Artist of the Week: Vuvu Mpofu

(Credit: Richard Hubert Smith) On Sept. 18, Switzerland’s Theater St. Gallen will open a new production of Missy Mazzoli‘s 2016 “Breaking the Waves,” one {…}

Page to Opera Stage: Massenet & Puccini Create Plot Holes and Dramatic Tension in Adaptations of ‘Manon Lescaut’

(Credit: Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera) “Page to Opera Stage” looks at stories–real-life or fiction, old and new–that have inspired operas, and the ways these narratives have been edited and dramatized to fit a new medium. In this instalment, we look at one novel–Abbé Prevost’s ‘Manon Lescaut’–and the two (very different) audience favourite operas it inspired: Jules Massenet’s “Manon” and {…}

Word Search: Complete the Title of these September World Premieres

For this edition of the word search, we take a look at operas that had their world premieres in September. Instructions: You are free to solve the word search directly on your {…}

Opera Quiz: How Well Do You Know ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones?’

As the 2021-22 season approaches, we want to take stock of an opera that is set to make some major premieres at the start of the season. The work in question is “Fire Shut {…}