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Accademia Filarmonica Romana Announces 2024-25 Season


The Accademia Filarmonica Romana has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Damiana Mizzi and Marcos Madrigal perform in a program of works by Debussy, Poulenc, and Fauré. Performance Date: Oct. 20, 2024 Katarzyna Otczyk and Jakub Tchorzewski perform works by Chopin, Szymanowski, and Lutosławski. Performance Date: Oct. 27, 2024 Mauro Borgioni and Filippo Farinelli {…}

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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 {…}


Monteverdi Festival Unveils 2024 Edition


The Monteverdi Festival in Cremona has unveiled its 2024 edition. Here is a rundown of the vocal performances on offer. First is “Vespro della Beata Vergine” with the Accademia Bizantina and Coro Ghislieri under conductor Ottavio Dantone. Performance Date: May 29, 2024 The festival will present “L’Orfeo” in a production directed by Olivier Fredj. Francesco Corti conducts Il Pomo d’Oro. Performance {…}

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Ravenna 2024 Review: L’Incoronazione di Poppea


(Photo: Studio B12 di Gianpaolo Guarneri) The duet “Pur ti miro, pur ti godo,” which brought Teatro Aligheri’s presentation of “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” to its conclusion, was rightly met with enthusiastic applause from the audience. The sensitivity, emotional depth and detail that countertenor Federico Fiorio and soprano Roberta Mameli were able to bring to their singing was breathtaking. Their voices {…}


Benjamin Bernheim Asmik Grigorian, Juan Diego Florez, Elīna Garanča & Cecilia Bartoli Lead Salzburg Festival’s 2024 Season


(Credit: © SF / Peter Rigaud) The Salzburg Festival has announced its 2024 Season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Opera Strauss’ “Caprricio” is set to be performed in concert form with Elsa Dreisig and Bo Skovhus as Countess and Count. The cast also includes Sebastian Kohlhepp (Flamand), Konstantin Krimmel (Olivier), Mika Kares (La Roche), Ève-Maud Hubeaux (Clairon), {…}


Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra Announces 2023 Season


The Festival Internazionale di Muscia e Arte Sacra has announced its 2023 season. The opening performance will be held at the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giulio Caccini. The performance will include Sekai, the Orchestra di Roma e IlluminArt Chorus (Giappone), and conductor Tomomi Nishimoto. Performance Date: Nov. 4, 2023 The {…}


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 {…}


Ravenna Festival Announces 2022 Season


The Ravenna Festival has announced its 2022 season. For the purposes of this article we will focus on the Italian festival’s vocal performances. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra led by Daniel Harding conductor will showcase “Azio Corghi Tra la carne e il cielo,” a poetical dramaturgy Maddalena Mazzocut-Mis from Pier Paolo Pasolini for concertante cello, male narrator, soprano, piano, and orchestra. {…}

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Teatro Comunale di Ferrara 2021-22 Review: Farnace


(Photo: Marco Caselli) In 1739 Vivaldi complained in a letter to his patron Marquis Guido Bentivoglio about the treatment he had suffered from the directors of Ferrara’s Teatro Bonacossi: “My reputation has been scourged…to the extent they are refusing as a second opera ‘Farnace,’ which I have prepared afresh especially for the company according to written agreements… I will not {…}