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Artist of the Week, News

Artist Of The Week: Marie-Nicole Lemieux

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Marie-Nicole Lemieux is one of the most sought after contraltos of her generation. She has performed around the world in every major theater including the Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, and the Wiener Staatsoper, among others. This week she will finally make her long overdue Metropolitan {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Judith Stillman On Her Multi-Faceted Career & ‘I Cherish Women’

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It’s not uncommon to see people take on diverse roles in the modern opera world. Many musicians are also composers and often singers become directors. But to have a composer, conductor, pianist, and director in one is not something you find too often. Yet, Judith Stillman has found a way to manage all these roles, and others (she’s also a filmmaker) {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Joyce DiDonato On Her Work with Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Chausson’s Music

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The name Joyce DiDonato is synonymous with great music making, diverse repertoire, arts education, and advocacy. The mezzo is also one of the greatest living artists in the world and one of the busiest performers around. As she finishes her first staged production of “Les Troyens” at the Wiener Staatsoper, DiDonato is embarking on a tour with the Philadelphia Orchestra {…}

Opera Wiki

Artist Profile: Tom Krause, Bass-Baritone Fluent in 7 Languages

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Finnish bass-baritone Tom Krause enjoyed a varied career that saw him transition from singing on all the major stages to teaching and judging at all the great artistic institutions. He actually intended on becoming a psychiatrist, but ultimately followed his interest in music by studying voice at the Vienna Music Academy. He made his operatic debut in Berlin in 1959 {…}

IndieOpera

Mezzo Mónica Danilov & Soprano Eugenia Forteza Reunite For ‘Viaje Musical’ In Colombia

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Audiences in Bogotá, Colombia will be taken on a musical journey on July 6, 2018, when soprano Eugenia Forteza and mezzo-soprano Mónica Danilov join forces for a recital at the Museo Nacional. The concert, entitled “Viaje Musical,” kicks off at 6 p.m. and will include arias and duets from such composers as Bizet, Rossini, Puccini, Catán, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gershwin, {…}

News

Sylvia Schwartz Replaces Nuria Rial In St. Matthew’s Passion

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The Spanish National Orchestra and Chorus has announced that soprano Sylvia Schwartz will replace Nuria Rial in the upcoming performances of Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” The English soprano has had a busy 2017-18 season singing “Don Giovanni” and “Falstaff” with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. She has also performed “Fidelio” with the Tokyo Philharmonic and is scheduled to perform numerous concert in {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Rolando Villazón & Ildar Abdrazakov Team Up For ‘Duets’

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Deutsche Grammophon has announced Rolando Villazón’s new album. The CD entitled “Duets” will include Ildar Abdrazakov with Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducting the Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain. “Duets” will include French and Italian opera duets for tenor and bass/baritone and is set for release in September. It marks the singers’ first album together and marks Abdrazakov’s debut on the yellow label. It also {…}