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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Comunale di Ferrara 2024 Review: Orlando Furioso


Photo credit: Marco Caselli Nirmal Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” is a work that represents baroque opera at its most exciting. Set on Alcina’s magical island, where the weird and wonderful are commonplace, it opens up the possibility for colorful and spectacular stagings with shipwrecks, fantastical beasts, monsters and statues that come to life. There are high mountains, wooded groves, steep cliffs {…}


Gregory Kunde, Carmela Remigio, Ernesto Petti Lead Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni’s 2023-24 Season


Modena’s Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season opens with Giordano’s “Fedora” in a new production by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Aldo Sisillo conducts a cast that includes Teresa Romano, Yuliya Tkachenko, Luciano Ganci, and Simone Piazzola. Performance Dates: Oct. 13 & 15, 2023 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will be performed in four acts in a production by {…}


Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s ‘La Traviata’ to be Broadcast on Medici.tv


Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s recent run of “La Traviata” will be broadcast on medici.tv on March 30 at 8 pm. The broadcast will be of stage director Gabriel Grinda’s recent production starring Aida Garifullina as Violetta and Javier Camarena as Alfredo with Massimo Zanetti conducting. Also featured in the cast is Loriana Castellano, Federica Sardella, Massimo Cavalletti, Alejandro Del Angel, Roberto Accurso, {…}


Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi, Anastasia Bartoli & Rosa Feola Lead Teatro La Fenice’s 2022-23 Season


The Teatro La Fenice has announced its 2022-23 season. Opera Nicola Alaimo leads Verdi’s “Falstaff” alongside Vladimir Stoyanov, René Barbera, Selene Zanetti, Caterina Sala, Sara Mingardo, and Veronica Simeoni. Myung-Whun Chung conducts the production by Adrian Noble. Performance Dates: Nov. 18-26, 2022 Bruno Maderna’s “Satyricon” will star Francesca Gerbasi, Matteo Ferrara, Manuela Custer, Christopher Lemmings, William Corrò, and Marcello Nardis. Alessandro {…}


Teatro La Fenice to Present World Premiere of ‘Le Baruffe’


The Teatro La Fenice is set to world premiere “Le baruffe” by Giorgio Battistelli. The new opera was commissioned by Teatro La Fenice and will be presented from Feb. 22 through March 4, 2022 for five performances. Damiano Michieletto will direct the production, which will be also be streamed on YouTube on Feb. 28. The new work, which is based on {…}


John Osborn, Tamara Wilson, Francesca Dotto, & Carmela Remigio Lead Teatro La Fenice’s 2021-22 Season


Italy’s Teatro La Fenice has announced its 2021-22 season featuring 11 operatic productions and several vocal concerts. Here is a look. Opera  Sesto Quatrini conducts Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” which is set to star Monica Zanettin in the title role, Manuela Custer as Suzuki, Vincenzo Costanzo as Pinkerton, and Alberto Mastromarino as Sharpless. Performance Dates: Sept. 10-22, 2021 Antonio Poli sings {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Donizetti Opera Festival 2019 Review: Pietro Il Grande


(Credit: Credit: Ph. Rota) In 1819 Donizetti wrote the opera “Pietro il Grande.” The opera was his fourth in what would become a legendary output with some major repertory staples. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the opera’s premiere, the Donizetti Festival Opera performed the work in a new production by Ondadurto Teatro – Marco Paciotti and Lorenzo Pasquali. The {…}


Olga Peretyatko & María José Siri Lead Top 8 Operas To See This Weekend Internationally – (11/15-17)


(Credit: Theater an der Wien/Opera de Monte Carlo) This weekend is filled with rarities and curiosities. And those burning for repertory staples will also be obliged as some of the great opera stars of today are taking on iconic operas. Here is a look at what we reccommend. La Vestale – Theater an der Wien, Vienna Elza Van Den Heever {…}