Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), is one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. It had its debut at the Salzburg Festival directed by Peter Sellars with Dawn Upshaw as Clémence and Dwayne Croft as Jaufré Rudel, which received critical success. In 2002, L’Amour de Loin had its U.S. premiere at the Santa Fe Opera.
Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the October 22 Live performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, starring Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the title role, which he has sung to acclaim with numerous leading opera houses around the world.
The legend gives up his baton. Levine will retire at the end of the current season, for health reasons. He will then assume the new position of Music Director Emeritus. The Met responds with further shifting of staff responsibilities.
With a spectacular array of offerings under their marquee, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has remembered everyone in planning its festive slate of holiday attractions.
Wagner’s Tannhäuser wins the maestro’s time and attention as James Levine deals with reduced energy, leaving Berg’s Lulu (seen in photo) to others.
One of Verdi’s most popular operas, compete with the Anvil Chorus, Il Trovatore is spellbinding to watch, glorious to hear and our preview has some special excerpts from the October 3 Live in HD program which is coming to Pittsfield and Great Barrington.
Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez star in Rossini’s bel canto tour-de-force, based on the Scottish tale by Sir Walter Scott.