This felt inevitable after Elina Garanca cancelled Werther. The Met press office: “Two rising young sopranos will make their Met debuts earlier than originally scheduled when they share the role of Gilda in Verdi’sRigoletto later this fall, replacing Aleksandra Kurzak, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy. Russian soprano Irina Lungu will sing the role on November 11, 15, and 18, and Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will sing the role on November 21, 27, 30, December 4, and at the December 7 matinee. Kurzak is expecting a baby this winter with her partner, tenor Roberto Alagna.”
Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
As I was browsing Facebook I came across a concert scheduled for 2015. The Albert Hall in London has already scheduled Anna Netrebko for a concert performance of Iolanta. I know the soprano is scheduled to sing the role at the Met in that year. However the Met has not yet to announce that. It seems odd and a bit crazy but it looks like schedules are coming out quicker every day. Whatever the case may be, Tickets are now on sale and the funny thing the top section is already sold out.
Valery Gergiev returns to the Met Podium for William Kentridge;s production of Shostakovich's "The Nose" Paulo Szot stars in one of his most acclaimed role.
When the Met first introduced the chamber opera in 2010 audiences and critics complained that the work was too small for the big theater. Nevertheless the production by Kentridge was hailed for its visual style and inventiveness. Critics hailed it and stated, Kentridge "has unleashed his imagination on Shostakovich’s bitterly satirical and breathless opera." The production which is set in the 1930s is likely to receive majpor attention this year as it will be included in the Live in HD transmission. With an incredible cast and conductor it is sure to be one of the most memorable nights at the opera.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A day after the Met opened its 2013-14 season Placido Domingo signed copies of his new CD Verdi. The baritone-Tenor was accompanied by his two sons and his grand child as well as his wife Marta. Dave and I were there to get autographs in a line that included hundreds of fans. Here are a couple of pictures we were able to get during the signing.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
To Celebrate Britten's 100 anniversary Anna Netrebko, Thomas Hampson and Ian Bostridge recorded the composers celebrated Requiem with Antonio Pappano. The CD is slated for release in October with Warner Classics.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The New York Times has unveiled two pictures of Anna Netrebko and Mariusz Kwiecien in Eugene Onegin. The production is set to open on September 23 and is one of the most anticipated operas of the year.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Parterre's La Cieca is reporting that Pretty Yende, a standout Met debutante last season in Le Comte Ory, has signed with the company for for four roles over the next three years: Pamina and Lucia in 2014-2015, Adina in 2015-2016 and Rosina in 2016-2017.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
The month of September see the release of many great CDs and DVDs from the top artist in the industry.
The first release of the month is a CD recording of Riccardo Muti's acclaimed Otello. I was able to see a performance of this opera in Carnegie Hall with Muti and the same cast on this CD and it was one of the highlights of that season. The cast includes Aleksandrs Antonenko, Krassimira Stoyanova and Carlo Guelfi. The CD will be released by CSO Resound and is a must buy.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I just came across the Kickstarter campaign for the New York City Opera. I have never attended the companies performances but I know that they have been a foundation and an elemental link to starting many young opera singers careers. I would hate to see this art form be lost because there is no money. If you think about it, it all starts with one company and then for all we know it could happen to the Met or LA Scala or the Covent Garden. I mean that seems exaggerated but the New York City Opera used to be so important to Lincoln Center and it no longer has a home. I will attach the link to this blog and see if any of you guys want to donate or spread the word. Believe me it will be for a great cause. Click here for the Kickstarter
Sunday, September 8, 2013
Deborah Voigt Has decided to retire the role of Isolde in "Tristan und Isolde" as she bowed out of the revival for the Washington National Opera. The singer said, "Returning to a role that I love but haven’t sung in a number of seasons, and encountering its unique challenges, has caused me to reconsider keeping it in my repertoire,. I’m very disappointed that I feel compelled to withdraw from this production, but am very happy to continue my association with WNO both this season and into the future." This is the second Wagner role she bows out of. She was scheduled to make her role debut as Ortrud in "Lohengrin."