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Salzburg Festival to Broadcast ‘Elektra’ Starring Aušrinė Stundytė, Asmik Grigorian


(Credit: Official Website Aušrinė Stundytė / P Gasiunas) The Salzburg Festival has announced that it will record its production of Strauss’ “Elektra“ via ORF, 3sat, ZDF/ARTE and UNITEL in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Salzburg Festival and will be broadcast as followed. The company will then stream the production over the course of several days via some a {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Soprano Aušrinė Stundytė on Singing ‘Elektra’ At Salzburg & Career Trajectory


(Image Source: Official Website) After the coronavirus pandemic put the global opera world on hold for several months, Salzburg is taking promising steps to keep their summer opera festival going—consequently still celebrating its centenary this August. After trimming the programmed repertoire, two operas remain in the festival—Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” and Richard Strauss’ “Elektra.” The latter will star Lithuanian soprano {…}


Julia Bullock, Corinne Winters & Aušrinė Stundytė Lead Oper Köln’s 2020-21 Season


The Oper Köln has announced its 2020-21 season featuring nine new productions and several revivals.  Premieres The first new production of the season will be Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte“ with Michael Hampe directing. Christoph Gedschold, Alfred Eschwé, and Rainer Mühlbach alternate at the pit with Julien Behr as Tamino, Antonina Vesenina, and Emily Hindrichs as the Queen of the Night, Kathrin Zukowski {…}


Camilla Nylund Replaces Ausrine Stundyte In Vienna


(Credit: Camillanylund.com) The Wiener Staatsoper has announced a cast change for the Sept. 27, 2019 performance of “Salome.” The company announced that Ausrine Stundyte has canceled the performance due to illness. As a result, Camilla Nylund will replace the soprano singing the title role. Nylund is currently in Vienna for a revival of R. Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten” and {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Magdalena Kožená & Antonino Siragusa Lead New CD/DVD Releases


Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world. This week audiences get to hear a recital from the world’s most famous tenor and one of the great sopranos in the world. There will also be a new solo recital album from a great mezzo and several complete opera recordings. Czech Songs {…}


Simone Schneider, Francesca Aspromonte, Matthew Polenzani, Johannes Kammler, Elizabeth DeShong Headline Staatsoper Stuttgart’s 2024-25 Season


Staatsoper Stuttgart has announced its 2024-25 season. First up is a production of “Der Freischütz” starring Johannes Kammler, Franz Hawlata, Natasha Te Rupe Wilson, and Kai Kluge. Cornelius Meister and Luka Hauser conduct a production by Achim Freyer. Performance Dates: Sept. 18 – Nov. 8, 2024 Pavel Yankovsky, Elizabeth DeShong, Rodrigo Porras Gaulo, and Atalla Ayan headline “Il Trovatore.” Valerio Galli {…}


Barbara Hannigan, Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Jakub Józef Orliński & Ruzan Mantashyan Lead Grand Théâtre de Genève’s 2024-25 Season


The Grand Théâtre de Genève has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” opens the season with Gwyn Hughes Jones, Burkhard Fritz, and Elisabet Strid in the title roles. Marc Albrecht conducts the production by Michael Thalheimer. The cast will also include Tareq Nazmi, Kristina Stanek, Craig Colclough, and Julien Henric. Performance Dates: Sept. 15-27, 2024 Tomáš Netopil {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Jonathan Tetelman on Puccini, His Met Debut & Finding His Voice


(© Photo: Ben Wolf) Chilean-American tenor Jonathan Tetelman released his second Deutsche Grammophon album “The Great Puccini,” and made his Metropolitan Opera debut just over six months apart. He spoke with OperaWire about his recent success and the power of Puccini. Tetelman made his Met debut in the role of Ruggero in “La Rondine,” and will be returning as Pinkerton {…}