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International Opera Awards 2023 Announces Shortlist of Nominees

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The International Opera Awards has unveiled its shortlist of nominees for the 2023 edition. Winners will revealed on Nov. 9 when the event will take place at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Poland. “This year’s International Opera Awards shortlist once again celebrates talent from around the world and proves that opera is truly the most international of artforms. Huge congratulations {…}

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Wiener Staatsoper Announces Cast Changes for Several Productions

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The Wiener Staatsoper has announced cast changes for several productions. The company said that Leonardo Neiva will sing the role of Marcello in “La Bohème” replacing Clemens Unterreiner on Nov. 25 and 28 and Dec. 2, 5, and 8. Meanwhile, Clemens Unterreiner will replace Martin Häßler in “Die Zauberflöte” on Nov. 15, 18, 22, 24, and 26. Neiva will join {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real 2023-24 Review: Medea

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(Credit: Javier del Real) Teatro Real opened its 2023-24 season with Cherubini’s masterpiece “Medea.” The opera had a great success and was very popular in Europe during the XIX century, where it was usually performed in German or Italian and with a newly written recitative instead of the original French dialogues between arias and scenes. “Medea” was rarely performed during {…}

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Sonya Yoncheva, Leo Nucci, Ambrogio Maestri, Sydney Mancasola, Antonino Siragusa Headline Royal Opera Muscat’s 2023-24 Season

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The Royal Opera House Muscat has unveiled its 2023-24 season. Here is the rundown of the classical vocal performances on offer. First up is “The Barber of Seville” with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI and the Intermezzo Choir under the musical direction of Antonino Fogliani. The opera stars Antonino Siragusa as Conte d’Almaviva, Carlo Lepore as Dr. Bartolo, Nicola {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Rossini Opera Festival 2023 Review: Aureliano In Palmira

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(Photo: Amati Bacciardi) A group of shepherds wander onto the stage. Among them are three goats being given some food to eat. There should have been four goats, but apparently one had escaped. They spent their time chewing away, seemingly oblivious to the ongoing stage movement and singing, strange surroundings of the theatre and the sound of the orchestra. At {…}

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Teatro Real de Madrid 2022-23 Review: Il Turco in Italia

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The Spanish opera coliseum presented a new production of Rossini’s opera buffa, “Il turco in Italia,” signed by Laurent Pelly. There were two different casts and three different sopranos for the leading role, performing in the ten performances planned. But superstar Lisette Oropesa, was sick and had to cancel opening night. In this case, the fantastic Spanish soprano, Sara Blanch, {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Laurent Pelly on ‘Il Turco in Italia’ at the Teatro Real de Madrid & Why He Prefers Comedies to Tragedies

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French stage director Laurent Pelly is one of the most prolific and renowned stage directors today. Many of his productions are still being performed after premiering 20 years ago. He is a specialist in French repertoire and comedy. He also designs the costumes of his creations. His productions can be seen all over the world from Japan and Europe to {…}