Teatro Grattacielo 2021-22 Review: ‘L’Amico Fritz’

On November 14, 2021, New York’s Teatro Grattacielo presented a semi-staged production of Pietro Mascagni’s “L’Amico Fritz.” Unlike his hit, “Cavalleria rusticana,” Mascagni’s second opera orbits the far reaches of the standard repertoire. I give the company credit for reviving the somewhat charming opera, but there were misfires in the musical execution and elsewhere that marred the production, leaving me {…}

Operalia Announces 2021 Participants

The Operalia Competition has announced its 2021 participants. This year the competition will showcase artists from Peru, Russia, the USA, Mongolia, France, Spain, Moldova, Denmark, South Korea, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Italy, Canada, and Uzbekistan. Here is a full run-down of the singers who will compete: Ivan Ayon-Rivas, tenor, Peru Gayane Babajanyan, mezzo-soprano, Russia Kirill Belov, tenor, Russia Vladislav Buialskyi, bass-baritone, Ukraine {…}

Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Won Whi Choi, Alexandra Razskazoff, Marcus Deloach Headline Teatro Grattacielo’s 2021 Season

Teatro Grattacielo has announced its 2021 season featuring three productions. The company will present Mascagni’s “L’Amico Fritz” at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre. The work was last performed in New York City in 1987and will star Won Whi Choi, Alexandra Razskazoff, and Marcus Deloach. Israel Gursky heads the Queens Symphony Orchestra with Malena Dayen and Stefanos Koroneos directing. Performance Date: {…}

Greer Grimsley, Nathan Berg, & Denyce Graves Feature in Minnesota Opera’s 3D ‘Das Rheingold’

On November 14, 2020 Minnesota Opera will present Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” in a new, 3D format which will be available to stream online. This digital experience adapts the company’s 2016 production with the help of production company Sweet Sadie. “The sheer size and scope of ‘Das Rheingold’ presents a massive challenge for any opera company,” said President and General Director {…}

Premiere Opera Foundation & NYIOP 2019 International Vocal Competition Review: Finals Concert

Saturday, December 7, 2019, saw the finals concert of Premiere Opera Foundation and NYIOP’s International Vocal Competition. The 20 finalists gathered in the resonant First Christian Science Church to share their artistic gifts before a live audience and a panel of distinguished judges, including Paul Hopper of the Metropolitan Opera, Gerald Martin Moore of the Glyndebourne Festival, Pamela Walsh of {…}