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Seattle Opera Unveils Details for Anniversary Gala ‘Windows from the Past, Doors to the Future’


Seattle Opera has announced the lineup for its 60th anniversary concert “Windows from the Past, Doors to the Future.” The event, scheduled for one night only on May 11, 2023 at McCaw Hall, will feature Greer Grimsley as both co-host and singer. He is joined by Ginger Costa-Jackson, Mary Elizabeth Williams, Sarah Coburn, John Moore, Duke Kim, Amitai Pati, and {…}


‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ to Make HD Debut at the Metropolitan Opera


The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023–24 Live in HD season will continue with Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The opera will be performed on Dec. 9 and will be the first Spanish-language opera to be featured on the company’s HD series. Mexican-American soprano Ailyn Pérez leads the cast alongside soprano Gabriella Reyes, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, baritone Mattia Olivieri, tenor Mario Chang, {…}


Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’


The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its opening night performance of “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The company said, “For tonight’s performance, the role of the Captain will be sung by David Pittsinger, replacing Greer Grimsley.” Pittsinger made his Met debut in 2017 as Le Bret in “Cyrano de Bergerac. The bass has performed the role of the {…}


Q & A: Soprano Ailyn Pérez on ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ & the Importance of Spanish-Language Opera


(Credit: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera) On Nov. 16, the Metropolitan Opera will make history by presenting only the third Spanish-language opera in the company’s trajectory. Additionally, the work in question, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” will be the very first Latin American opera presented by the company. For the massive milestone, the company brought together a mixed cast that includes {…}


Palm Beach Opera Announces 2024 Season


The Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2024 season featuring three beloved masterworks. In a statement said PBO’s General and Artistic Director David Walker, “After the incredible success of our 2023 Season, which surpassed revenue goals and welcomed many first-time audiences, we are thrilled to follow up with such a powerhouse season. Featuring three of the most illustrious and significant {…}


Works & Process to Present Gregory Spears & Tracy K. Smith’s ‘The Righteous’


Works & Process is set to present the Santa Fe Opera: “The Righteous” by Gregory Spears and Tracy K. Smith. The presentation will be held on Oct. 1 at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Works & Process Fall 2023 Season. The new opera was commissioned by The Santa Fe Opera for premiere in the summer of {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Seattle Opera 2023-24 Review: Das Rheingold


(Photo credit: Seattle Opera © Philip Newton) Why build an elaborate faux-underwater set for the Rhine scenes in Wagner’s “Ring” when you have an orchestra pit that can make a perfectly plausible stage river? It’s an idea so obvious, you think surely, it must have been tried already. This is the solution found by Brian Staufenbiel, tasked with staging “Das {…}


Singapore’s Orchestra of the Music Makers to Present National Premiere of ‘Das Rheingold’


Singapore’s Orchestra of the Music Makers is set to present Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” on July 8, 2023 at the Esplanade Concert Hall. The semi-staged production will be directed by Tang Xinxin with Joshua Kangming Tan conducting the performance. The famed Wagner opera will star Teng Xiang Ting as Woglinde, Victoria Songwei Li as Wellgun, Anna Harvey as Floßhilde and Erda, {…}


Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan Speedo Green, Mané Galoyan & Rachel Willis-Sørensen Lead Santa Fe Opera’s 2024 Season


The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2024 season. Conductor Corrado Rovaris conducts  Louisa Muller’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The cast includes Mané Galoyan, Bekhzod Davronov, and Carlos Arámbula. Performance Dates: June 28-August 24, 2024 Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be conducted by Harry Bicket. Stephen Barlow directs the production with Ryan Speedo Green, Teresa Perrotta, Rachael Wilson, David Portillo, Nicholas Newton, {…}