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Dafydd Jones Wins Royal Over-Seas League’s 72nd Annual Music Competition


Welsh tenor Dafydd Jones has won the 2024 Gold Medal in the Royal Over-Seas League’s 72nd Annual Music Competition. The final, which was held at London’s Wigmore Hall, saw four soloists compete in the final. Among the finalists were violinist Jordan Brooks, pianist Ignas Maknickas, and flutist Daniel Shao. The adjudicators were John Gilhooly CBE (chair), Geoff Parkin, Alexandra Dariescu, {…}


Elizabeth Llewellyn, Marina Monzo & Alexia Voulgaridou Lead Welsh National Opera’s 2022 Spring Season


The Welsh National Opera has announced its spring 2022 season. The season opens with a revival of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with two casts led by Simon Bailey, Joshua Bloom, Marina Monzo, Linda Richardson, Andrei Kymach, Duncan Rock, James Platt, Trystan Llŷr Griffiths, Kenneth Tarver, Sarah Tynan, Meeta Ravel, Harriet Eyley, Isabelle Peters, James Atkinson, and Gareth Brynmor John. Tobias Ringborg and Frederick Brown share conducting duties. Performance {…}


John Holiday, Jessica Jones & Vivica Genaux Lead Florentine Opera’s 2021-22 Season


The Florentine Opera in Wisconsin has announced that its 2021-22 season will be a ReSeason which will include some of the originally planned 2020-21 season performances. The season opens with Verdi’s “Rigoletto” starring Todd Thomas in the title role, Jessica Jones, Scott Quinn, Alan Higgs, and Olivia Vote. Omer Ben Seadia directs the production with Francesco Milioto conducting. Performance Dates: {…}


Fabio Armiliato, Alexandra LoBianco & Carl Tanner Lead Opera Carolina’s 2020-21 Season


Opera Carolina has announced its 2020-21 season featuring three operas, two from the standard repertoire and one new work. The season opens with Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Cellia Costea in the title role, Fabio Armiliato as Cavaradossi and Leo An as Scarpia. James Meena conducts a production by Michael Capasso. Performance Dates: Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2020 Douglas Tappin’s “I Dream” is {…}

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Opera Holland Park Festival 2024 Review: Tosca


(Photo credit: Ali Wright) Whatever your views on Puccini, “Tosca” always draws a crowd. In a UK opera landscape mired by cuts and ever-tightening budgets, it is reassuring to see an opera festival that continues to stand on its own two feet, irrespective of Arts Council funding (or perhaps more accurately lack thereof). A full house then, as it was {…}


Essex Summer Opera Festival to Perform ‘The Elixir of Love’ at Layer Marney Tower


On June 20, 2023, the Essex Summer Opera Festival is set to open at the historic Tudor Palace, Layer Marney Tower near Colchester. Festival-goers can picnic and enjoy the 120-acre grounds over the next four days, as well as a production of Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love.” Stage director Guido Martin-Brandis and music director Orlando Jopling lead a cast comprised {…}


Luca Salsi, Anna Netrebko, Lidia Fridman, Corinne Winters & Ian Bostridge Lead Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera The season opens with Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra“ in a production by Richard Jones. Michele Mariotti conducts the production with a cast that includes Luca Salsi in the title role, Eleonora Buratto, Stefan Pop, and Michele Pertusi. The opening night will be streamed on Rai5 and Radio3. Another cast will {…}


Santa Fe Opera Announces the Members of the 2024 Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians


(Photo credit: Kristin Hullihan) Santa Fe Opera has released the names of the 82 members of its 2024 Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians. Each season, Santa Fe Opera’s technical apprentices perform essential backstage functions within one of eight distinct crews: Audio/Visual, Costumes, Electrics, Production/Music Services, Properties, Scenic Art, Stage Operations and Wigs and Makeup. The crews carry out daily changeovers {…}

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Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: Andrea Chénier


(Credit: Mark Brenner) Barely a fortnight after His Majesty the King, opera luminaries, star singers, guests and audience all gathered to bid a fond and emotional farewell to Antonio Pappano as the Royal Opera House’s musical director; the maestro was back on the very same podium, guiding his musical charges through Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier.” Based loosely on the real-life French {…}