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Academy of Vocal Arts Announces 2023-24 Resident Artists


The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) has announced the addition of six new singers to its Resident Artists roster. The newly appointed Resident Artists include tenor Joshua Berg, soprano Manli Deng, mezzo-soprano Ariana Maubach, soprano Veronica Richer, baritone Geoffrey Schmelzer, and bass-baritone Nan Wang. “We are thrilled to welcome these extraordinary artists to the Academy of Vocal Arts. They represent {…}

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The Untold Story of Omar ibn Said in Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels’ ‘Omar’


The world of new opera is a fascinating place. Many new operas explore the end of time, making cake, or questionable life choices. But others cover historical moments and figures that should be explored. Composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, their new opera “Omar” looks at the figure Omar ibn Said and his life as an enslaved Muslim in America. {…}


‘Omar’ wins the Pulitzer Prize


The Pulitzer Prize has awarded “Omar,” by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels, its Music Prize. The opera, which premiered on May 27, 2022 at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, S.C., is an innovative and compelling opera about enslaved people brought to North America from Muslim countries. The musical work respectfully represents African as well as African-American traditions, expanding the {…}

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Opera Profile: Kaija Saariaho’s ‘Émilie’


(PC: JP Maurin) Émilie is a 75-minute, nine-scene opera by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho which takes its plot from the historical figure Marquise Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749), polyglot and mistress to famous French philosopher François-Marie Arouet (or Voltaire). The work, while its own opera, is to be considered related to Saariaho’s 2006 oratorio La Passion de Simone. The work {…}


Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Announces New Gardens Concert Set for April 16, 2023


Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is set to resume its Garden Concerts on April 16, 2023. The showcase, which is set to take place at the Campos Community Gardens in New York City, will star soprano Jenny Ribeiro, soprano Ellen Teufel, and mezzo-soprano Heather Jones. Chris. Fecteau will perform at the piano in a program featuring music by Brahms, Händel, Grieg, and {…}


Raehann Bryce-Davis, Quinn Kelsey, Will Liverman, Ana María Martínez & Christian Van Horn Lead Opera Philadelphia’s 2023-24 Season


Opera Philadelphia has announced its 2023-24 season. Dubbed Festival 023, the company will bring music to venues around the city. The following productions are included in the Festival. The world premiere of composer Rene Orth and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s “Ten Days in a Madhouse,” starring Kiera Duffy, Will Liverman, and Raehann Bryce-Davis. Joanna Settle directs, and Daniela Candillari conducts. The work is co-commissioned {…}


Jamez McCorkle Headlines West Coast Premiere of ‘Omar’ at Los Angeles Opera


Los Angeles Opera will present “Omar” starring on Oct. 22, 2022.  The new opera by composers Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels recounts American slavery written by a Omar Ibn Said who was kidnapped and forced to board a ship bound for South Carolina.  Kazem Abdullah conducts and Kaneza Schaal directs. Tenor Jamez McCorkle headlines the cast as Omar. He is {…}


Raehann Bryce-Davis & Benjamin Taylor Headline George London Foundation for Singers’ 2022-23 Season


The George London Foundation for Singers has announced its 2022-23 season. The season kicks off with a recital starring 2018 George London Award winner and mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis and pianist Jeanne-Minette Cilliers. The program will be announced at a future date. Bryce-Davis is coming off her Metropolitan Opera debut in “The Rake’s Progress” and has appeared with such companies as {…}