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Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Sondra Radvanovsky, Julia Bullock, Juan Diego Flórez, & Ermonela Jaho Lead Teatro Real’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Nicola Luisotti and Andrés Salado conduct Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” in David McVicar’s production. The production will star Ermonela Jaho, Maria Agresta, Brian Jagde, Matthew Polenzani, Elīna Garanča, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Nicola Alaimo, and Manel Esteve. Performance Dates: Sept. 23-Oct. 11, 2024 Charpentier’s “David et Jonathas” will be performed in concert with Petr Nekoranec, Gwendoline Blondeel, Jean-Christophe {…}


Ermonela Jaho, Freddie de Tommaso, Elsa Dreisig, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Tomasz Konieczny Headline Staatsoper Hamburg’s 2024-25 Season


Staatsoper Hamburg has announced its 2024-25 season. Premieres First up is Carl Orff’s “Trionfi.” Calixto Bieito directs a cast starring Nicole Chevalier, Florian Panzieri, Sandra Hamaoui, and Oleksiy Palchykov, among others. Kent Nagano conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 21 – Oct. 12, 2024 “Der Freischütz” stars Andrzej Dobber, Hubert Kowalczyk, Julia Kleiter, Alina Wunderlin, and Johan Reuter. Yoel Gamzou conducts and Andreas {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real 2023-24 Review: Rigoletto (Cast C)


It belongs in the past, the idea of gathering excellent singers for opening night and then choosing unknown young performers for alternative casts. Teatro Real, with the participation of Quinn Kelsey, John Osborn and Gianluca Buratto, proved how strong cast C was for its production of “Rigoletto.” Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto Baritone Quinn Kelsey portrayed the titular role. He has {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real 2023-24 Review: Rigoletto (Cast B)


The Teatro Real de Madrid continued its run of “Rigoletto” with a second cast under the musical direction of Nicola Luisotti. Since our earlier review of the first cast already explores the production itself, we will jump right into an analysis of the vocal performances. Étienne Dupuis was a lyrical Rigoletto, but far too lyrical. His warm and effortless timbre {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real de Madrid 2023-24 Review: Rigoletto


(Credit: Javier del Real) A woman’s whimper, a stifled scream, echoes in the dark. She flees into the theatre, amidst the stalls, chased by a few men in ominous rabbit masks. She seeks refuge on stage, terrified in front of the bright red curtain, the pack hunts her down, overpowers her. The trombones attack the prelude, with haunting repeated notes, {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Composer Marco Tutino On The Production Of His Opera ‘La Ciociara’ At This Year’s Wexford Festival Opera


One of the headline operas for this year’s Wexford Festival Opera is Marco Tutino’s 2015 work “La Ciociara,” written for San Francisco Opera. The opera is based on Alberto Moravia’s 1957 novel, which was later turned into a film directed by Vittorio De Sica and starring Sophia Loren, for which she won an Oscar for best actress. The film now {…}


Berlin State Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Aida’


The Berlin State Opera has announced cast changes for its production of Verdi’s “Aida.” The company said that for performances on Oct. 19, 22, 25, and 29, 2023, Clémentine Margaine and Ketevan Kemoklidze will take over the role of Amneris, replacing Ekaterina Semenchuk. Margaine will perform on Oct. 19 and 29 while Kemoklidze will perform on Oct. 22 and 25. {…}


Teatro Real Announces Another Cast Change for ‘Turandot’


The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced a cast change for its July 17 performance of Puccini’s “Turandot.” The company said that Maribel Ortega will sing the title role replacing Ewa Płonka. In an Instagram post, Płonka added that she had a “swollen larynx that resulted in a complete loss of voice.” Ortega has interpreted the role of Turandot at {…}