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Pittsburgh Festival Opera Announces New Executive Director


The Pittsburgh Festival Opera has announced that Christopher M. Powell will be its new Executive Director. He will take up the position on March 12, 2019, and lead the festival into its 42nd edition. Powell has worked as Director of Artistic Initiatives at the Glimmerglass Festival and was also Co-Executive Producer of the podcast “Breaking Glass.” He also served as {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews

Q & A: Composer Layale Chaker on Creating ‘Ruinous Gods’ & Her Journey in Music


(Photo Credit Anna Rakhvalova) A violinist. A composer. A polyglot whose musical world combines classical contemporary music with jazz, Arabic music, and improvisation. This is Layale Chaker, whose blossoming career, which has seen her work performed by such organizations as the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Nebraska Crossroads Music Festival, is set to take another step when her {…}


Iceland Symphony Orchestra Names Barbara Hannigan Chief Conductor & Artistic Director


Barbara Hannigan has been appointed Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra for an initial period of three seasons, starting in late 2026. The soprano / conductor first collaborated with the ensemble in 2022 at the Reykjavík Arts Festival. She renewed the relationship in June 2023 and recently performed with the ensemble again in April 2024. “Always {…}

Behind the Scenes, Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Ari Pelto on Opera Colorado & Being Music Director


In 2015, Opera Colorado appointed its first-ever Music Director, Ari Pelto. For the last eight years, he has been widely celebrated with the company conducting a wide array of repertoire and bringing the company’s artistic powers to the fore. He has also been in demand at opera houses and concert halls throughout the United States at the Spoleto Festival, Lyric {…}


Susannah Hardwick Debuts ‘A Night In Paris’ Concert Series in NYC


(Photo credit: Da Costa & Hardy) British soprano Susannah Hardwick is set to launch her pop-up song concert series, “A Night In Paris: An Evening of French Cabaret” in New York City on Feb. 13, 2024. Hardwick’s concept for the concert series is “contemporary and different from the typical classical recital format.” With this, she aims to break down barriers {…}


Obituary: Conductor Robert Hart Baker Dies at 69


On Nov. 25, 2023, conductor Robert Hart Baker died at the age of 69. Born on March 19, 1954, the conductor went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music for preparatory division, the Academie Internationale d’ete,  the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg, Horace Mann School, Harvard University, Yale University, and York College of Pennsylvania He was a student of Herbert {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

San Francisco Opera 2023-24 Review: Omar


Omar is a man, forcibly taken from his home in West Africa in 1807, and brought through the Middle Passage to America. He is sold into slavery in South Carolina and treated with brutality. He maintains his Muslim faith and eventually while in captivity, writes his autobiography in Arabic. “Omar” is an opera created by MacArthur Fellowship recipient Rhiannon Giddens, {…}

Business, News

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, {…}