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Kye Marshall & Amanda Hale’s ‘Pomegranate’ Makes World Premiere at Pride Toronto 2023 With The Canadian Opera Company


Composer Kye Marshall and librettist Amanda Hale’s “Pomegranate” will make its world premiere at the Canadian Opera Company as a major cultural event at Pride Toronto 2023. The co-production with Vancouver Opera stars mezzo-soprano Adanya Dunn and soprano Danielle Buonaiuto (they/she). The two portray young lovers, Suzie and Cass who wish to express themselves freely but are constrained by social {…}

IndieOpera, Streaming

Bea Goodwin Releases ‘Teatime Opera’ in Support of Wroxton College


Director and librettist Bea Goodwin has launched “Teatime Opera,” a concert aimed at honoring Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The showcase features performances by Helena Brown, Danielle Buonaiuto, and Eric Lindsey as they take on songs from the English canon as well as pieces written by Goodwin. “Education is both a necessity and a luxury. Choosing a school to {…}

IndieOpera, Streaming

Musica Viva NY to Stream ‘Songs of Struggle, Compassion and Redemption’


On January 23, 2022, Musica Viva NY will present “Songs of Struggle, Compassion and Redemption.” The concert will feature Aeolus Quartet, with the program comprised of Joel Thompson’s “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” as well as works by Bach, Trent Johnson, George Walker, and Florence Price. The event will be presented virtually from All Souls Church due to the {…}


Fresh Squeezed Opera to Present ‘An Antidote to Failure’


Fresh Squeezed Opera has announced that it will present “An Antidote to Failure” on Nov. 3, 2021. The showcase, which will be presented at The Cell Theatre in New York City, will offer up a menu of new vocal music ranging from “tonal to atonal, from acoustic to electronic, from libretto-driven to sound-driven.” Among the pieces on display will be {…}


Essential Opera Takes Airport Opera ‘December’ Online


Canadian-based Essential Opera has announced that it will be present “December” digitally this holiday season. The opera was originally set to be performed live at airports all around the Atlantic region, but had to reframed in light of continued concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The opera, which features a libretto and score by Monica Pearce, stars Erin Bardua, Maureen {…}


Death of Classical to Explore Music and Poetry in ‘To America’


Death of Classical is set to present “To America,” an immersive event which comes in partnership with The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. This event is inspired by the poetry of James Weldon Johnson, writer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” who is also buried in the cemetery; it will be curated by DoC founder Andrew Ousley, Harry Weil, the cemetery’s {…}


New Camerata Opera to Premiere Opera Film ‘Julie’ In June


New Camerata Opera has announced that it will be unveiling its forthcoming opera film “Julie” on June 4, 2020. The opera film was directed by Chloe Treat and features music by Whitney George to a libretto by Wallis Darke. “Julie” will be presented at 7 p.m. on YouTube before it is entered in film festivals. The work focuses on 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 {…}