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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…
Opera For Beginners
Artist Profile: USSR Superstar Elena Obraztsova
During the Cold War, it was rare to see an artist from the Soviet Union make a strong impression in the west. But Elena Obraztsova proved to be a major difference. Born on July 7, 1939, Obraztsova endured the siege in Leningrad during World War II and by the age of nine was singing at the Pioneers Palace in Leningrad. She studied music in Taganrog and Rostov on Don before…
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Artist Profile: Mignon Dunn, Supreme ‘Carmen’ Interpreter
Mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn enjoyed a celebrated vocal career that she has now transformed into a legendary one as a teacher. Born on June 17, 1928, in Tennessee, she studied under Karen Branzell and Beverley Peck Johnson. On Sept. 8, 1955, she made her official debut with the Experimental Opera Theatre of America / New Orleans Opera Association. The opera in question? “Carmen (More on that later).” She would then appear…
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Teatr Wielki Warsaw 2017-18 Review – Carmen: Rinat Shaham & Leonardo Capalbo Salvage Senseless Production By Andrzej Chyra
Sir Anthony Hopkins is a world-famous actor who also happens to be a gifted composer. Despite his considerable musical skills, he has made it quite clear that he is unqualified to direct an opera. In Poland, Andrzej Chyra enjoys A-list celebrity status as a one of the country’s foremost film and television actors. He is also probably partial to the polka, but unlike Hopkins, Chyra leapt into the role of…
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Mill City Summer Opera To Showcase Audrey Babcock As ‘Carmen’
The Mill City Summer Opera will kick off a summer production of Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Milly City Ruin Courtyard starting on July 13, 2018. The production, which will be directed by Fenlon Lamb, will star Audrey Babcock as the title character with Adam Diegel as Don José and Karen Slack as Micaëla. Luis Orozco stars as Escamillo. The production runs through July 24. This production represents Lamb’s first production…
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Arena Di Verona Announces Casting For 2018 Festival
The Arena di Verona has announced its casting for the 2018 festival, showcasing some of the biggest stars in the opera world. Here is a breakdown of what stars will grace the stage of the famous arena. Carmen  Three mezzos take on the iconic role of "Carmen" including Anna Goryachova and Carmen Topciu. They are joined by four Don José's including Brian Jagde, Marcelo Puente, Francesco Meli, and Luciano Ganci. Mariangela Sicilia, Ruth Iniesta, Serena Gamberoni, and Eleonora…
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Opera National De Paris 2018-19 Season: Here Is A Look At All The Live In HD Performances
The Opéra National de Paris has announced its cinema season for the 2018-19 season. Here is a look at the works that you can expect to see on the silver screen. Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots (Oct. 4, 2018): The season begins with Meyerbeer's grand opera starring Bryan Hymel, Diana Damrau, Ermonela Jaho, and Nicolas Testé. Michele Mariotti conducts Andreas Kriegenburg's new production. Verdi's Simon Boccanegra (Dec. 13, 2018): Fabio Luisi conducts Calixto Bieto's production…
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Fun Facts About Sergei Leiferkus’ Met Opera Career
Russian Baritone Sergei Leiferkus, born on April 4, 1946, is recognized for his unique vocal quality. If you haven’t heard him before, then you should, because he has one of the most individual sounds you’ll ever hear. In fact, here’s an excerpt from a role we will talk about in a bit. In any case, the baritone enjoyed a solid career in the world of Italian and Russian opera, performing…
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Daniela Mack To Close Opera Philadelphia’s 2017-18 Season
The Opera Philadelphia 2017-18 season is set to close with Bizet's "Carmen." Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who opened the season in the title role of the new opera "Elizabeth Cree," returns in the iconic title role. Directed by Paul Curran, who led 2015’s acclaimed "La Traviata," the new production of "Carmen" will be showcased five times. "’Carmen’ is among the world’s most popular operas for so many reasons, beginning, of course,…
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Opera Quiz: Which ‘Carmen’ Character Best Defines Your Personality?
Is Bizet's "Carmen" the most famous opera in the entire universe? That is certainly a valid question given the fact that almost no opera company in the world can live without the perennial favorite in a single season of programming. While it's rich and evocative melodies are certainly one of the major reasons for its enduring popularity, there is no doubt that its powerful archetypal characters that test one another…