“Mocking, Machiavellian, manipulative” – powerful performances in ROH’s Agrippina

First seen at the Bayerische Staatsoper earlier this year, Barrie Kosky’s staging of Handel’s Agrippina premiered at London’s Royal Opera House this week, with powerful performances from five AH artists. Joyce DiDonato triumphs in her first fully-staged portrayal of the power-hungry empress, bringing “tragic intensity” and “zinging coloratura” to the title role, while Lucy Crowe and Iestyn Davies bring “oases …

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Multiple returns for AH artists at Munich Opera Festival

The 2019 Münchner Opernfestspiele will open this week, with numerous AH artists making appearances throughout the summer season. Ailyn Pérez returns to the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata, which she has sung to critical acclaim in many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper and Teatro alla Scala. Ailyn will appear …

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden announces 2019/20 season

The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden has announced its 2019/20 season, featuring an exciting mixture of new commissions, world premieres and revivals of much-loved productions. Some of the many highlights include a brand new production of Handel’s Agrippina, directed by Barrie Kosky, featuring many of the cast who most recently performed the work in concert for a tour with il …

Debuts for Louise Alder & Andrea Mastroni in Teatro Real Madrid’s La Calisto

This weekend sees the premiere of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto at Teatro Real Madrid. Under maestro Ivor Bolton, this is the first time the opera has been performed at the house, and marks role debuts for AH artists Louise Alder in the title role and Andrea Mastroni as Silvano. Performances of La Calisto also mark Louise’s house debut at Teatro …

On tour: Handel’s Agrippina

Continuing our relationship with il pomo d’oro, this month sees the ensemble travel across Europe for six concert performances of Handel’s Agrippina, under its Chief Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev. Joined by a world-class line-up of soloists including Joyce DiDonato (who makes her role debut in the title role), Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, Xavier Sabata and Luca Pisaroni, the tour will travel …

Andrea Mastroni and Sylvia Schwartz make role debuts in Don Giovanni

Enrico Stinchelli’s production of Don Giovanni opens this weekend in Teatro Filarmonico di Verona. Conducted by Renato Balsadonna, the first cast includes Andrea Mastroni making his title role debut, and Sylvia Schwartz making her role debut as Donna Anna. The production marks Andrea’s role debut as the illustrious womanizer, having previously performed as Leporello in a variety of productions. Earlier this season, Andrea …