Opera Philadelphia to Present New Production of ‘Madama Butterfly’

Opera Philadelphia’s 2023-2024 Season closes with a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The new production designed by Yuki Izumihara and directed by Ethan Heard seeks to explore ─ and explode ─ the opera’s core, damaging stereotype of “the submissive, self-sacrificing Asian woman.” In a statement, Izumihara said, “Puccini trapped his Butterfly in a beautiful score. In turn, ‘Madame Butterfly’ {…}

Paul McCartney, Elliot Madore & Gilda Fiume Lead Cincinnati Opera’s 2024 Season

Cincinnati Opera has announced its 2024 Summer Festival, which will take place from June 13 to July 27, 2024. The season opens with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” which will star Elliot Madore, Jessica Faselt, Jessica Rivera, Aaron Blake, Christian Pursell, Erin Keesy, Joseph Parrish, and bass Patrick Guetti. Alison Moritz directs and Dame Jane Glover conducts. Performance Dates: June 13 & 15, 2024 Vderi’s {…}

Claudia Chapa, Virginie Verrez, Jonathan Burton, Anthony Clark Evans Headline Austin Opera’s 2023-24 Season

Austin Opera has unveiled its 2023-24 season. The season opens with “Pagliacci” starring Jonathan Burton, Anthony Clark Evans, Hailey Clark, Ben Taylor, and Rodell Rosel. Timothy Myers conducts a production by Tara Faircloth. Performance Dates: Nov. 4 & 5, 2023 Next up is “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” with Daniel Noyola, Claudia Chapa, Cassandra Zoé Velasco, Efraín Solis, and {…}

Renée Fleming, Christina Nilsson, & Janai Brugger Lead Atlanta Symphony’s 2023-24 Season

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances of the season. Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Orchestra in a program of music by Brahms, Dvořák, Rachmaninov, and Brahms. Performance Dates: Nov. 2-4, 2023 Norman Mackenzie conducts a Christmas concert with the Morehouse College Glee Club, Atlanta Symphony {…}

Raven McMillon, Briana Hunter & Adam Smith Lead Cincinnati Opera’s 2023 Season

The Cincinnati Opera has announced its 2023 season featuring four productions. The season opens with Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” featuring a cast that includes Raven McMillon, Santiago Ballerini, Anthony Clark Evans, Griffen Hogan Tracy, Terrence Chin-Loy, and Sahel Salam. Renato Balsadonna conducts the production by Jose Maria Condemi. Performance Dates: June 22 & 24, 2023 The World Stage Premiere of {…}

Anthony Clark Evans, Iván Ayón-Rivas, & Serena Sáenz Lead Teatro Municipal de Santiago’s 2023 Season

The Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile has announced its 2023 season. Here is a look at the operatic offerings. Ramón Gutiérrez, Rony Ancavil, Francisca Muñoz, Francisca Jünemann star in “El Demonio Mudo” with Ramiro Albino conducting and Gonzalo Cuadra directing. Performance Dates: May 12-20, 2023 Roberto Rizzi Brignoli conducts Bizet’s “Carmen” with Rodrigo Navarrete directing. Natalia Kutateladze and Evelyn Ramírez star alongside Galeano {…}

Angel Blue, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard & Nahuel di Pierro Highlight Houston Grand Opera’s 2022-23 Season

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2022–23 season featuring operatic productions. Here is a look. Verdi’s “La Traviata” opens the season with Angel Blue and Cecilia Violetta López sharing the title role. They are joined by Bryan Hymel, Ricardo Garcia, Andrei Kymach, and Anthony Clark Evans. Matthew Aucoin conducts the production by Arin Arbus. Performance Dates: Oct. 21-Nov. 8, 2022 Dame Ethel Smyth’s {…}

Lawrence Brownlee, Sir Willard White, Patricia Racette, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Raven McMillan Headline Opera Philadelphia’s 2021-22 Season

Opera Philadelphia has announced its 2021-22 season, which includes both in-person and video productions throughout the year. So let’s kick it off with the onstage performances. On Stage It all starts with “Amici e Rivali” starring Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres. This pre-season concert will showcase the two tenors alongside conductor Corrado Rovaris and the Opera Philadelphia Orchestra and Chorus {…}

Anna Netrebko, Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Pretty Yende, & Natalie Dessay Highlight Opéra National de Bordeaux’s 2020-21 Season

The Opéra National de Bordeaux in France has announced its 2020-21 season featuring five operas and several recitals and concerts. Opera  Paul Daniel conducts a new production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” by Pierre Rambert. Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Elbenita Kajtazi alternate the role of Violetta with Benjamin Bernheim and Kevin Amiel as Alfredo and Lionel Lhote and Anthony Clark-Evans as Germont. {…}