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Joseph Calleja, Kristine Opolais & Ramón Vargas Highlight Hamburg State Opera’s 2018-19 Season


The Hamburg State Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring a number of international singers and six new productions. Here is a look at what’s in store for operalovers. New Productions  The Hamburg State Opera’s first new production of the season will be “Così fan tutte” with Maria Bengtsson, Stephanie Lauricella, Kartal Karagedik, Dovlet Nurgeldiyev, Oleksiy Palchykov, Sylvia Schwartz, and {…}


Javier Camarena Cancels Third Performance Of Semiramide


For the third evening of the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of “Semiramide,” Javier Camarena has canceled. The tenor who also canceled the second performance announced on Feb. 24 that due to a cough he would not be able to sing. As a result, Robert McPherson will perform the role of Idreno, which he had previously done with the Vlaamse Opera and on tour {…}

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Five Rossini Works That Should Be Part Of The Standard Repertoire


Gioachino Rossini is one of the three Bel Canto masters whose music has been performed regularly over the years. However, unlike Bellini or Donizetti, Rossini has gotten the reputation for being a composer of comedy and sometimes his opera seria has been overlooked in favor of such masterpieces as “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Le Comte Ory,” “La Cenerentola” and “Il {…}


Alek Shrader, Mariola Cantarero & Sabina Puértolas Headline Opera de Oviedo’s 2018-19 Season


The Opera de Oviedo has announced its 2018-19 season. The season will include five productions including some operatic classics and one Spanish opera. The season opens with Jorge Muñiz’s “Fuenteovejuna” with Mariola Cantarero and Raquel Lojendio sharing the role of Laurencia. The opera also stars Antonio Lozano and José Luis Sola sharing the role of Frondoso and Felipe Bou and Ricardo Seguel as Esteban. Santiago Serrate conducts {…}


Sabine Puértolas Replaces Lucy Crowe At Royal Opera House


Lucy Crowe has withdrawn from tonight’s performance of “Rigoletto.” The Royal Opera House announced that due to illness Crowe would not sing the Jan. 4 performance. As a result, Spanish soprano Sabina Puértolas will take over. Puértolas made her Royal Opera debut in 2013 as Lisette in “La rondine” and has since returned to sing Despina in “Così fan tutte.” She recently {…}

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Surveying the Two Distinct Periods of Sesto Bruscantini’s Career


Sesto Bruscantini was a consummate shapeshifter as an opera singer. Born on Dec. 10, 1919, Bruscantini enjoyed a lengthy 45-year career filled with performances at some of the most famous houses on the globe including La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Rome Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, the Vienna State Opera, and Salzburg Festival, among others. He was a unique breed {…}


Weekend Preview – International (10/13-10/15): Angela Gheorghiu Highlights A New Production of ‘Adriana Lecouvreur’ & Virginia Tola Highlights Rome’s ‘Tosca’


It’s another weekend filled with some of the greatest stars and some popular titles. Austria  The Vienna State Opera kicks off its weekend with “Don Giovanni” starring Adam Plachetka, Irina Lungu, Benjamin Bruns, Dorothea Röschmann and Robert Gleadow and will be followed by “The Gambler” with Dmitry Ulyanov, Elena Guseva, Misha Didyk, Linda Watson, Thomas Ebenstein, Elena Maximova, and Morten Frank Larsen. {…}

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5 Bel Canto Works That Need Metropolitan Opera Premieres Or Revivals


On Sept. 25, 2017, the Metropolitan Opera opens its 2017-18 with one of the most famous diva showcases in opera, “Norma.” Sondra Radvanovsky will repeat her acclaimed portrayal she first brought to the Met in 2013 alongside an all-star cast that includes Joseph Calleja and Joyce DiDonato. The opera marks the third Bel Canto work to open the Met Opera {…}

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Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti Announces New Project For Sony Classical


Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti has announced a new recording of Fauré works. The soprano took to Instagram and shared a photo of her recording session stating “We just finished our beautiful project for @sony.classical with different, also unknown, music of #gabrielfauré, I was part of it with 5 songs, that were specially orchestrated for this occasion! And to be able to do it in #goetheanum !!! Magic!!!! {…}