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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2021-22 Review: Turandot


(Photo: Musacchio, Ianniello & Pasqualini) Warner Classics produced a new recording of Puccini’s “Turandot” with a dream cast consisting of some of today’s best singers, all under the baton of Antonio Pappano. After one week of recording sessions, a concert version was offered on March 12 at the Sala Santa Cecilia, in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. The {…}


Anja Harteros, Saioa Hernández, Rolando Villazón & Nina Stemme Lead Deutsche Oper Berlin’s 2022-23 Season


The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2022-23 season featuring seven new productions. Premieres R.Strauss’ “Arabella” will be conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles in a new production by Tobias Kratzer. Albert Pesendorfer, Doris Soffel, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Elena Tsallagova, and Russell Braun. Performance Dates: March 18-April 6, 2023 Arne Gieshoff and Franziska Angerer’s “Bear” will have its world premiere. Performance Dates: {…}


Selene Zanetti & Piero Pretti Lead Teatro Palermo’s ‘Les Vêpres Siciliennes’


The Teatro Massimo di Palermos is set to open its 2022 season with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Les Vêpres Siciliennes.” The new production will be conducted by Omer Meir Wellber and will be staged by Emma Dante. The production will mark the first time Palermo present the Verdi work in its five-act French version; this version of “Les Vêpres Siciliennes” will be {…}


Opéra de Paris Announces Cast Change for ‘Turandot’


The Opéra de Paris has announced a cast change for its upcoming revival of “Turandot.” The company noted that Adrian Timpau withdrew from production in the role of Ping. As a result, Mattia Olivieri will take over the role. Olivieri has performed at the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Teatro del Maggio Musciale, Royal Opera House, Teatro Real de Madrid, and Bayerische {…}


Aida Garifullina, Maixm Mironov, Carlos Álvarez & Chen Reiss Lead Teatro alla Scala’s Fall Season


The Teatro alla Scala is set to open its fall season featuring three Rossini Operas, a work by Cavalli, and a Donizetti opera. Here is a look at the upcoming fall season. The season opens with Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” conducted by Ottavio Dantone. The cast includes Mirco Palazzi, Giulio Mastrototaro, Maxim Mironov, Antonino Siragusa, Roberto de Candia and Gaëlle Arquez {…}


Angela Gheorghiu, Jessica Pratt & Juan Diego Florez Lead Teatro Massimo di Palermo’s Fall 2021-22 Season


The Teatro Massimo di Palermo has announced its fall 2021-22 season. Here is a look at upcoming productions. The fall season will open with Bizet’s “Carmen” in a production by Calixto Bieito. Omer Meir Wellber will conduct the opera with Annalisa Stroppa, Jean-François Borras, Ruth Iniesta, and Bogdan Baciu. Ketevan Kemoklidze, Sébastien Guèze, and Valeria Sepe also star. Performance Dates: {…}

DVD and CD Reviews, Reviews

DVD Review: Dutch National Opera’s ‘I Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana’


Naxos has recently released the new production of Robert Carsen’s “I Pagliacci/Cavalleria Rusticana,” which opened the 2019/20 season at the Dutch National Opera. It is a new development, as historically it has been Opus Arte which release Amsterdam’s operatic DVDs. Opus Arte always included interesting footage from rehearsals and interviews with the cast and creative team in their DVDs. Naxos {…}


Anett Fritsch, Yann Beuron & Eloise Hynes Stowe Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences will get to see two rarely performed works on DVD and a new album of PSALMS. Here is a look: La finta giardiniera Naxos releases Mozart’s early work “La finta giardiniera” from the Teatro alla Scala with a cast that includes Krešimir Špicer, Julie Martin du Theil, Bernard Richter, Anett Fritsch, Giulia Semenzato, Lucia Cirillo, and Mattia {…}


Ailyn Pérez, Leo Nucci, Jessica Pratt, Lise Davidsen, Thomas Hampson Headline Maggio Musicale Fiorentino’s 2021-22 Season


The Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino has announced its 2021-22 season which will include nine operas. First up will be Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s production of “Così fan tutte,” which will be conducted by Zubin Mehta. The opera will star Valentina Nafornita, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Matthew Swensen, Mattia Olivieri, Benedetta Torre, and Thomas Hampson. Performance Dates: August 30– Sept. 4, 2021 Next up {…}