Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Fatma Said, Danielle De Niese, Roderick Williams Headline Edinburgh International Festival 2021

The Edinburgh International Festival has announced its 2021 slate. For the purposes of this article, we will only focus on operatic or vocal performances. Opening the season will be “A Grand Night of Singing” starring Danielle de Niese, Kim Criswell, Anna-Jane Casey, Damian Humbley, and Richard Morrison. Wayne Marshall leads the Edinburgh Festival Ensemble. Performance Dates: August 8-13, 2021 Thomas {…}

Latonia Moore, Andrea Carroll, Tamara Wilson, Fatma Saïd Headline Cleveland Orchestra’s 2021-22 Season

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its 2021-22 season. For the purposes of this performance, our focus will be mainly on operatic and vocal performances. It all starts with Andrea Carroll’s Severance Hall debut alongside bass-baritone Dashon Burton as the two perform a two-piano arrangement of Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem.” Lisa Wong conducts the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Performance Date: Oct. 28, {…}

Thomas Hampson, Luca Pisaroni, Fatma Said, & Lidia Fridman Lead New CD/DVD Releases

This week, audiences can experience world premiere recordings, a debut album, and a number of rising stars. Here are this week’s must-streamed releases. L’Ange de Nisida Dynamic releases the world premiere DVD of the first-ever staging of the reconstructed “L’Ange de Nisida.” The work, which was long-presumed-lost semiserious opera, was directed by Francesco Micheli and starred Lidia Fridman, Konu Kim, {…}

Simon Keenlyside, Sarah Connolly, Elizabeth Llewellyn & Christian Gerhaher Highlight Wigmore Hall’s Fall 2020 Season

(Credits: ROH/Bill Cooper / Christopher Pledger / Shirley Suarez / Gregor Hohenberg/Sony) Wigmore Hall has announced the full slate for the 2020 fall season. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the vocal works only. All the concerts will be live-streamed on the Wigmore Hall’s website in HD. Here is the rundown. Baritone Christian Gerhaher and the {…}

Elina Garanča, Ailyn Pérez & Lawrence Brownlee Headline Teatro San Carlo di Napoli’s 2020-21 Season

(Credit: Chris Singer/ Paul Schirnhofer/DG/ Shervin Lainez) The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has announced its 2020-21 season which will be the first under superintendent Stéphane Lissner. Opera The season opens with Puccini’s “La Bohème” in a new production by Emma Dante. Selene Zanetti stars as Mimì with Damiana Mizzi as Musetta, Stephen Costello in his house debut as Rodolfo, {…}

Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce DiDonato & Diana Damrau Highlight Festspielhaus Baden Baden 2020-21 Season

(Credit: Jiyang Chen/Javier del Real/ Simon Pauly) The Festspielhaus Baden Baden has announced its 2020-21 season. For this article we will only highlight vocal performances. The season opens with Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and “Bluebeard’s Castle.” Rinat Shaham and Gerald Finley star in the later with Sir Simon Rattle conducting the London Symphony Orchestra. Performance Date: Sept. 20, 2020 Benjamin {…}

Louis Langrée, Stefan Vinke & Camilla Tilling Highlight Cincinnati Symphony’s 2020-21 Season

(Credit: Benoit Linero) The Cincinnati Symphony has announced its 2020-21 season. For the purpose of this article we will highlight vocal performances. Louis Langrée conducts Grieg’s “Peer Gynt” with Camilla Tilling and the May Festival Chorus. Bill Barclay directs the semi-staged production. The concert will also include violinist in Pekka Kuusisto in Daniel Bjarnason’s Violin Concerto. Performance Dates: Oct. 3 & 4, {…}

Jamie Barton, Joyce DiDonato & Sarah Connolly Headline BBC Proms 2019

The BBC Proms has announced its 2019 festival featuring some of the great singers, performers and orchestras in the world. For this season announcement we will concentrate on the vocal performances. Omer Meir Wellber leads the BBC Proms Youth Choir and BBC Philharmonic in Haydn’s “The Creation.” He is joined by soloists Sarah-Jane Brandon, Benjamin Hulett, and Christoph Pohl. Performance Date: July 29, {…}

Top Five Opera to See This Weekend – International (2/23-25): Juan Diego Flórez, Michael Spyres & Sarah Connolly Showcase Their Talents

This weekend looks a bit interesting for opera lovers looking to leave the core repertoire. Baroque dominates our selections for what we recommend and there is also a French rarity that no one should miss. Here is a glimpse. Saul & Ariodante – Wiener Staatsoper & Theatre an der Wien, Austria  Austria audiences are in for a Handel double. At the {…}