Kristine Opolais, Vida Miknevičiūtė, Tuomas Pursio & Stefan Pop Lead Finnish National Opera’s 2024-25 Season

The Finnish National Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. Premieres  Leevi Madetoja’s “The Ostrobothnians”, which is known as Finland’s “national opera” will be directed by director Paavo Westerberg. The cast will include Jukka Rasilainen, Ville Rusanen, Jussi Vänttinen, Johanna Lehesvuori, Maria Turunen, Iida Antola, Päivi Nisula, Tuomas Pursio, Aarne Pelkonen, Ilkka Hämäläinen and Mika Pohjonen. The Orchestra of the Finnish National {…}

Aigul Akhmetshina, Danielle de Niese & Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen Lead Glyndebourne Festival’s 2024 Season

The 2024 Glyndebourne Festival has been announced celebrating its 90th season. The season will open with a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen,” directed by Diane Paulus in her Glyndebourne directorial debut. Music Director Robin Ticciati and conductor Anja Bihlmaier will share conducting duties with two casts. The first cast will include mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb in the role of Carmen and {…}

Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Julia Kleiter & Sabina Puértolas Orquesta & Coro Nacionales de España’s 2022-23 Season

The Orquesta and Coro Nacionales de España have announced their 2022-23 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances for the season. The season opens with György Ligeti’s Requiem and Richard Strauss’ Eine Alpensinfonie conducted by David Afkham with soloists Jenny Daviet and Barbara Kozelj. Performance Dates: Sept. 23-25, 2022 György Ligeti’s Atmosphères and Antonín Dvořák’s Te Deum and {…}

Kang Wang, Nicholas Phan, Hadleigh Adams & Nicole Cabell Lead Seattle Symphony’s 2022-23 Season

The Seattle Symphony has announced its 2022-23 season featuring several international performers. Here is a look at the vocal performance. Enrique Lopez-Yañez conducts José Sibaja and Mónica Ábrego in a program of Latin American music. Performance Dates: Oct. 14 & 16, 2022 Tan Dun conducts his piece “Buddha Passion” with Sen Guo, Huiling Zhu, Kang Wang, Yupeng Wang, Batubagen, and Chen Yining. {…}

Glyndebourne Festival 2021 Review: Tristan und Isolde

(Credit: © Glyndebourne Productions Ltd. Photo: Bill Cooper) Glyndebourne’s final production of this year’s festival is a semi-staged realization of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” conceived by Daniel Dooner and featuring Glyndebourne music director Robin Ticciati in the pit, accompanied by their resident orchestra the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It’s a production that boldly sets out several role debuts, in Simon {…}

Adina Aaron, Ludovic Tézier, Helena Juntunen, Matthew Polenzani, Tuija Knihtilä Headline Savonlinna Opera Festival 2022

The Savonlinna Opera Festival has announced its 2022 festival, which will feature five operas and several concerts. First up will be a new production of Verdi’s “Aida” by director Phillipp Himmelmann who asserts that “’Aida’ must be retold, because the world has changed irrevocably.” The opera will star Adina Aaron and Helena Juntunen sharing the title role alongside Gaston Rivero, {…}