Opera News 18 to Watch in 2018/19: Rosa Feola, Aida Garifullina & Heidi Stober



In the magazine’s November issue, the editors of Opera News selected eighteen singers who are set to grab the diva spotlight in the coming season, including sopranos Rosa Feola, Aida Garifullina and Heidi Stober.

Congratulations Rosa, Aida and Heidi!

Rosa Feola

“This past August, Feola made her Mostly Mozart debut with lustrous, poised accounts of two Mozart concert arias, demonstrating sovereign legato, crisp articulation and imaginative prosody.” Opera News

Rosa recently made both house and role debut in the title role of a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Theater Basel, and next year will make her Metropolitan Opera debut as Gilda Rigoletto. Find out more here.

Aida Garifullina

“Alongside the likes of Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez and [Placido] Domingo, Garifullina prompted a Three Tenors-esque frisson with her rendition of “Je veux vivre.” It was a performance so glamorously assured that it seemed like a coronation anthem for a new diva.” Opera News

Over the past year, Aida has made debuts at the Salzburg Festival and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, sang at the Concert de Paris for Bastille Day, and performed to millions across the world at the opening and closing ceremonies of the FIFA World Cup. She makes her Metropolitan Opera debut in January 2019 as Zerlina in Don Giovanni. Find out more here.

Heidi Stober

“Stober’s instrument is the type of distinctly American lyric soprano that makes the rest of the world listen.” Opera News

Heidi recently appeared in San Francisco Opera as Zdenka Arabella. Later on this season, she will return to her ‘home’ house, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as performances with Lyric Opera Chicago, a return to San Francisco Opera and concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Heidi is currently rehearsing in Amsterdam ahead of her Dutch National Opera debut as Antigone in Enescu’s Oedipe this December. Find out more here.

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