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Olivier Awards Announces Its Broadcast & Ceremony Plans
The Olivier Awards are set to air on Sunday, April 8, 2018. Those outside of the UK can tune in on the Facebook page of the Olivier Awards or through the radio coverage on Sirius XM. The ceremony will be returning to the Royal Albert Hall, where it will be hosted by Catherine Tate. Highlights of the evening will include a number of performances from Olivier-nominated works. In celebration of…
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University of Southern Maine School of Music To World Premiere ‘Girl in Six Beats’
The University of Southern Maine School of Music will premiere the original work “Girl in Six Beats.” The work was commissioned by Opera Maine and put together in collaboration with The Telling Room. The work was composed by Dan Sonenberg, who is the composer-in-residence; he previously composed “The Summer King” at the Pittsburgh Opera. “Girl in Six Beats” is set to have its world premiere on April 21, 2018, with…
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Opera Quiz: How Well Do You Know Jake Heggie’s Operas & Career?
We spend a lot of time on this site talking about dead composers. And for good reason. Opera wouldn't exist today if it wasn't for those great artists of the past. But it's also important sometimes to shine a spotlight on the artists making headway in today's conservative opera culture. I call it conservative because despite having more talent in the opera world than ever before, most composers don't get…
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WNO Set to Celebrate Bernstein Centennial With ‘Candide’
The Washington National Opera is preparing to finish off its 2017-18 season, celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centennial anniversary with his “opera” “Candide.” The run kicks off on May 6, 2018, at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The celebration is set to feature an all-star cast that includes tenor Alek Shrader in his WNO debut. He will take on the title role opposite Kathryn Lewek as his lover Cunegonde. Lewek, of course,…
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Anne Sofie Von Otter Cancels Berlin Engagement Amid Family Tragedy
Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter has withdrawn from her involvement in Barrie Kosky’s upcoming comic opera cabaret titled “I wish I was a chicken,” which has been rescheduled for the following season. The move comes about in the wake of the tragic suicide of Von Otter’s husband, theatre director Benny Fredriksson. After sixteen years as CEO of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern in Stockholm, Fredriksson became the target of anonymous claims that he…
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Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino 2017-18 Review – Alceste: Nino Surguladze Has Solid Night in Sweet Revival of Gluck Opera
It was in 1951 that the Italian director Pier Luigi Pizzi began working in the theatre, and now, incredibly, at the age of 87, and over 65 years later, he is still going strong. Returning to Florence’s Teatro Maggio Musicale for a reprise of a production of Gluck’s “Alceste,” which he originally staged in 2015 at Venice’s La Fenice, Pizzi oversaw its return to the stage, and a splendid job…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (3/30-4/1): Anna Netrebko, Christiane Karg & Michael Fabiano Headline Weekend
This weekend will be filled with a number of stars singing some of their most acclaimed roles. But what will make this weekend even more special is that it will feature a world premiere, a rarely performed Verdi gem, and a rarely performed baroque piece. Here is a look. Rusalka - Prague National Opera, Czech Republic Kerri-Lynn Wilson makes a star appearance at the podium of the National Opera with…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – USA (3/30-4/1): Metropolitan Opera Dominates Easter Weekend
Easter weekend in the US is a time when opera houses remain relatively quiet. So you’ll notice that one house gets major prominence in this weekend’s recommendations. Così fan tutte – Metropolitan Opera We recommended this showcase a few weeks ago and will recommend it once again. “ At its core, the opera is one big joke that all the characters ultimately play on one another. With this production, they let…
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Metropolitan Opera to Showcase ‘BambinO’ for Audience of Toddlers
In a surprising turn of events, the Metropolitan Opera is set to work alongside the Scottish Opera to showcase “BambinO,” an opera for toddlers aged between 6 and 18 months. Per a press release,“‘Bambino’ is an operatic experience for infants that will stimulate them with new sounds and images in a 40 minute immersive performance. The opera is composed by Lliam Paterson, a prize winning young Scottish composer, and performed…
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FEDORA Announces Opera Nominees for 2018 Awards
The non-profit organization FEDORA has announced the nominees for its prizes in 2018. The aim of the organization is to support ballet and opera projects, which are able to obtain funding using the platform, which is supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe funding programme. The nominees will run a crowdfunding campaign on the platform and the winners will be awarded in a ceremony on June 7, 2018, in Munich.…