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Composer, Conductor, Pianist and Writer Matthew Aucoin Named as LA Opera's First Artist in Residence
16 Jan 16:08
La opera announced that 25-year-old composer, conductor, pianist and writer Matthew Aucoin has been named as the company’s first ever Artist in Residence.    In a staggeringly brief period of time, and at a shockingly young age, Aucoin has established himself as both a significant compositional voice and one of the most remarkably multifaceted artists to emerge on today's opera scene. Ne...
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Joseph Calleja, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko & José van Dam Named as 2016 OPERA NEWS Awards Recipients
16 Dec 16:17
Opera news Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 11th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. This year’s honorees — Joseph Calleja, Elīna Garanča, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam — will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on April 10th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  “This year’s honorees are numbered among the very greatest artists in the ...
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Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present New York Premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird
10 Dec 12:44
OPERA PHILADELPHIA AND THE APOLLO THEATER announced today that the organizations have partnered to co-present the New York premiere of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird at the Harlem theater on April 1 and 3, 2016.   The opera—set in the Birdland jazz club on the day of Charlie Parker’s death—is the work of composer Daniel Schnyder and librettist Bridgette A. Wimberly, both residents of Harlem....
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Plácido Domingo: My Christmas
10 Dec 12:41
PLÁCIDO DOMINGO'S forays into lighter music are always satisfying, thanks to his genuine enthusiasm and charismatic presentation, along with the ever-handsome voice. Often it’s also because of his choice of duet partners from the international-pop-music world, with fresh sounds and phrasing that spark his musical interest, or instrumentalists that offer him a new palette of supporting timbres to p...
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The Diva Standard. Still.
10 Dec 12:38
She was the most influential singer of the twentieth century, and her influence is still felt today. MARIA CALLAS changed the way we listen to opera—and charged the ambition of the singers who followed her.  HEATED DISCUSSIONS about Maria Callas’s life, art and influence will probably never cease; certainly, they are still going on now, thirty-eight years after her death. Younger listen...
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Sound Bites: Jessica Pratt
20 Oct 12:08
JESSICA PRATT’s early training in opera was somewhat unusual. Born in England and raised in Australia, the soprano relocated to Italy after maestro Gianluigi Gelmetti heard her in a competition and invited her to join the young-artist program at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. “So I packed my bags and went to Rome,” Pratt says, “and I called the theater, and they were like, ‘What young artist program?’...
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Matthew Shilvock Named as San Francisco Opera's Next General Director
25 Sep 11:06
San Francisco Opera announced today that Matthew Shilvock, currently the company’s associate general director, has been promoted to its highest position, becoming the seventh general director in SFO’s history. Shilvock will succeed David Gockley when he retires in July 2016.  The announcement of Shilvock’s appointment was made today at a press conference by San Francisco Opera’s preside...
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Following Brain Tumor Diagnosis, Dimitri Hvorostovsky Will Return to the Metropolitan Opera for Fall Trovatore Performances
15 Sep 12:50
Following an announcement in June that he had cancelled all of his summer engagements after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, baritone Dimitri Hvorostovsky will return to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the role of Count di Luna in performances of Il Trovatore on September 25, 29 and October 3, the company announced today. Hvorostovsky also posted a statement to his website noting his return foll...
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Road Show: Jennifer Larmore in Amsterdam
15 Sep 12:05
The American mezzo loves singing and spending time in the royal city of the Netherlands. by Eric Myers. Jennifer Larmore and her husband, bassist Davide Vittone, live in Paris, but Larmore enjoys every chance she gets to spend time in Amsterdam, just a few hours away by train. She has had great success there with Rossini roles such as Rosina and Isabella, and when we spoke by phone in M...
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Norwegian Soprano Lise Davidsen and Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea Win Top Prizes in Plácido Domingo's Operalia Competition in London
04 Aug 18:12
Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen, 28, and Romanian tenor Ioan Hotea, 25, took the top prizes in the general division of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition last night in London, with Davidsen also emerging victorious as the lone recipient of the competition’s Birgit Nilsson Prize in addition to winning the Rolex-sponsored audience prize.  Davidsen, who sang Tannhäuser’s "Dich teu...
