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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur 2023-24 Review: Lakmé


Photo credit:  © Dominique Jaussein The Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur inaugurated their 2023-2024 season with a new staging of Léo Delibe’s “Lakmé” coproduced with the Opéra-Comique in Paris, which premiered the production in September-October 2022, and the Opéra national du Rhin which will present performances in Mulhouse and Strasbourg in November 2023. Pelly’s Anti-Kitsch ‘Lakmé’ This coproduction marks the {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Anna Pirozzi, Ian Bostridge, Lars Vogt & Krassimira Stoyanova Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences will get to hear the final recording of one of the greatest pianists of his generation, a rare verismo opera, an original version of a Verdi opera, and modern works. Here is a look! Zingari  Opera Rara releases its recording of Leoncavallo’s “Zingari” internationally via Warner Classics. Artistic Director Carlo Rizzi conducts the restored original version of {…}


Michael Fabiano & Cast of Canceled Monnaie ‘Carmen’ Pen Open Letter to Belgium’s Prime Minister


The cast of the now-canceled production of “Carmen” at La Monnaie has written an open letter to the Prime Minister of Belgium. The letter, penned by tenor Michael Fabiano and co-signed by other cast members, placed the blame for La Monnaie’s closure on the government and noted that the decision to limit theaters to just 200 people at a time {…}


Enea Scala, Michael Fabiano, Corinne Winters, Barbara Hannigan, Davinia Rodriguez, Stéphanie d’Oustrac Lead La Monnaie’s 2021-22 Season


(Photo Credits: In Art Management / © Jiyang Chen / Gillian Riesen / © Raphael Brand / LA Opera official website / © Jean-Baptiste Millot) La Monnaie De Munt has announced its new 2021-22 season, consisting of 12 operas and seven recitals. Here is the full slate. Operas Kris Defoort and Peter van Kraaij’s opera “The time of our singing” {…}

News, Streaming

Opera Vlaanderen to Livestream ‘Dido and Aeneas’


(Credit: Blandine Soulage) Opera Vlaanderen in Belgium is set to livestream “Dido and Aeneas” on April 24. The live opera film will feature a cast that includes Alix Le Saux as Dido, Guillaume Andrieux as Aeneas, Claron McFadden as Belinda, Erika Stucky as Sorceress, spirit, interludes, Marie Goyette as Juno, and Thorbjörn Björnsson as Jupiter. Bart Naessens will conduct the {…}


Amanda Forsythe, Lenneke Ruiten, Calixto Bieito Headline Les Talens Lyriques’ 2020-21 Season


(Credit: Ceric Larrayadieu) Les Talens Lyriques has announced its 2020-21 season, which will include performances across Europe in London, Vienna, Paris, Würzburg, Dortmund, Heidelberg, Linz, Innsbruck, Ferrara, Bologna, Genoa, Bilbao, Brussels, Liège, Caen, Rouen, and Qatar. For the intents of this article, we will focus on opera and vocal performances. The season kicks off performances of Purcell’s “Orpheus Britannicus,” Suite {…}


Juan Jesús Rodríguez, Rocío Pérez, Vuvu Mpofu & Emöke Baráth Highlight Opéra national de Lorraine’s 2020-21 Season


The Opéra national de Lorraine has announced its 2020-21 season. Here is a look at the production and vocal concerts that the theater will showcase this season. Opera The season opens with Zemlinsky’s “Görge le rêveur” starring Peter Wedd, Helena Juntunen, Susanna Hurrell, Andrew Greenan, Piotr Lempa, Allen Boxer, Alexander Sprague, Wieland Satter, Piotr Lempa, Aurelie Jarjaye, Kaëlig Boché, and {…}


Julia Bullock & Marc Laho Lead Opéra De Lille’s 2019-20 Season


The Opéra de Lille has announced its 2019-20 season featuring a number of rare works and one of the great masterpieces of the canon. Purcell’s “The Indian Queen” opens the season with Anna Dennis, Tristan Hambleton, Hugo Hymas, Gareth John, Rowan Pierce, Nick Pritchard, Christopher Ettridge, Elisabeth Hopper, James McGregor, Julie Legrand, Ben Porter, and Jules Werner. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Guy Cassiers’ production. {…}


Ermonela Jaho & Jessica Pratt Lead Opéra De Marseille’s 2019-20 Season


Eight operas highlight the Opera de Marseille’s 2019-20 Season. The company announced a roster of upcoming stars with a number of stars in new and revived productions. The season opens with Mozart;’s “The Magic Flute” starring Anne-Catherine Gillet, Serenad Uyar, Cyril Dubois, Philippe Estephe, and Wenwei Zhang. Lawrence Foster conducts the production by Numa Sadoul. Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 6, 2019 Karine Deshayes stars in {…}