News
Arnold Rawls Replaces Aleksandrs Antonenko At Metropolitan Opera
Arnold Rawls will sing the role of Calàf in tonight’s performance of Puccini’s "Turandot" at the Metropolitan Opera. Rawls will replace the originally scheduled Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. Rawls recently sang Radames in "Aida" at Opera Australia as Don Jose in "Carmen" at the Bergenz Festival. He has also sung "Il Trovatore," "La Wally" and Verdi's Requiem. Rawls has performed with major companies including Des Moines Opera, Arizona Opera,…
In Review Stage Reviews
Wexford Festival Opera 2017 Review – Margherita: Strong Production Makes Case that Foroni Could Have Challenged Verdi For Mantle of Italy’s Top Composer
Following Donizetti’s death in 1848 the mantle of Italian opera eventually passed onto Verdi, something that today appears to have been a natural and uncontested succession. Yet, this was not so certain a transition as it now seems. A number of other composer also vied for the accolade, including a now almost unknown composer from Verona, called Jacopo Foroni. Hailing from a family of well-known musicians, Foroni was establishing himself…
Stage Spotlight
Pacific Opera Project 2017-18 – The Monkey’s Paw & The Medium: Double Bill Enchants & Sets Perfect Halloween Mood
On October 27, 2017, Pacific Opera Project presented the world premiere of Brooke DeRosa’s "The Monkey’s Paw" along with a revival of Gian Carlo Menotti’s "The Medium" at the Ebell Club in Los Angeles. Brooke based the libretto for her opera on W.W. Jacobs’ 1902 supernatural thriller of the same name. The mystic tale, sometimes read in high school classes, warns readers to be careful what they wish for because…
News
Vienna State Opera Finds Replacements For Dmitri Hvorostovsky
The Vienna State Opera has announced a replacement for Dmitri Hvorostovsky in "Rigoletto" and "Otello." Baritone Dalibor Jenis will sing Iago in "Otello" next March while Paolo Rumetz will sing "Rigoletto" next May. The news comes as no surprise as Hvorostovsky is still undergoing treatment for a brain tumor and announced last season that he would be retiring from staged operas. Jenis has performed at the Slovak National Opera throughout the…
News
Atlanta Opera To Showcase Second Annual ‘From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love and the Lord’
The Atlanta Opera is slated to present “From Opera to Opry: Liquor, Love, and the Lord later this year. The showcase, which will take place at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse this Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in collaboration with ADA Ovations. The holiday concert enters its second year after a successful showcase in Dec. 2016. The program is written by baritone Michael Mayes and features arias and duets from such major…
In Review Stage Reviews
New York City Opera 2017-18 Review – Dolores Claiborne: Tobias Picker’s Opera Shocks and Thrills
If you were to see The New York City Opera’s production of "Dolores Claiborne" -- and I recommend you do, though this sold-out run has just finished --it might be a useful to cite some references that occurred to me. There were many, and they were diverse. But just to orient those new to the opera -- and its source, the novel by Stephen King -- first, the briefest summary…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Q&A Ellie Dehn On Her Role Debut As ‘Manon’ At The San Francisco Opera
Over the past years, Ellie Dehn has received critical acclaim for her exceptional performances at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Royal Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and Houston Grand Opera among other theaters. Dehn has also been hailed for her versatility in repertoire and as also emerged as a specialist in works by Mozart. She has also become a favorite of the San Francisco…
High Notes
The Greatest Disguises in Opera
It’s Halloween! Which means that most people are taking the opportunity to disguise themselves as someone else, live out a temporary existence as a character that they either dreamed of being or enjoy playing. Opera is full of this kind of interplay, with characters disguising themselves or putting on literal costumes to get their way. One thing we often learn in opera about characters throwing on costumes is how much…
IndieOpera
IRCPA Names Singers For Encounters With Brett Polegato
Ten young professional singers have been selected to perform in "Singing Stars: The Next Generation," presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, a service organization for Canada’s musicians. The ten performers include sopranos Brianna de Santis and Vania Margani, mezzo-soprano Beste Kalendar, as well as tenors Asitha Tennekoon, Jacques Arsenault and Jean-Philippe Lazure. Baritones Andrey Andreychik, Bradley Christensen, Clarence Frazer, and David Diston will also participate. The performance…
Artist of the Week News
Artist of the Week: Ellie Dehn Makes Role Debut as ‘Manon’
It will be a fun week for Ellie Dehn. A few months ago, soprano Nadine Sierra was slated to be the artist to lead the San Francisco Opera’s new production of “Manon.” But Sierra pulled out of the role and Dehn was called upon to take the torch of one of the hardest roles in the lyric soprano repertoire. It will also be Dehn’s first run of performances in the…