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Metropolitan Opera 2022-23 Review: Don Giovanni


(Credit: Karen Almond / Met Opera) On May 5, 2023, the Metropolitan Opera finally put on its new production of “Don Giovanni” for a packed house. For those who don’t remember, this production was set to premiere during the previously announced 2020-21 season, but of course, we all know what happened. Fortunately, Ivo Van Hove’s production is finally here and {…}


OperaUpClose & Manchester Camerata Present New Version of ‘The Flying Dutchman’ on Tour


OperaUpClose and Manchester Camerata will present a new production of Wagner’s “The Flying Dutchman” on a UK tour this summer. English novelist and poet Glyn Maxwell reworked the libretto for Laura Bowler and Robin Wallington’s 8-piece chamber orchestration of Wagner’s classic. Under the stage direction of Lucy Bradley performers, instrumentalists, and singers will all reside on the stage, breaking the {…}


Moody Center for the Arts to Present ‘Everything Rises’


The Moody Center for the Arts will present “Everything Rises,” a multimedia musical work, on April 14 and 15, 2023, at Lois Chiles Moody’s Studio Theatre. Featured artists include Grammy Award-winning violinist Jennifer Koh and bass-baritone Davóne Tines. Developed over the course of several years by an all-BIPOC team of creatives, comprising composer Ken Ueno and director Alexander Gedeon, “Everything {…}

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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 2023 Review: Voices of the Americas


On March 17, 2023, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented its “Voices of the Americas” concert at Alice Tully Hall. The program was a rich assortment from the last century which explored and celebrated music through Latin America and beyond, curated by pianist Michael Stephen Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis, joined by percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, {…}

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Dutch National Opera Forward Festival 2023 Review: Perle Noire, Meditations For Joséphine


Photo: Ruth Walz Josephine Baker was born into poverty in the early 1900s in St. Louis, Missouri, at a time when open discrimination against black people was enshrined in the Jim Crow laws. By the age of 12, she had dropped out of school and, within a year, was married. Fast forward to the mid-1920s, and she was the toast {…}


Opera on Tap Announces Winner of Tik Tok Composition Competition


Opera on Tap has announced the winner of its Tik Tok Composition Competition. Laura Jobin-Acosta’s “I Am Lying in the Bed” won. Vocalist Eugenia Forteza performed the work. Voting was done via Instagram and Tik Tok with the winner receiving $500. Laura Jobin-Acosta is a New York City-based multicultural composer and soprano. She was recently named the American Opera Initiative {…}


Robert Van Leer Named as Executive Director & CEO of Wallis Annenberg Center


Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts has announced that Robert Van Leer has been named as its new Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. Effective April 1, 2023, Leer will head one of the nation’s largest performing arts venues. He brings with him years of experience, most recently as Senior Vice President of Artistic Planning at the John F. {…}


‘Operatic Feminisms’ Symposium to be Held at Columbia University


The Columbia University School of Music will present a symposium on March 25, 2023, titled “Operatic Feminisms,” which aims to explore the possibilities for feminist opera studies and the role of women in opera in the 21st century. The symposium will include public panels, workshops, and roundtable discussions featuring scholarly works and cross-disciplinary exchanges. The New Opera Workshop and Columbia {…}

Opera Meets Film

Opera Meets Film: Peter Sellars’ ‘this body is so impermanent’


Peter Sellars warned the crowd gathered in the Rubin Museum on a recent Friday night that the film would be long. “It’s only an hour and fifteen minutes,” he said. “But the beginning feels like several lifetimes.” At first, the caution was unnecessary. “this body is so impermanent,” a new film Sellars directed at the height of the pandemic, explores {…}