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.
Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu, a protégé of Luciano Pavarotti, has steadily built a strong international career, performing with the world’s leading opera companies. He describes his inspirations on the road to “tenordom”, the importance of Mozart in building his career, maintaining good health, and which baritone roles he would sing in the shower!
2016 in stats
Some people crack open the Champagne to launch the New Year, but here at Bachtrack Towers the corks have barely popped before we dive into the classical music statistics for the year just ended.
New opera seasons
It’s the time of year when opera houses and concert halls begin to announce their new seasons and – where possible – we try and upload listings to Bachtrack quickly. So far, opera announcements have been made at Opéra de Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas.
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Weber: Der Freischütz
Christoph Gedschold; Christian von Götz; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Jessica Karge; Gal James; Magdalena Hinterdobler
TBC; Gergely Kesselyák; Hungarian State Opera; Edit Zeke; Janó Papp; Alexandru Agache; Michele Kalmandy
Harry Bicket; Mary Bevan; Christiane Karg; Joyce DiDonato; Sonia Prina
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Thomas Rösner; James Robinson; Houston Grand Opera; Allen Moyer; Anna R. Oliver; Albina Shagimuratova; Lawrence Brownlee
Balázs Kocsár; János Szikora; Hungarian State Opera; Balázs Horesnyi; Yvette Alida Kovács; Ivan Magrì; Szabolcs Brickner
Jiří Klecker; Jiří Nekvasil; Janáček Opera NTB; Daniel Dvořák; Simona Rybáková
Abraham: Ball im Savoy
David Cavelius; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Esther Bialas; Otto Pichler
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A joyous explosion of tuneful Victorian satire provides an unlikely, yet ideal, contrast to English Touring Opera's Tosca as their Patience tours the UK in this finely-cast, period-perfect production.
Sung in English, a performance of Káťa Kabanová lacked the expressive power of the original, but exposed Juilliard Opera students to the marvels of Janáček’s musical style.
At the Barbican last night, Gerald Finley, John Adams and the BBC Symphony Orchestra combined to deliver the heaviest operatic punch I’ve been subjected to all year.
Jacobs has found in the excellent musicians of this orchestra the perfect laboratory to explore his conception of Mozart.
Luis Buñuel's derision at the sense of entitlement of over-privileged, self-righteous prigs shines through a high quality operatic adaptation.
With a guest performance of the Komische Oper Berlin, Barrie Kosky's and Suzanne Andrade's magical production triumphs in Budapest.
Krakatit, an opera composed in the shadow of the Cold War, remains frighteningly relevant.
Yesterday, Benjamin Millepied stepped down as director of Paris Opéra Ballet, prompting the question: can the director of a large international company juggle a management role with the desire to create?