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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2024 Review: Carmen


(Photo: © Richard Hubert Smith/Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2024) The picnic hampers are packed, dinner jackets dry-cleaned, cufflinks wrangled, and drizzle forecast: the British country house opera season is back. It opens with a new production of Georges Bizet’s box-office stalwart “Carmen” from Glyndebourne Festival Opera, directed by Diane Paulus and conducted by Glyndebourne Music Director Robin Ticciati.  This latest version, {…}


Marina Monzó, Sabina Puértolas, Vanessa Goikoetxea, Celso Albelo & Serena Sáenz Lead Teatro de la Zarzuela’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatro de la Zarzuela has announced its 2024-25 season. Zarzuela  Emilio Arrieta’s “Marina” will be conducted by José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and directed by Bárbara Lluch. Sabina Puértolas and Marina Monzó lead the opera alongside Ismael Jordi, Celso Albelo, Juan Jesús Rodríguez, Pietro Spagnoli, Rubén Amoretti, and Javier Castañeda. Performance Dates: Oct. 9-20, 2024 Pablo Sorozábal’s “La Del Manojo de {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Eugene Brancoveanu on Rigoletto, Modern Music & Opera San Jose


(Photo credit: David Allen) Romanian baritone Eugene Brancoveanu recently returned to Opera San Jose for the title role of “Rigoletto” as a Resident Artist Emeritus. It’s a role he has performed on numerous occasions and one that he continues to explore with each production. His return to Opera San Jose was also special as he has been with the company {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Jonathan Tetelman on Puccini, His Met Debut & Finding His Voice


(© Photo: Ben Wolf) Chilean-American tenor Jonathan Tetelman released his second Deutsche Grammophon album “The Great Puccini,” and made his Metropolitan Opera debut just over six months apart. He spoke with OperaWire about his recent success and the power of Puccini. Tetelman made his Met debut in the role of Ruggero in “La Rondine,” and will be returning as Pinkerton {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2024 Review: West Side Story


Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, now in its thirteenth year, is a cultural entity in Australia, made possible with the ongoing financial assistance of the Japanese businessman, philanthropist and spiritual leader, the mysterious Dr Haruhisa Handa. This time in every year (except for 2020, due to COVID cancellations), an enormous stage is erected on the water of Sydney Harbour, while {…}


Opera San José Announces Free Community Events Ahead of ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ Performances


(Photo credit: Simon Pauly) Opera San José brings free music to the community, in celebration of the first Spanish language opera performed on its mainstage. Free community concerts with excerpts from “Florencia en el Amazonas” are offered on March 22 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, March 24 at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Library, and at the East San José Carnegie Library {…}


Teatro de la Zarzuela to Pay Tribute to Victoria de los Ángeles


The Teatro de la Zarzuela in collaboration with the Fundación Victoria de los Ángeles will pay tribute to legendary soprano Victoria de los Ángeles. The concert will take place on March 12 and will showcase 14 singers accompanied by the Orquesta Victoria de los Ángeles under Pedro Pardo. Marc Busquets will stage the concert which commemorates the soprano’s centennial. The {…}


Opera San José to Participate in ‘South First Friday’ This February


Opera San José is set to participate in the SoFA District’s evening art walk “South First Friday” on Feb. 2, 2024. As part of the celebration of arts and culture in the city, the opera company will showcase a sneak peak of its upcoming “Rigoletto” at the California Theatre. At 6 p.m., audiences will get a chance to experience performances {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real de Madrid 2023-24 Review: Lise Davidsen in Concert


(Credit: Javier del Real) The Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen gained international attention after winning the Operalia, Queen Sonja and Hans Gabor Belvedere competitions in 2015. Since then, she has sung at major opera houses around the world such as The Met, The Royal Opera, La Scala, Wien staatsoper and Bayreuth Festival. The young soprano has sung the title role of {…}