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Now Casting: Nonunion National Tour of Rent Is Seeking Replacements + 2 More Gigs

This year’s 525,600 minutes are starting to dwindle—don’t let time run out before grabbing one of these great opportunities, including a role in the national nonunion tour of “Rent.” The rock opera is currently seeking replacements, including the lead role of Collins and ensemble members. Show More Summary

Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Dmitri Hvorostovsky care of his personal web site The great baritone Dmiti Hvorostovsky died on November 21 at 55. He had announced in 2015 that he was being treated for brain cancer. He was able to make some opera and recital appearances...Show More Summary

San Francisco Opera 2018 Adler Fellows

SFO sent a press release announcing the 2018 Adler Fellows the other day. The opening of Girls of the Golden West naturally got a lot of attention, and now it's time to shine a light on these talented youngsters. From the press release:...Show More Summary

Aldeburgh pushes for creative expansion

12 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Philippa Reive was today appointed Director, Creative Campus, Snape Maltings. Kate Wyatt was named Producer – Opera and Music Theatre. A new year-round hub is slowly taking shape.

Holidiay Comedy

13 hours agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"The Nutcracker" Kansas City Ballet from Missouri Opera House The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington, DC November 22, 2017 by George Jackson © 2017 by George Jackson This time, DC's visiting version of "The Nutcracker" comes from Missouri's metropolis - Kansas City, located on the state's western border with Kansas. Show More Summary

The Times strikes two false notes on Hvorostovsky

15 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

From the London Times obituary: To some of his critics Hvorostovsky — with his silver locks, piercing features and air of vulnerability — was little more than the oligarchs’ opera star, a man of mystery with connections deep inside the political heart of Moscow, evidence of Russian meddling in opera long before the country had […]

Frankfurt Opera goes English

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

A post-Brexit enticement from our good German friends: Ladies and Gentlemen, German surtitles for operas sung in other languages have been provided at Oper Frankfurt since 1990 and, later on, could also be seen for operas performed in German. Early on, audiences were very critical of there being any surtitles at all, but they soon […]

Girls of the Golden West, San Francisco Opera World Premiere

Davóne Tines (Ned Peters) and Julia Bullock (Dame Shirley) Cory Weaver photo, courtesy of San Francisco Opera The reviews are trickling in, and they are polarized. My review is filed but it took much longer to write than I'd thought it would; I got temporarily lost in the swamp of too much detail and had to throw out half the review a few hours in. Show More Summary

First review: It’s thumbs down for the new John Adams opera

Joshua Kosman is first in print with a review in the San Francisco Chronicle of the world premiere of the John Adams-Peter Sellars opera, Girls of the Golden West. He’s unimpressed with what he calls as ‘operatic tofuturkey’: Bloated, repetitive, self-righteous and dull, this commission by the San Francisco Opera (in partnership with the Dallas […]

Queen of the damned

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

"Semiramide—a better opera than this dude expected!"

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky dies aged 55

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

World-famous Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky died on Wednesday in London following a long illness, according to announcements on his Facebook page and by the Vienna State Opera. He was 55. "This is a very, very sad day for all of us... Show More Summary

Kiss the pearls goodbye

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s spectacularly colorful and glitzy new production of The Pearl Fishers opened on Sunday.

The pleasure of her company

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

It is not easy for an opera company to follow a spectacular production of La Traviata with Massenet’s Manon.

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian rock star of opera, dies at 55

The celebrated baritone, who suffered from a brain tumor, dazzled audiences around the world.

Baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian rock star of opera, dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a Russian baritone who was one of the most celebrated opera singers of the modern era, dazzling audiences with a voice that was by turns brooding and delicate, died Wednesday near his home in London. He was 55. His death was confirmed by his office in a statement. Show More Summary

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 'the Elvis of Opera' and the voice of a generation, dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the Russian baritone known for his velvety voice, dashing looks and shock of flowing white hair, died Wednesday at a hospice near his home in London, several years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He was 55. Called "the Elvis of Opera" and the "Siberian Express" by...

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, one of opera's most prominent voices, dies at 55

Beloved Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, among the most prominent opera singers of his generation, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 55. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2015, Hvorostovsky had all but given up live performances. In June, the Vienna State Opera announced that...

Santa Fe New Mexican Critic Craig A. Smith, 63, Dead In Apparent Suicide

"He began writing both feature stories and critical reviews [on opera, classical music, and theater] for Pasatiempo [magazine] in 1990 and continued to contribute to both Pasatiempo and The New Mexican after he left the staff around 2010 until the time of his death." He was also the author of a 2015 biography of Santa […]

Bampton Classical Opera's Young Singers Competition

Emma Stannard as Ruggiero in Royal Academy Opera's Alcina (photo Robert Workman) Bampton Classical Opera's 2017 Young Singers Competition reached its finals last Sunday, 19 November 2017, at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, when the winner was announced as being mezzo-soprano Emma Stannard, and with tenor Wagner Moreira as the runner up. Show More Summary

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