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General Elektra

In May of 2019, Nina Stemme will scale the final summit of the heldensoprano Fach when she makes her role debut as the Färberin in Vienna. Over the span of her impressively cultivated career, the soprano has proven herself an incomparable artist in her piercing interpretations of Isolde, Brünnhilde, Salome, Elektra, and Kundry.  Read more »

Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr!

tristan-flagstad-melchiorOn 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 »

About a boy

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 »

So I married an axe murderess

I think the sturdier of you will enjoy Nina Stemme’s Elektra from Saturday night at Wiener Staatsoper.

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Night and dreams

At the Opernhaus Zürich, the coat check is not optional.

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Winged victors

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.

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Ugh! Neve!

La Cieca celebrates (if that is the word) the first snowfall of the season in New York in the traditional manner.

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