Katharine Baran

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New York Opera Fest 2017: The Martina Arroyo Foundation Presents Ken Benson in 2017 Master Series
As part of this year’s New York Opera Fest, The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s young artist program presents a masterclass taught by Ken Benson at 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 26, 2017 at the Brecher Hall at Hunter College. As part of the organization's Prelude of Performances, Benson, the famed agent and opera expert, will speak to the singers about the business of opera. He is known as leading representative of…
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Merola Opera Program 2017 Summer Festival Presents ‘La Cenerentola’ With Met Opera Winner Samantha Hankey
The Merola Opera Program 2017 Summer Festival continues into August with two fully staged performances of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” on Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. EDT and Saturday, August 5 at 2:00 p.m. Both performances are at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. As one of the most prestigious and selective programs in the United States, Merola Opera Program welcomes mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey, winner of the 2017 Metropolitan Opera National…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: On Site Opera Presents ‘La Mère Coupable’
Opera on Site (OSO) partners with the Darius Milhaud Society and the world renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) to bring to life the U.S. premiere of “La Mere Coupable” (The Guilty Mother) as part of the 2017 New York Opera Fest. On June 20 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. EST, Darius Milhauds’ fully staged work will be showcased at the Garage in the Manhattan. The performance will celebrate the 125…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: The Martina Arroyo Foundation Presents Stefano Mazzonis in Master Series 2017
As part of the New York Opera Fest’s 2017 culmination and celebration of opera around the area, Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera will join the Martina Arroyo Foundation in the Master Series on June 21 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Mazzonis is the General Artistic Director of Opera Royal de Wallonie-Liege and former General/ Artistic Director of Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He will work with certain selected Prelude singers this month. Originally…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: Martina Arroyo Foundation Presents ‘A Prelude to Performance’ Opera Highlights Concert
Coming this July, the Martina Arroyo Foundation is having a prelude to performance opera highlights concert. The young artists in the MAF program are giving the audience a glimpse into their full productions on July 6 and 8 of Bizet's "Carmen" and their July 7 and 9 showings of Puccini's "Suor Angelica" and "Gianni Schicchi." The glorious afternoon of the concert or semi-staged reading begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT on June…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: Apotheosis Opera Showcases Strauss’ ‘Capriccio’
Starting on Friday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m., EDT, Apotheosis Opera presents Strauss’ “Capriccio,” with a follow-up performance on Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m. EDT. The last opera by the great German composer allows the audience to get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes in theater while positing important philosophical questions about the relationship between music and text. The plot for this romantic comedy revolves around the…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: Opera On Tap Presents ‘Elixir of Love: The Playground Opera’
This Thursday, June 15, 2017, Opera on Tap is putting on Gaetano Donizetti's “The Elixir of Love” as part of its annual Playground Opera Series.  The series was started several years ago and takes part in the playground of a public school in the NYC area. The program allows school children to get involved in the creation, production, and performance of the opera.  The students are guided by professionals in…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: Vertical Player Repertory Presents ‘Phaedra’
As part of the New York Opera Fest in alliance with the New York Opera Alliance, Vertical Player Repertory Opera will debut “Phaedra” this Saturday, June 10, 2017. This fully staged production will start at 8:00 pm EDT at 334 South 5th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The plot of the opera revolves around Phaedra, the main character, stumbling under Aphrodite’s curse. Wife to Theseus, she longs for his son Hippolytus,…
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New York Opera Fest 2017: Light Opera of New York – My Song Vol. 2
This Thursday, June 8, 2017, Light Opera of New York presents “My Song Goes 'Round the World, Volume 2." The performance will showcase and explore composers and performers that delineated operetta on both sides of the Atlantic in the first half of the twentieth century. The production's music director, Matthew Stephens, received his master's in collaborative piano from the University of North Carolina School of Arts. He was then selected for…
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Obituary: Jiří Bělohlávek, Internationally Known Conductor, Dies at 77
Last Thursday, the honored and beloved conductor Jiří Bělohlávek passed away at the age of 71 after a long battle with an illness. He was in the midst of a five-year contract that he had just recently renewed with the Czech Philharmonic. The Prague native spent most of the early years of his career in Czechoslovakia.  In 1970 he won the Czech National Conducting Competition.  Subsequently, he served as the assistant…