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Saioa Hernández, Renée Fleming, Lisette Oropesa & Thomas Hampson Lead Ópera de Paris’ 2022-23 Season


Ópera de París has announced its 2022-23 season featuring numerous new productions and international stars. Gustavo Dudamel and Paolo Bortolameolli lead a revival of Puccini’s “Tosca” with Saioa Hernández, Elena Stikhina, Joseph Calleja, Brian Jagde, Bryn Terfel, Gerald Finley, and Roman Burdenko. Performance Dates: Sept. 3-Nov. 26, 2022 Dmitry Korchak, Vito Priante, Carlo Lepore, Gaëlle Arquez, and Luca Pisaroni star in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” with Diego Matheuz conducting. Performance Dates: Sept. {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro alla Scala 2020-21 Review: La Calisto


(Credit: Brescia e Amisano, Teatro alla Scala) In the last few years, Teatro alla Scala has committed to reviving masterpieces of the early Italian repertoire. On Oct. 30, 2021, the company presented, for the first time in its 243-year history, Francesco Cavalli’s (1602-1676) “La Calisto” (1651). Of Cavalli’s 41 operas, “La Calisto” is the only one to have found a {…}


Aida Garifullina, Maixm Mironov, Carlos Álvarez & Chen Reiss Lead Teatro alla Scala’s Fall Season


The Teatro alla Scala is set to open its fall season featuring three Rossini Operas, a work by Cavalli, and a Donizetti opera. Here is a look at the upcoming fall season. The season opens with Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” conducted by Ottavio Dantone. The cast includes Mirco Palazzi, Giulio Mastrototaro, Maxim Mironov, Antonino Siragusa, Roberto de Candia and Gaëlle Arquez {…}

News, Streaming

Russell Thomas, Joyce DiDonato, J’Nai Bridges, Pene Pati, Brenda Rae Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week


Operatic masterpieces make up half of the recommendations this week. But there are several unique competitions, recitals, modern operas, and the like on offer. Let’s jump into it. (***Some of these performances may be region-blocked (only accessible to people connected to a network in a specific country). But you can gain access by using a VPN. For find out more, click here. {…}


Opéra National de Paris to Honor Nicolas Joel With Online Broadcast of ‘Akmatova’


The Opéra National de Paris will be honoring the memory of director Nicolas Joel with an online broadcast of Bruno Mantovani’s “Akmatova.” Audiences will be able to check out the performance between June 19-26 on the Opéra de Paris’ official website. The work, which Joel directed back in 2011, starred Janina Baechle, Atilla Kiss-B, Lionel Peintre, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Valérie Condoluci, {…}


Sydney Mancasola, David Portillo, Jarrett Ott & Marie-Nicole Lemieux Lead Opéra de Lille’s 2021-22 Season


(Credits: LA Opera official website / Kristen Hoebermann / Dario Acosta / Opéra National de Paris official website) Opéra de Lille has announced its 2021-22 season. Here is a look. Operas André Campra’s “Idoménée” spotlights Tassis Christoyannis, Samuel Boden, Chiara Skerath, Hélène Carpentier, Eva Zaïcik, Yoann Dubruque, Victor Sicard, Enguerrand de Hys, and Frédéric Caton. Emmanuelle Haïm conducts the production {…}


Hamburg State Opera Announces Reopening on May 28


The Hamburg State Opera will reopen on May 28 with two productions. Georges Delnon and John Neumeier announced that the company will premiere a new production of Handel’s “Agrippina” staged by Barrie Kosky. Riccardo Minasi will conduct a cast that includes Anna Bonitatibus, Luca Tittoto, Julia Lezhneva, Christophe Dumaux, Franco Fagioli, Renato Dolcini, Vasily Khoroshev, and Chao Deng. The Ensemble {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Anna Caterina Antonacci, Cecilia Bartoli & Rolando Villazon Lead CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences can two Handel operas performed by some of the greatest baroque specialists. There is also a new recoding of Bizet’s “Carmen” featuring one of great interpreters of her generation. Rodelinda Handel’s 1725 hit opera is released with The English Concert and artistic director Harry Bicket. Lucy Crowe and Iestyn Davies are the devoted partners Rodelinda and Bertarido, {…}