Tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Fires Back at Jonas Kaufmann Over Statement on Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Days after Jonas Kaufmann issued a statement about his position on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and artists’ role in it, tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke has issued a statement firing back at the tenor. In a statement sent via email to OperaWire and other publications, Ablinger-Sperrhache took Kaufmann’s initial statement to task point by point. “Of course artists are never unpolitical {…}

Bayerische Staatsoper Cancels ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ & ‘La Traviata’

(Credit: Bayerische Staatsoper official website) The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced the cancellation of its performance of Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” on April 3, and a presentations of Verdi’s “La Traviata” on April 9, 11 & 15, 2021. Per an official statement on the company’s website, the opera house was forced to cancel the performances due to the worsened epidemiological situation {…}

Luciano Pavarotti, Malin Byström, Karita Mattila, Irene Theorin, Charles Castronovo, Sara Jakubiak Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

This week’s streaming slate features a number of major operatic gems from the romantic and modern repertory. There is also a unique recital experience courtesy of one of the U.S.’s most renowned opera companies. Without further ado, here we are the top 10 operas to stream this week. Tosca – Royal Swedish Opera (NOW) For those who want some star {…}

Sabine Devieilhe, Julie Fuchs, Florian Sempey & Aušrinė Stundytė Headline Streams from Opéra National de Paris

(Credits: Fabien Monthubert / Opera Online / Opéra National de Paris official website / Opéra National de Paris official website) The Opéra National de Paris will stream Jean-Philippe Rameau and Louis Fuzelier’s opera “Les Indes Galantes,” and Dmitri Shostakovich and Alexander Preis’ “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” on MEZZO TV. “Les Indes Galantes” stars Sabine Devieilhe in the roles of Hébé {…}

Christian Gerhaher, Ailyn Pérez, Matthew Polenzani, Marlis Petersen Highlight Bayerische Staatsoper 2020-21 Free Streaming Season

(Credits: Gregor Hohenberg/Sony / Chris Singer / Rebecca Fay / Artists Management Zürich official website) The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced the full slate for its 2020-21 free streaming season. Here is the look. Walter Braunfels’ “Die Vögel” will feature Wolfgang Koch, Günter Papendell, Caroline Wettergreen, Emily Pogorelc, Yajie Zhang, Eliza Boom, Bálint Szabó, Theodore Platt, George Vîrban, Charles Workman, and {…}