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Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Paco Azorín on ‘Tosca,’ & the Art of Directing Opera


Paco Azorín is one of today’s most prolific artists in Spain. In a 25 years, he has participated in more than 300 productions in theater and opera. Recently his 2014 “Tosca” debuted at the Teatro Real de Madrid for the very first time and with it audiences got to see three different casts with the likes of Anna Netrebko, Sondra {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Ópera de Oviedo 2023-24 Review: La Traviata


Ópera de Oviedo finished the 2023 year with a polemic new “Traviata,” by director Paco Azorin and co-coproduced with the Festival Castell de Perelada, a splendid cast of singers and the energetic approach of its conductor, Òliver Dìaz. Paco Azorin is one of the most talented and prolific Spanish stage directors and set designers today. He sets the opera in {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real 2023-24 Review: Medea


(Credit: Javier del Real) Teatro Real opened its 2023-24 season with Cherubini’s masterpiece “Medea.” The opera had a great success and was very popular in Europe during the XIX century, where it was usually performed in German or Italian and with a newly written recitative instead of the original French dialogues between arias and scenes. “Medea” was rarely performed during {…}


Saioa Hernández, Piotr Beczala, Joyce DiDonato & Ailyn Pérez Lead Teatro Real’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced its 2023-24 season featuring a wide array of repertoire. Opera Maria Agresta, Saioa Hernández, and Maria Pia Piscitelli star in Cherubini’s “Medea“ alongside Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Silvia Tro Santafé, Jongmin Park, Alexander Vinogradov, Sara Blanch, Marina Monzó, Enea Scala, and Francesco Demuro. Ivor Bolton conducts the production by Paco Azorín. Performance Dates: Sept. {…}


María José Montiel, Arturo Chacón-Cruz & Sabina Puértolas Lead Ópera de Tenerife’s 2023-24 Season


Spain’s Ópera de Tenerife has announced its 2023-24 season featuring numerous Spanish artists. Víctor Pablo Pérez conducts Antoni Parera Fons’ “María Moliner” with María José Montiel and Juan Jesús Rodríguez. Paco Azorín conducts. Performance Dates: Oct. 17-21, 2023 Sabina Puértolas and Arturo Chacón-Cruz lead Massenet s “Manon” with Christopher Franklin conducting. Emilio Sagi directs.   Performance Dates: Nov. 21-25, 2023 Jorge de León and Yulia {…}


Ópera de Oviedo Announces 2023-24 Season


(Credit: Patricio Melo) The Ópera de Oviedo has announced its 2023-24 season. The season will open with a production of Massenet’s “Manon” with Emilio Sagi conducting. The production will celebrate Victoria de los Angeles’ centennial. The program will star Sabina Puértolas, Celso Albelo, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Manel Esteve, Ana Nebot, and Moisés Marín. Performance Dates: September 2023 In October the company {…}


Patrizia Ciofi, Olga Peretyatko & Sandrine Piau Lead Opera Grand Avignon’s 2022-23 Season


The Opera Grand Avignon has announced its 2022-23 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances for season. Concert  Bertrand Cuiller conducts Handel’s “Rinaldo” in a production by Claire Dancoisne. Paul Figuier, Blandine de Sansal, Maïlys de Villoutreys, Aurore Bucher, Timothée Varon, Rita Tchenko and Marion Zaboitzeff. Performance Dates: Nov. 20 & 22, 2022 “La Sérénade” will be conductedcby Débora {…}

News, Streaming

Ermonela Jaho, Lisette Oropesa, Sondra Radvanovsky, Javier Camarena Headline My Opera Player’s Opera Week


The Teatro Real de Madrid’s My Opera Player is in the midst of its Opera Week showcase in which several opera performances are available to stream through July 17 for subscribers. Audiences can check out “Tosca” with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joseph Calleja, and Carlos Alvarez. Nicola Luisotti conducts the production by Paco Azorín. Maria Agresta, Ludovic Tézier, Ekaterina Semenchuk, and Francesco {…}