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Keitaro Harada Awarded 2023 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award


(Photo credit: Masatoshi Yamashiro) Internationally recognized conductor Kietaro Harada was awarded the 2023 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Harada is the Associate Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the Music and Artistic Director of Savannah Philharmonic where his contract was just renewed through the 2026 -27 season. Harada and the Solti Foundation have an established relationship as he has {…}


Keitaro Harada Renews Savannah Philharmonic Contract as Music & Artistic Director


Savannah Philharmonic announced Keitaro Harada will remain in his role as Music & Artistic Director through the 2026-27 season. In 2020 Harada’s tenure began with the Savannah Philharmonic. He was also named the Associate Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra the same year. He continues to conduct internationally at the Sofia National Opera, Tokyo Nikikai Opera Theatre, North Carolina Opera, {…}


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 {…}


Raven McMillon, Briana Hunter & Adam Smith Lead Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Season


The Cincinnati Opera has announced its 2023 season featuring four productions. The season opens with Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” featuring a cast that includes Raven McMillon, Santiago Ballerini, Anthony Clark Evans, Griffen Hogan Tracy, Terrence Chin-Loy, and Sahel Salam. Renato Balsadonna conducts the production by Jose Maria Condemi. Performance Dates: June 22 & 24, 2023 The World Stage Premiere of {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Cyrille Dubois, Benjamin Appl & Eleonora Buratto Lead New CD/DVD Releases


As part of this week’s CD / DVD releases, audiences will get to hear rarely performed works, a Rossini album, a documentary, a streamed opera, and a solo album by one of the great tenors of his generation. George Walker The fifth audio release on The Cleveland Orchestra’s own label showcased Music Director Franz Welser-Möst performing music by American composer {…}


North Carolina Opera to Present ‘The Magic Flute’


North Carolina Opera’s postponed production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” from 2020 will finally take the stage on April 8 and 10, 2022. The performances will take place at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium with an evening show at 7:30 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee. The opera will be sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles. The cast features the {…}


Alexandra LoBianco, Scot Quinn & Rainelle Krause Lead North Carolina Opera’s 2021-22 Season


The North Carolina Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring four works. Alexandra LoBianco stars as Leonore in Beethoven’s “Fidelio“ alongside Mark Delavan, Kenneth Kellogg, Takaoki Onishi, and Jason Karn. Arthur Fagen conducts. Performance Dates: Nov. 14, 2021 Lucia Cesaroni and Scott Quinn take the lead roles in Puccini’s “La Bohème“ with Shannon Kessler Dooley, Steven LaBrie, and Adam Lau. {…}


Lawrence Brownlee & Carl Tanner Featured In North Carolina Opera’s 2019-20 Season


Four productions will headline the North Carolina Opera’s 2019-20 season. The company will open its 2019-20 season opens with a concert performance of the third act of Wagner’s “Siegfried.” Timothy Myers returns to conduct the NCO Orchestra with a stellar cast featuring Richard Cox in the title role and soprano Alexandra LoBianco as Brünnhilde. Performance Dates: Nov. 10, 2019 Carl Tanner leads {…}