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Anna Netrebko & Yusif Euvazov to Perform ‘Il Trovatore’ in Hungary


Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov are set to appear in a concert performance of “Il Trovatore” at the Hungarian State Opera. The performance will take place on Feb. 2 at the Locomotive Hall of the Eiffel Art Studios. They will be joined by Mihály Kálmándy and Ildikó Komlósi, both acclaimed soloists of the Hungarian State Opera. Denis Vlasenko will conduct {…}


Les Talens Lyriques’ 2023-24 Season to Feature the World Premiere of Salieri’s Opera ‘Kubla Khan’ (‘Cublai, Gran Kan De Tartari’)


©Sandrine Expilly The world premiere of Antonio Salieri’s opera “Kubla Khan” (“Cublai, Gran Kan De Tartari”)  is among the many highlights of Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques’ 2023-24 season. Here is the full rundown of what audiences can expect this year. Starting off, sopranos Marie Lys and Judith van Wanroij perform “Ave Maris Stella” with Christophe Rousset at the {…}


Wiener Staatsoper Announces Cast Change for ‘Don Pasquale’


The Wiener Staatsoper has announced a cast change for its upcoming production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” The company said that Andrea Carroll will take over the role of Norina on Sept. 5 and 8, replacing Nina Minasyan, who was originally announced. Carroll is a soprano who recently made house debuts at The Metropolitan Opera,  Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Canadian {…}


Rossini Opera Festival Director Joins ItaliaFestival Board


Rossini Opera Festival General Director Cristian Della Chiara has joined the Board of Directors of ItaliaFestival. ItaliaFestival is a multidisciplinary association formed by some of Italy’s most prestigious festivals. Additionally, the assembly of 48 members unanimously reconfirmed Francesco Maria Perrotta as president of the association and elected the new Board of Directors that will govern the world of Italian festivals {…}


Salzburg Easter Festival Announces Cast Change for ‘Tannhäuser’


The Salzburg Easter Festival has announced a cast change for its production of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser.” The company said that “Elīna Garanča has dropped out of the Salzburg Easter Festival as Venus in Richard Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser,’ due to illness. As a result, Emma Bell will perform the part. Bell recently made Wagner debuts in Munich, Berlin, Hamburg, and Zurich. She has performed {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q &A: Gregory Kunde on the Royal Opera House, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Education & New Roles


Gregory Kunde is an immensely accomplished tenor on the international stage. Highly acclaimed as being at the forefront of the French and Italian Bel Canto repertoire, he has now established himself as a leading exponent in more dramatic roles, including Verdi. He has performed at pretty much every theatre in the world under all the great conductors, singing alongside some {…}


Festspielhaus Baden-Baden General Director Invites Anna Netrebko Back


(Credit: Julian Hargreaves) After the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden announced its season, General Director Benedikt Stampa said he would be welcoming back Anna Netrebko. The director said, “We invite artists to Baden-Baden who do not explicitly support Putin.” The festival director also noted that Valery Gergiev is not invited because of his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He said, “It’s definitely {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Adriana González on her U.S. Debut, Taking ‘Roméo et Juliette’ & the Challenge of Finding Her Voice


(Credit:  Marine Cessat-Bégler) Adriana González’s life changed in 2019. The lyric soprano competed in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition as one of 20 singers before heading over to Operalia and taking home first prize in both the opera and zarzuela competitions. Since then, her career has taken off in rapid succession with the soprano appearing in leading {…}


Wiener Staatsoper Announces Official Reopening


The Wiener Staatsoper has announced that it will reopen on May 19. The company announced that the last six weeks of the season will feature six new productions, which have been revised to reflect the new circumstances in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among the new productions that will open include “L’Incoronazione di Poppea,” “Faust,” “The Barber of {…}