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Met Opera Star Igor Golovatenko to Perform at Bolshoi Theatre


Over the next month baritone, Igor Golaventko will perform at the Bolshoi Theatre. The baritone, who is set to return to the Metropolitan Opera over the next few seasons, will perform productions of “La Bohème,” “Boris Godunov,” “The Queen of Spades,” and “Iolanta.” The baritone recently performed in the Met’s “Eugene Onegin” and General Director Peter Gelb said in an {…}


Igor Golovatenko & Ailyn Pérez Lead Metropolitan Opera’s Revival of ‘Eugene Onegin’


(Credit: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera) Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” returns to the Metropolitan Opera for six performances. The opera, which will be performed between March 25 and April 14, will be performed in Deborah Warner’s production with Russian baritone Igor Golovatenko, who returns to the company following his successful 2019 Met debut in Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades,” this time {…}


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 {…}


Asmik Grigorian Replaces Sonya Yoncheva in Berliner Philharmoniker’s ‘Iolanta’


(Credit: Algirdas Bakas) The Berliner Philharmoniker has announced that soprano Sonya Yoncheva has canceled her participation in the title role in Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” for concert performances of the opera on Jan. 12, 14 & 15, 2022 due to flu. As a result, soprano Asmik Grigorian will take over the role, making her Berliner Philharmoniker house debut. Grigorian joins a cast {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Cecilia Bartoli, Asmik Grigorian & Leo Nucci Lead New CD/DVD Releases – July 15


This week audiences are in for six brand new DVDs with some of the worlds greatest singers. It will be hard to pick one from these new releases. Here is a look! L’Italiana D’Algeri  Cecilia Bartoli’s acclaimed role debut in Rossini’s classic gets released through Unitel. She is joined by Ildar Abdrazakov, Edgardo Rocha, and Alessandro Corbelli. Moshe Leiser and {…}


Elena Obraztsova Competition Announces Western Agencies in Jury


The Elena Obraztsova Singing Competition has announced the jury members for the 2024 edition which will take place between July 21 and 27, 2024. The competition, which is sponsored by Russia’s Minister of Culture, will see Larisa Gergieva, the Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers heading the jury. The jury will also include two Western agencies  {…}


Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Lise Davidsen & Freddie De Tommaso Lead Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 Season


The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. New Productions  Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s “Aida” in a new production by Michael Mayer. Angel Blue, Judit Kutasi, Piotr Beczała, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Morris Robbinson. Alexander Soddy conducts the second cast with Christina Nilsson, Elīna Garanča, Brian Jagde, Eri Owens, Michael Chioldi, Amartüvshin Enkhbatyn, Alexander Vinogradov, and Krzysztof Bączyk. John {…}


Lise Davidsen & Brian Jagde Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘La Forza del Destino’


The Metropolitan Opera is set to present a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” on Feb. 26, 2024. The new production will be directed by Mariusz Treliński, who previously directed “Iolanta,” Bluebeard’s Castle” and “Tristan und Isolde” at the Met. It also marks the return of the opera which has been absent at the company for 18 years. {…}


Ermonela Jaho, William Thomas, Eleonora Buratto, Iván Ayón-Rivas Headlines Opera Rara’s 2024 Slate


Opera Rara has announced its Spring 2024 performance slate. First up will be the third recital in its Salon Series featuring bass William Thomas as he presented music by Verdi and Donizetti alongside pianist Florent Mourier. Performance Dates: Feb. 22, 2024 Then comes a presentation of the 1857 version of Verdi’s “Simon Bocanegra.” The edition, edited by Roger Parker at Casa {…}