Stefan Vinke, Allison Oakes & Vitalij Kowaljow Lead Opera Australia Rescheduled Ring Cycle

(Credits: Stefan Vinke / Iona MacPherson / Vitalij Kowaljow official website) Opera Australia has announced new dates for its production of Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the opera house was forced to postpone the production for 2021. Wagner’s acclaimed masterwork was originally been scheduled for November 2020. Per the new schedule, the season will now {…}

David Butt Philip, Hiromi Omura & Jessica Pratt Lead Opera Australia’s Melbourne 2020 Season

Opera Australia has announced its 2020 Melbourne program, which will include staged operas, concert performances, and musicals. Operas Graeme Murphy will direct an “innovative and visually stunning” new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” It will showcase how “the digital screens can be used to enhance the storytelling and opera experience,” says Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini in the press release. Japanese soprano Hiromi Omura {…}

Metropolitan Opera Guild Launches Second Course Of Online Opera Learning Curriculum

The Metropolitan Opera Guild launched its second online course, “The Ring: Music, Motifs, and Magic,” on May 7, 2019. This course was preceded by “Libretti and Librettists.” According to the Guild’s website, the four-part course uses “video lectures, supplemental readings, and score excerpts” to examine Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” Prof. Victoria Bond will “provide insight into the musical evolution {…}

Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017-18 Review – Die Walküre: Owens and Goerke Excel As Strained Familial Relationships Draw Focus

Staging a new production of a Ring cycle is always daunting because of history; no other opera is held up in comparison to previous productions more than Wagner’s grand gesamtkunstwerk. How David Pountney’s new production, now halfway complete at Lyric Opera of Chicago, holds up to history remains to be seen after his “Die Walküre” opened Wednesday night in front {…}