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Utah Opera 2018-19 To Feature Marjorie Owens, Andrew Stenson & Rachel Portman


 The Utah Opera announced its 2018-19 season featuring two new productions by the company’s in-house Production Studios.  The season opens on Oct. 13, 2018, with Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” with tenor Joshua Dennis as Roméo and soprano Anya Matanovič, who will star as Juliette. Robert Tweten conducts the production with scenery designed by Eric Fielding and costumes by Susan Memmott Allred. Performance Dates: Oct. {…}


Richard Tucker Foundation Announces 2024 Career & Study Grant Recipients


The Richard Tucker Foundation has announced the Career and Study grant. The foundation noted that Anthony Léon, Luke Sutliff, and Elena Villalón have been selected recipients of the 2024 Richard Tucker Career Grant. Recipients receive unrestricted grants of $10,000 each. Sutliff and  were previously awarded the 2022 Sara Tucker Study Grant. They join past Career Grant recipients Leah Hawkins, Aryeh Nussbaum {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2023-2024 Review: Turandot


(Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera) The 350th performance of “Turandot” at the Met exceeded expectations with Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv and Russian soprano Elena Pankratova making their house debuts and intentionally working together to deliver jaw-dropping moments of overwhelming musical beauty and power. The night also featured remarkable performances by South Korean tenor SeokJong Baek, Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak, {…}


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 {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Seattle Opera 2022-23 Review: Tristan und Isolde


(Credit: Sunny Martini) From the second bar of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” in the hands of conductor Jordan De Souza, it was clear Seattle Opera’s production (which opened Saturday night and runs through Oct. 29) would be sonically something special. It turned out to be special in several ways, in fact. In that second bar, the famous “Tristan chord”—which {…}


Richard Tucker Foundation Announces Career & Study Grants


The Richard Tucker Foundation has announced the Richard Tucker Career Grant and Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipients. The Richard Tucker Career Grants were awarded to Leah Hawkins, Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, and Sean Michael Plumb. All three recipients will receive unrestricted grants of $10,000 each. Meanwhile the Sara Tucker Study Grant was awarded to Katerina Burton, Blake Denson, Stefan Egerstrom, Jonah {…}


John Holiday, Will Liverman, Elena Villalón, Kristen Choi to Headline The Dallas Opera’s ‘Flight’


The Dallas Opera will premiere Jonathan Dove and April De Angelis’ “Flight” starting on March 4, 2022. The opera, which is based on the true story that also inspired  Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal” will runt through the 12th and stars John Holiday, Abigail Rethwisch, Elena Villalón, Andrew Stenson, Seth Carico, Zachary James, Will Liverman, Deanne Meek, Kristen Choi, and Catherine {…}


The Dallas Opera Announces 2 Major Cast Changes for ‘Flight’


The Dallas Opera has announced a cast change for its upcoming production of “Flight.” The company revealed that Abigail Rethwisch and Deanne Meek will join the cast as the Controller and Older Woman, respectively, taking over for Jessica Pratt and Karita Mattila, who were previously announced and have withdrawn for personal reasons. Rethwisch debuted with The Dallas Opera during the {…}


Luca Pisaroni, J’Nai Bridges & Mané Galoyan Lead Seattle Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The Seattle Opera has announced its 2022-23 season featuring a number of debuts, new productions, and a world premiere. Salome Jicia and Amitati Pati star in Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” with Rodion Pogossov and Luca Pisaroni. Stephen Lawless directs the production with Giampaolo Bisanti conducting. Performance Dates: August 6-20, 2022 Stefan Vinke, May Elizabeth Williams, and Alexandra LoBianco take on the {…}