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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Nuovo 2021 Review: Il Barbiere di Siviglia


Photos: Steven Pisano This review is of the July 27, 2021 performance. Opera is back in New York City, and it returned not as a big-budget production with gargantuan sets, light shows, animals, and all the trappings of grand opera but as a humble outdoor, semi-staged presentation of Rossini’s beloved comedy, “The Barber of Seville,” put on by Teatro Nuovo, {…}


Angela Gheorghiu, Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel Lead Opéra de Monte-Carlo’s 2021-22 Season


The Opéra de Monte-Carlo has announced its 2021-22 season featuring concerts, recitals, and operatic productions. Angela Gheorghiu opens the season in a recital with pianist Jeff Cohen. The program will include works by Durante, Paisiello, Bellini, Donizetti, Tosti, Respighi, Schumann, R. Strauss, Rachmaninov, Rameau, Martini, Debussy, Massenet, Brediceanu, Stephanescu, Flotow, and Satie. Performance Date: Oct. 8, 2021 Aleksandra Kurzak leads {…}

Business, News

Bilbao Opera Announces Changes to Board of Directors


The Bilbao Opera has announced changes to its board of directors. The board of directors elected a new vice president and secretary on July 23. Former secretary José Antonio Isusi Ezcurdia will now become the vice president of the board substituting Txema Vázquez Eguskiza, who is leaving due to professional reasons. Meanwhile, Guillermo Ibáñez Calle has been elected the secretary of {…}


Anna Pirozzi, Ainhoa Arteta & Ekaterina Semenchuk Highlight Bilbao Opera’s 2020-21 Season


The Bilbao Opera has announced its 2020-21 season featuring five productions with four Italian works and one French opera. Here is a look at what the Spanish season will offer. The season opens with Rossini’s “Il Turco in Italia” with Paolo Bordogna, Sabina Puértolas, Renato Girolami, Juan José de León, Pietro Spagnoli, and Marina Viotti. Christophe Rousset conducts the production {…}


Elina Garanča, Ailyn Pérez & Lawrence Brownlee Headline Teatro San Carlo di Napoli’s 2020-21 Season


(Credit: Chris Singer/ Paul Schirnhofer/DG/ Shervin Lainez) The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has announced its 2020-21 season which will be the first under superintendent Stéphane Lissner. Opera The season opens with Puccini’s “La Bohème” in a new production by Emma Dante. Selene Zanetti stars as Mimì with Damiana Mizzi as Musetta, Stephen Costello in his house debut as Rodolfo, {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Italian Bass Carlo Lepore On Specializing In The Works of Rossini & Other Buffo Repertory


Rossini is one of opera’s most popular composer and throughout the past centuries, his works have given the world a plethora of an incredible interpreters. Today, Rossini’s popularity is as big as ever with an increased number of devotees and interpreters tackling not only his most famous operas, but some of his rare gems. Italian bass Carlo Lepore is one {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Levy Sekgapane & Ildar Abdrazakov Lead New DVD/CD Releases – August 19


This week features three major releases. Among them will be solo album debuts and one very intriguing world premiere that should spark the interest of contemporary opera lovers. P R I S I M Composer and sound artist Ellen Reid’s opera “p r i s m” is set to be released by Decca Gold.  The opera, with a libretto by Roxie Perkins, was commissioned {…}


First 2 Main Prize Finalists For BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 Revealed (Spoilers)


The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 has announced the first two finalists from the main competition. Each finalist has been announced after each round. The first person to compete in Saturday’s grand finale is Chinese tenor Mingjie Lei. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before heading to the Manhattan School of Music and Curtis {…}