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Cincinnati Opera Releases Premiere Recording Of Scott Davenport Richards And David Co Photo Cincinnati Opera Releases Premiere Recording Of Scott Davenport Richards And David Cote's BLIND INJUSTICE
by Alexa Criscitiello - Feb 12, 2021

Cincinnati Opera has released the live audio recording of the world premiere production of Blind Injustice, the critically acclaimed new opera with music by Scott Davenport Richards and libretto by David Cote. Directed by Robin Guarino, Blind Injustice was recorded in the Wilks Studio at Cincinnati’s Music Hall in July 2019 and is being released on the Fanfare Cincinnati label.

'Opera Is ON' Streaming Performances From San Francisco Opera Continue In October Photo 'Opera Is ON' Streaming Performances From San Francisco Opera Continue In October
by Alexa Criscitiello - Oct 1, 2020

San Francisco Opera continues streaming performances with Giacomo Puccini's Tosca on October 10a?"11, Giuseppe Verdi's Attila on October 17a?"18 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) on October 24a?"25.

Merola Opera Program Announces Participants/Dates for 2020 Summer Festival Photo Merola Opera Program Announces Participants/Dates for 2020 Summer Festival
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 26, 2020

After debuting its first-ever commissioned work in the program's history last season, San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program, one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, returns with a new group of rising opera stars for its 63rd season.

Eric Santagata Named Associate Professor and Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair  Photo Eric Santagata Named Associate Professor and Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 4, 2020

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the appointment of Eric Santagata to the position of Associate Professor and Patricia A. Corbett Distinguished Chair of Musical Theatre at CCM. A 2004 graduate of CCM's nationally recognized BFA Musical Theatre program, Santagata's appointment begins on Aug. 15, 2020.

Cincinnati Opera Announces Summer Programs Photo Cincinnati Opera Announces Summer Programs
by Julie Musbach - Jun 19, 2019

Each year, Cincinnati Opera presents a diverse series of informative and entertaining Opera Raps lectures in the months leading up to, and during, the summer performance season.

Karim Sulayman to Sing in Florentine Opera's THE CORONATION OF POPPEA Photo Karim Sulayman to Sing in Florentine Opera's THE CORONATION OF POPPEA
by Julie Musbach - Feb 11, 2019

The Florentine Opera Company's March production of The Coronation of Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi will feature GRAMMY Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman in the role of Emperor Nerone. At the 61st GRAMMY Awards on February 10, 2019, Mr. Sulayman won Best Classical Solo Vocal Album for Songs of Orpheus (his debut solo album).

Neal Goren Joins Forces With Peak Performances To Launch New Company Catapult Opera Photo Neal Goren Joins Forces With Peak Performances To Launch New Company Catapult Opera
by Stephi Wild - Jan 9, 2019

Peak Performances today announces a groundbreaking venture with Catapult Opera, the new chamber opera company led by Neal Goren, the internationally acclaimed former artistic director of Gotham Chamber Opera. This ongoing collaboration will launch in Fall 2020 with the world premiere of Robert Wilson's staging of Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, conducted by Goren, and will include the development and premiere of two Catapult productions each season at Peak Performances' home, the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University (1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043).

Mellon Foundation Expands Funding For Cincinnati Opera, CCM Partnership Photo Mellon Foundation Expands Funding For Cincinnati Opera, CCM Partnership
by Alexa Criscitiello - Nov 9, 2018

Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a new grant of $550,000 to renew funding for Opera Fusion: New Works and support two new initiatives to promote diverse voices in the arts.

Cincinnati Opera Fusion New Works Announces Fall 2018 Residencies Photo Cincinnati Opera Fusion New Works Announces Fall 2018 Residencies
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 16, 2018

Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are pleased to announce that their groundbreaking joint program, Opera Fusion: New Works, will host two new operas in November and December of 2018.

Cincinnati Opera Announces Lineup for 2019 Season Photo Cincinnati Opera Announces Lineup for 2019 Season
by Julie Musbach - Jul 20, 2018

Cincinnati Opera, today announced the repertoire and casting for Cincinnati Opera's 2019 Summer Festival, which will run from June 13 to July 28. The company's 99th season begins with a charming production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in Music Hall's Springer Auditorium.

Peak Performances Kicks Off Season with Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera Photo Peak Performances Kicks Off Season with Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera
by Julie Musbach - Jul 10, 2018

Peak Performances kicks off its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of Hatuey: Memory of Fire, a rousing Afro-Cuban-Yiddish opera performed in English, Yiddish and Spanish, with music by Frank London, libretto by Elise Thoron, direction by Mary Birnbaum, and choreography by Maija Garcia.

Photo Flash: Merola Opera Program Presents THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Photo Photo Flash: Merola Opera Program Presents THE RAKE'S PROGRESS
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 12, 2018

San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program, one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, offers audiences a look at the opera stars of tomorrow with a lively, fully-staged production of The Rake's Progress. Based loosely on the eponymous eight paintings and engravings by William Hogarth (1733-1735), Stravinsky's dramatic opera follows the decline and fall of a profligate heir who makes a devil's bargain with Nick Shadow, abandoning life in the country and his tender fiancee for the wicked temptations of London.The Rake's Progress will be performed 7:30pm, Thursday, August 2 and 2:00pm, Saturday, August 4 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For tickets or more information, visit www.merola.org or call (415) 864-3330.

