The New Opera Season Is Upon Us!!!!

Soprano, Anna Netrebko will leave her mark on the Bel Canto repertoire

The Diva, Defined: Netrebko Has Arrived (Zachary Woolfe, NY Times)

Across the world, this weekend brings the sizzling anticipation of the 2011/2012 to a fever pitch.  In what proves to be an exciting year in North America, there are some truly exceptional and rare operas to see and, moreover, fabulous new voices and familiar ones that never cease to please.  Friday night brought the opening night of the Canadian Opera Company 2011/12 season, with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and outstanding Canadian Baritone, Russell Braun in Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris. 

Susan Graham as Iphigenia in Tauris, in Toronto

Review in “NOW” Magazine (Toronto)

In New York City, opera aficionados wait in anticipation of opening night on Monday the 26th at 8pm, when the fabulous Anna Netrebko makes her debut performance as the incomparable Anna Bolena, alongside the vibrant voiced up-coming tenor, Stephen Costello.  Costello has caused quite the stir with his beautiful tones and glimmering upper tessitura, and Netrebko remains the beloved singer of the house but now she may leave her own indelible mark on this repertoire.

Tenor, Stephen Costello

Last night was the opening of the San Francisco Opera, with another Bel Canto favourite, Lucrezia Borgia, starring the ever-lovely Renee Fleming and the magnificent young tenor, Michael Fabiano.  Both Fabiano and Costello are electrifying the opera world and it will be an absolute joy for opera lovers to watch these careers flourish and bloom. Lucky are Mme’s Fleming and Netrebko to sing alongside these two great men and vice-versa.

Fleming stars as Lucrezia

“Singing Sensation Michael Fabiano” (SF Examiner)

“Young Borgia Tenor To Star With Top Diva” (San Francisco Examiner)

Review of Lucrezia Borgia from San Francisco Weekly

As the season begins, the Last Verista wishes all a successful and safe one, filled with excitement, great singing, and devotion to the art.  In Bocca al Lupo per tutti!!!

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