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Weekend Preview – International (12/30- 1/1): ‘Die Fledermaus’ Dominates Throughout Europe


Many of the international opera houses will end the 2016 with a bang, ensuring that their companies put out their best to the very end. Germany At the Baden Baden Festival, Sonya Yoncheva and Piotr Beczala will come together for the yearly Silver Concert with music by Gounod, Massenet, Bizet, Offenbach, Lehar and Strauss. There will also be selections by {…}


Nadine Sierra to Be Featured in ‘Weihnachten in Bethlehem’ Concert


On Dec. 24, soprano Nadine Sierra will be featured on the “Weihnachten in Bethlehem”concert on ZDF and ZDF.de. The German television channel’s annual program features traditional Christmas music performed in the historic Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem. This marks the first time that Sierra is featured on the concert and on the broadcast, the soprano will be heard singing “Silent Night” {…}


Arianna Vendittelli, Jakub Józef Orliński, Luigi De Donato, & Benedetta Mazzucato Star in the 2024 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music


Programming for the 2024 Innsbruck Festival of Early Music has been announced. This article only features vocal performances. First up is a workshop for the upcoming performances of Giacomelli’s “Cesare in Egitto.” Soloists include Arianna Vendittelli, Emőke Barath, Filippo Mineccia, Margherita Maria Sala, Valerio Contaldo, and Federico Fiorio. Ottavio Dantone conducts the Accademia Bizantina. Performance Date: July 27, 2024 (Tyrolean {…}


IMG Artists Adds Two Singers to Roster


(Credits: Alexander Jane Creative/ Jiyang Chen) IMG Artists has announced that soprano Patricia Westley and tenor Joshua Sanders are joining the roster for General Management. They will be represented by Devere Burnett from the New York office. New Zealand-American soprano Westley was a New York district winner of the Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition and a 2023 Gerda Lissner Grant Winner. {…}


Mahler Chamber Orchestra Announces Conductor Change for Britten/Schubert Concert


(Credit: © Andreas Hechenberger) The Mahler Chamber Orchestra has announced a conductor change for its Nov. 6 & 7 concerts. The orchestra revealed that conductor Joana Mallwitz has canceled the concert for health reasons. As a result, Christoph Koncz will conduct. Konz has conducted the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal and Hong Kong {…}

Editorials, Reviews

Criticism on Fridays: The Italian Theatres Reopen


(Photo: Finn Hackshaw) Every Friday, Polina Lyapustina delivers a short essay on some of the most essential topics in the industry with the intent of establishing a dialogue about the opera world and its future. Last week, like many people in Italy, I wondered if the country would switch to a yellow zone and public events and outdoor cafes would be allowed {…}


David Beucher & Magda Beucher Announce Opera Music Video Series


Tenor David Beucher and soprano Magda Beucher have announced a series of music videos for different operatic duets. The couple, who was left out of work due to the pandemic, decided to create the independent project and released the first music for Offenbach’s “Barcarolle” on Oc. 4. The second will be “Libiamo” from Verdi’s “La Traviata.” In a statement, the {…}


A Comprehensive List of All Opera Companies Offering Free Streaming Services Right Now


(Credit: Met Opera) ***UPDATE: Opera America has released a comprehensive database of all streaming options from around the world with more details about schedules and offerings. We highly recommend you check it out here. There are a lot of opera companies currently offering up streaming services for opera lovers around the world. While we have published individual pieces over the {…}

On This Day, Special Features

The Staged Opera Performances of Andrea Bocelli


Andrea Bocelli, born on Sept. 22, 1958, is one of the most famous tenors in the world, his fan base rivaling and quite possibly surpassing that of some of opera’s greatest artists. To put it succinctly, he has known how to balance the fine line between classical and popular music. Because of Bocelli’s blindness, a challenge that he has had {…}