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Review: AN AMERICAN SOLDIER Is a Horror Story of Brutality and Abuse

“Why did I enlist? Why did I go to war?” are but two of the questions that Private Danny Chen asks himself in the powerful docu-opera, AN AMERICAN SOLDIER, by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang. It was directed thoughtfully and surely by Chay Yew in its New York debut Sunday afternoon at the new Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC-NYC) at the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan.
Cast and Creative Team Set for AN AMERICAN SOLDIER at Perelman Performing Arts Center

The Perelman Performing Arts Center has revealed the complete and creative team for An American Soldier at the new performing arts center at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

Madison Opera welcomes spring with Jacques Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld on Friday, April 29 at 8pm and Sunday, May 1 at 2:30pm in Overture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts.
The McKittrick Hotel to Present New York Premiere of Heartbeat Opera's QUANDO

The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, announced today that the New York premiere of Heartbeat Opera’s QUANDO, a short film and live performance mashup, will play a strictly limited engagement starting on April 7. Just five performances will be offered in The Club Car through April 9.
Opera Columbus Announces Cast For FELLOW TRAVELERS

Opera Columbus takes on mid-20th-century American political intrigue, communism and the “lavender scare” in a work that the Chicago Tribune called “one of the most accomplished New American Operas.” 1950s Washington D.C. serves as a backdrop for Fellow Travelers, composed by Gregory Spears with a libretto by Greg Pierce, based on Thomas Mallon's 2007 bestselling novel of the same name. 
Opera In The Heights to Presents IL TROVATORE

Opera in the Heights, after a year and a half of alternative programming online and outdoors, has announced its return to fully-staged productions in its home venue, Lambert Hall. Headlining the season will be original productions of Verdi's Il Trovatore (November 13, 14, 19, 21, 2021) and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin (April 2, 3, 8, 10, 2022).
BWW Feature: ONLINE VIRTUAL OPERA TOUR No. 40 at Home Computer Screens

Los Angeles Opera’s Modulation, presented in collaboration with the Prototype Festival, adapts opera and theater to a new interactive format. The voices of extraordinary artists show us the irrepressible power of music to provide comfort and instigate contemplation of ourselves, our art, our world. Access to Modulation, available January 8–16, 2021, costs $25 per viewing household. Access will enable you to enjoy Modulation for one week.
Atlanta Opera Spotlight Media Launches Next Month

Next month marks the launch of Atlanta Opera Spotlight Media. Already available for pre-order, this digital subscription service will give home audiences around the world long-term access to exclusive new video content from The Atlanta Opera.
The Kurt Weill Foundation Responds To Pandemic With The Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook

The hardships COVID-19 have caused for songwriters and performers has prompted The Kurt Weill Foundation to provide financial support to participants chosen for the Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook, a new collection of sixteen contemporary theater songs by nineteen emerging writers.
Pittsburgh Opera Presents New Weekly Web Series PULL BACK THE CURTAIN

Beginning Thursday, July 23rd at 4:00PM Eastern time, Pittsburgh Opera will begin Livestreaming a free weekly web series called 'Pull Back the Curtain.'
Photo Flash: Kentucky Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Opens Tomorrow

Kentucky Opera's The Marriage Of Figaro opens tomorrow with two performances over Valentine's Day weekend.
Half Waif Signs to ANTI- & Announces New Album THE CARETAKER

Half Waif (aka Nandi Rose) has announced her new album and first for ANTI- Records, The Caretaker, with a Kenna Hynes-directed video for its lead single 'Ordinary Talk.' The Caretaker, out March 27th via ANTI- Records, is available for pre-order now. 
2020/2021 SEASON REVEAL at Opera Omaha

Opera Omaha has an outstanding 2020/2021 Season in store, filled with exhilarating productions and remarkable artists. We look forward to numerous exciting debuts as well as the return of some of Omaha's favorite artists who will thrill us once again.
BWW Review: LA BOHEME at Des Moines Metro Opera: A Breathtaking, Beautiful and Tragic Production

In 2002, I was indirectly introduced to La Boheme. My introduction came when I was introduced to a musical that had come out and became a phenomenon on Broadway just 6 years earlier. The show quickly became a favorite musical of mine and showed me the impact that theatre can have on people. Since then I've seen Rent multiple times, but did not get the opportunity to see a production of La Boheme until Des Moines Metro Opera's production which opened on June 28. While it would be easy to talk about all the influences La Boheme had on Rent I going to do my best not to, and to focus on this breathtaking production.
Atlanta Opera Celebrates Record-Breaking 2018-19 Season

The Atlanta Opera broke new records this season. Even before its final presentation Francesca Zambello's new take on La traviata, which closed this past weekend 2018-19 was already guaranteed to be the company's highest-grossing season of the past decade, highlighted by last fall's West Side Story, the highest-selling production in the Atlanta Opera's 39-year history (Opera News).
Emily Reo Releases New Single 'Balloon'

Today, Emily Reo has shared 'Balloon,' the latest single from her upcoming album, Only You Can See It. 'Balloon' is the record's most patiently unfolding mini-epic, one bursting with the enormous energy of an expanding heart; an ode to intuition and growth. It's a song that eventually floats upward as Reo's vocals criss-cross like a hypnotic choir-of-one, meditating on navigating multiple relationships, and the necessity of self-reliance as a prerequisite for them.
Washington Concert Opera Debuts Co-Production With Wolf Trap Opera Frank Martin's LE VIN HERBE

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) is excited to announce its co-presentation of two very special performances of Frank Martin's Le vin herbe at The Barns at Wolf Trap on February 9th and 10th, 2019.
BWW Review: Washington Concert Opera Serves Up a Seductive SAPHO

If you have ever attended an opera and thought 'all of these sets and costumes are so incredibly distracting' then Washington Concert Opera would be right up your alley. Stripping away the grandiose of an opera production, WCO presents their works in their most raw form: with just an orchestra, a chorus, and principles who sing their hearts out. This minimalist style isn't likely to convert opera skeptics, but it is a great way to deepen one's appreciation for the art form. Their most recent presentation of Charles Gounod's first opera, Sapho, benefits from some strong lead performances. It's just a shame that the libretto isn't better.
The Atlanta Opera Presents WEST SIDE STORY

The Atlanta Opera opens the 2018-19 mainstage season with a production of Leonard Bernstein's classic Broadway musical, West Side Story. Francesca Zambello, General & Artistic Director of The Glimmerglass Festival and Artistic Director of Washington National Opera, who created this new production with Houston Grand Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, will direct.
Gabby's World Shares WINTER, WITHDRAW New Album 'Beast on Beast' Out 11/2

Gabby's World, the project of Gabrielle Smith (fka Eskimeaux, Ó), has shared 'Winter, Withdraw,' the opening track from her new album, Beast on Beast. The FADER, who premiered the song today are saying 'the electric rock track builds into a satisfying, stadium-sized finale.' Beast on Beast is available for pre-order now and due out November 2nd via Yellow K Records.

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