Puccini

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The Arena of today and tomorrow

While Cecilia Gasdia, Sovrintendente of the Fondazione Arena di Verona, is touring the major cities to present the 2024 programme of the famous Verona Arena Festival, the 2025 season has already been announced. 2024, the great Puccini year, will of course include the masterpieces Tosca, Turandot and a new Bohème, as well as the eagerly […]

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Jonas Kaufmann in the Arena after Anna Netrebko

The great Verona Arena Festival is gradually announcing its cast. After the announcement of superstar Anna Netrebko (on August 2, 9 and 16 2024) in Puccini‘s Tosca, it will be Jonas Kaufmann‘s turn to come to the legendary Verona stage to sing in the composer’s masterpiece on the occasion of his anniversary year. The superstar […]

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Double celebration in Toulouse

2024 is a year rich in celebrations, with a number of important anniversaries. Puccini, who died 100 years ago, cannot overshadow another major figure in classical music, Gabriel Fauré. He died the same year as the Italian opera composer, and was born in Pamiers in the Ariège region, 70km from Toulouse. Of course, the pink […]

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The new Puccinian in Vienna is Russian

Elena Stikhina (one of the 2016 winners of the Operalia Competition) continues her faultless career, notably as a special guest of the Wiener Staatsoper, a major international stage. The Russian soprano will be performing as Tosca on 2, 5 and 10 February 2024 before taking on the two heroines of Il Trittico, another superb masterpiece […]

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The new Queen of the Arena

The Verona Arena Festival, to be held from June 8 to September 7, 2024, has just revealed the cast, but only of one production for the time being. Crowned Queen of Ice in Turandot in 2021, Queen of Egypt in Aida in 2022, Anna Netrebko confirms her place as the new muse of the world’s […]

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Lisbon’s low-key venue

While it can boast a glorious past, Lisbon’s Teatro Nacional de São Carlos remains a low-key venue with a programme that European music lovers have been watching out for. The eighteenth-century theatre, located in the heart of the historic Chiado district, hosts only a handful of productions each season, as the institution has other, more […]

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Verona Arena 2024, 101, 7 & 5!

After a grandiose 2023 season that marked its 100th anniversary, the Verona Arena Festival has just put the shows for the 2024 edition on sale. From 8 June to 7 September, there will be five special evenings, including a dance show by Roberto Bolle and, above all, seven opera titles, including a tribute to Puccini. […]

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Three times more opera in Vienna

A new production is always an event at the Wiener Staatsoper. What can we say when we’re talking about three operas! On 4 October 2023, Austria’s leading opera house will welcome Puccini’s Il trittico. Philippe Jordan conducts the three operas that make up this famous triptych in one evening: Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni […]

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La vie de Bohème is not for Lorenzo Viotti

The end of season event at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris will indeed take place but without the lively conductor Lorenzo Viotti. Indeed, he has just withdrawn from the production of Puccini’s La Bohème directed by Eric Ruf which will take place from 15 to 24 June 2023. Lorenzo Passerini replaces as musical director […]

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Madama Butterfly, paradise lost in Rome

The new production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Rome Opera, from 16 to 25 June 2023, is likely to be the talk of the town. Although it marks the return of Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto as Cio-cio-san after her success at the Metropolitan in New York, and although Roberto Abbado, the highly experienced conductor, […]