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Opera Quiz
Opera Quiz: How Well Do You Know Jake Heggie’s Operas & Career?
We spend a lot of time on this site talking about dead composers. And for good reason. Opera wouldn't exist today if it wasn't for those great artists of the past. But it's also important sometimes to shine a spotlight on the artists making headway in today's conservative opera culture. I call it conservative because despite having more talent in the opera world than ever before, most composers don't get…
High Notes Opera Meets Film
Opera Meets Film: 7 Oscar-Nominated Films That Inspired Operas Part 2
“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment we will go through films that were nominated or won Oscars and that eventually…
In Review Stage Reviews
Barbican 2017-18 Review – Dead Man Walking: Joyce DiDonato Shines In Jake Heggie’s Haunting Disarray Of An Opera
Jake Heggie’s 2000 opera “Dead Man Walking” – based on the memoirs of Sister Helen Prejean and inspired by the film of the same name – hardly conforms to operatic standards. An intersection of “Porgy and Bess”-like motifs, rock opera recitatives, and the echoes of New Orleans jazz, it treats the opera template with a moderate respect: scant arias and duets that favor the "parlato" style of speaking rather than…
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Miami Music Festival 2017 to Feature More Wagner, Offenbach, Mozart & Jake Heggie
The Miami Music Festival has announced its 2017 season, which will feature five operas, among other programs, starting on June 6, 2017 and ending on July 31, 2017. The program, which will enter its fourth season and offers “an intensive training program for the next generation of classical musicians to work with mentors and gain performing experience,” will feature 250 students from over 25 students. The company’s first opera production…
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Javier Camarena, Plácido Domingo & ‘Dead Man Walking’ Among Highlights of Teatro Real’s 2017-18 Season
The Teatro Real has finally announced its 2017-18 season, later than most other organizations. But the company has packed quite a punch for its upcoming showcase, with 13 operas on the docket. It all starts on Sept. 13 with Mozart’s rarely performed “Lucio Silla” directed by Claus Guth. The cast will be led by Patricia Petibon, who will sing five of the nine performances of the work. “Carmen” opens on…
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Metropolitan Opera to Finally Showcase Opera By Jake Heggie in 2020
The Metropolitan Opera will finally showcase an opera by Jake Heggie. Despite Heggie’s rise to operatic fame as a composer over the last decade, the Met has seemed to not notice. Until now. According to a picture in Opera Magazine taken by New York Times Reporter Zachary Woolfe, conductor Yannick Nézet Seguin will conduct “Dead Man Walking” as part of his inaugural season as the music director of the company.…
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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…
Interviews Stage Spotlight
Cathartic Trauma – How Susan Graham Overcame the Emotional Challenges of Performing ‘Dead Man Walking’
Overcoming a traumatic experience is an arduous task that really never goes away. It leaves its mark, the smallest stimulus bringing it back with greater potency. Artists don't always have the luxury of running away from trauma. They not only have to portray it but live it time and time again. And in the case of opera singers, they might have to relive it throughout their careers. For Susan Graham,…
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Everything You Need To Know About Minnesota Opera’s 2017-18 Season
The Minnesota Opera has announced its 2017-18 season, a celebration for the company's 55th anniversary. The season opens with Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" on Oct. 7 and runs through the 15. It will be followed in November with a new production of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." The opera will premier on Nov. 11 and will run through the 19. The 2018 calendar year begins with five performances of Jake Heggie's modern…
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Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artists Triumph Internationally
The Lyric Opera of Kansas City kicked off the New Year celebrating awards to two prominent Resident Artists. The artists in question are Samantha Gossard and John Viscardi. The former was the recipient of the William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation Award, which awards 15 $12,000 grants to young artists. It also allows them to participate in a five-year program of continued financial aid for coaching in new roles. Meanwhile, Viscardi…