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Weekend Preview – USA (9/8-10): NYC Opera, LA Opera, San Francisco, Washington & Others Open Seasons


After a relatively quiet weekend in the USA, the opera world starts coming back to life in this second week of September. The New York City Opera continues its season-opening run of “La Fanciulla del West” on Friday and Sunday. OPERA San Antonio’s production of “Macbeth” kicks off for two performances on Friday and Sunday and will star Greer Grimsley {…}

Special Features

Best of Metropolitan Opera 2016-17: Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo Lead The Top 10 Casts Of the Year


After looking at the top female and male singers as well as the finest maestros of the 2016-17 season, we now turn the spotlight on the 10 best-assembled casts of the season. This was a truly difficult piece to put together as this Met season had great casts for almost every single opera. But the casts listed below were simply {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera Review 2016-17 – Fidelio: Beethoven’s Ode to Women Celebrated With Stunning Cast & Production


I preface this by stating that this review is for the performance on March 24, 2017. I would also like to recognize that this is just one, performance of a seven-performance run. In an ideal situation, I would attend every performance and write a detailed review of the overall work. As it stands, I can only go on my perspective of one performance. 2017 has been the year of {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

The Lyrical Heldentenor – Klaus Florian Vogt On A Different Wagnerian Approach & ‘Fidelio’s’ Rigidity


The Wagner tenor is a rare breed, often defined by a thick and granular quality that can easily cut through the orchestra, all while singing the most difficult music in the operatic canon. When we think of Wagnerian voices, we think dark and heavy, not light and delicate. Unless of course, we are talking about Klaus Florian Vogt. Arguably the {…}


Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: ‘Fidelio’s’ Historical Moments At The Met


Fidelio opens at the Metropolitan on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Being Beethoven’s only opera, it has been given great prominence at the Metropolitan Opera, to the tune of 230 performances. Here are some other fun facts about the opera over the course of its Met Opera history. 1. The opera’s very first performance was on Nov. 19, 1884, and featured {…}


Where To Watch The San Francisco Opera 2017-18 Season Live Stream Announcement


It’s that time of the year when companies announce their upcoming seasons. Some companies just release a press release while others put on concerts. In the case of the San Francisco Opera, the company is Live Streaming the announcement on Jan. 17. At 12:30 Pacific Time, General Director Matthew Shilvock and special guests from the upcoming season John Adams (Composer), Peter Sellars and Francesca {…}


Everything You Need to Know About Houston Grand Opera 2017-18 Season


The Houston Grand Opera announced its 2017-18 season Thursday with opening night featuring Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In sum, there will be seven operas overall between October 20, 2017 and May 11, including one World Premiere. The 2017 Operas “La Traviata” opens the season for seven performances with Albina Shagimuratova. This will be the soprano’s fourth run of the work in {…}