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Fabio Sartori cancels again!

After having cancelled his appearance at the Chorégies d’Orange last summer, at the Arena of Verona and after his defection in La Gioconda at La Scala in Milan, the Italian tenor Fabio Sartori, unavailable, will not be on the stage of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome where he was supposed to perform as Radames either. […]

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April of renewal in Toulouse

The Grands Interprètes series is spoiling its audiences in Toulouse by inviting some big names in April 2023. On 4 April, the Halle aux Grains welcomes the prestigious Budapest Festival Orchestra and its legendary conductor Iván Fischer for a Dohnányi, Strauss and Bartók concert with the star violinist Renaud Capuçon. Fans should not miss the […]

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Mahlerian youth in Bamberg

Renowned for its interpretations of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies (by Joseph Keilberth or recently Jonhatan Nott), the Bamberger Symphoniker is getting ready to host the seventh edition of the prestigious international competition for young conductors under 35 years old. Like the previous winners Gustavo Dudamel and Lahav Shani, the young conductors will compete for the first […]

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Berlin’s new Arabella

New productions punctuate the 2022-2023 season of the Deutsche Oper Berlin with some highly anticipated operas. From 18 March 2023, Richard Strauss’s beautiful Arabella will be portrayed by Rachel Willis-Sørensen, the rising star of the sopranos. Donald Runnicles, the German institution’s artistic director, is conducting the production by Tobias Kratzer, who is back after his […]

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Leo Nucci still on the bill

The legendary baritone Leo Nucci, turned to a stage director when he was 77, will see his production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera revived at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, from 27 January to 5 February 2023. Impossible loves, betrayals, plots, magic potions and inexorable destiny will be sung on stage by a […]

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Three Philharmonies for San Francisco

In 2020, Covid almost overshadowed the appointment of Esa-Pekka Salonen as Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony. For his very first tour, the great conductor has chosen three European institutions with which he has strong ties. The Paris Philharmonie (9 to 12 March 2023), the Luxembourg Philharmonie (13 March) and the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie will […]

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King Meunier in Paris

On Friday 27 January 2023, the Salle Gaveau in Paris welcomes Lionel Meunier and his famous Ensemble Vox Luminis to perform Purcell’s semi-opera King Arthur in a concert version. The English masterpiece has already been recorded by Meunier and his troupe (published by Alpha Classics in 2018), in which they offer a new expanded orchestration […]

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The Barber of Bow Street

In London, Sweeney Todd is a well-known barber on Fleet Street and yet it is the Barbiere di Siviglia that is most often visited. In Bow Street, at the Royal Opera House, from 2 February to 6 March 2023, Andrzej Filończyk performs as Rossini’s hero accomplice Count Almaviva, the great Rossinian tenor Lawrence Brownlee, who […]

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Carmen goes into other hands

While Maestro Long Yu was expected with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at the Opéra Comique from 24 April to 4 May 2023 to conduct Bizet’s Carmen (in the hall where the opera was first performed), the Covid, still too virulent in China, prevented them from coming to Paris. Love being a rebellious and fickle bird, […]

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Riccardo Frizza does not forget

A regular guest of the Teatro Regio di Torino, the conductor Riccardo Frizza will conduct the Holocaust Memorial Day Concert on 27 January 2023 in Turin. In this regard, he states: “While remembrance of what happened is a universally shared legacy that is marked every year on this memorial day, I personally feel the need […]