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Annette Dasch, Johannes Martin Kränzle & Barnaby Rea Lead ‘Die Lustige Witwe’ at Oper Frankfurt


(Credit: Monika Rittershaus) The Oper Frankfurt has announced the upcoming run of Franz Lehár’s popular operetta “Die Lustige Witwe.” Headlining the cast are Annette Dasch as the merry widow herself, Hanna Glawari, and Johannes Martin Kränzle as her contentious lover Count Danilo Danilowitsch. In other central roles are Barnaby Rea as Baron Mirko Zeta, and Florina Ilie as his wife {…}


Michael Volle, Brindley Sherratt & Johannes Martin Kränzle Lead Opernhaus Zürich Reopening Night


(Credits: Gisela Schenker / Gerard Collett / © wildundleise.de) Opernhaus Zürich has announced that it will reopen on September 20, 2020, with the fully staged production of Modest Mussorgsky’s gigantic opera “Boris Godunov.” The cast for the opera includes Michael Volle, Lina Dambrauskaité, Irène Friedli, John Daszak, Konstantin Shushakov, Brindley Sherratt, Edgaras Montvidas, Oksana Volkova, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Alexei Botnarciuc, {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Johannes Martin Kränzle on Christof Loy’s New ‘Così fan tutte’ at the Salzburg Festival, Role Preparation, & German Vocal Instruction


Before German baritone, composer, and instrumentalist Johannes Martin Kränzle joined the ranks of singers, he studied violin and directed music theater in Hamburg. The baritone studied voice with Martin Gründler and began his operatic career at such venues as Theater Dortmund, Staatsoper Hannover, and the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt. Since then, Kränzle has sung at the Metropolitan Opera; the Royal Opera House; {…}

Artist of the Week, News

Artist of the Week: Johannes Martin Kränzle’s Essential Recordings


Johannes Martin Kränzle may not have the world-renown name of many major singers, but he certainly has the experience and recordings to illustrate his strength as an artist. The baritone has a varied selection from which listeners can choose from, ranging from high profile video recordings to more intimate listening experiences. Here are some of his vital albums. 1. Alberich {…}

Artist of the Week, News

Artist of the Week: Johannes Martin Kränzle to Delight Munich Audiences on New Year’s Eve in Strauss’ ‘Die Fledermaus’


Johannes Martin Kränzle is slowly becoming a recognized artist in the world of opera. After studying violin and composition for years, the baritone turned to opera and has not looked back ever since. Even after a setback from Bone Marrow Disease, Kränzle’s return to the stage has had critics raving. This week, with many artists taking a break,  Kränzle will {…}


Lise Davidsen, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Ana Maria Martinez, Jennifer Rowley Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream this Week


This is it. Next week will bring us into the traditional fall opera season where most opera companies would have initially started to open up their initial productions. In Europe, this trend will continue. In North America, it won’t. So the streaming will continue in unique and diverse formats. This week’s recommendations are no different. As always, don’t forget to {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Golda Schultz, Michael Volle & Rolando Villazón 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 audiences will get to explore a new album by one of the most acclaimed Mozart sopranos of our time and a new Ring Cycle. There are some rarely performed composers being explored. La Serenissima Composer and vocalist Esbe will release her {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Staatsoper Berlin 2023-24 Review: Der Ring des Nibelungen


The current “Der Ring des Nibelungen” at Staatsoper Berlin came into being in October 2022 directed by Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov and due to be conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Sadly, though, Maestro Barenboim, had to pull out of the production because of severe health issues, a great blow to all, but so disappointing for Barenboim in his 80th year.   {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča, Nicholas Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Pretty Yende & Christopher Maltman Lead Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2024-25 Season


The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2024-25 season. Premieres  Tobias Krazter directs a new production of Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” with Nicholas Brownlee, Milan Siljanov, Sean Panikkar, Markus Brück, Matthias Klink, Matthew Rose, Timo Riihonen, Ekaterina Gubanova, Mirjam Mesak, and Wiebke Lehmkuhl. Vladimir Jurowski conducts. Performance Dates: Oct. 27, 2024-July 31, 2025 Damiano Michieletto directs Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” with {…}