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UrbanArias Makes Major Announcement About its Future


UrbanArias has announced that it will be suspending activities in the near future. The company took to social media to make the announcement with co-founder and General Director Robert Wood, and President Susan Derry writing an open letter about the decision. The letter notes that the company is taking a break to “search for a new model for our company, {…}


Kevin Phares to Headline UrbanArias’ ‘Inbox Zero’


UrbanArias is set to present “Inbox Zero” on May 4, 2023, at the Keegan Theatre in Washington D.C. The monodrama will star baritone Kevin Phares, who will be joined by members of the Inscape Orchestra under the musical direction of conductor Robert Wood. The production will be directed by Dennis Whitehead Darling. Per an official press statement issued by UrbanArias, {…}


UrbanArias to World Premiere ‘UNKNOWN’ Song Cycle by Shawn Okpebholo & Marcus Amaker


UrbanArias is set to release “UNKNOWN,” a unique song cycle celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The work, which will be created by composer Shawn Okpebholo and poet Marcus Amaker, will feature baritone Michael Mayes, soprano Taylor Raven, baritone Schyler Vargas, and conductor Robert Wood as he leads members of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. The {…}


OPERA America Announces 2023 Winner of Campbell Opera Librettist Prize


OPERA American has announced that Deborah Brevoort has won the Campbell Opera Librettist Prize. She will take home $7,000 for creative development and career advancement. Brevoort is an alum of American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program and has written librettos for nine operas including “The Knock,” Embedded,” “Steal a Pencil for Me,” and “Dinner 4 3.” Her works have {…}


Keith Phares Stars in New Monodrama ‘Inbox Zero’


Baritone Keith Phares stars in the new operatic monodrama “Inbox Zero.” Presented by UrbanArias, “Inbox Zero” follows Jackie, a man who falls for an internet get-rich-quick scheme as he tries to provide for his family. Phares is joined by the Inscape Orchestra conducted by UrbanArias Artistic Director Robert Wood. Dennis Whitehead Darling directs. “Inbox Zero” is the most recent UrbanArias {…}


Opera Philadelphia Announces First Annual Opera on Film Series


Opera Philadelphia has announced its first annual opera on film series. The event will be part of the O 2022 Festival and will show 30 cinematic operas over 12 screenings at the Philadelphia Film Center. Opera on Film will be presented from Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 2 and will feature a big-screen binge of the operatic art form’s {…}

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The Dallas Opera Releases ‘Unknown’ Stream


The Dallas Opera is now streaming “Unknown” on its official channels. The work, which was written by composer Shawn Okpebholo with texts by poet Marcus Amaker, is a song cycle for three solo voices and chamber ensemble. “Unknown,” which had its premiere at Wolf Trap in October, was co-commissioned by The Dallas Opera, UrbanArias, Opera Colorado Minnesota Opera, Opera Birmingham, {…}

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Opera Orlando to Stream ‘Unknown’ as Part of ENCORE! Series


Opera Orlando is now streaming “Unknown” on its online platform as part of its Opera Orlando ENCORE! Series. The recording, created by UrbanArias during a live performance at Wolf Trap, features mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven, baritone Michael Mayes, and baritone Shuyulet Vargas. The video was directed by Kristine McIntyre. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Opera Orlando to continue our engagement {…}


Opera Colorado Co-Commissions Song Cycle ‘UNKNOWN’


Opera Colorado has announced it will join UrbanArias, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Opera, and Birmingham Opera to present UNKNOWN, a song cycle honoring the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the centennial of its founding. The new song cycle explores the ideas of war, honor, and memory through the eyes of soldiers, family members, and Tomb {…}