata," and "Pélleas et Mélisande."…
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Joyce DiDonato & Erin Morley Lead Philadelphia Orchestra 2018-19 Season
The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced its 2018-19 season with numerous vocal guests. For this article, we will only focus only on the vocal highlights. The season opens with Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the orchestra in Nico Muhly's suite from his recent opera "Marnie" alongside pianist Andre Watts in Grieg's Piano Concerto and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. Performance Dates: Sept. 14-16, 2018 On Nov. 8, 2018, Joyce DiDonato teams up with Nézet-Séguin for Chausson's…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream Preview: Simeone Young Leads ‘Salome’
On Sept. 21, 2017, the Vienna State Opera will present Richard Strauss’ early masterwork “Salome” as part of its live streaming service. The performance kicks off at 8 p.m. local time and runs through 9:45 p.m. with no intermissions. The work will feature Gun-Brit Barkmin in the title role while Zeljko Lucic will play her obsession Jochanaan. As Herodias, audiences will see mezzo Iris Vermillion while her husband, the lecherous…
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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Cancels ‘Salome’ At Vienna State Opera
Yannick Nézet-Séguin has pulled out of the Vienna State Opera's revival of "Salome." According to a press release from the state opera, the conductor cancelled with a doctor’s note but no specific cause was stated. As a result, he will be replaced by Simone Young, who is rehearsing Prokofiev’s "The Gambler." "Salome" is slated to star Željko Lučic, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke and Iris Vermillion. The opera will be performed on Sept.…
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Rolando Villazón & Ildar Abdrazakov Team Up For ‘Duets’
Deutsche Grammophon has announced Rolando Villazón's new album. The CD entitled "Duets" will include Ildar Abdrazakov with Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducting the Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. "Duets" will include French and Italian opera duets for tenor and bass/baritone and is set for release in September. It marks the singers’ first album together and marks Abdrazakov’s debut on the yellow label. It also marks Villazon's second duet album after having recorded one in…
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Best of Metropolitan Opera 2016-17: James Levine & The Best Conductors Of the Season
We’ve talked up the finest female performers. We’ve engaged in a discussion about the best men onstage. Now we shift over to the best conductors of the year, the artists that make the entire production work. In this edition, we only picked five, given that, unlike the other categories, there are far fewer to choose from. Here are our favorite conductors of the 2016-17 season, in alphabetical order. James Levine…