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Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets

25 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Alison Buchanan Pegasus Opera is presenting a pair of one-act operas by the American composer Philip Hagemann, a double bill of Ruth and The Dark Lady of the Sonnets, both showcasing women in the lead roles. Directed by Eduardo Barreto...Show More Summary

Musical Arcadia: Handel at Vauxhall

26 minutes agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Handel at Vauxhall, volume 2; Mary Bevan, Claire Bessent, Eleanor Dennis, Benjamin Bevan, Charles MacDougall, Nicky Spence, Greg Tassell, London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham; Signum Classics Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 13 2018...Show More Summary

Dreamers turn out for a mariachi opera whose story sings with familiar sorrow

1 hour agoArts : Culture Monster

Jazmin Perez left her on-campus job at Cal State Northridge on Friday night and rushed to meet her mom and little brother. The destination: the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, where Perez and her family were attending a concert preceded by a reception in their honor....

Reflecting Language

15 hours agoArts / Dance : Danceviewtimes

"Serenade," "The Chairman Dances-Quartet For Two," "Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes" San Francisco Ballet San Francisco War Memorial Opera House San Francisco,CA February 13, 2018 by Rita Felciano copyright © Rita Felciano 2018 The first of this season’s repertory programs was called “Bright Fast Cool Blue”. Show More Summary

A lost Donizetti opera comes up for air

About 30 years ago I broke the story in the Sunday Times of a major find in the Covent Garden basement – an opera by Donizetti about Elizabeth, Queen of England. There was much fuss, huffing and puffing, and a promise to stage the piece as soon as possible. It finally got a concert performance […]

Opera is cancelled due to substances in the set

Friday night’s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko at the Slovak National Opera was called off at the last minute with no explanation offered to the audience. But these things tend to leak out. Apparently, singers complained of mould growing over parts of the set. Health-and-safety were called in. Samples were taken and sent to the lab. […]

Death of a Soviet diva, 92

Tamara Nizhnikova, who has died at 92, was a stalwart of the National Opera and Ballet of Belarus. She earned the Order of the Red Banner of Labour, and was named a People’s Artist of the USSR. She retired from singing in Brezhnev-era 1976.

Ivan Fischer creates opera festival in Italy

The Hungarian conductor as created a new company with his Budapest Festival Orchestra to present opera in Vicenza, starting this October. Falstaff will be the one production in 2018. Next year there will be two, and rising.

Technical difficulties

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

La bohéme returned to the stage of the Metropolitan Opera once again last night (does it ever leave?)

Dame Sarah makes her Vienna debut

Handel’s Ariodante has never been done before at the Vienna Opera, so it makes sense that most of the singers are either on debut or role debut in Sir David McVicar’s production. Dame Sarah Connolly sings the title role, her first in the house. Chen Reiss, a Vienna regular, sings her first Ginevra. Christophe Dumaux […]

Met Opera changes face as young director starts early

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

The Metropolitan Opera announced Thursday that young Canadian conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin would take charge this fall, two years ahead of schedule, making a fresh break after abuse allegations against his predecessor. Announcing its...Show More Summary

An Opera Star’s Song Cycle Conjures a Black Man’s Life in America

2 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

“Cycles of My Being,” written for the tenor Lawrence Brownlee by Tyshawn Sorey and Terrance Hayes, grapples with hope and hate.

'Phantom' sequel 'Love Never Dies': Only Andrew Lloyd Webber would try to pull this off

Most shows save their full-throated power ballads for late in the night. But at “Love Never Dies,” the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-smash “The Phantom of Opera,” the lush strings are emoting at full pelt from the pit before you’ve even had proper chance to extract yourself from your coat....

The Somber Fate of a Manuscript Illuminator

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

In Written on Skin, currently playing at Opera Philadelphia, an illuminated manuscript artist gets involved with his patron's wife. The post The Somber Fate of a Manuscript Illuminator appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Uganda's First Lady says Bridge Schools Uganda must close

Uganda’s First Lady and Minister of Education Janet Museveni hits back at Bridge Schools Uganda, who has defied ministry edicts not to re-open its 63 schools across the country. Unlicenced Bridge Schools will not be allowed to operate for the 2018 school year, states Minister Museveni in an op-ed piece in Uganda daily New Vision on Friday.

Opera season: the might-have beens.

Having recently experienced from the inside just what it is like to create an opera (it's rather like building the world's largest cruise-ship), I've been thinking about The Ones That Got Away. The operas that were never written. The...Show More Summary

Measuring up

3 days agoArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1966, the Metropolitan Opera debut of tenor Alfredo Kraus as the Duke of Mantua.

German opera house conducts abuse inquiry into former intendant

The authorities in Braunschweig are investigating allegations against the former artistic director Philip Kochheim who, in addition to sexual complaints previously reported, is accused of kicking an assistant’s telephone down a flight of stairs and hitting her on the head. Two complaints were to the police. Kochheim has offered no comment. Report here. Kochheim has moved on […]

Anna Netrebko: I’m done with Wagner

The soprano, in an extensive interview with a Russian opera magazine, says she loves Wagner more than any other composer but she’s not taking on any more roles beyond Elsa: I’m not going to take up Wagner any more, even though he is my favourite composer. His music puts me in a trance. Wagner, Britten, these composers […]

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