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Obituary: Michel Sénéchal Dies At 91


Tenor Michel Sénéchal has passed away at the age of 91 on April 1, 2018. The international singer who hailed from France was known for his work in the French and Italian repertoire, ranging from Baroque to contemporary works. Sénéchal maintained a stable career in Paris and Brussels and also appeared in Salzburg and Glyndebourne. He also made debuts at the Aix-en-Provence Festival {…}


Barbara Hannigan, Cecilia Bartoli, Piotr Beczała & Joyce DiDonato Among International Opera Award Nominees


The International Opera Award nominations have bee announced. The organization, which seeks to recognize the best of the industry recognizes 18 categories. This year the nominees for Female Singer are Malin Byström, Carmen Giannattasio, Barbara Hannigan, who recently won the Grammy, Hui He, Ermonela Jaho and Eva-Maria Westbroek. In the Male Singer category, Piotr Beczała is nominated alongside Günther Groissböck, Peter Mattei, Eric Owens, {…}

On This Day, Special Features

Surveying the Two Distinct Periods of Sesto Bruscantini’s Career


Sesto Bruscantini was a consummate shapeshifter as an opera singer. Born on Dec. 10, 1919, Bruscantini enjoyed a lengthy 45-year career filled with performances at some of the most famous houses on the globe including La Scala, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Rome Opera, Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne, the Vienna State Opera, and Salzburg Festival, among others. He was a unique breed {…}

Special Features

Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2017 For Opera Lovers: Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Plácido Domingo & Maria Callas CD/DVDs Among Major Highlights


It’s the holiday season and that means gift buying and making difficult choices. As a result, OperaWire has lightened the task as we chose albums from some of our favorite artists and our key recommendations from the hundreds of releases from 2017. Maria Callas  If you are going to spend money this year, Maria Callas: The Live Recordings is OperaWire’s {…}


Scottish Opera Announces 2017-18 Emerging Artists


The Scottish Opera has announced its emerging artists for the 2017-18 season. The artists that will participate this season include mezzo Catherine Backhouse, composer Samuel Bordoli, baritone Alexey Gusev, conductor Patrick Milne, costume trainee Ellen Murgatroyd, baritone Alex Otterburn, and mezzo-soprano Laura Zigmantaite. The Emerging Artists singers will give recitals at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in December and at the {…}


Obituary: English National Opera Tenor Emile Belcourt Dies At 91


Tenor Emile Belcourt has died after a brief illness. The tenor, born in Laflèche, Saskatchewan passed away on August 3, 2017, after a lengthy career at the English National Opera. Born on June 27, 1926, Belcourt started learning the violin and singing at music festivals at an early age. He would later go on to the University to study pharmacy but {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

CD/DVD -Week of July 24: Paul Appleby & Anna Pirozzi Lead New Releases


This week we see two DVDs from last year’s European festivals. One comes from Macerata, while the other comes from Glyndebourne. One of the works on display is a repertory staple while the other is not as famous. Both DVDs star established and up and coming singers. A New Trovatore  Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” is arguably one of the most popular {…}

Cardiff Singer of the World, News

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 Preview: Sioned Gwen Davies Looks To Make Host Nation Proud


Mezzo-soprano Sioned Gwen Davies will be among one of the most watched stars in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. As a representative of Wales, she will not only be showcasing her talents but carrying the hopes of the host nation. Short Bio The Colwyn Bay native studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, {…}


International Opera Awards Nominations 2017: Anna Netrebko, Lawrence Brownlee, Eric Owens and Riccardo Chailly Among Nominees


The International Opera Awards have announced its annual nominees with many of the greatest stars, companies and conductors getting nominated for the prestigious prize. This year Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili will compete for the Best Female Singer award with Maria Bengtsson, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Christiane Karg and Daniela Sindram. Netrebko’s nominations marks her third time she is up for this award. She was previously {…}