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DVD and CD Releases, News

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Zachary James, John Holiday & Joélle Harvey Lead New CD/DVD Releases


Welcome back for this week’s review of the major CD and DVD releases. This week, audiences are in for many world premiere recordings as well as rarely performed works. Here is a look at some of the pieces audiences will discover! Virko Baley: Music for Emily Dickinson Toccata Classics releases an album dedicated to the music of Virko Baley, a {…}

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 {…}


Opera San José Opens New Season with ‘Romeo and Juliet’


Opera San José is set to launch its 40th Anniversary season with a new production of Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by OSJ General Director Shawna Lucey. The production will be Lucey’s first for the company. Several artists will make role debuts, including rising star tenor Joshua Sanders as Romeo and sopranos Melissa Sondhi and Jasmine Habersham in the title {…}


Melissa Sondhi, Efraín Solís & Joshua Sanders Lead Opera San José’s 2023-24 season


Opera San José has announced its 2023-24 season celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary. The season opens with an all-new production of Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Shawna Lucey. The production will star Indian-American soprano Melissa Sondhi in the role of Juliet and tenor Joshua Sanders as Romeo. Alex Boyer returns to the California Theatre in the role of Tybalt, {…}


Washington National Opera to Premiere ‘Blue’


(Credit: Karli Cadel) The Washington National Opera is set to present the D.C. premiere of “Blue.” The production, which is set to be performed from March 11 to 25, 2023 at the Eisenhower Theater, is inspired by contemporary events and Black literature, including Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me” and James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time.” Written by Jeanine {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Detroit Opera 2021-2022 Review: Aida in Concert


On December 30th, Detroit Opera ended its transformative 2021-2022 season with a concert production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida,” his antepenultimate work whose Oriental plot and exotic aesthetics discredit the work’s premiere location, ironically the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo, Egypt. It seemed people of all kinds came to see this production, one of opera’s most infamous players. It should {…}


Detroit Opera Announces Major Cast Change for ‘Aida’


Detroit Opera has announced a major cast change for its concert performance of Verdi’s “Aida.” The company revealed that Alfred Walker will be taking on the role of Amonasro for the December 30 performance, replacing Reginald Smith, Jr., who has withdrawn due to illness. Walker previously appeared in Detroit Opera’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” in 2021. His 2022-23 season will see him {…}