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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – USA (4/6-8): ‘Das Rheingold,’ Jake Heggie To Make Waves
This weekend is all about variety with some companies showcasing perennial classics and three others showing modern works with tremendous socio-political relevance. Das Rheingold – Arizona Opera  Opera Arizona will showcase the first installment in Wagner’s famed tetralogy with Mark Delavan as Wotan, Rodell Rosel as Loge, Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, Daveda Karanas as Fricka, and Dana Beth Miller as Erda. Performances will take place at Symphony Hall in…
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Arizona Opera Announces New Vanguard Season Model
Arizona Opera has announced that it will be entering a meaningful new chapter of artistic vibrancy and community engagement that will excite both longtime opera lovers and newcomers alike. In a press release the company announced that beginning in the 2018-19 Season, it will expand its programming to curate a more inclusive opera season – one that continues to deliver stunning productions of classic operas supported by world-class singers, while…
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Weekend Preview – USA (10/20-22): Dallas Opera Offers Olga Borodina in ‘Samson et Dalila’ While Other Companies Open Productions
Another operatic weekend. Another set of opening performances around North America. The big one on the radar is “Samson et Dalila” at the Dallas Opera, which is set to star Olga Borodina. The opera opens on Friday with another performance set for Sunday. Houston Grand Opera opens its production of “La Traviata” on Saturday. Additionally, the Florentine Opera opens its production of “The Merry Widow” that same day, with a…
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Weekend Preview – USA (10/13-15): LA Opera Opens ‘Nabucco’ With Plácido Domingo
As we get deeper and deeper into the fall season, opera lovers are finding themselves with more and more options around the United States. Here is a look at the offerings for this second weekend of the month. First off, let's kick off with the major openings. On Saturday, Los Angeles Opera opens its production of “Nabucco (the company also showcases "The Pearl Fishers this weekend)” starring Plácido Domingo, Michigan Opera…
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‘Riders of the Purple Sage’ Inspires $1 Million Gift To Arizona Opera
Arizona Opera has just gotten a massive gift in the form of $1 million, one of the largest in its history. According to Tuscon.com, the donation is coming from Scott Stallard and his wife Marlu Allan, who were thrilled earlier this season when they experienced the company’s world premiere of “Riders of the Purple Sage.” “It was stunning,” Stallard said according to the report. “We saw that show and we…
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Weekend Preview (4/7-9) – USA: Anna Netrebko, Lawrence Brownlee & Eric Owens Lead Busy Weekend Which Features Performances in Memphis, Nashville, Tampa & Palm Beach Among Others
It is going to be a busy opera weekend around the US with a plethora of companies, both large and small, giving new productions and old. Opera Memphis will showcase three works throughout the weekend including Peter Hilliard’s “Blue Viola” on Friday and Saturday, Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers” on Saturday,” and John Musto’s “Later the Same Evening” on Saturday. Palm Beach Opera will present performances of “The Pirates of Penzance”…
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Weekend Preview – USA (3/31-4/2): New York City Opera, Diana Damrau & Vittorio Grigolo Or Carmen Giannattasio; Take Your Pick
A number of major operas premiere new productions this weekend. Here are the major highlights of the weekend. The New York City Opera is back in action this weekend with a rare performance of Resphigi’s “La Campana Sommersa.” The rarely performed opera stars Fabio Armiliato and will be showcased on March 31 and April 1 with subsequent performances during the week. Seattle Opera premieres “The Combat” on April 1, which…
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Weekend Preview (3/3-5) – USA: Pretty Yende returns to Met Stage for ‘Roméo et Juliette’
A French classic returns to the Met stage this weekend as the other major companies around the states continue business as usual. Audiences will get a chance to relive Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” at the Met with a new cast starring Pretty Yende and Stephen Costello. The following day, Massenet’s “Werther,” which was widely praised (including by OperaWire) makes its return for a radio broadcast at 1 P.M. EST. In…
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Weekend Preview (2/24-26) – USA: A Western, A Heggie & A Floyd Make Major Premieres This Weekend
A new opera starts its life on Saturday while a rarity gets its premiere in a major city and a modern masterwork arrives in our nation’s capital. Yes, opera is finally starting to bloom around the States, with many smaller companies getting in on the act. Arizona Opera is showcasing the world premiere of Bohmler’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The work is a western that is set to bring…
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A Zane Grey Opera – Exploring the Creation & Production of Arizona Opera’s World Premiere of ‘Riders of the Purple Sage’
Rain was pouring down for miles while composer Craig Bohmler was on a drive through the mountain region outside Phoenix. Everywhere he looked, visibility was low and he knew that due to the strong monsoon winds, staying out in this weather was probably not a wise proposition. He eventually stopped at “the second light.” “It’s important to note that it was the second light,” the composer noted. Why? “Because at…