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Metropolitan Opera 2023-2024 Review: Turandot


(Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera) The 350th performance of “Turandot” at the Met exceeded expectations with Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv and Russian soprano Elena Pankratova making their house debuts and intentionally working together to deliver jaw-dropping moments of overwhelming musical beauty and power. The night also featured remarkable performances by South Korean tenor SeokJong Baek, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: La Forza del Destino


(Credit: Karen Almond) It’s been a long time since “La Forza del Destino” got a chance on the Met stage. To be exact, it’s been about 18 years. Back then, in 2006, the Verdi melodrama was presented in an imposing traditionally-set production with a cast of Italianate voices. It was supposed to return a decade later in a new production {…}


Francesco Meli, Vanessa Goikoetxea & Sara Blanch Lead Maggio Musicale’s 2024 Season


The Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has announced its 2024 season and its 86th annual festival. Here is a look at the opera and vocal performances. Nikolas Nägele conducts Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” with Aitana Sanz-Pérez, Sandro Lombardi, Elena Ghiaurov, and Annibale Pavone. Performance Date: Jan. 15 & 16, 2024 Giuseppe La Malfa conducts “La Principessa di Gelo” in a production by Manu Lalli. The production will {…}


Opéra de Paris Cancels ‘Turandot’ Performance Due to Strike


Opéra de Paris has canceled its Nov. 9, 2023 performance of “Turandot.” The company said that due to the mobilization of some of its employees as part of a national strike movement relating to the rights of intermittent workers in the entertainment industry, the Paris Opera is not able to present the opera ‘Turandot’ this Thursday, November 9 at 7:30. The {…}

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Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: La Forza del Destino


(Credit: Royal Opera) I suppose anything with “Destiny” in the title will always be a bit profound. In fact, “La Forza” is about as profound and gloomy, if not downright dark as it gets, even by Verdi’s standards. At around four and a half hours, it’s also his longest work. It’s a story of love, death, and revenge. Mainly revenge. {…}


Arte Releases Sonya Yoncheva & Vittorio Grigolo’s ‘Tosca’ Recording from Arena di Verona


Arte is streaming a recording of Puccini’s “Tosca” from the Arena di Verona. The recording stars Sonya Yoncheva as Floria Tosca and Vittorio Gridolo as Cavaradossi. Roman Burdenko stars as the Barone Scarpia with Carlo Bosi as Spoleta and Giulio Mastrototaro as Il sagrestano. Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducts the productions by Hugo de Ana while Tiziano Mancini directs for the screen. The {…}

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Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2023 Review: Otello


Credit: Vincent Beaume When Pierre Audi, the director of Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, announced that Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier would sing in a one-night-only concert version of “Otello,” tickets sold out in a minute. Even admittance for critics was scarce, and the festival gave seats out only when audience members turned in their tickets. Ill in London, Kaufmann canceled. This reviewer’s {…}


Anna Netrebko, Sondra Radvanovsky, Benjamin Bernheim & Ludovic Tézier Lead Opéra de Paris’ 2023-24 Season


The Opéra de Paris has announced its 2023-24 Season featuring many new productions and many of the great stars in the world. Alexander Soddy conducts Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with a cast that includes Peter Mattei, Kyle Ketelsen, Adela Zaharia, Julia Kleiter, Ben Bliss, Cyrille Dubois, John Relyea, Gaëlle Arquez, Tara Erraught, Alex Esposito, Bogdan Talos, Guilhem Worms, Ying Fang, and {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2022-23 Review: Falstaff


On Mar. 12, 2023, the Metropolitan Opera revived and gave the Robert Carsen-directed “Falstaff” its season premiere, marking the company’s 193rd performance that crackled with energy and verve. There was electricity in the crowd, as well. At times, an opening night can feel like a final dress rehearsal. This was not one of those times. The show was tight and {…}