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Opéra Queens Presents ‘A Night of 1000 Cleopatras’


Photo credit: Lauren Halasz Canadian indie opera company Opéra Queens is set to present “A Night of 1000 Cleopatras” in Montréal from August 9-12. Lucas Bouk, Ryan Colbert, Vanessa Naghdi, Laura Corina Sanders, Rain Saran Senavinin, and drag diva Tanya Smania explore the myths, misconceptions, and legacy of Cleopatra through curated arias, ensembles and other works. The audience will enjoy {…}


Opéra Queens Releases Film ‘Drama Queens’


Canadian-based Opéra Queens has released a unique film entitled “Drama Queens.” The film, which was released on April 14, 2023, features the reimagining of four operas including Händel’s “Agrippina,” Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila,” Purcell’s “Dido,” and Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur.” It also features new music by multi-disciplinary artists Morgan-Paige Melbourne. The work was funded by the Canada Council for the Arts {…}


Opera Queensland Announces 2023 Season


Opera Queensland has announced its 2023 season. Opera Verdi’s “Macbeth“ is set to be Conducted by Umberto Clerici and directed by Laura Hansford. Jose Carbo, Anna-Louise Cole, and Rosario La Spina star. Performance Dates: March 9 & 11, 2023 Samantha Clarke Anna Dowsley, Jeremy Kleeman, Brenton Spiteri, Leanne Kenneally, and Shaun Brown star in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” with Zoe {…}


Opéra Queens to Present ‘Tanya’s Secret’


Canada’s Opéra Queens is set to “Tanya’s Secret” at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. The opera, which will be performed on August 26 and 28, is queer-trans adaptation of gay composer Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” and will feature Ukrainian art songs by Lysenko. The production will raise funds for Kyiv Pride. Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, {…}


Linda Apelt Appointed New Board Chair of Opera Queensland


(Credit: Opera Queensland) Opera Queensland has announced the appointment of Linda Apelt as its new Board Chair. Apelt is a long-serving Director General with the State Government of Queensland as well as a member of the Screen Queensland Chair and Company Director on several independent boards across several industries. “Linda is highly regarded as a resourceful leader and innately skilled {…}


Opera Queensland Announces 2022 Season


Opera Queensland has announced its 2022 season. Opera The season will kick off with a new production of “The Sopranos,” which explores the representation of women in opera throughout history. The newly commissioned work by Sarah Holland-Batt will feature over 90 Queensland-based artists and art workers. Performance Dates: March 29 – April 2, 2022 Next up is Verdi’s “La Traviata,” {…}


Opera Queensland Launches ‘An Aria a Day’


Opera Queensland has launched a new daily performance program to support artists. The program, which is called “An Aria a Day” was initiated last month with the company posting one performance every day until there is a return to the stage. Since it started, over 120 singer shave contributed included soprano Rachelle Durkin, tenor Adrian Dwyer, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Dark, and {…}


Pittsburgh Opera to Present Fashion Show ‘Diva Dreams & Fashion Queens’


Pittsburgh Opera’s fashion show “Diva Dreams and Fashion Queens” is set to be presented on April 4, 2022. The show will be presented at the Bitz Opera Factory and will showcase the Pittsburgh Opera partnering with Eons Fashion Antique and Studio Booth on this fashion retrospective from the Eons Archives. Owned by Pittsburgh fashion maven Richard Parsakian, Eons offers vintage clothing {…}

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Dutch National Opera 2020-2021 Review: Donizetti Queens in Concert


The Dutch National Opera like many Opera Houses around the world has not been able to perform live since the COVID-19 pandemic began. As a result, it has been offering some streamed performances. On this occasion, the company presented an homage to Donizetti’s Tudor Queens and previewed the three operas which will be programmed during the next three seasons. In {…}