Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 Review – Hopkins, Chang, and Moore Put on a Splendid Evening of Outdoor Opera

The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series started off on a high note on June 11, 2018. Audience members gathered in Central Park on a cool and cloudless evening that was filled with selections from operas both old and new, to be sung by some of the company’s most promising young talent. Baritone Joshua Hopkins began the evening with “Largo al {…}

Lisette Oropesa, Patricia Racette & Poul Ruders Headline Santa Fe Opera’s 2019 Season

The Santa Fe Opera has announced its 2019 season. While the 2018 season has yet to begin, the upcoming 2019 edition will showcase five productions, including one new world premiere. Here is a look Productions  Vanessa Vasquez and Mario Chang lead Puccini’s “La Bohème” with a stellar cast that also includes Kirsten Mackinnon and Zachary Nelson. Jader Bignamini conducts the production {…}

Brenda Rae, Jakub Józef Orliński & Malin Byström To Be Featured In Oper Frankfurt’s 2018-19 Season

Oper Frankfurt has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring 14 new productions, a number of revivals and recitals. The season will feature a number of Frankfurt premieres and one world premiere. Here is a look at what to expect. New Productions Peter Eötvös ‘s “Tri sestry” gets its first Frankfurt performances in a new production by Dorothea Kirschbaum. The unique opera, {…}

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Lucia di Lammermoor: Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti & Vittorio Grigolo Triumph In ‘Lucia Di Lammermoor’

This review is for the performance on Thursday, March 22, 2018.  Before I begin my review, properly, of this absolutely incredible evening, which featured some amazing musical moments, I want to bring up a constant I have seen throughout the past few years at the Metropolitan Opera and many theaters in the world. This season, the Metropolitan Opera presented a {…}

Perpetuating the Legacy of a Dear Friend – Gastón Ormazábal on Creating & Developing the Hildegard Behrens Foundation In Honor of the Historic Soprano

It was 1980, and Hildegard Behrens was at the Metropolitan Opera singing “Fidelio” with Jon Vickers. Gastón Ormazábal was but a student at Columbia University, where he is today a Senior Research Scientist. The two were about to meet for the first time. Neither knew that they would develop a friendship that would transcend Behrens’ lifetime. As Ormazábal, now the {…}

Kevin Puts, Latonia Moore & Venera Gimadieva Headline Washington National Opera’s 2018-19 Season

The Washington National Opera has announced its 2018-19 season showcasing five productions and a number of vocal events.  Main Stage  The season opens with Verdi’s “La Traviata” starring Venera Gimadieva in her WNO debut and Jacqueline Echols sharing the role. Joshua Guerrero and Mario Chang share the role of Alfredo, both making company debuts. Lucas Meachem also makes his debut {…}

Elza Van Den Heever, Leah Crocetto, Angela Meade and Camilla Nylund Lead Frankfurt Opera’s 2017-18 Season

The Frankfurt Opera has announced its new season with a line-up of new productions and a number of stars. New Productions  The first new production of the year, Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” opens on Sept. 10. Elza Van Den Heever and Leah Crocetto lead an all-star cast that also includes Piero Pretti and Alfred Kim in the lead role. David Bösch directs the new production {…}