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Voice Tasting – How Matt Burns & Magnvm Opvs Tasting Concerts Bring Singing & Wine Together
Creamy. Sweet. Intense. Warm. Thick. Bubbly. Dark. Light. Potent. Vibrant. Any one of those words could be used to describe an operatic voice. But as Matt Burns, founder of Magnum Opus Tasting Concerts (spelled officially Magnvm Opvs” to emphasize “voice” and “vine”), could tell you, they can also be used to represent wine. With his project, founded rather recently, the bass-baritone, who is coming off a run of “La Mère…
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Discovering Cultures – Olga Peretyatko Sings Her First French Role, Explores Russia & Returns To Bel Canto
Opera requires a singer to perform in numerous languages. This can be daunting for anyone who does not speak any given tongue or does not have a connection to the corresponding culture. While some singers overcome this challenge by learning as much as is needed for a given piece, others feel that total immersion is the key to success. Case in point, Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko. Having grown up speaking…
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Q&A: Maria Agresta Talks Verdi, The Royal Opera House’s ‘Otello’ & Her Upcoming ‘Il Trovatore’ At The Met
Maria Agresta has quickly risen to fame in the opera world. She has made debuts in all the great theaters including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, and Royal Opera House. She has also become the go-to soprano for the Verdi repertoire singing roles in "I Due Foscari," "Il Trovatore," "I Masnadieri," "La Traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra." This month she returns to the Royal Opera House for the highly anticipated…
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Weekend Preview (6/16-18) – USA: ‘Frida,’ ‘Thumbprints,’ ‘Angels in America’ Among Rare Offerings
It is a busy weekend around the Opera World. Here are some of the big events to keep an eye out for. Opera Avalon showcases “Dead Man Walking” on Friday and Saturday while American Opera Projects gives audiences “Three Way” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Kamala Sankaram’s “Thumbprints” gets a showcase on both the east and west coast. Beth Morrison Projects presents the opera throughout the weekend as does the…
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Conquering Verdi – Liudmyla Monastyrska on Dominating Verdi’s Most Challenging Roles for Dramatic Soprano
Liudmyla Monastyrska is one of the most in-demand Verdi sopranos of her time. Just look at her repertoire and engagements and you will see that the Ukrainian soprano has run the gamut of the great composer’s repertoire. From the earliest works to “Aida,” Verdi’s final dramatic soprano role, Monastyrska has deep knowledge of Verdi’s artistic development. Among the roles that she has dominated over the last few years is Abigaille…
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An Unconventional Path – Angel Blue on Becoming Cardiff’s Host and Making Her Metropolitan Opera Debut
Every opera career has a different path. Not everyone wins competitions, not everyone starts at the top opera houses or young artist programs, and not everyone begins at the same age. And that is very clear for Angel Blue, who has taken unconventional paths to becoming one of the most promising young artists in opera. "I am definitely open and up for whatever it is. I'm always open to doing…
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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anja Harteros & the Most Acclaimed Winners of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition
Since its inception in 1983, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition has featured over a dozen victors in differing categories. The Singer of the World title has been awarded since 1983, but the Song Prize didn’t start until 1989. As is usually the case with these competitions, some victors go on to major international careers while others have solid careers outside the spotlight. Here, in order of their victories,…
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Opera Australia Succeeds Financially And Artistically In 2016
Opera Australia has announced that its 60th Anniversary year ended with an outstanding financial and artistic result. The company announced in a press release that it had made strong gains that resulted in a $3.0 million surplus. Chairman David Mortimer AO noted, “The 2016 financial outcome is a remarkable turnaround year-on-year for the Company and a tribute to Chief Executive Craig Hassall’s leadership and Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini’s inspired programming.…
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Merola Opera Program Announces 60th Anniversary Season for 2017
The Merola Opera Program has announced its 2017 season to commemorate its 60th anniversary, which will feature performances from some of the greatest artists in opera as well as a collaboration with the most recognized opera composer today. The season opens on June 11, 2017, with a benefit gala that will feature such Merola alums as Deborah Voigt, Julie Adams, Kristin Clayton, Tracy Dahl, Catherine Cook, Zanda Svēde, Dolora Zajick,…
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Two Paths Cross – Tony Award Winner Paulo Szot On Balancing Opera With Broadway & Cabaret
How do you balance a career in opera with a high-profile presence in musicals and cabaret? While crossover is frequent among many artists, it is rare to see a singer split his or her time between opera and musicals. However, that has not been a problem for Polish-Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, as his work in opera has been met with critical acclaim while he has garnered the distinction of having won…