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Sony Classical Plans New Recording of La Traviata with Peretyatko, Alagna, Hvorostovsky, and Domingo

New York- Sony Classical to release new complete recording of Verdi’s original, first edition of La Traviata with Olga Peretyatko, Roberto Alagna, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Placido Domingo. Sony Classical plans the release of the first commercial recording of La Traviata before Verdi’s edits after the 1853 premiere. Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will sing Violetta for […]

Parts of Their World: Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera in Review

The Met is frequently criticized as a repertory house, unadventurous and conservative in its programming and casting. There are definitely aspects of that which are true(And were particularly prevalent during Joseph Volpe’s management.), but during Volpe’s management, the Met championed a very select number of non-standard repertory operas. Among these are Zandonai’s “Francesca da Rimini”, Giordano’s […]

A June 2013 Interview with Susanne Mentzer

Hello, Opera Fans! This is my first post of the New Year, so a belated Happy New Year to everyone out there! In June of last year, world famous mezzo-soprano, Susanne Mentzer was nice enough to answer some of my questions about her career. Below are my questions and her detailed responses” Q: How did […]

Straussathon 2013: Die Frau Ohne Schatten and Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera

First, I’d like to apologize for the extended absence. I don’t think I’ve ever taken this long to update, and I’m sorry about that. School is intense this year, and I’ll try to keep a more regular pace. With 2013 being the bicentennials of both Verdi and Wagner, you’d expect Wagner to get top billing […]

NYCO Says, “Ta-Ta”: New York City Opera’s Final Performance of Anna Nicole in Review

There were tears from the cast during the curtain calls after Saturday, September 28th, New York City Opera presentation of Anna Nicole. Not only because it was the final performance of the run, but mostly because this co-presentation with Brooklyn Academy is the final production that New York City Opera, a 70 year old institution, […]

Opening Night at the Met: Post-Performance Wrap Up

Opening night at the Met for the 2014-2014 season has finally come to a close. If this is a bellwether for the rest of the season, then we’re going to have a fantastic eight months. Alexei Tanovitski was only ALRIGHT as Prince Gremin. While all the notes were there and he has some great low […]

Opening Night at the Met: Intermission #2

Act 2 of Onegin just finished and it’s easy to hear the marked improvement in Kweicien’s voice. There’s more action in this act, and he’s delivering the drama. Monsieur Triquet’s aria was appealing, but the comedic wobble got to be a little much at times. Piotr Beczala gave a beautifully sung and emotionally charged performance […]

Opening Night at the Met: Intermission #1

The night has gotten off to a fantastic start. Netrebko is in great form tonight, and she’s obviously at home in her native language. Her pronunciation is perfection. Notably, Oksana Volkova is fantastic, spinning out a mixture of chest voice and beautiful, clear singing. Her first aria was pulled off well, but her breath control […]

Opening Night at the Met: Pre-Performance Post

The performance is about to start! During the pre-performance coverage, Alice Coote and Nico Muhly talked to people like Fiona Shaw emphasizes how much Tchaikovsky must have understood Pushkin and how he incorporated it into his opera. They also talked about how the set is traditional looking, but it’s still suggestive of the location. Costumes […]

OPENING NIGHT AT THE MET!: Everything You Need to Know

It’s finally here! After an inappropriately long time of waiting (The opera season in New York is substantially shorter than in most European houses.), Opening Night, one of my favorite days of the year, has arrived! This must-see production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” stars Anna Netrebko as Tatjana, Mariusz Kweicien as Eugene Onegin, Piotr Beczala […]

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