Opera Critic & Historian Fred Plotkin to Host Virtual Talk: ‘A Gay Romp Through Four Centuries of Opera’

(Photo credit: Frances Marshall) What’s opera about? Passion? Drama? Politics? Sex? All the above, of course, and it’s been that way since 1597, even in the face of censorship. Yet, the prohibitions around taboo topics such as politics and sex caused composers and librettists to get creative when including such material in their operas. Opera critic, author, and historian par {…}

Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper Berlin Announce Major Scheduling Changes in 2021

(Credit: © dpa/visitBerlin website / Gunnar Geller) The Staatsoper unter der Linden has canceled all performances until the end of January 2021. Among the performances canceled are premieres of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” with Andrew Staples, Lea Desandre and Evelin Novak, and Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” which was supposed to star Simone Schneider, Klaus Florian Vogt, René Pape and Greer Grimsley. Meanwhile, Komische Oper {…}

Andreas Schager & Alexander Vinogradov Join New Year Gala Concert At Deutsche Oper

(Credits: Andreas Schager official website / Polina Plotnikova) The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced that heldentenor Andreas Schager and Russian bass Alexander Vinogradov will take part in the New Year Gala concert on Jan. 2, 2021. Schager and Vinogradov will join a cast that includes Sara Jakubiak, Anna Pirozzi, Aigul Akhmetshina, and Amartuvshin Enkhbat. The Australian-born Kapellmeister of the Deutsche {…}

Siobhan Stagg, Michael Spyres & Julie Fuchs Lead Opéra Comique 2021 Season

(Credits: Todd Rosenberg / © Marco Borrelli / OnP / Sarah Bousasse) L’Opéra Comique in Paris has announced its 2021 season. Here is the full slate. Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville’s “Titon et l’Aurore” will feature Reinoud Van Mechelen, Gwendoline Blondeel, Julie Roset, Emmanuelle de Negri, Marc Mauillon, and Renato Dolcini. William Christie will conduct the production by Basil Twist. The performances {…}

Gdańsk’s Opera Bałtycka Postpones Premiere of ‘Fidelio’ Due to COVID-19

(Credit: Opera Bałtycka official website) Gdańsk’s Opera Bałtycka has announced that it was forced to cancel the premiere of Beethoven’s opera “Fidelio” on Oct. 3, 2020, after one member of the chorus tested positive for COVID-19. “Opera Bałtycka, acting in accordance with the recommendations of the County Sanitary and Epidemiological Station, maintains all the possible safety rules for its employees, {…}