Weekend Preview – International (8/4-6): Anna Netrebko Returns To The Salzburg Festival With Riccardo Muti & Francesco Meli

The Festival season continues with one of the most anticipated premieres slated to open. Austria That premiere, of course, is Anna Netrebko’s role debut as Aida at the Salzburg Festival. She will be accompanied by Riccardo Muti and Francesco Meli, who is also making his role debut as Radamès, with Ekaterina Semenchuk as Amneris. The festival will also continue runs {…}

CD/DVD Releases – Week of July 31: Plácido Domingo Leads New Releases With ‘Macbeth’

Plácido Domingo continues his legendary recording legacy while a soprano-guitar duo comes to fruition. Domingo’s Macbeth Last season the legendary tenor-turned-baritone riveted Los Angeles audiences with his complex turn as Macbeth in Darko Tresjniak’s production. Now audiences can experience the event on DVD  and Blu-Ray thanks to Sony Classical. Domingo was joined by Ekaterina Semenchuk who brought her voluptuous sound {…}

Weekend Preview – International (6/30-7/2): Vienna State Opera Ends Its Season While Plácido Domingo Graces The Mariinsky Theatre

Two companies’ seasons end this weekend with a number of stars continuing runs of important works. Austria The Wiener Staatsoper will showcase Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande” starring Franz-Josef Selig, Bernarda Fink, Adrian Eröd, Simon Keenlyside and Olga Bezsmertna ending the season. Czech Republic The Prague Summer Nights festival continues with Opera scenes and the opening of   Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.” {…}

Weekend Preview – International (5/12-14): Olga Peretyatko and Stephen Costello Reunite For Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

The weekend has a number of operatic classics being offered even though many companies are in the midst of ballet season. Take a look as there is something for everyone. Austria  The Vienna State Opera is in Ballet mode but will present Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” with Olga Bezsmertna, Christopher Maltman, Pavol Breslik and Mika Kares. Czech Republic The Prague National Opera {…}

Weekend Preview – International (3/31-4/2): Jonas Kaufmann, Roberto Alagna and Mariella Devia Headline Productions worldwide

The weekend comes with a number of great works, including three tour de force Donizetti queens. Among the artists performing are Mariella Devia, Jonas Kaufmann, Rene Pape and  Javier Camarena. Austria  The Vienna State Opera kicks off its weekend with Massenet’s “Werther” starring Ludovic Tézier, Adrian Eröd and Sophie Koch. The opera will be showcased on the company’s live stream {…}

Breaking News: Metropolitan Opera Replaces ‘La Forza del Destino’ With Verdi Requiem For 2017-18 Season

The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled its new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.” The Met’s 2017-18 season had originally planned a new production directed by Calixto Bieto, which premiered at the English National Opera in November 2015. Met General Manager Peter Gelb said the decision was a few months ago and he wanted to make the announcement ahead of {…}