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Joseph Calleja, Amanda Echalaz, Phillip Rhodes, Erika Grimaldi & Simone Piazzola Lead New Zealand Opera’s 2022 Season


(Credits: Dragana Ranković/Semperoper Dresden official website/ NZ Opera official website/ Bayerische Staatsoper official website/Bayerische Staatsoper official website) The New Zealand Opera has announced its 2022 slate, featuring numerous international artists and productions. “Summer of Opera” will take place in Wellington, Auckland, and at Hamilton Garden Arts Festival. The event will spotlight music by Bizet, Bernstein, and other famous composers. Performance {…}


Susan Graham, Ryan McKinny, Amanda Echalaz To Host ‘Songs from the Santa Fe Opera’ Performance Series


Santa Fe Opera has announced a new digital performance series that will take place throughout July. The series, entitled “Songs from the Santa Fe Opera,” will celebrate the opening nights of the operas that the company was originally set to perform throughout the 2020 season. “We feel strongly about bringing the joy of opera to our communities during this difficult {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

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 {…}

News, Streaming

Patricia Racette, Lucas Meachem, Marjorie Owens, Nicholas Brownlee Headline The Dallas Opera’s 2024 Streaming Slate


The Dallas Opera has announced that it will be releasing free digital streams of its recent productions over the course of the next six months. First up is “Rigoletto” from 2022, directed by Tomer Zvulun and starring George Gagnidze, Madison Leonard, and René Barbera. Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Streaming Dates: April 1 – May 31, 2024 Then comes “Hansel and Gretel,” also {…}


Opera Holland Park Announces 2024 Season


Opera Holland Park has announced its 2024 season featuring two Puccini operas celebrating the centenary of the composer’s death. Puccini’s “Tosca” will be revived from a 2008 OHP production. Matthew Kofi Waldren conducts a cast that includes Amanda Echalaz, José de Eça, Edwin Kaye, and Jack Holton. Performance Dates: May 28-June 22, 2024 A new production of Rossini’s “The Barber {…}


The Dallas Opera to Perform ‘Das Rheingold’ with Nicholas Brownlee


The Dallas Opera is set to premiere a new production of Wagner’s epic tale “Das Rheingold.” The opera returns to the company after a 20-year absence with Emmanuel Villaume conducting. Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera, directs a cast led by Nicholas Brownlee as Wotan, Michael Mayes as Alberich, Amanda Echalaz as Fricka (TDO debut), Brenton {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Grange Park Opera 2022 Review: La Gioconda


(Credit: © Marc Brenner) “La Gioconda,” or “‘The Ballad singer” to give the opera its usual English translation, actually translates to, “The Happy Woman.” Irony overload, indeed, for an opera infused with sin, bitter revenge, betrayal, adultery, suicide, murder, cruelty and the Roman Inquisition. “La Gioconda” is a bit of a bizarre opera, by any standards. Encapsulating passion, violence and ultimately tragedy it {…}


Elizabeth DeShong, Lucas Meachem, Kangmin Justin Kim, Nicholas Brownlee, Ying Fang Headline The Dallas Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The Dallas Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Emmanuel Villaume conducts a cast starring George Gagnidze, Madison Leonard, René Barbera, Nadia Krasteva, Raymond Aceto, Nicholas Newtown, Erik Earl Larson, Julius Ahn, Alison Bolshoi, and Malcolm Payne Jr., among others. The production will be directed by Tomer Zvulun and is presented in collaboration with Houston {…}


Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, and Joseph Calleja Headline Grange Park Opera Surrey’s 2022 Season


Grange Park Opera, Surrey has announced its 2022 season, which will feature operas by Janáček, Ponchielli, Verdi, and Wagner. Several of opera’s biggest stars, including Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside, and Joseph Calleja, are slated to perform opera at its most grand. Here’s what is in store for audiences when the season kicks off in June 2022. First up is Janáček’s {…}