Jessica Pratt, Leah Crocetto & Yonghoon Lee Highlight Opera Australia’s Winter Season

Opera Australia has announced its Winter Season featuring four productions. The season opens with Verdi’s “Aida“ directed by Dave Livermore and conducted by Lorenzo Passerini and Tahu Matheson. The production stars Leah Crocetto in the title role; Elena Gabouri as Amneris; Stefano La Colla and Najmiddin Mavlyanov sharing the role of Radamès; and Warwick Fyfe and Michael Honeyman as Amonasro. Performance {…}

Carmen Giannattasio, Diego Torre & Carmen Topciu Lead Opera Australia’s Summer 2021 Season

Opera Australia has announced a three-month COVID-safe season that includes two productions never before performed by the Company. The organization will reduce venue capacities by 50 percent and will implement physically-distanced theater seating, regular cleaning of high-traffic and high-touch areas with hospital-grade disinfectant, and hand sanitizer stations in frequently accessed areas and near bathroom facilities. There will also be COVID-19 {…}

Julianna Di Giacomo & Yusif Eyvazov Headline Bravo! Vail’s First Opera Production

Bravo! Vail, one of the world’s premier music festivals, has announced its first original opera production, a new, fully-staged production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The production custom-designed for the outdoor Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is set to be lead by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Bravo! Vail Festival Chorus, and the Colorado Children’s Chorus. Julianna Di Giacomo sings the title {…}

CD / DVD Releases – Week of May 7: Jonas Kaufmann Leads New Releases With ‘Otello’

The week sees a number of high profile releases including a world premiere, an exciting role debut, a rarely performed gem, and an innovative production from one of the world’s greatest filmmakers. L’Invisible The world premiere recording of Albert Reimann’s new opera “L’Invisible” will be released by Oehms Classics from the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The new CD, which was recorded from {…}

Lawrence Brownlee, Olga Peretyako & Serena Farnocchia Headline Opera Royal De Wallonie’s 2018-19 Season

The Opera Royal del Wallonie-Liege has announced its 2018-19 season featuring five new productions and nine showcases in total. The season contains a number of rarely performed works in addition to repertoire staples featuring many prominent and rising stars. Here is a look. Productions  Stefano Vizioli directs Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Fabio Sartori in the title role and Violetta Urmana as {…}

Top 5 Opera To See This Weekend – International (3/16-18): Barbara Hannigan & Roberto Alagna Lead Starry Productions

This weekend will see opera houses in full swing presenting classics and new modern masterpieces. For this weekend preview, we’ve gone to Europe, South America, and Asia as many leading stars are performing around the world. Three Sisters – Teatro Colón, Argentina  Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös’ opera opens the Teatro Colón in a new production by Rubén Szuchmacher. Jovita Vaskeviciute, Anna Lapkovskaja, {…}

Opernhaus Zürich 2017-18 Review – Tosca: Anja Harteros’ Star Power the Driving Force In Carsen’s Production

Anja Harteros. Anja Harteros. Anja Harteros. Yes, reading that isn’t very interesting. Listening to her and experiencing her is quite a different story. The German soprano was nothing short of sensational on a starry Saturday opening night of a revival of the Robert Carsen production of “Tosca” at the Zurich Opera. It was recently reported that Harteros has stopped singing {…}