Frederick Ballentine, Michael Mayes & Hiromi Omura Lead Utah Opera’s 2024-25 Season

The Utah Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The season will open with Sondheim and Wheeler’s “Sweeney Todd.” Robert Tweten leads a cast that includes Michael Mayes as the demon barber himself, Audrey Babcock, Amy Owens, Megan Marino, and Christian Sanders. Doug Scholz-Carlson directs. Performance Dates: Oct. 12-20, 2024 Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” will be conducted by Stephanie Rhodes Russell {…}

Ainhoa Arteta, Vittoria Yeo & Karine Babajanyan Highlight Festival Puccini’s 2020 Season

The Festival Puccini has announced the casting for the 66th annual season. Stefania Sandrelli directs a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The production will inaugurate the festival  and star Ainhoa Arteta and Hiromi Omura in the title role. Marcelo Alvarez and Amadi Lagha will alternate the role of Cavaradossi, while Angel Odena will sing the role of Scarpia. Alberto Veronesi {…}

David Butt Philip, Hiromi Omura & Jessica Pratt Lead Opera Australia’s Melbourne 2020 Season

Opera Australia has announced its 2020 Melbourne program, which will include staged operas, concert performances, and musicals. Operas Graeme Murphy will direct an “innovative and visually stunning” new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” It will showcase how “the digital screens can be used to enhance the storytelling and opera experience,” says Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini in the press release. Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura {…}