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Rafael Davila, Ólafur Sigurdarson & Ellie Dehn Lead Opera Colorado 2023-24 Season


Opera Colorado has announced its 2023-24 Season featuring three productions. “Our 41st season offers something for opera lovers and the opera curious alike, including perennial favorites, epic tales, and evocative music,” said Greg Carpenter, The Ellie Caulkins General & Artistic Director. “I am thrilled to bring Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman to life for the first time since 1997 with a {…}


Finnish National Opera’s 2018-19 Season To Include Camilla Tilling, Olafur Sigurdarson & Rocío Pérez


The Finnish National Opera has announced its ambitious season featuring new operas, a number of new productions and revivals. It will also include a number of international opera stars as well as some of Finland’s top singers. Operas in Alphabetical Order Veronika Dzhioeva, Anna Danik, and Mika Pohjonen lead a revival of Verdi’s “Aida” with Patrick Fournillier conducting. Performance Dates: April 6–May {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Ari Pelto on Opera Colorado & Being Music Director


In 2015, Opera Colorado appointed its first-ever Music Director, Ari Pelto. For the last eight years, he has been widely celebrated with the company conducting a wide array of repertoire and bringing the company’s artistic powers to the fore. He has also been in demand at opera houses and concert halls throughout the United States at the Spoleto Festival, Lyric {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Bayreuth Festival 2023 Review: Der Ring des Nibelungen


(Photo: © Enrico Nawrath) As the final cycle of Bayreuth’s 2023 “Ring des Nibelungen” came to a close, the air remained electric with the sounds of Wagner’s apocalyptic horns and the swirling raptures of the Rhine. Camps came away divided into those either outraged or captivated by director Valentin Schwarz‘s reinvention of the Walsung’s messy journey into oblivion. To be {…}


Bayreuth Festival Announces 2024 Season


The Bayreuth Festival has announced its 2024 season. The festival will open with Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” starring Andreas Schager, Günther Groissböck, Camilla Nylund, Olafur Sigurdarson, Birger Radde, and Ekaterina Gubanova. Semyon Bychkov conducts the production by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson. Performance Dates: July 25-August 26 2024 Günther Groissböck, Klaus Florian Vogt, Markus Eiche, Olafur Sigurdarson, Jens-Erik Aasbø, and Elisabeth Teige {…}


Stephen Gould Cancels Participation at Bayreuth Festival


Stephen Gould has canceled his participation at the Bayreuth Festival. The company said that Gould has had to cancel this year’s Bayreuth Festival on urgent medical advice. As a result, Andreas Schager will sing the role of Siegfried in “Götterdämmerung” while Clay Hilley will sing the title role in “Tristan und Isolde.” Finally, Klaus-Florian Vogt will sing the title role of {…}


Bayreuth Festival Announces Cast Change for ‘Götterdämmerung’ & ‘Tannhäuser’


The Bayreuth Festival has announced a cast change for two productions. The company said that due to health reasons Dmitry Belosselskiy has canceled his participation in the festival. As a result, Mika Kares will take over the role of Hagen in the “Götterdämmerung” and Günther Groissböck in the role of Landgrave Hermann in the “Tannhäuser.” Kares will make his debut {…}