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Cincinnati Opera Presents World Premiere of Spears/Smith CASTOR AND PATIENCE Photo Cincinnati Opera Presents World Premiere of Spears/Smith CASTOR AND PATIENCE
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 30, 2021

Originally commissioned for Cincinnati Opera's 100th anniversary in 2020 and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Castor and Patience receives its much-anticipated world premiere in July 2022.

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Six 2021 Sloan Playwriting Commissions Photo Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Six 2021 Sloan Playwriting Commissions
by Stephi Wild - Jul 28, 2021

Since 2001, MTC has awarded a total of 100 commissions through the Sloan Foundation Program. Learn more about this year's commissions here!

BWW Review: Splendid FELLOW TRAVELERS at Des Moines Metro Opera Photo BWW Review: Splendid FELLOW TRAVELERS at Des Moines Metro Opera
by DC Felton - Jul 22, 2021

Every once in a while, a show comes along that takes you completely by surprise. For me, this recently happened with Des Moines Metro Opera's one-night-only performance of FELLOW TRAVELERS at Hoyt Sherman Place.

Florida Grand Opera Announces 80th Anniversary Season Photo Florida Grand Opera Announces 80th Anniversary Season
by Stephi Wild - Jul 20, 2021

Learn more about the full lineup here, which includes A Streetcar Named Desire, Rigoletto, Fellow Travelers, and Agrippina. Plus, learn more about how to purchase tickets, including subscriptions!

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces 2021 Festival With Health And Safety Protocols Photo Des Moines Metro Opera Announces 2021 Festival With Health And Safety Protocols
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 27, 2021

Des Moines Metro Opera has unveiled the repertory for its 2021 Summer Festival Season alongside detailed health and safety protocols the organization has implemented to ensure a safe return to the stage this summer for artists, audiences, and all who interact with DMMO.

Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Repertory for 2021 Summer Festival Photo Des Moines Metro Opera Announces Repertory for 2021 Summer Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 15, 2020

Des Moines Metro Opera announced today the repertory for the organization's 2021 Summer Festival, which runs July 2 through July 25, 2021.

Catapult Opera Announces Four New Initiatives to Re-Imagine Opera For the Future Photo Catapult Opera Announces Four New Initiatives to Re-Imagine Opera For the Future
by Stephi Wild - Aug 3, 2020

Catapult Opera has announced all new initiatives to re-imagine opera for the future.

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiat Photo Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative Commissions
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 18, 2020

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced this year's six recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Initiative commissions. The commissioned writers are Kate Attwell, Mia Chung, Noah Diaz, Julia Izumi, Ife Olujobi, and Stacey Rose.

HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is Currently On Stage at the Maltz J Photo HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING is Currently On Stage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 24, 2020

Take a break from the office and treat yourself to the Broadway megahit How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying!

Lead Casting And Preview Announced For CASTOR AND PATIENCE At Cincinnati Opera Photo Lead Casting And Preview Announced For CASTOR AND PATIENCE At Cincinnati Opera
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 2, 2020

Cincinnati Opera is pleased to announce the casting of principal roles for composer Gregory Spears and librettist Tracy K. Smith's new opera Castor and Patience, which will have its world premiere in Cincinnati, July 16 - 26, 2020, highlighting the company's 100th anniversary season.

Opera America Repertoire Development Grants Awarded Photo Opera America Repertoire Development Grants Awarded
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 11, 2019

OPERA America has awarded $220,000 in Repertoire Development Grants to The American Opera Project (New York, NY) in consortium with Seagle Music Colony (Schroon Lake, NY), Beth Morrison Projects (New York, NY), Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Opera and The Dallas Opera. The grants provide technical and financial support to OPERA America Professional Company Members and their producing partners to enhance the quality, quantity and creativity of new American opera and music theater.

