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David Alegret Steps Into The Cast of ‘Il Turco in Italia’ at Bilbao Ópera


(Credit: © Juan Miguel Morales) ABAO Bilbao Ópera has announced that tenor David Alegret will take over the role of Don Narciso in all the performances of Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” at the Bilbao Ópera. Alegret wil replace tenor Juan José de León. Alegret will join a cast that includes Paolo Bordogna in the role of Selim, Sabina Puértolas {…}

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CD Review: Glossa’s ‘L’italiana in Algeri’


Interest in Rossini is famously tied to Maria Callas and the renaissance, both technical and stylistic, of the Belcanto tradition which in the wake of the Divina has inspired as diverse a roster as Teresa Berganza, Marilyn Horne, and Montserrat Caballe to name but a few. Yet in addition to her live performances, her recorded legacy has marked our ear {…}


Wilmington Concert Opera Announces ‘Bel Canto: The Beautiful Voice’ Concert


Wilmington Concert Opera is set to present “Bel Canto: The Beautiful Voice” this May. The performance will feature tenor Clifford Bechtel, mezzo-soprano Paula Rivera-Dantagnan soprano Kirsten C. Kunkle, soprano Elizabeth Oliver, soprano Marisa Robinson, soprano Suzannah Waddington, mezzo-soprano Rebecca Sacks, tenor Brenten Megee, baritones John David Miles and Kevin Patrick, and pianist and music director Timothy Crawford. On the program {…}


Ermonela Jaho, Piotr Beczala, Cecilia Bartoli & Olga Peretyatko Lead Opernhaus Zürich’s 2023-24 Season


The Opernhaus Zürich has announced its 2023-24 season featuring more than 20 productions, concerts, and reictals. Ermonela Jaho stars in Puccini’s “La Rondine” with Sandra Hamaoui, Benjamin Bernheim, Juan Francisco Gatell, and Vladimir Stoyanov. Marco Armiliato conducts the production by Christof Loy. Performance Dates: Sept. 17-Oct. 28, 2023 Nahuel Di Pierro, Olga Peretyatko, Renato Girolami, Alasdair Kent, Pietro Spagnoli, and {…}


Cecilia Bartoli to Make Wiener Staatsoper Debut With Rossini Mania Series Alongside Opéra de Monte-Carlo & Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco


The Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco are set to appear at the Vienna State Opera as part of the Festival Rossini Mania. Particularly notable about this performance series will be the Vienna State Opera debut of opera star Cecilia Bartoli. “When Bogdan Roščić asked me if I would be interested in accepting a kind of carte blanche {…}


Marina Rebeka, Ermonela Jaho, Cecilia Bartoli & Jessica Pratt Lead Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège’s 2022-23 Season


The Opéra Royale de Wallonie-Liège has announced its 2022-23 season. To kick things off, Jodie Devos takes on the title role in Delibes’ “Lakmé” alongside Philippe Talbot, Lionel Lhote, Pierre Doyen, and Marion Lebègue. Frédéric Chaslin conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 20-Oct. 1, 2022 Giuseppe Finzi conducts Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” with Bruno De Simone, Gianna Cañete Gallo, Guido Loconsolo, {…}


Jongmin Park Replaces Ildar Abdrazakov in Teatro alla Scala’s ‘Macbeth’


(Credit: Staatsoper Unter den Linden official website) The Teatro alla Scala has announced that bass Ildar Abdrazakov will not be appearing in the role of Banquo in the final performance of Verdi’s “Macbeth” scheduled for Dec. 29, 2021. No reason has been given for the cast change. As a result, South Korean bass Jongmin Park will take over the role. {…}