Jonas Kaufmann, Andreas Schager, Ricarda Merbeth, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Iain Paterson Lead Opéra de Paris 2020 Ring Cycle Concert Performances

(Credits: Gregor Hohenberg/Sony Classical /© David Jerusalem  / © DR / Fazil Berisha / http://arsis-artists.com/en/iain-paterson/) L’Opéra de Paris has announced full casts and dates for the concert performances of Wagner “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” The Ring cycle was initially planned as a series of four fully staged operas but had to be reorganized into concert performances due to the ongoing {…}

René Pape, Olga Peretyatko, & Sonya Yoncheva Highlight Staatsoper Unter Den Linden’s 2020-21 Season

The Staatsoper Unter Den Linden has announced its 2020-21 season, which features eight new productions and numerous revivals. Premieres Barbara Wysocka directs Francesconi’s “Quartett” with Daniel Barenboim conducting  Mojca Erdmann and Thomas Oliemanns. Performance Dates: Oct. 3-18, 2020 Mozart’s “Mitridate, Re di Ponto”  is set to be conducted by Marc Minkowski and directed by Satoshi Miyagi. Pene Pati, Julie Fuchs, {…}

Staatsoper Berlin 2019-20 Review: Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

(Credit: Monika Ritterhaus) “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor,” like the vast majority of Singspiele, is not well-known outside the German-speaking world. Even in its native Germany, it’s mounted infrequently. Its story, however, is almost universally known. Like Verdi’s “Falstaff,” it’s closely based on Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor.” A few details are Germanized: Alice Ford becomes Frau Fluth, and her {…}

Joyce DiDonato, René Pape & Asmik Grigorian Headline Top 7 To See This Weekend Internationally (10/4-6)

It is the first weekend of October, which means that it is one filled with opening nights, new productions, contemporary works, classics, and baroque works. Let’s have a go. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria Lawrence Zazzo, Erin Morley, Théo Touvet, Peter Kellner, Szilvia Vörös, Josh Lovell, Rafael Fingerlos, Rachel Frenkel, Valentina,  Naforniţa, Peter Rose, Benjamin Hulett, Wolfgang {…}