Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: ‘Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci’

(Photo: Marc Brenner) They go together like cookies and milk…like bacon and eggs…like Adam and Eve! Nooooooo! Not “Cav” and “Pag,” as the fans insist on calling the operas, but Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak! The golden couple, currently on at the Royal Opera House in “Cavalleria Rusticana,” consolidated their positions as world class artists here with spellbinding performances from {…}

Dimitri Platanias, Maria José Siri, Tassis Christoyannis Headline Greek National Opera’s ‘Nabucco’

The Greek National Opera will revive Italian director Leo Muscato‘s production of Verdi’s “Nabucco” from July 26 – 30, 2023 at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. The opera will star an international cast of singers, including Dimitri Platanias and Tassis Christoyannis in the title role, and Ekaterina Semenchuk and Maria José Siri alternating as Abigalie. Other cast members include Yannis {…}

Royal Opera House 2021-22 Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

(Credit: Tristram Kenton/Royal Opera House) Double-crossing, licentiousness, and the sad demise of a once popular showman: that was all going on down the road in Westminster while the Royal Opera House revived Damiano Michieletto’s double bill of “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Pagliacci.” Sightings of former prime minister Theresa May and former Johnson ally Michael Gove – himself ignominiously sacked by Johson {…}

Dimitri Platanias, Francesco Demuro, Anita Rachvelishvili, Anna Pirozzi Headline Greek National Opera’s 2022-23 Season

The Greek National Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. It will feature five revivals, one newly commissioned opera, and 10 new opera and ballet productions. The season opens with a new production of Dimitra Trypani’s “Andrei: A Requiem in Eight Scenes.” The work will be conducted by Trypani and stars Iro Bezou, Irini Bilini-Moraiti, Thanasis Dovris, Valia Karagiorga, Giorgos Kasavetis, Marianna Kavallieratos, Dimitra Kokkinopoulou, Nandia Kontogeorgi, Hara Kotsali, Christina {…}

Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta, Annalisa Stroppa & Ambrogio Maestri Lead Free Streams From Semperoper Dresden

(© Semperoper Dresden/Matthias Creutziger) The Semperoper Dresden has announced that it will stream the 2016 double-bill production of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” The operas star Maria Agresta, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Annalisa Stroppa, Stefania Toczyska, Tansel Akzeybek, Alessio Arduini, Jonas Kaufmann, Ambrogio Maestri and Dimitri Platanias. Christian Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden. This Unitel recording is made available in collaboration {…}

Marcelo Álvarez, Kristīne Opolais, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Ramón Vargas & Cellia Costea Lead Greek National Opera’s Second Half of 2021-22 Season

(Credit: The Greek National Opera has announced the second half of its 2021-22 season, featuring a number of operas performed by international stars. Here is the full slate. Stavros Niarchos Hall The second half of the season opens with Umberto Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier” featuring Cellia Costea and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena di Coigny; Dimitri Platanias and Elchin Azizov as {…}

Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Angela Gheorghiu, Sondra Radvanovsky, Elīna Garanča, Joyce DiDonato Lead Royal Opera House’s 2021-22 Season

(Credits: Dario Acosta / © Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical / Angela Gheorghiu official website / Michael Cooper / Kasskara/DG / Chris Singer) The Royal Opera House Covent Garden has announced full details of its exciting 2021-22 season, which will star some of the world’s greatest performers. The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season and digital program will be announced {…}

Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva, Kristine Opolais, Matthew Polenzani Headline Greek National Opera’s 2021 Season

The Greek National Opera has announced a program for the 2021 season. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on opera-related performances. The company will present “The Cornelian Secret” which includes love poems by Lord Byron. The performance will star tenor Christos Kechris, baritone Vangelis Maniatis, and baritone Sotiris Triantis. Streaming Dates:  TBA – the performance was {…}

Francesco Meli, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Aleksandrs Antonenko Headline Royal Opera House’s New #OurHousetoYourHouse Series on Sky Arts

The Royal Opera House is set to launch #OurHousetoYourHouse, a virtual program that will bring Friday premieres and screenings on Sky Arts every Friday. The program will launch on Sept. 18 with Barrie Kosky’s production of “Carmen” starring Anna Goryachova, Francesco Meli, and Kostas Smoriginas. It will be followed by the Royal Ballet’s “Dances at a Gathering” on Sept. 25 {…}