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News, Streaming

Jonas Kaufmann, Luciano Pavarotti, Angel Blue & Juan Diego Flórez Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream this Week


Opera’s biggest superstars (past and present) are featuring in this week’s edition. There are some new works, recitals, and some classical masterpieces on offer. And a notable Latin American composer, Daniel Catán, also gets his due. Here are the top 10 operas to stream this week. La Hija de Rappaccini – Chicago Opera Theater (Streaming Now) We did note that {…}


Ana María Martinez, Ramón Vargas Headline Opera America’s ‘Celebration of Daniel Catán’


Opera America will present “A Celebration of Daniel Catán” on April 30, 2021. The stream will feature a one-hour and 15-minute concert with performances by such artists as Ana María Martinez, Cecilia Violetta López, Richard Troxell, and Ramón Vargas. There will also be appearances by artists from the Ópera de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. The event will also feature {…}

Special Features

OPERA NEWS Delivers Virtual Celebration of Three Giants of the Opera World


The pre-recorded 16th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards Gala streamed on Sunday, April 18, 2021, and the Met Opera Guild and OPERA NEWS deserve kudos for the online event, but let’s face reality, after a year of virtual everything, it’s all wearing thin—especially given that many of us are suffering serious Zoom fatigue. Do we want to plop down in front {…}


Ana María Martinez, Russell Thomas, J’Nai Bridges, Rihab Chaieb Headline Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Festival


Cincinnati Opera has announced a reimagined 2021 summer festival which will include three productions, all presented without intermission in new 90-minute versions. The festival will take place at Summit Park due to its ability to host large-scale stage productions that allow for safety protocols to be put in place for both performers and audience members. “Music Hall will always be {…}


Houston Grand Opera Announces 2021-22 HGO Studio Artists


Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2021-22 HGO Studio Artists, comprised of three new singers and nine returning artists who will train with the HGO Studio for the duration. The first-year artists are baritone Luke Stiff, tenor Eric Taylor, and mezzo-soprano Emily Treigle. In the 33rd Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, they placed as a {…}

News, Streaming

Luciano Pavarotti, J’Nai Bridges, Ana Maria Martinez, Benjamin Bernheim, Hildegard Behrens Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week


Even though we are slowly inching back to real-world performances, streaming in the opera world is going as strong as ever. In this week’s edition of the Top 10 you will see your fair share of operatic repertory as well as some unique recital experiences. Atilla – OperaVision (NOW) Operavision will stream a 2011 performance of the early Verdi opera {…}


Princeton Festival to Stream Online Panel, ‘Peter Grimes’ As Part of ‘Virtually Yours’ Season


The Princeton Festival has announced that it will be presenting a unique public online panel as it launches its “Virtually Yours” online season. The panel, which will bring together leaders of several arts organizations, will center on how COVID-19 has impacted their organization and how they plan to manage the upcoming challenges coming their way. Among those involved in the {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Season Review: Carmen


On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, the Metropolitan Opera opened this season’s run of Georges Bizet’s perennial masterpiece, “Carmen.” Making his debut with the Metropolitan was Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber, who is set to serve as chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. Under his baton, the orchestra and experienced cast joined together in ways that put their {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Pittsburgh Opera’s General Director Christopher Hahn On Company’s 80th Anniversary


It all began with five ladies who belonged to Pittsburgh’s Tuesday Musical Club: pianist Virginia C. Byerly; contralto Carolyn Hunt Mahaffey; Priscilla W. Collins; Ruby N. Wickersham; and Marie M. Pease. In 1939, 80 years ago this season, these Founding Five established The Pittsburgh Opera Society, which would become the seventh-oldest opera company in the United States. The first production, {…}