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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (5/4-6): Sondra Radvanovsky, Daniela Mack, & Leah Crocetto Among Major Stars To See
It’s a wild weekend around North America with many major companies winding down and others getting started. The New York Opera Fest is in full swing this weekend and you can be sure that there are some major recommendations to be had there. So here is our list of operas to see this weekend. Anna Bolena – Canadian Opera Company When Sondra Radvanovksy sings, we listen. And the soprano will…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (4/13-15): Canadian Opera Company, Opera Omaha, Dallas Opera Lead Weekend
As expected, the opera companies are coming back in full force as the spring season sets in. This week we go around the continent with a mix of different operas, including classic works and modern operas. The Nightingale – Canadian Opera Company The Igor Stravinsky opera gets its first set of performances on Friday and Saturday. The production will be conducted by Johannes Debus in a production by Robert Lepage.…
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Canadian Opera Company 2017-18 Review – The Abduction From the Seraglio: Revisions to Libretto Don’t Feel All That Necessary
Purists fear not. Rest easy, ye who learned with alarm that writer/director Wajdi Mouawad has taken extreme liberties with the libretto of Mozart’s early masterpiece, "The Abduction from the Seraglio," not just tinkering with dialogue but inserting whole new scenes to both accentuate European racism and sexism and soften Ottoman despotism: not a note of Mozart’s divine magic has been altered in the Canadian Opera Company’s production (although you may…
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The 6 Must-See Performers of the Canadian Opera Company 2018-19 Season
The Canadian Opera Company has announced its 2018-19 season, which will feature six operas. Every opera is undeniably the sum of all its parts, but there is certainly a lot to be said about how one performer can become the big story for his or her upcoming showcase. Here is a look at the six exciting singers to keep an eye for in this upcoming season of the COC.  Joyce…
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Weekend Preview – USA (11/3-5): Saratoga Opera, Opera Omaha, Anchorage Opera, Opera Naples Among Companies Opening New Productions
This weekend will feature a ton of opera across North America, with companies opening a number of productions and others closing them up. First, let’s take a look at the new runs opening this week. Saratoga Opera’s “La Traviata” gets its first performances on Friday and Sunday while Opera Omaha presents its only two “Tosca” showcases of the year those same days. Ditto for Anchorage Opera and its “Don Pasquale”…
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Weekend Preview – USA (10/27-29): Dallas Opens ‘La Traviata’ While Pacific Opera Project Showcases ‘The Medium’
The weekend will be jam-packed with a slew of unique operas, some of them appearing for the first time this season. Giancarlo Menotti’s “The Medium” opens on Friday, with subsequent performances on Saturday over at Pacific Opera Project. Canadian Opera Company continues its run of “L’Elisir d’Amore” on Friday and Sunday and finishes off its run of “Arabella” on Saturday. Edmonton Opera closes out its run of “Les Feluettes” on…
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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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Sondra Radvanovsky Takes Home 2017 Dora Award
Sondra Radvanovsky’s big year continues, as the soprano was among the winners of the 2017 Dora Awards. She was given the award for Outstanding Female Performance for her interpretation of “Norma” at the Canadian Opera Company. She beat out Jane Archibald in “Ariodante” at COC, Christine Goerke in Götterdämmerung at COC, Carla Huhatanen in “Rocking Horse Winner at a Tapestry Opera and Adrianne Pieczonka in “Tosca” at COC. The “Norma”…
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Weekend Preview (5/19-21) – North America: This Is Your Last Chance for Adrianne Pieczonka’s ‘Tosca,’ Nicole Cabell’s ‘Bohème’ & Numerous Other Productions
The Metropolitan Opera season may be over, but a lot of other opera companies remain open for business. Sadly this weekend represents a great number of goodbyes for the time being. If you want opera, here are the companies to look up during the weekend. The Canadian Opera Company is finishing up its run of Puccini’s “Tosca” on Friday and Saturday with Adrianne Pieczonka and Keri Alkema in the lead…