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Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak © White Studios, Mallorca
Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak
© White Studios, Mallorca
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Full of eastern promise: Mârouf at the Opéra Comique

Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
An oriental sweetmeat from the pen of Henri Rabaud, based on a tale from The Arabian Nights, is revived triumphantly in Paris. 
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BergenBritten, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings

Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, song cycle, Op.31
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Martin Owen; Mark Padmore
Concours musical international de Montréal
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed
Finals: 3 to 7 July 2018
Montreal
Categories:
Voice
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International Éva Marton Singing Competition
Entry deadline:
14 March 2018
Finals: 10 to 16 September 2018
Budapest
Categories:
Opera
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International Singing Competition Neue Stimmen
Entry deadline:
Entries now closed
Finals: taken place
Categories:
Voice
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The Leyla Gencer Voice Competition
Entry deadline:
10 April 2018
Finals: September 2018
Istanbul
Categories:
Voice
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Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition
Entry deadline:
Performers: 31 May 2018
Composers: 16 August 2018
Finals:10-23 September 2018
Katowice, Poland
Categories:
Piano, violin, voice, string quartet, composition
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ARD International Music Competition Munich
Entry deadline:
31 March 2018
September 2018
Munich
Categories:
Voice, Viola, Trumpet, Piano Trio
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INTERVIEWS WITH SINGERS

Ermonela Jaho on her heartbreaking soprano roles

Ermonela Jaho © Fadil Berisha
Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko. 

Crossing borders: Roberto Alagna

Roberto Alagna (Eleazar, La Juive, Bayerische Staatsoper 2016) © Stella Orion
Ahead of Vienna's première of Il trovatore, the tenor who crosses borders between France and Italy, opera and popular song, spoke to us about the roles of Manrico and Cyrano, being a gypsy, a hero, returning to Italy, about family and more.

Stuart Skelton on tackling Tristan

Stuart Skelton © Sim Canetty-Clarke
The Australian Heldentenor shares his preparations for learning Tristan, his thoughts on opera productions and his passionate views about the current state of Opera Australia and ENO.

Q&A: Lise Davidsen

Lise Davidsen © Charlotte Gundersen
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen made a huge impact on the operatic world in the summer of 2015. We caught up with her ahead of her season as Artist in Residence with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
EXPLORING LIEDER
Roderick Williams © Benjamin Ealovega

Follow my Lieder: Roderick Williams

Baritone Roderick Williams is a leading song recitalist, a regular at London's Wigmore Hall and makes his North American recital debut in February with a unique performance of Schubert’s Schwanengesang in New York's Park Avenue Armory. 
Schubertiade © Julius Schmid

The delicate art of song

Undeservedly, Lieder recitals have a rarefied, old-lace aura that can scare off potential fans. Far from being remote and understated, their intimate nature closely connects singers with their audiences.
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SevilleReal Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: Los amores inmortales

Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla: Los amores inmortales
Beethoven, Mozart
Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla; Junichi Hirokami; Berna Perles; Tatiana Postnikova

BarcelonaThe Demon

The Demon
Rubinstein: The Demon
Mikhail Tatarnikov; Dmitri Bertman; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Hartmut Schörghofer; Tatiana Tulubyeva; Asmik Grigorian; TBC

GenevaConcert in Geneva

Bernstein, Mahler
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; Elisabeth Kulman

BarcelonaNinth for Gatti

Ninth for Gatti
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Orféo Català; Daniele Gatti; Marina Rebeka

BudapestUn ballo in mascheraNew production

Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Michelangelo Mazza; Fabio Ceresa; Hungarian State Opera; Tiziano Santi; Giuseppe Palella; Szilvia Rálik; Eszter Sümegi

CheltenhamIl tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

© Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini
Michael Rosewell; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Craig Smith; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Charne Rochford
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AmsterdamGurre-Lieder

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder
Marc Albrecht; Pierre Audi; Dutch National Opera; Christof Hetzer; Burkhard Fritz; Catherine Naglestad

BarcelonaNinth for Gatti

Ninth for Gatti
Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Simon Halsey; Chamber Chorus of the Palau de la Música Catalana; Orféo Català; Daniele Gatti; Marina Rebeka

MilanFrancesca da RiminiNew Production

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
Fabio Luisi; David Pountney; Teatro alla Scala; Leslie Travers; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Maria José Siri; Marcelo Puente

CheltenhamIl tabarro & Gianni Schicchi

© Richard Hubert Smith
Puccini
Michael Rosewell; James Conway; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Craig Smith; Sarah-Jane Lewis; Charne Rochford

ZürichMaria StuardaNew Production

Diana Damrau (Maria Stuarda) and Serena Farnocchia (Elisabetta) © Monika Rittershaus
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Enrique Mazzola; David Alden; Zurich Opera; Gideon Davey; Serena Farnocchia; Diana Damrau

BernCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Mario Venzago; Stephan Märki; Stadttheater Bern; Philipp Fürhofer; Claude Eichenberger; Jordan Shanahan
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
Entry deadline:
Not yet open.
Finals: June 2018
Cardiff
Categories:
Opera