Merola Opera Program Announces Season, Unveils Opera Stars of Tomorrow Photo Merola Opera Program Announces Season, Unveils Opera Stars of Tomorrow
by Julie Musbach - Mar 27, 2018

San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program, one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, launches its 61st season offering audiences a look at the opera stars of tomorrow.

Opera Philadelphia Launches First Annual Season-Opening Festival  O17 9/14 Photo Opera Philadelphia Launches First Annual Season-Opening Festival O17 9/14
by Alexa Criscitiello - Aug 14, 2017

September 14 marks the launch of O17, the first edition of Opera Philadelphia's new annual season-opening festival. Featuring seven operatic happenings, six city venues, three world premieres, many already sold-out performances, and one superstar Festival Artist, this twelve- day immersion will transform the City of Brotherly Love into an urban stage for diverse audiences to gather and connect through the shared experience of opera (Sep 14-25). O17 shines a contemporary light on the genre, tackling daring subject matter, offering cutting-edge takes on the classics, and providing extraordinary artists with the chance to create their most imaginative and inspired work.

Opera Philadelphia presents Premiere of THE WAKE WORLD
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jul 11, 2017

This September, Opera Philadelphia launches O17, the inaugural edition of its game-changing new annual season-opening festival. A twelve-day immersion that promises to "blanket the city with opera" (Washington Post), the festival kicks off new partnerships with two key local cultural institutions. Each will host one of the festival's seven operatic happenings, both of them new operas developed - like 2016's award-winning sensation Breaking the Waves - under the auspices of the company's celebrated Composer in Residence program. 

The Merola Opera Launches 60th Season with Benefit Gala Featuring Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick and More, 6/11
by Christina Mancuso - Apr 12, 2017

The¬†Merola Opera Program¬†launches its 60th¬†Anniversary season on¬†Sunday, June 11¬†with a Benefit Gala at City Hall and a concert immediately following at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, featuring some of the acclaimed Merola program's most illustrious participants. The 60th¬†Anniversary concert will feature performances by Merola alumni from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and current and recent participants, including: soprano Deborah Voigt (1985); mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick (1983);¬†Mark Morash, pianist and Merola Opera Program Music Director (1987); and soprano¬†Tracy Dahl (1985); soprano¬†Kristin Clayton (1993), mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook (1990),¬†Bojan Knezevic, bass-baritone (1992, 1993, 1994), and¬†John Churchwell, pianist (1996); baritone Quinn Kelsey (2002); 2013 Merola graduates mezzo-soprano¬†Zanda ҆v?de and tenors Pene Pati and Issachah Savage; soprano¬†Julie Adams, and bass Anthony Reed,¬† all from 2014;¬†Amina Edris and Toni Marie Palmertree, sopranos; and¬†Brad Walker, bass-baritone, both from 2015;¬†and 2016 artists¬†Sarah Cambidge, soprano;¬†Amitai Pati and Kyle van Schoonhoven, tenors;¬†Andrew G. Manea, baritone; John Elam and Jennifer Szeto, pianists;¬†and director¬†Aria Umezawa.

Opera Philadelphia Launches BREAKING THE WAVES, 3/29
by Molly Tracy - Mar 10, 2017

When Opera Philadelphia's new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film,Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera "ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct.'

Opera Philadelphia Launches Free Breaking the Waves Audio Stream, 3/29
by Christina Mancuso - Mar 9, 2017

The runaway success of¬†Opera Philadelphia's¬†world premiere¬†production of¬†Breaking the Waves¬†marked a catalytic moment last fall, ‚Äúchanging many of the people who brought the piece to the stage ‚Äď and the company itself‚ÄĚ (Philadelphia Inquirer). The new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film scored a nomination for the¬†International Opera Award for Best World Premiere, and¬†Opera News¬†declared it ‚Äúamong the best 21st-century American operas yet produced.‚ÄĚ Now home audiences the world over can hear the spellbinding production in its entirety at¬†operaphila.org, starting next¬†Wednesday, March 29 at 1pm, when Opera Philadelphia unveils a¬†free on-demand audio stream¬†of the world premiere production that took the opera world by storm, capping an online celebration of¬†Women's History Month.

Opera Philadelphia Launches Free BREAKING THE WAVES Audio Stream
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

When Opera Philadelphia's new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film, Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera "ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct," and Opera News said it "stands among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced." It has since earned an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere and made its New York debut with Beth Morrison Projects' Prototype Festival to continued acclaim.

Houston Grand Opera Presents World Premiere Of SOME LIGHT EMERGES, 3/16-17
by Molly Tracy - Jan 18, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of Some Light Emerges, a chamber opera created by the acclaimed team of composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, on March 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m., at the Ballroom at Bayou Place.

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