Boston Symphony Orchestra 2023-24 Review: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Photo: Winslow Townson The first time my partner watched Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” he couldn’t believe that the composer ever thought a Stalinist regime would be pleased with the opera. The “in-your-face” power of the work made him—a (handsome) man whose political convictions ponder between socialism and cowboyism—find endearing that ‘Shosta’ could not see his censoring coming. Even today, {…}

Atalla Ayan, Iréne Theorin & Michael Mayes Lead Staatsoper Stuttgart’s 2023-24 Season

The Staatsoper Stuttgart has announced its 2023-24 season. Premieres  The first new production of the season will be Strauss’ “Die frau ohne Schatten” with Benjamin Bruns, Simone Schneider, Evelyn Herlitzius, Martin Gantner, and Iréne Theorin. Cornelius Meister conducts the production by David Hermann. Performance Dates: Oct. 29-Dec. 2, 2023 “La Fest,” featuring music by Vivaldi and Händel, will star Claudia {…}

Elizabeth Caballero, Yolanda Auyanet, Atalla Ayan, Catherine Naglestad & Martin Muehle Lead Staatsoper Stuttgart’s 2021-22 Season

(Credit: Martin Sigmund) The Staatsoper Stuttgart has announced its 2021-22 season. Here is a look at the operatic and vocal performances. Opera Premieres Paul Dessau’s “Die Verurteilung des Lukullus” opens the season. The complex work stars Friedemann Röhlig, Alina Adamski, Torsten Hofmann, Elliott Carlton Hines, Maria Theresa Ullrich, Linsey Coppens, Philipp Nicklaus, Heinz Göhrig, Jasper Leever, Laia Vallés, Clare Tunney, {…}

Mariusz Kwiecień, Marina Rebeka, Federica Lombardi & Lisette Oropesa Headline Wiener Staatsoper Streaming Slate

(Credits: Mikołaj Mikołajczyk / Tatiana Vlasova / Schneiderphotography / Jason Homa) The Wiener Staatsoper has announced the next slate of operas that it will be presenting on its streaming platform over the next week. The broadcasts will focus on operatic masterworks of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. First up is the new production of “Le Nozze di Figaro” which will get two {…}

Matthew Polenzani, Tomasz Konieczny, Elizabeth Caballero Lead Staatsoper Stuttgart Revised 2020-21 Season

(Credits: Rebecca Fay / Tomasz Konieczny official website / Suzanne Vinnik / Staatsoper unter der Linden official website) The Staatsoper Stuttgart has announced its redesigned 2020-21 season, running from Feb. 21, 2021, until July 21, 2021. Here is the full slate. Operas Maurice Ravel’s “Verzauberte Welt” will feature Schorsch Kamerun, Diana Haller, Alexandra Urquiola, Maria Theresa Ullrich, Carina Schmieger, Claudia {…}

John Osborn, Olga Peretyatko, Anna Goryachova & Alex Esposito Headline Rai5 Broadcasts for Next Week

(Credits: Matilde Fasso / © DR / Deutsche Oper am Rhein official website / Opus 3 Artists official website) Italian television channel Rai5 has announced broadcasts for the week of Jan. 11 – Jan. 15, 2021. First up will be a production of Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” with Mariangela Sicilia, John Osborn, Iurii Samoilov, Alex Esposito and Francesca Benitez.  Francesco Lanzillotta {…}

Andreas Schager, Veronica Simeoni & John Osborn Lead Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s Streams

(Credit: Yasuko Kageyama-Teatro dell’Opera di Roma) The Teatro Digitale by the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will continue this month with three streams. On Nov. 24 the company will present Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” conducted by Daniele Gatti. The production from 2016-17 stars Andreas Schager (Tristan), Rachel Nicholls (Isolde), John Relyea (Re Marke), Brett Polegato (Kurwenal), and Michelle Breedt (Brangäne). Streaming Date: Nov. 24, 25 & 26, 2020 {…}

Pavel Černoch & Veronica Simeoni Highlight Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s Streaming Week

(Credit: Yasuko Kageyama-Teatro dell’Opera di Roma) The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma has announced three new titles for its “Teatro Digitale.” The first stream will be Berlioz’s “La damnation de Faust” from the 2017-18 season. The production, which won the Premio Abbiati della critica musicale italiana, was directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Music Director Daniele Gatti. The production stars Pavel Černoch {…}

Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Elīna Garanča & Plácido Domingo Highlight Wiener Staatsoper’s 2020-21 Season

The Wiener Staatsoper has announced its massive 2020-21 season. Here is a rundown. Premieres Philippe Jordan conducts Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly“ in Anthony Minghella’s acclaimed production. The production from 2005 arrived in Vienna with Asmik Grigorian in the title role, Virginie Verrez, Freddie De Tommaso, and Boris Pinkhasovich. In January, Grigorian is joined by Noa Beinart and Marcelo Puente. A third {…}