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Susan Graham & Ying Fang Headline Orchestra of St. Luke’s 2018-19 Season
The Orchestra of St. Luke's has announced its 2018-19 Carnegie Hall series. The season will include two concerts featuring some of the world's greatest singers and another featuring one the world's greatest pianist. The season kicks off on Oct. 25 when the orchestra performs Haydn's "Nelson Mass" and the Mozart Requiem. The concert will be conducted by Bernard Labadie and will feature mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, tenor Lothar Odinius, and bass-baritone…
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Dallas Opera 2018-19 To Include Gregory Kunde, Anja Kampe & Angela Meade
The Dallas Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which is set to include five classic operas and numerous international stars. The season kicks off on Oct. 12, 2018 with Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman" starring Greer Grimsley in the title role, Anja Kampe in her Dallas debut, and Jay Hunter Morris. Music director Emmanuel Villaume conducts. Performance Date: Oct. 12-20 (4 performances) Bizet's "Carmen" then takes center stage with Stéphanie d’Oustrac in…
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Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko & Renée Fleming Headline Star-Studded Carnegie Hall 2018-19 Season
Carnegie Hall announced its 2018-19 season featuring some of the world's greatest singers and musicians. To stick with opera, we will only be highlighting the singers who will be featured in the season. Orchestras  Mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot will be featured with the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner in an all-Berlioz program. The program will feature selections from "Les Troyens." Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2018 Tenor…
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The People’s Opera – New York City Opera General Director Michael Capasso On Diverse Programming Driving Renaissance
The New York City Opera, an institution that had been at the heart of New York City’s opera culture was dead. Its fate was unknown. That’s when Michael Capasso stepped in. He had already worked extensively as a stage director and had even founded his own company, the Dicapo Opera Theatre in 1981. So he was not new to taking over this kind of endeavor. But he knew he had…
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Opera Profile: Strauss’ Elektra
First making its premiere on Jan. 25, 1909, “Elektra” is a one-act retelling of the Ancient Greek play written by Sophocles. It is set a few short years after the Trojan War and minimizes certain events for the sake of fixating on Elektra’s quest for revenge upon her mother Clytemnestra. In regards to theme and musicality, “Elektra” bears much resemblance to Strauss’ earlier opera “Salome,” using a vast orchestra, leitmotivs, and…
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Austin Opera 2018-19 Season To Feature Marina Costa-Jackson, Kang Wang, & More
The Austin Opera has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature four major operas spread between November 2018 and May 2019. The season opens with Verdi's "Otello," the first time the opera will be showcased with the company in 20 years. Issachah Savage takes on the iconic tenor role while Marina Costa-Jackson interprets his wife desdemona. Michael Chioldi rounds out the trio as Iago. Richard Buckley conducts a production directed…
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Opera Atelier To Feature Two Operas In 2018-19 Season
Opera Atelier has announced its 2018-2019 season featuring two operatic gems.  The season opens with a French Baroque double bill featuring Charpentier’s "Actéon" and Rameau’s "Pygmalion." The operas will star Colin Ainsworth in both title roles, alongside Mireille Asselin (Diana & Amour), Allyson McHardy (Juno & Céphise), Jesse Blumberg, Christopher Enns, Meghan Lindsay, Cynthia Smithers and Anna Sharpe. Marshall Pynkoski directs the production with a choreography by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg. Performance Dates: Oct. 25 – Nov. 3, 2018 Following its Toronto dates,…
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New York Festival Of Song Set to ‘Protest’ This February
The New York Festival of Song will present “Protest” on Feb. 27, 2018. The program will feature such singers as soprano Mikaela Bennett, soprano Christine Taylor Price, mezzo Rihab Chaieb, tenor Joshua Blue, baritone Dimitri Katotakis, baritone Jacob Scharfman, and bass Andrew Munn. Also on the program will be guitarist Jack Gulielmetti, and pianists Steven Blier and Chris Reynolds. The program kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Merkin Concert…
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Piotr Beczala Signs Exclusive Contract with Pentatone
Pentatone has signed an exclusive contract with Polish tenor Piotr Beczala. In a press release, the tenor noted, "I truly look forward to a new challenge and to this collaboration with PENTATONE – a company with a glorious past that now seems ready for a bright future. I look forward to working with an enthusiastic team that understands the modern age but also cherishes traditional values. This combination creates fabulous…
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North Carolina Opera to Stage World Premiere of ‘Family Secrets: Kith and Kin’
The North Carolina Opera is set to present the world premiere staged production of “Family Secrets: Kith and Kin” by Daniel Thomas Davis. Performances are slated for Feb. 15-16, 2018 at the Burning Coal Theatre at the Murphey School. The work was originally commissioned for soprano Andrea Edith Moore, who will star in the production. The opera features texts from seven internationally acclaimed Southern authors, including Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan,…