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Ed Parks
Barihunk Ed Parks is singing the role of Laurent with the Long Beach Opera on January 24th and February 1. He then performs the role with the Chicago Opera Theater from February 20-28.  

Based on  French writer Émile Zola's novel, Tobias Picker's sensual score for Thérèse Raquin mirrors the lovers' turbulent affair. The Long Beach and Chicago casts both star Mary Ann Stewart as Thérèse, Matthew DiBattista as her husband Camille and Suzan Hanson as Madame Raquin.

The Long Beach Opera will offer students tickets for $15 per ticket in an effort to introduce a young audiences to opera.  There is a limit of two tickets per student.

 Mary Ann Stewart and Ed Parks in duet from Thérèse Raquin (rehearsal):
Thérèse and Camille Raquin are a married couple who are reunited with an old friend, Laurent. It soon becomes clear that Thérèse and Laurent are more than old friends as heated confessions of undying love abound between the two. The two conspire to murder the sickly Camille and succeed in dumping him into the Seine to make possible the consecration of their love. The guilty couple soon becomes the object of torment by both their own guilty consciences and the ghost of Camille.

Beginning March 30th, the former Lindemann Young Artist, returns to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the Flemish Deputy alongside fellow barihunk Simon Keenlyside in Verdi's Don Carlo

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who just gets sexier with every passing year, will be making his role debut in Rubinstein’s The Demon from January 30 – February 5 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall  in Moscow. The performance will be led maestro Mikhail Tatarnikov with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings music from the The Demon and Don Giovanni:

Joining him in the semi-staged production will be fellow barihunk Alexander Tsymbalyuk, soprano Asmik Grigoryan, contralto Larisa Kostyuk, countertenor Vadim Volkov, tenor Vasily Yefimov,and bass Dmitry Skorikov. Ticket information is available online.

Alexander Tsymbalyuk can currently be seen at the Bavarian State Opera in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Hvorostovsky is singing Renato in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House in London. He'll return to the opera in May at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Count Anckarström.

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Krešimir Stražanac
We originally introduced 31-year-old Croatian barihunk Krešimir Stražanac to readers after a picture of him that we posted of him working out went viral with our readers on Facebook.

Last season at the Zurich Opera, Stražanac sang Bello in Puccini's La fanciulla del West, the Second Nazarene in Richard Strauss' Salome, Fleville in Giordano's Andrea Chenier and Hermann in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann. This season he'll be keeping his beautiful voice in shape with lots of Johann Sebastian Bach at some amazing churches and cathedrals.

On March 7th, he'll be at the famed Herkulesaal Church in Munich singing the St. John's Passion with Concerto Köln and the Bayerischen Rundfunks Chorus and tenor Julian Prégardien as the Evangelist. The concert will be repeated the next night at the Partenkirchen in Garmisch.

Krešimir Stražanac sings Frank Martin, Schubert and Wolf:
On March 14th, he'll perform Bach's "Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn, BWV 92" and "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’r Mensch und Gott, BWV 127" with the WDR Sinfonieorchester in Cologne under  Reinhard Goebel.  

In April, he takes on St. John's Passion at the Strifskirche in Stuttgat before returning to Cologne in May for Bach's "Gott fahret auf mit Jauchzen, BWV 128."

If you want to catch him in opera, you'll have to wait until August when he sings Aeneas in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas at the Osor Summer Festival in his native Croatia.

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Gyula Orendt in Orfeo
Gyula Orendt will headline a live stream performance of Monteverdi’s Orfeo in a co-production between Roundhouse Digital Productions and the Royal Opera House. The Roundhouse Theatre was a railway repair shed from 1847-1960 and now hosts performing arts productions.

The performance will be available on Wednesday, January 21st at 7.15pm GMT/10:15 AM PST/1:15. You can watch the performance at the Royal Opera House YouTube channel or on the BBC Arts website.

Joining Gyula Orendt in the cast is soprano Mary Bevan as Euridice, along with Jette Parker Young Artists James Platt as Charon and Rachel Kelly as Proserpina. Former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Michael Boyd directs in his operatic debut, with a production that features post-graduate students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and participants of East London Dance.

Gyula Orendt and Mary Bevan
Orfeo, which originally premiered on February 24, 1607 in Mantua, is considered the first great opera. Monteverdi incorporated existing musical forms, such as madrigals and the newly developed recitative and the result was considered revolutionary.

The eight performances are all sold out, so this may be your only chance to see the performance.

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Philipp Hochmair
Director Antú Romero Nunes has created a hybrid version of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg using material from composer Richard Wagner and the 19th century German dramatist Christian Friedrich Hebbel. He's also presenting the innocent forest child Siegfried nude, which is true to the original story as the hero bathes in the blood of the freshly slain dragon to become invincible.

Philipp Hochmair and Thomas Niehaus in "Der Ring: Siegfried/Götterdämmerung"
Alexander Simon as Wotan and Daniel Lommatzsch as Siegmund
Wagnerian purists should be warned, as this version contains far more spoken dialogue than the famed leit motifs of The Ring. There are six remaining performances and tickets are available online.

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Duncan Rock as Don Giovanni with the HET Sinfonieorkest
We've been so excited about Duncan Rock's American stage debut as Don Giovanni in May with the Boston Lyric Opera that we almost overlooked his current run in the opera with the HET Sinfonieorkest in The Netherlands that's going on right now. Fortunately, there are still five performances remaining between January 18-25 and tickets are available online.

