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Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Fire Shut Up in My Bones


Perhaps it was the eclipse, an event typically devoid of human influence, yet on the evening of April 8, 2024, it seemed to cast an otherworldly aura over Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’ production of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” The production premiered at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2019 before moving to the Met to sold-out audiences {…}


‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Returns to the Metropolitan Opera


(Credit: Marty Sohl/Met Opera) The Metropolitan Opera will revive Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” on April 8. The production, which is set to be performed seven times through May 2, will star Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green in his role debut as Charles, soprano Latonia Moore reprising the role of Charles’s mother, Billie and soprano Brittany Renee as Destiny {…}


Denyce Graves, Sinéad Campbell Wallace, Étienne Dupuis Headline Washington National Opera’s 2024-25 Season


Washington National Opera announced its 2024-25 season. It all starts with Beethoven’s “Fidelio” starring Sinéad Campbell Wallace, Jamez McCorkle, Derek Welton, David Leigh, and Denyce Graves. Robert Spano conducts a production by Francesca Zambello. Performance Dates: Oct. 25 – Nov. 4, 2024 Robert Spano conducts “Gods and Mortals: A Celebration of Wagner.” The concert features Christine Goerke and Brandon Jovanovich. Performance {…}


Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Lise Davidsen & Freddie De Tommaso Lead Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 Season


The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. New Productions  Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s “Aida” in a new production by Michael Mayer. Angel Blue, Judit Kutasi, Piotr Beczała, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Morris Robbinson. Alexander Soddy conducts the second cast with Christina Nilsson, Elīna Garanča, Brian Jagde, Eri Owens, Michael Chioldi, Amartüvshin Enkhbatyn, Alexander Vinogradov, and Krzysztof Bączyk. John {…}


Michael Fabiano, Anja Kampe, Irene Roberts, Eve Maud Hubeaux, Matthew Polenzani Headline San Francisco Opera’s 2024-25 Season


San Francisco Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The season opens with the “Opera Ball.” Performance Dates: Sept. 6, 2024 The first opera production is “Un Ballo in Maschera” starring Michael Fabiano, Lianna Haroutounian, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Judit Kutasi, and Meigui Zhang. Eun Sun Kim conducts a production directed by Leo Muscato. Performance Dates: Sept. 6-27, 2024 There will also be an “Opera {…}

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San Francisco Opera 2023-24 Review: Omar


Omar is a man, forcibly taken from his home in West Africa in 1807, and brought through the Middle Passage to America. He is sold into slavery in South Carolina and treated with brutality. He maintains his Muslim faith and eventually while in captivity, writes his autobiography in Arabic. “Omar” is an opera created by MacArthur Fellowship recipient Rhiannon Giddens, {…}

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San Francisco Opera to Present ‘Omar’


(Credit: Cory Weaver) The San Francisco Opera will present the Bay Area premiere of “Omar,” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Director Kaneza Schaal will direct the opera and John Kennedy will conduct the opera with a cast that includes tenor Jamez McCorkle, Taylor Raven, Daniel Okulitch, Brittany Renee, Norman Garrett, Laura Krumm, Rehanna Thelwell, Barry Banks, Edward Graves, Calvin Griffin, and Kenneth Overton. “Omar” is inspired by the true {…}


Joshua Blue, Justin Austin, Sarah Mesko & Paul Groves Lead Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2024 Season


The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis has announced its 2024 season. The season opens with Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville“ conducted by Jonathan Brandani and directed by Eric Sean Fogel. The work will star Justin Austin, Hongni Wu, and Nathan Stark. Performance Dates: May 25-June 29, 2024 Joshua Blue, Katerina Burton, Thomas Glass, and Brittany Renee lead Puccini’s “La Bohème.” {…}