Reviving Saint-Saëns’ Lost Masterpiece – Dr. Hugh MacDonald on Collaborating with Odyssey Opera on ‘Henry VIII’

Despite his relatively subdued presence in contemporary performance repertoire, during his time Camille Saint-Saëns was known across the world for his exceptional aptitude and fiercely developed intellect. Having begun life as a piano prodigy and gaining compositional mastery shortly after with his “First Symphony” at the age of only 17, Saint-Saëns is possibly one of France’s most transformative, yet erroneously {…}

Q & A: Alexander Chance on Winning the Handel Singing Competition & Looking Ahead at the Future

(Credit: Nina Close) Alexander Chance is a fast-rising singer who became the first countertenor to win the International Handel Singing Competition. He has performed at Wigmore Hall, Musikfest Bremen, Nargenfestival in Tallinn, and The Grange Festival, among others. This season as he continues his rise with performances in Ravenna, Japan, Munich, Tel Aviv, and Prague, among many others. OperaWire had a {…}

Q & A: Gregory Keller on Staging ‘La Bohème’ & Working with the Jacksonville Symphony

On April 29 and May 1, the Jacksonville Symphony will present a semi-staged production of “La Bohème” with world class singers. The semi-staged production will be directed by Gregory Keller, who has helmed acclaimed opera and theater productions across the United States; he recently completed his 26th season as a Guest Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera. Keller recently spoke with OperaWire about “La Bohème” {…}

Q & A: Adriana González on her U.S. Debut, Taking ‘Roméo et Juliette’ & the Challenge of Finding Her Voice

(Credit:  Marine Cessat-Bégler) Adriana González’s life changed in 2019. The lyric soprano competed in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition as one of 20 singers before heading over to Operalia and taking home first prize in both the opera and zarzuela competitions. Since then, her career has taken off in rapid succession with the soprano appearing in leading {…}

Two Lands & an Unquenchable Curiosity – Composer Huang Ruo and his Music

Chinese-born composer Huang Ruo, gifted with the ability to transcend the conventional lines between East and West through aesthetics and cultural symbolism, uses his music to inspire and question assumptions about Western culture, exoticism, and the notion of musical and cultural otherness. Instead of conveying two cultures through music, his compositions are informed by life experiences from two distinct worlds {…}