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Opera Philadelphia & Odyssey Opera Lead Top 8* Operas To See This Weekend


The 2019-20 season is underway with a lot of major companies kicking off their season this very week. Among them is an increasingly prestigious festival. Here are our top eight operas to see this weekend. Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Painted Sky Opera, Oklahoma On Friday night, the Painted Sky Opera will showcase the first opera of its new season. {…}


Jennifer Rowley, Nicole Car, Barrie Kosky Lead Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America


(Credit: Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de / Courtesy of LA Opera) There is a lot going on this weekend on the North American opera scene. With the 2019-20 season really coming into its own, major companies and opera stars are launching their big seasons. So here are the top five operas to see this weekend. Bounce: The Basketball Opera –  Ardea {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Gil Rose On Resurrecting Saint-Saëns’ ‘Henry VIII’


(Credit: Kathy Wittman) Boston’s Odyssey Opera has revealed that it will be “crossing the pond to merry old England” for its seventh season, which will feature a plethora of rarely performed Tudor-themed operas by a variety of composers. The company’s Founder and General-Artistic Director, Gil Rose, recently shared some insight with OperaWire on the upcoming season, particularly its exciting opener: a quasi-premiere {…}


New York City Opera Unveils Performers, Program For 75th Anniversary Concert


The New York City Opera has announced the program for its upcoming concert on Sept.9, 2019 at Bryant Park in New York. This event is intended to celebrate the company’s 75th anniversary. The performance will feature Michael Chioldi, Lisa Chavez, Glen Seven Allen, Mark Rucker, Brandie Sutton, Won Whi Choi, Kristin Sampson, Mark Delavan, Inna Dukach, and Megan Picerno.  Carolyn Kuan, James {…}


Jennifer Rowley Headlines Opera San Antonio’s ‘Tosca’


Opera San Antonio has announced the cast for its upcoming production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” Jennifer Rowley will bring her acclaimed turn in the title role alongside side Rafael Davila as Cavaradossi and Michael Chioldi as Scarpia. Francesco Milioto is set to conduct the production by E. Loren Meeker. When Rowley performed the title role at the Metropolitan Opera, OperaWire stated, “Jennifer Rowley Triumphs {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Gran Teatre de Liceu 2018-19 Review: Luisa Miller


(Credit: A Bofill) “Luisa Miller,” which premiered in 1849, marks the inflection point from the early Verdi style, strongly influenced by the formal structure of the Bel-canto operas, to the mature Verdi who looked for a dramatic communion between the text, the vocal line, the music, and the characters. We can even appreciate an evolution within the opera, where the {…}


Eleonora Buratto Replaces Sondra Radvanovsky In Barcelona


Sondra Radvanovsky has canceled her final performance of Verdi’s “Luisa Miller.” The company announced that due to pharyngitis, the soprano was forced to cancel. As a result, Eleonora Buratto will take over the title role. Buratto has been performing the title role as part of “cast B” alongside Arturo Chacón-Cruz. The Italian soprano has performed all over the world including the {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Plácido Domingo & The Top 7 Opera To see This Weekend Internationally (7/12-14)


(Credit: Gran Theatre del Liceu/Bayerische Staatsoper/Metropolitan Opera) This weekend is stacked with a number of new productions and revivals with some of the biggest stars. Here is a look at seven works we think are unmissable. Guillaume Tell – Chorégies d’Orange, France Nicola Alaimo takes on Rossini’s final opera, a work that has become his signature. He is joined by {…}


Fabio Armiliato & Hiromi Omura Headline Portland Opera’s 2019-20 Season


Portland Opera has announced its 56th season. In a press statement, General Director Christopher Mattaliano said, “The 2019/20 season is a celebration of the art of opera. This season gives us the opportunity to explore works spanning four different centuries, from Bajazet, which premiered in 1735, to Three Decembers which premiered in 2008. We cannot wait to bring our audiences {…}