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Rebeka Lokar, Roberta Mantegna & Mattia Olivieri Highlight Macerata Opera Festival 2020 Slate


The Macerata Opera Festival has announced its 2020 program. This season the festival will showcase three popular operas with renown casts starting on July 17 through August 9, 2020. The festival opens with Puccini’s “Tosca” conducted by Francesco Lanzillotta and directed by Valentina Carrasco. The production will star Rebeka Lokar in the title role, Piero Pretti as Cavaradossi, and Roberto {…}

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Teatro San Carlo 2023-24 Review: I Vespri Siciliani


Verdi’s “I Vespri Siciliani” was last on the stage in Naples back in 2011, featuring the original French version created by the composer for the Opera de Paris in 1855. This year, however, Teatro San Carlo is showcasing the Italian rendition, which is more commonly performed in Italy, without the ballet sequences. The narrative, crafted by Eugene Scribe’s libretto, revolves {…}

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Best of 2023: OperaWire’s Staff on the Best Performances of the Year


And we’re back. And as has become the tradition here at OperaWire, we have asked our writers to select their choices for the opera performances that truly marveled them in 2023. So without further ado, here are our writers’ picks. Enjoy! Joao Copertino This year, in my opinion, the best performance was Aix-en-Provence’s “Picture a Day Like This,” a world premiere {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Florencia en el Amazonas


The Spanish language is pretty preponderant in the United States of America with a recent census stating that over 42 million people in the country aged five and older speak the language at home. It’s the second most learned language following English, with over 8 million students. And yet, it took until 2023 for the Metropolitan Opera to finally, and {…}


‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ to Make HD Debut at the Metropolitan Opera


The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023–24 Live in HD season will continue with Daniel Catán’s “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The opera will be performed on Dec. 9 and will be the first Spanish-language opera to be featured on the company’s HD series. Mexican-American soprano Ailyn Pérez leads the cast alongside soprano Gabriella Reyes, bass-baritone Greer Grimsley, baritone Mattia Olivieri, tenor Mario Chang, {…}


Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’


The Metropolitan Opera has announced a cast change for its opening night performance of “Florencia en el Amazonas.” The company said, “For tonight’s performance, the role of the Captain will be sung by David Pittsinger, replacing Greer Grimsley.” Pittsinger made his Met debut in 2017 as Le Bret in “Cyrano de Bergerac. The bass has performed the role of the {…}


Q & A: Soprano Ailyn Pérez on ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ & the Importance of Spanish-Language Opera


(Credit: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera) On Nov. 16, the Metropolitan Opera will make history by presenting only the third Spanish-language opera in the company’s trajectory. Additionally, the work in question, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” will be the very first Latin American opera presented by the company. For the massive milestone, the company brought together a mixed cast that includes {…}


Luca Salsi, Anna Netrebko, Jessica Pratt, Lawrence Brownlee & Benjamin Bernheim Lead LaScalaTV’s 2024 Season


The Teatro alla Scala has announced its streaming schedule for La ScalaTV in 2024. The company will begin its streaming season with Filarmonica della Scala’s concert conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Streaming Date: Jan. 2024 The following stream will be “Simon Boccanegra” starring Luca Salsi, Ain Anger, and Roberto De Candia. Streaming Date: Feb. 2024 Benjamin Britten’s ‘The Little Sweep” will {…}

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IMAX 2023 Review: Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing – Venice


(Film still: provided by Unison Media & IMAX) “Renée Fleming’s Cities That Sing: Venice (2023)” debuted in IMAX theaters on September 16, 2023. This very special feature-length film captures the most beautiful parts of Venice and explores opera’s nuanced details in vivid IMAX and Stage Access display. Fleming’s natural gift for storytelling and enriching the minds of audiences through her {…}