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Interview with Lotte de Beer, stage director of Aida at the Opéra national de Paris

Lotte de Beer made her highly anticipated Opéra national de Paris debut two weeks ago with an innovative Aida – starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier – which gathers the ghosts of colonialism. She has encompassed a certain number of opera genres (Falstaff, Puccini’s Il Trittico, Carmen, Rusalka, Mosè in Egitto, Lulu…), has been appointed Director of the Volksoper in Vienna from next September, and will stage Le Nozze di...


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...


Contemporary opera: A conversation with Vasco Mendonça

Vasco Mendonça is one of the rising stars among contemporary composers. In addition to his studies with Klaas de Vries and George Benjamin, he has participated in the Rolex Mentor and Protegé Arts Initiative along with Kaija Saariaho and represented Portugal at UNESCO’s International Rostrum of Composers. His first piece of musical theatre, Ping, was adapted from a Samuel Beckett monologue and premiered in 2011. The House Taken Over (2013) – based on...


Leading Opera Houses Ensure the Tenor Viñas International Singing Contest

UNDETERRED BY THE PANDEMIC, THE WORLD’S LEADING OPERA HOUSES JOIN FORCES TO ENSURE THE TENOR VIÑAS INTERNATIONAL SINGING CONTEST CAN GO AHEAD  The preliminary auditions were conducted on the basis of video recordings sent to opera houses in Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, New York and Paris. In the next stage, 125 of the 477 singers who entered the contest will go through to the second round in person, at the Gran Teatre del...


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...


"Life is beautiful": Sonya Yoncheva, a positive, committed and open-minded artist in conversation

"perpetual music", a project initiated by In recent years, the young Bulgarian soprano has achieved great success in many different roles with her extraordinary soprano voice and acting skills, and is now a celebrated star on all major stages. Born in Plovdiv, Sonya Yoncheva studied at the local conservatory and later in Geneva. In 2010 she won the famous Operalia competition, marking the start of her...