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Aleksandra Kurzak & Roberto Alagna Headline San Francisco Opera’s Opening Night


The San Francisco Opera will inaugurate its 2023-24 season with a gala on Sept. 8, 2023. The gala will also include an Opera Ball that will include a reception, dinner, and an after-party in San Francisco’s City Hall. Caroline H. Hume Music Director Eun Sun Kim and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will lead soloists Roberto Alagna and {…}


Anna Netrebko, Aleksandra Kurzak & Roberto Alagna Lead Arena di Verona Broadcasts


The Arena di Verona and Rai Cultura are set to broadcast four operas. The first opera to be broadcast will be Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” in a production by Hugo de Ana. The opera will be shown on Rai3 on August 10 and on Rai 5 on Sept. 7. The production stars Dalibor Jenis, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Antonino Siragusa, Carlo {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Roberto Alagna on ‘Al Capone,’ Singing With Aleksandra Kurzak & His Own Upcoming Projects


Roberto Alagna is a renowned French-Sicilian tenor whose career could grace a fairy tale novel. Considered to be the least talented in a large family of musicians, he nonetheless spent his youth busking around Paris cabarets, singing pop music accompanied with his guitar. But his passion, fired by Mario Lanza films, was opera and, largely self-taught, he pursued that dream. {…}


Roberto Alagna’s ‘Al Capone’ Gets Canceled Due to Poor Attendance


Performances of the musical “Al Capone,” which starred famed tenor Roberto Alagna, have been canceled. Per reports, the production, which opened in January 2023 and was set to restart on April 13, was poorly attended and hence the decision was made to discontinue its run altogether. In sum, only 48 of the originally planned 90 performances took place. In an {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak on ‘Tosca,’ Dream Roles & Performing with Roberto Alagna


Aleksandra Kurzak’s early singing career saw her perform as a specialist in lyric and coloratura soprano roles before moving into heavier roles in 19th-century Romantic and verismo operas. The 2004-05 season saw her have two hugely successful debuts, at the Metropolitan Opera House and the Royal Opera House. She has since sung many leading roles in opera houses throughout the {…}


Aleksandra Kurzak & Roberto Alagna to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Teatro Filarmonico


Verona’s Teatro Filarmonico is set to celebrate the New Year with a gala performance of “La Bohème.” The performance will star Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in a production by Stefano Trespidi. Andrea Battistoni will conduct the evening. While the company is currently performing the Puccini opera, Kurzak and Alagna will appear at the Verona company for one night only. {…}


Asmik Grigorian, Angela Meade, Roberto Alagna & Xabier Anduaga Lead Amigos de la Ópera de A Coruña’s 2022 Season


The Amigos de la Ópera de A Coruña has announced its 2022 season featuring recitals, operas and concerts. Asmik Grigorian and Lukas Geniusas perform at the Teatro Rosalía de Castro. Performance Date: Sept. 1, 2022 Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” will be performed in concert by Angela Meade, Alejandro Roy, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Luiz-Ottavio Faria, Luis Cansino, and Borja Quiza. Guiseppe {…}


Gran Teatre del Liceu Responds to Roberto Alagna & Aleksandra Kurzak’s Withdrawal from ‘Tosca’


The Gran Teatre del Liceu is responding to the controversy following Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak’s withdrawal from a Tosca production by Rafael R. Villalobos. According to ABC.es, the theater has been silent on the matter to respect the artist’s decisions but responded to questions that the Spanish media source sent the company. According to the media source, the Liceu {…}


Roberto Alagna Responds to Peter De Caluwe’s Comments on ‘Tosca’ Cancelation at Gran Teatre del Liceu


Tenor Roberto Alagna has responded to critiques regarding his cancelation of “Tosca” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. In a reply to OperaWire’s recent article on La Monnaie’s intendant Peter De Caluwe’s comments (which were published on social media), Alagna sent a Twitter response featuring a statement by “Al Capone” director Jean-Felix Lalanne. OperaWire had previously reached out to Alagna’s {…}