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Lincoln Center Announces its Fall/Winter 2023 Programming


Photo credit: Guggenheim Museum Lincoln Center’s Fall/Winter programming has been announced. The lineup includes a variety of contemporary and classical works, as well as a series of new collaborations. This article will feature vocal events only. Tenor and drag queen Jasmine Rice LaBeija stars in “보바 Gays Take Lincoln Center!” Korean-American comedians Alex Kim and Kenny Park Yi join LaBejia for {…}

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Opera Wiki: Judd Greenstein’s ‘A Marvelous Order’


“A Marvelous Order” is the first opera of American composer Judd Greenstein in collaboration with librettist Tracy K. Smith and visual artist Joshua Frankel. Using projected visuals and vocal samples, the opera invigorates the standard libretto-composer model that opera tends to use. Focusing on a fight over city space during the 1960s in New York City, the opera attempted to {…}


Kaufman Music Center Announces Programming for the 2023-24 Season


The Kaufman Music Center announced its programming for the 2023-24 season. Slated are concerts, educational programs, and events as part of their signature series presented at Kaufman’s Merkin Hall. This season’s theme is “Listen Different,” which “spotlights the unique and transformative performance experiences offered by Kaufman Music Center: Audiences experience a direct connection with artists in a welcoming space and {…}

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Disability Takes Center Stage: Missy Mazzoli’s ‘Breaking The Waves’


(Photo Credit: James Glossop) Disability is a tricky subject in opera.  Oftentimes, it is chastised as something dirty or mysterious or just down right funny. But in truth, it’s rather serious and a complicated theme to get right. A new opera about the perils of mental illness, love, and genuine belief has tried to reframe this with exceptional results.  Composed {…}

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In Tribute to Her: An Exploration of Kaija Saariaho’s Operas


(Photo Copyright: Priska Ketterer Luzern) Known as a luminary and artistic visionary in the acoustically-focused style of “spectralism,” a creative approach towards synthesizing technological processing and the human voice, along with her profound interest in culture, philosophy, and literature, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho (1952-2023) is a musical icon. Pushing the limits of what music could do and achieve as an {…}

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Exploring Three Operas Based on LGBTQ+ Relationships from History


Over the years, opera has come to embody an artform that represents all shades of the human experience.  From the traditional to the abstract, every form of love that can be expressed on earth has come to the operatic stage to live. One of those shades is the love shared between those belonging to the LGBT+ community. Some of the {…}

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Opera Profile: A Look at Wayne Shorter’s First Opera ‘Iphigenia’


Jazz opera is not a new phenomenon when it comes to American opera and the “American” opera tradition. Rather, jazz has thoroughly permeated the fabric of opera since the tradition’s very beginning. By all accounts, George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” an opera rife with controversy and iconic music, is the most famous. Yet, others like Scott Joplin’s well-received opera “Treemonisha,” {…}


Festival Opera Announces 2023 Season


Festival Opera has announced its plans for the company’s 2023 season. Festival Opera General Director Zachary Gordin, said “It is with great pride that Festival Opera celebrates its 32nd anniversary season with a refreshed, contemporary interpretation of Bizet’s iconic opera, ‘Carmen.’ I’m especially pleased to present a cast of rising, highly talented opera stars in such a collaborative stage production {…}