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Gran Teatro del Liceu 2017-18 Review(s) – La Favorite


Apart from the onslaught of syphilis, 1840 was a good year for Gaetano Donizetti. He become the first composer to have three operas (“La Fille du Régiment”, “Lucrezia Borgia,” and “La Favorite”) debut in three different theaters in Paris within a period of less than 12 months. The last of the trifecta was written specifically for Rosine Stolz (née Victoire Noël) {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (7/20-22)


It’s a weekend of Bel Canto, Wagner, Mozart, and Puccini with many of the greatest stars in the world. There are some rarities and some signature pieces that are must see. Tosca – Teatro Municipal de Chile, Chile Melody Moore and Lilit Soghomonyan share the title role in Puccini’s masterpiece with Leonardo Caimi and  Artem Golubev alternating Cavaradossi. Elchin Azizov and Alexander Krasnov {…}


Gran Teatre Del Liceu Live Stream 2017-18: Gregory Kunde & Liudmyla Monastyrska Star in ‘Manon Lescaut’


The Gran Teatre del Liceu will showcase a production of “Manon Lescaut” on Saturday, June 16, 2018. The performance will be broadcast on La 2 in Barcelona as well as in Madrid in the Plaza Mayor and on mobile devices via RTVE. The performance will star Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role with David Bizic as her brother. Gregory Kunde {…}


OperaVision 2017-18 Preview: ‘La Favorite’ Arrives from Maggio Musicale Fiorentino


Donizetti’s “La Favorite” arrives on OperaVision to close out the month of March. The production from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino arrives on April 26, 2018 in a production conducted by Fabio Luisi. Veronica Simeoni stars as Leonor with Celso Albelo as Fernand. Mattia Olivieri will play Alphone XI with Francesca Longari as Ines. The stream kicks off at 7 p.m. {…}


Carlos Alvarez, Saimir Pirgu & Irene Theorin Headline The New National Theatre, Tokyo’s 2018-19 Season


The New National Theatre, Tokyo has announced its 2018-19 season featuring 10 operas, including four new productions. New Productions  The season opens with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in a new production by William Kentridge originally showcased at La Monnaie and Aix-en Provence. Roland Boer conducts a cast that includes Sava Vemic, Steve Davislim, Yasui Yoko, and Hayashi Masako Performance Dates: {…}


How to Listen to Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma’s New Production of Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’


On Jan. 18 the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will open its new production of Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte.” The production by Graham Vick will star Francesca Dotto and Federica Lombardi alternating the role of Fiordiligi and Chiara Amarù and Paola Gardina singing the role of Dorabella. Gugliemo will be performed by Vito Priante and Mattia Olivieri  while Ferrando will be sung by Juan Francisco Gatell and Antonio Poli.  Meanwhile, {…}


Warner Classics to Record ‘Turandot’ with Sondra Radvanovsky & Jonas Kaufmann


(Credit: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical) Warner Classics is set to record Puccini’s “Turandot” with Sir Antonio Pappano and the Accademia di Santa Cecilia. The recording, which soprano Ermonela Jaho confirmed via social media, will star Jonas Kaufmann as Calaf and Sondra Radvanovsky as Turandot. Ermonela Jaho, Mattias Olivieri, Michael Spyres, Michele Pertusi, Gregory Bonfatti, and Siyabonga Maqungo will round {…}