Committing Murder to Create Life – Bass Andrea Mastroni On Playing the Evil Sparafucile & Moving Beyond Italian Repertoire [Exclusive]

This article was a joint collaboration between David & Francisco Salazar.  “I like playing the villain.” That quote, as generic as it is, has been uttered in some variation by numerous actors throughout history. There is an excitement that comes with being the bad guy or girl. Of committing acts onscreen or onstage that you could never imagine doing out {…}

Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Live in HD Preview: Grigolo & Damrau Chemistry On Display For Entire World in ‘Roméo et Juliette’

Having a hard time catching the explosive chemistry between superstars Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau at the Metropolitan Opera in this year’s “Roméo et Juliette?” You can catch them in cinemas this weekend anywhere in the world on Saturday, Jan. 21., 2017 As part of the Met’s Live in HD series, the company will showcase the third-to-last performance of this {…}

Breaking News: Sophie Koch Cancels ‘Carmen’ At Metropolitan Opera As Clémentine Margaine Takes on Entire Run in Debut

Clémentine Margaine will make her Metropolitan Opera debut on Jan. 19, 2017, a full two weeks earlier than previously expected. The Mezzo soprano, who is playing “Carmen,” will replace Sophie Koch who dropped out of all her performances due to illness, according to the Met’s press department and as originally reported by Parterre. Margaine was originally scheduled to make her {…}

Breaking News: Metropolitan Opera’s Decision To Discard Calixto Bieto’s ‘La Forza Del Destino’ Causes Backlash

After the Metropolitan Opera announced its decision to pull the plug on Calixto Bieto’s new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” the director’s manager is railing on the company. In an email to the associated press Susanne Herrnleben said that she “found the decision cruel and disappointing because he has done his best to meet the expectations of an American {…}

Breaking News: Metropolitan Opera Replaces ‘La Forza del Destino’ With Verdi Requiem For 2017-18 Season

The Metropolitan Opera has cancelled its new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.” The Met’s 2017-18 season had originally planned a new production directed by Calixto Bieto, which premiered at the English National Opera in November 2015. Met General Manager Peter Gelb said the decision was a few months ago and he wanted to make the announcement ahead of {…}

Weekend Preview (1/13-15) – USA: Seattle & Atlanta Back in Action As Candide Ends Run At NYC Opera

Another weekend in 2017, even more operatic activity around the United States. Of course the Metropolitan Opera continues its busy schedule with “Il Barbiere di Sivilgia,” “La Bohème” and “Roméo et Juliette” the three major offerings with such stars as Javier Camarena, Pretty Yende, Ailyn Pérez, Michael Fabiano, Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau leading the casts for their respective operas {…}