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Laurent Pelly’s ‘Cendrillon’ Headed to Taiwan’s National Taichung Theater


(Credit: Ken Howard) The National Taichung Theater is set to present Massenet’s “Cendrillon” this December. The production by Laurent Pelly will be conducted by Chin-Chao Lin. The opera features two casts. The central role of Cendrillon will be shared by I-Chiao Shih and Anne-Lise Polchlopek and the role of Prince Charmant will be split between Jo-Pei Weng and Jelena Kordić. {…}


Greek National Opera to Showcase Laurent Pelly’s ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune’


The Greek National Opera has teamed up with the Opéra Comique de Paris for a special presentation of Jacques Offenbach’s “Le Voyage dans la Lune.” The production is set to open on July 12 and 13, 2023, at Stavros Niarchos Hall (SNFCC). Conducted by Elias Voudouris, with costume and direction by Laurent Pelly, “Le Voyage dans la Lune” stars  Agathe {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Laurent Pelly on ‘Il Turco in Italia’ at the Teatro Real de Madrid & Why He Prefers Comedies to Tragedies


French stage director Laurent Pelly is one of the most prolific and renowned stage directors today. Many of his productions are still being performed after premiering 20 years ago. He is a specialist in French repertoire and comedy. He also designs the costumes of his creations. His productions can be seen all over the world from Japan and Europe to {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Cendrillon: Laurent Pelly, Joyce DiDonato & Company Deliver Exquisite Evening of Massenet Fairy Tale


Jules Massenet is one of the great composers that can’t be called an auteur in the traditional sense. When you go to any performance of music by virtually any composer, you can pretty much guarantee that said composer’s voice will come through consistently even if the means or style deviates ever so slightly. Verdi remains Verdi whether you are listening to {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Angela Gheorghiu, Lawrence Brownlee & Daron Hagen 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 hear a new recording by one of the world’s most renowned soprano as well as the complete recordings of baroque masterpieces and some world premiere pieces. Les Talens Lyriques perform Louise Bertin’s “Fausto” Les Talens Lyriques and {…}


Opéra de Paris Announces Cast Change for ‘Giulio Cesare’


The Opéra de Paris has announced a cast change for its production of “Giulio Cesare.” The company said that Marianne Crebassa has withdrawn from the production and as a result, Emily D’Angelo will take over the role of Sesto. Additionally, the role of Giulio Cesare will be performed by Gaëlle Arquez. They will join a cast that includes Lisette Oropesa, Wiebke {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Juan Diego Flórez, Magdalena Kožená, Benjamin Appl & Lea Desandre Lead New CD/DVD Releases


Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world. For this edition, audiences will get to hear new recordings from three famed stars as well as a new opera designed for the 3D space. Folk Songs Magdalena Kožená releases her fourth Pentatone album “Folk Songs” which brings together folk-inspired song cycles from {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur 2023-24 Review: Lakmé


Photo credit:  © Dominique Jaussein The Opéra de Nice Côte d’Azur inaugurated their 2023-2024 season with a new staging of Léo Delibe’s “Lakmé” coproduced with the Opéra-Comique in Paris, which premiered the production in September-October 2022, and the Opéra national du Rhin which will present performances in Mulhouse and Strasbourg in November 2023. Pelly’s Anti-Kitsch ‘Lakmé’ This coproduction marks the {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: L’Elisir d’Amore


(Photo credit: Clive Barda/Royal Opera House) Nestling zest into impressionable appetites, bel canto master Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” is a succulent confectioner’s delight: a cavalcade of strawberry and rhubarb shades that never age out of their calorific bubble. High on hyperactive captures of unravelling roulades and supercilious trills, its teasing feast of overblown, meringue-like vows empowers risk-taking directors. Decking his décor {…}