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Review: OPERA À LA CARTE'S PRODUCTION OF LA BOHÈME at Tenth Avenue Arts Center In East Village
by Ron Bierman - May 22, 2024

The first act of Opera À La Carte’s production of La bohème featured costuming and well-used furniture that made Rodolfo’s bohemian Parisian garret seem more real than the elaborate expensive sets and costumes of many other productions. After all, Rodolfo (tenor Adam Caughey) and his three friends a...

Review: TURANDOT at LA Opera
by Andrew Child - May 22, 2024

A sharp blade wielded threateningly, forced perspective creating looming palatial walls, the rotting heads of failed suitors, and a princess literally shrouded in mystery quickly orient us within Puccini’s iconic fairytale....

Video: New Highlights of Renée Fleming & Kelli O'Hara in THE HOURS
by Joshua Wright - May 14, 2024

Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Kevin Puts’s The Hours, with a libretto by Greg Pierce is back at The Met for eight performances following its sold-out world-premiere production last season. In all new footage from the production's 2022 run, watch highlights of the cast in action featuring Kelli O'H...

Review: TURANDOT performed by Washington National Opera at Kennedy Center
by David Friscic - May 14, 2024

Incredibly rich in detail --from staging to technical aspects-- and emboldened with Puccini’s soaring music and meticulous, intelligent direction by Francesca Zambello, Washington National Opera’s production of Turandot is a production for the ages. The entire creative team, the cast, the Washington...

Review Roundup: Critics Sound Off On EL NIÑO at the Metropolitan Opera
by Joshua Wright - April 24, 2024

The Met premiere of John Adams’s opera-oratorio EL NIŃO, which features soprano Julia Bullock, mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, and bass-baritone Davóne Tines is now on stage! What did the critics think?...

Review: TURANDOT at Belk Theater
by Perry Tannenbaum - April 22, 2024

Yes, a grand opera was inserted at Belk Theater as the clock or calendar was winding down! Around the world, Callas, Nilsson, and Sutherland are among the divas who have graced the powerhouse role of TURANDOT, and Franco Zeffirelli's production at the Met is as revered for its stateliness and splend...

BroadStage Presents Elīna Garanča With Orchestra, Conducted By Karel Mark Chichon On May 10
by A.A. Cristi - April 19, 2024

BroadStage audience favorite mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča returns as part of the Celebrity Opera Recital Series on Friday, May 10, 2024 at 7:30pm at the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center. Garanča is accompanied by an orchestra with the highly esteemed British condu...

Interview: Theatre Life with Katherine Goforth
by Elliot Lanes - April 19, 2024

Today’s subject Katherine Goforth is someone who can definitely be called a breakthrough artist to be sure. She is the inaugural recipient of Washington National Opera’s True Voice Award for transgender and non-binary singers. She will be making her Kennedy Center debut on May first at 6:00pm with a...

Video: Soprano Janai Brugger on Cherubini's MEDEA at Canadian Opera Company
by Joshua Wright - April 17, 2024

Watch as Soprano Janai Brugger gives us a taste of Cherubini’s heady score for MADEA, exquisitely brought to life in this excerpt from her Act I aria “O Amore, vieni a me!'...

Video: First Look At Act 1 Finale Of Opera Orlando's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
by Joshua Wright - April 17, 2024

Go inside rehearsals for the Act 1 finale of Opera Orlando's production of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, which performs April 19th and 21st, 2024....

Video: Go Inside Orchestra Rehearsal for Opera Orlando's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
by Joshua Wright - April 15, 2024

Go inside orchestra rehearsals for Opera Orlando's production of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, which performs April 19th and 21st, 2024....

Video: Creative Team Talks APORTIA CHRYPTYCH: A BLACK OPERA FOR PORTIA WHITE at the Canadian Opera Company
by Joshua Wright - April 12, 2024

Watch as lead creator, director & librettist HAUI and composer Sean Mayes talk about the exciting world premiere of APORTIA CHRYPTYCH: A BLACK OPERA FOR PORTIA WHITE. APORTIA CHRYPTYCH: A BLACK OPERA FOR PORTIA WHITE at the Canadian Opera Company....

