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Review: LA VIE BOHEME at Polish National Opera
by Natalia Jarczynska - June 21, 2024


This is my very first time at the Polish National Opera and as we all know, first times can be overrated. This is certainly not the case here.

Hudson Hall & Stage Director R.B. Schlather Announce Second Opera In HANDEL ON THE HUDSON Series
by A.A. Cristi - June 20, 2024


R.B. Schlather and Hudson Hall will present GIULIO CESARE in Spring 2025, the second installment in their series of Handel operas designed to be accessible to the public.

Madison Opera's Annual OPERA IN THE PARK Set For Next Month
by A.A. Cristi - June 20, 2024


Madison Opera's annual Opera in the Park returns on July 20, featuring performances by the Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony Orchestra in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Review: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Artscape, Opera House
by Michelle B Lewis - June 20, 2024


This restaging of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR is a fitting tribute to Cape Town Opera's 25 years of artistic excellence. Under Gobbato's direction, the production not only honours the company’s past but also looks forward to its future, showcasing the enduring power of opera to move and inspire.

OperaUpClose Reveals Their New Programme of Reinventions
by Stephi Wild - June 20, 2024


OperaUpClose has announced its new programme of reinventions; a series of one-act operas by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Giacomo Puccini and Richard Strauss reimagined for the modern world.

The Santa Fe Opera to Present 19th World Premiere THE RIGHTEOUS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 18, 2024


The Santa Fe Opera will present its 19th world premiere, featuring an all-star cast and the work of composer Gregory Spears and librettist Tracy K. Smith. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Review: GALILEO GALILEI at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 17, 2024


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has opened an utterly glorious production of his opera, Galileo Galilei. It reconfirms OTSL’s place among the finest opera companies in the world. And it will assuredly help you resolve your issues with Phillip Glass.

Historic Opera Performance to Take Place Aboard Italian Navy's Giuseppe Garibaldi Aircraft Carrier
by Joshua Wright - June 17, 2024


Experience history with the first-ever opera performance aboard the Italian Navy's Giuseppe Garibaldi aircraft carrier, featuring Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' in the Gulf of La Spezia on June 22-23, marking 100 years since the composer's death.

Regina Opera to Present Free Al Fresco Concert in July
by Blair Ingenthron - June 16, 2024


Regina Opera will present a free outdoor concert on July 10, featuring a selection of popular opera arias and duets. The event offers a chance to enjoy live music in an al fresco setting.

Review: San Diego Opera Presents Andrea Carroll and Joshua Guerrero in Recital at Balboa Theatre
by Ron Bierman - June 14, 2024


About halfway into her two-hour plus recital with tenor Joshua Guerrero, soprano Andrea Carroll gave a well-earned compliment to their accompanist Stephen Hopkins for his technique and versatility. Both were challenged during the unusually varied program the two singers had fashioned.

Review: Audience Is 'Gaga' for Soprano Asmik Grigorian in Recital at Vienna State Opera
by Richard Sasanow - June 14, 2024


There was a buzz in the lobby of the opera house and scalpers galore outside the doors to the ticket office for soprano Asmik Grigorian’s recent sell-out concert at the Vienna State Opera. Clearly, it was a night that the audience was waiting for--this first recital at the house by soprano Grigorian, one of today's great international stars.

Des Moines Metro Opera Reveals New Director for Strauss's SALOME
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 13, 2024


Des Moines Metro Opera has revealed a new director for their upcoming production of Strauss's SALOME, ensuring a fresh vision for the classic opera.

Bayerische Staatsoper To Host International Opera Awards 2024
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 13, 2024


The Bayerische Staatsoper will host the International Opera Awards 2024, celebrating excellence in opera with performances, awards, and industry recognition.

Review: JULIUS CAESAR at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 13, 2024


Handel's 'Julius Caesar' opens at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Teatro Grattacielo to Celebrate 30th Anniversary With Gala Concert: The Rare Verismo
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 12, 2024


Teatro Grattacielo will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a gala concert featuring rare Italian Verismo operatic works, showcasing talents like conductor Abdiel Vázquez and various accomplished vocalists. Learn how to purchase tickets.

