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DVD and CD Reviews, Reviews

CD Review: Hèctor Parra’s ‘Les Bienveillantes’


This is the sixth of Hèctor Parra’s stageworks, but only the second by the Spanish composer to be issued commercially on disc. His earlier “Hypermusic Prologue“ from 2009 was a mind-numbingly complicated sonic experience—one of those conceptually overblown music-theater experiments that every “serious” European composer of the past decades has felt impelled to foist on audiences. But in the ten {…}

News, Streaming

Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala, Markus Werba, Thomas Hampson, Anita Rachvelishvili Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week


Happy 2021! As we settle into this New Year, this week’s streams will feature a host of celebratory concerts from around the world as well as some productions of opera favorites from some of the most renowned companies in the world. New Year’s Recital – Istituto Italiano di Cultura Hong Kong (NOW) Kick off the first week of the New {…}


Stefan Vinke, Allison Oakes & Vitalij Kowaljow Lead Opera Australia Rescheduled Ring Cycle


(Credits: Stefan Vinke / Iona MacPherson / Vitalij Kowaljow official website) Opera Australia has announced new dates for its production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the opera house was forced to postpone the production for 2021. Wagner’s acclaimed masterwork was originally been scheduled for November 2020. Per the new schedule, the season will now {…}


Roberto Alagna, Venera Gimadieva & Alice Coote Headline Hamburg State Opera’s 2020-21 Season


Article in collaboration with Dejan Vukosavljevic The Hamburg State Opera has announced its 2020-21 season featuring six new productions and a number of revivals. Here is a look at the season. Oper Stabile  Penderbayne’s “Unser kleines Scheißkaff” will be performed by Larissa Wäspy, Kady Evanyshyn, Ida Aldrian, Nicholas Mogg, Hubert Kowalczyk, Peter Galliard, and Katja Pieweck. Ingmar Beck conducts the {…}


Amanda Majeski, Lester Lynch & Rebecca Evans Highlight Welsh National Opera’s 2020-21 Season


The Welsh National Opera has announced its 2020-21 season featuring six productions on the main stage. Here is a look at what to expect. Autumn 2020 The season opens with a revival of Janáček and Preissová’s “Jenůfa” starring Amanda Majeski in the title role. She is joined by a cast that includes Peter Berger, Helena Zubanovich, Ed Lyon and Rhodri {…}


David Butt Philip, Hiromi Omura & Jessica Pratt Lead Opera Australia’s Melbourne 2020 Season


Opera Australia has announced its 2020 Melbourne program, which will include staged operas, concert performances, and musicals. Operas Graeme Murphy will direct an “innovative and visually stunning” new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” It will showcase how “the digital screens can be used to enhance the storytelling and opera experience,” says Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini in the press release. Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura {…}


Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Elena Stikhina & Kyle Ketelsen Lead Grand Theatre Genève’s 2019-20 Season


The Grand Theatre Geneve has announced its 2019 season featuring eight productions. Check it our right here. The season opens with Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s monumental opera “Einstein on the Beach.“ The work is set to be conducted by Titus Engel with Daniele Finzi Pasca directing the work. Performance Dates: Sept. 11-18, 2019 Serena Farnocchia and Elena Stikhina share the {…}


Natalie Dessay, Adriana González, Marina Viotti & Simon Keenlyside Lead LIFE Victoria’s 2023-24 Season


LIFE Victoria has announced its 2023-24 season celebrating Victoria de Los Angeles’ centenary. Natalia Labourdette, Laurence Kilsby, and Kunal Lahiry perform alongside LIFE New Artists Milan Perišić and Quimey Urquiaga. Performance Date: Oct. 3, 2023 Siobhan Stagg and Kunal Lahiry perform alongside LIFE New Artists Inés López and Jesús López Blanco. The program includes music by Ravel, Duparc, Fauré, Canteloube, {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Anita Rachvelishvili, Angel Blue & Zachary James Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences will get a chance to hear two solo albums from some of the most exciting artists in the industry, world premiere recordings, and a rarely performed opera, among others. Here is a look at the new releases: Élégie  Sony Classical will release Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili’s second album. The new album will showcase Rachvelishvili in the song {…}