Iréne Theorin, Elisabet Strid & Violeta Urmana Lead Redesigned ‘Elektra’ At Teatro Massimo di Palermo

(Credits: Chris Gloag /Emelie Kroon/ Violeta Urmana Facebook page) Teatro Massimo di Palermo has announced that it has canceled the fully staged production of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannstahl’s opera “Elektra,” which was originally scheduled for performance between Nov. 24 – Dec. 2, 2020, due to COVID-19 safety rules. Instead, the opera house will present a semistaged version of {…}

Q & A: Soprano Natalia Tanasii on the Salzburg Festival, Sting, & Strauss

(Credit: Natalia Sedinta) Moldovan soprano Natalia Tanasii was only 21 when she made her professional stage debut as Countess Almaviva (“Le nozze di Figaro”) at the Moldovan National Opera. Her unforgettable Salzburg Festival debut followed in Krzysztof Warlikowski’s staging of “Elektra” this year. In an interview with OperaWire, Ms. Tanasii discussed her career moves, repertoire choices, and her preparation process {…}

Q & A: Tenor Matthäus Schmidlechner on ‘Elektra’ At Salzburg & Managing the Challenges of Performance & Preparation in the Time of COVID

Born and raised in Salzburg, tenor Matthäus Schmidlechner was brought to Linz by his career. While he works as an ensemble member of the state opera theater of Linz, each year he also makes appearances in his birth town, performing on stage of Salzburg Festival. In 2018 and 2019 he performed the role of the first Jew in R. Castellucci’s {…}