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Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Comunale di Ferrara 2024 Review: Orlando Furioso


Photo credit: Marco Caselli Nirmal Vivaldi’s “Orlando Furioso” is a work that represents baroque opera at its most exciting. Set on Alcina’s magical island, where the weird and wonderful are commonplace, it opens up the possibility for colorful and spectacular stagings with shipwrecks, fantastical beasts, monsters and statues that come to life. There are high mountains, wooded groves, steep cliffs {…}


Gregory Kunde, Carmela Remigio, Ernesto Petti Lead Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni’s 2023-24 Season


Modena’s Teatro Comunale Pavarotti-Freni has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season opens with Giordano’s “Fedora” in a new production by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Aldo Sisillo conducts a cast that includes Teresa Romano, Yuliya Tkachenko, Luciano Ganci, and Simone Piazzola. Performance Dates: Oct. 13 & 15, 2023 Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will be performed in four acts in a production by {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Comunale Ferrara 2023 Review: Catone In Utica


Photo: Marco Caselli Nirmal Ferrara’s Teatro Comunale served up a rare treat with a production of Vivaldi’s 1737 opera “Catone in Utica” to a libretto by Metastasio. Well, it was not a complete presentation, as the music for the first act was lost. As a result, we were left with a truncated version comprising Acts two and three, which had {…}


Teatro Comunale di Ferrara Announces 2022-23 Season


The Teatro Comunale di Ferrara has announced its 2022-23 season. The season opens with “Una Goccia” by Dino Buzzati. The work features music by Piero Bittolo Bon, Gioia Gurioli, Antonio Macaretti, Alfonso Santimone, Dimitri Sillato, and Denis Zardi. Performance Date: Nov. 18, 2022 The year ends with Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus“ with Marco Fiorini conducting a production by Corrado Abbati. Alessandro {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Comunale di Ferrara 2021-22 Review: Farnace


(Photo: Marco Caselli) In 1739 Vivaldi complained in a letter to his patron Marquis Guido Bentivoglio about the treatment he had suffered from the directors of Ferrara’s Teatro Bonacossi: “My reputation has been scourged…to the extent they are refusing as a second opera ‘Farnace,’ which I have prepared afresh especially for the company according to written agreements… I will not {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Ludovic Tézier & Elīna Garanča Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences get to hear a new version of a Verdi classic, a new release of a beloved Wagner song cycle, a lot of baroque music, and some Christmas albums. Macbeth Dynamic will release the world premiere recording of the 1865 French version of Verdi’s early masterpiece. Conducted by Roberto Abbado, the concert performance starred Ludovic Tézier (Macbeth), Silvia {…}


Carmen Giannattasio, Luciano Ganci & Roberta Mantegna Lead Teatro Municipale di Piacenza’s 2022 Season


The Teatro Municipale di Piacenza in Italy has announced its 2022 season which will feature five productions and special events. The season opens with Verdi’s “Aroldo” starring Luciano Ganci in the title role, Vladimir Stoyanov, and Roberta Mantegna. Manlio Benzi conducts the production by Emilio Sala e Edoardo Sanchi.  Performance Dates: Jan. 21 & 23, 2022 Donizetti’s “La Favorita” will {…}


Paola Gardina, Francesco Demuro & Martina Belli Lead Teatro Comunale di Ferrara’s Fall 2021-22 Season


The Teatro Comunale di Ferrara, in Italy, has announced its fall 2021-22 season featuring four productions. The season opens with Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” starring Silvia Pantani in the title role, Francesco Fortes as F. Pinkerton, Ilaria Ribezzi as Suzuki, and Italo Proferisce as Sharpless. Matteo Mazzoni directs the production with David Crescenzi conducting. Performance Dates: Oct. 29 & 31, 2021 Francesco Demuro {…}

News, Streaming

Jonas Kaufmann, Luciano Pavarotti, Angel Blue & Juan Diego Flórez Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream this Week


Opera’s biggest superstars (past and present) are featuring in this week’s edition. There are some new works, recitals, and some classical masterpieces on offer. And a notable Latin American composer, Daniel Catán, also gets his due. Here are the top 10 operas to stream this week. La Hija de Rappaccini – Chicago Opera Theater (Streaming Now) We did note that {…}