Fresh Squeezed Opera to Present New York Premiere of ‘Knot an Opera!’

The Baruch Performing Arts Center is readying for three nights of laughter and reflection when Fresh Squeezed Opera stages the New York premiere of composer Constantin Basica’s “Knot an Opera!” “Knot an Opera!” aspires to live on the fringe between solemnity and mockery, ambitious and trivial, (melo)dramatic and comic, traditional and experimental,” says Basica. “Perhaps, above all, my intent was to {…}

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera Announces Cast For ‘Turandot’

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s Artistic Director, Lucine Amara, has announced the cast performing this season’s premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s last opera, “Turandot.” Soprano Zhanna Alkhazova will make her company debut as the ice princess Turandot. The soprano has been recognized for her work as Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni” with Geneva Opera, Leonora in “Il Trovatore” with {…}

Opera America Announces Grant Awards to 8 Female Composers

Opera America has announced the latest recipients of the Discovery Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program. The grants are made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and are given to promote the development of works by women. This year’s recipients include Lisa DeSpain for “That Hell-Bound Train,” Alexa Dexa for “Be a Doll,” Germaine Franco for “¡La Capitana!,”  Elizabeth Kelly for “Losing Her Voice,” Leanna Kirchoff for “Friday After Friday,” {…}