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Ekaterina Gubanova, Dimitri Platanias, Catherine Foster, Cellia Costea Headline Greek National Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Greek National Opera has unveiled its 2023-24 season. First up is a gala entitled “Callas at the Herodium” in honor of the legendary soprano. The gala will feature superstar singers from around the world performing works by Verdi, Wagner, Donizetti, and Beethoven, among others. Performance Date: Sept. 16, 2023 The company will present “The Artist on the Composer” featuring {…}


Ekaterina Gubanova & Liudmyla Monastyrska Send Message of Peace at Teatro San Carlo


On Feb. 26, the Teatro Carlo ended its run of “Aida” with a sign that music can unite. At the end of the performance, Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska and Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova hugged in front of the audience as they took their curtain calls. The symbolic gesture was a message of peace, which the two artists wanted to send {…}


Okka von der Damerau Replaces Ekaterina Gubanova in Staatsoper Berlin’s ‘Lohengrin’


(Credit: Mathias Leidgschwendner) The Staatsoper Unter den Linden has announced that mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova will not be appearing in the role of Ortrud in Wagner’s “Lohengrin” for the final performance of the opera in 2021 on Dec. 12. As a result, mezzo-soprano Okka von der Damerau will take over the role. The mezzo will join a cast that includes Martin {…}


Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ekaterina Gubanova & Yulia Matochkina Headline Mariinsky Theatre’s New Production of ‘The Maid of Orleans’


The Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg has announced that it will be presenting a production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Maid of Orleans” for five performances starting on May 28 and running through June 18, 2021. The production will be directed by Alexei Stepanyuk and will be conducted by Valery Gergiev. The opera’s title role will be shared by major operatic superstars including {…}


Elena Stikinha, Alexei Markov, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Albina Shagimuratova Headline Mariinsky Theatre’s Fall 2021 Season


(Credit: ©Alexander Neff) The Mariinsky Theatre has announced the operas it will present throughout September and October 2021. The company will showcase “The Maid of Orleans” with a cast starring Ekaterina Semenchuk, Maria Bayankin, Sergei Skorohodov, Mikhail Petrenko, Vladislav Kupriyanov, Alexei Markov, and Evgeny Nikitin under the baton of Valery Gergiev. Performance Dates: Sept. 8 & Oct. 9, 2021 “Le Nozze {…}


Anna Netrebko, Lise Davidsen, Sonya Yoncheva, Elīna Garanča, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, Asmik Grigorian & Ludovic Tézier Lead Wiener Staatsoper’s 2024-25 Season


The Wiener Staatsoper has announced its 2024-25 season. Premieres Philippe Jordan conducts Verdi’s “Don Carlo” in a new production by Kirill Serebrennikov. The production stars Asmik Grigorian, Roberto Tagliavini, Joshua Guerrero, Étienne Dupuis, Eve-Maud Hubeaux, and Dmitry Ulyanov. The second cast will include Nicole Car, Elīna Garanča, and Vitalij Kowaljow. Performance Dates: Sept. 26, 2024-March 23, 2025 György Kurtág’s “Fin {…}


Benjamin Bernheim, Lisette Oropesa, Ludovic Tézier & Asmik Grigorian Lead Opéra de Paris’ 2024-25 Season


The Opéra de Paris has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Verdi’s “Falstaff” opens the season with a cast that includes Ambrogio Maestri, Olivia Boen, Marie-Andrée Bouchard-Lesieur, Andrei Kymach, Gregory Bonfatti, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Iván Ayón-Rivas, and Federica Guida. Michael Schønwandt conducts the production by Dominique Pitoiset. Performance Dates: Sept. 10-30, 2024 Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will star Eleonora Buratto, Elena Stikhina, Aude {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča, Nicholas Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Pretty Yende & Christopher Maltman Lead Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2024-25 Season


The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2024-25 season. Premieres  Tobias Krazter directs a new production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” with Nicholas Brownlee, Milan Siljanov, Sean Panikkar, Markus Brück, Matthias Klink, Matthew Rose, Timo Riihonen, Ekaterina Gubanova, Mirjam Mesak, and Wiebke Lehmkuhl. Vladimir Jurowski conducts. Performance Dates: Oct. 27, 2024-July 31, 2025 Damiano Michieletto directs Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” with {…}


Houston Symphony Orchestra Announces 2024-25 Season


The Houston Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2024-25 Season. Here are the vocal performances for the season. Juraj Valčuha conducts Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” with Gábor Bretz and Ekaterina Gubanova. The program also includes Britten and Prokofiev. Performance Dates: Feb. 15 & 16, 2025 Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts a program of music by Strauss and Brahms. The soloists are Hilary Hahn and the Houston Symphony Chorus. {…}