Boston Symphony Orchestra 2023-24 Review: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Photo: Winslow Townson The first time my partner watched Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk,” he couldn’t believe that the composer ever thought a Stalinist regime would be pleased with the opera. The “in-your-face” power of the work made him—a (handsome) man whose political convictions ponder between socialism and cowboyism—find endearing that ‘Shosta’ could not see his censoring coming. Even today, {…}

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 {…}

Andreas Schager, Scott Hendricks, Elena Guseva, Maria Barakova & Annalisa Stroppa Lead Bregenz Festival 2022 Season

(Credit: Bregenz Festival official website) The Bregenz Festival has announced its 2022 slate, featuring four operas and international stars. Here is the full slate. Operas Rossini’s “L’Italiana in Algeri” stars Maria Barakova as Isabella, Alberto Comes as Mustafa, Sarah Yang as Elvira, and Spencer Britten as Lindoro. The cast also includes Florence Losseau, Hubert Kowalczyk, and Pierpaolo Martella. Jonathan Brandani {…}