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Cassandra Zoé Velasco Headlines ‘Heroínas de la lírica y la ópera’

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Mezzosoprano Cassandra Zoé Velasco is set to perform at the Teatro del del Bicentenario in Mexico City on August 28 in a concert entitled “Heroínas de la lírica y la ópera.” The concert will mark Velsaco’s debut at the theater where she will share the stage with Leticia de Altamirano, Silvia Duhart, and Ibeth Ortiz. Beatríz Guerrero will accompany the {…}

Artist of the Week, Special Features

Artist of the Week: Teresa Iervolino

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(Credit: Paolo Conserva) The Festival Valle d’Itria is well known for presenting obscure, neglected, or rarely performed works and always explores diverse themes. This year the festival’s theme is “Fiat Lux” meaning a new beginning. Among the program this year are works by Scarlatti and Haydn. There will also be a production of Porporra’s “L’Angelica,” a serenata from 1720. The {…}

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Angel Blue, Isabel Leonard, Davone Tines, Iréne Theorin, Danielle De Niese Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

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This week’s recommendations feature a operatic mini-series, a notable gala, a recital dedicated to songs of protest, another recital about the historic migration of African Americans from the South to the North,  a concert of opera singers turning to jazz, and another concert focused on music of medieval times. And then there’s some Mozart, Rossini, and Wagner for good measure. {…}

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Metropolitan Opera Announces Finalists for National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert

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The Metropolitan Opera has announce the 10 finalists for the 2021 National Council Auditions. The finalists include Korean bass-baritone Jongwon Han, Korean tenor Duke Kim, Korean soprano Hyoyoung Kim, American soprano Brittany Olivia Logan, American soprano Raven McMillon, American baritone Timothy Murray, 29, American soprano Murrella Parton, American soprano Erica Petrocelli, American mezzo-soprano Emily Sierra, and American mezzo-soprano Emily Treigle. Han {…}

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Obituary: Welsh Baritone Eric Roberts Dies

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Welsh baritone Eric Roberts has died. The baritone began his singing career studying Fine Arts at Manchester University before gaining a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Manchester College of Music. He made his professional debut as Papageno in “The Magic Flute” with the Welsh National Opera and returned as Guglielmo in “Così fan tutte.” He would also perform {…}

Opera Wiki

Opera Profile: ‘El Niño,’ John Adams’ Nativity Opera

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Though more famous for works such as “Doctor Atomic” and “Nixon in China,” John Adams also composed the memorable Christmas-themed opera, “El Niño” or “The Baby,” which tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christmas. The opera-oratorio premiered on December 15, 2000 in Paris and has been performed many times since as holiday entertainment. The first performance featured soloists {…}

Special Features

Sarai Elizabeth Cole & Rebecca L. Hargrove Discuss the Black Community’s Love-Hate Relationship With ‘Porgy and Bess’

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***Editorial Note: This article has been modified from its original version. (Credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera) “Porgy and Bess” is arguably America’s most celebrated and beloved opera. Following its premiere in 1935, the opera by George Gershwin about an African-American community in Charleston, South Carolina has become a mainstay of opera houses across the world, receiving major productions at {…}

Special Features

The 30 Influential LGBTQIA+ Players In Opera

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Happy Pride! As we continue our pride celebration, we turn to the most influential LGBTQIA+ performers, administrators, directors, and others who have been influential in the opera world in shaping the conversation and boosting visibility. For this list, we honed in on the accomplishments of these individuals and the way they have used their voice to push diversity and education {…}