On Monday, the Met kicks off its 132nd season with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde by Mariusz Trelinski, with Sir Simon Rattle leading a premiere cast of Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin and René Pape (not pictured). Read more »
So what’s up with Nina Stemme’s Stimme? The Kammersänerin is greeted rapturously at every performance she gives in Wien and new productions are lavished upon her (six to date). At 52, she has pretty much covered the German dramatic soprano repertoire, having recently added Elektra to her roles. This month, she returned to Leonore in Fidelio, a role she sang only once before, in London in 2011. Read more »
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
Since neither my forays into obscure Dvorák and Leoncavallo were very successful (Vanda actually had more “listens” than La bohème!), I think the sturdier of you will enjoy Nina Stemme’s Elektra from Saturday night at Wiener Staatsoper. Unfortunately, Anne Schwanewilms cancelled the entire run, so Ricarda Merbeth stepped into her puffy white dress. Read more »
The winners of the ninth annual F. Paul Driscoll Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence (or, as they are colloquially known, the “Opera News Awards”) have been revealed.