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Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice 2018 Season Features Broadway and Bel Canto
The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is entering its 9th season and has announced a lineup of performances centered on precisely that, to take place from August 3 to 5, 2018. The festival itself will be held in Phoenicia, NY, in a location within the Catskills which features seven different venues located near one another. The featured event is their production of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” Staged and directed by…
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‘Bel Canto’ Film Featuring Renée Fleming Acquired By Screen Media
Screen Media has acquired the North American rights to “Bel Canto,” Paul Weitz’s adaptation of the acclaimed Ann Patchett novel. The new film, about a hostage crisis, stars Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe with Opera legend Renée Fleming contributing vocals to the film. “Bel Canto” tells the story of Roxane Coss (Moore), a famous American soprano, who travels to South America to give a private concert at the birthday party…
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Jennifer Rowley, Tamara Mumford Lead Teatro Nuovo’s First-Ever Bel Canto Festival
From July 28 through August 5, 2018, Teatro Nuovo, headed by Will Crutchfield, will be holding an inaugural festival at Purchase College titled “The Dawn of Romantic Opera.” The festival will perform two versions of Rossini’s “Tancredi,” as well as Mayr’s “Medea in Corinto,” in productions that will not only feature some of opera’s current stars, but will shine a light on the next generation of performers. Rossini’s “Tancredi” Featuring…
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Q & A: Lawrence Brownlee on Bel Canto Opera & The Debut of “Cycles of My Being”
Lawrence Brownlee is one of the great bel canto tenors of this generation, singing the works of Donizetti, Rossini, and Bellini, among others, to tremendous critical success around the globe. He is currently in the midst of a run in one of his signature roles as Arturo in Bellini’s “I Puritani” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and prepping for a major project entitled "Cycles of My Being. The song…
DVD and CD Reviews In Review
Dreams CD Review: Pretty Yende Offers Virtuosic Power In Second Album
Pretty Yende has become one of the world's most sought-after singers for her energetic and positive stage presence. Her Cinderella story is widely recognized and her performances have become must-see events. Having dominated the world's greatest stages and released her first album "A Journey," Yende now brings audiences a taste of what is to come in her second album "Dreams." Like her first album, which explored her career path from significant and meaningful…
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Obituary: Philip Gossett Passes Away at 75
American musicologist and historian Philip Gossett has died at 75. Gossett dedicated his career and interest to 19th-century Italian opera, a path that had its beginnings when he started listening to the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts in his youth. Gossett became an authority on the operas of Rossini and Verdi and advised many productions of the Rossini Opera Festival in Italy. He went on to work directly with the Instituto Nazionale di Studi…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Q&A: Will Crutchfield on His Journey With Bel Canto, His Final Season at Caramoor & His New Program, Teatro Nuovo
It's a big year at Caramoor for Will Crutchfield.  For the last 20 years, Crutchfield has been a leader in reviving a number of Bel Canto works at the festival through his program "Bel Canto at Caramoor." It is a program that has showcased some rarities and has shown the conductor's expertise in the repertoire. However, this year Crutchfield is leaving his tenure with the festival and has announced the…
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Bel Canto Breakthrough – Cecilia Violetta López On Her First Rossini & Donizetti Operas
When audiences headed to see Rossini’s “Otello” this past March at LoftOpera, many were looking forward to seeing the rare bel canto opera and its famed three tenor roles. But when all was said and done, the consensus seemed to be quite surprising – soprano Cecilia Violetta Lopez owned the run. Here at OperaWire, we singled out her work as the “dramatic core” of the production and concluded that “It…
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12 Modern Operas That Yannick Nézet-Séguin Must Bring to the Metropolitan Opera
A few weeks ago, Metropolitan Opera Music Director Designate Yannick Nézet-Séguin made the proclamation that he would be bringing newer and fresher composers to the Metropolitan Opera throughout his tenure. A few days later it was reported that among the new composers he would be bringing would be Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking.” It’s a great start, considering Heggie, who has been played everywhere around the world, has essentially been…
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Where & When to Catch Lyric Opera of Chicago Performance ‘Bel Canto’ On Public Television
A few years ago, Jimmy Lopez’s “Bel Canto” finally got its world premiere in Chicago. Despite solid reviews and general popularity, few got a chance to see it unless they traveled to Illinois to check out the new big hit. On Friday, Jan. 13, all of America will be watching as the opera gets broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances series starting at 7:30 p.m. EST. The opera, which is based…