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Annalisa Stroppa, Riccardo Zanellato, Juliana Grigoryan & Raffaele Pé Lead Teatri di Reggio Emilia’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatri di Reggio Emilia has announced its 2024-25 season. The season opens with Rossini’s “Mosé in Egitto,” which will star Riccardo Zanellato, Dave Monaco, Mariam Battistelli, Toni Nezic, Aida Pascu, Angela Schisano, Andrea Galli, and Matteo Mezzaro. Giovanni Di Stefano conducts the production by Pier Francesco Maestrini. Performance Dates: Nov. 15 & 17, 2024 Annalisa Stroppa, Caterina Sala, Matteo Falcier, Matteo Guerzè, {…}


Maria Teresa Leva, Annalisa Stroppa & Angelo Villari Lead Teatro Grande di Brescia’s 2024 Season


The Teatro Grande di Brescia has announced its 2024 season. Sebastiano Rolli conducts Bellini’s “I Capuleti e I Montecchi” with Annalisa Stroppa, Caterina Sala, and Matteo Falcier. Andrea De Rosa directs. Performance Dates: Sept. 27 & 29, 2024 Do Yeon Kim, Junhyeok Park, Gabriele Valsecchi, and Matteo Torcaso star in Puccini’s “La Boheme” with Riccardo Bisatti conducting. Maria Luisa Bafunno {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Annalisa Stroppa, Lise Davidsen, Luciano Pavarotti & Yannick Nézet-Séguin Lead New CD/DVD Releases


Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world. This week you get albums from two very famous singers, a soundtrack to one of this year’s Oscar contenders, and two complete opera recordings you cannot miss. Maestro Deutsche Grammophon releases the official soundtrack to Bradley Cooper’s new film “Maestro.” The recording features {…}


Maria Agresta & Annalisa Stroppa Lead Teatro San Carlo’s ‘Anna Bolena’


The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli is set to open a production of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena.” The opera will be directed by Jetske Mijnssen in a co-production with the Dutch National Opera and the Palau de les Arts. Riccardi Frizza conducts a cast that includes Annalisa Stroppa, Maria Agresta, Alexander Vinogradov, and René Barbera. Regarding the opera, Frizza noted, “The score’s elevated, {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Annalisa Stroppa on ‘La Favorite,’ Bergamo & the Donizetti Opera Festival


(Credit: Michele Monasta) On Nov. 18, the Donizetti Opera Festival will open its 2022 festival with “La Favorite.” The opera is rarely performed but has been a showcase for many mezzo-sopranos in the history of opera. For this new production, Annalisa Stroppa will return to Bergamo and make her role debut as Léonor. The mezzo, who first sang with the {…}


Annalisa Stroppa & Javier Camarena Lead Donizetti Opera Festival’s ‘La Favorite’


The Donizetti Opera Festival is set to present “La Favorite.” The festival will present a critical edition edited by Rebecca Harris-Warrick, which reinstates the original French version as conceived by Donizetti for its first performance at the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris in 1840. Riccardo Frizza will conduct the work with a cast that includes Annalisa Stroppa {…}


Annalisa Stroppa, Javier Camarena & Alex Esposito Lead Donizetti Opera Festival’s 2022 Season


The Donizetti Opera Festival has announced its 2022 edition. The festival will present a new critical edition of “La favorite,” by Rebecca Harris Warrick from Ricordi. Music Director Riccardo Frizza will direct the operatic masterpiece. The production – newly co-produced with the Opéra National de Bordeaux – is directed by Valentina Carrasco with her team composed of Carles Berga and Peter van Praet for set {…}

Artist of the Week, Special Features

Artist of the Week: Annalisa Stroppa


Annalisa Stroppa is in the prime of her career performing on the great stages in the opera world and singing a diverse repertoire that spans Verdi, Donizetti, Bizet, Offenbach, Puccini, and Bellini. This week she returns to one of her signature roles in Bellini’s “Norma.” The mezzo, who has become a specialist in the Bel Canto repertoire, has championed the {…}