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Opera America Partners With US Opera Companies for Opera Passport Program


Opera America has announced the creation of Opera Passport, a new program that offers savings to traveling operagoers. Per an official press statement, Opera Passport gives at least a 10 percent discount on tickets to subscribers at participating companies. Among the companies involved in the program are Anchorage Opera, Arizona Opera, Ars Lyrica Houston, Austin Opera, BARN Opera, Boston Baroque, {…}

News, Streaming

San Francisco Opera to Present ‘Omar’


(Credit: Cory Weaver) The San Francisco Opera will present the Bay Area premiere of “Omar,” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Director Kaneza Schaal will direct the opera and John Kennedy will conduct the opera with a cast that includes tenor Jamez McCorkle, Taylor Raven, Daniel Okulitch, Brittany Renee, Norman Garrett, Laura Krumm, Rehanna Thelwell, Barry Banks, Edward Graves, Calvin Griffin, and Kenneth Overton. “Omar” is inspired by the true {…}


The Classical Station Reverses Course, Will Now Broadcast Entire Met Opera 2023-24 Season


(Credit: Karen Almond) Days after proclaiming to the world that it would not broadcast the entire Metropolitan Opera 2023-24 season, The Classical Station has reversed course. The organization made a formal announcement on its website noting that “After careful deliberation, due consideration, and hearing from our supporters, listeners, and the public, The Classical Station has decided to broadcast the entire {…}


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 {…}


CRB Classical 99.5 to Broadcast Boston Lyric Opera’s Production of ‘Omar’


CRB Classical 99.5 is set to broadcast the New England premiere of Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’ “Omar.” The work, which had its local premiere back in May, will be broadcast on Sept. 10, 2023 starting at 7 p.m. The opera stars Jamez McCorkle, Cierra Byrd, Daniel Okulitch, Brianna J. Robinson, Emma Sorenson, Catherine Anne Daniel, Nicholas Lagesse, Fred C. {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Opera Lafayette’s Ryan Brown & Patrick Quigley on Leading Company & Making the Transition to a New Future


Nearly thirty years ago, Ryan Brown created Opera Lafayette (OL), an organization dedicated to exploring baroque opera and its history via implementing period-instruments. But after being at the helm of the company and shepherding its growth into one of the major torchbearers for early opera performance tradition around the world, he’s decided to step away in 2025. In his place {…}


Q & A: American Baritone Lucas Meachem on Evolving Opera Through His Compassion Towards Humanity in His Roles & Love of Karaoke


Lucas Meachem is an American, Grammy Award winning baritone whose compelling lyric baritone voice and dramatic interpretations have led him to the world’s most important operatic stages. He was discovered by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, with the encouragement of tenor Paul Groves, after he sang a karaoke stint in Paris. Graham persuaded William Mason, the then director general of the Lyric {…}


Opera Philadelphia Unveils Upcoming Free Outdoor Performances


Opera Philadelphia has announced its lineup of upcoming free outdoor performances. First up, the company and the East Passyunk Opera Project (ePOP) will team together to present an operatic concert at the Center City District’s “Arts on Center Stage” in Dilworth Park. Aubry Ballarò, Kathryn Leemhuis, Taylor-Alexis Dupont, John Viscardi, Jorell Williams, and Aurelien Eulert are solists Performance Date: August 24, {…}


Santa Fe Opera Unveils 2023 Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians


The Santa Fe Opera has revealed the lineup of its 2023 Apprentice Program for Theater Technicians, consisting of 86 talented individuals. Operating behind the scenes, the Apprentice Technicians are divided into eight distinct crews: Audio/Visual, Costumes, Electrics, Production/Music Services, Properties, Scenic Arts, Stage Crew, and Wigs and Makeup. Throughout the season, they execute crucial tasks during the daily transitions between {…}