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Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra Appoints Sir Mark Elder as Principal Guest Conductor


The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway has appointed British Sir Mark Philip Elder as Principal Guest Conductor, from August 1, 2022, to July 31, 2025. Elder was knighted in 2008 and an Oliver Award in 1991 for his outstanding work at the English National Opera. In addition to his work as music director of ENO, Elder has also been a {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Mark Elder on Donizetti, ‘Il Paria,’ Rare Works & his Tenure with Opera Rara


For eight years, Sir Mark Elder has been the Artistic Director of Opera Rara, a London-based opera company and recording label specializing in recording and performing forgotten operatic repertoire. In this capacity, Elder has discovered new pieces and has recorded and performed such works as Donizetti’s “Dom Sebastien,” “Imelda di Lambertazzi,” “Linda di Chamounix,” “Maria di Rohan,” “Les Martyrs” and {…}


Sir Mark Elder Cancels ‘Death In Venice’ At Royal Opera


The Royal Opera, Covent Garden has announced that Sir Mark Elder has canceled his forthcoming engagement with the company. The ROH announced that due to surgery in the middle of August to release a trapped nerve in his neck, and under medical advice, the conductor will no long conduct the new production of “Death in Venice.” As a result, English {…}


Ermonela Jaho & Eleonora Buratto Lead Opera Rara’s Concerts


Opera Rara has announced two upcoming concerts. Opera Rara will team up with Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé to present the original 1857 version of Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The version has been edited by Opera Rara’s Repertoire Consultant Roger Parker for Casa Ricordi. The concert performance will star Nicola Alaimo (Simon Boccanegra), Eleonora Buratto (Amelia), Iván-Ayón {…}


Ermonela Jaho, William Thomas, Eleonora Buratto, Iván Ayón-Rivas Headlines Opera Rara’s 2024 Slate


Opera Rara has announced its Spring 2024 performance slate. First up will be the third recital in its Salon Series featuring bass William Thomas as he presented music by Verdi and Donizetti alongside pianist Florent Mourier. Performance Dates: Feb. 22, 2024 Then comes a presentation of the 1857 version of Verdi’s “Simon Bocanegra.” The edition, edited by Roger Parker at Casa {…}


Q & A: Kristine Opolais on Life as an Artist and Her Role as an Opera Singer


(Credit: Polina Viljun) Kristine Opolais is one of the most sought-after sopranos on the international scene, with an established reputation amongst the world’s preeminent singing actresses. Opolais has appeared at The Metropolitan Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro alla Scala, Opernhaus Zürich, and the Royal Opera House. She collaborates with renowned conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Sir Antonio Pappano, {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: La Forza del Destino


(Credit: Royal Opera) I suppose anything with “Destiny” in the title will always be a bit profound. In fact, “La Forza” is about as profound and gloomy, if not downright dark as it gets, even by Verdi’s standards. At around four and a half hours, it’s also his longest work. It’s a story of love, death, and revenge. Mainly revenge. {…}


Tenor Simon O’Neill Announces New Management


Tenor Simon O’Neill has joined the roster of Arsis Artist Management. He will be managed by Michael Lewin. The tenor recently appeared alongside Gustavo Dudamel for a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 and also performed in “Fidelio” with the Sydney Symphony.” He will also appear in a new recording of “Siegfried” under Sir Simon Rattle for BR Klassik; the {…}

News, Reviews

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2023 Review: Le Prophète


(photo credit: Festival d’Aix-en-Provence © Vincent Beaume) In the audience, on my right side, a young person wears a T-Shirt that reads “Meyerbeer Fan.” On my left side, a spinster cries “Justice for Meyerbeer.” Rarely does an opera in concert raise so many people’s spirits. But, Giacomo Meyerbeer is not a composer. He is an idealist. History has Dreyfuss, but only {…}