Staatsoper Berlin Announces Conductor Changes for ‘Carmen’ & ‘Samson et Dalila’

The Staatsoper Berlin has announced conductor changes for upcoming performances. The company said that Bertrand de Billy will conduct the revival of Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ for all performances (Feb. 5 to March 3). Meanwhile, the last three performances of Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila” in February will be conducted by Thomas Guggeis, who has already rehearsed and conducted the revival {…}

Diana Damrau, Renée Fleming & Nina Stemme Headline Musikverein Wien’s 2019-20 Season

Musikverein Wien has announced its 2019-20 season. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on vocal performances. Martin Haselböck will lead the Orchester Wiener Akademie in a performance of various works by Franz Schubert as well as Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor. Baritone Thomas Hampson will be featured. Performance Date: Oct. 13, 2019 Bass Günther Groissböck and {…}

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Luisa Miller: An Unquestioned Triumph for Yoncheva and Beczala

“Luisa Miller” is long considered to mark the beginning of Verdi’s “middle period” with themes of class division and an ill-fated romance that foreshadow the composer’s brilliant “La Traviata.”  It also came at a time when Verdi was more open to sourcing from outside of his homeland, with the German playwright Friedrich von Schiller’s Kabale und Liebe the material for {…}