Opera Quiz: Which Latin American Opera Star Is It?

As we continue our celebration of Hispanic / Latinx Heritage Month, we shift from great operas and composers throughout Latin America and Spain to modern-day opera stars. For this {…}

Opera Meets Film: How ‘The Cold Song’ From Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’ Provides Emotional Depth in Maurice Pialat’s ‘A Nos Amours’

“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a film section or a film in its entirety and highlight the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features Maurice {…}

Opera Quiz: Which Spanish-Language Opera Composer Is It?

As we dig deeper into Hispanic Heritage Month (or Latinx Heritage Month as some prefer), we take a deeper look at some of opera’s most renowned Spanish-Language {…}

Sarai Elizabeth Cole & Rebecca L. Hargrove Discuss the Black Community’s Love-Hate Relationship With ‘Porgy and Bess’

***Editorial Note: This article has been modified from its original version. (Credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera) “Porgy and Bess” is arguably America’s most celebrated and beloved opera. Following its premiere in 1935, the opera by George Gershwin about an African-American community in Charleston, South Carolina has become a mainstay of opera houses across the world, receiving major productions at {…}

‘Death in Venice’ (in San Francisco) – One of OperaWire’s Writers Remembers Britten Opera Production From a Unique Perspective

San Francisco’s spring opera production of “Death in Venice” in 1975 was the real deal—the ingenious novella of German writer, Thomas Mann, turned into a haunting and exquisite opera by the English composer Benjamin Britten, libretto by Mfanwy Piper. The production was created by the remarkable Gerald Freedman, a well-known  American theater and opera director, assistant not only to New {…}

Opera Meets Film: How ‘Cuties’ Uses Vivaldi’s ‘Nisi Dominus’ to Explore Conflicting Narrative & Formal Tensions in a Climactic Scene

“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a film section or a film in its entirety and highlight the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features Maïme {…}

Artist of the Week: Eleonora Buratto

The Festival Verdi continues its annual festival this week with the composer’s early masterpiece “Ernani.” It is known for its challenging roles and in many ways {…}