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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Live in HD Preview: ‘The Exterminating Angel’ To Be Seen By Millions Worldwide For First Time
Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel” will get its long-awaited Live in HD performance this Saturday, Nov. 18. This is the third HD transmission of the season and perhaps it is the most intriguing. The opera, making its North American premiere run will be screened to hundreds of countries where the opera has never appeared before. In essence, millions of viewers will be experiencing the work, based on Luis Buñuel’s classic…
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Renee Fleming To Be Featured In ‘The Shape Of Water’ Soundtrack
Renée Fleming has revealed she will be featured in the soundtrack to Guillermo del Toro's latest film "The Shape of Water." The soprano revealed a piece of the song she will be performing on Instagram and for the sound of the song, it seems Fleming has once again shifted her technique to fit the jazz style. It also marks the latest foray into Fleming's career in Hollywood. Fleming has been featured…
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Hermitage Artist Retreat & American Opera Projects Announce 2017-18 Opera Genesis Fellows
The Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL and New York City's American Opera Projects has announced the second Opera Genesis Fellowships to composer Joseph N. Rubinstein and librettist Jason Kim. The award will include a six-week Hermitage residency, in which the artists will work on their new opera "Legendary." The accolade, which was inaugurated last year, is presented to artists who have completed training in AOP's Composer & the Voice…
High Notes On This Day
Three Moments of Pure Musical Genius From Amelita Galli-Curci
Amelita Galli-Curci, born on Nov. 18, 1882, was one of the greatest singers of her era and continues to be revered as one of the finest of all time. And it isn’t hard to see why. Her technique was impeccable and to this day she remains one of the shining examples of exquisite vocal phrasing and overall polish. Just pop in a recording from this singer and all you get…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Umberto Giordano’s ‘Fedora’
Umberto Giordano’s “Fedora” will never rank with the likes of “Andrea Chénier” in the operatic canon, but the composer’s second most popular work still gets its looks from time to time. The work premiered on Nov. 17, 1898, with the composer in the pit and a certain Enrico Caruso in the lead tenor role. The work was based on the Sardou play of the same name and the libretto was…
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Obituary: New York City Opera Director Frank Corsaro Dies At 92
Director and actor Frank Corsaro has died at the age of 92. Corsaro was known as both an opera and Broadway director as well as his work at the New York City Opera, where he was a lead figure. Among the productions that he was recognized for were Prokofiev's "The Fiery Angel," Verdi's "La Traviata," which starred Patricia Brooks and Plácido Domingo, Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and Robert Ward's "The Crucible"…
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Professor Of Roosevelt University Selected For Fulbright Specialist Program
Assistant Professor and Head of Opera at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts Andrew Eggert has been selected for the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Specialist Program. As a Fulbright scholar, he will be a Specialist in November at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary where he will study contemporary American opera from the 20th and 21st centuries of a special two-week Fulbright workshop that the Roosevelt professor will be…
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Sony Classical Announces Sonya Yoncheva’s ‘The Verdi Album’
Sony has announced Sonya Yoncheva's third CD "The Verdi album." The new album scheduled for Feb. 2 sees Yoncheva explore the composer's music through arias from "Nabucco," "Attila," "Luisa Miller" and "Stiffelio." There are also arias from "Il Trovatore," "Otello," "Simon Boccanegra," and "Don Carlo." Every selection on the album was selected by Yoncheva with the soprano noting that her favorite aria on the album was from "Attila." She also noted…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (11/17-19): Vittorio Grigolo, Joyce DiDonato & Ekaterina Bakanova Lead Must-See Operas
This weekend features a plethora of major performances from opera's greatest stars all around the world. Here are our picks for the top five must-see shows of the weekend. L'Elisir D'Amore - Wiener Staatsoper, Austria  "Adriana Lecourevur" maybe the hottest ticket in Vienna because of Anna Netrebko but it isn't the only show that is essential viewing. Vittorio Grigolo returns to the Wiener Staatsoper for performances of "L'Elisir d'Amore" with…
DVD and CD Reviews In Review
‘Mozart’ CD Review: Juan Diego Flórez and Conductor Riccardo Minasi Deliver Magical Mozart Experience
As he moves into heavier repertoire, one composer has been rather absent from the repertoire of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez – Mozart. Listening to him dominate the bel canto repertoire, it has always been of great interest to hear this brilliant and polished singing actor take a stab at a composer equally noted for his polish and finesse. The tenor has taken a few forays into the work of…