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Plácido Domingo wants to create a school and a theatre dedicated to zarzuela

Plácido Domingo, the singer with 150 roles as a tenor and baritone, the conductor and even the theatre director, needs no introduction. It is perhaps less well known that Plácido Domingo has also had a long-standing passion for zarzuela, a lyrical genre halfway between operetta and comic opera, typical of the Spanish repertoire, combining spoken theatre, orchestra and popular songs. To help spread awareness of this lyrical genre, Plácido Domingo has turned it into a...


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A conversation with Angel Blue for her Paris Opera debut as Marguerite

“That may sound too cheesy, but Paris is everything I expected and more,” acclaimed soprano Angel Blue says with laughter when you ask her about the effect the City of Lights has on her. She is about to make her Opéra national de Paris debut in a blockbuster production of Charles Gounod’s Faust by German director Tobias Kratzer, alongside a five-star cast: Benjamin Bernheim, Christian Van Horn, Florian Sempey and Emily D’Angelo, under the baton of Thomas...


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Conversation with Giampaolo Bisanti, the new Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège Music Director

Italian conductor Giampaolo Bisanti rightfully defines himself as a “busy man”. His agenda will get even fuller with his new Music Director position at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège from next season, during which he will participate in two staged opera productions – Bellini’s La Sonnambula and Verdi’s Rare Alzira – and prestigious recitals with Plácido Domingo (accompanied for the occasion by Davinia Rodríguez)...


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Young Armenian Tenor Liparit Avetisyan in talk after his role debut as Vaudemont in Iolanta, Berlin

Young Armenian Tenor Liparit Avetisyan in talk with Opera Online Mr. Avetisyan, youhave studied at the conservatorium in Moscow. Russian and Eastern singers regularly masterinternational careers. What is different in the education of voices and singing or/and what is special about musical education in Russia/ Moscow? I believe that the musical world is the same everywhere and the language of Music is one. I studied at the Moscow Conservatory for two and a half years. I became a...


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Interview with Jeanine De Bique for her Alcina role debut at the Opéra national de Paris

Soprano Jeanine De Bique, from Trinidad and Tobago, has built her career on Mozart and Haendel, which has made her one of the reference performers of these composers today. In her recently released first album, Mirrors, she puts into perspective Haendel heroines with another version of who they can be in some other composers’ works of the same period. She was Rodelinda at the Opéra de Lille, Théâtre de Caen and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées...


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Interview with Matthias Goerne: "Your mother language defines who you are"

One of the best lieder singers in the world, baritone Matthias Goerne came back to the Verbier Festival this year for a Winterreise performance with pianist Nikolai Lugansky and a concert of Schubert lieder with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. He has performed Shostakovich’s symphonies, Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, or Britten’s War Requiem in the last few years, and he is making his Boris Godunov debut in 2023, but German has been his...


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Five questions to Marina Rebeka

Especially acclaimed in belcanto repertoire (but not only), Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka has just had incredible success at the Monte-Carlo Opera, first in the title-role of Massenet’s Thaïs, then in a belcanto recital with the French mezzo Karine Deshayes. We had an opportunity to meet her to ask some questions about her career and her plans.  *** Opera-Online : Where does your love of lyric singing come from, and to what extent is music...


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Oper! Awards - Salzburger Festspiele als "Bestes Festival" ausgezeichnet

  (SF, 1. Dezember 2020) Grund zur Freude gab es gestern Abend für die Salzburger Festspiele:  Bei den Oper! Awards 2020 sind sie als „Bestes Festival“ ausgezeichnet worden. Die Oper! Awards wurden von der Zeitschrift Oper! und einem ausgewählten Kreis von Musikkritikern ins Leben gerufen und 2019 zum ersten Mal vergeben. Die diesjährige Preisverleihung fand aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie digital statt.   Die Jury begründet ihre...


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William Christie, the Sun King of Baroque Opera

Quite a daring choice for a young American musician in the 1970s to consider a career as a harpsichordist! Nevertheless, this was indeed the choice of William Christie, notably taught by Ralf Kirkpatrick and Kenneth Gilbert; but his true path lay elsewhere: the few recordings show a soloist who was much less talented than his compatriot Scott Ross or his protégé Christophe Rousset. The small ensemble that he created in 1979, Les Arts Florissants, was originally a profoundly...


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Director’s vision with Stéphane Lissner : Bringing great voices to the stage

For Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra National de Paris, the secret to programming a successful season could be summed up in three words: diversity, quality and relevance. That approach means matching the great voices of our time — singers like Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Anna Netrebko, and theater directors like Claus Guth and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker — with the composers of the past, some celebrated and others less acknowledged,...


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La Damnation de Faust by Alvis Hermanis : A Fairy Tale and a Voyage of the Mind

Alvis Hermanis is a busy man. With 10 projects running concurrently, and knowing exactly what he will be doing until 2019, the Latvian director is very much in demand. On the operatic stage, he has already worked with the world’s top conductors and singers, and his new production of Hector Berlioz’s ‘‘La Damnation de Faust’’ (as both director and designer) at the Paris Opera, starting Dec, 8, is no different, with the house’s musical director,...


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Kaufmann's dark take on Beethoven at Salzburg Festival

In partnership with: It is one of the highlights of this year’s Salzburg Festival: The new production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio”. On stage, there’s a remarkable cast including the much sought-after German tenor Jonas Kaufmann who incarnates Beethoven’s tragic hero: the political prisoner Florestan. The Vienna Philharmonic, under the baton of maestro Franz Welser-Möst, can be found down in the orchestra pit. Beethoven’s hymn...