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On Site Opera Wins Female Composer Grant
On Site Opera, in partnership with MetLiveArts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Lyric Theater, has been awarded a Female Composer Grant from Opera America. The grant will help create and produce "Lady Murasaki and the Tale of Genji," a one-act, site-specific opera composed by Michi Wiancko with a libretto by Deborah Brevoort. The work will premiere in spring 2019 in The Met’s Astor Court. The work comes…
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Opera America Announces 20 Winners of Major Innovation Grants
Opera America has announced the recipients of the second cycle of Innovation Grants. The grants, which are “generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation,” were launched in 2016 in support companies that have shown tremendous innovation in diverse areas of the art form. The grants total $1.5 million. This year, 20 companies were awarded the prestigious grants. They include American Opera Projects, Anchorage Opera, The Dallas Opera, Haymarket…
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Isabel Leonard, On Site Opera & Susan Graham Headline Caramoor Festival 2018
The Caramoor Festival has announced its 2018 Festival with a number of opera stars participating and operatic selections. The season opens with Audra McDonald as she performs from the American Songbook accompanied by Andy Einhorn, the music director of the Caramoor Festival. The orchestra of St. Luke's accompanies. Performance Date: June 16, 2018 Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin take the stage for an evening of Spanish song. The program will feature…
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On Site Opera Announces New Production Set in Synagogue
On Site Opera has announced its upcoming production of Ian Gordon’s “Morning Star.” The showcase will take place on March 21, 22, and 25, 2018 at the Eldridge Street Synagogue. It is slated to be a partnership with the Museum at Eldridge Street. Per a press release, “Based on the Sylvia Regan play by the same name, the opera tells the touching story of an immigrant Jewish family struggling to…
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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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Weekend Preview – USA (10/6-8): LA Opera’s ‘Pearl Fishers’ & Chicago’s “Rigoletto’ Among Highlights
The busy weekend in the US continues throughout with a number of companies continuing previously unveiled productions. Before we look at continued runs, let’s look at some of the first-timers this weekend. Among those is LA Opera’s production of “The Pearl Fishers,” which opens on Saturday with a cast that includes Nino Machaidze, Javier Camarena, and Alfredo Daza.  Over in Chicago, the LYOC will showcase its first “Rigoletto” of the…
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Weekend Preview – USA (9/29-10/1): Metropolitan Opera’s First Weekend of 2017-18 Season
The fall opera season continues growing with more and more opera companies opening their doors. This will be the first weekend of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 season. While the company has no shows scheduled for Friday, it will have a double header of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” on Saturday during the afternoon and “Die Zauberflöte” in the evening. The former stars Vittorio Grigolo and Tara Erraught while the latter features James…
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Weekend Preview – USA (9/22-24): Lyric Opera of Chicago Opens Season With ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’
More opera companies open their doors this weekend starting with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The LOC’s first performance of the year on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, will be Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice.” The opera stars Andriana Chuchmann, Dmitry Korchak, Lauren Snouffer, and Harry Bicket conducting. Meanwhile, Opera Philadelphia continues its festival with performances of “The Magic Flute” on Friday and Sunday. On Saturday, the company showcases Kevin Puts and…
Behind the Scenes Interviews
Beauty Among Bones – Conductor Jorge Parodi on John Musto’s ‘Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt’
"Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt" is set to make its world premiere at the American Museum of Natural History on September 23, 2017, in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs. With this unorthodox venue specifically in mind, accomplished composer John Musto, librettist Eric Einhorn, and production company On Site Opera, all seek to create an experience for families that weds together beauty and scientific inquiry. Operawire was able to talk with…
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On Site Opera Review 2016-17 – The Secret Gardener: Co-Commission With Atlanta Opera Results In Fascinating Communal Storytelling
Buzzing in conversation, an increasingly larger group of people sat around the circular West Side Community Gardens, their proximity one another as close as it was to the numerous flower beds growing around them. A wind octet and string bass were perched on the Northern side of the central circle with conductor Geoffrey McDonald waiting patiently as more and more people entered. Moments later, it was all “quiet,” though that…