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DVD and CD Releases, News

Renée Fleming, Amitai Pati & Ekaterina Bakanova Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week, one of the biggest divas releases a highly anticipated album. There is also a world premiere recording and a re-release of a classic recording. Psyché Château Versailles Spectacles will release Jean-Baptiste Lully’s work featuring a cast that includes Ambroisine Bré, Déborah Cachet, Bénédicte Tauran, Cyril Auvity, Eugénie Lefebvre, Robert Getchell, Zachary Wilder, Fabien Hyon, Philippe Estèphe, Anas Séguin, Matthieu Heim, {…}


Maria Teresa Leva, Martina Serafin, Roberto Frontali, Ekaterina Bakanova & Tiziana Caruso Headline Teatro Lirico di Cagliari’s 2022 Season


(Credit: Teatro Lirico di Cagliari official website) The Teatro Lirico di Cagliari has announced its 2022 season, featuring five operas. Here is a full slate. Operas Martina Serafin, Marta Mari, Elena Schirru, Antonello Palombi, Mickael Spadaccini, Roberto Frontali, Leon Kim, Giuseppina Piunti, Alessandro Spina, Christian Collia, and Patrizio La Placa star in the Leo Muscato’s production of Licinio Refice’s “Cecilia.” {…}


María José Siri, Gregory Kunde, José Cura & Ekaterina Bakanova Headline Rai5 Broadcasts for Next Week


(Credits: Maria José Siri official website / Chris Gloag / Zoe Cura / Georg List) Italian television channel Rai5 has announced broadcasts for the week of Feb. 14 – Feb. 20, 2021. The opera broadcasts will be dedicated to composer Giacomo Puccini. The stream on Feb. 14 will be dedicated to late soprano Mirella Freni. OPERAS The broadcast of Niccolò {…}


Nadine Sierra & Ekaterina Bakanova Headline Teatro Real de Madrid’s ‘La Traviata’


(Credit: Marri Cyr / George List) The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced it will reopen with a production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” According to Platea Magazine, the company will present a semi-staged version of Willy Decker’s production starting July 1. The production will be showcased 27 times through July except on July 6, 20, 30, and 31. The production {…}


Xabier Anduaga, Ekaterina Bakanova & Christopher Ventris Highlight Teatro Nacional De São Carlos, Lisboa’s 2019-20 Season


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisboa has announced its 2019-20 season. The season will start off with Welsh National Opera’s production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” directed by David Pountney. The cast will feature Miklós Sebestyén as the Marquis of Calatrava / Il Padre Guardiano, Cristiana Oliveira / Julianna Di Giacomo as Leonora, Damiano Salerno as Don Carlo di {…}

Artist of the Week, News

Artist Of The Week: Ekaterina Bakanova


Ekaterina Bakanova is one of today’s rising stars, performing some of the most demanding roles in the lyric repertoire and making important house debuts around the world. In the past few years, she has steadily conquered such houses as the Royal Opera House, Semperoper Dresden, Wexford Opera Festival, Teatro La Fenice, and Teatro Regio di Torino. This week she will {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (11/17-19): Vittorio Grigolo, Joyce DiDonato & Ekaterina Bakanova Lead Must-See Operas


This weekend features a plethora of major performances from opera’s greatest stars all around the world. Here are our picks for the top five must-see shows of the weekend. L’Elisir D’Amore – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria  “Adriana Lecourevur” maybe the hottest ticket in Vienna because of Anna Netrebko but it isn’t the only show that is essential viewing. Vittorio Grigolo returns {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Ópera de Oviedo 2023-24 Review: La Traviata


Ópera de Oviedo finished the 2023 year with a polemic new “Traviata,” by director Paco Azorin and co-coproduced with the Festival Castell de Perelada, a splendid cast of singers and the energetic approach of its conductor, Òliver Dìaz. Paco Azorin is one of the most talented and prolific Spanish stage directors and set designers today. He sets the opera in {…}


National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing to Present ‘La Traviata’


The National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing is set to present “La Traviata.” The showcase, which kicks off on August 8, 2023, and runs through the 13th, will star Ekaterina Bakanova and Zhou Xiaolin as Violetta. They are joined by Shi Yijie and Kou Jing as Alfredo; Liao Changyong and Zhang Yang as Giorgio Germont, and Yajie Zhang as {…}