“It started out as something of a dinner party crowd-pleaser.” [Royal Opera House]
La Cieca hears that Joseph Calleja will sing Pollione opposite the Norma of Anna Netrebko at the Met for opening night 2017. The pair will be reprising roles they introduced at that Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in September 2016. (Photo: Ken Howard)
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 »
BREAKING: Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, has announced he will quit this post in March 2017. Read more »
La Cieca is sure that Meyerbeer fanatics will be delighted to hear that the Royal Opera House Covent Garden is preparing a new staging of Les Huguenots.
“A lot seems to be spent on productions that simply aren’t worth it.”
The experience of watching Wagner’s final opera Parsifal is frequently elevated to a spiritual occurrence, and productions have historically emphasized the religious dimension of the opera’s core themes of redemption and the dangers of temptation.
Sleep soundly tonight, Kasper Holten: your Vêpres Siciliennes casting problem has just been solved!