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‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Returns to the Metropolitan Opera


(Credit: Marty Sohl/Met Opera) The Metropolitan Opera will revive Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” on April 8. The production, which is set to be performed seven times through May 2, will star Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green in his role debut as Charles, soprano Latonia Moore reprising the role of Charles’s mother, Billie and soprano Brittany Renee as Destiny {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Lyric Opera of Chicago 2023-24 Review: Aida


Though the most iconic grand opera in the art form’s canon, Verdi’s “Aïda” shouldn’t challenge a house of Lyric’s caliber too strenuously. The work requires four good-to-great singers, but we expect a top-five American opera house to arrange them. Though “Aïda” lends itself to maximalist stagings, smaller companies pare it down successfully by foregoing equestrian participants, or downshifting parades to {…}


Strathmore & Washington Performing Arts Present ‘Fire Shut Up In My Bones’ Opera Suite in Concert


(Photo credit: Bucklesweet) Two-time Oscar nominee and six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” Opera Suite in Concert will be presented by Strathmore and Washington Performing Arts. Blanchard and his E-Collective have teamed up with David Balakrishnan and the double GRAMMY®-winning Turtle Island Quartet, visual artist Andrew F. Scott, and guest vocalists soprano {…}


Karen Slack, Lunga Eric Hallam & Jasmine Habersham Lead Minnesota Opera’s 2024-25 Season


The Minnesota Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. Monét X Change, Jasmine Habersham, Ellie Dehn, Symone Harcum, Adriana Zabala, and Catherine Martin star “Glam Jam: A Star-Studded Benefit Concert.” Christopher Franklin conducts. Performance Date: Sept. 28, 2024 Christopher Franklin conducts Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet” with Evan Leroy Johnson, Jasmine Habersham, Adam Lau, Charles H. Eaton, John Mburu, Ángel Vargas, Kara Morgan, Victoria Vargas, and David Wolfe. Performance Dates: Nov. 2-10, 2024 {…}


Lisette Oropesa, Joyce DiDonato, Piotr Beczala, Gabriella Reyes, Angel Blue Headline Carnegie Hall’s 2024-25 Season


Carnegie Hall has unveiled its 2024-25 season. Here is a breakdown of the vocal events on offer. Opening Night will feature Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as they present works by Rachmaninoff and Ginastera. Baritone Gustavo Castillo and pianist Lang Lang will be the soloists. Performance Date: Oct. 8, 2024 Joyce DiDonato will give several masterclasses. Performance Dates: Oct. {…}


The Association of Performing Arts Professionals Announces its 67th Annual Conference Details


(Photo credit: Cedric Angeles & The Kennedy Center) The Association of Performing Arts Professionals has released the lineup for its 67th annual conference “APAP|NYC 2024.” The Emerging Leadership Institute New Cohort Meeting kicks off the conference. Performance Date: January 12, 2024 Networking forums, affinity groups, info sessions, and learning sessions take place. Performance Date: January 12-15, 2024 EXPO booths are {…}


Tiara Abraham, Andrew Gellen, Lukas Palys, & Detola Badmus are Among the Winners of the 2024 YoungArts Award


YoungArts announced its 2024 YoungArts award winners. This article features classical voice winners only. A complete list of the 2024 winners, all 15–18 years old or in grades 10–12 can be found here. In the classical voice category the winners include sopranos Tiara Abraham, Grace Chung, Olivia Gonzales, Theo Hsu, Ava Maha, Milena Manocchia, Esther Puderbaugh, Felicity Robles, and Viveka {…}


UPDATED: Julian Prégardien, Ludwig Mittelhammer, Christina Landshamer, Kathryn Lewek Headline Cleveland Orchestra’s Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival


The Cleveland Orchestra has announced its second annual Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival. “Building on last season’s successful launch of the Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival, the 2024 edition will continue to bring together our community and several of Cleveland’s great cultural institutions for exploration, discussion, and reflection around the theme of ‘Power,’” said André Gremillet, {…}

Special Features

A Stroll Through The Many Genres of Opera (Part Three)


Having explored the tricky terrain of opera’s more conventional genres, as well as its regional varieties, what is left are the rather obscure versions of opera that have grown from different types of traditions and histories. What would happen if modern politics and opera were combined? What do you get when you feature a small break between each scene of {…}