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Nadine Sierra, Saioa Hernández, Piotr Beczała, Sonya Yoncheva, Xabier Anduaga & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2024-25 Season


The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Josep Pons conducts Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” with Alexei Botnarciuc, Daniel Kirch, Sara Jakubiak, Ángeles Blancas, and Pavel Černoch. Àlex Ollé conducts. Performance Date: Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2024 Maria Agresta and Saioa Hernández star in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Artur Ruciński, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Brian {…}


Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Sondra Radvanovsky, Julia Bullock, Juan Diego Flórez, & Ermonela Jaho Lead Teatro Real’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatro Real de Madrid has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Nicola Luisotti and Andrés Salado conduct Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” in David McVicar’s production. The production will star Ermonela Jaho, Maria Agresta, Brian Jagde, Matthew Polenzani, Elīna Garanča, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Nicola Alaimo, and Manel Esteve. Performance Dates: Sept. 23-Oct. 11, 2024 Charpentier’s “David et Jonathas” will be performed in concert with Petr Nekoranec, Gwendoline Blondeel, Jean-Christophe {…}


Marion Cotillard, Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Sonya Yoncheva, Juan Diego Flórez & Sabine Devieilhe Lead Philharmonie de Paris’ 2024-25 Season


The Philharmonie de Paris has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Orchestre de Paris Klaus Mäkelä conducts music by Beethoven, Peteris Vasks, and Tchaikovsky. Lisa Batiashvili is the soloist. Performance Date: Sept. 11, 2024 Stanislav Kochanovsky conducts a program of music by Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Alexandre Tcherepnine. Golda Schultz stars. Performance Date: Oct. 9, {…}


Nadine Sierra & Juan Diego Flórez to Star in ‘West Side Story’ at Gran Teatre del Liceu


The Gran Theatre del Liceu has announced that it will present Bernstein’s “West Side Story” in concert during the 2024-25 season. The company said, that the performances on July 29 and 31, will feature Gustavo Dudamel, Nadine Sierra, and Juan Diego Flórez. Dudamel famously conducted the 2021 film adaptation of the work, which was directed by Steven Spielberg. Meanwhile, both {…}


Diana Damrau, Jonas Kaufmann, Sarah Connolly & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Palau de la Música Catalana’s 2024-25 Season


The Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Spain has announced its 2024-25 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Palau 100  Sarah Connolly jons Anima Aeterna Brugge and Pablo Heras-Casado for Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder.” The program also includes music by Bruckner. Performance Date: Oct. 24, 2024 Philippe Herreweghe leads a program that includes pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Collegium {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

Juan Diego Flórez, Maria José Siri, Francesco Meli & Vasilisa Berzhanskaya Lead New CD/DVD Releases


Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world. This week audiences are in for two full recordings of well-known works with some of the world’s greatest singers. There are also choral recoridngs and some less known works to discover. Heaven to Earth Signum Classics releases Heaven to Earth, a collection of singable, {…}

News, Reviews

Carnegie Hall 2023-24 Review: Juan Diego Florez & Vincenzo Scalera


On November 29, 2023, famed tenor Juan Diego Flórez returned to Carnegie Hall for a concert of arias and arts songs, joined by pianist Vincenzo Scalera. Initially scheduled for January, the concert was postponed due to illness with the November performance nearly suffering the same fate as Flórez acknowledged that he was currently under the weather. Despite this, Flórez and {…}


Benjamin Bernheim Asmik Grigorian, Juan Diego Florez, Elīna Garanča & Cecilia Bartoli Lead Salzburg Festival’s 2024 Season


(Credit: © SF / Peter Rigaud) The Salzburg Festival has announced its 2024 Season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Opera Strauss’ “Caprricio” is set to be performed in concert form with Elsa Dreisig and Bo Skovhus as Countess and Count. The cast also includes Sebastian Kohlhepp (Flamand), Konstantin Krimmel (Olivier), Mika Kares (La Roche), Ève-Maud Hubeaux (Clairon), {…}


Jessica Pratt, Anastasia Bartoli, Juan Diego Flórez & Dmitry Korchak Lead Rossini Opera Festival’s 2024 Season


The Rossini Opera Festival has announced its 2024 season which will be held in Pesaro from August 7 to 23, 2024. The Festival will be inaugurated at the PalaScavolini, a new theatre space reopened within the already famous PalaFestival, by “Bianca and Falliero.” Roberto Abbado will conduct the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and the Coro Teatro Ventidio Basso. The {…}