Teatro de la Maestranza Announces Cast Changes for ‘Roberto Devereux’

The Teatro de la Maestranza has announced a cast change for its production of “Roberto Devereux.” The company said that Yolanda Auyanet will replace Hrachuhí Bassénz in the role of Elisabetta. Auyanet is best known for her interpretations of “La Boheme,” “La Traviata,” “Pagliacci,” “I Capuleti e Monetecchi” and “Carmen.” The Spanish soprano has performed in such theaters as Rossini {…}

Opera Critic & Historian Fred Plotkin to Host Virtual Talk: ‘A Gay Romp Through Four Centuries of Opera’

(Photo credit: Frances Marshall) What’s opera about? Passion? Drama? Politics? Sex? All the above, of course, and it’s been that way since 1597, even in the face of censorship. Yet, the prohibitions around taboo topics such as politics and sex caused composers and librettists to get creative when including such material in their operas. Opera critic, author, and historian par {…}