Jamie Barton, Mary Bevan, & Dame Sarah Connolly Star in the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s 2024-25 Season

(Photo credit: Thalhammer & Pledger) The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has announced its lineup for the 2024-25 season. This article only features vocal works. Soprano Mary Bevan opens the season with a program of works by Schubert. Edward Gardner conducts. Performance Date: July 17, 2024 Soprano Lucy Crowe, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnston, tenor Nicky Spence, and baritone Jonathan Lemalu serves {…}

Peter Scott Drackley & Michel de Souza Lead Nevill Holt Opera’s 2022 Season

UK’s Nevill Holt Opera has announced its 2022 season featuring two opera productions and a major concert performance. The season opens with Puccini’s “La Bohème” starring Francesca Chiejina, Peter Scott Drackley, Alexandra Oomens, Christopher Nairne, Dominic Sedgwick, and Dingle Yandell. Mathilda du Tillieul Mcnicol directs the production with Nicholas Chalmers conducting. Performance Dates: June 8-14, 2022 Katie Bray, Michel de {…}

Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming Headline Sarasota Opera’s ‘HD at the Opera House’ Series

Sarasota Opera has announced additional showcases as part of its “HD at the Opera House.” The series allows audiences to watch past performances from major international organizations right in the Sarasota Opera theater. Audiences are required to wear face masks throughout and all seating will be socially distanced. All showcases start at 1:30 p.m. The company will present Strauss’ “Arabella” {…}

Blackheath Halls Opera to Release Half-Hour ‘Rake’s Progress’ Production

On October 3, 2020, Blackheath Halls Opera will release a 30-minute video of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” in an accessible production by director James Hurley. Filmed in Blackheath Halls and the homes of participants, this production features Nicky Spence as Tom Rakewell, Ashley Riches as Nick Shadow, and Francesca Chiejina as Anne Truelove. The cast includes Kitty Whately, James Way, {…}

10 Finalists For Glyndebourne Opera Cup 2018 Announced

The 10 finalists for the Glyndebourne Opera Cup have been announced. The finalists include soprano Francesca Chiejina, mezzo Samantha Hankey, soprano Elbenita Kajtazi, mezzo Eléonore Pancrazi, soprano Emily Pogorelc, bass-baritone Cody Quattlebaum, soprano Jacquelyn Stucker, soprano Gemma Summerfield, tenor Charles Sy, and baritone Hubert Zapiór. “We were treated to some really amazing music-making from our semi-finalists who conquered their nerves {…}