Belgian Government Reopens Theaters Following Council of State’s Ruling

(Credit: Johan Jacobs) The government of Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has officially reopened theaters following a decision by the Council of State. Using an emergency procedure, the Council of State ruled that the government’s closure measures were not proportionate, and didn’t provide enough motives to understand why attending cultural performances was particularly dangerous for public health. Per the {…}

Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège 2021-22 Review: Otello Ossia il Moro di Venezia

The Opera Royal de Liege Wallonie staged a brand-new production of Rossini’s “Otello.” The once-popular opera used to be performed worldwide in Rossini’s time but disappeared from the repertoire completely when Verdi’s “Otello” premiered in 1887. But that wasn’t all. Rossini’s version also fell out of the rotation for the same reasons many bel canto works disappeared: the realism and {…}

Editorial: Tensions at Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège Reveal Questionable Leadership from Stefano Pace

(Credit: © Jacques Croisier-Opéra Royal de Wallonie) This article was written in collaboration with Editor-in-Chief David Salazar. In February 2021, the Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liège was shattered by the premature death of its General and Artistic Director Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera. Mazzonis di Pralafera held the position for 14 years, and thus inevitably left a considerable stamp on the opera {…}

Opéra Comique Cancels ‘La Belle Hélène’

(Credit: Opéra Comique official website) The Opéra Comique in Paris has canceled its upcoming production of Jacques Offenbach’s opera “La Belle Hélène.” The opera was set to star Marie–Nicole Lemieux, Philippe Talbot, Kangmin Justin Kim, Michel Fau, Franck Leguérinel, Jean-Claude Saragosse, Pierre-Emmanuel Roubet, Thomas Morris, Yoann Dubruque, Sarah Jouffroy, and Didier Deconinck. Pierre Dumoussaud was signed on to conduct Les {…}

Festival de Teatro Lírico Español Announces Two Cast Changes for ‘La Vida Breve’

(Credits: Opera Online) The Festival de Teatro Lírico Español de Oviedo has announced two cast changes for its upcoming production of Manuel de Falla’s “La Vida Breve.” First, soprano Virginia Tola will replace Ainhoa Arteta, who tested positive for COVID-19 and is still recovering. Additionally, mezzo-soprano Cristina Faus will replace María Luisa Corbacho, who has also tested positive for the {…}