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Thanks, Harvey: Home Base Of Houston Ballet And Grand Opera Will Be Closed Until At Least Next May

"The Wortham [Theater Center's] two theaters, which sit near the banks of Buffalo Bayou, took on up to 12 feet of water during the storm, which flooded its basement and required the removal of the stage floor of the Alice and George Brown Theater."

Vienna State Opera's Seat-Back Subtitles Offer Six Languages - And Snacks

Take that, Met! "Since the opening of the company's 2017/2018 earlier this month, subtitles are offered from suitably dimmed screens, in English, German, Italian, French, Russian and Japanese. A pre-performance information system provides such useful things to know as plot synopses, cast lists, and any general current news to do with the activities of the […]

Ex Libris: New York Public Library

Topic: Announcements Libraries Now playing at NYC's Film Forum: Ex Libris NYPL. Frederick Wiseman cracks open institutions: the military, the insane asylum, the high school, the police, the welfare system, the Paris Opera Ballet, the...Show More Summary

Houston Grand Opera is left homeless until May 2018

Message from the HGO: We are very sorry to have to share the news that our creative home is still in great distress, and will take much longer to repair than we originally thought. In conversation with Houston First and Gilbane Reconstruction Services it was decided at 6 p.m. today, September 18, 2017, that the […]

Dual-Arm Robot Conducts Symphony Orchestra [Video]

YuMi, the world’s first truly collaborative dual-arm robot, has made its debut at the opera by conducting Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy, after being invited by Mr. Show More Summary

Roles We'd Like to See Christine Goerke Sing in SF

Within the realm of possibility: Kundry, Parsifal, because Matthew Shilvock has commented that we're due for a new production of the opera. Ariadne, Ariadne auf Naxos. Because it has been a while. Isolde, Tristan und Isolde, because the last time we had a Tristan here Goerke was singing Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Show More Summary

The Curious Case Of The Oregon Bach Festival Soap Opera

Previously undisclosed emails reveal that the colleague at the center of the inquiry, the countertenor Reginald Mobley, denied to festival administrators that Matthew Halls had been racially insensitive. But clear reasons for the firing remain elusive. And the attempt to deal with an ugly personnel issue sotto voce — last week, university officials agreed to pay […]

Leaving you an emotional wreck: La Boheme at Covent Garden

La bohème, The Royal Opera - Simona Mihai, Michael Fabbiano, Nicole Car, Marius Kwiecien, Florian Sempey © ROH 2017. Photograph by Catherine Ashmore. Puccini La Boheme; Michael Fabiano, Nicole Car, Mariusz Kwiecien, Simona Mihai, Luca...Show More Summary

Holy Mother of God! aka Elektra

Christine Goerke as Elektra Corey Weaver photo, courtesy of San Francisco Opera Elektra number two this afternoon, and hoo boy. An overwhelming performance; I'm still feeling the effects now, hours after it ended.Getting a seat in the...Show More Summary

The Who's Pete Townshend, orchestra bring classical grandeur to rock opera 'Quadrophenia' at the Greek

If “Tommy” is the Who’s great rock opera, its successor, “Quadrophenia,” might more accurately be described as the rock group’s great opera. That perspective is reinforced by “Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia,” which the Who’s lead guitarist and chief songwriter brought to the Greek Theatre...

Soprano Brenda Lewis, 96

Lewis, who sang for a decade with the Metropolitan Opera and for two decades with the New York City Opera, was known for interpreting the music of living American composers. She originated two signal roles in contemporary opera: the alcoholic Birdie Hubbard in “Regina,” Marc Blitzstein’s adaptation of Lillian Hellman’s drama “The Little Foxes,” and […]

Vancouver Opera's Experiment As A Festival Is Rethought

"The inaugural festival, held last spring, fell short of box-office expectations – so from lessons learned, changes are happening. As it works to balance the books, VO is targeting expenses, affecting staff and performers. In another significant change, it will lose its long-time music director at the end of the season."

Elektra Guest Post, by John Fenster

Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Adrianne Pieczonka (Chrysothemis) Photo Corey Weaver, courtesy of San Francisco Opera My comments focus on the production by Keith Warner, here directed by Anja Kühnhold. The concept is basically that of the musical Aida, based on the children's storybook by Leontyne Price. Show More Summary

I am not sure whose idea this was...

....but I did laugh. Screen shot from San Francisco Opera web site; double-click to see what I laughed at.

Death of a Met soprano, 96

The death of Brenda Lewis is reported in the parish sheet. Brenda sang 38 times at the Met from 1952 to 1965, and many times more at City Opera. She enjoyed a concurrent Broadway career in musical, something that would be frowned upon today.   She also appeared in Montreal, Rio, Vienna Volksoper and Zurich.

San Francisco Opera Elektra Media Roundup

Christine Goerke as Elektra Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera A collection of reviews and commentary. Joshua Kosman, SF Chron Janos Gereben, CVNA Jason Victor Serinus, SFCV Greg Freed, Parterre Box William, Opera Warhorses Ilana...Show More Summary

All the Lonely People

6 days agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

“Café Müller,” “Rites of Spring” Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch BAM Howard Gilman Opera House Brooklyn, NY September 14, 2017 by Martha Sherman copyright © 2017 by Martha Sherman It’s still hard to believe that Pina Bausch is no longer with us. Show More Summary

Watch Bon Iver Perform With Aaron & Bryce Dessner At Cork Opera House

Bon Iver performed at the Cork Opera House in Ireland last night for the Sounds From A Safe Harbour festival. He was joined by his good old friends Aaron and Bryce Dessner (of the National, who also played the fest) for "33 'God'" and an encore performance of "The Wolves." Fionn Regan also performed on…

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