Erin Wall’s Recording of ‘Thaïs’ With Toronto Symphony Orchestra Wins Major JUNO Award

(Credit: © Jag Gundu) The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has won the JUNO Award for Best Classical Album: Vocal or Choral for its recording of Massenet’s “Thaïs.” The recording stars Joshua Hopkins, Andrew Staples, Nathan Berg, Liv Redpath, Andrea Ludwig, Emilia Boteva, and Neil Aronoff. Sir Andrew Davis led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Jonathan Crow leading the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. {…}

Former Vice-President at Columbia Artists Opens Minerva Artists

Former vice-president at Columbia Artists, Michael Benchetrit, has struck out on his own, founding Minerva Artists with 15 high-profile artists entrusting their careers to the seasoned agent. Benchetrit was at Columbia for 25 years before the agency shuttered in August. Minerva’s current roster includes sopranos Michelle Bradley, Nicole Cabell, Anna-Sophie Neher, Marjorie Owens, Brenda Rae, and in memoriam, Erin Wall; {…}

Erin Wall, Joshua Hopkins & Štefan Margita Headline New CD/DVD Releases

This week three new recordings are set to debut. Two are complete operas while one features rarely performed masses. Bruckner & Stravinsky Masses  The Rundfunkchor Berlin, led by its chief conductor Gijs Leenaars and accompanied by wind players from the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, presents masses by Bruckner and Stravinsky. Bruckner’s Mass in E Minor and Stravinsky’s Mass share in their unusual {…}

Renee Fleming, Sabine Devielhe & Lise Davidsen Lead Orchestre de Paris’ 2020-21 Season

The Orchestre de Paris has announced its 2020-21 season. For this article we will focus only on vocal performances. Elisabeth Kulman and Mari Eriksmoen perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 Resurrection with Klaus Makela conducting. Performance Date: Nov. 18 & 19, 2020 Daniel Harding conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 starring Erin Wall, Christopher Maltman, Shenyang, Andrew Staples, Marina Prudenskaya, Jamie Barton, {…}

Stuart Skelton, James Rutherford and Atalla Ayan highlight the Norwegian National Opera’s 2019-20 season

The Norwegian National Opera announced its plans for the 2019-20 season. Here is the lineup: The season open with Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” in a production by British director Oliver Mears. Operalia Competition winner Luis Gomes sings Nemorino opposite Andrea Carroll’s Adina. Baritone Andrei Kymach and Bass-baritone Günes Gürle will sing Belcore and Dulcamara, respectively. The conductor will be Daniel Smith. {…}