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Jon Vickers, 88, Heroic Canadian Tenor, Has Died
18 Jul 19:31
Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, one of the few twentieth-century singers able to sustain opera’s most heroic roles for an extended period, died on Friday, July 10, in Ontario, Canada. Vickers's death was confirmed by his family.  It is one measure of his achievement that he sang dozens of performances of Wagner’s Tristan, Verdi’s Otello and the punishing role of Aeneas in the Berlioz epic Les Tro...
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Rigoletto, Longborough Festival
18 Jul 19:23
The gable end of Martin Graham’s converted barn opera-house at Longborough is surmounted by statues of three composers: pride of place, not surprisingly, to Wagner – the festival’s raison d’être – and with Verdi and Mozart on either side. It’s true one approaches Italian opera here with somewhat less confidence than Wagner.  But it’s refreshing to have it at all, and the new Rigoletto, though patc...
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Peter Pan, Welsh National Opera
16 Jun 15:20
I must have been one of the few in Saturday’s audience for Richard Ayres’s new opera who had never seen Barrie’s play or read the book, so I’m unable to judge how faithfully it renders the original – in case that matters. Somehow one knows the dramatis personae: Peter Pan himself, the Darling family, Nana the dog-nurse, Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and of course the ticking crocodile, who ...
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10 Questions for Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote
16 Jun 15:11
Alice Coote (b.1968) is one of the world’s leading mezzo-sopranos. She grew up in Cheshire, born to two painters, Mark Coote and Mary Moss, and learned her craft at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Royal Northern College of Music and the National Opera Studio. Her breakthrough came in 2000 when, within the time frame of a fortnight, she sang Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina at the Edinburgh...
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Carmen, Glyndebourne Festival Opera
26 May 21:31
After Calixto Bieito’s radical reimaging of Carmen, which opened at English National Opera this week, David McVicar’s version at Glyndebourne was bound to seem conservative. But it turned out to be a comparison of apples and Seville oranges: Bieito is certainly bolder, but McVicar is more sophisticated and digs deeper into the raw emotions of the work. It’s not a new production, but revival direct...
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Jenůfa, Scottish Opera
26 May 21:27
Even at the tragic heart of Janáček's Jenůfa there is ambiguity. As the Kostelnička or village sacristan takes her stepdaughter Jenůfa’s baby boy outside to drown it in the icy river, you cannot quite be sure whether she is motivated by pride, fear or her love for Jenůfa. In this poised new co-production by Scottish Opera and Danish National Opera, there is no doubt that she is driven by love. Mur...
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Are you really a professional opera singer?
15 May 18:40
So…you’ve been to music college, done your postgrad, and now you’re out in the big, wide world and proclaim grandly “I am a professional opera singer”. That’s all fair and good. But there is a big difference between professional opera singers and PROFESSIONAL opera singers. What am I on about? I’m not talking about which companies you work for, how much you earn, the amount o...
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Optimize your Opera Singer CV
15 May 18:32
Working at The Opera Stage, people are often sending us their CVs. While I think it’s great that people express their individuality in all sorts of ways in areas such as their photos and websites, the CV is one thing that it pays off to be very much a conformist with. Put yourself in the shoes of an audition panel, listing to 20-40 singers in a day. They have all the CVs of the singers ...
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New Artist of the Month, a 'Once-in-a-Decade' Bass
03 Apr 12:30
NEW YORK -- In Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, the role of Sir Walter Raleigh is a bass cameo, unlikely to be singled out for review. But when Sava Vemic sang it with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall last spring, reviewers sat up and took note. A sampling: "Alarmingly powerful", "Thundering bass had the audience scrambling for programs", "Trul...
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A Rogue by Any Other Name
09 Feb 17:46
Lately, the news has been filled with reports of privileged men, from star athletes to venerated comedians, using their power, in some cases their physical power, to seduce and control women. So, by comparison, the sex-fiend side of the charming Don Giovanni, the title character of Mozart’s most complex opera, can seem not so threatening. Giovanni’s licentiousness can get lost amid oper...