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Francesco Meli, Irina Lungu, Salome Jicia & Angela Meade Lead Teatro Carlo Felice’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro Caro Felice has announced its 2023-24 season. Benjamin Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” opens the season with a cast that includes Christopher Ainslie, Sydney Mancasola, Matteo Anselmi, Scott Wilde, Kamelia Kader, Peter Kirk, John Chest, Hagar Sharvit, Keri Fuge, David Shipley, David Ireland, Seumas Begg, Sion Goronwy, Robert Burt, and Benjamin Bevan. Donato Renzetti conducts the production by Laurence Dale. Performance Dates: Oct. 13-19, 2023 Dante Ferretti directs Massenet’s “Werther” with Jean-François Borras, Jérôme {…}

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Teatro Real de Madrid 2022-23 Review: Il Turco in Italia (Cast B)


Spanish soprano Sabina Puértolas was scheduled to perform a single show of “Il Turco in Italia” on June 2, 2023, with cast A, but because of the cancellation of soprano Lisette Oropesa, she wound up singing back-to-back performances on June 1 and 2. Struggling Singers She has a lirico-leggera voice, marked vibrato, modest volume but a present middle register. The {…}


Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Sonya Yoncheva, Jonas Kaufmann & Luca Salsi Lead Teatro alla Scala’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro alla Scala has announced ts 2023-24 season. The season opens with Verdi’s “Don Carlo” which will star René Pape, Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi, Ain Anger, Anna Netrebko, and Elīna Garanča. Riccardo Chailly conducts a production by Lluis Pasqual. Maria Jose Siri and Ekaterina Semenchuk perform the final two performances. Performance Dates: Dec. 7, 2023-Jan. 2, 2024 Sonya Yoncheva {…}


Anna Catarina Antonacci, Roberta Mantegna, Jacquelyn Wagner & Andrè Schuen Lead Theater an der Wien’s 2023-24 Season


The Theater an der Wien has announced its 2023-24 season featuring opera productions and opera in concert. Opera Jérémie Rhorer conducts Donizetti’s “Les Martyrs” with Cezary Tomaszewski directing. Roberta Mantegna and John Osborn lead the cast, which also includes Mattia Olivieri, David Steffens, Nicolò Donini, and Patrick Kabongo. Performance Date: Sept. 18-28, 2023 Philip Venables’s “Denis & Katya” will star {…}


Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Lisette Oropesa, Elīna Garanča & Sondra Radvanovsky Lead Teatro San Carlo’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has announced its 2023-24 Season featuring concerts and operas. Sondra Radvanovsky and Oksana Dyka sing the title role in Puccini’s “Turandot” with Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Yusif Eyvazov, SeokJong Baek, Rosa Feola, and Amina Edris. Dan Ettinger conducts the new production by Vasily Barkhatov. Performance Dates: Dec.9-17, 2023 Mattia Olivieri, Alessandro Spina, Piero Pretti, Alex Esposito, {…}


Sondra Radvanovsky, Federica Lombardi, Carmen Giannattasio & Asmik Grigorian Lead Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2023-24 Season


The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2023-24 season featuring six new productions. Premieres  Puccini’s “Il Trittico”  is set to be directed by Pınar Karabulut and conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles. “Il Tabarro” will star Misha Kiria, Jonathan Tetelman, Mikhail Pirogov, Carmen Giannattasio, and Maria Motolygina. Meanwhile “Suor Angelica” will star Mané Galoyan, Violeta Urmana, and Annika Schlicht. Finally, “Gianni Schicchi” {…}

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CD Review: Sondra Radvanovsky & Jonas Kaufmann’s ‘Turandot’


There is no shortage of good and, sometimes, exceptional recordings of Puccini’s “Turandot,” with aficionados generally swaying between Molinari-Pradelli’s studio release (with Franco Corelli and Birgit Nilsson) and Mehta’s landmark take from 1972. Add to this Franco Ghione and, in excerpts, Barbirolli’s visceral “Turandots” from the pre-war period, and nearly all aspects of Puccini’s swan song – from the ritualistic {…}

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Opera de Paris 2022-23 Review: Lucia di Lammermoor


Opera de Paris presented their classic production of “Lucia di Lammermoor,” by Andrei Serban, which has been in their repertoire since 1995. In nearly thirty years, the best sopranos have incarnated the titular role at the Bastille. Names like June Anderson, Mariela Devia, Sumi Jo, and Natalie Dessay. Roberto Alagna performed Edgardo when the opera premiered. This time, the French {…}


Joyce El-Khoury, Ekaterina Siurina & Michele Pertusi Lead New National Theatre Tokyo’s 2023-24 Season


The New National Theatre Tokyo has announced the programming for its 2023-24 season. The season will open with a new production of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica” presented with Ravel’s “L’Enfant et les Sortileges.” This double bill will be led by conductor Numajiri Ryusuke and director Aguni Jun, with a cast featuring Chiara Isotton, Marianna Pizzolato, Chloe Briot, and Saito Junko. Performance {…}