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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 {…}


Gran Teatre del Liceu Announces Cast Change for ‘Orgia’


The Gran Teatre del Liceu has announced a cast change for its production of “Orgia” The company said that baritone Christian Miedl will join the production of “Orgia,” scheduled for next April, replacing Jonathan McGovern, who for personal reasons has left the production. Miedl has appeared on the opera stage at the Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Stuttgart State Opera, {…}


Ermonela Jaho, Serena Sáenz, Juan Jesús Rodríguez Among Major Winners of Premios Ópera XXI’s 2022-23 Edition


The Premios Ópera XXI announced the winners of the 2022-23 season on Jan. 25, 2024. Taking home the prize for Best Musical Direction was Josep Pons for his work in “Parsifal” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Meanwhile, Juan Echanove was the winner of the Best Director award for “Pan y Toros” at the Teatro de la Zarzuela. In the {…}


Charles Castronovo, Elsa Dreisig, Maria Bengtsson, Lawrence Brownlee, Aleksandra Kurzak Headline 2023-24 Season at Grand Théâtre Genève


The Grand Théâtre Genève has announced its 2023-24 season. First up is “Don Carlo” in a production by Lydia Steier starring Charles Castronovo, Leonardo Capalbo, Dmitry Ulyanov, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Stéphane Degout, and Êve-Maud Hubeaux. Marc Minkowski conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 15 – 28, 2023  Lea Desandre, Ana María Labin, Ana Vieira Leite, Hugh Cutting, Kresimir Spicer, Moritz Kallenberg, and Renato {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva, Lisette Oropesa, Julia Bullock, Sondra Radvanovsky Headline Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2023-24 Season


Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu has unveiled its 2023-24 season. Operas The season opens with “Eugene Onegin” in a production by Christof Loy. The cast stars Svetlana Aksenova, Kristina Mkhitaryan, Audun Iversen, Iurii Saoilov, Alexey Neklyudov, and Jose Bros, among others. Performance Dates: Sept. 27 – Oct. 8, 2023 Elkhanah Pulitzer directs John Adams’ “Antony and Cleopatra.” The composer conducts {…}


Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Julia Kleiter & Sabina Puértolas Orquesta & Coro Nacionales de España’s 2022-23 Season


The Orquesta and Coro Nacionales de España have announced their 2022-23 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances for the season. The season opens with György Ligeti’s Requiem and Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie conducted by David Afkham with soloists Jenny Daviet and Barbara Kozelj. Performance Dates: Sept. 23-25, 2022 György Ligeti’s Atmosphères and Antonín Dvořák’s Te Deum and {…}


Taras Konoshchenko & Andromahl Raptis Highlight Staatstheater Nürnberg’s 2019-20 Season


Staatstheater Nürnberg has announced its 2019-20 season, which will include a number of premieres. Premieres The season will open with Verdi’s “Don Carlos,” directed by Jens-Daniel Herzog. The cast will feature Tadeusz Szlenkier in the title role, alongside Nicolai Karnolsky as Philip II King of Spain, Emily Newton as Elisabeth of Valois, Martina Dike as Princess Eboli, Sangmin Lee as {…}


‘Oceane’ & Michael Fabiano’s ‘Faust’ Among Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – International Edition


This weekend sees two world premieres continue their first runs. It will also include a major role debut for a rising star tenor, one acclaimed production, and one rarely-performed work. Les Bienveillantes – Opera Vlaanderen, Belgium Peter Rundel conducts Hector Parra’s new opera in a production by Calixto Bieto. The work stars Peter Tantsits, Rachel Harnisch, Natascha Petrinsky, and Günter {…}


Iréne Theorin, Zoran Todorovich & Corinne Winters Headline Opera Vlaanderen’s 2018-19 Season


Opera Vlaanderen and Ballet has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring a number of rarely performed works and repertoire staples. There will also be a world premiere and a number of concerts. For this season announcement, we have only focused on the vocal events. Productions  Wagner’s “Lohengrin” opens the season with Zoran Todorovich in the title role. David Alden directs the production {…}