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IndieOpera, News

Center for Contemporary Opera to Workshop-Premiere Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s ‘We, The Innumerable’


The Center for Contemporary Opera will present the workshop-premiere in concert for Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s “We, The Innumerable.” The work, which features a libretto by Lisa Flanagan, will be presented on Oct. 21, 2022 at the National Sawdust. The work is set during Iran’s Green Movement and features one woman’s fight for freedom in the face of state-sanctioned violence. “The October {…}


Center for Contemporary Opera & Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli Cremona to Present World Premiere of ‘A Sweet Silence in Cremona’


The Center for Contemporary Opera is set to present the world premiere of “A Sweet Silence in Cremona” at the Teatro A. Ponchielli Cremona, starting on May 8, 2022. The opera, which is composed by Roberto Scarcella Perino to a libretto by Mark Campbell, will conducted by Giuseppe Bruno and directed by Cecilia Ligorio. Cast members include tenor Gianluca Moro as {…}


Center for Contemporary Opera Adds Kenneth Overton to Board


The Center for Contemporary Opera has announced the appointment of Kenneth Overton to its Board. Overton is Grammy Award-winner who has performed with such companies as the Met Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Palacio Bellas Artes, New York City Opera, Opera Memphis, Nashville Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Opera Carolina, Toledo Opera, Opera Idaho, Opera Grand Rapids, San Francisco Opera, Deutsche Oper {…}

Business, News

Francesca Campagna Is Named General Director of Center for Contemporary Opera


Francesca Campagna has been named the general director of the Center for Contemporary Opera, effective immediately. The company made the announcement on Sept. 25, 2019 emphasizing that Campagna is not only the first female General Director in the company’s 37-year history, but also the first immigrant to occupy the position. Per a press release, she is set to oversee the {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Center for Contemporary Opera 2018 Review: Pascal Dusapin’s “To Be Sung” and Stein’s Intimate Love Affair


“To Be Sung” was written in 1997 as Pascal Dusapin’s third opera. Set to Gertrude Stein’s text extracts from “A Lyrical Opera Made By Two,” Dusapin illuminated Stein’s modernist writing style and created a unique synergy between her intimate story and textual sound.  The Center for Contemporary Opera recently presented this impactful opera under the direction of Jorinde Keesmaat, who created {…}


New York Opera Fest 2018 Preview: Check Out New Operas At the Center for Contemporary Opera


With the New York Opera Fest 2018 officially underway, OperaWire will be showcasing small previews for each major participant at the festival, as we did during last year’s event. However, we are doing things a bit differently this year and giving the floor directly to each company to speak to you, the reader, directly. Enjoy! At this year’s New York {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: General Director Francesca Campagna On Cultivating a New Vision for The Center of Contemporary Opera


Recently named General Director of Center of Contemporary Opera (CCO), Francesca Campagna represents a positive shift towards greater international and personal awareness within the opera community. She is the first female in CCO’s history of 37 years to be selected for this role and also the first immigrant. Her career’s journey spans over more than a decade and has been {…}


Houston Grand Opera Announces Opportunity for Local Street Artists


(Photo credit: Stephen Wadsworth) Houston Grand Opera (HGO) invites Houston street artists to apply for the opportunity to showcase a large-scale work at the company’s 2024-25 season opening. Local artists are invited to submit one image of their original street art, which may take the form of graffiti, murals, stencils, or wheat-pasted posters; a short bio; and other materials detailed {…}


The Kennedy Center Announces 2024–25 Performances for Young Audiences Season


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2024–25 Performances for Young Audiences Season. For the purpose of this article, only opera works are included. The Washington National Opera presents Kamala Sankaram and Kelley Rourke’s “Jungle Book.” The beloved story gets a contemporary twist with music from South Asian and Western music traditions and mesmerizing Bollywood {…}