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I’m interviewing Stefano Mastrangelo in the immediate aftermath of his conducting La Traviata for the Chofu City Opera in Tokyo on 22 November 2014; he conveys an air at once of tiredness and exhilaration.
Apotheosis Opera is proud to announce their inaugural production
will be a fully-staged English translation of Richard Wagner’s early
masterpiece TANNHÄUSER on Friday, July 31, 2015, at 7pm and Sunday,
August 2, 2015, at 3pm at the theatre of El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue)
‘Competitions are for horses, not artists.’ The words of Béla Bartók seemed apposite on Sunday night at the Royal Opera House, as 11 soloists walked swiftly onto the Covent Garden stage, performed their chosen aria, briefly acknowledged the applause and then returned summarily to the wings.
Twin sisters – one pensive, the other gregarious – are soon to wed their beau, whose contrasting characters – one earnestly introverted,
the other a boisterous hedonist – perfectly match their respective betrotheds’.
Derrick Wang is a composer who graduated from law school and has an interest in this country’s highest court.
Sara Gartland is an emerging singer who brings an enormous talent and a delightful personality to the opera stage. Having sung lighter soprano roles such as Juliette in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, Gartland is now taking on the title role in Leoš Janáček’s dramatic opera Jenůfa.
Madness descends upon Welsh National Opera for its autumn 2015 season, with three new productions that will explore human turmoil through some of the finest musical expressions of madness and the human condition.
American composer Jennifer Higdon has won many awards for her imaginative music. Her percussion concerto received the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.
Bratislava in Slovakia might seem an unlikely place to come across the opera
I gioielli della Madonna (The Jewels of the Madonna) a 1911 rarity
written by the Italian/German Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, a composer best known for
his one-act opera Il segreto di Susanna ( Susanna’s Secret)
and his comedies based on Goldoni.
Last year’s Strauss anniversary year — 150 years since his birth —
offered, at least in the United Kingdom, a typical number of opportunities and
On 6 June, Jonathan Dove’s Flight touches down in Kensington,
west London. Opera Holland Park is to stage the first London production of
Dove’s operatic presentation of the real-life story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri,
the Iranian exile who, lacking residency rights or refugee status, was forced
to live in the departure lounge of Terminal One at Charles de Gaulle Airport
for 18 years.
San Diego Opera, the company that General Manager Ian Campbell had scheduled for demolition, proved that it is alive and singing as beautifully as ever. Its 2015 season was cut back slightly and management has become a bit leaner, but the company celebrated its fiftieth season in fine style with a concert that included many of the greatest arias ever written.
Kathleen Ferrier may have been one of the world’s finest contraltos but this year’s Kathleen Ferrier Awards Final, held at the Wigmore Hall, was all about lyric sopranos.
East Coast Premiere at Opera Philadelphia next season. Performances from Cold Mountain at the Guggenheim in New York this Monday, March 30.
Five Young Singers Named Winners of the 2015 Met National Council Auditions, America’s Most Prestigious Vocal Competition
Julia Noulin-Mérat is the principal designer for the Noulin-Merat Studio, an intrepid New York City production design firm that works in theater, film, and television, but emphasizes opera and immersive site-specific theatre.
A brand new opera — especially one that is groundbreaking— can really put an opera company on the map. British composer Barry Seaman’s stunning new work, Mirabai, which explores the story of the free thinking, mystic
16th century Hindu princess, Mira, is ambitious on many levels —
artistically, technically and creatively.
Bampton Classical Opera has announced that applications are now open for the
company’s Young Singers’ Competition 2015. This biennial competition was
first launched in 2013 to celebrate Bampton Classical Opera’s 20th
birthday, and is aimed at identifying the finest emerging young opera singers
currently working in the UK.
Anita Rachvelishvili recently performed the title role in Carmen broadcast by The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD. Here she drops by for a little chat with our Maria Nockin.
This is a revised version of my review of the Sept 5th
1991American premiere of The Death of Klinghoffer, at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music. The opera was first performed at Brussels’ La
Monnaie the previous spring.
22 Dec 2008
Bayerische Staatsoper Announces Program for 2009 Munich Opera Festival
The Bayerische Staatsoper announced its program of the 2009 Munich Opera Festival — the only festival of its kind in the world so rich in tradition, with roots reaching as far back as 1875.
The works of Giuseppe Verdi mark the beginning and end of the 2009
Festival: on June 30, the curtain in the National Theatre will rise on the
festival gala performance of Aida, a new production this
season, following the première on June 8. A performance of
Falstaff on July 31 will then conclude five weeks of festival
glory, which will again present audiences with a top-class programme of opera
and ballet performances, concerts and song recitals.
The main point of interest will be focused on the festival première of
Wagner’s opera Lohengrin in the National Theatre on July
5. For the tenth time, Kent Nagano will mount the podium of the Bavarian
State Orchestra to conduct a new production. The stage director is Richard
Jones, and an all-star cast headed by Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and
Michaela Schuster will be on stage.
Besides Aida with Barbara Frittoli in a production staged by
Christoph Nel and conducted by Daniele Gatti, the Festival will also offer an
opportunity for audiences to become reacquainted with all the other new
productions of this season:
Verdi’s dark-hued opera Macbeth (July 21/24), Andreas
Kriegenburg’s Wozzeck production (July 17),
enthusiastically acclaimed by press and public, the queen of bel canto, Edita
Gruberova in Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia (July 1/6),
Janáček’s Jenůfa (July 9) as a further work
of the theatre’s Slavic repertoire as well as a ballet world première
of this season: Jiří Kylián’s Zugvögel (July 3).
In addition, Mozart’s Idomeneo in the Cuvilliès
Theater (July 23/26/30) and the new production of Strauss’
Ariadne on Naxos (July 13/16/20), which was premièred to rave
reviews in the 2008 Festival, in the Prince Regent Theatre will both be
revived this year. Other major highlights include the appearance of star
soprano Angela Gheorghiu in a gala concert with the Bavarian State Orchestra
on July 27 as well as Rolando Villazón in the title role of Jules
Massenet’s Werther (July 4/7) together with Vesselina
Kasarova as Charlotte, as well as song recitals with Diana Damrau (July 5),
Waltraud Meier (July 20) and Jonas Kaufmann (July 26).
The 2009 Festival also has a special emphasis to offer. The “under
construction” program heralded by Nikolaus Bachler in his editorial,
has a number of surprises in the offing — among them a
“construction site” on Marstall Square and the festival première
of Leonard Bernstein’s one-acter Trouble in Tahiti on
July 7: Kent Nagano will lead the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a new version
especially prepared for Munich at the Cuvilliès Theatre. Another featured
event at “under construction” will be the world première of
Narcissus and Echo by Californian composer Jay Schwartz. The
sounds of a counter tenor, a viola and percussion set will transform the
Allerheiligen Hofkirche (All Saint’s Court Church) into an echo space
to reflect identity, deception and recognition.
For the second successive Year, BMW Munich will be aboard as official
partner of the Munich Opera Festival — a relationship, which has its
foundation in the long-standing support of Opera for All. In
2009 as well, the Festival will offer free open-air events: on June 28 a
concert by the Bavarian State Orchestra under the direction of Kent Nagano on
Marstall Square, and on July 5, the performance of Lohengrin
will mark the first time in the over 10-year history of Opera for
All that audiences will have a chance to witness the live transmission
of a Festival première on Max Joseph Square.
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