Juan Diego Flórez, Lawrence Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Martina Arroyo, J’Nai Bridges Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

With opera companies returning in full force digitally, this week’s selections will highlight a mix of repertory staples with some unique and experimental new works. Before we kick off our list, don’t forget to check out important discussions taking place regarding issues of race and equality in opera with such programs as Karen Slack’s “KikiKonversations,” Kenneth Overton’s “Black Opera Live,” and Mark {…}

Christine Goerke & Kate Lindsey Lead Wolf Trap Opera 2020 Guest Alumni Instructors List

(Credits: LA Philharmonic official website / Opus 3 Artists official website) The Wolf Trap Opera Summer 2020 residency program, which includes 40 artists, has entered its final stages. Members have initially quarantined for a period of two weeks in order to ensure the COVID-19-free environment. During that period, artists engaged in virtual coaching and group sessions with the guest alumni, {…}

Tamara Wilson, Jamie Barton & Ryan McKinny Lead Houston Grand Opera’s Revamped 2020-21 Digital Season

(Credit: Bree Anne Clowd/Cassandra Kay) Houston Grand Opera has announced HGO Digital, its all-new program of digital works for the 2020–21 season. The program, which is set to open in September and extending through April 2021, will see HGO release original video content bimonthly for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes, free of charge. Programming includes one {…}

Marina Rebeka, Francesco Meli & Saioa Hernández Headline Teatro alla Scala’s Revamped Fall Season

The Teatro alla Scala has announced a revamped fall season. Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi’s Requiem with Tamara Wilson, Elīna Garanča, Francesco Meli, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Performance Dates: Sept. 4-9, 2020 Zubin Mehta is set to conduct concert performances of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Marina Rebeka, Atalla Ayan, and Leo Nucci. Performance Dates: Sept. 15-25, 2020 Riccardo Chailly conducts Verdi’s “Aida” starring {…}

Sondra Radvanovsky, Tapestry Opera, Tamara Wilson Headline 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominees

(Image Source: Canadian Opera Company) The Toronto Alliance for Performing Arts has unveiled the nominees for the 2020 Dora Mavor Moore Awards. For this article, our sole focus will be on nominations related to the opera world. Tapestry Opera led the way with 13 nominations spread over two different projects, including three nominations apiece in the Outstanding Achievement in Design {…}

Gerard Schneider, Brenda Rae & Nicholas Brownlee Highlight Oper Frankfurt’s 2020-21 Season

Oper Frankfurt has announced its 2020-21 season. The German house will present 11 new productions and a number of revivals and recitals. New Productions  Monika Buczkowska, Judita Nagyová, Peter Marsh, Simon Neil, and Alfred Reiter star in Ligeti’s “La Grand Macabre.” Sebastian Weigle conducts a production by Vasily Barkhatov. Performance Dates: Sept. 13-Oct. 17, 2020 Katharina Thoma will direct Offenbach’s {…}

Fabio Sartori, Tamara Wilson & Franz Welser-Möst Highlight Cleveland Orchestra’s 2020-21 Season

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its 2020-21 season. For the purposes of this article we will only highlight vocal performances. Franz Welser-Möst conducts Eldman’s Rothko Chapel and Mozart’s Requiem and Ave verum corpus. The concert features soloists Lauren Snouffer, Daryl Freedman, Julian Prégardien, Matthew Plenk, Peter Kellner, and violist Wesley Collins. Performance Dates: Sept. 24-30, 2020 Alan Gilbert conducts Beethoven’s {…}

Renée Fleming, Sondra Radvanovsky & Matthew Polenzani Lead Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2020-21 Season

(Credit: Pictures courtesy of the Lyric Opera of Chicago) The Lyric Opera of Chicago’s has announced its 2020-21 season celebrating its 66th season. The season will include three Lyric premieres, two Lyric Original productions, nine operas, three concert events and one musical. Main Stage The first production of the season will be the famed double bill of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” {…}

Matthew Aucoin, Tamara Wilson, Cecilia Violetta López Headline Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America

(Credit: Claire McAdams / Vanessa Preziose) Most people recognize that there is a major world premiere taking place this weekend. But the reality is that there are two. The weekend is also full of appetizing offerings and this weekend’s selections come down to a mix of classics with star casts as well as a Spanish-language masterpiece that undeniably deserves greater {…}