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Claudia Pavone, Luca Salsi, Teresa Romano & Angelo Villari Lead Teatro Municipale di Piacenza’s 2024-25 Season


The Teatro Municipale di Piacenza has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Claudia Pavone stars in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” alongside Irene Savignano, Angelo Villari, and Alessandro Luongo. Leo Nucci directs the production and Matteo Beltrami conducts. Performance Dates: Dec. 15-22, 2024 Raffaele Pe, Marie Lys, Davide Giangregorio, Delphine Galou, Filippo Mineccia, Federico Fiorio, Enrico Torre, and Clemente Antonio Daliotti star in Händel’s “Giulio {…}

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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 {…}


Jakub Josef Orlinski, Anna Prohaska, Sandrine Piau Headline Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2024


Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival has announced its 2024 slate. First up is Porpora’s “Ifigenia in Aulide.” The new production by Max Emanuel Cencic will be conducted by Christophe Rousset and stars Jasmin Delfs, Lena Belkina, Max Emanuel Cencic, Dennis Orellana, Vince Yi, and Daniel Giuliani. Performance Dates: Sept. 5 – 15, 2024 Jakub Jósef Orlinski appears in performance with Il Pomo {…}

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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 {…}


‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ to be Presented at CortinAteatro


On August 12, the CortinAteatro will present Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” for at the Alexander Girardi Hall in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Belluno. The opera, which made its world premiere in 1832, is celebrating its 190th anniversary and will be presented for the first time in Cortina d’Ampezzo in a co-production with Musincantus, Fondazione Cassamarca, Orchestra Regionale Filarmonia Veneta, Comune di Treviso, andComune {…}

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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 {…}


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 {…}