Lianna Haroutounian & Brian Jagde Headline San Francisco’s ‘Manon Lescaut’

(Credit: Terrence McCarthy/San Francisc Opera) The San Francisco Opera is set to present Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut.” The company will present a revival of director Olivier Tambosi’s production reuniting soprano Lianna Haroutounian and tenor Brian Jagde for role debuts in yet another Puccini opera, after their last appearance together in San Francisco Opera’s 2014 “Tosca.” The stars will be led by former San {…}

Jennifer Rowley Headlines Opera San Antonio’s ‘Tosca’

Opera San Antonio has announced the cast for its upcoming production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” Jennifer Rowley will bring her acclaimed turn in the title role alongside side Rafael Davila as Cavaradossi and Michael Chioldi as Scarpia. Francesco Milioto is set to conduct the production by E. Loren Meeker. When Rowley performed the title role at the Metropolitan Opera, OperaWire stated, “Jennifer Rowley Triumphs {…}

Gaëlle Arquez Headlines Opera Naples’ ‘Carmen’

 Opera Naples is set to present Bizet’s “Carmen” next month. The premier company in Naples will feature an international cast that will include rising star French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez in the title role and Rafael Davila as Don José. Soprano Heather Phillips will sing Micaëla while Baritone Anatoli Sivko will portray the bullfighter Escamillo. The Naples Philharmonic will perform alongside Maestro  Ramón {…}

Metropolitan Opera Review 2016-17 – Carmen: Clémentine Margaine & Company Are Dramatically Fulfilling in Bizet’s Masterpiece

This review is for the performance on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. When Sophie Koch cancelled all of her performances for Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera, attention immediately turned toward Clémentine Margaine, who was set to make her Met debut on Feb. 3. Instead the French mezzo saw her first performance at the history house pushed up two weeks. Of {…}