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Karen Slack to Headline Film Adaptation of ‘dwb (driving while black)’


The creators behind the opera “dwb (driving while black)” have announced that on April 23, they will premiere a film adaptation of the work, presented by UrbanArias. This production of the opera by Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel will showcase a cast featuring soprano Karen Slack, directed by Du’Bois and Camry A’Keen of A’KEEN Brand. The film will blend elements {…}


Decameron Opera Coalition Inducted into Library of Congress


The Decameron Opera Coalition’s “Tales from A Safe Distance” has been inducted into The Library of Congress’s “Performing Arts COVID-19 Response Collection.” The collection will include works by nationally and internationally renowned creators to document that new works that were created by the performing arts industry during the pandemic. The recognition also comes as the Decameron Opera Coalition launches a {…}

Special Features

Best of 2020: OperaWire’s Top 11 Industry-Defining Moments of the Year


This calendar year has been a difficult one for the world and for the music industry. It tested artists in ways they never thought they would. And yet it also showed resilience, love, and humility. It was a year where generosity was predominant and where artists united for a better cause. Usually, at this point in time, OperaWire has a {…}


Decameron Opera Coalition to Host ‘DOC Happy Hour: Librettists in Conversation’


The Decameron Opera Coalition will present “DOC Happy Hour: Librettists in Conversation” on Nov. 20, 2020 at 6 p.m. EST. The project featured collaborations between Resonance Works (Pittsburgh); Lyric Opera of the North (Duluth); UrbanArias (Washington DC); Bare Opera (New York City); Opera in the Heights (Houston); Chicago Fringe Opera; Milwaukee Opera Theatre; Fargo-Moorhead Opera; An Opera Theatre (Minneapolis); and {…}


Luca Pisaroni Headlines Decameron Opera Coalition’s Operatic Reimagining of ‘The Decameron’


(Credit: Frances Marshall) In 1353, a few years after the Black Death raged in Florence, Giovanni Boccaccio finished “The Decameron,” 100 stories told by seven women and three men holed up in a countryside villa as they awaited the passing of the plague. It’s a classic of literature, many times bawdy, sometimes tragic, and extremely apropos considering our present-day pandemic. {…}

DVD and CD Releases, News

National Sawdust Tracks Releases ‘Paul’s Case’


The National Sawdust Tracks has released the recording of the chamber opera “Paul’s Case,” composed by Gregory Spears with libretto by Kathryn Walat and Spears. The new recording is conducted by Robert Wood and features a cast that includes Jonathan Blalock as Paul, Keith Phares as Father, Melissa Wimbish as History Teacher/Opera Singer 1/Maid 1, Erin Sanzero as Drawing Teacher/Opera Singer 2/Maid 2, Amanda {…}


Renée Fleming Headlines The REACH’s 2019 Opening Festival


(Credit: Jonathon Tichler) The REACH has announced its “inclusive, multi-genre, multidisciplinary” 2019 Opening Festival, which marks its first-ever expansion to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For the purpose of this article, we focus on opera-related events. The Festival’s “Opening Day” will “illustrate the breadth of experience that the REACH is designed to foster,” according to the {…}