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Special Features

5 Opera Stars Who Successfully Made Crossovers into Pop Music


The opera world is known to be untouchable and sometimes elitist. Opera stars are known for just performing opera and not going out of this vein of music. However, this is simply a misconception of pop culture thought. Opera stars are very well versed in many styles of music and many of the most popular have explored new musical landscapes {…}

Artist of the Week, News

Artist of the Week: Isabel Leonard Conquers Italian Audiences as Charlotte in Massenet’s ‘Werther’


Isabel Leonard is recognized as one of the brightest stars in the opera world for her vocal beauty and vocal fireworks. After years of exploring Mozart and the baroque repertoire, Leonard is moving into new territory this season. She recently made her role debut as Adalgisa in Bellini’s “Norma” and last week she made her role debut as Charlotte in {…}


Weekend Preview (12/16-18) – International: Anna Netrebko Returns to ‘Macbeth’ and Renee Fleming Opens ‘Der Rosenkavalier’


The weekend is upon us and that means many operas will be presented around the world. Many theaters will offer holiday presentations while some of the greatest singers return to the stage such as Renee Fleming, Simon Keenlyside, Rolando Villazon, Anna Netrebko, Rene Pape and Nina Stemme. Austria  Simon Keenlyside returns to the Vienna State Opera for Verdi’s “Macbeth” with the {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Decca Announces Aida Garifullina’s First Album


Decca announced Aida Garifullina’s new album scheduled for release next year. The record company announced the new CD via social media and stated that the first single was available today via Youtube. Decca  compiled together clips from Garifullina’s performances of Gounod’s “Je Veux Vivre” from “Romeo et Juliette. The video includes clips from two operaball performances and one from this year’s Bastille {…}

Special Features

Best of 2016: 11 Singers Who Defied Possibilities and Created the Most Memorable Moments of 2016!


Every year has a share of rising and breakout stars as well as opera singers who solidify or take their careers in new directions. Others make important debuts or create roles that audiences would have never expected and conquer. This is what makes a performer stick in an audience’s mind for the whole year. For this year OperaWire has put {…}


Social Media Beat-Week (12/5-9) : How did the Opera Stars Spend their First Week of December?


This week the stars continued rehearsing for upcoming performances but also took some time off to have some fun around the world. Tenor Michael Fabiano spent some time with his friends judging a major circuit Debate tournament. The tenor last sang the national anthem at a Jets game and is taking some time off the opera stage. He returns to the {…}


Mozart 225: The Complete Edition Tops 1.25 Million in Sales Worldwide


Mozart was a huge hit throughout his short career and his great success has continued in 2016 in the form of 1.25 million international CD sales of Deutsche Grammophon’s “Mozart 225: The Complete Edition” in a whopping five weeks since its release. The boxset, made up of 200-CD’s and encompassing every single work ever created by the composer, was released {…}


CHORALSPACE’s 1,000-Person Choir to Present Verdi’s Requiem


CHORALSPACE is set to present “Verdi’s Requiem XXL,” featuring a 1,000-person choir. Soprano Iwona Sobotka, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola, tenor Andrés Moreno García, and bass Gerard Farreras serve as soloists in Verdi’s Requiem. They are joined by the CHORALSPACE Festival Choir and international showcase choirs. Sergi Gili Solé directs the Rheinische Philharmonie. Members of the international choir project come from Taiwan, Estonia, {…}