Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu has been celebrated as the new Maria Callas, and performs around the world. She grew up in Communist Romania, but when dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was usurped, she moved to London. We met up with her in Munich.
Next year, superstar Anna Netrebko will sing in Bayreuth. But as the current season begins, visitors are looking forward to a new production of Wagner's "Lohengrin" — including a stage set designed by Neo Rauch.
Nicknamed "the Elvis of opera," the world famous baritone has passed away at the age of 55 after a battle with brain cancer. Hvorostovsky kept giving concerts and recording up through his final months.
With Anna Netrebko in the title role, Verdi's "Aida" got a fresh staging at this year's Salzburg Festival. Iranian stage director and film artist Shirin Neshat told DW why she made "Aida" more complex than usual.
There were no scandals, no family intrigue and no diva moments in Bayreuth, just an acclaimed "Mastersingers" premiere. But 2018 could get juicier, with Plácido Domingo waving the baton and a conductors' row to resolve.
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