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Q & A: Soprano Ailyn Pérez on ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ & the Importance of Spanish-Language Opera


(Credit: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera) On Nov. 16, the Metropolitan Opera will make history by presenting only the third Spanish-language opera in the company’s trajectory. Additionally, the work in question, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” will be the very first Latin American opera presented by the company. For the massive milestone, the company brought together a mixed cast that includes {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Seattle Opera 2023-24 Review: Das Rheingold


(Photo credit: Seattle Opera © Philip Newton) Why build an elaborate faux-underwater set for the Rhine scenes in Wagner’s “Ring” when you have an orchestra pit that can make a perfectly plausible stage river? It’s an idea so obvious, you think surely, it must have been tried already. This is the solution found by Brian Staufenbiel, tasked with staging “Das {…}

Business, News

Pittsburgh Opera Receives Major Donation


Robert and Christine Pietrandrea have pledged to make a $500,000 donation to the Pittsburgh Opera to help fund multiple productions. Their donation will support productions of “The Barber of Seville,” which will be presented at the Benedum Center in October 2023, and “La Traviata,” which will also be presented at the Benedum Center in March 2024. The Rossini opera will {…}


Opera at Artpark Announces Gil Rose as Conductor-in-Residence


Photo Credit: Kevin Condon Gil Rose has taken on the role of Conductor-in-Residence with Opera at Artpark. Rose begins his charge in Opera at Artpark’s 50th season. With the help of La Fura dels Baus, a Barcelona-based performance troupe, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and over 220 performers, Rose will lead Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” This production will take place on July {…}


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 {…}


Denyce Graves, Vuvu Mpofu, Emily Richter & Marjorie Owens Lead Pittsburgh Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Pittsburgh Opera has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” opens the season with Lunga Eric Hallam, John McCullough, Stephanie Lauricella, and Musa Nqungwana. Antony Walker conducts the production by Crystal Manich. Performance Dates: October 14, 17, 20, 22, 2023 Kyle Albertson, Marjorie Owens, Daniel O’Hearn, and Leah Heater lead Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman.” Antony Walker {…}


Luca Salsi, Benjamin Bernheim & Lisette Oropesa Lead Metropolitan Opera’s Rigoletto’


The Metropolitan Opera is set to revive Vedi’s “Rigoletto” for 14 performances. The opera, which is set to run between Nov. 10 and Dec. 29, will showcase Benjamin Bernheim in his highly anticipated company debut as Duke. He will share the run with Stephen Costello. Baritone Quinn Kelsey and soprano Rosa Feola will reprise their roles of Rigoletto and Gilda {…}


Ekaterina Siurina & Charles Castronovo Lead Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’ at New York City Opera


The New York City Opera is set to present an abridged version of “La Traviata” at Bryant Park as part of the park’s Picnic Performances presented by Bank of America. The concert will take place on August 12 with Michael Capasso, General Director of New York City Opera, noting “‘The People’s Opera’ is thrilled to return to our summer home {…}


Charles Castronovo, Ekaterina Siurina & Sarah Coburn Headline New York City Opera’s Park Series


New York City Opera is set to present a season of four free, live shows for its Park Series in Bryant Park’s Picnic Performances. The company will present one-night-only operas accompanied by live music including “The Barber of Seville,” “La traviata,” “Lucia di Lammermoor,” and a special Pride in the Park performance. The first showcase will be held on May {…}