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Julian Henao Gonzalez Cancels Opera Rara Performances


Opera Rara has announced that Julian Henao Gonzalez’s performances have been canceled. The company said, “Unfortunately, due to illness Julian Henao Gonzalez’s performances, June 14 and 21 have been cancelled. In place of his performance tomorrow as a part of the Cardiff singer events, join us for a talk about live operatic archaeology. The concert was part of RWCMD’s program {…}


Kezia Bienek & Julian Henao Gonzalez to Give a Recital at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Fringe Events


Opera Rara and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) have announced that mezzo-soprano Kezia Bienek and tenor Julian Henao Gonzalez will be featured in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World fringe events. The concerts and exhibition are part of RWCMD’s program of fringe events which coincide with the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Wexford Festival Opera 2023 Review: Zoraida di Granata


(Photo: Clive Barda) Anyone who has heard Opera Rara’s recording of Donizetti’s “Zoraida di Granata” must have been very excited by the Wexford festival’s decision to put on a fully staged production. It is a veritable bel canto feast with beautiful arias and ensemble singing, stretching over a period of approximately three hours. “Zoraida di Granata” premiered in Rome’s Teatro {…}


Teatro Metropolitano de Medellin to Present ‘L’Elisir d’Amore


The Teatro Metropolitano of Medellin is set to present a production of Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” The opera will be performed on Sept. 8 and 9 and is directed by Sergio Cabrera, who pays homage to la Guajira and the Wayuu culture. The cast is set to include Julián Henao González, Sara Bañeras, Hyalmar Mitrotti,  and Gianni Giugga. The production first premiered {…}


English Touring Opera Announces 2023 National Spring Tour


English Touring Opera has announced the productions that it will present as part of its Spring 2023 national tour. Launching the tour will be “Giulio Cesare” in a revival directed by James Conway and starring Susanna Hurrell as Cleopatra. Francis Gush, Carolyn Dobbin, and Margo Arsane round out a cast that will be conducted by Sergey Rybin. Performance Dates: Feb. {…}


Eleonora Buratto Headlines Rossini Opera Festival’s ‘Otello’


The Rossini Opera Festival is set to present Rossini’s “Otello.” The new production is set to star Eleonora Buratto, who takes on the role of Desdemona a year after her debut as Desdemona in Verdi’s “Otello” at the Liceu in Barcelona. The new production will be directed by Rosetta Cucchi and conducted by Yves Abel. In a statement, Buratto said, {…}


Rossini Opera Festival to Collaborate with Rai For 2022 Season


The Rossini Opera Festival is set to broadcast some of its productions on Rai. The festival will first broadcast a production of “Le Comte Ory” starring Juan Diego Flórez in the title role alongside Nahuel Di Pierro, Maria Kataeva, Andrzej Filończyk, Julie Fuchs, Monica Bacelli, and  Anna-Doris Capitelli. The opening performance will be broadscast on Rai 3 radio on August {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Paola Prestini, Sara Blanch, Michele Angelini & Kathleen Ferrier Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences can discover new works, archival recordings, and rarely performed operas. Here is a look at this week’s streaming recommendations. Con Alma  Paola Prestini and Magos Herrera will team up for “Con Alma,” a new operatic album and live event both launching this December. The album, which will be released on Dec. 4, was recorded remotely between March {…}