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Barbara Hannigan, Natascha Petrinsky & Bo Skovhus Lead La Monnaie’s Free Stream of ‘Lulu’


(Credit: Simon Van Rompay) La Monnaie Opera House in Brussels will stream Alban Berg’s opera “Lulu” until Jan. 24, 2022. The opera stars Natascha Petrinsky as Gräfin Geschwitz; Bo Skovhus in the roles of Dr. Schön & Jack The Ripper; Toby Spence as Alwa; Pavlo Hunka as Schigolch; and Barbara Hannigan in the title role. The cast also includes Lilly {…}

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 {…}


La Monnaie / De Munt to Present La Fura dels Baus’ ‘The Nose’


La Monnaie / De Munt is set to present Shostakovich’s “The Nose” starting this June 20, 2023. The opera will be conducted by Gergely Madaras in his company debut. The new production, which originated at The Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen, will be directed by Àlex Ollé and La Fura dels Baus. It will star Scott Hendricks, Nicky Spence, Alexander {…}


Agneta Eichenholz, Jamez McCorkle, Anna Goryachova, Elena Tsallagova Headline Opera Ballet Vlaanderen’s 2023-24 Season


Opera Ballet Vlaanderen has announced its 2023-24 season. Here are the opera and vocal performances. Operas First up is “La Clemenza di Tito” conducted by Alejo Pérez and Gaetano Lo Coco and directed by Milo Rau. The opera stars Jeremy Ovenden, Anna Malesza-Kutny, Anna Goryachova, Maria Warenberg, Sarah Yang, and Rueben Mbonambi. Performance Dates: Sept. 10 – Oct. 26, 2023 {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Marina Rebeka, Juan Diego Flórez & Sonya Yoncheva Lead Teatro alla Scala’s 2022-23 Season


(Credit: Brescia Amisano / Teatro alla Scala) The Teatro alla Scala has announced its 2022-23 Season featuring opera, recitals, and symphony concerts. Opera  The season opens with Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov.” The production will be directed by Kasper Holten and conducted by Riccardo Chailly. The work will star Ildar Abdrazakov, Lilly Jørstad, Anna Denisova, Agnieszka Rehlis, Norbert Ernst, Alexey Markov, Ain {…}


Nicole Car, Anna Pirozzi & Corinne Winters Lead Opéra de Lyon’s 2022-23 Season


The Opéra de Lyon has announced its 2022-23 season featuring opera, concerts, and ballet. here is a look at the vocal performances of the season. Daniele Rustioni conducts the new production by David Hermann of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.” The cast includes Simon O’Neill, Christoph Pohl, Robert Lewis, Pete Thanapat, Elena Guseva, and Irène Roberts. Performance Dates: Oct. 11-30, 2022 Massenet’s “Hérodiade” will be performed in {…}


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: {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Jakub Józef Orliński, Franziska Heinzen, Sonya Yoncheva & Florian Boesch Lead CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences around the world will get a chance to discover rarely performed works, contemporary works, and some of the great performers of their generation. Here is a look at the new releases of the week. Vivaldi: Stabat Mater In a dual release for Easter 2022, countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński, with the instrumentalists of Capella Cracoviensis and conductor Jan {…}


Barbara Hannigan Returns as ‘Lulu’ to La Monnaie


On Nov 2, 2021, Barbara Hannigan will reprise her signature turn in Berg’s “Lulu” in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s production for La Monnaie in Brussels. Hannigan’s first performances of the opera in 2012 saw her running into walls and on ballet pointes for almost the entire three-hour performance. Hannigan, incidentally, not a trained ballerina, met the significant physical and vocal demands of {…}