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Ainhoa Arteta, Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato & René Pape Headline Palau de les Arts’ 2020-21 Season


The Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain has announced its 2020-21 season featuring zarzuela, opera, and recitals. Opera The Palau de les Arts opens with Romeo Castellucci directing a new production of Mozart’s “Requiem” with Stefano Montanari conducting. Anett Fritsch, Sara Mingardo, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, and Nahuel Di Pierro star. Performance Dates: Sept. 27-Oct. 8, 2020 Kurtág’s “Fin de {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro alla Scala 2019-20 Review: Roméo et Juliette


The Teatro alla Scala in Milan presented Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” in a production by the American director Bartlett Sher and revived by Dan Rigazzi. For this production, the tragedy of the Verona lovers, with the libretto by Carré and Barbier, is set in an eighteenth-century Italian city, with a sumptuous neoclassical style palace at the core of the scenery {…}


Plácido Domingo & Davinia Rodriguez Headline Donizetti Opera Festival’s 2020 Season


(Credit: Courtesy of Donizetti Opera Festival) The Donizetti Opera Festival has announced its 2020 season, which is set to open on Nov. 19 and close on Dec. 6, 2020. The season will open with a concert performance of “Belisario” with Plácido Domingo in the title role. In a press release Domingo, who is celebrating his birthday today, stated, “Dear friends, {…}


Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Cecilia Violetta Lopez, & Vanessa Vasquez Headline Arizona Opera’s 2020-21 Season


The Arizona Opera has announced its 2020-21 season featuring the company’s second World Premiere, the Regional Premiere of a New Mariachi Opera, a New Production of a Modern Masterwork and the Return of Two Beloved Classics. “Arizona Opera continues to deepen its commitment to presenting the most vibrant programming possible on our stages and throughout the community. This spans the {…}


Marina Rebeka, Sophie Koch & Jean-François Borras Headline Théâtre du Capitole’s 2019-20 Season


The Théâtre du Capitole has announced its 2019-20 season featuring nine operatic productions and a number of recitals. Here is a look at what to expect.  Marina Rebeka and Klára Kolonits share the title role in Bellini’s “Norma” in a new production by Anne Delbée. The cast is rounded out by Karine Deshayes and Ilseyar Khayrullova who portraya Adalgisa, Martin Mühle and Airam Hernández {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

NYU Steinhardt 2107-18 Review – Dialogues of the Carmelites: The Horrors of the French Revolution Portrayed In Potent Manner


A dimly lit stage and full cast of solemn faces set the tone at NYU’s Frederick Lowe theater on Friday night for Poulenc’s “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” Keenly aware of the grave subject about to unfold, audience members reflected back on a tragic time when the French Revolution was taking place in a reluctant and merciless manner.  The Reign of {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (3/9-11): 3 Classics Coupled With 2 Modern Works Lead the Way


For this week’s recommendations, we have two modern works coupled with three classic masterworks (or more like four with two in a double bill). Throw in a combination of small and big-name companies and this weekend’s recommendations run a wide and diverse gamut. Un Ballo In Maschera – Livermore Valley Opera First up on our list is the independent company’s {…}


Metropolitan Opera Wins Opera America Grant For New Work ‘Eurydice’


 OPERA America has announced the grant awards for 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. A total of $225,000 was awarded to 11 opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming opera “Eurydice” by composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl. The work will be based on the play by Sarah Ruhl and tells the Orpheus story from the perspective of {…}