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Noteworthy & Now

By Eloise Giegerich

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In May, conductor (and pianist) Antonio Pappano performed at the online Gramophone Classical Music Award benefit gala, to support musicians whose livelihoods have been impacted by COVID-19. Since June, Pappano has acted as recurring host for IDAGIO Live, a new online platform by the classical-music streaming service that offers free daily videos, master classes and more. The Live corresponds with the greater launch of IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall, a virtual venue that brings music to audiences worldwide. 

Ryan Speedo Green plans to open his season with a role and house debut, singing Rocco in Washington National Opera’s new Fidelio staging (Oct. 24–Nov. 9). Elza van den Heever (Leonore) and Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan) also star. In the new year, Green is scheduled to sing the Geisterbote in the Met’s Frau ohne Schatten production.

Throughout quarantine, Sasha Cooke has been busy speaking with fellow artists, sharing songs of comfort and contributing to artist-relief initiatives; don’t miss her on Instagram, @sashamezzomama. In January, she is scheduled to sing a concert alongside Susanna Phillips, in Portland, Oregon, and in March, she plans to create the role of Sylvie in the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Diving Bell and the Butterfly at Dallas Opera.

Throughout the summer, Lisette Oropesa has been hosting a donation-based Zoom master-class series for aspiring singers; for more details or to sign up, visit In October, Oropesa is scheduled to open her season in Vienna, singing Konstanze in Hans Neuenfels’s new Entführung aus dem Serail staging at the Staatsoper.

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⓹  François Girard’s Parsifal staging is scheduled to make its Canadian Opera Company debut in September, marking the house’s first presentation of Wagner’s final opera. Johannes Debus paces the cast, which includes Christopher Ventris (title role), Johan Reuter (Amfortas) and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Kundry).

⓺  Ambrogio Maestri, who recently took part in the Met’s “aAt Home” gala, has been posting quarantine updates and digital appearances on his Facebook; visit his page for more, and watch gala highlights on the Met’s site. In September, the Italian baritone is scheduled to open his season with a role debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing Alfio and Tonio in the house’s revival of Elijah Moshinsky’s Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci double bill.

⓻  Anita Hartig is scheduled to open her season with a house debut, singing Micaela in Rob Ashford’s Carmen staging at Houston Grand Opera (Oct. 23–Nov. 13). Isabel Leonard headlines, and Andrea Carè sings Don José. In January, Hartig heads to the Met for Violetta in the second run of the house’s Traviata staging.

⓼ In the New Year, Janai Brugger heads to the West Coast, where she will sing Zerlina in the LA Opera premiere of Kasper Holten’s Don Giovanni staging. This summer, Brugger was scheduled to create the role of Wilhelmina in the world premiere of Cincinnati Opera’s Castor and Patience, which has been postponed until summer 2021. spacer 

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