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Shannon Jennings Headlines Kentucky Opera’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration


Kentucky Opera has announced that it will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a special performance on Oct. 15, 2023. “Amplify la música hispana: Shannon Jennings in Recital” will showcase the American soprano taking on music by Pablo Luna, Manuel de Falla, Gonzalo Roig, Ernesto Lecuona, Astor Piazzolla, Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Daniel Catán, Consuelo Velázquez, and Quirino Mendoza y Cortés. {…}

Special Features

The ‘Strange New World’ of Virtual Reality Opera


Photo Credit: Dahlia Katz One of the biggest, and longest-lasting, impacts that the pandemic has had on our society has been in the area of technological adaptation and innovation. One could see this in the widespread usage of live-streamed, Zoom-based productions, as well as other digitally-manipulated processes, in opera from 2019 to 2021. The boom in streaming’s popularity was thanks {…}


Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie Announces 2023-24 Season


The Opéra Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie has announced its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the vocal performances. The season opens with “Concert de rentrée” conducted by Chloé Dufresne and starring Manon Lamaison, Felix Gygli, and Noëlle Gény. Performance Date: Sept. 23, 2023 Francesco Angelico conducts the Gala Lyrique with Franciska Éry directing. Yunuet Laguna, Oreste Cosimo, and Gëzim Myshketa are the soloists in {…}


Olga Peretyatko, Jennifer Rowley, Lidia Fridman & Brian Mulligan Lead Teatro Regio di Torino’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro Regio di Torino has announced its 2023-24 season. Halévy’s “La Juive” will star Mariangela Sicilia, Gregory Kunde, Nina Minasyan, and Enkeleda Kamani. Daniel Oren conducts the production by Stefano Poda. Performance Dates: Sept. 19-Oct. 3, 2023 Offenbach’s “Un mari à la porte” will star Pawel Żak, Ksenia Chubunova, Amélie Hois, and Matteo Mollica. Riccardo Bisatti conducts Anna Maria Bruzzese’s production. Performance {…}


Operatic Feminisms: Women and Femmes on and off the Opera Stage


The graduate students of the Department of Music at Columbia University held a day-long symposium, “Operatic Feminisms: Women and Femmes on and off the Opera Stage,” on Saturday, March 25th, 2023. Project Chair Gabrielle Ferrari and Project Co-Chair Lauren Shepherd hosted attendees at the special event showcasing in-depth discussions by Anne Midgette, Dr. Candace Magner, Eric Balboni, Eugenia Forteza, Megan {…}


Florentine Opera Announces 2023-24 Season & New Music Director


Milwaukee’s Florentine Opera has announced its 2023-24 season and its new music director. The company revealed that Francesco Milioto will take on the new position. “I am so excited to expand my role with the Florentine Opera to Music Director! It has felt like family since the first day and I am honored to continue serving this great city and {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Tenor Brian Jagde on His Journey from Baritone to Tenor


Photo: Fay Fox Brian Jagde spent his early voice coaching years under his teachers’ misguided notion that he was a baritone. Born in Long Island, New York, and raised just outside New York City, he eventually obtained both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in voice. Under the guidance of New York voice coach Michael Paul, he switched to tenor and went {…}

News, Streaming

Glyndebourne Festival Now Streaming Poulenc Double Bill


Glyndebourne is now streaming a Poulenc double bill on its official platform Glyndebourne Encore. Audiences can check out “La Voix Humaine” and “Les Mamelles de Tirésias” in a production by Laurent Pelly. The production premiered during the 2022 festival. Of the staging, The Telegraph said, “‘Glyndebourne’s final offering of the season is both scintillatingly brilliant in its own right and {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Peter Mark Reflects on his Career & New Project ‘Opera Voice and Body Work’


When he was 12-years-old, Peter Mark received a recording of “Aida” starring Renata Tebaldi. He was hooked. One year later, he got what he called “the chance of a lifetime.” He got to sing at the Old Met and was able to witness a number of singers from the golden age that would be major influences for the rest of {…}