Director Eva Buchmann has made the story particularly intimate in this production placing the audience on the stage and around the orchestra.

We recently shared a little bit of trivia about Duncan Rock, which was that he started his musical career playing the bagpipes. The HET Sinfonieorkest adds that he played basketball and the bass.

This summer he'll be at Glyndebourne singing Tarquinius in Fiona Shaw's production of Britten's The Rape of Lucretia.

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Christopher Dylan Herbert (far left & right) and Anthony Roth Costanzo
As part of the Twelfth Night Festival in early January, Julian Wachner and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra presented a fully-staged production of Handel’s Saul. The title role was sung by barihunk Christopher Dylan Herbert, who possesses one of the most eloquent and richly beautiful baritone voices in the business. David is sung by the stunningly gifted countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and bass-barihunk Dashon Burton sings the role of the Ghost of Samuel. Rounding out the cast is Ryland Angel as Jonathan, Jessica Muirhead as Merab, Marie-Eve Munger,  as Michal and Molly Quinn.

Click HERE to watch the entire performance.

Christopher Dylan Herbert sining "With rage I shall burst his praises to hear!"
Saul is a dramatic oratorio taken from the First Book of Samuel in the Bible's Old Testament. The story of Saul focuses on the first king of Israel's relationship with his eventual successor, David; one which turns from admiration to envy and hatred, ultimately leading to the downfall of the eponymous monarch.

The work, which Handel composed in 1738, includes the famous "Dead March," a funeral anthem for Saul and his son Jonathan. The "Dead March" was played at the funerals of Winston Churchill and George Washington, as well as being played many times during the journey from Washington D.C. to Springfield, Illinois of the body of Abraham Lincoln after his assassination.

You can next hear Christopher Dylan Herbert on January 22nd, when he performs a recital with accompanist Christopher Reynolds at Julliard's Morse Hall. The will perform music by Liszt, Shostakovich and Rautavaara. Herbert is also part of the Grammy-nominated ensemble New York Polyphony and you can check out their schedule online.

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Elliot Madore and Danielle de Niese in Les Sauvages
A reader wrote us to inform us that Elliot Madore's performance in excerpts from Jean-Philippe Rameau's Les Sauvages with William Christie and the Orchestre des Arts Florissants is available online. Joining him in the cast are Danielle de Niese as Zima, Marcel Beekman as Damon and Laurent Naouri as Don Alvar.

He also performs in Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Te Deum H.146 with Rachel Redmond, Katherine Watson, Marcel Beekman, Reinoud Van Mechelen,  Elliot Madore, fellow barihunk Marc Mauillon and Laurent Naouri.

The remainder of the performance includes Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville's In exitu Israel and François-André Danican Philidor's Rondo de Bacchus.

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Elliot Madore performing with the Orchestre des Arts Florissants
Madore can next be seen at the Zurich Opera from February 15-March 3 when he sings Harlekin in Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos. Eva-Maria Westbroek will sing Ariadne and fellow barihunk Erik Anstine will sing Truffaldin.

He next appears in the U.S. on March 15 at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio for a song recital of Poulenc, Ives, Wolf, Schumann and others. Tickets are available online.

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Richard Alexandre Rittelmann as Escamillo and in the Barihunks Calendar
Richard Alexandre Rittelmann, who was one the winners of our Barihunks Charity Calendar photo contest, has some interesting concerts on the horizon.

On February 8th, he'll sing Ludwig, one of the main baritone parts in Franz Liszt's rarely performed Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos under Arturo Tamayo. Liszt wrote the score between 1857-62, using a libretto by Otto Roquette. The story depicts the life of Hungary's Saint Elizabeth and incorporates the Catholic plainchant used on her feast day, as well as Hungarian melodies. From the plainchant, Liszt extracted a short motive, which he used as a symbol of the cross. The piece is scored for plenty of low voices, including three baritones and two basses as well as a mezzo-soprano, soprano and a chorus.

A little side note of interest, Rittlemann is part Hungarian. Tickets are available online

Eva Marton sings the prayer from Die Legende von der heiligen Elisabeth:
On February 20th, he then returns to more standard fare when he performs the torreador Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen. He sings the role opposite the gypsy Karine Ohanyan on the French Riviera at the Palais de l'Europe in Menton.

From March 6-21 he sings Sergeant Sulpice in Donizetti's La figlia del reggimento at the Teatro Nuovo in Torino
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Lee Poulis gloriously shirtless onstage and off
We think the world would be a better place of American barihunk Lee Poulis would just walk around shirtless all of the time. We just learned that he's returning to a role where he'll be decked out in a suit, so we thought we'd share some of these pictures.

Poulis will be returning to the role of Robert Oppenheimer in John Adams' Doctor Atomic at the Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain on March 13, 16 and 18. Jessica Rivera will sing the role of Kitty Oppenheimer. Poulis first sang the role in the German premiere in 2010 at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken. He then reprised the role a year later at the Finnish National Opera.

Tickets and additional cast information for the Seville performances are available online.

Lee Poulis as Robert Oppenheimer in Saarbrücken
If you can't make it to Seville, Poulis will be performing Leporello opposite the Don Giovanni of fellow barihunk Christopher Burchett at the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre on January 16 and 18. The January 16th performance will be also broadcast on Iowa Public Radio at 2 PM CST. Click HERE for the broadcast. He previously sang the title role in Don Giovanni at Sarasota Opera in 2011.

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