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Andrea Carroll, Samuel Ramey, Key’mon W. Murrah Headline L2 Artists’ New Roster Additions


L2 Artists has announced five new additions to its roster. The company revealed that soprano Andrea Carroll, countertenor Key’mon W. Murrah, Samuel Ramey, Kamala Sankaram, and The Serenad3 will be represented by the organization. Carroll has appeared with such companies as Den Norske National Opera, the Wiener Staatsoper, Houston Grand Opera, and Utah Opera, among others. Murrah was the winner {…}


Key’mon W. Murrah Wins Houston Grand Opera’s 2021 Concert of Arias


The Houston Grand Opera has announced the winners of its 2021 Concert of Arias. The first-place prize of $10,000 went to Key’mon W. Murrah with Eric Taylor taking home the second place prize for $5,000. Emily Treigle rounded out the top three, winning the third-place prize for $3,000. Winning the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award of $2,000 was Ángel Vargas. {…}


Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Brian Jagde & Charles Castronovo Lead Bayerische Staatsoper’s 2022-23 Season


The Bayerische Staatsoper has announced its 2022-23 season featuring 10 new productions. Premieres  Benedict Andrews directs Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” with Vladimir Jurowski conducting a cast that includes Louise Alder, Avery Amereau, Konstantin Krimmel, Sebastian Kohlhepp, Sandrine Piau, and Christian Gerhaher. Performance Dates: Oct. 26, 2022-July 17, 2023 Wagner’s “Lohengrin” will be conducted by François-Xavier Roth and directed by film director {…}


Lawrence Brownlee, Brianna Hunter & Deanna Breiwick Highlight Seattle Opera’s 2021-22 Season


The Seattle Opera has announced its 2021-222 season. The season opens with “La Bohème” starring Kang Wang, Yosep Kang, Talise Trevigne, Michael Chioldi, John Moore, Ginger Costa-Jackson, Brandie Sutton, Ashraf Swailam, Federico de Michelis, Eugene Villanueva, Theo Hoffman, and Barry Johnson. Joseph Colaneri conducts. Performance Dates: Oct. 16-30, 2021 Key’mon Murrah, Christopher Ainslie, Sharleen Joynt, Deanna Breiwick, and Shelly Traverse {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Detroit Opera 2022-2023 Review: Xerxes


Detroit Opera performed George Friederich Handel’s opera “Xerxes,” written from 1737 to 1738, on commission by the King’s Theatre in London. With a change of hands only months behind, Yuval Sharon has a huge legacy to continue, which was frustrated by the opera’s subpar performance. With a stellar orchestra but a shaky cast, Detroit Opera’s renovated Handel was a very {…}


Renée Fleming, Isabel Leonard, Ana María Martínez & Rusell Thomas Lead LA Opera’s 2023-24 Season


LA Opera has announced its 2023-24 season. Lucas Meachem, Guanqun Yu, Isabel Leonard, Anthony León, Craig Colclough, Meigui Zhang, Alan Williams, and Peixin Chen star in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” James Conlon conducts Kasper Holten. Performance Dates: Sept. 23–Oct. 15, 2023 Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” will star Emmett O’Hanlon, Isabel Leonard, Edgardo Rocha, Paolo Bordogna, and Luca Pisaroni. Louis Lohraseb conducts {…}


Nicole Heaston, Peixin Chen, Ryan Speedo Green Headline Houston Grand Opera’s ‘Giving Voice’


Houston Grand Opera is set to present “Giving Voice” for the third straight year. The showcase, which was created by tenor Lawrence Brownlee back in 2020, will feature Nicole Heaston alongside Blake Denson, Sun-Ly Pierce, William Guanbo Su, Peixin Chen,  Key’mon W. Murrah, Ryan Speedo Green, and pianists Kevin J. Miller and Bin Yu Sanford. The program will include arias, {…}