Alan Held Opens Up About Becoming Wichita Grand Opera Artistic Director & Nurturing Young Talent

Bass-baritone Alan Held has had a packed scheduled for years. And he has just added to it. He has been Artistic Director of Wichita Grand Opera (WGO) since January, responsible {…}

Artist Of The Week: Valeriano Lanchas

(Credit: Juan Diego Castillo) Few Colombian singers have reached the heights of bass-baritone Valeriano Lanchas. The Bogotá-born singer competed and won four international {…}

Opera Quiz: Even Hardcore Wagnerians Will Struggle With This Quiz on ‘Siegfried’ & ‘Götterdämmerung’

August 16 and 17, 1876 featured the world premieres of “Siegfried” and “Götterdämmerung,” respectively. Those two operas have remained, along with the other two Ring operas, major fixtures of the opera repertory. In fact, the creation of the works, their history, and legacy, is legendary, especially among major Wagnerites. And it is precisely them that we challenge with this quiz {…}

Artist Of The Week: Kathryn Lewek

(Credit: Kathryn Lewek Official Facebook) Kathryn Lewek is the reigning Queen of the Night. She has performed the role in every major theater including the Metropolitan Opera, {…}

Opera Meets Film: How ‘Les Indes Galantes’ Highlights The Emotional Turbulence of 1970s Argentina in ‘Rojo’

“Opera Meets Film” is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting 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 Benjamín Naishtat’s “Rojo.” {…}