Pumeza Matshikiza & Scott Hendricks lead Opera National Du Rhin’s 2019-20 Season

The Opera National du Rhin has announced its 2019-20 season featuring a number of new productions and world premieres. Giuliano Carella conducts the opening night gala with soloists Olivier Breitman, Ambroisine Bré, Pumeza Matshikiza, and Ezgi Kutlu. Performance Dates: Sept. 25-28, 2019 Philip Venable’s “4.48 Psychosis” gets its first production by Ted Huffman, who directed the work at the Royal Opera {…}

Ermonela Jaho & Jessica Pratt Lead Opéra De Marseille’s 2019-20 Season

Eight operas highlight the Opera de Marseille’s 2019-20 Season. The company announced a roster of upcoming stars with a number of stars in new and revived productions. The season opens with Mozart;’s “The Magic Flute” starring Anne-Catherine Gillet, Serenad Uyar, Cyril Dubois, Philippe Estephe, and Wenwei Zhang. Lawrence Foster conducts the production by Numa Sadoul. Performance Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 6, 2019 Karine Deshayes stars in {…}

Top 7 Operas to See This Weekend – International (11/23-25)

This weekend, it’s all about new productions. From South America to Europe, three of Verdi’s greatest opera are getting new productions. Meanwhile, Saint-Saëns’ masterpiece is getting a rare performance while the Festival Donizetti is in full swing. Check it out. La Traviata – Teatro Municipal Enrique Buenaventura, Colombia Federico Figueroa directs a new production of “La Traviata” in Cali starring Gabriela {…}

Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (11/17-19): Vittorio Grigolo, Joyce DiDonato & Ekaterina Bakanova Lead Must-See Operas

This weekend features a plethora of major performances from opera’s greatest stars all around the world. Here are our picks for the top five must-see shows of the weekend. L’Elisir D’Amore – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria  “Adriana Lecourevur” maybe the hottest ticket in Vienna because of Anna Netrebko but it isn’t the only show that is essential viewing. Vittorio Grigolo returns {…}

CD / DVD Releases (Week of Oct. of 8): María José Sirí & Claudio Abbado Among Major Releases

After a week full of high-profile releases, the offerings are rather sparse. The main offering highlights the work of a famed conductor and his operatic legacy. Another highlights a production of one of the greatest operas of all time. Claudio Abbado: The Opera Edition Also available throughout Europe is a 60-disc set entitled “Claudio Abbado: The Opera Edition.” Among the operas {…}

Weekend Preview – International (10/6-8): Piotr Beczala Headlines ‘Un Ballo In Maschera’ At The Liceu

It’s another hectic weekend with many of the worlds greatest stars performing around the world. The modern classics and many of the traditional warhorses will be featured this weekend. Austria The Vienna State Opera continues its run of “La Bohème” with Jinxu Xiahou, Hrachuhí Bassenz, Gabriel Bermúdez and Aida Garifullina as well as “The Gambler” with Linda Watson and “Don Giovanni” {…}