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London Philharmonic Orchestra Extends Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis’ Contract


The London Philharmonic Orchestra has extended Principal Guest Conductor Karina Canellakis for another three years. In a statement, the orchestra said, “Karina will continue to regularly perform with the Orchestra both in the UK and on tour. We’re looking forward to celebrating with her in person this week as she joins us for a performance at the Southbank Centre on {…}


Karina Canellakis To Lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Act One of ‘Die Walküre’


Credit: Mathias Bothor American conductor Karina Canellakis will lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert version of the first act of Richard Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” Last year, Canellakis conducted the Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm and more recently she became the first woman conductor to lead the opening night of the BBC Proms. Canellakis will be surrounded by {…}


François López-Ferrer Wins George Solti Conducting Award


The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award has named François López-Ferrer the 2024 recipient. López-Ferrer is the Resident Conductor of the Académie of the Opéra de Paris and formerly served as the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival. In a statement, the Solti Foundation U.S. Board Chair Penny Van Horn said, “The Solti Foundation U.S. is thrilled to announce {…}


Pretty Yende, Anna Netrebko, Philippe Jaroussky, Natalie Dessay & Benjamin Bernheim Lead Théâtre des Champs-Élysées’ 2024-25 Season


The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées has announced its 2024-25 season. Here are the vocal performances. Opera in Production  Bach’s “Passion selon Saint” will be conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón and directed by Sasha Waltz. The cast will include Sophie Junker, Georg Nigl, Christian Immler, Benno Schachtner, Valerio Contaldo, and Mark Milhofer. Performance Dates: Nov. 4 & 5, 2024 Poulenc’s “Dialogues des {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Boston Symphony Orchestra 2023-24 Review: Bluebeard’s Castle


(Photo credit: Hilary Scott) Last weekend, Symphony Hall was, on a generous account, less than two-thirds full. If you asked anyone why they were there, nine out of ten people would have said: “to listen to Bártok’s Castle.” The few others would be admirers of Alisa Weilerstein, who played the concert’s first half: Haydn’s c-major cello concerto. Chiaroscuro programing. Bartók’s {…}


Davóne Tines, Christine Goerke, Renée Fleming, Will Liverman, Elena Villalón Headline 2024 Tanglewood Season


Tanglewood has unveiled its 2024 slate. Here is a rundown of the vocal performances. Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra in an all-Strauss program featuring Renée Fleming as she takes on music from “Arabella” and “Der Rosenkavalier.” Performance Date: July 7, 2024 William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants in Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen.” The work stars Paulina Francisco, Juliette Mey, {…}


Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan Speedo Green, Mané Galoyan & Rachel Willis-Sørensen Lead Santa Fe Opera’s 2024 Season


The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2024 season. Conductor Corrado Rovaris conducts  Louisa Muller’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The cast includes Mané Galoyan, Bekhzod Davronov, and Carlos Arámbula. Performance Dates: June 28-August 24, 2024 Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be conducted by Harry Bicket. Stephen Barlow directs the production with Ryan Speedo Green, Teresa Perrotta, Rachael Wilson, David Portillo, Nicholas Newton, {…}


Julia Bullock, Iestyn Davies, Louise Kwong, Ilker Arcayürek, Catriona Morison Headline Edinburgh International Festival’s 2023 Season


The Edinburgh International Festival has unveiled its 2023 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal performances. It all kicks off with a performance of Tan Dun’s “Buddha Passion,” conducted by the composer himself. Soloists include Louise Kwong, Samantha Chong, Chen Chen, Sun Li, Batubagen, Tan Weiwei, and Chen Yining. Performance Dates: August 5, {…}


Kristine Opolais, J’Nai Bridges, Georgia Jarman, Karen Cargill, Lawrence Brownlee Headline Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2023-24 Season


(Credit: Tatyana Vlasova) The Boston Symphony Orchestra has unveiled its 2023-24 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be solely on vocal performances. Kristine Opolais headlines concert performances of “Lady Macbeth of Mstensk.” Andris Nelsons conducts a cast also starring Pavel Cernoch, Sergei Skorokhodov, and Günther Groissböck. Performance Dates: Jan 25 & 27, 2024 (Jan. 23 rehearsal {…}