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Rhiannon Giddens Calls Out The Classical Station for Banning Opera Broadcasts


Rhiannon Giddens has spoken out against The Classical Station’s decision to ban the broadcast of numerous operas presented by the Metropolitan Opera. The North Carolina-based station noted that it would not present such works as “Dead Man Walking,” “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” “The Hours,” “Florencia en el Amazonas,” and “El Niño” due to concerns over content {…}


Rhiannon Giddens & Silkroad Announce Debut Tour of ‘American Railroad’


Photo credit: Adam Gurczak Silkroad announced its debut tour of “American Railroad.” Beginning Nov. 5, Grammy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Rhiannon Giddens and the Grammy Award-winning Silkroad Ensemble will embark on a multi-city U.S. tour. The program includes three new commissions by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Suzanne Kite, and Silkroad artist Wu Man, as well as re-envisioned arrangements by Giddens and {…}


La Jolla Music Society Announce 2023-24 Winter Season Featuring Lawrence Brownlee, Renée Fleming, and Rhiannon Giddens


La Jolla Music Society has announced its 2023-24 Winter Season, celebrating its 55th anniversary with 71 events scheduled. Vocal highlights include a recital on Valentine’s Day, showcasing the exceptional talents of Rhiannon Giddens, soprano Renée Fleming, and star tenor Lawrence Brownlee. For this article, only classical vocal performances are listed. “To push San Diego’s conceptions of who we are as {…}

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The Untold Story of Omar ibn Said in Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’ ‘Omar’


The world of new opera is a fascinating place. Many new operas explore the end of time, making cake, or questionable life choices. But others cover historical moments and figures that should be explored. Composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, their new opera “Omar” looks at the figure Omar ibn Said and his life as an enslaved Muslim in America. {…}


Juilliard’s Spring ChamberFest to Feature Works by Rhiannon Giddens


Juilliard’s Spring ChamberFest is set to feature works by Juilliard Creative Associate and resident Rhiannon Giddens. Select Juilliard students will present five public concerts over the course of three days. The program, which focuses on both classical and folk traditions, and curated by Giddens, will include three of her original compositions and excerpts from her new opera “Omar.” Audiences will also hear {…}


Rhiannon Giddens & Ara Guzelimian Announce the 77th Edition of Ojai Music Festival Program


The Ojai Music Festival, its Music Director, two-time Grammy Award-winner Rhiannon Giddens, and Festival Artistic and Executive Director Ara Guzelimian have shared the initial programming highlights for the upcoming Festival, which will include over 18 music events featuring a wide range of contemporary classical vocal and operatic works. The 77th edition of the Festival will be held from June 8-11, {…}


Rhiannon Giddens Headlines Oberlin Artist Recital Series


The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio has announced its Oberlin Artist Recital Series, which kicks off this fall. For the purposes of this article, our focus will be on vocal recitals. Rhiannon Giddens will perform alongside Francesco Turrisi with a program based off their recent album “They’re Calling Me Home.” The showcase explores music from the duo’s native countries {…}


Angel Blue, Russell Thomas, Rhiannon Giddens & Renée Fleming Lead LA Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The LA Opera has announced its 2022-23 Season featuring six operatic productions including an LA premiere. The season opens with Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Amanda Woodbury and Liv Redpath sharing the title role. They will be joined by Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Alexander Birch Elliott, and Eric Owens with Lina González-Granados conducting Simon Stone’s production. Performance Dates: Sept. 17-Oct. 9, 2022 Rhiannon {…}


Rhiannon Giddens & John Adams Headline Ojai Festival 2021


The Ojai Music Festival has announced its 75th season, which is set to take place between Sept. 16-19, 2021. “The Ojai Music Festival has always done things differently with its special mix of casual manner and provocative programming. Ever since its inception in the days of Stravinsky and Copland, it has stood out among music festivals for its celebration of {…}