Liudmyla Monastyrska & Rafał Siwek Headline the 2024 Baltic Opera Festival

(Photo credit: LA Opera, Karpati&Zarewicz) The Baltic Opera Festival has announced its 2024 season lineup. Liudmyla Monastyrska and Rafał Siwek perform the lead roles in “Turandot.” Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra. Waldemar Zawodziński directs. Performance Dates: July 20 & 25, 2024 (Forest Opera in Sopot) Natalia Babińska’s production of Engelbert Humperdinck, “Hansel and Gretel” is next. The cast {…}

Metropolitan Opera to Showcase ‘Nabucco’ in Cinemas

(Credit: Marty Sohl / Met Opera) The Metropolitan Opera’s 2023–24 Live in HD season will continue with the live transmission of Verdi’s “Nabucco.” The broadcast, which will take place on Jan. 6, features Georgian baritone George Gagnidze in the title role alongside Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Abigaille. They are joined by Russian mezzo-soprano Maria Barakova, South Korean tenor SeokJong Baek, and {…}

George Gagnidze & Liudmyla Monastyrska Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Nabucco’

(Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera) Elijah Moshinsky’s classic staging of Verdi’s “Nabucco” is set to return for 14 performances at the Metropolitan Opera. The production, which opens on Sept. 28, will star Georgian baritone George Gagnidze in the title role. Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska reprises her acclaimed turn as Abigaille which she last sang with the company during the 2016-17 season. {…}

Anna Netrebko, Marina Rebeka, Sonya Yoncheva & Elīna Garanča Lead Staatsoper Unter den Linden’s 2023-24 Season

Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden has announced its 2023-24 season. The season will showcase numerous revivals and new productions. Premieres Calixto Bieito directs a new production of Verdi’s “Aida” with Grigory Shkarupa, Elīna Garanča, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Marina Rebeka, María José Siri, Yusif Eyvazov, Ivan Magrì, René Pape, Erwin Schrott, Vladislav Sulimsky, and Alfredo Daza. Nicola Luisotti conducts.  Performance Dates: Oct. {…}

Canadian Opera Company Announces Cast Changes for ‘Macbeth’ & ‘Tosca’

The Canadian Opera Company has announced several cast changes for its productions of “Macbeth” and “Tosca.” The company said that Sondra Radvanovsky and Olga Busuioc have withdrawn for personal and health reasons, respectively. As a result, Bulgarian soprano Alexandrina Pendatchanska and Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska will now share the role of Lady Macbeth. Additionally, the Irish soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace and American {…}