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Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming & Matthew Aucoin Headline LA Opera’s 2019-20 Season


The LA Opera has announced its 2019-20 season featuring six new productions, two company premieres, and one world pmiere. Here is a look at what to expect. Main Stage Barrie Kosky directs the first production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” in 25 years. Marina Costa-Jackson makes her LA Opera debut in the title role with Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo.  Erica Petroelli, {…}


Metropolitan Opera Announces Summer HD Festival 2018


The Metropolitan Opera’s annual Summer HD Festival is set to return for its tenth time this summer. The series, which will begin on August 25, 2018, through Sept. 3, 2018, will present 10 recent performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions. The series will also present the Marx Brothers’ classic film, “A Night at the Opera,” which will {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review-Lucia di Lammermoor: Jessica Pratt Is A Revelation As Donizetti’s Tragic Heroine


“Lucia di Lammermoor” is a role known for its high-flying coloratura, its expansive and dramatic scenes and, of course, the mad scene. In order for a Lucia to work, there must be a soprano who can handle all the challenges and a supporting cast that can work around her. There must be a soprano who cannot only conquer the virtuoso {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Jessica Pratt Explores the Great Challenges & Pleasures of ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’s’ Mad Scene


“Lucia di Lammermoor” is one of the important canonical works and most divas are measured by their abilities to manage the great challenges of this bel canto opera. One of the foremost performers of the opera today is Australian soprano Jessica Pratt, who has sung the work in over 20 productions and 80 performances with such companies as Teatro alla {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Lucia di Lammermoor: Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti & Vittorio Grigolo Triumph In ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’


This review is for the performance on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Before I begin my review, properly, of this absolutely incredible evening, which featured some amazing musical moments, I want to bring up a constant I have seen throughout the past few years at the Metropolitan Opera and many theaters in the world. This season, the Metropolitan Opera presented a {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q&A: Massimo Cavalletti On His Enrico In ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’ & Bel Canto Singing


Massimo Cavalletti is one of the most accomplished baritones of his generation, singing in every major opera house in the world including the Teatro alla Scala, Salzburg Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Opéra de Paris, among others. For years, he has performed many of the great lyric baritone roles to strong success and has recently begun to add heavier roles to {…}


New York Choral Society Continues Summer Sings With ‘Elijah’


On Wednesday, August 16 the NY Choral (New York Choral Society) continues its Summer Sings Open Readings of beloved choral masterworks. This time it will present Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” a beloved masterwork. The reading will feature Conductor Michael Ciavaglia with a distinguished cast of soloists. Hannah Spierman will take on the soprano role while Michael Kuhn will take on the tenor part {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Discovering Cultures – Olga Peretyatko Sings Her First French Role, Explores Russia & Returns To Bel Canto


Opera requires a singer to perform in numerous languages. This can be daunting for anyone who does not speak any given tongue or does not have a connection to the corresponding culture. While some singers overcome this challenge by learning as much as is needed for a given piece, others feel that total immersion is the key to success. Case {…}