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Joyce DiDonato, Ailyn Pérez, Angel Blue, Leah Hawkins, Benjamin Bernheim Headline Metropolitan Opera’s 2023-24 Live in HD Season


The Metropolitan Opera has announced its Live in HD series for the 2023-24 season. First up is “Dead Man Walking.” Yannick Nézet-Seguin conducts a cast starring Latonia Moore, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, and Ryan McKinny. Screening Date: Oct. 21, 2023 Next up is “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X.” Leah Hawkins, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Victor Ryan Roberston, Will Liverman, and {…}


Liv Redpath, Iestyn Davies, George Gagnidze & Long Long Lead Atlanta Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Atlanta Opera has announced its 2023-24 season featuring six productions. All productions will be filmed for release on The Atlanta Opera’s Spotlight Media platform. The streaming platform is just one of the creative ways The Atlanta Opera rose to the occasion of the pandemic with innovations of lasting value and importance to future operations. It was, in part, these {…}


Michelle Bradley to Headline ‘Tosca’ at San Diego Opera


The San Diego Opera will present Puccini‘s “Tosca”  this March. The famed work will star soprano Michelle Bradley, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, and tenor Marcelo Puente. Other cast members include baritone Michael Sokol, tenor Joel Sorensen, and soprano Abigail Allwein. Valerio Galli conducts. Performances are set for March 25, 28 and 31 and April 2, 2023 at the San Diego Civic Theater. {…}


Denyce Graves, Kenneth Kellogg & Vanessa Goikoetxea Lead Seattle Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Seattle Opera has announced the 2023-24 season featuring four productions. Productions Wagner’s “Das Rheingold“ is set to open the season with Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Frederick Ballentine, Michael Mayes, and the Seattle Opera debut of internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. The cast is rounded by Martin Bakari, Melody Wilson, Kenneth Kellogg, Peixin Chen, and Sarah Larsen. Performance Dates: August {…}


Yonghoon Lee & J’Nai Bridges Headline Seattle Opera’s Upcoming ‘Samson and Delilah’


On January 20, 2023, Seattle Opera will present Saint-Saens’ “Samson and Delilah” for the first time since 1965. This concert staging will feature acclaimed artists tenor Yonghoon Lee and mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges in the title roles, with both making their company debuts. Seattle Symphony Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot leads a cast including Greer Grimsley as the High Priest of Dagon, {…}


Marina Costa-Jackson, Michelle Bradley, Stephanie Blythe, Maria Katzarava, Teresa Alzadon Headline San Diego Opera’s 2022-23 Season


San Diego Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. Kicking things off will be the world premiere of “El ultimo sueño de Frida y Diego” by Gabriela Lena Frank and Nilo Cruz. The work will star Guadalupe Paz, Maria Katzarava, and Alfredo Daza. Lorena Maza directs while Roberto Kalb conducts. “Frida Kahlo has been a hero since my girlhood. Before I {…}


Nina Stemme & Lise Davidsen Out of Final ‘Elektra’ at Metropolitan Opera


(Credit: Jonathan Tichler / Met Opera) The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its final performance of “Elektra.” The company noted that Rebecca Nash will sing the title role in tonight’s performance, replacing Nina Stemme, and Wendy Bryn Harmer will sing Chrysothemis, replacing Lise Davidsen. Nash made her Met debut and role debut last week during the performance {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2021-22 Review: Elektra


(Credit: Ken Howard / Met Opera) This is a review of the April 1st performance, the opening night of this production’s first revival at the Metropolitan Opera.  To stage a successful production of Strauss’ “Elektra” is a monumental feat all its own, but to do it with such sophistication and finesse as the Metropolitan Opera’s Friday night performance is herculean. {…}


Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Elektra’


The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its April 12 performance of Strauss’ “Elektra.” The company noted that Rebecca Nash will sing the title role in the performance replacing Nina Stemme. The evening will be Australian soprano Rebecca Nash’s Met debut as well as her role debut as Elektra. Nash has performed at the Seattle Opera, Arizona Opera, {…}