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Karen Slack, Michelle Bradley, Catalina Cuervo, Brandie Sutton Headline Fort Worth Opera’s 2022-23 Season


Fort Worth Opera has unveiled its 2022-23 season. It all kicks off with “Noches de Latinidad: El Fuego de una de Mujer” and “Noches de Zarzuela. The showcases will feature soprano Catalina Cuervo, soprano Adia Evans, tenor Nathaniel Catasca, mezzo-soprano Kaswanna Kanyinda, and baritone Malcolm Payne, Jr. The event is curated by Catalina Cuervo and Eduardo Rojas with Sheran Goodspeed {…}


Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Elaine Alvarez to headline Maryland Lyric Opera’s ‘Don Carlo’


On May 13, 2022, Maryland Lyric Opera will conclude its spring season with two concert performances of Verdi’s grand opera “Don Carlo.” Music Director Louis Salemno will lead the MDLO Orchestra & Chorus, as well as a cast comprised of Arturo Chacón-Cruz in the title role, Elaine Alvarez as Elisabetta, Andrea Silvestrelli as King Filippo, Mark Delavan as Rodrigo, Catherine {…}


Asmik Grigorian, Pene Pati & Carolyn Sampson Lead New CD/DVD Releases


This week audiences will get a chance to listen to debut albums, classic works and world premiere recordings. Here is a look at the varied releases. La bohème Signum releases the Irish National Opera’s performance of “La bohème.” It marks the second recording in its new partnership with Signum Classics. Presented with a cast featuring Irish talent including Celine Byrne, {…}


Latonia Moore, Christine Goerke, Gabriella Reyes, Denyce Graves, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Reginald Smith, Jr. Headline Washington National Opera’s 2022-23 Season


The Washington National Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. The season kicks off with Brenna Corner’s production of “Il Trovatore” starring Latonia Moore, Raehann Bryce-Davis, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Christopher Maltman, and Ryan Speedo Green. Michele Gamba conducts. Performance Dates: Oct 22 – Nov. 7, 2022  Next up is Strauss’ “Elektra” with Christine Goerke in the title role. The cast also {…}


Toledo Opera to Host Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion on ‘Blue’


Toledo Opera is set to host “Building Trust: A Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion” in preparation for its upcoming production of Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s “Blue.”  The film screening and panel will take place on March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center at Lourdes University. The panel will consist of members of the Toledo {…}


Pittsburgh Opera to Present ‘Blue’


Pittsburgh Opera is set to present Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s “Blue.” The opera, which is reflective of an all-too-familiar American headline, “Blue” centers on the hopes and fears of a young Black couple as they raise their son. The cast will include Kenneth Kellogg, Briana Elyse Hunter, Aaron Crouch, Andrew Turner, Gordon Hawkins, Yazid Gray, and Adrianna Cleveland. Glenn {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Seattle Opera 2021-22 Review: Blue


Seattle Opera has produced a riveting production of the new opera “Blue,” composed by Jeanine Tesori to the libretto of Tazewell Thompson, who also directed. “Blue” shines a searing light on issues of racism, violence, and the loss that result. Everthing comes together for this West Coast premiere to create a gripping, enlightening, and moving experience.  Originally commissioned by The {…}


Jeanine Tesori & Tazewell Thompson’s ‘Blue’ Leads Seattle Opera’s Season Lineup


(Credit: Karli Cadel) Seattle Opera is set to continue its 2021-22 season with a number of performances and events. Leading the season’s lineup is Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson’s “Blue,” named the 2020 winner of Best New Opera by the Music Critics Association of North America. The story follows a family and their community coming together in the wake of {…}


Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Elaine Alvarez & Morris Robinson Headlines Maryland Lyric Opera’s 2022 Season


The Maryland Lyric Opera has announced its return to live performance following the pandemic, with two full-scale productions of classic Italian operas. Both operas will be presented at the North Bethesda’s The Music Center at Strathmore. The company has also announced a free digital streaming series featuring intimate recitals starring MDLO favorites, recorded live at the company’s new state-of-the-art headquarters. The {…}