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Florida Grand Opera to Stream ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’


Florida Grand Opera has announced that its Sunday Matinee for this week will be Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” This performance, recorded from the company’s 2017-18 season, stars Anna Christy in the title role, with Joshua Guerrero as Edgardo, Trevor Scheunemann as Enrico, and Chaz’men Williams-Ali as Arturo, with Alexander Polianichko conducting. Christy has garnered great acclaim for her interpretation of {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Interview: Ailyn Perez On her OPERA NEWS Award & Her Inspiration


In 2012, Ailyn Perez was regarded as one of the “next wave” of prominent leading sopranos when she was profiled in OPERA NEWS magazine. She was a relative unknown, despite having already obtained a number of high profile assignments in some of the most prominent festivals and companies in the world. It was her first time on the cover story {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Plácido Domingo & Ana Martinez On Competitions, Repertory Stagnation & Contemporary Works


On February 14, 2019, Plácido Domingo visited Vilnius to prepare a performance alongside Ana María Martínez and Violeta Urmana, and conductor Jordi Bernàcer at Žalgiris arena. It is not often that one gets an opportunity to introduce the icon, who needs no introduction. Fortunately, OperaWire was at the press event prior to the performance and had an opportunity to ask {…}


Kang Wang, Nathan Gunn & Leah Crocetto Highlight Pittsburgh Opera’s 2019-20 Season


Pittsburgh Opera has announced its 2019-20 season! This will be the company’s 81st season and will encompass four operas produced at the Benedum Center, a Baroque chamber opera at Pittsburgh CAPA School Theater, and a production by the Second Stage Project at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters, as well as a multitude of other events. The season opens with a period production {…}


Ana María Martinez Appointed Artistic Advisor Of Houston Grand Opera


The Houston Grand Opera and its Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers have announced that Ana María Martinez will join the artistic team as the first-ever artistic advisor. Martinez will begin her new post this season and it will be a three-year appointment. In her new position, the soprano will advise on casting and future productions, mentor the HGO Studio artists, {…}

Special Features

Best of 2018: OperaWire Staff Picks Most Memorable Opera Performances Of the Year


Yes, it’s that time of the year where we wax poetic about transformative experiences we have had over the course of the last 300 or so days. Sometimes we curate these experiences as rankings to fuel some individual emotions, and at other moments we simply do what we are doing with this piece – let a few different people chip {…}


Plácido Domingo To Return To Houston Grand Opera


Plácido Domingo will return to the Houston Grand Opera to celebrate the reopening of the Wortham Theater Center The gala entitled “Coming Home: A concert celebrating the return to the Wortham Theater Center” will see Domingo return to Houston where 30 years ago, he celebrated the opening of the Wortham Theater Center with Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida,” starring as Radames. This time {…}


Houston Grand Opera’s 2018-19 Season To Feature Ana María Martínez, Luca Pisaroni, Thomas Hampson & Ailyn Pérez


The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2018-19 season featuring six productions of German, Italian, Spanish and French repertoire. There will also be a world premiere, the first for the company in over a decade. The season opens with “The Flying Dutchman” on Oct. 19 with Andrzej Dobber in the title role and Rachel Willis-Sørensen in the role of Senta. Kristinn Sigmundsson sings {…}