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Puccini’s “Torture Opera”, as Oskar Bie dubbed it, was based on LA TOSCA, the well received play by Victorien Sardou [1831–1908], which premiered in Paris in 1887 with Sarah Bernhardt in the title role. Puccini attended a performance of the play in Milan during an 1889 tour and found the … read more
Karin joins the Rochester Philharmonic for “Exquisite Puccini” as Mimi and Cio-Cio San in selections from La bohème and Madama Butterfly
Jesse joins “Joy in Singing” for a concert of composer Chris Berg.
This glorious masterwork stands with The Ring as the ultimate test for singers, chorus, and orchestra. At its heart, a song contest that will transform the society in which it takes place. Nürnberg’s ancient guild of mastersingers is looking for a work of art—a shining beacon of poetry and music. … read more
Director François Girard’s timeless new vision for Wagner’s final masterpiece explores the many facets of this mystical score, while designer Michael Levine (Eugene Onegin) creates a surreal landscape. Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the innocent who finds wisdom. His fellow Wagnerian luminaries include Katarina Dalayman … read more
Andreas Kriegenburg portrays the story of Verdi’s OTELLO as a drama depicting the fatal break-up of a great love in a society conditioned by war. One of literature’s greatest love stories is doomed to failure – as with all other great love stories of literature: brutal, barbaric and futile.
The … read more
The second opera of the season will be the much in demand return of Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers(Les Pêcheurs de perles [lay peh-share deh peh-rl]), a proven favorite of Sarasota Opera audiences. Last seen in 2003, The Pearl Fishers features the famously infectious Act I duet for tenor and … read more
ENO presents the first major Verdi production to be staged in the UK in the composer’s bicentenary in a co-production with Graz Opera House. Celebrated German opera director and former Principal Director of Leipzig Oper, Peter Konwitschny makes his long-awaited UK debut with his staging of Verdi’s classic. Konwitschny’s modern … read more
Anita Rachvelishvili, the sultry Carmen who made a sensational Met debut in 2010, sings the title role in Richard Eyre’s fast-moving hit production of the tragic tale. Rising tenor Yonghoon Lee is Don José, whose doomed love for Carmen destroys them both. Kate Royal is the loyal Micaëla and Teddy … read more