Olga Borodina returns to the Metropolitan Opera this fall for Aida

Great Performances at the Met: AidaThis fall, Olga Borodina returns to the Metropolitan Opera for Aida. Singing her signature role of Amneris, the Russian mezzo-soprano returns to the company’s opulent production of Verdi’s tragedy, in which she was last seen in 2012.

Of that performance, The New York Times wrote, “Ms. Borodina’s Amneris was impassioned, volatile… Her astonishingly powerful, almost masculine low notes seem to come out of an instrument different from that of the rest of her range… her final plea for peace was heart wrenching.”

Aida opens on October 30. For more information, click here.

Maxim Vengerov reunites with the Polish Chamber Orchestra on tour in Oman, Turkey, and Switzerland

maxim-front1This month, Maxim Vengerov rejoins the Polish Chamber Orchestra. Having toured Mozart with them this past fall, Maxim once again revisits Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 4 and 5, as well as Saint-Saëns’s Havannaise and Rondo Capriccioso with the ensemble. They are first heard on February 9 at the Royal Opera House Muscat, followed by Istanbul’s ?? Sanat Culture Center on February 11. Finally, they perform in Geneva’s Victoria Hall on February 13.

Olga Borodina sings Dalila in a Mariinsky gala concert

ob-mariinskyOn February 8, Olga Borodina returns to the Mariinsky Theatre to reprise her acclaimed Dalila in Saint-Saëns’s opera Samson et Dalila. Given in a special gala concert, the work is conducted by French maestro Emmanuel Villaume.

Olga can be heard alongside tenor Clifton Forbis as Samson, Yevgeny Nikitin as the High Priest, and Edward Tsanga as Abimélech.

(Photo: Mariinsky Theatre)

Maxim Vengerov and the London Symphony Orchestra

This Sunday, Maxim Vengerov joins the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Hall under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano. Maxim reprises his acclaimed account of Britten’s Violin Concerto, a performance of which at the Ravinia Festival last summer was dubbed one of the best classical and opera events of 2013 by The Chicago Sun–Times.

Maestro Pappano also leads the orchestra in Elgar’s In the South and the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’s Symphony No. 10. For tickets, click here.

Olga Borodina performs Mahler with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic

On January 16, Olga Borodina joins maestro Yuri Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra to perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” Of her performance in the work with Valery Gergiev at Carnegie Hall, the New York Times praised Borodina’s “luminous, deep tone” in the “Urlicht” section.

The spectacular work will be heard in the city’s Philharmonia and also includes soprano Lucy Crowe, the Smolny Cathedral Chamber Choir, and the Petersburg Chamber Choir. For more information and tickets, click here.