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Anja Harteros Cancels ‘Tosca’ & ‘Parsifal’ at Bayerische Staatsoper


Anja Harteros has canceled her performances of Wagner’s “Parsifal” and Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The soprano was originally set to perform a new production of Puccini’s opera and revive Wagner’s work. As a result, Eleonora Buratto will sing the title role of Tosca making her role debut while Irene Roberts will take over Kundry in “Parsifal” making her {…}


Aigul Akhmetshina, Danielle de Niese & Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Lead Glyndebourne Festival’s 2024 Season


The 2024 Glyndebourne Festival has been announced celebrating its 90th season. The season will open with a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” directed by Diane Paulus in her Glyndebourne directorial debut. Music Director Robin Ticciati and conductor Anja Bihlmaier will share conducting duties with two casts. The first cast will include mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb in the role of Carmen and {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Götterdämmerung


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) Having successfully staged strong productions of “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre,” followed by a slightly less convincing presentation of “Siegfried,” Sofia Opera & Ballet concluded its new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle with a splendid performance of “Götterdämmerung.” Not only was it musically, dramatically and visually gripping, but it also successfully brought together the threads {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Siegfried


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) After a very successful performance of “Die Walküre,” expectations were running high for Sofia Opera & Ballet’s production of “Siegfried,” the third opera in the company’s latest Ring Cycle. Unfortunately, however, it fell short of the standards set by the two preceding operas, “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre,” and was dwarfed by the excellent presentation {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Die Walküre


Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet Having successfully established its aesthetic and dramatic foundations during its production of “Das Rheingold” on the previous evening, Sofia Opera continued with its new presentation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle for what turned out to be a musically and theatrically strong performance of “Die Walküre.” Kartaloff’s Visually Stunning Direction The director, Plamen Kartaloff, along with his {…}

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Sofia Opera & Ballet 2023 Review: Das Rheingold


(Photo: Sofia Opera & Ballet) Bulgaria’s Sofia Opera has just premiered its new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, its second in the last 13 years. Perhaps even more remarkable, however, is the fact that in a country with a population of less than seven million people, the cycle was cast almost entirely using home-grown talent, with only two singers coming {…}


Ausrine Stundyte, Sara Jakubiak, Elena Guseva, Brian Jagde, Chiara Isotton Headline Opéra de Lyon’s 2023-24 Season


The Opéra de Lyon has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season kicks off with “Die Frau ohne Schatten” in a production by Mariusz Trelinski. Daniele Rustioni conducts a cast starring Sara Jakubiak, Josef Wagner, Ambur Braid, and Vincent Wolfsteiner. Performance Dates: Oct. 17 – 31, 2023 Daniele Rustioni conducts “Adriana Lecouvreur” with Elena Stikhina in the title role. The {…}


Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Lisette Oropesa, Elīna Garanča & Sondra Radvanovsky Lead Teatro San Carlo’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has announced its 2023-24 Season featuring concerts and operas. Sondra Radvanovsky and Oksana Dyka sing the title role in Puccini’s “Turandot” with Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Yusif Eyvazov, SeokJong Baek, Rosa Feola, and Amina Edris. Dan Ettinger conducts the new production by Vasily Barkhatov. Performance Dates: Dec.9-17, 2023 Mattia Olivieri, Alessandro Spina, Piero Pretti, Alex Esposito, {…}