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Rhiannon Giddens Calls Out The Classical Station for Banning Opera Broadcasts


Rhiannon Giddens has spoken out against The Classical Station’s decision to ban the broadcast of numerous operas presented by the Metropolitan Opera. The North Carolina-based station noted that it would not present such works as “Dead Man Walking,” “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” “The Hours,” “Florencia en el Amazonas,” and “El Niño” due to concerns over content {…}


North Carolina’s Classical Station WCPE Bans Met Opera’s Six New Works Due to ‘Offensive’ Content


North Carolina’s Classical Station WCPE has announced that it will not be broadcasting the six modern operas that the Metropolitan Opera will showcase during the 2023-24 season. According to a letter signed by Deborah S. Proctor, the General Manager and Chief Engineer of WCPE, the radio station, which did not broadcast “Champion” due to vulgar language, opted to not broadcast {…}


Gabriella Reyes Joins Promethean Artists for General Management


(Credit: Dario Acosta) Nicaraguan-American soprano Gabriella Reyes has joined the roster of Promethean Artists for worldwide general management. In a statement regarding her new manager, Reyes said, “I have full confidence that working with Promethean Artists will help bring the stories I want to tell to the communities that matter most to me. As artists, we curate a path for {…}


Opera San José Names Seven Artists-in-Residence for 2023-24 Season


Opera San José has unveiled its 2023-24 Artists-in-Residence. The resident company, which includes Melisa Bonetti (Mezzo-soprano), Michelle Ainna Cuizon (Director), Vartan Gabrielian (Bass-baritone), Johannes Löhner (Conductor), Courtney Miller (Mezzo-soprano), Joshua Sanders (Tenor), and Melissa Sondhi (Soprano), will be introduced in a virtual showcase scheduled for August 13, 2023. Of these artists, the company spotlighted Sondhi as the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Wadhwani Chair for South Asia Artists; this new initiative focuses on “incubating the incredible {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Venezuelan Soprano Maria Brea on Singing at the Metropolitan Opera in ABT’s ‘Like Water for Chocolate’


(Photo Credit: Eliana Brea) For two-plus hours, the American Ballet Theatre’s “Like Water for Chocolate” takes the audience member on a rapturous journey about star-crossed lovers, Tita and Pedro, struggling with death and loss over the course of half a century. The work, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and with music by Joby Talbot, is an adaptation of the iconic novel {…}


Met Opera Announces 2023 Summer Recital Series featuring Gabriella Reyes, Will Liverman, & René Barbera


The Metropolitan Opera has unveiled its 2023 Summer Recital Series, set to bring opera to all five New York City boroughs in late June. Featuring both young and established artists, the concerts will include famous arias, duets, and other classical favorites. The series begins on June 20, 2023, at Central Park’s SummerStage in Manhattan, before moving to Brooklyn Bridge Park {…}


Elizabeth Caballero, Jasmine Habersham & Jonathan Burton Lead Nashville Opera’s 2023-24 Season


The Nashville Opera has announced its 2023-24 season featuring four productions. Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” will star Jonathan Burton, Keri Alkema, Andrew Manea, Joseph Lim, and Anthony Ciaramitaro. John Hoomes directs and Dean Williamson conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 21 & 23, 2023 Michael Nyman’s “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” will star Matthew Treviño, Caroline Worra, and Tyler Nelson. John Hoomes directs and Dean Williamson conducts. {…}


Melissa Sondhi, Efraín Solís & Joshua Sanders Lead Opera San José’s 2023-24 season


Opera San José has announced its 2023-24 season celebrating the company’s 40th anniversary. The season opens with an all-new production of Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Shawna Lucey. The production will star Indian-American soprano Melissa Sondhi in the role of Juliet and tenor Joshua Sanders as Romeo. Alex Boyer returns to the California Theatre in the role of Tybalt, {…}