Leah Hawkins, Maria Brea, Rafael Moras & SeokJong Baek Lead Arizona Opera’s 2024-25 Season

The Arizona Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The season opens with Arizona Opera’s new “Beyond Downtown” program, the newest evolution of the company’s McDougall RED Series, which will bring operatic performances throughout Arizona, reaching beyond the walls of the theaters in which the company typically performs. Performance Dates: TBD Caitlin Gotimer, SeokJong Baek, Benjamin Taylor, and Emma Marhefka perform {…}

Sondra Radvanovsky, Simon Keenlyside & Andrè Schuen Lead Salzburg Easter Festival’s 2025 Season

The Salzburg Easter Festival has announced its 2025 season. Modest Mussorgsky’s “Khovanshchina” will be directed by Simon McBurney and will showcase the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. It will be presented in a version of the unfinished work based solely on the testimonies left behind by Mussorgsky. Performance Dates: TBA Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. {…}

Metropolitan Opera 2023-2024 Review: Turandot

(Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera) The 350th performance of “Turandot” at the Met exceeded expectations with Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv and Russian soprano Elena Pankratova making their house debuts and intentionally working together to deliver jaw-dropping moments of overwhelming musical beauty and power. The night also featured remarkable performances by South Korean tenor SeokJong Baek, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, {…}

Corinne Winters, Louise Alder, Elina Garança & Barbara Hannigan Lead Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia’s 2023-24 Season

The Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Concerts  Jakub Hrůša conducts Corinne Winters, Richard Samek, and Roman Hoza in a Smetana and Dvořák program. Performance Dates: Oct. 19-21, 2023 Matthias Goerne performs selections from Mahler’s “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” under Manfred Honeck. The program also includes {…}

Royal Opera House 2021-22 Review: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci

(Credit: Tristram Kenton/Royal Opera House) Double-crossing, licentiousness, and the sad demise of a once popular showman: that was all going on down the road in Westminster while the Royal Opera House revived Damiano Michieletto’s double bill of “Cavalleria rusticana” and “Pagliacci.” Sightings of former prime minister Theresa May and former Johnson ally Michael Gove – himself ignominiously sacked by Johson {…}

Elina Garanča & Nancy Fabiola Herrera Lead Filarmónica de Gran Canaria’s 2022-23 Season

The Filarmónica de Gran Canaria has announced its 2022-23 season featuring four vocal performances and international artists. Here is a look: The season opens with excerpts from “Aida” starring Elina Garanča, Latonia Moore, Seokjong Baek, and Rihards Macanovskis. Karel Mark Chichon conducts. Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2022 Josep Gils conducts the chorus of Gran Canaria in a program of music {…}