BWW Interview: Opera Star, AARON BLAKE brings Crossover Stylings to Feinstein's/54 Be Photo BWW Interview: Opera Star, AARON BLAKE brings Crossover Stylings to Feinstein's/54 Below
by Brady Schwind - Nov 17, 2019

Opera Star AARON BLAKE brings Crossover Stylings to Feinstein's / 54 Below

BWW Review: FELLOW TRAVELERS at Boston Lyric Opera Photo BWW Review: FELLOW TRAVELERS at Boston Lyric Opera
by Andrew Child - Nov 14, 2019

When I first saw Boston Lyric Opera's promotional images for Fellow Travelers, a new opera by Greg Pierce and Gregory Spears, in a production that premiered at Minnesota Opera, I was incredibly wary. Photos of conventionally attractive white men in their boxers clinging to each other in a fit of passion next to images of an un-subtle cross forebodingly hung on a stage used to advertise an opera (the art form relied upon to convey narratives of lovers separated by tuberculosis, conquests by Valkyries, and murders outside of bullfights) feels like an equation for overbearing reminders of overwrought queer storytelling tropes. My assumptions were proven resoundingly incorrect by what may well be the classiest gay porn to mask itself as high art since the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel was completed in 1541. Based on Thomas Mallon's 2007 novel of the same name, Fellow Travelers tells the story of an ill-timed affair between government employees Timothy Laughlin and Hawkins Fuller during the 1953 Lavender Scare, in which Eisenhower's Executive Order 10450 required the firing of over 5,000 queer, ostensibly queer, or queer-adjacent government workers.

Cincinnati Opera Announces Lead Casting for CASTOR AND PATIENCE Photo Cincinnati Opera Announces Lead Casting for CASTOR AND PATIENCE
by Julie Musbach - Oct 21, 2019

Cincinnati Opera announces the casting of principal roles for composer Gregory Spears and librettist Tracy K. Smith's new opera Castor and Patience, which will have its world premiere in Cincinnati, July 16 - 26, 2020, highlighting the company's 100th anniversary season.

On Site Opera Blurs The Lines Of The Audience-Theater Experience This Season Photo On Site Opera Blurs The Lines Of The Audience-Theater Experience This Season
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 26, 2019

On Site Opera, an organization dedicated to presenting site-specific opera productions in non-traditional venues throughout New York City, announces its dynamic 2019-2020 season. As the company has grown in recent years, they have established a season that includes three core mainstage productions, The Turn of the Screw, October 25-27, Amahl and the Night Visitors, December 4-8, and Das Barbecu, January 26-February 11, along with additional partnerships and events beyond the boundaries of the New York City boroughs in summer of  2020. 

Cincinnati Opera and CCM Partner Residency for New Opera CASTOR AND PATIENCE Photo Cincinnati Opera and CCM Partner Residency for New Opera CASTOR AND PATIENCE
by Julie Musbach - Aug 14, 2019

Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) announce that their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works, will host a residency for the new opera Castor and Patience from August 26 through September 4, 2019, in Cincinnati.

MTC Announces Full Cast For CONTINUITY Photo MTC Announces Full Cast For CONTINUITY
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 5, 2019

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce the complete casting for the world premiere of Continuity, the new play by Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominee Bess Wohl (Small Mouth Sounds, American Hero) and directed by Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). The production will feature Max Baker (1984, The Explorers Club), Jasmine Batchelor (The River), Rosal Colon ('Orange is the New Black,' Between Riverside and Crazy), Curran Connor (Pidgeon, A Picture of Autumn), Garcia ('Tales of the City'), Darren Goldstein (Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, The Madrid), Alex Hurt (Cardinal, The Whirligig) and Megan Ketch (The Big Wedding, 'American Gothic').

OPERA America Awards $100,000 In Discovery Grants For Female Composers Photo OPERA America Awards $100,000 In Discovery Grants For Female Composers
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 1, 2019

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, which is made possible through the generosity of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Boston Lyric Opera Announces 2019 Season Photo Boston Lyric Opera Announces 2019 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 11, 2019

Proving the enduring vibrancy and relevancy of the art form (while celebrating a milestone for its leader), Boston Lyric Opera's 2019/20 Season of new productions spans three centuries of composers -- focusing on works that reflect the highs and lows of power and politics, bringing passionate opera installations to new neighborhoods, and introducing audiences to rising stars from diverse backgrounds. Among the season highlights, Russian-born soprano Elena Stikhina returns to BLO, where she made her 2017 American debut, to sing the lead role in NORMA. Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson marks her 10th programming season, which the company will commemorate throughout the year.

Photo Flash: Capital Stage Presents the Sacramento Premiere of SLOWGIRL Photo Photo Flash: Capital Stage Presents the Sacramento Premiere of SLOWGIRL
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 18, 2019

Capital Stage presents the Sacramento Premiere of Slowgirl by Greg Pierce . This is be Jennifer King's Capital Stage Directing debut. It will be the third production of Capital Stage's 2018/19 Season: #SearchingForAmerica. Performances will run from January 23 - February 24, 2019 with a Press Opening on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm.

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