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Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Tamar-kali & James Blaszko on the Inspiration & Co-Creation of ‘SWANN’


Earlier this month, Catapult Opera released “SWANN,” a short film by Tamar-kali and James Blaszko, that spotlights William Dorsey Swann, “the first person known to dub himself a ‘queen of drag’ and the first American on record to pursue legal and political action to defend the LGBTQ+ community’s right to gather.” Tamar-kali is a Brooklyn native who is a multi-hyphenate artist {…}

News, Streaming

Los Angeles Opera to Stream Tamar-kali & dream hampton ‘We Hold These Truths’


(Credit: LA Opera) Los Angeles Opera is set to preset “We Hold These Truths” starting on March 4, 2022. The short, which is part of the company’s Digital Shorts Series, features music by composer Tamar-kali and features musical settings to poetic works by such Black poets as Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, and Laurence Dunbar. The short film stars tenor Ashley {…}

IndieOpera, News, Streaming

PROTOTYPE Adds Digital Offerings to 2024 Season


 PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now has announced the addition of three new digital offerings to the 2024 festival lineup. The festival will showcase three new digital streaming options including composer Shodekeh Talifero’s “Vodalities: Paradigms of Consciousness for the Human Voice,” a three movement piece, created to show the different modalities of the vocal arts. Catapult Opera’s commissioned digital work, “Swann,” by {…}

News, Reviews

Perelman Performing Arts Center NYC Unveiled at Opening Press Event & Ribbon Ceremony


(Photo credit: Natalie Miller) The official opening of the new Perelman Performing Arts Center NYC (PAC NYC) is on September 19th with performances including “Watch Night,” an opera opening on Nov 3-18, 2023, co-conceived, directed, and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph and composed by Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali. Prior to this opening, OperaWire {…}


Perelman Performing Arts Center Announces Inaugural 2023-24 Season


The Perelman Performing Arts Center in New York City has announced its inaugural season. Here is a breakdown of all the classical vocal performances on offer. Opera First up is “Watch Night” by Tamar-kali and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The multidisciplinary work is co-conceived by Bill T. Jones, who will direct and choreograph the production. The opera is described as such: {…}


Beth Morrison Projects & Harlem Stage to Showcase ‘Song Cycles’


Beth Morrison Projects and Harlem Stage will team up to present “Song Cycles” on Oct. 28 and 29, 2022. The two showcases will feature new music by non-binary and women composers at Harlem Stage Gatehouse. First up on the program is Tamar-kali’s “Melanc’Holy Ghosts and Other Mothers,” a work featuring poems published between 1920 and 1926 by such writers as {…}


Beth Morrison Projects Announces 2021-22 Season & New Logo


Beth Morrison Projects has announced a new look to go with its 2021-22 season. First up, the new logo: As for the season, the company will present performances in New York, LA, and even internationally. Here’s the breakdown. New York First up will be the 21C Liederabend at the National Sawdust, curated by Beth Morrison and Paola Prestini. The showcases {…}