Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 2021 Review: Juditha Triumphans

(Photo: Musacchio, Ianniello e Pasquini) As part of its 2021-22 concert series the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia brought together an impressive cast which included baroque specialists Vivica Genaux and Ann Hallenberg for a performance of Vivaldi’s only surviving oratorio “Juditha Triumphans,” under the direction of the Vivaldi specialist Federico Maria Sardelli. Written in 1716 to a libretto by Giacomo {…}

Mezzo-Soprano Ann Hallenberg & Baritone John Lundgren Appointed Royal Court Singers by King of Sweden

(Credits: © Örjan Jakobsson / Bayerische Staatsoper official website) Mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg and baritone John Lundgren have been appointed Royal Court Singers by His Majesty King of Sweden Carl XVI Gustaf. Hallenberg and Lundgren join a long list of famed opera singers who carry this designation, including Nina Stemme, Peter Mattei, Anna Larsson, Miah Persson, Michael Weinius, Malin Byström, Katarina {…}

Drottningholms Slottsteater Cancels ‘Agrippina’ Premiere Due to COVID-19

(Credit: Markus Gårder) The Drottningholms Slottsteater in Sweden was forced to cancel the premiere of Georg Friedrich Händel’s opera “Agrippina” due to COVID-19. On August 7, 2021, the theater’s General Manager Anna Karinsdotter alongside director Staffan Valdemar Holm informed the audience that one of the singers in the production tested positive for the virus and as result, the theater was {…}

Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Sonya Yoncheva, Anita Rachvelishvili & Lise Davidsen Headline Berlin Philharmonic’s 2021-22 Season

(Credits: Dario Acosta / Andrew Eccles/Decca / Javier del Real / Dario Acosta / Ray Burmiston) The Berlin Philharmonic has announced its 2021-22 season, spotlighting some of the world’s greatest performers. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on vocal works. Here is the full slate: The Bundesjugendchor presents works by Brahms, Schumann, di Laso, Harvey, Rihm, and {…}

Renée Fleming, Magdalena Kožená & Markus Brück Highlight Musikfest Berlin’s 2021 Edition

(Credits: / © Katrin Penschke) The Musikfest Berlin has announced its 2021 slate. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the vocal works only. The Inaugural concert will feature the Bundesjugendchor performing choral works by Brahms, Schumann, di Lasso, Harvey, Hofmeyr, Rihm, Denner, and MacMillan. Anne Kohler conducts. Performance date: Aug. 28, 2021 Famed American soprano {…}

Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe Announces 2021-22 Season

The Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe in Germany has announced its 2021-22 season featuring ballet, theater, and opera. For this article, we will only highlight the opera productions. Premieres Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera” will get a new production with Yura Yang conducting and Anja Kühnhold directing. Premiere Date: Oct. 23, 2021 Emmerich Kálmán’s “Grafin Mariza” gets a new production with Georg Fritzsch {…}

Elena Stikhina, Christiane Karg & Ann Hallenberg Highlight Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 2020 Fall Season

(Credits: Daniil Rabovsky / Gisela Schenker / Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras official website) The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will be returning to the stage on August 28, 2020. The Orchestra has announced its fall season which will last until December 23, 2020. For the purpose of this article, we will focus only on the vocal works. Mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenberg will perform {…}

Michael Fabiano, Kristine Opolais, Mariella Devia Headline Palau de Les Arts Streaming Program for June 2020

(Image Source: Palau de les Arts Official Website) The Palau de les Arts has announced its streaming program for the first half of June 2020. It all kicks off with Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” in a performance starring Franz-Josef Kapellman, Lance Ryan, Matti Salminen, and Jennifer Wilson. Streaming Dates: June 1-2 Manuel de Falla’s “La Vida Breve” takes over with Jorge de {…}