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Arianna Vendittelli, Jakub Józef Orliński, Luigi De Donato, & Benedetta Mazzucato Star in the 2024 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music


Programming for the 2024 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music has been announced. This article only features vocal performances. First up is a workshop for the upcoming performances of Giacomelli’s “Cesare in Egitto.” Soloists include Arianna Vendittelli, Emőke Barath, Filippo Mineccia, Margherita Maria Sala, Valerio Contaldo, and Federico Fiorio. Ottavio Dantone conducts the Accademia Bizantina. Performance Date: July 27, 2024 (Tyrolean {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Arianna Vendittelli On The Importance & Challenges Of Singing ‘Ermione,’ Interpretation & Career Development


Arianna Vendittelli’s career is one that most singers would dream of. She has an established reputation in the Mozart, Rossini and baroque repertoire, singing at the highest level in such roles as roles such as Fiordiligi, Zerlina, Cleopatra, Serse, Eurydice and many more. Moreover, she has been guided by such venerated artists as Ottavio Dantone, Riccardo Muti and Alessandro De {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Comunale di Ferrara 2024 Review: Orlando Furioso


Photo credit: Marco Caselli Nirmal Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” is a work that represents baroque opera at its most exciting. Set on Alcina’s magical island, where the weird and wonderful are commonplace, it opens up the possibility for colorful and spectacular stagings with shipwrecks, fantastical beasts, monsters and statues that come to life. There are high mountains, wooded groves, steep cliffs {…}


Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, Sarah Connolly & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Palau de la Música Catalana’s 2024-25 Season


The Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Spain has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Palau 100  Sarah Connolly jons Anima Aeterna Brugge and Pablo Heras-Casado for Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder.” The program also includes music by Bruckner. Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2024 Philippe Herreweghe leads a program that includes pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Collegium {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Innsbruck Early Music Festival 2023 Review: Juditha Triumphans


(Photo: Birgit Gufler) At the final curtain call of the Innsbruck Early Music Festival’s splendid production of Vivaldi’s only surviving oratorio, “Judtha Triumphans,” the loudest acclamation was reserved for its conductor, Alessandro De Marchi. After 13 years as its artistic director, he is stepping down from the position. The genuine warmth the festival audience showed towards De Marchi was clearly {…}


Gregory Kunde, Carmela Remigio, Ernesto Petti Lead Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni’s 2023-24 Season


Modena’s Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season opens with Giordano’s “Fedora” in a new production by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Aldo Sisillo conducts a cast that includes Teresa Romano, Yuliya Tkachenko, Luciano Ganci, and Simone Piazzola. Performance Dates: Oct. 13 & 15, 2023 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will be performed in four acts in a production by {…}


Danielle De Niese, Carmela Remigio, Gregory Kunde & Anna Pirozzi Lead Teatri di Reggio Emilia’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatri di Reggio Emilia has announced its 2023-24 season. Michele Pertusi, Piero Pretti, Ernesto Petti, Ramaz Chikviladze, Anna Pirozzi, Teresa Romano, Andrea Pellegrini, Michela Antenucci, and Andrea Galli star in Verdi’s “Don Carlo.” Jordi Bernàcer conducts the production by Joseph Franconi-Lee. Performance Dates: Nov. 17-19, 2023 Gregory Kunde, Luca Micheletti, and Francesca Dotto star in Verdi’s “Otello“ with Leonardo Sini {…}


Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical Announces 2023-24 Season


The Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical has announced its 2023-24 season featuring more than 204 concerts. Here are the vocal highlights. Quiteria Muñoz  joins the Accademia del Piacere and Fahmi Alqhai for Músicas mestizas. Performance Date: Oct. 8, 2023 The Accademia del Piacere performs alongside Núria Rial and Fahmi Alqhai. Performance Dates: Oct. 16 & 18, 2023 Asier Puga and {…}


Carmela Remigio, Gregory Kunde, Marina Rebeka & Luca Salsi Lead Teatro Municipale di Piacenza’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro Municipale di Piacenza has announced its 2023-24 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Otello” starring Gregory Kunde, Luca Micheletti, Antonio Mandrillo, and Francesca Dotto. Leonardo Sini conducts the production by Italo Nunziata.  Performance Dates: Dec. 11-17, 2023 Carmela Remigio sings the title role of Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” alongside Arianna Vendittelli, Luigi De Donato, Ruzil Gatin, and Paola Gardina. Diego Fasolis conducts the {…}