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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 {…}

Interviews, Stage Spotlight

Q & A: Latonia Moore on ‘Dead Man Walking, ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ & Taking Her Career into Her Own Hands


This past week Latonia Moore opened the Metropolitan Opera season for the third time in her career, singing the role of  Sister Rose in “Dead Man Walking.” Moore has become one of the most acclaimed Met stars in the past years following powerful turns in “Porgy and Bess,” “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” and “Aida.” She has been praised {…}


Lincoln Center Announces its Fall/Winter 2023 Programming


Photo credit: Guggenheim Museum Lincoln Center’s Fall/Winter programming has been announced. The lineup includes a variety of contemporary and classical works, as well as a series of new collaborations. This article will feature vocal events only. Tenor and drag queen Jasmine Rice LaBeija stars in “보바 Gays Take Lincoln Center!” Korean-American comedians Alex Kim and Kenny Park Yi join LaBejia for {…}


Jake Heggie to Open OPERA America 2023-24 America Onstage Season


OPERA America Onstage has announced its 2023-24 season with a lineup of big name artists Terence Blanchard, Anthony Davis, Samantha Hankey, and Jake Heggie are just a few of the luminaries included in this year’s season. Audiences can either attend events in-person at OPERA America’s National Opera Center in New York, or watch the free livestreams. Here’s what OPERA America {…}


Caramoor Announces Fall 2023 & Spring 2024 Season


Caramoor maintains its dedication to innovative programming with it’s 2023-2024 season, showcasing a diverse selection of genres and exceptional artists. The Emmet Cohen Trio is joined at Caramoor by American-Armenian vocalist Lucy Yeghiazaryan, a frequent collaborator who has become a leading voice in American straight-ahead jazz. Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Performance Date: Sept. 29. 2023 Carole {…}


The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2023 Summer HD Festival Schedule


Credit: Metropolitan Opera The Metropolitan Opera has announced the schedule for its Summer HD Festival. Ten free opera screenings will be projected on the façade of the opera house in Lincoln Center Plaza on Aug. 26-Sept. 4. First up is a special presentation of the film “Moonstruck,” (1987) starring Academy Award-winner Cher, with costars Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, {…}

Special Features

Exploring Three Operas Based on LGBTQ+ Relationships from History


Over the years, opera has come to embody an artform that represents all shades of the human experience.  From the traditional to the abstract, every form of love that can be expressed on earth has come to the operatic stage to live. One of those shades is the love shared between those belonging to the LGBT+ community. Some of the {…}

Opera Wiki

Opera Profile: A Look at Wayne Shorter’s First Opera ‘Iphigenia’


Jazz opera is not a new phenomenon when it comes to American opera and the “American” opera tradition. Rather, jazz has thoroughly permeated the fabric of opera since the tradition’s very beginning. By all accounts, George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” an opera rife with controversy and iconic music, is the most famous. Yet, others like Scott Joplin’s well-received opera “Treemonisha,” {…}


Metropolitan Opera to Present Live in HD Transmission of ‘Champion’


The Metropolitan Opera is set to present a Live in HD transmission of Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” on April 29, 2023. The opera stars Eric Owens, Ryan Speedo Green, Latonia Moore, Stephanie Blythe, Paul Groves, and Eric Greene. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Lawrence Brownlee hosts the performance, which kicks off at 12:55 p.m. local time. Of the opening night performance, OperaWire raved {…}