Manon, Metropolitan Opera

Massenet’s Manon succeeds in the theater when the soprano has
a real sense of the role and how she wants to present it.

Zagreb’s Wagner Casts Its Spell

Croatian National Opera, in collaboration with W¸rzburg’s (Germany) Mainfranken Theater has made quite a forceful case for Parsifal.

LA Opera Names New CEO

Christopher Koelsch Tapped by LA Opera

Christopher Koelsch has been tapped Wednesday as the new president and chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Opera. Koelsch, 41, was the opera’s chief financial officer and will take the new post September 15.

Manon Lescaut, Philadelphia

It is Manon month in the Mid-Atlantic states. In New York, the Met is presenting Massanet’s take, while Opera Company of Philadelphia has just opened Puccini’s version: his first successful opera, Manon Lescaut.

Matthias Goerne, Los Angeles

Los Angeles lieder lovers were treated to two extraordinary Schubertian
journeys on April 16th and 18th when bass-baritone Matthias Goerne partnered
with Christian Eschenbach performed the song cycles, Die schˆne
and Winterreise, as part of the Los Angeles
Philharmonic’s celebration of the composer’s 215th birthday.

Der Freisch¸tz, London

The unfashionableness of Der Freisch¸tz in England is a little baffling. In its day, not only was the opera celebrated across Germany, it soon conquered other European stages and indeed theatres worldwide.

Richard Strauss: Salome

An exciting contribution to the discography of this popular opera, the live performance of Richard Strauss’s Salome from the Festspielhaus at Baden-Baden is a compelling DVD.

La Fille du Regiment, Royal Opera

The regiment marches onwards!

Teatro Real Replaces Miguel MuÒiz