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Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (1/25-27)


If you checked out last week’s edition, you may have noticed a stark preference for 20th century works. Things continue this week with a number of 21st century operas making the list; the only standard repertory piece in this week’s edition is a controversial one. Here is the list (in alphabetical order by company).  Silent Night – Austin Opera The {…}


Opéra de Montréal Adds Performance Of ‘Carmen’


The Opéra de Montréal has announced an additional performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” on May 13, 2019. The company announced in a press release that the new production conceived and directed by renowned Quebec filmmaker Charles Binamé has received a great draw. The work returns to the company after 14 years and as a result, an extra performance was necessary. The {…}


Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (3/9-11): 3 Classics Coupled With 2 Modern Works Lead the Way


For this week’s recommendations, we have two modern works coupled with three classic masterworks (or more like four with two in a double bill). Throw in a combination of small and big-name companies and this weekend’s recommendations run a wide and diverse gamut. Un Ballo In Maschera – Livermore Valley Opera First up on our list is the independent company’s {…}


Joyce El-Khoury, James Westman & Ryan McKinny To Be Featured In Opéra de Montréal’s 2018-19 Season


The Opéra de Montréal has announced its 2018-19 season. The season will offer four productions, a chamber opera, and a unique recital by an opera star at the Festival du Monde Arabe. The program will include some of today’s greatest artists of today as well as many Canadians making a name for themselves on the world’s major stages. Here is {…}


Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Announces World Premiere for 2019


Opera Theatre Saint Louis has announced that in 2019, the organization will usher in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons’ “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” The announcement was made at the company’s annual press luncheon in New York. The work is based on the memoir of Charles Blow and represents the fifth commission in the New {…}


Metropolitan Opera Wins Opera America Grant For New Work ‘Eurydice’


 OPERA America has announced the grant awards for 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. A total of $225,000 was awarded to 11 opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera’s upcoming opera “Eurydice” by composer Matthew Aucoin and librettist Sarah Ruhl. The work will be based on the play by Sarah Ruhl and tells the Orpheus story from the perspective of {…}


Karen Slack to Perform Two Recitals in Detroit


(Credit: Kia Caldwell Photography) Karen Slack is set to perform in two Detroit concerts in October. The first concert will be on Oct. 14 with the renowned Pacifica Quartet at Michigan’s Seligman Performing Arts Center/ The program will include new work by Baltimore-based composer James Lee III, written for the quartet and Slack through a co-commission from Carnegie Hall, Shriver Hall, {…}