Q & A: Soprano Ailyn Pérez on ‘Florencia en el Amazonas’ & the Importance of Spanish-Language Opera

(Credit: Paola Kudacki / Met Opera) On Nov. 16, the Metropolitan Opera will make history by presenting only the third Spanish-language opera in the company’s trajectory. Additionally, the work in question, “Florencia en el Amazonas,” will be the very first Latin American opera presented by the company. For the massive milestone, the company brought together a mixed cast that includes {…}

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan Speedo Green, Mané Galoyan & Rachel Willis-Sørensen Lead Santa Fe Opera’s 2024 Season

The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2024 season. Conductor Corrado Rovaris conducts  Louisa Muller’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata.” The cast includes Mané Galoyan, Bekhzod Davronov, and Carlos Arámbula. Performance Dates: June 28-August 24, 2024 Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” will be conducted by Harry Bicket. Stephen Barlow directs the production with Ryan Speedo Green, Teresa Perrotta, Rachael Wilson, David Portillo, Nicholas Newton, {…}

Greer Grimsley, Deanna Breiwick & Susan Bullock Lead Atlanta Opera’s 2022-23 Season

The Atlanta Opera has announced its 2022-23 season featuring some of the great classics in the repertoire. Mainstage Season Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” opens the season with Timothy Myers conducting the production by Tomer Zvulun. Yasko Sato stars in the title role with Gianluca Terranova, Nina Yoshida Nelsen, Julius Ahn, and Allen Michael Jones. Performance Dates: Nov. 5-13, 2022 Arthur Fagen {…}

Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Elaine Alvarez & Morris Robinson Headlines Maryland Lyric Opera’s 2022 Season

The Maryland Lyric Opera has announced its return to live performance following the pandemic, with two full-scale productions of classic Italian operas. Both operas will be presented at the North Bethesda’s The Music Center at Strathmore. The company has also announced a free digital streaming series featuring intimate recitals starring MDLO favorites, recorded live at the company’s new state-of-the-art headquarters. The {…}

Andreas Schager, Scott Hendricks, Elena Guseva, Maria Barakova & Annalisa Stroppa Lead Bregenz Festival 2022 Season

(Credit: Bregenz Festival official website) The Bregenz Festival has announced its 2022 slate, featuring four operas and international stars. Here is the full slate. Operas Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” stars Maria Barakova as Isabella, Alberto Comes as Mustafa, Sarah Yang as Elvira, and Spencer Britten as Lindoro. The cast also includes Florence Losseau, Hubert Kowalczyk, and Pierpaolo Martella. Jonathan Brandani {…}

Virtual Tickets for San Francisco Opera’s First-Ever Live Stream Featuring ‘Fidelio’ Now On Sale

Set design by Alexander V. Nichols Virtual tickets for San Francisco Opera’s new production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” are now on sale. The fresh staging by Matthew Ozawa is set to open on Oct. 14, 2021. SFO’s first-ever virtual option enables audiences from around the world to experience Beethoven’s only opera from the comfort of their homes. Audiences will have three {…}

Ailyn Pérez, Russell Thomas, Jamie Barton & Nicole Car Lead San Francisco Opera’s 2021-22 Season

(Credit: Chris Singer/Fay Fox/Yan Bleney/Bree Anne Clowdus) The San Francisco Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring a variety of classic works and some of the greatest stars in the industry. The season will open with Puccini’s “Tosca“ with Eun Sun Kim conducting an all-star cast that includes soprano Ailyn Pérez as Tosca, tenor Michael Fabiano as Cavaradossi, and bass-baritone Alfred {…}