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David Portillo, Michael Chioldi, Claudia Boyle & Soraya Mafi Lead Irish National Opera’s 2024-25 Season


The Irish National Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The company will open with a double bill featuring “Mary Motorhead” and “Trade.” Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Oisin O’Dalaigh, and John Molloy star in the production. Elaine Kelly conducts and Tom Creed directs. Performance Date: August 8–Oct. 23, 2024 Paula Murrihy and David Portillo lead Berlioz’s “Béatrice and Bénédict,” alongside Anna Devin, {…}


Michael Chioldi Speaks Out Regarding Chautauqua Opera’s Financial Crisis


Michael Chioldi is asking audience members for Chautauqua Opera testimonials following the announcement that the opera company announced its was struggling financially. In a statement via social media, the baritone said, “Good morning everyone in FB Land. I am writing this morning with an urgent request as another one of our beloved institutions is in grave danger of being severely {…}


Amber Wagner & Michael Chioldi Lead Palm Beach Opera’s Historic ‘Falstaff’


The Palm Beach Opera is set to present Verdi’s final opera “Falstaff” for the first time in company history. The performances will be performed between March 24 and 26 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and will star Michael Chioldi in the title role. He will be joined by Amber Wagner who will return as Alice Ford, mezzo-soprano {…}


Jennifer Rowley, Michael Chioldi & Amber Wagner Lead Palm Beach Opera’s 2023 Season


Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2023 Season celebrating its 60th anniversary. PBO’s General and Artistic Director David Walker said, “After the success of our historic 60th anniversary season, we are thrilled to follow up with another extraordinary season of live opera, featuring three timeless operas and artists from around the world. PBO’s 2023 Season offers a unique chance for audiences {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Michael Chioldi, Kate Lindsey & Camilla Nylund Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences will get a chance to hear complete opera recordings from Saint-Saëns, Monteverdi, Janáček, Olga Neuwirth, and Wagner. Here is a look at this week’s new releases. Henry VIII Odyssey Opera will release its fifth album Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Henry VIII.” Recorded on New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall stage in 2019, this four-CD set marks the debut recording of {…}


Michael Chioldi, Madison Leonard & Scott Hendricks Leads Utah Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The Utah Opera has announced its 2022-23 season featuring four productions. Ari Pelto conducts Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” production of Tomer Zvulun. Michael Chioldi, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Robert Stahley, and Tichina Vaughn.  Performance Dates: Oct. 8-16, 2022 Stephanie Rhodes Russell conducts Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment.” Michael Shell directs with a cast that includes Madison Leonard, Jack Swanson, and Matthew Burns. Performance Dates: Jan. 14-22, 2023 {…}


Michael Chioldi Replaces Quinn Kelsey in Two More ‘Rigoletto’ Performances at the Met


The Metropolitan Opera has announced that baritone Michael Chioldi will sing the next two performances of  Verdi’s “Rigoletto” on Jan. 7 and 11. The company noted that Chioldi will replace Quinn Kelsey, who is still set to perform the title role between Jan. 15-29 Chioldi sang the Jan. 4 show, his first Met performance in 25 years. OperaWire was there for {…}


Gregory Kunde, Michael Chioldi, Margorie Owens, Alexandra Loutsion Headline Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 2021 Season


The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has announced its 2021 season, which will run between May and December. “Since I began as artistic director here at Pittsburgh Festival Opera, my mantra has been to be visible, viable and victorious — even during a pandemic,” said Marianne Cornetti, artistic director of the Pittsburgh Festival Opera, in a press release. “Because we are still {…}


Michael Chioldi Headlines Odyssey Opera’s ‘Henry VIII’


Boston’s Odyssey Opera is set to open its seventh season with a concert performance of Saint-Saëns’ “Henry VIII.” The work, based on “El cisma en Inglaterra” by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, will kick off the 2019-20 season featuring concert and staged operas about the great English dynasty of the Tudors. The production will star an all-star cast that includes {…}