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Toledo Opera Announces Annual Fundraising Gala Starring Tenor Chauncey Packer


Toledo Opera has announced its annual fundraising Opera Gala starring Met Opera tenor Chauncey Packer at the Toledo Club on May 6, 2022. Packer appeared as Spinner in the Met run of Terrence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” and will reprise the role with the Lyric Opera of Chicago later this month. For the Gala, the tenor will perform {…}


Elaine Alvarez, Samina Aslam, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Chauncy Packer Headline Chautauqua Opera’s 2022 Season


Chautauqua Opera is set to kick off its 2022 festival this July. This season’s repertory was originally announced back in 2020 but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article represents an updated version of that announcement with a full rundown of the casts. The season opens with Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz’s “Thumbprint.” The opera will star Samina {…}

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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 {…}


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 {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Dead Man Walking


(Credit: Karen Almond) The Metropolitan Opera re-opened its doors on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, with a new production of “Dead Man Walking” by Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally. The production kicks off a major initiative for the company. Last year, the Met announced that due to the success of contemporary works, including “The Hours,” it would invest more potently on {…}


Knoxville Opera Announces 2023-24 Season


Knoxville Opera has released its line up for the 2023-24 season. The season will commence with Verdi’s “Falstaff” at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Steven Condy, Kevin Godinez, Derrek Stark, and Tori Patricia Franklin lead the cast. Dean Anthony directs alongside conductor Jorge Parodi. Performance Dates: October 13 & 15, 2023 Starting the new year is Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Anya Matanovič {…}

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Metropolitan Opera 2022-23 Review: Falstaff


On Mar. 12, 2023, the Metropolitan Opera revived and gave the Robert Carsen-directed “Falstaff” its season premiere, marking the company’s 193rd performance that crackled with energy and verve. There was electricity in the crowd, as well. At times, an opening night can feel like a final dress rehearsal. This was not one of those times. The show was tight and {…}