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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 {…}


Opera Vlaanderen Announces 2024-25 Season


Opera Vlaanderen has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the season. Opera Elena Guseva and Ana Naqe Star in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” alongside Łukasz Załęski and Vincenzo Neri. Daniela Candillari conducts the production by Mariano Pensotti. Performance Dates: Sept. 8-Oct. 16, 2024 Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” is set to star Michèle Losier, Kartal Karagedik, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Wolfgang Stefan {…}


Sasha Cooke, Ingela Brimberg, Mark S. Doss & Eve-Maud Hubeaux Lead La Monnaie de Munt’s 2024-25 Season


La Monnaie de Munt has announced the 2024-25 season. Opera Wagner’s “Siegfried” will star Magnus Vigilius, Peter Hoare, Gábor Bretz, Scott Hendricks, Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Ingela Brimberg, Nora Gubisch, and Liv Redpath. Alain Altinoglu conducts Pierre Audi’s production. Performance Dates: Sept. 11-Oct. 4, 2024 Kris Defoort’s “The Time of Our Singing ” will star Mark S. Doss, Claron Mcfadden, Simon Bailey, Levy {…}


Nadine Sierra, Saioa Hernández, Piotr Beczała, Sonya Yoncheva, Xabier Anduaga & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2024-25 Season


The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Josep Pons conducts Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” with Alexei Botnarciuc, Daniel Kirch, Sara Jakubiak, Ángeles Blancas, and Pavel Černoch. Àlex Ollé conducts. Performance Date: Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2024 Maria Agresta and Saioa Hernández star in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Artur Ruciński, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Brian {…}


‘The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe’ to Be Performed by Odyssey Opera


Odyssey Opera, in partnership with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, is set to present the New England premiere of Dominick Argento’s opera “The Voyage of Edgar Allan Poe.” The work will be presented on April 5, 2024 in Boston and will showcase conductor Gil Rose leading a cast that includes tenor Peter Tantsits playing the lead role of Poe. The {…}


Charles Castronovo, Elsa Dreisig, Maria Bengtsson, Lawrence Brownlee, Aleksandra Kurzak Headline 2023-24 Season at Grand Théâtre Genève


The Grand Théâtre Genève has announced its 2023-24 season. First up is “Don Carlo” in a production by Lydia Steier starring Charles Castronovo, Leonardo Capalbo, Dmitry Ulyanov, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Stéphane Degout, and Êve-Maud Hubeaux. Marc Minkowski conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 15 – 28, 2023  Lea Desandre, Ana María Labin, Ana Vieira Leite, Hugh Cutting, Kresimir Spicer, Moritz Kallenberg, and Renato {…}


Camilla Nylund, Amanda Majeski & Lise Lindstrom Lead Semperoper Dresden’s 2023-24 Season


The Semperoper Dresden has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the operatic productions of the season. Premieres  Puccini’s “Turandot” is set to star Elisabeth Teige, Aleksei Kulagin, Yonghoon Lee, and Elbenita Kajtazi. Ivan Repušić conducts the new production by Marie-Eve Signeyrole. Performance Dates: Oct. 7-Nov. 25, 2023 Mary Plazas, Katerina von Bennigsen, Peter Tantsits, and Andrew Nolen {…}


La Monnaie’s House of Creation Announces Cast for ‘Fanny och Alexander’


House of Creations, La Monnaie’s new works incubator, has announced the cast for its production of “Fanny och Alexander (Fanny and Alexander),” a new adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1983 award-winning film of the same name. Mikael Karlsson composed the opera’s music to a libretto by Royce Vavrek. The opera’s director is Ivo van Hove, and Ariane Matiakh will conduct. The {…}


Salzburg Festival Acknowledges Accident During ‘The Magic Flute’ Rehearsals


During a rehearsal of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” at the Salzburg Festival, a female extra was seriously injured when she fell off the top stage level. In an official statement the festival said, ‘There has been an accident at work, that has also been reported and is regrettable. In the ‘Magic Flute,’ which is a very complex stage design, we {…}