Kristine Opolais, Karine Babajanyan, Olena Tokar & Nicholas Brownlee Lead Oper Leipzig’s 2024-25 Season

Oper Leipzig has announced its 2024-25 season. Premieres Bach’s “Amadis, der Ritter” is set to star Matthias Stier, Daniel Arnaldos, Olga Jelínková, Samantha Gaul, Sarah Traubel, Olena Tokar, Franz Xaver Schlecht, Jonathan Michie, Jonathan Michie, Gabrielė Kupšytė, Nora Steuerwald, and Franziska Zwink. Performance Dates: Sept. 21, 2024-June 15, 2025 Daniele Squeo conducts Bellini’s “Norma” with a cast that includes Dominick Chenes, {…}

Piotr Buszewski, Christiane Libor & Tomasz Konieczny Lead Oper Leipzig’s 2023-24 Season

Germany’s Oper Leipzig has announced its 2023-24 season featuring five new productions. Premieres Peter Maxwell Davies’s “Majesty and Madness” will be presented in a production by Marlene Hahn. Samuel Emanuel conducts a cast that includes Marie-Luise Dreßen and Franz Xaver Schlecht. Performance Dates: Sept. 21-24, 2023 Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” will be conducted by Jonathan Darlington, Ivan Repušić, Christoph Gedschold, and {…}

Karine Babajanyan, Daniel Okulitch & Lucio Gallo Lead Seattle Opera’s Spring Digital Season

The Seattle Opera has announced its Spring digital series after canceling its originally planned 2020-21 season. Andrew Stenson presents a recital on YouTube Streaming Date: Jan. 29, 2021 Jasmine Habersham and WIll Thomas in Recital will perform a new recital. Streaming Dates: Feb. 19-March 12, 2021 Randall Scotting, Jeni Houser, Joshua Kohl, Karen Vuong, Maya Gour, Margaret Gawrysiak, Joseph Lattanzi, {…}

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 {…}

Saioa Hernández, Gregory Kunde & Joyce El-Khoury Headline Seattle Opera’s 2020-21 Season

The Seattle Opera has announces its  2020-21 season featuring an all-star lineup and some ambitious productions. Here is a look: The season opens with the double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” with Gregory Kunde headlining both productions in a rare U.S. appearance. He will share the run with Arsen Soghomonyan. Melody Moore and Marcy Stonikas will share the role {…}

Wallis Giunta, Olena Tokar & Gaston Rivero Highlight Oper Leipzig’s 2019-20 Season

Oper Leipzig has announced its 2019-20 season featuring seven new productions and a number of revivals. Find out what the company is presenting throughout its season. New Productions  Rolando Villazón directs a new production of “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Bianca Tognocchi in the role of Adina and Piotr Buszewski and Matthias Stier sharing the role of Nemorino. Jonathan Michie and Franz {…}

Adela Zaharia, Linda Watson & Karine Babajanyan Lead Deutsche Oper Am Rhein’s 2018-19 Seson

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring 10 new productions and a number of rising stars. The season will also include a number of opera favorites, rarely performed works, and modern masterpieces. Here is a look. Premieres Suzanne Andrade and Esme Appleton direct a new double bill featuring Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” and Ravel’s “L’Enfant et Les Sortileges.” Tiago Alexandre Fonseca, Pauliina {…}

Anja Kampe, Gatson Rivero & Karine Babajanyan Headline Oper Leipzig’s 2018-19 Season

The Oper Leipzig has announced its 2018-19 season with multiple new productions, concert performances, and revivals. It will also feature a number of international stars, as well as ensemble singers, that will perform some of the greatest operatic masterpieces in the repertoire. New Productions Karine Babajanyan and Anja Kampe headline a new production of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West” with {…}

Q&A: Karine Babajanyan Talks About Puccini Heroines, Vocal Techinque & Her Verdi Wish-List

Karine Babajanyan is well known for her wide-ranging repertoire in the lirico-spinto fach, performing the works of Verdi and Puccini and many of the Verismo composers. She has particularly become well-known for her interpretations of “Madama Butterfly,” “Tosca,” “Aida,” Amelia in “Un Ballo in Maschera” and has travelled to many of the leading theaters including the Berlin Staatsoper, the Hamburg Staatsoper, {…}