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Opera Australia to Present Laurent Pelly’s ‘Cendrillon’ Production


Opera Australia has announced that it will present the nationwide premiere of Laurent Pelly’s production of Massenet’s “Cendrillon” next year. The production heads to Australia following stints at the Metropolitan Opera and Royal Opera House Covent Garden. It will feature Emily Edmonds in the title role alongside Margaret Plummer as Prince Charming. As the Fairy Godmother, audiences will experience the {…}

DVD and CD Reviews, Reviews

CD Review: Soprano Giulia Bolcato & Remer Ensemble’s ‘Barbara Strozzi – Opera Ottava’


(Photo credit: Celeste Gaia) Better understanding the beginnings of a musical genre is vital for sustaining the genre into the modern day. Available documentation of these origins is often scarce, especially when a genre dates back to the 17th century. But, some anecdotes always seem to stand the test of time: because they are destined to. Italian soprano Giulia Bolcato {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Santiago Ballerini on Bel Canto, French Opera & Celebrating 15 Years Singing


(Credit: Lucas Sanchez) Argentinian/Italian tenor Santiago Ballerini is one of the leading tenors in the Bel Canto repertoire. He has performed at many of the major opera houses throughout North and South America from Opera Nacional de Chile, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Canadian Opera Company, Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and Dallas Opera. He has also performed in Europe {…}


Marble City Opera Unveils 2024-25 Season


Marble City Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. First up is “Tenors, Tuxedos, and Stalactites.” The showcase will take place inside the Historic Cherokee Caverns in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is the third year the company presents a concert in the cave. Performance Date: August 17, 2024 Then comes the Tennessee premiere of Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel’s “dwb (driving while {…}


Knoxville Opera Unveils 2024-25 Season


Knoxville Opera has unveiled its 2024-25 season. The first performance of the season will be an “Opera’s Greatest Hits” concert that honors conductor Robert Lyall. Performance Dates: Sept. 22, 2024 On the opera side of things, first up on the slate is Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” The production is directed by Dean Anthony and conducted by Joseph {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Munich Opera Festival 204: Liederabend Featuring Jonas Kaufmann


It was a Jonas Kaufmann special. At least in Munich. At least in Kaufmann’s home opera house. The place was packed. The outfits were designer specials and tee shirts, “Herren,” even in highly colorful shorts, and “Damen,” in extravagant lamé skirts with high slits and gilded shoes. Kaufmann, and Helmut Deutsch, reknowned pianist and accompanist, walked onto the stage in {…}


Composer Alyssa Weinberg Joins West Edge Opera’s ‘Claude & Marcel’


West Edge Opera has announced that composer Alyssa Weinberg is teaming up with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann to create “Claude & Marcel,” a new opera about surrealist photographers and activists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore. The opera is written for eight singers and 13 instruments and will premiere in August 2027 following three years of workshops and preview performances. West Edge {…}


Opera Singer Ilhor Voronka Killed in Ukraine War


Opera singer Ilhor Voronka has been killed in action in Ukraine. Voronka was an artist of the National Academic Chapel “Dumka.” Voronka’s wife Maryna Rayevska took to social media and said, “It is with great sadness that I received the news from comrades-in-arms of my husband Ihor Voronka about his death on the battlefield on the evening of July 6.” She added, {…}