Sir Simon Rattle Appointed New Chief Conductor of Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

(Credit: Kevin Yatarola) Celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed the new Chief Conductor of the Chor and Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Rattle will begin his five-year tenure in 2023. The famed conductor served as the Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker until 2018, and currently holds the position of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra. “Bayerischer Rundfunk {…}

Teatro Massimo di Palermo Releases ‘Manon Lescaut’ with Anna Pirozzi & Yusif Eyvazov

(Credit: Rosellina Garbo) The Teatro Massimo di Palermo has released a recording of “Manon Lescaut.” The concert performance, which took place right before the theater closed, showcases Jader Bignamini conducting Anna Pirozzi in the title role, Yusif Eyvazov as Des Grieux, Alessio Arduini as Lescaut, and Luca Dall’Amico as Geronte di Ravoir. The recording was supported by YouTube – Google {…}

Anna Netrebko Returns to The Stage at Teatro Alla Scala

(Credit: © Dario Acosta) The Teatro alla Scala has announced that celebrated Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will return to the stage on Oct. 21, 2020, following a recovery from COVID-19-induced hospitalization. Netrebko will perform a program that includes “Ritorna vincitor” from “Aida,” and “Tu che le vanità” from “Don Carlo” by Verdi; “Suicidio!” from Ponchielli’s “La Gioconda;” “Poveri fiori” from {…}

Lianna Haroutounian & Brian Jagde Headline San Francisco’s ‘Manon Lescaut’

(Credit: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisc Opera) The San Francisco Opera is set to present Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut.” The company will present a revival of director Olivier Tambosi’s production reuniting soprano Lianna Haroutounian and tenor Brian Jagde for role debuts in yet another Puccini opera, after their last appearance together in San Francisco Opera’s 2014 “Tosca.” The stars will be led by former San {…}