Benjamin Bernheim Asmik Grigorian, Juan Diego Florez, Elīna Garanča & Cecilia Bartoli Lead Salzburg Festival’s 2024 Season

(Credit: © SF / Peter Rigaud) The Salzburg Festival has announced its 2024 Season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Opera Strauss’ “Caprricio” is set to be performed in concert form with Elsa Dreisig and Bo Skovhus as Countess and Count. The cast also includes Sebastian Kohlhepp (Flamand), Konstantin Krimmel (Olivier), Mika Kares (La Roche), Ève-Maud Hubeaux (Clairon), {…}

Jonathan Tetelman, Maria Agresta, Nina Stemme, Yusif Eyvazov Lead Teatro Massimo di Palermo’s 2023-24 Season

The Teatro Massimo di Palermo has announced its 2023-24 season. Opera The season opens with Bellini’s “I Capuleti e Montecchi.” Omer Meir Wellber conducts the production by Idan Cohen. The cast includes Maria Kataeva and Anna Pennisi as Romeo and Marina Monzó and Francesca Pia Vitale as Giulietta. Ioan Hotea, Mert Süngü, Marco Spotti, and Gabriele Sagona round out the {…}

Lise Lindstrom, Anush Hovhannisyan & Raehann Bryce-Davis Lead Royal Danish Opera’s 2022-23 Season

The Royal Danish Opera has announced its 2022-23 season featuring operatic productions, musicals and concerts. Opera i Roskilde will feature Sine Bundgaard, Hanne Fischer, Niels Jørgen Riis, and Magnus Berg. Performance Date: July 31, 2022 “Papageno og Papagena” will be performed by pianist Kristoffer Hyldig and soloists Julie Meera Albertsen and Frederik Rolin. Performance Dates: Sept. 10-Nov. 6, 2022 Steven Moore conducts Stefan {…}

Belgian Government Reopens Theaters Following Council of State’s Ruling

(Credit: Johan Jacobs) The government of Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo has officially reopened theaters following a decision by the Council of State. Using an emergency procedure, the Council of State ruled that the government’s closure measures were not proportionate, and didn’t provide enough motives to understand why attending cultural performances was particularly dangerous for public health. Per the {…}

Aušriné Stundyté, Jennifer Holloway, Violeta Urmana & Lauri Vasar Headline New Production of ‘Elektra’ at Staatsoper Hamburg

(Credit: Dominik Odenkirchen) Staatsoper Hamburg has announced the upcoming premiere of Dmitri Tcherniakov’s production of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra.” The cast includes Violeta Urmana as Klytämnestra, Jennifer Holloway as Chrysothemis, John Daszak as Aegisth, Lauri Vasar as Orest, and Aušriné Stundyté in the title role. The cast is rounded out by Chao Deng, Luminita Andrei, Tahnee Niboro, Thomas Ebenstein, Hubert Kowalczyk, {…}

Roberto Alagna, Juan Diego Flórez, Ildar Abdrazakov, María José Siri & Zuzana Marková Lead Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège’s 2021-22 Season

Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège in Belgium has announced its 2021-22 season. For the purpose of this article, we will focus on the vocal works only. Here is the full slate. Opera  Verdi‘s “La Forza del Destino” will star Marcelo Álvarez as Don Alvaro, María José Siri as Donna Leonora, and Simone Piazzola as Don Carlo di Vargas. The cast also {…}

Sonya Yoncheva, Ailyn Pérez, Olga Peretyatko & Benjamin Bernheim Lead Staatsoper Hamburg’s 2021-22 Season

(Credit: Christoph Köstlin/Javier del Real/Chris Singer) (Artcle In collaboration with Dejan Vukosavljevic) The Staatsoper Hamburg has announced its 2021-22 Season featuring new productions, revivals and Opera Stabile. Here is a look at what audiences can expect. Premieres Bernhard Lang’s “Playing Trump” will star Donatienne Michel-Dansac. Performance Dates: August 20-25, 2021 Daniele Finzi Pasca directs a new production of Offenbach’s “Les {…}

Peter Mattei, Lise Lindström, Violeta Urmana & Julia Kleiter Lead Spain National Orchestra and Chorus’ 2021-22 Season

The Spain National Orchestra and Chorus has announced its 2021-22 season featuring world-class soloists and some of the greatest masterworks in the repertoire. For this article, we will only focus on the vocal and operatic performances. David Afkham conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with soloists Julia Kleiter and Karen Cargill. Performance Dates: Oct. 8-10, 2021 Miguel Ángel García Cañamero conducts {…}