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Houston Grand Opera Announces Opportunity for Local Street Artists


(Photo credit: Stephen Wadsworth) Houston Grand Opera (HGO) invites Houston street artists to apply for the opportunity to showcase a large-scale work at the company’s 2024-25 season opening. Local artists are invited to submit one image of their original street art, which may take the form of graffiti, murals, stencils, or wheat-pasted posters; a short bio; and other materials detailed {…}


The Kennedy Center Announces 2024–25 Performances for Young Audiences Season


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2024–25 Performances for Young Audiences Season. For the purpose of this article, only opera works are included. The Washington National Opera presents Kamala Sankaram and Kelley Rourke’s “Jungle Book.” The beloved story gets a contemporary twist with music from South Asian and Western music traditions and mesmerizing Bollywood {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Royal Opera House 2023-24 Review: Lucia di Lammermoor


I have more than once commented that OPERA, no matter the tale, should always be about the music; specifically, the singing, above and beyond anything else. It is, after all, what truly defines the art. And in Katie Mitchell’s and Robin Tebbutt’s revival production of Donizetti’s tragic opera, the singing is inarguably superlative. Alas, this is a truly grim tale. {…}


Los Angeles Opera Reveals 3 Recipients of 2024 Stern Artist Award


The Los Angeles Opera has announced that conductor Louis Lohraseb, director Kaneza Schaal, and administrator Patricia McLeod are the 2024 recipients of the Stern Artist Award. For the award, $75,000 will be split amongst the three recipients. Lohraseb is an alumnus of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and has conducted the LA Opera Orchestra in numerous performances. He also led {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Opera Forward Festival 2024 Review: Oedipus Rex & Antigone


One of the main events at this year’s Opera Forward Festival in Amsterdam was a Sophocles-inspired double bill featuring Stravinsky’s 1927 work “Oedipus Rex” and the world premiere of Samy Moussa’s new composition “Antigone.” Although neither piece is defined as an opera as such, both sit comfortably at home within the repertoire. “Oedipus Rex” is described as an opera-oratorio and {…}


New York City Opera to Present Concerts at Bryant Park


Bryant Park Picnic Performances has announced the 2024 season which will feature the New York City Opera. “Picnic Performances aims to make New York City’s extraordinary arts and culture accessible to everyone,” Dan Fishman, Bryant Park’s Vice President of Programming told OperaWire. “Take any means of public transportation, grab a free blanket, and enjoy world-class artists. Without the barriers of {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 Review: Fire Shut Up in My Bones


Perhaps it was the eclipse, an event typically devoid of human influence, yet on the evening of April 8, 2024, it seemed to cast an otherworldly aura over Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’ production of “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” The production premiered at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2019 before moving to the Met to sold-out audiences {…}


Marshall Opera to Present Second-Ever ‘Oral History Project Concert’


Marshall Opera has announced its next “Oral History Project Concert.” Scheduled for April 27, 2024, the showcase will feature 10 composers joining forces with 10 young singers to present new works and interviews. “I am proud to honor the legacy of Richard Marshall who has done so much to advance the cause of contemporary opera in the United States.  With {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Conductor Nicole Paiement on Championing Rare Works at San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle


Photo credit: Cory Weaver Opera Parallèle was founded in 2007 by conductor Nicole Paiement to develop and produce contemporary opera. It continues to pioneer the commissioning of new works and exploring underperformed musical creations and landscapes. Coming up in April 2024, Opera Parallèle (OP) joins with SFJAZZ to present “Birds & Balls,” a program of multimedia opera, pairing two short {…}