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Opera America Conference 2018: No Easy Answers Regarding Race and the World of Opera
Race and ethnicity continue to vex the opera world in the same manner as they do the rest of society. If events at last week’s Opera America Conference are indicative of the industry, it’s a topic that requires further discussion at future conferences with no easy answers in sight. There were no fewer than five panels related to race and ethnicity this year, including one entitled “Recognizing and Undoing Racism”…
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Opera America Conference 2018: What Opera Companies Can Do to Confront Sexual Harassment and Abuse
The opera world has been rocked by the sexual abuse scandal at the Metropolitan Opera centering around maestro James Levine. The topic was confronted head on at Opera Conference 2018 hosted by OPERA America in a panel titled “Confronting Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Assault” that tackled these issues that have unfortunately become much too pertinent in the opera world. The discussion was led by Washington University of St. Louis professor…
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Opera America Conference 2018: Star Soprano-Turned-Director Patricia Racette Leads Discussion On Career Transitions
Over the next few days, Santosh Venkataraman will be attending the Opera America Conference from St. Louis, providing us with in-depth coverage of some of the major events. Stay tuned! Patricia Racette recalled an email she got after the announcement was made that she would be making her directorial debut at Opera Theatre of St. Louis this summer with La Traviata. It wasn’t exactly a note of thanks or many…
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Operamission To Host ‘Handel Warehouse’
On June 1, Operamission will hold a “Handel Warehouse.” The event, which will be open to the public, will be held at OPERA America's National Opera Center. "Handel Warehouse" will offer a host of workshops, open rehearsals, refreshments, and festivities with conductor/harpsichordist Jennifer Peterson and stage director Jeff Caldwell lead the proceedings, to be held in the Charles MacKay Studio. Workshops in performance aspects of Handel opera will include style, ornamentation,…
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Opera America Announces Grant Awards to 8 Female Composers
Opera America has announced the latest recipients of the Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program. The grants are made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and are given to promote the development of works by women. This year’s recipients include Lisa DeSpain for “That Hell-Bound Train,” Alexa Dexa for “Be a Doll,” Germaine Franco for “¡La Capitana!,”  Elizabeth Kelly for “Losing Her Voice,” Leanna Kirchoff for “Friday After Friday,” Veronika Krausas for “Ghost Opera,” Julia Weinwald for “REB+VoDKa+ME,” and Liza Seigido for “Cyborgs Are Dancing.”…
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Opera America Unveils Recipients for 2018 National Opera Trustee Recognition
Opera America has announced the recipients for the 2018 National Opera Trustee Recognition. The recipients are “Carol F. Henry, Los Angeles Opera; R. Jamison Williams, Michigan Opera Theatre; Henry Fogel, Chicago Opera Theater; and John Serrage, Opera Maine.” The award is in its 11th year and its intention is to honor “U.S. opera companies for their exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building efforts on behalf of their respective organizations.” Honorees will be recognized at a dinner and reception…
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Editorial: Opera’s Diversity Problem & How to Fix It
I was lucky enough this past November that a friend of mine had an extra ticket for "Die Walküre" at Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Now I had already seen it opening night and reviewed it for this site.  Of course, the chance to again see Wagner at Lyric with top-notch performers like Christine Goerke and Eric Owens wasn’t something that I was going to pass up. It was a gorgeous…
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OPERA America Announces Inaugural Participants For Mentorship Program For Women
OPERA America has announced that protégés and mentors have been selected for the organization’s new Mentorship Program for Women. The Mentorship Program for Women is intended to provide a unique opportunity for promising female administrators  (protégés) in the field to be paired with established leaders (mentors), to help the protégés identify advancement barriers and create a plan for professional growth. This year three protégé/mentor pairings were selected for the first year…
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Metropolitan Opera Wins Opera America Grant For New Work ‘Eurydice’
 OPERA America has announced the grant awards for 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. A total of $225,000 was awarded to 11 opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming opera "Eurydice" by composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl. The work will be based on the play by Sarah Ruhl and tells the Orpheus story from the perspective of Eurydice, using contemporary language to present the young lovers as…
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Ailyn Pérez, Michael Fabiano, Angela Meade to Appear in Opera America’s Onstage At Opera Center 2017-18
Opera America has announced its 2017-18 Onstage at the Opera Center season and it will feature quite a number of exciting artists. Kicking off on Oct. 5, 2017, the season will feature three different series, including “Creators in Concert,” “Conversations,” and “Emerging Artist Recitals.” “Creators in Concert” will feature “Thumbprint” composer Kamala Sankaram on Oct. 19, 2017. Then on Feb. 7, 2018, Paul Moravec, the composer of “The Shining,” opera…