Video: Director Mary Zimmerman on THE MATCHBOX MAGIC FLUTE at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Joshua Wright - April 12, 2024

Shakespeare Theatre Company's final show this season is Mary Zimmerman's The Matchbox Magic Flute. Watch as adapter and director Mary Zimmerman describes what makes The Matchbox Magic Flute a unique operatic experience. ...

Universal Music Publishing Signs Classical Music Icon Andrea Bocelli To Exclusive, Global Publishing Agreement
by A.A. Cristi - April 10, 2024

Universal Music Publishing Group has announced that legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli has been signed to an exclusive, global publishing agreement through UMPG's Classics & Screen department....

Interview: Cara Consilvio- Director of LA BOHEME at Opera Grand Rapids
by Brian Hilbrand - April 09, 2024

Have you ever wondered where the story of “Rent” or “Love Story” came from? Puccini’s classic opera has inspired generations with its true-to-life story of Rodolfo and Mimi — star-crossed lovers. With the romantic score and soaring melodies of Puccini, La Bohéme is the perfect opera for opera fans a...

Video: Go Inside The Royal Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by Joshua Wright - April 09, 2024

Watch as The Royal Opera explores Puccini’s devastating tragedy about a young geisha who falls in love with an American naval officer....

Video: Get A First Look At The Return of FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES at The Met Opera
by Joshua Wright - April 08, 2024

Get a first look at Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones' return to the Met stage. The production's remount begins performances on April 8 for seven performances. Its 2021 premiere made history as the first opera by a Black composer to be presented at the Met and won the 2023 Grammy Award fo...

Video: Get A First Look At LA Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by Joshua Wright - April 08, 2024

Get a first look at LA Opera's production of Giuseppe Verdi's beloved romantic tragedy, La Traviata, starring soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen - now on stage through April 27th, 2024....

Interview: Measha Brueggergosman-Lee of Opera Atelier's ALL IS LOVE
by Ilana Lucas - April 08, 2024

BroadwayWorld Toronto spoke to ALL IS LOVE star Brueggergosman-Lee about her love for the show and the company, the importance of taking risks, and how her upcoming Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award is really an encouragement to keep creating....

Video: Sir Bryn Terfel and Annabel Thwaite Perform Schubert's 'Liebesbotschaft' at Carnegie Hall
by Blair Ingenthron - April 06, 2024

In this video, Terfel is joined by pianist Annabel Thwaite in this excerpt from Schubert’s “Liebesbotschaft' at Carnegie Hall. ...

Andrea Bocelli To Perform Live At Madison Square Garden This December
by A.A. Cristi - April 04, 2024

Experience the magic of Andrea Bocelli's live performances at Madison Square Garden on December 18 and 19, 2024. Don't miss this unforgettable musical event....

Video: Meet the Creative Team of The Met's EL NIÑO
by Joshua Wright - April 04, 2024

Watch as ahead of the Met premiere of El Niño, composer John Adams discusses his acclaimed opera-oratorio and director Lileana Blain-Cruz describes her vibrant new production. ...

Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Orlando Opera
by Joshua Wright - April 02, 2024

Go inside rehearsals for Opera Orlando's production of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, which performs April 19th and 21st, 2024....

Soprano So Young Park to Play Juliette in This Afternoon's ROMEO ET JULIETTE at Met Opera
by Blair Ingenthron - March 30, 2024

Soprano So Young Park will sing the role of Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette in the Saturday, March 30th afternoon performance, replacing Nadine Sierra, who has withdrawn due to illness....

Video: Get A First Look at The Met Opera's LA RONDINE
by Joshua Wright - March 28, 2024

Watch as Puccini’s glittering romance La Rodine returns to The Met, starring soprano Angel Blue as Magda, opposite tenor Jonathan Tetelman in his highly anticipated company debut as Ruggero. ...

Video: Get A First Look at The Met's LA RODINE
by Joshua Wright - March 25, 2024

Watch as Angel Blue sings an excerpt from Magda’s Act I aria in the final dress rehearsal. Production: Nicolas Joël, conducted by Speranza Scappucci....

