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

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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 {…}

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

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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 {…}

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Santa Fe Opera Announces Cast Change for ‘Carmen’

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The Santa Fe Opera has announced a cast change for its production of “Carmen.” The company noted that Bryan Hymel has withdrawn from the role of Don Jose and will be replaced by Matthew White. White recently performed at the Michigan Opera Theatre, Spoleto Festival USA, Arizona Opera, Bard SummerScape, Edmonton Opera, Princeton Festival and Cincinnati Opera. He has performed {…}

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Celebrity Series of Boston Announces New Artistic Director

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The Celebrity Series of Boston has announced the appointment of Artistic Director Nicole Taney. She will commence her new role during the 2023-24 season. Taney, who is currently the Director of Artistic Planning and Operations at the Spoleto Festival USA, will oversee artistic strategy and programming with the Celebrity Series. “To join an organization such as Celebrity Series, with its {…}

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Aspect Chamber Music Series to Showcase ‘Winterreise’

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The Aspect Chamber Music Series is set to present Schubert’s “Winterreise” on Dec. 8, 2021. The showcase, which will take place at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City, will feature baritone Tyler Duncan and pianist Erika Switzer. There will also be an illustrated talk by Christopher Gibbs. Duncan has performed all around the world with appearances at the {…}

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Anne Marie Stanley Takes Home Top Prize at 2021 Giargiari Bel Canto Vocal Competition

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The Academy of Vocal Arts has announced the 2021 Giargiari Bel Canto Vocal Competition winners.  Taking home first prize was mezzo-soprano Anne Marie Stanley with tenor Sahel Salam winning the Audience Favorite award. The second Prize went to baritone Kevin Gódinez.  Stanley has performed with such companies as Spoleto Festival USA, the Santa Fe Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, the Princeton {…}