Q & A: Lucas & Irina Meachem on Co-Founding Perfect Day Music Foundation & Its Inaugural Virtual Voice Competition

Grammy® Award-winning baritone Lucas Meachem and his wife, pianist, Irina, saw injustice up close this past summer. While many of us watched the aftermath of George Floyd’s death on television, the Meachem’s are Minneapolis residents. As calls for racial justice grew, and opera companies began taking stock of their own diversity, equity, and inclusivity, the Meachem’s knew they had a {…}

Bringing Opera Back in Perth – West Australian Opera’s Leaders on Overcoming COVID-19, New Productions & World Premieres in 2021

Perth’s West Australian Opera may be the remotest opera company in the world, situated by the side of the Indian Ocean on the other side of a treeless plain (the Nullarbor) that separates WA (as it is colloquially known) from the more populous east coast of Australia. That may partly explain its greater control over the more devastating effects of {…}

Q & A: Mark Elder on Donizetti, ‘Il Paria,’ Rare Works & his Tenure with Opera Rara

For eight years, Sir Mark Elder has been the Artistic Director of Opera Rara, a London-based opera company and recording label specializing in recording and performing forgotten operatic repertoire. In this capacity, Elder has discovered new pieces and has recorded and performed such works as Donizetti’s “Dom Sebastien,” “Imelda di Lambertazzi,” “Linda di Chamounix,” “Maria di Rohan,” “Les Martyrs” and {…}

Q & A: General & Artistic Director Chien Wen-pin on Live Performances of ‘La Traviata’ & Plans for the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts Weiwuying

While we are slowly but surely seeing the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, there is a long way to go before industries like the opera world can return to anything approximating “normalcy” that we experienced prior to the pandemic. While some companies have experimented with live performances throughout the past year, the results usually force those organizations {…}

The Meaning of Life & Death – How John Young & Alan Olejniczak Reconnected to Create ‘Death of Ivan Ilych’ for Opera Orlando

(Photo Courtesy of Opera Orlando) The canon of operas based on Russian literature is expanding with a new entrant that will receive its world premiere by Opera Orlando this week: the one-act chamber opera “Death of Ivan Ilych,” based on Leo Tolstoy’s novella. Composed by John Young, with the English libretto by his former singing colleague Alan Olejniczak (oh-leh-NEE-check), it {…}

Q&A: Co-Artistic Director of Experiments in Opera Jason Cady on EiO’s Serial Opera Podcast ‘Aqua Net and Funyuns’

Jason Cady, co-artistic director of the New York City-based “fun and fearless opera collective,” Experiments in Opera (EiO), has been, well, experimenting in fun(yun) and fearless ways with a new podcast opera, “Aqua Net and Funyuns,” released in December 2020. Aqua Net is, of course, the hairspray preferred by 99 percent of Hair Band rockers in the 1980s and those {…}