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Weekend Preview – International (1/27- 1/29): Jonas Kaufmann headlines a Sold Out ‘Lohengrin’ and Anita Rachvelishvili returns to ‘Il Trovatore’

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What are you doing this weekend? Do you have any plans? If not the world’s greatest houses have some great offerings this weekend. Among the artists performing include Placido Domingo, Juan Diego Florez, Lise Lindstorm and Francesco Meli. Austria The weekend kicks off with Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” at the Vienna State Opera. The production stars Aida Garifullina and Juan {…}

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Social Media Beat: Which Opera Stars Participated in Women’s March?

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How did the superstars of the opera world spend the last full week of January? For Aida Garifulina it was a week of major milestones as the soprano not only got to sing alongside Juan Diego Flórez in “Roméo et Juliette” with Plácido Domingo in the pit, but she got to present her first solo album in Vienna. We’re getting {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

From Hate to Undying Love – Riccardo Frizza’s Ever-Growing Passion For ‘Norma’ & Italian Opera [Exclusive]

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At age 14, Riccardo Frizza decided he wanted nothing to do with opera. The catalyst? Bellini’s “I Puritani.” “I was studying in the conservatory and they took us to see ‘I Puritani,’” the famed conductor told OperaWire in an exclusive interview. “I thought it was so boring. It was a mistake to take me to see that first before any {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Childhood Sweetheart – Maria Katzarava’s Life-Long Love Affair With Opera [Exclusive]

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The union between an opera singer and his or her craft is a love story, many of which come in two variations. The first origin story is like most love stories, a chance encounter on their way into adulthood. Their first love was some other profession or dream that, like many first loves, never quite came to fruition. Such has {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: Peter Mattei, Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende Star in ‘Il Barbiere di Sivilgia’

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Rossini’s famed “Il Barbiere di Sivilgia” or “The Barber of Seville” returns to the Metropolitan Opera on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 with an all-star cast for a whopping 10 performances through early February. Here is a look at what to expect from the company’s revival of the beloved work. The Performers A few years ago, Peter Mattei made a name {…}

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Weekend Preview – International (1/6- 1/8): Marco Berti Debuts ‘Otello’ at Hamburg As Brian Jagde Makes Munich Debut

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This weekend a number of companies will remain on holiday breaks while many major theaters will feature great opera and great singers such as Juan Diego Florez, Brian Jagde, Renee Fleming and Marco Berti. Austria Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” will be performed at the Vienna State Opera on Friday evening followed by Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” starring OperaWire Artist of the Week Daniela Fally {…}

On This Day, Special Features

On This Day: 5 Essential Recordings of Donizetti’s Masterpiece ‘Don Pasquale’

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On Jan.3, 1843 Donizetti’s comic masterpiece “Don Pasquale” made its premiere with immediate success. It immediately became part of the standard repertoire and a piece that was translated into French, and performed all over the world. Since its premiere the opera has been performed more than 700 times and has been recorded by many great artists. To celebrate the works {…}

Artist of the Week, News

Artist of the Week: Daniela Fally Celebrates 10 years at Vienna State Opera As Bellini’s ‘La Sonnambula’

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Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” is one of the most popular Bel Canto works in the repertoire and one of the touchstones in the coloratura soprano repertoire. The work features the famous sleepwalking scene and the daunting finale cavatina “Ah Non Giunge.” This week Daniela Fally takes on the role for the first time in her career at the Vienna State Opera. {…}

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Social Media Beat: How Did Opera Stars Say Goodbye to 2016?

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This week many singers ended the year singing their last performances or in the rehearsal room while others went back home to take a break from the stage. After spending Christmas in Vienna with her family, the soprano returned to the stage for her final performance of the year. Netrebko performed Macbeth at the Bayerische Staatsoper where she announced that {…}