Q & A: Yongzhao Yu & Véronique Filloux on Performing Rodolfo & Musetta for the Berkshire Opera Festival’s First-Ever ‘La Bohème’

For the Berkshire Opera Festival’s first “La Bohème,” OperaWire interviewed two of the leads, Yongzhao Yu (Rodolfo)  and Véronique Filloux (Musetta). The festival, not far from the historic site of Tanglewood, has over the years gained a reputation for exciting and powerful productions. It is also known for spotting rising talent poised to reach an ever wider audience around the globe. {…}

Pacific Opera Project to Present US Premiere of Vivaldi’s ‘Ercole su’l Termodonte’

Pacific Opera Project (POP) will present the US premiere of Vivaldi’s rare opera, “Ercole su’l Termodonte,” written in 1723, 300 years after its original premiere. The show will run from Jan. 6-21, 2023. Featured vocalists include tenors Logan Webber and Manfred Anaya; sopranos Janet Todd, Véronique Filloux, and Audrey Yoder;  mezzo-soprano Meagan Martin; and countertenors Michael Skarke and Kyle Tingzon. {…}

David Portillo & Kathryn Bowden Lead Pittsburgh Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’

The Pittsburgh Opera is set to return to the Benedum Center, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, with Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” The opera, which will be directed by  Dan Rigazzi, will star David Portillo as Tamino, Kathryn Bowden as Queen of the Night, Adelaide Boedecker as Pamina, Véronique Filloux as Papagena, Benjamin Taylor as Papageno, Tom McNichols as Sarastro, {…}

David Portillo, Zanda Švēde & Kenneth Kellogg Lead Pittsburgh Opera’s 2021-22 Season

The Pittsburgh Opera has announced its 2021-22 season featuring two repertory staples and three modern masterpieces. Here is a look. Benedum Center Productions Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will open the 2021-22 season with David Portillo as Tamino, Kathryn Bowden as Queen of the Night, Adelaide Boedecker as Pamina, Véronique Filloux as Papagena, and Tom McNichols as Sarastro. Antony Walker conducts. {…}

John Holiday, Zachary Nelson, Zoie Reams, Alexander Elliott Birch Headline Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2021 Summer Festival

The Des Moines Metro Opera has announced its 2021 summer festival which will run between July 2 and 25. The company announced that its new season was developed in conjunction with the Medical Advisory Panel and that all 225 company members completed a COVID-19 vaccination series prior to their arrival for the festival. Additionally, all audience members will be required {…}

Pittsburgh Opera to Present ‘Charlie Parker’s Yardbird’

Pittsburgh Opera will present the first-ever Pittsburgh performances of “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird.” The work will be presented at the Strip District from April 10 through 22 with a live, socially-distant audience at all six performances. Pittsburgh Opera is maintaining its successful COVID-19 safety protocols, including reduced seating capacity, mandatory mask-wearing, health screenings and temperature checks for all people entering the building, {…}