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From Incest to Murder, Celebrating Opera’s Most Iconic Siblings


Happy Siblings day for all of you who have the fortune of having loving brothers and sisters. Opera is filled with brother-sister pairings that either work together toward common goals or fight with one another to disastrous effect. Let’s take a look at some of opera’s most famous and unique sibling pairings. The Mozart Sisters Dorabella and Fiordiligi are as {…}


Aida Garifullina Headlines New Production Of ‘The Snow Maiden’


On April 15, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Snow Maiden” will premiere at the Opera National de Paris. The Russian opera is slated to star Aida Garifullina in the role. The young soprano, who recently released her debut album on Decca will be making her debut at the Paris opera in the opera. The soprano is slated to return to Paris for performances {…}


Susanna Phillips, Stephen Costello, Elizabeth DeShong Lead Metropolitan Opera 2017 Summer Recital Series


Even though the Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season ends in mid-May, the Company is not completely closed for business this summer. In fact, the Met will continue its 2017 Summer Recital Series, now in its ninth year, with six free concerts all across the five boroughs featuring some of the world’s greatest singers. First up are two recitals on June 12 {…}


Metropolitan Opera Guild To Auction Enrico Caruso Glasses, Manuscripts & Letters From Famous Composers


The Metropolitan Opera Guild is currently set to auction off some notable pieces of its collection on two separate days in June. According to Christie’s the Guild will shop 90 lots of rare musical manuscripts, composer’s letters and other memorabilia on June 15. It will be an opportunity for potential buyers to get direct access to such famous pieces as {…}

Behind the Scenes, IndieOpera, Interviews, Pride Month

Bringing New Life to Opera – How OperaRox’s Kimberly Feltkamp Hopes To Switch Up the Indie Opera Scene


“A lot of the time it’s just like jumping off a cliff because you don’t know how it’s going to go,” said Kimberly Feltkamp, the general manager of OperaRox Productions in a recent conversation with OperaWire. “I didn’t conceive of it as a company when I started it,” Feltkamp added. But strong reception to her initial project with OperaRox in 2015 {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

CD/DVD Releases – Week of April 10, 2017: Julia Lezhneva Explores the Music of Graun


Two CDs headline the week ahead. One comes from a well-regarded mezzo, while the other comes from an instrumentalist experimenting with operatic music. Each release should have something appealing to opera lovers. Julia Lezhneva Julia Lezhneva experiments in her latest album as she continues to explore her operatic repertoire. The young mezzo has a new CD out for Decca that includes {…}


What We Learned at the Opera News Awards


The 12th annual OPERA NEWS Awards were handed out on April 9 at the Plaza Hotel. The operatic community gathered together to honor Robert Carsen, Matthew Polenzani, Christine Goerke, Yannick Nézet-Seguin and Frederica Von Stade. Several expected guests including Anna Netrebko, Patricia Racette, James Conlon and Nézet-Seguin however, were not in attendance. However, there was a surprise guest, Renée Fleming, {…}


Here’s How Sir John Eliot Gardiner Will Celebrate Monteverdi’s 450th Birthday


As part of Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday anniversary, Sir John Eliot Gardiner is going on tour to recognize the father of opera. The tour is slated to last a whopping seven months, taking place around the globe in such countries as the UK, Germany, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and the USA. The tour will essentially feature performances of {…}