Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Anja Harteros, Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczała Highlight Opernhaus Zürich’s 2021-22 Season

The Opernhaus Zürich has announced its 2021-22 season. Here is the full slate. Operas – Premieres Richard Strauss‘ “Salome” will star Elena Stikhina, Kostas Smoriginas, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Michaela Schuster, Mauro Peter, and Siena Licht Miller. Simone Young conducts the production by Andreas Homoki. Performance dates: Sep. 12 – Oct. 17, 2021 Verdi‘s “Il Trovatore” will spotlight Quinn Kelsey, Marina Rebeka, {…}

Karine Babajanyan, Daniel Okulitch & Lucio Gallo Lead Seattle Opera’s Spring Digital Season

The Seattle Opera has announced its Spring digital series after canceling its originally planned 2020-21 season. Andrew Stenson presents a recital on YouTube Streaming Date: Jan. 29, 2021 Jasmine Habersham and WIll Thomas in Recital will perform a new recital. Streaming Dates: Feb. 19-March 12, 2021 Randall Scotting, Jeni Houser, Joshua Kohl, Karen Vuong, Maya Gour, Margaret Gawrysiak, Joseph Lattanzi, {…}

Rame Lahaj, Layla Claire & Daniel Okulitch Highlight Opéra de Montréal’s 2020-21 Season

The Opéra de Montréal has announced its 2020-21 season with five productions highlighting the season. The season opens with Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring Marie-Josée Lord in the title role, Rame Lahaj as Alfredo, and Jean-François Lapointe as Germont. Jordan De Souza conducts Alain Gauthier’s production. Performance Dates: Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2020 Marianne Fiset sings the title role in Janáček’s “Jenůfa” with Samuel {…}

Saioa Hernández, Gregory Kunde & Joyce El-Khoury Headline Seattle Opera’s 2020-21 Season

The Seattle Opera has announces its  2020-21 season featuring an all-star lineup and some ambitious productions. Here is a look: The season opens with the double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” with Gregory Kunde headlining both productions in a rare U.S. appearance. He will share the run with Arsen Soghomonyan. Melody Moore and Marcy Stonikas will share the role {…}

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Etienne Dupuis & Nicole Car Among Stars Of Opéra de Montréal’s 2019-20 Season

The Opéra de Montréal has announced its 2019-20 season featuring five staged operas and an opera in concert version. The season will open with Tchaïkovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” with real-life couple Etienne Dupuis and Nicole Car as Onegin and Tatiana. They will be accompanied by tenor Owen McCausland, mezzo Carolyn Sproule, bass Denis Sedov, mezzo Christiane Bélanger, with a guest appearance {…}

New York City Opera 2017-18 Review – Brokeback Mountain: Glenn Seven Allen & Daniel Okulitch Deliver Emotional Performances In Solid, If Not Always, Satisfying, Opera Experience

This review is for the performance on June 3, 2018.  It’s quite often that operas, great and otherwise, have been adapted from, what we’d call today, other media. Whether plays or novels, it was standard practice for composers such as Verdi, Puccini and even Wagner to repurpose story and characters for the operatic stage. And there are so many impressive {…}