Video: Get A First Look At Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' LA BOHEME
by Joshua Wright - June 12, 2024


Get a first look at Opera Theatre of St. Louis' production of La Bohéme, now on stage through June 30th 2024. Check out the cast in action in this all-new video.

The Kosciuszko Foundation Launches The 2024 Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition
by Stephi Wild - June 12, 2024


 The Kosciuszko Foundation has announced the return of the Marcella Sembrich International Voice Competition.

Review: Trauma in Two Nights, as SALOME follows TURANDOT to the Analyst's Couch in Vienna
by Richard Sasanow - June 11, 2024


I couldn’t help but wondering whether the scheduling last week of two recent productions at the Vienna State Opera, Claus Guth’s TURANDOT and Cyril Teste’s SALOME, on subsequent nights had anything more than the availability of the stars behind it. After all, both portrayed the title characters as abused women scarred by powerful men—not exactly the business-as-usual for these works by Puccini and Strauss, respectively—in pared-down productions that hearkened to the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, as well as to #MeToo.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis Announces Their 50th Anniversary Festival Season
by James Lindhorst - June 11, 2024


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) announced repertory and celebrations for a landmark 50th season in 2025, celebrating five decades of artistic innovation and discovery since the company’s founding in 1976. The 2025 Festival Season opens on May 24, 2025, with Johann Strauss II’s effervescent Die Fledermaus, which has not been seen at Opera Theatre since 1989. The season continues with the company’s 44th world premiere, This House, with music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage and her daughter Ruby Aiyo Gerber. Next, Opera Theatre will present an all-new staging of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale — the very first opera that the company ever performed. Britten’s enchanting adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream rounds out the season. In addition to four mainstage productions, Opera Theatre will continue to present the annual young artist showcase, Center Stage. This concert shines a spotlight on the members of OTSL’s highly selective Young Artist Programs, accompanied onstage by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which has served as OTSL’s Festival Season orchestra since 1978.

Review: In Freud's Vienna, Grigorian Thrills as Anguished TURANDOT under Kober
by Richard Sasanow - June 09, 2024


Perhaps it’s only fitting in a town that’s known for art, music and psychoanalysis (and maybe a little whipped cream on the side), that the Vienna State Opera’s production of Puccini’s TURANDOT—with the stunning soprano Asmik Grigorian in the title role—features a traumatized characterization of the title role, with the fine Russian tenor Ivan Gyngazov as Calaf.

Scottish Opera Unveils 24/25 Season Featuring 13 Opera Offerings
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 07, 2024


Scottish Opera has unveiled its 2024/25 Season, which features 13 opera offerings. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.

Review: LA BOHEME at Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by Steve Callahan - June 03, 2024


You'll fall in love with Puccini yet again. Opera Theatre of St. Louis continues their forty-ninth season with a superb production of Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème—his most beloved work.  The occasional sprinkle of very light rain seemed to refresh rather than deter those dining on the lovely grounds.  Again the theatre was packed to the rafters with eager opera lovers.  They were not disappointed.

Cincinnati Opera to Present Opera In The Park in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 31, 2024


Cincinnati Opera will host Opera in the Park on Sunday, June 9, featuring performances by the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at Washington Park. Learn how to attend.

New Chamber Opera HOUSE OF LEGENDARY Orchestral Concert Performance Announced At The Tank
by A.A. Cristi - May 30, 2024


Experience the vibrant HOUSE OF LEGENDARY on June 27 at AOP/The Tank's PrideFest 2024, celebrating LGBTQ+ culture with captivating performances and events.

TWO CORNERS World Premiere & More Set for Finger Lakes Opera 2024 Summer Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 30, 2024


Finger Lakes Opera has revealed its 2024 Summer Season, featuring the world premiere of B.E. Boykin and Jarrod Lee's TWO CORNERS and more. Learn how to purchase tickets.


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