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Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Johannes Martin Kränzle on Christof Loy’s New ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Salzburg Festival, Role Preparation, & German Vocal Instruction


Before German baritone, composer, and instrumentalist Johannes Martin Kränzle joined the ranks of singers, he studied violin and directed music theater in Hamburg. The baritone studied voice with Martin Gründler and began his operatic career at such venues as Theater Dortmund, Staatsoper Hannover, and the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt. Since then, Kränzle has sung at the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House; {…}


Salzburg Festival 2020 Preview: Christof Loy & Conductor Joana Mallwitz Talk ‘Così fan tutte’


(Credit: SF/ Anne Zeuner) Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera “Così fan tutte” will make its way onto the big stage of the Grosses Festspielhaus at the Salzburg Festival 2020 starting on August 2, 2020. Given the complex nature of things due to continued concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the production was a daunting task for everyone, primarily the director Christof {…}


Enea Scala, Mane Galoyan, Raffaele Pe & Zuzana Marková Highlight Oper Köln’s 2022-23 Season


The Oper Köln has announced its 2022-23 season featuring nine new productions and five revivals. Here is a look at the operatic productions of the season. Premieres Enea Scala headlines Berlioz’s “Les Troyens” alongside Mirko Roschkowski in a new production by Johannes Erath. The cast also includes Veronica Simeoni, Isabelle Druet, and Marco Spotti. Francois Xavier-Roth conducts. Premiere Date: Sept. {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Asmik Grigorian, Louise Alder, Olesya Golovneva 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 audiences will get to see a compilation of Tchaikovsky songs, a Händel Oratorio and a solo album by one of the leading sopranos of today. Neun Deutsche Arien LAWO Classics is set to release Daniel Sæther’s album with the Ensemble C4. {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opéra de Monte-Carlo 2024 Review: Giulio Cesare in Egitto


Photo: Marco Borrelli On Sunday January 28th, 2024, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo gave the penultimate performance of a new production of Handel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto,” the third in a series of Handel productions featuring Cecilia Bartoli, following “Ariodante” in 2019 and “Alcina” in 2023, both staged by Christof Loy. This time, the staging was entrusted to Davide Livermore, scenographer {…}


Royal Opera House Announces New Cast Change for ‘Elektra’


Nina Stemme has withdrawn from the Jan. 18, 2024 performance of “Elektra” at the Royal Opera House. The company noted that Stemme is ill and as a result, the role of Elektra will be performed by Ausrine Stundyte, who made her highly anticipated Covent Garden debut as Elektra on Jan. 15, 2024. Stundyte is a well-known interpreter of Elektra as {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: Elektra


(Photo credit: © ROH 2024/Tristram Kenton) Had a family bust-up over the holidays? Don’t worry – it could be worse. Richard Strauss’ “Elektra,” with a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal from his 1903 play of the same, took a dysfunctional family of the opera stage to new extremes, boiling up Sophocles’ tale of matricide in the Freudian pressure cooker of {…}


Royal Opera House Announces Cast Change for ‘Elektra’


(Credit: Salzburg Festival / Bernd Uhlig) The Royal Opera House has announced a cast change for its production of “Elektra” on Jan. 15, 2024. The company said, “Sadly, Nina Stemme has withdrawn from singing the role of Elektra in this evening’s performance due to illness. The role of Elektra will be performed by Ausrine Stundyte who makes her highly anticipated {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

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. {…}