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Leo Nucci Cancels ‘Luisa Miller’ At Liceu


Leo Nucci has canceled his participation in the upcoming revival of “Luisa Miller” at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The theater announced that due to personal reasons the legendary baritone would not be able to perform the role. As a result, Michael Chioldi and Juan Jesús Rodríguez will replace the baritone. Chioldi is currently covering “Rigoletto” and “Tosca’ at the Metropolitan {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (11/9-11)


November means a lot of opera. And a lot of opera means almost endless choices. So in picking this week’s major selections, we recommended a mix of new and old works across the States and Canada. Otello – Austin Opera Verdi’s great masterpiece gets a concert production at the Austin Opera with Marina Costa-Jackson headlining the cast as Desdemona. She {…}


Venera Gimadieva & Joshua Guerrero Headline WNO’s ‘La Traviata’


The Washington National Opera is set to open its 2018–19 season with a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. The new production will see the WNO debut of rising star Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva and will star alongside American tenor Joshua Guerrero. Acclaimed baritone Lucas Meachem will round out the cast as Germont. Former {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Gran Theatre del Liceu 2017-18 Review – Andrea Chénier: Sondra Radvanovsky Steals the Show From Jonas Kaufmann in Barcelona


There is something of Halley’s comet about Umberto Giordano’s most famous opera “Andrea Chénier.” It reappears every so often (happily not so infrequently as every 75 years) excites and dazzles, leaves verismo fanatics in paroxysms of delight, then vanishes back into the operatic firmament. With the recent notable exception at La Scala, productions of “Andrea Chénier” have invariably been connected to {…}


Kevin Puts, Latonia Moore & Venera Gimadieva Headline Washington National Opera’s 2018-19 Season


The Washington National Opera has announced its 2018-19 season showcasing five productions and a number of vocal events.  Main Stage  The season opens with Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring Venera Gimadieva in her WNO debut and Jacqueline Echols sharing the role. Joshua Guerrero and Mario Chang share the role of Alfredo, both making company debuts. Lucas Meachem also makes his debut {…}


Austin Opera 2018-19 Season To Feature Marina Costa-Jackson, Kang Wang, & More


The Austin Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature four major operas spread between November 2018 and May 2019. The season opens with Verdi’s “Otello,” the first time the opera will be showcased with the company in 20 years. Issachah Savage takes on the iconic tenor role while Marina Costa-Jackson interprets his wife desdemona. Michael Chioldi rounds out {…}


Sondra Radvanovsky, Janai Brugger, Riccardo Massi Among Highlights of Palm Beach Opera 2018 Season


Palm Beach Opera just announced their 2018 mainstage opera season. Every performance will be held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.  The first production of the mainstage season,  Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca,” will run from Jan. 26 through the 28th, 2018. Soprano Keri Alkema will play the lead role. Her previous works range from roles in {…}


New York City Opera Preview 2017: Fabio Armiliato to Star in Resphigi’s ‘La Campana Sommersa’


The New York City Opera will be showcasing Ottorino Respighi’s “La campana sommersa” on March 31. The company will have subsequent performances on April 1, 4 and 5. As is the case with the composer’s operatic output, this opera is rarely performed these days, giving it great intrigue. Here are a few fun facts to fill you in before you {…}


Janai Brugger & Denyce Graves Headline Palm Beach Opera’s 2018 Season


The Palm Beach Opera has announced its 2018 season, which will feature three operas. The Florida-based company will open its 2018 season on Jan. 26 with a production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The run will feature a total of three performances with soprano Keri Alkema taking on the first and last show while Alexandra Loutsion getting the middle date. The same {…}