Thomas Hampson, Christian Gerhaher & Florian Sempey Lead CD/DVD Releases

This week audiences get to experience new albums from great baritones and some rising stars. Here is a look at the releases. Così fan tutte The Maggio Musicale releases Mozart’s masterpiece on Naxos. Conductor Zubin Mehta leads the production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. The recording from March 2021 stars Thomas Hampson, Valentina Nafornita, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Matthew Swenson, Mattia Olivieri, and Benedetta Torre. L’Orfeo Opus Arte {…}

Aleksandra Kurzak, Ildar Abdrazakov & Amber Wagner Highlight Boston Symphony’s 2022-23 Season

(Credit: Marco Borggreve) The Boston Symphony Orchestra has announced the 2022-3 season. Here is a look at the vocal highlights. Andris Nelsons conducts Janine Jansen and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in works by Bernstein, Shostakovich, and Ogonek. Performance Dates: Oct. 6-8, 2022 Andris Nelsons conducts Act three of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” starring Amber Wagner, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Christian Gerhaher. Performance {…}

Regula Mühlemann, Diana Damrau, Karita Mattila, & Christian Gerhaher Lead Wigmore Hall’s 2022-23 Autumn Season

Wigmore Hall has announced details for its Autumn 2022 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Regula Mühlemann soprano and La Folia Barockorchester open the season with Cleopatra featuring music by Hasse, Vivaldi, Legrenzi, Graun, and Händel. Performance Date: Sept. 8, 2022 Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper perform a program of music by Coleridge-Taylor, G Mahler and Strauss. {…}

Jonas Kaufmann, Marlis Petersen & Elīna Garança Lead Salzburg Easter Festival’s 2023 Season

The ⁦Salzburg Easter Festival has announced its 2023 season. The season will present Andris Nelsons conducting Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” in a production by director Romeo Castellucci. The main roles will be sung by Marlis Petersen, Elīna Garança, Jonas Kaufmann, Georg Zeppenfeld, and Christian Gerhaher. The season will include Brahms’ “German Requiem” performed by Bavarian Radio Chorus with soloists Julia Kleiter {…}

Jonas Kaufmann, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Christian Gerhaher & Michael Spyres Lead Presto Music’s 2021 Awards Winners

(Credit: Presto Music official website) Presto Music has announced its 2021 awards. Tenor Michael Spyres was awarded for the CD “BariTenor” on the Erato label. The album ranges wide, encompassing repertoire normally assigned to both tenors and baritones. Programming 18 arias by 15 composers, it covers three centuries of opera in Italian, French and German. Marko Letonja conducts the Orchestre {…}

Roderick Williams, Diana Damrau, Elizabeth Llewellyn & Jakub Józef Orliński Lead Wigmore Hall’s Fall Season

London’s Wigmore Hall has announced the first part of its 2021-22 season. Here are the vocal highlights. Elizabeth Llewellyn and Simon Lepper perform an evening of Finzi, Puccini, Verdi, and Walton. Performance Date: Sept. 3, 2021 Ed Lyon and Theatre of the Ayre join forces for Boësset, Cavalli, Dowland,  and more. Performance Date: Sept. 5, 2021 Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre {…}