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Metropolitan Opera to Present Holiday Version of ‘The Magic Flute’


(Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera) The Metropolitan Opera is set to celebrate the holiday season with its production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The company will present the work 13 times performances between December 8–30. The English-language adaptation runs under two hours and features a production by Tony Award–winning director Julie Taymor. Patrick Furrer and Gareth Morrell share conducting duties, {…}

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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. {…}


Santa Fe Opera to Present Free Screening of ‘Rusalka’ at Railyard Park


(Credit: Curtis Brown) Santa Fe Opera has announced the return of its “Opera in the Park” series with a free screening of “Rusalka” on Sept. 10, 2023. Audiences will be able to check out the production at Railyard Park at 4:30 p.m. local time. The opera stars Ailyn Pérez in the title role alongside Robert Watson, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Mary Elizabeth {…}


Rolando Villazón Out of Opening Performance of Santa Fe Opera’s ‘Orfeo’ After Sustaining Injury in Rehearsal


The Santa Fe Opera has announced that Rolando Villazón has been forced to withdraw from the July 29, 2023 performance of “Orfeo” due to a “minor injury” he sustained during the final dress rehearsal. In his stead, the company is calling on Luke Sutliff to take over the title role while Villazón rests for a prescribed four days. “I am {…}


Santa Fe Opera Announces Cast Updates for 5 Productions


The Santa Fe Opera has announced a plethora of casting updates for its 2023 season. As previously announced, soprano Leah Hawkins will sing three additional performances in the title role of “Tosca” on June 30, July 5, and 8. She will step in for the originally scheduled Angel Blue, who withdrew to go on tour with The Metropolitan Opera. However, {…}


 Natalya Romaniw, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Kate Lindsey & John Relyea Lead English National Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The English National Opera has announced its 2023-24 season. Gwyn Hughes Jones, Elizabeth Llewellyn, and Simon Bailey star in Britten’s “Peter Grimes” with Martyn Brabbins conducting David Alden’s production. Performance Dates: Sept. 21–Oct. 11, 2023 Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Iolanthe” returns to the company with Chris Hopkins conducting the production by Cal McCrystal. Samantha Price, Ellie Laugharne, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Marcus Farnsworth, John Savournin, {…}


Rolando Villazón, Ailyn Pérez, Angel Blue & Susan Graham Lead Santa Fe Opera’s 2023 Season


The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2023 season and revealed its 19th world premiere slated for 2024. The company noted that in 2024, the company has commissioned a new opera by two of America’s most exciting talents, composer Gregory Spears and former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy K. Smith titled “The Righteous.” The 2023 Season  The Santa Fe Opera’s 66th Festival {…}


Ben Bliss, Golda Schultz, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Christian Van Horn Headline the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’


(Credit: Marty Sohl) The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive Stravinsky’s iconic “The Rake’s Progress” on May 30, 2022. The opera will be conducted by Susanna Mälkki, making her company return for the first time since 2016. The Jonathan Miller production will be headlined by Ben Bliss, Golda Schultz in her role debut as Anne, and Raehann Bryce-Davis as Baba {…}