Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2023 Review: The Dialogue of the Carmelites

(Photo: Richard Hubert Smith) Whether you like Barrie Kosky’s stagings or not, they always have an enormous presence. Think of the Marlene Dietrich-inspired gorilla suit in his “Carmen” for the Royal Opera House, the inflatable Beckmesser caricature in the Nuremberg trial “Meistersinger”, or the eerie sea of ash and candles in his “Saul” for Glyndebourne. The latter, highly acclaimed, meant {…}

Bryan Register, Anush Hovhannisyan & Emily D’Angelo Lead Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España’s 2023-24 Season

The Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España has announced its 2023-24 season. Here are the vocal performances. David Afkham opens the season with Rachmaninoff and Elgar. Soloists include Frank Peter Zimmermann, Anush Hovhannisyan, Pavel Petrov, and Anatoli Sivko. Performance Dates: Sept. 22-24, 2023 Juanjo Mena conducts Brindley Sherratt in a program of music by Mussorgsky, Inés Badalo, and Tchaikovsky. Performance {…}

Francesca Pia Vitale, Sally Matthews & Karen Cargill Lead Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin’s 2023-24

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has announced its 2023-24 season. Here are the vocal performances for the season. Robin Ticciati conducts Wu Wei, Karen Cargill, and Allan Clayton in Gustav Mahler’s “The Song of the Earth.” The program also includes Unsuk Chin’s ›Šu‹ for sheng and orchestra. Performance Date: August 30, 2023 Cornelius Meister conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with soloists {…}

Cecilia Bartoli, Gábor Bretz, Sally Matthews & Ed Lyon Lead La Monnaie’s 2023-24 Season

Belgium’s La Monnaie du Mont has announced its 2023-24 season with world premieres, a new Ring Cycle, and many classic works. The season opens with the world premiere of Bernard Foccroulle and Matthew Jocelyn’s “Cassandra.” Kazushi Ono conducts the work with a cast that includes Katarina Bradic Jessica Niles Susan Bickley, Sarah Defrise, Paul Appleby, Joshua Hopkins, and Gidon Saks. {…}

Glyndebourne Festival Announces Cast Change for ‘Dialogues des Carmélites’

The Glyndebourne Festival has announced a cast change for its production of “Dialogues des Carmélites.” The company said Danielle de Niese has withdrawn from Glyndebourne Festival’s 2023 production. As a result, Sally Matthews will take over the role of Blanche, returning to Glyndebourne after several successful engagements. Matthews is recognized as one of the foremost lyric sopranos of her generation and {…}

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate 250th Anniversary With World Premiere, Music by Strauss & Franck

La Monnaie Symphony Orchestra is set to kick off 250th anniversary celebration with a performance on Sept. 25, 2022. While, the  highlight of the showcase will undoubtedly be a new concert for orchestra by Belgian composer Harold Noben, the concert will also include a performance of Richard Strauss’ “Vier letzte Lieder” with soprano Sally Matthews. Matthews recently performed with such companies {…}

Stéphane Degout, Sally Matthews, Olga Peretyatko & Enea Scala Lead La Monnaie ‘s 2022-23 Season

La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels has announced its 2022-23 season featuring eight productions and a number of concerts. Here is a look at the operatic and vocal performances. Opera Nathalie Stutzmann conducts David Marton’s production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Queen of Spades” with Dmitry Golovnin, Laurent Naouri, Jacques Imbrailo, Anne Sofie Von Otter, Anna Nechaeva, and Charlotte Hellekant. Performance Date: {…}

Sally Matthews, Enea Scala, Michele Pertusi & Raffaella Lupinacci Highlight Stream of ‘Norma’ From La Monnaie

(Credit: Karl Forster) Belgian opera house La Monnaie has announced that it will stream a production of Bellini’s “Norma” on its website starting Jan. 11, 2022. The stream will be available until Feb. 22, 2022. The opera stars Enea Scala in the role of Pollione, Michele Pertusi as Oroveso, Raffaella Lupinacci as Adalgisa, and Sally Matthews in the title role. {…}