The Gerda Lissner Foundation Announces 2024 Winners International Vocal Competition
by A.A. Cristi - March 22, 2024

Discover the 2024 winners of the prestigious International Vocal Competition by The Gerda Lissner Foundation. The winners will showcase their talents at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, featuring a guest appearance by Metropolitan Opera Star, Anthony Roth Costanzo....

Musica Viva Performs Works From Mozart and Golijov This May
by A.A. Cristi - March 19, 2024

Join the renowned choir Musica Viva as they perform Mozart's Requiem and Golijov's Oceana on May 19th....

Video: Chorus Master Donald Palumbo on LA FORZA DEL DESTINO at the Met Opera
by Joshua Wright - March 18, 2024

Watch as Met Chorus Master Donald Palumbo discusses Verdi’s fateful masterpiece and the integral role of the Met Chorus in the opera’s long-awaited return at the Met Opera....

Video: Lise Daviden on LA FORZA DEL DESTINO at The Met Opera
by Joshua Wright - March 14, 2024

During intermission of the Live in HD transmission of Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, soprano Lise Davidsen spoke with host Nadine Sierra about the opera and her experience singing her first Italian role at the Met. Check out the video!...

Theater Erfurt Cancels Wagner's RING CYCLE Following Low Attendance & Spending Freeze
by Joshua Wright - March 13, 2024

Theater Erfurt has announced the cancellation of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, citing significant financial challenges. The company will proceed with its production of Das Rheingold for this season, but all subsequent installments of Wagner's tetralogy will be postponed indefinitely....

Review: SONGBIRD at Kennedy Center
by Roger Catlin - March 12, 2024

There’s an awful lot of death in opera, Timothy O’Leary, the general director of Washington National Opera, lamented on a recent opening night. And those plentiful tragedies are also often further burdened with overbearing scores, turgid storylines, super-large casts and strident if not shrill perfo...

Video: First Look at Ramin Karimloo & Isabel Leonard in Washington National Opera's SONGBIRD
by Joshua Wright - March 11, 2024

Check out the new video of Ramin Karimloo's operatic debut in Washington National Opera's Songbird opposite Isabel Leonard, one of America’s leading mezzo-sopranos....

Video: Get A First Look At The Met Opera's ROMEO ET JULIETTE
by Joshua Wright - March 08, 2024

Get a first look as Nadine Sierra and Benjamin Bernheim come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation, with Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on the podium to conduct Bartlett Sher’s towering production...

The Met Opera Announces First-Ever Met Orchestra Asia Tour
by Joshua Wright - March 07, 2024

The Metropolitan Opera has announced its first-ever Met Orchestra Asia Tour this summer, June 19–30, immediately following its annual June residency at Carnegie Hall. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met's Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, will conduct the Met Orchestra, with guest artists soprano L...

Video: Get A First Look At Opera Orlando's Site-Specific RUSALKA
by Joshua Wright - March 07, 2024

Get a first look at Opera Orlando's site-specific production of Dvořák’s Rusalka at the Art and History Museums of Maitland. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Little Mermaid,” Dvořák’s version is a deeply romantic tragedy of love, sacrifice, and rejection....

Video: Johannes Debus on Conducting at Canadian Opera Company
by Joshua Wright - March 06, 2024

Watch as Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus explores the nature of conducting, the 'breathing animal that an orchestra is,' and his role in bringing music to life with the incredible artists of the COC Orchestra....

Video: Get A First Look At A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM At Atlanta Opera
by Joshua Wright - March 06, 2024

Get a first look at Atlanta Opera's A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an all-new trailer. The Atlanta Opera presents and all-new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy....

Review: ROMEO ET JULIETTE at Arizona Opera
by Herbert Paine - March 05, 2024

Arizona Opera's revival of Charles Gounod’s ROMEO ET JULIETTE is, by all measures, a triumph of staging and performance. Following its performances in Phoenix, the production moves to the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson AZ (March 9th and 10th)....




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