Francisco Salazar

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CD/DVD Releases -Week of July 10: Piotr Beczala’s Faust Healines New Releases
Are you a fan of romantic music or early music? This week, audiences will have two high-profile options to choose from. The first comes from the Salzburg Festival in an acclaimed production while the second comes from an acclaimed mezzo-soprano who has obtained incredible acclaim in the past few years. Piotr Beczala as "Faust"  A week after Piotr Beczala's "Lohengrin" was released, Beczala's "Faust" will be released. Recorded at the…
Artist of the Week News
Artist Of The Week: Leah Crocetto Dispatches Vocal Fireworks In ‘The Siege Of Calais’
Leah Crocetto is known for her work in Verdi's spinto roles as well as her interpretation of my Puccini operas. She has garnered acclaim in this repertoire and is among the rising stars in the opera world. However, this weekend she steps out of these boundaries and moves into the realm of Bel Canto for her role debut as Eleonora in Donizetti's "The Siege of Calais" at the Glimmerglass Festival.…
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LGBT Opera Retrospective: How Similar Is The Opera World To Hollywood In Terms of Representation?
Over the past years, the movie industry has been calling for more diversity in its films due to a lack fo representation. That representation has slowly been increasing and it was seen this year when the Academy decided to invite more minorities to its organization. However, in a recent study that GLAAD released, it was evident that the progress has not been seen in LGBT representation in film. The study…
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‘West Side Story,’ ‘Silent Night’ & ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ Highlight Glimmerglass Festival 2018
The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2018 festival which will explore themes of home and country. The company will celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday opening the season with "West Side Story" featuring the original Jerome Robbins choreography. Francesca Zambello will direct the musical, with associate direction by Eric Sean Fogel and performances will take place July 7 through August 24, 2018. The production will be complemented by performances of Bernstein’s…
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Grant Gershon To Continue As Resident Conductor At LA Opera
The Los Angeles Opera has announced that Grant Gershon will continue as Resident Conductor through the 2019-20 season. Gershon has held the title of resident conductor for the last five years. He made his conducting debut with the company in 2009 with Verdi’s “La Traviata” and previously served as chorus master and then chorus director. Gershon has been artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the past 17…
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Royal Opera House To Stream ‘Turandot’ On Youtube & BP Big Screens
The Royal Opera continues it BP Big Screens series on July 14, 2017 with "Turandot." The live stream will be shown on the Royal Opera's website and on YouTube and will be available for a further 30 days after the live stream. The opera will also be broadcast free to 14 screens around the country, from Newcastle to Brighton, with pre-screening beginning at 7 p.m. local time. The performance is slated…
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Sarasota Opera Receives NEA Grant For Rachel J. Peters’ Youth Opera
The Sarasota Opera has received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts. The company was selected to receive a $20,000 grant in support of the commissioning and production of “Rootabaga Country,” a new opera by composer Rachel J. Peters that will mark the company’s sixth youth opera world premiere. The Art Works award was part of more than $82 million approved by the NEA to fund local art…
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Plácido Domingo to Lead Fort Worth Opera National Artistic Council
The Fort Worth Opera has announced the creation of the Fort Worth Opera National Artistic Council. The new council will be led by Plácido Domingo and will be composed of renowned artists, classical musicians, and directors. The purpose will be to provide ongoing support and guidance to FWOpera regarding artistic endeavors and educational programs that impact the city of Fort Worth. It will also help keep FWOpera informed of larger…
Interviews Prague Summer Nights Stage Spotlight
Q&A: Kristine Overman On Singing The Countess in ‘Le Nozze Di Figaro’ And Returning To Prague Summer Nights
The Prague Summer Nights Festival, presented by Classical Movements, continues this weekend in Salzburg. One of the artists performing this week includes Kristine Overman, a 21-year-old soprano who is currently studying at the University of Michigan and who is singing her second major opera role. Having performed with the Michigan Opera Theater as a young child, Overman has always been exposed to opera and with the Prague Summer Nights Festival,…
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Social Media Beat (6/30-7/6): How Are Great Singers Enjoying The Summer?
The opera world is in the midst of festival season. But that doesn't mean singers can't enjoy the gorgeous summer weather. Check what some singers did this week! Leah Crocetto showed off pictures of Coopertown as she enjoys her time off from rehearsals. This crew though. #independanceday #ggf2017 #ggfamily #summer2017 #happybirthdayamerica #opera #festival #love #soprano #ggfsiege #glimmerglass #singers #singersontheloose A post shared by Leah Crocetto (@leahcrocetto) on Jul 5, 2017…