Making a Big Return – Elizabeth DeShong on ‘Semiramide,’ Riccardo Muti & Future Repertoire

At the start of Rossini’s “Semiramide,” Arsace returns to Babylon after a long time away. For years, Elizabeth DeShong has been a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera singing in such operas as “La Rondine,” “Aida,” “The Enchanted Island,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Madama Butterfly,” and “Lulu.” Then after the 2015-16 season, she did not return until now to take on {…}

Salzburg Festival 2017 Review – Aida: Anna Netrebko, Riccardo Muti Create Glorious Music In Light of Pointless Production

Salzburg Festival is about luxury. The audience is filled with celebrities, the casts are filled with stars, and the (relatively) higher priced tickets, all show its luxury. Yet, what defines its luxury, for me, is its long rehearsal period. When Anna Netrebko said in an interview how she wanted more rehearsals and Riccardo Muti said “preparing an opera the way {…}

‘Aida’ From The Salzburg Festival Breaks Records

Opera continues to break records with this weekend’s ratings of Verdi’s “Aida.” According to ORF, the TV screening of “Aida” from the Salzburg Festival took a 17 percent market share this weekend. The reports noted that there were an estimated 473,000 viewers. The production starred reigning diva Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli, Ekaterina Semenchuk and Luca Salsi.  Riccardo Muti conducted the Vienna Philharmonic {…}

Q&A: Francesco Meli On His Role Debut As Radamès In ‘Aida’ At Salzburg & His Collaboration With Riccardo Muti

There are a ton of Verdi tenors out there capable of dominating his major roles. But few are like Francesco Meli. The Italian tenor has made the works of the great Busetto genius his bread and better, performing such major works as “La Traviata,” “Il Trovatore,” “Rigoletto,” “Nabucco,” “Macbeth,” “Ernani,” “Don Carlo,” “Luisa Miller,” “Un Ballo in Maschera” and even some {…}

Social Media Beat (Week 721/-27): Find Out Who Was Rehearsing & Who Celebrated Award Wins

The world’s greatest opera singers are immersed in a wide range of activities as the summer season hits its apex. Some are on vacation, while others are rigorously rehearsing for upcoming performances. Anna Netrebko previewed a section from “Aida” on her Instagram. The clip showed Netrebko in the rehearsal room alongside her colleagues and Riccardo Muti conducting. “Aida” opens on {…}