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Teatro alla Scala Announces Cast Change for ‘Guillaume Tell’


The Teatro alla Scala has announced a cast change for its production of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell.” The company said, “We inform you that the role of Mathilde in ‘Guillaume Tell’ is entrusted to Salome Jicia instead of Marina Rebeka, forced to withdraw from the production due to health reasons.” Jicia has performed worldwide including Poland, Georgia, and Berlin as well {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Annalisa Stroppa, Lise Davidsen, Luciano Pavarotti & Yannick Nézet-Séguin 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 you get albums from two very famous singers, a soundtrack to one of this year’s Oscar contenders, and two complete opera recordings you cannot miss. Maestro Deutsche Grammophon releases the official soundtrack to Bradley Cooper’s new film “Maestro.” The recording features {…}


Teatro alla Scala to Stream ‘L’amore dei tre re’


The Teatro alla Scala is set to stream “L’amore dei tre re” on its LaScalatv platform. The stream will take place on Nov. 11 and will star Evgeny Stavinsky, Roman Burdenko, Giorgio Berrugi, Giorgio Misseri, Andrea Tanzillo, Chiara Isotton, and Fan Zhou. Pinchas Steinberg conducts the new production by Àlex Ollé / La Fura dels Baus. “L’amore dei tre re,” features {…}

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. {…}


Ravenna Festival to Present Riccardo Muti & Verdi


The Ravenna Festival is set to present “a trilogy according to Riccardo Muti.” From Dec. 16 to 22, Muti will lead his Cherubini Orchestra in the semi-staged performances of “Norma” and “Nabucco” and in an all-Verdi gala at the 19th-century Alighieri Theatre. On Dec. 16 and 19, Muti will conduct Bellini’s “Norma” with Klodjan Kaçani, Vittorio De Campo, Monica Conesa, {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Palau de Les Arts Review 2022-23: Ernani


(Photo Credit: Miguel Lorenzo/Mikel Ponce) Valencia closed its 2022-23 season with Verdi’s “Ernani.” The success of their proposal relied on a strong cast, a non-provocative production, and the ardent labour of the young Italian conductor Michele Spotti in the pit. The production, directed by Andrea Bernard, was a co-production with Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The stage simulated a landscape {…}


Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Sonya Yoncheva, Jonas Kaufmann & Luca Salsi Lead Teatro alla Scala’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro alla Scala has announced ts 2023-24 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Don Carlo” which will star René Pape, Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi, Ain Anger, Anna Netrebko, and Elīna Garanča. Riccardo Chailly conducts a production by Lluis Pasqual. Maria Jose Siri and Ekaterina Semenchuk perform the final two performances. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 2023-Jan. 2, 2024 Sonya Yoncheva {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Sondra Radvanovsky, Sonya Yoncheva, Angel Blue, Asmik Grigorian Headline Royal Opera House’s 2023-24 Season


The Royal Opera House has unveiled its 2023-24 season. It all kicks off with a production of “Das Rheingold” directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Antonio Pappano. The opera stars Christopher Maltman, Christopher Purves, Sean Panikkar, Marina Prudenskaya, Kiandra Howarth, and Wiebke Lehmkulm. Performance Dates: Sept. 11 – 29, 2023 Next up is “La Forza del Destino” in a {…}