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Artist of the Week, News

Artist Of The Week: John Holiday Is A Countertenor On The Rise


John Holiday is one of the most promising countertenors of his generation. Holiday’s star is rising and this week he will once again have a chance to prove it at the Bruce R. Foote Foundation Concert. The tenor, who is a recipient of the Bruce R. Foote award, will perform a concert that will show his talent in distinct repertoire, which {…}


International Opera Awards Nominations 2017: Anna Netrebko, Lawrence Brownlee, Eric Owens and Riccardo Chailly Among Nominees


The International Opera Awards have announced its annual nominees with many of the greatest stars, companies and conductors getting nominated for the prestigious prize. This year Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili will compete for the Best Female Singer award with Maria Bengtsson, Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Christiane Karg and Daniela Sindram. Netrebko’s nominations marks her third time she is up for this award. She was previously {…}

On This Day, Special Features

On This Day: Joseph Calleja Celebrates His 20th Anniversary On Stage


Joseph Calleja is one of today’s leading tenors in the opera world as his voice is recognized for having a Golden Age timbre. On Jan. 22 Calleja is not only celebrating his 39th birthday, but he is also celebrating 20 years since his professional debut. As a result, OperaWire takes a look at 20 facts about Joseph Calleja. The tenor {…}


Cathedral Choral Society Present ‘Sonic Bloom: Music of Bruckner, Esmail and Gabrieli’


The GRAMMY-nominated Cathedral Choral Society with Music Director Steven Fox will present “Sonic Bloom: Music of Anton Bruckner, Reena Esmail, and Andrea Gabrieli” on March 10 at Washington National Cathedral. This concert explores the “sonic bloom—the interplay among monumental architecture, magnificent distances, and majestic music.” On the program are three motets by Bruckner as well as a rare performance of the {…}


On Site Opera Presents ‘The Immersive Coffee Cantata Experience—a reimagining of Bach’s Coffee Cantata’


On Site Opera has announced its production of “The Immersive Coffee Cantata Experience—a reimagining of Bach’s Coffee Cantata.” Bach’s short comic opera, “Coffee Cantata” (“Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” BWV 211) is set in the Zimmerman’s coffee house in Leipzig, Germany. It tells the story of Lieschen, sung by soprano Christine Lyons, (cover, Teryn Kuzma) a spirited young woman who adores {…}


Obituary: Former Metropolitan Opera Bass Clarinetist James Ognibene Dies


Former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Clarinet player James Ognibene has passed away. Ognibene obtained his degrees from Indiana University and Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music and studied with Robert Marcellus, Earl Bates, and Anthony Gigliotti as well as bass clarinetists Al Zetzer and Larry Bocanner. He went on to participate in the Spoleto, Grand Teton, and Bard Music Festivals {…}