Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, Alice Coote & Christian Gerhaher Lead Berlin Philharmonic’s 2023-24 Season

The Berlin Philharmonic has announced its 2023-24 Season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. Iván Fischer conducts Michael Nagy in works by Jörg Widmann and Gustav Mahler. Performance Date: August 26, 2023 Alexander Rudin, Alexander Melnikov, Nadezhda Pavlova, and Olga Pashchenko perform works by Sergei Rachmaninov. Performance Date: August 27, 2023 Robin Ticciati conducts Wu Wei Sheng, Karen {…}

Magdalena Kožená, Ekaterina Semenchuk & Judit Kutasi Lead Musikfest Berlin’s 2022 Season

Musikfest Berlin has announced its 2022 season featuring international orchestras and soloists. Here is a selection of the vocal highlights of the season. Lucy Crowe, Ann Hallenberg, Giovanni Sala, and William Thomas perform Beethiven’s Missa Solemnis with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. John Eliot Gardiner conducts. Performance Date: August 31, 2022 Magdalena Kožená and Yefim Bronfman perform a {…}

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Awarded ‘Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres’

Austrian tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperhacke was awarded the “Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres” (“the Insignia of Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters”). Corinne Pereira, the Consul General of France in Munich presented him with the award on Feb. 23, 2022, at the French Institute in Munich. Ablinger-Sperrhacke received this honor for his “25-year-long contribution to French cultural {…}

Sydney Mancasola, Tansel Akzeybek, Hagen Matzeit & Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Lead Komische Oper Berlin’s ‘Orphée aux Enfers’

(Credits: LA Opera official website / Komische Oper Berlin official website / Oper Wuppertal official website / © Lioba Schöneck) The Komische Oper Berlin will present a production of Jacque Offenbach‘s opera buffa “Orphée aux enfers” in December 2021. American soprano Sydney Mancasola makes her long anticipated debut in the role of Eurydice, while tenor Tansel Akzeybek appears in the {…}

Marlis Petersen & Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Named Kammersänger at Bayerische Staatsoper

(Credit:© W. Hösl) Marlis Petersen and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke have been named Kammersänger of the Bayerische Staatsoper. The two singers received the awards following a performance of “Salome” on July 28. During the ceremony Nikolaus Bachler and Kirill Petrenko also received honorary awards from the Bayerische Staatsoper. Throughout the past years, Petersen has built her career at the Munich theater performing {…}

Sydney Mancasola, Nicole Chevalier, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Scott Hendricks, Annette Dasch, Francesca Dotto Lead Komische Oper Berlin’s 2021-22 Season

(Credits: LA Opera official website / Jan Windszus Photography / Lena Kern / Mark Janssen / Georg Schlosser / In Art Management official website) The Komische Oper Berlin has announced its 2021-22 season. Here is a look at the operatic and vocal performances. Opera – Premieres Enescu’s rarely performed masterwork “Œdipe” opens the season. The opera features Jens Larsen, Joachim {…}

Anna Netrebko, Elīna Garanča, Anja Harteros, Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczała Highlight Opernhaus Zürich’s 2021-22 Season

The Opernhaus Zürich has announced its 2021-22 season. Here is the full slate. Operas – Premieres Richard Strauss‘ “Salome” will star Elena Stikhina, Kostas Smoriginas, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Michaela Schuster, Mauro Peter, and Siena Licht Miller. Simone Young conducts the production by Andreas Homoki. Performance dates: Sep. 12 – Oct. 17, 2021 Verdi‘s “Il Trovatore” will spotlight Quinn Kelsey, Marina Rebeka, {…}

Marlis Petersen & Samantha Hankey Headline Bayerische Staatsoper’s ‘Der Rosenkavalier’s’ Livestream

(Credits: Yiorgos Mavropoulos/Jiyang Chen) The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced that it will livestream the premiere of Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” on March 21, 2021. Soprano Marlis Petersen will debut in the role of Die Feldmarschallin alongside Christof Fischesser who will perform the role of Baron Ochs and Samantha Hankey who will sing the role of Octavian. The performance will also {…}

Opéra National de Paris Cancels Run of ‘Die Zauberflöte’

(Credit: Svetlana Loboff / OnP) Opéra National de Paris has officially announced the cancellation of the whole run of Mozart and Schikaneder’s singspiel “Die Zauberflöte.” The opera was scheduled for several performances between Jan. 12 and Feb. 22. 2021. The cast for the production included Cyrille Dubois, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Alex Esposito, Florian Sempey, Mélissa Petit, Nicolas Testé, Julie Fuchs, {…}