The Iron Fist – Opera’s Most Oppressive Tyrannies

The world is set to undergo a change this week with a massive transfer of power. There is tremendous uncertainty regarding this situation, some expecting the very worst. Art {…}

On This Day: Five Essential Verdi Recordings By Baritone Renato Bruson

Renato Bruson is one of the famous Verdi baritones of all time. His rotund sound had such tremendous range that allowed him to tackle all of the composer’s major roles, almost {…}

Artist of the Week: Pretty Yende to Take New York Audiences By Storm in Two Productions

Its rare to become an overnight sensation nowadays in the opera world. It takes years for some singers while others struggle to even get noticed and ink to obscurity. However, for {…}

On This Day: A Look at Operas That Grace Bumbry Sang As Both Soprano and Mezzo As She Celebrates Her 80th

On Jan. 4 Grace Bumbry will celebrate her 80th birthday. The mezzo soprano is recognized as one of the pioneers in the world of classical music who paved the way for future African-American opera and classical singers. The mezzo had the distinction of having a powerful and big voice that sang with commitment and intensity. She was also recognized for her agility and bel canto {…}