American Opera Projects Announces Resident Ensemble for 2017-18

American Opera Projects has announced the six singers who will comprise the organization’s Resident Ensemble for the upcoming ninth season of its Composers & the Voice training program. They include soprano Tookah Sapper, soprano Jennifer Goode Cooper, mezzo-Soprano Blythe Gaissert, tenor Blake Friedman, baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and bass Adrian Rosas. For one year, these young artists with work with composers and librettists who have received fellowships. The Resident {…}

Opera North To Feature AV Showcase of ‘L’Orfeo’ At Latitude Forest

Opera North will take over the Latitude Festival from July 13 to 16 with “Underworld,” an audio-visual installation based on Monteverdi’s famed “L’Orfeo” at the Faraway Forest. The installation will feature several recordings from the opera including baritone Simon Keenlyside in the lead role. The recording was originally made for “She, So Beloved,” an installation by cult animators The Brothers Quay, {…}

Des Moines Opera Announces 5 Operas for 2017-18 Season

The Des Moines Metro Opera has announced the repertory for its 2018 season which will also include the company’s 46th Summer Festival and two Stages Series. The company’s season will include such operas as “Die Fledermaus,” “Rusalka,” Jonathan Dove’s ever-popular “Flight,” and a production of Kaminsky/Campbell/Reed’s one-act opera “As One. There will also be a production of Aaron Copland’s “The Tender {…}

New York Opera Fest 2017: Vertical Player Repertory Closes Out Festival With ‘I Stand Alone’

The Vertical Player Repertory closes out the 2017 edition of the New York Opera Fest with a production of “I Stand Alone: Three Monodramas.” The production will showcase the female voice in three separate pieces that include “Knoxville, Summer of 1915” by Samuel Barber and James Agee, “Tesla’s Pigeon” by Melissa Dunphy, and finally “Phaedra” by Benjamin Britten and Robert {…}

Famed Mezzo Denyce Graves Joins Opera America Board of Directors

Opera America has re-elected its five current board members and has added a total of seven new members. Among the first time board members are opera patron Carol E. Domina, famed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery, San Diego Opera board chair Carol Lazier, Seattle Opera board chairman John Nesholm and general director of San Francisco Opera Matthew. Additionally, M. De Sisto, global executive for arts and {…}