What In The World Are They Up To?

Since Aria Serious has readers as far flung as Latvia, here's an update on where in the world some of our 2009 singers are currently performing:

Soprano Sylvie Valayre (Tosca) will be in Leipzig in November and December for a run of Aidas. She'll also sing a few Turandots at the Staatsoper Berlin.

Closer to home tenor Marcus Haddock (Tosca) will take on Don Jose in Los Angeles Opera's Carmen, opening later next month.

Ace-of-bass Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quixote) is currently singing Zaccaria in Nabucco in Venice but you should save the money and come see him perform it here in 2010. After this he'll do a series of King Phillip II in Don Carlo at the Wiener Staatsoper as well as at La Scala.

Mezzo Denyce Graves (Don Quixote) will be chewing up the stage as Carmen at Washington National Opera next month and then performs a series of recitals before heading over to us.

Soprano L'ubica Vargicova (Rigoletto) sings Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann in Madrid and then performs a run of Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment in Hamburg.

Tenor Roberto Aronica (Rigoletto) is the Pinkerton of the season at the Met, an engagement he began earlier this month. He sings Hoffmann in The Tales of Hoffmann in Turin at the start of the year.

Baritone Lado Ataneli (Rigoletto) is currrently singing Rigoletto in Tokyo. He can also be heard next month as Germont in La traviata at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Scarpia in Tosca at the Wiener State Opera.

Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey (Peter Grimes) sings Mahler's Symphony No. 8 with the San Francisco Symphony next month before a series of fundraisers and holiday concerts, driving home the point he really is one of the nicest men in the business.

Soprano Patricia Racette (Madama Butterfly) is currently holding court at the Met as Cio-Cio-San, a role she will also bring to to the Lyric Opera of Chicago to round out the new year before performing it with us in May.

Tenor Carlo Ventre (Madama Butterfly) spends November as Radames in Aida in Leipzig with Sylvie Valayre and will finish up the year as Riccardo in A Masked Ball in Hamburg.

If you stop by and see them, which you should, tell them Aria Serious sent you.

- Edward


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