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DVD and CD Releases, News

Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča, Nicola Alaimo & Michael Spyres 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 of Wagner’s final work with a famed cast and a full recording of Donzietti’s rarely performed work. L’esule di Roma Opera Rara releases its 27th complete Donizetti revival with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by {…}


Asmik Grigorian, Andrè Schuen, Michael Spyres & Renée Fleming Lead Salzburg Festival’s 2023 Season


The Salzburg Festival has announced its 2023 season featuring operas, concerts, recitals, and Mozart programs. Opera Raphaël Pichon will conduct Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in a new production by Martin Kušej. Andrè Schuen, Adriana González, Sabine Devieilhe, Krzysztof Bączyk, and Lea Desandre star. Performance Dates: July 27-August 28, 2023 Verdi’s “Macbeth” will be conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed {…}

DVD and CD Reviews, Reviews

CD Review: Hèctor Parra’s ‘Les Bienveillantes’


This is the sixth of Hèctor Parra’s stageworks, but only the second by the Spanish composer to be issued commercially on disc. His earlier “Hypermusic Prologue“ from 2009 was a mind-numbingly complicated sonic experience—one of those conceptually overblown music-theater experiments that every “serious” European composer of the past decades has felt impelled to foist on audiences. But in the ten {…}


Barbara Hannigan, Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Jakub Józef Orliński & Ruzan Mantashyan Lead Grand Théâtre de Genève’s 2024-25 Season


The Grand Théâtre de Genève has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” opens the season with Gwyn Hughes Jones, Burkhard Fritz, and Elisabet Strid in the title roles. Marc Albrecht conducts the production by Michael Thalheimer. The cast will also include Tareq Nazmi, Kristina Stanek, Craig Colclough, and Julien Henric. Performance Dates: Sept. 15-27, 2024 Tomáš Netopil {…}

News, Streaming

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma to Broadcast ‘From the House of the Dead’


The Teatro dell’Opera id Roma is set to present Janáček’s “From the House of the Dead” on Rai5. The broadcast will be on Nov. 16 and will feature a production by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The showcase is a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden di Londra, La Monnaie, and l’Opéra National de Lyon. The cast includes Mark S. Doss {…}


Mark S. Doss Leads Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s ‘From the House of the Dead’


(Credit: Clive Barda) Janáček’s “From the House of the Dead” is set to be presented from May 23 to 30 at the Opera di Roma. The production will be directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, in his Italian debut. The production is a co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden di Londra, La Monnaie, and l’Opéra national de Lyon. Dmitry Matvienko {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Royal Opera House 2022-23 Review: Salome


Photo credit: ROH Salome © Tristram Kenton David McVicar’s production of Richard Strauss’ “Salome”, designed by Es Devlin, was first seen in 2008, and is receiving its fourth revival at Covent Garden with Bárbara Lluch at the helm. It opened the night following the death of Queen Elizabeth II – “Don Giovanni” the night before was cancelled in the circumstances {…}


Stéphane Degout, Sally Matthews, Olga Peretyatko & Enea Scala Lead La Monnaie ‘s 2022-23 Season


La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels has announced its 2022-23 season featuring eight productions and a number of concerts. Here is a look at the operatic and vocal performances. Opera Nathalie Stutzmann conducts David Marton’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” with Dmitry Golovnin, Laurent Naouri, Jacques Imbrailo, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Anna Nechaeva, and Charlotte Hellekant. Performance Date: {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma 2021-22 Review: Julius Caesar


(Photo: Fabrizio Sansoni) In 2005, Vlaamse Opera premiered the first part of the Giorgio Battistelli’s Shakespeare trilogy, “Richard III,” to widespread acclaim. It has since gone on to receive a number of productions across Europe, although it had to wait until 2018 to receive its Italian premiere at Venice’s La Fenice. OperaWire was present for the occasion, and for what {…}