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Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q&A: James Conlon, Marlon Daniel, & Maria Todaro on Their Shared Devotion to the Life and Works of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Photo: Bob-Estremera, Bonnie Perkinson, & Tania Baricklo The name and reputation of the revolutionary Classical composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges were once nearly forgotten. Through the work of Los Angeles Opera Music Director James Conlon, Marlon Daniel founder of the Saint-Georges International Music Festival, and stage director Maria Todaro, Bologne is returning to the spotlight. Below these individuals discuss {…}

Black History Month, Interviews, News

Q & A: Maria Todaro on Her New Productions of ‘The Anonymous Lover’ & Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges


Photo Credit: Tania Barricklo Multi-talented opera director, fight choreographer, composer, singer, and conductor Maria Todaro spoke with OperaWire about revising the recent productions of “The Anonymous Lover” and her ‘love affair’ with the composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. In 2022 Todaro staged “The Anonymous Lover” for Minnesota Opera. Paying homage to Bologne, she set the opera in 18th century {…}


The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Expands into SUNY New Paltz


The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (previously the Hudson Valley International Festival of the Voice) announced that it is in talks with SUNY New Paltz as a potential partner for a new location for the 2024 anniversary celebration not only to accommodate the audience but to expand the vocal arts and discover and develop new talent at the local {…}


The Atlanta Opera to Present Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ ‘The Anonymous Lover’


The Atlanta Opera will present “The Anonymous Lover” as part of its Discoveries Series this March. The production of the Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges work, will be showcased in partnership with Morehouse College. This represents the first-ever production of an opera by a Black composer by The Atlanta Opera. Performances open on March 31 at the Ray Charles Performing {…}


Joshua Jeremiah, Laura Corina Sanders, Taka Komagata, Efrain Solis, Andrew Stenson Headline Hawai’i Opera Theatre’s 2022-23 Season


The Hawai’i Opera Theatre has announced its 2022-23 season, which will include three operas. First up will be Nolan Gasser and Carey Harrison’s “The Secret Garden.” Karen Tiller directs the opera which will star Laura Corina Sanders and Taka Komagata. Elizabeth Askren conducts. Performance Dates: Oct. 14 & 16, 2022 Next up will be Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.” The opera will {…}


Minnesota Opera to Present Joseph Boulogne’s ‘The Anonymous Lover’


The Minnesota Opera is set to return to the Ordway stage on Feb. 5, 2022 to present Joseph Boulogne’s “The Anonymous Lover.” The opera will star Symone Harcum as  Léontine, Carlos Santelli as Valcour, Aaron Keeney as Ophémon, Zoie Reams as Dorothée, Leah Brzyski as Jeannette, and Jose Leppek as Colin. Cristóbal Franklin will conduct a production directed by María {…}


Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Announces 2021 Season Featuring Teatro Grattacielo & New York City Opera


The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice has announced an innovative, collaborative 2021 season that will expand on its groundbreaking production of “Tosca,” the first drive-in opera production in the United States in Kingston, NY. The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice will team up with the New York City Opera and Teatro Grattacielo for two operatic productions. The Phoenicia International Festival {…}


Jamie Barton, Sasha Cooke, Briana Hunter & Others Team Up to Launch ‘CLICKCOACH’


As artists continue to adapt to the ongoing pandemic, a number of prominent figures have come together to launch a new and innovative resource for education and support, titled “CLICKCOACH.” Launching on January 15, 2021, this nonprofit organization allows professional artists to upload educational and informational videos, letting them connect and share their knowledge with others while generating revenue to {…}


Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice to Hold Outdoor Concert at The Knickerbocker of Naples


On December 19, 2020, Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice will present a salon-style concert held at The Knickerbocker of Naples in Florida. This outdoor concert will feature soprano Jasmine Habersham, tenor Adam Diegel, and bass-baritone Kyle Albertson; they will be accompanied by Milana Strezeva, founder of Naples’ Grand Piano Series. The program will include selections from “Carmen” and “La {…}