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Rosa Feola Featured Lyric Opera of Chicago 

“Chicago welcomed me with such an enthusiasm that I was suddenly in love with the people!” says Rosa Feola, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Gilda

It was one of those moments when the entire audience was enraptured. It was during Rosa Feola’s “Caro nome” in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s latest production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. I had the good fortune of being in the audience on opening night. As I basked in her sounds, I decided right then and there to interview Rosa Feola. Fortunately, she was willing to take the time to sit down with Opera Sense and answer a few of my questions! Chicago welcomed me with such an enthusiasm that I was suddenly…

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's Rigoletto Featured In Review Lyric Opera of Chicago 

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto, 2017 – “It was simply and unequivocally a triumphant opening of a spectacular production”

Last night I was reminded of what happens when opera is done right – very right. The opening performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto was a masterfully executed, well-rounded tour de force. First and foremost, the vocal performances in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto were world-class. Leading the cast were Evanston native Matthew Polenzani as the Duke of Mantua and Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey as the title character, both of whom have become staples in the roster at Lyric (lucky Chicagoans!). The leading men could not have been more comfortable in…

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Robin Johannsen Features 

“I love how great music can transport you,” says Robin Johannsen, American Soprano

American soprano Robin Johannsen is one of the great interpreters of Baroque opera. This Philadelphia native has spent the majority of her career on the great stages of Europe, including the Berliner Staatsoper, Oper Leipzig, and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie to name but a few. I am extremely grateful that she was willing to take a little time out of her busy schedule to sit down and talk to us about her exciting career! What is your earliest opera memory? When did you decide you wanted to make opera…

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Corinne Winters Features 

“Opera is alive, and exists only from the downbeat until the curtain falls,” says Corinne Winters, Seattle Opera’s latest Violetta

American soprano Corinne Winters seems to be on the fast track to opera stardom – she’s making major house debuts left and right and transforming some of the great leading ladies – Violetta, Tatyana, and Mimì, to name a few – into her signature roles. Currently Winters is making her Seattle Opera debut as Violetta in Verdi’s La traviata. What is your earliest opera memory? Learning my first aria – the “Seguidilla” from Carmen – when I was 17. Crazy, I know. I started as a mezzo-soprano (if one can even call herself…

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Eric Neuville Features 

“Singing is my vocation,” says American Tenor Eric Neuville

American tenor Eric Neuville is a fascinating guy all around – he sings opera, writes books, re-engineers vocal labs, and sings in a Grammy Award winning ensemble. He is currently playing Gastone in Seattle Opera’s latest production of Verdi’s masterpiece La traviata, consistently the most performed opera worldwide. Opera Sense is thrilled that Neuville was willing to answer a few of our questions about his background and current projects. What is your earliest opera memory? I can vividly remember a production of Carmen I saw at Minnesota Opera as a…

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Massimo Cavalletti Features 

Massimo Cavalletti on his career, La bohème, and new operagoers

Massimo Cavalletti is a natural talent; the 38 year-old baritone just sang his 100th Met performance of Puccini’s La bohème, the opera he made his Met debut in only six years ago. It’s hard to believe that Cavalletti’s first experience with opera occurred when he 20 years old. Within a decade of his first stage performance ever, Massimo Cavalletti has sung in the great opera houses of the world, including the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala. He has proven himself time and time again a masterful interpreter of the great…

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Ferruccio Furlanetto Divi of the Day 

Ferruccio Furlanetto

Italian bass Ferruccio Furlanetto has a powerful, unforgettable sound. I know him primarily through Mozart – as Figaro in a famous Met recording of Le Nozze di Figaro and as Don Alfonso in another James Levine led production of Così fan tutte (this one was with the Vienna Philharmonic). Although I know him primarily from Mozart operas, he is a renowned interpreter of Verdi as well. Ferruccio Furlanetto | Biography Furlanetto was born in Sacile, Italy in 1949. He began his opera career in Italy, but after making his U.S….

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Sherrill Milnes Divi of the Day 

Sherrill Milnes

Sherrill Milnes was another name that kept popping up on the CD box sets I was buying. I first heard Milnes on the famous 1971 recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto with Sutherland and Pavarotti. Like so many great singers, he has an unforgettable and unmistakable sound. The first word that comes to mind when I think of Milnes is power. He also has a wonderful ability to convey emotion in his tone and bring out different colors of his instrument. Listen below to see what I mean. I wouldn’t say his…

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Joan Sutherland Divi of the Day 

Joan Sutherland

Joan Sutherland was the first operatic soprano I ever knew. My passion for opera began with a 1971 Decca recording of Verdi’s Rigoletto in which Joan played Gilda opposite Pavarotti’s Duke of Mantua. Although never a master of diction, Sutherland had an unforgettable voice with a natural flair for coloratura passages. 00

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Most Popular Operas Mozart New to opera Puccini Rossini Verdi 

Top 10 Most Popular Operas in the World

Here are the ten most popular operas by number of performances according to Operabase, perhaps the world’s greatest organizer of data relating to the world of opera. The figures apply to the 2015/2016 season. Verdi appears twice, Puccini and Mozart three times each, and Bizet and Rossini both once. La traviata, by Verdi. This masterpiece was performed a whopping 4190 times in the 2015/2016 season. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), by Mozart. This singspiel moved up from number seven in 2014/2015 to number two! This work is full of magic…

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