Michaela Schuster Replaces Sarah Connolly In Met Opera Ring

Sarah Connolly has canceled her participation in the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming Ring Cycle. The company announced that Connolly would not sing the role of Waltraute in “Gotterdammerung.” As a result, Michaela Schuster will replace her in all performances of the run. Schuster made her Met debut last season as Klytämnestra in Strauss’ “Elektra” garnering rave reviews. OperaWire noted, “As Klytämnestra, Michaela Schuster {…}

Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Elektra: Yannick Nézet-Séguin Steals The Show In Strauss’ Most Violent Work

Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday, March 1, 2018, in a hotly anticipated revival of Patrice Chéreau’s production. Last time out, the production was a smash hit, its stripped-down sets allowing for the audience to focus on the violent drama put before us. It continues to work in that vein, though its overall stillness might not {…}

Paris Opera 2016-17 Preview: Jonas Kaufmann Set For Triumphant Return in Wagner’s ‘Lohengrin’

The wait is over – Jonas Kaufmann will finally make his long-awaited return on Wednesday, Jan 18 in Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in Paris. The tenor has been sidelined since October after announcing that side effects from medication had caused a haematoma. After that he committed to remaining on vocal rest until his haematoma “completely subsided.” This forced him to cancel numerous {…}