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Jeanine De Bique, Yuriy Mynenko, Sophie Junker, Raffaele Pe, Julia Lezhneva, Channa Malkin Headline Göttingen International Handel Festival’s 2022 Season


The Göttingen International Handel Festival has announced its 2022 slate, entitled “New Horizons.” The festival opens with “Aminta e Fillide” starring Bruno de Sá and Myrsini Margariti. George Petrou conducts the FestspielOrchester Göttingen. Performance Dates: May 12, 2022  Next up is the opening of “Giulio Cesare” starring Yuriy Mynenko, Sophie Junker, Nicholas Tamagna, Francesca Ascioti, Katie Coventry, Riccardo Novaro, Artur {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Comunale di Ferrara 2024 Review: Orlando Furioso


Photo credit: Marco Caselli Nirmal Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” is a work that represents baroque opera at its most exciting. Set on Alcina’s magical island, where the weird and wonderful are commonplace, it opens up the possibility for colorful and spectacular stagings with shipwrecks, fantastical beasts, monsters and statues that come to life. There are high mountains, wooded groves, steep cliffs {…}


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 {…}


Jakub Josef Orlinski, Anna Prohaska, Sandrine Piau Headline Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2024


Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival has announced its 2024 slate. First up is Porpora’s “Ifigenia in Aulide.” The new production by Max Emanuel Cencic will be conducted by Christophe Rousset and stars Jasmin Delfs, Lena Belkina, Max Emanuel Cencic, Dennis Orellana, Vince Yi, and Daniel Giuliani. Performance Dates: Sept. 5 – 15, 2024 Jakub Jósef Orlinski appears in performance with Il Pomo {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Bayreuth Baroque Festival 2023 Review: Flavio, Re De’ Longobardi


(Photo: Falk von Traubenburg) Max Cenčić has a long-established reputation as a sensitive and technically brilliant virtuoso countertenor. However, over the past six or seven years, he has also become increasingly known for his skills as a stage director owing to a string of stunning productions, such as Hasse’s “Siroe,” which he toured in 2017. In 2020, he was appointed {…}


Gregory Kunde, Carmela Remigio, Ernesto Petti Lead Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni’s 2023-24 Season


Modena’s Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season opens with Giordano’s “Fedora” in a new production by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Aldo Sisillo conducts a cast that includes Teresa Romano, Yuliya Tkachenko, Luciano Ganci, and Simone Piazzola. Performance Dates: Oct. 13 & 15, 2023 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will be performed in four acts in a production by {…}


Atalla Ayan, Iréne Theorin & Michael Mayes Lead Staatsoper Stuttgart’s 2023-24 Season


The Staatsoper Stuttgart has announced its 2023-24 season. Premieres  The first new production of the season will be Strauss’ “Die frau ohne Schatten” with Benjamin Bruns, Simone Schneider, Evelyn Herlitzius, Martin Gantner, and Iréne Theorin. Cornelius Meister conducts the production by David Hermann. Performance Dates: Oct. 29-Dec. 2, 2023 “La Fest,” featuring music by Vivaldi and Händel, will star Claudia {…}


Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Announces 2023-24 Season


Germany’s Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe has announced its 2023-24 season. Here are the operatic and vocal performances. Premieres Verdi’s “Nabucco” will get a new production by Thaddeus Strassberger. Yura Yang conducts. Premiere Date: Oct. 21, 2023 Strauss’ “Die schweigsame Frau” will be conducted by Georg Fritzsch and directed by Mariame Clément. Premiere Date: Dec. 19, 2023 Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” will {…}


Anna Catarina Antonacci, Roberta Mantegna, Jacquelyn Wagner & Andrè Schuen Lead Theater an der Wien’s 2023-24 Season


The Theater an der Wien has announced its 2023-24 season featuring opera productions and opera in concert. Opera Jérémie Rhorer conducts Donizetti’s “Les Martyrs” with Cezary Tomaszewski directing. Roberta Mantegna and John Osborn lead the cast, which also includes Mattia Olivieri, David Steffens, Nicolò Donini, and Patrick Kabongo. Performance Date: Sept. 18-28, 2023 Philip Venables’s “Denis & Katya” will star {…}