Q & A: Mezzo-Soprano Sharon Carty on Her Role at the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Her Recent CD Releases

(Photo: Frances Marshall) With Ireland’s Blackwater Valley Opera Festival about to get underway, OperaWire thought it would be a good opportunity to catch up with mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, who will be playing the role of Sesto in the festival’s headline presentation, Handel’s “Giulio Cesare.” 2024 is proving to be a busy year for Carty. She has had a full calendar, {…}

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma to Present ‘Giulio Cesare in Egitto’

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma is set to present Händel’s masterpiece “Giulio Cesare in Egitto.” The new production is set to be directed by Damiano Michieletto after having been performed at the  Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Opéra National de Montpellier, and the Opera di Lipsia. The production will be conducted by baroque specialist Rinaldo Alessandrini and will star Raffaele Pe in the title {…}

Damiano Michieletto Headlines Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ Production of Händel’s ‘Giulio Cesare in Egitto’

Damiano Michieletto is set to make his debut at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with a new production of Händel’s “Giulio Cesare in Egitto.” The opera will star Gaëlle Arquez in the title role, Sabine Devieilhe as Cleopatra, Franco Fagioli playing Sesto, and Carlo Vistoli playing Tolomeo. Philippe Jaroussky will conduct Händel’s work, leading the baroque ensemble Artaserse. In a statement, {…}

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 {…}