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The Metropolitan Opera to Present Premiere of ‘Champion’


(Credit: Zenith Richards / Met Opera) Terence Blanchard’s “Champion,” based on the true story of the troubled former middleweight boxing champion Emile Griffith, will make its highly anticipated Metropolitan Opera premiere. The opera, which opens on April 10,  will be performed nine times through May 13. The work, with a libretto by Michael Cristofer, will be conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin {…}


Ryan Speedo Green to Headline Chicago Philharmonic Showcase


The Chicago Philharmonic is set to present a concert featuring bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green this October. The event, set for Oct. 14, 2023, will mark Green’s debut with the ensemble. Scott Speck will conduct the program which will feature music from “Champion,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” and “Der Fliegende Holländer,” among other works. “There are no small concerts for Chicago {…}


Metropolitan Opera & Renée Fleming Lead Grammy Winners


The Grammy Awards have announced their  2023 winners. In the Best Opera Recording category Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut up in my Bones” took home the award. The recording to “Fire Shut Up In My Bones” features Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Angel Blue, Will Liverman, Latonia Moore, and Walter Russell III. David Frost, produced and the record features the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and {…}


WQXR New York Announces New Podcast Series “Every Voice with Terrance McKnight”


Terrance McKnight, commentator, curator, writer, author, pianist, and the weekday evening host of New York’s classical station WQXR will present a new podcast series,  “Every Voice with Terrance McKnight.” The series will feature 16 episodes and debut on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. The series highlights voices, histories, and marginalized communities that have been left out of Western classical music. In the first four {…}


‘The Factotum’ & ‘Champion’ Highlights Featured in Works & Process’ 2023 Season


Works & Process has announced its 2023 season of programming, with performances at the Guggenheim Museum, Lincoln Center, and the New York Library for the Performing Arts. Among the performances are “The Factotum,” presented by Lyric Opera of Chicago and featuring Grammy-nominated baritone Will Liverman. Inspired by “The Barber of Seville” and set in a Black barbershop in Chicago, highlights {…}


Opera Philadelphia Announces First Annual Opera on Film Series


Opera Philadelphia has announced its first annual opera on film series. The event will be part of the O 2022 Festival and will show 30 cinematic operas over 12 screenings at the Philadelphia Film Center. Opera on Film will be presented from Tuesday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Oct. 2 and will feature a big-screen binge of the operatic art form’s {…}


Peter Gelb Makes Statements on Anna Netrebko Fallout, the Anti-LGBTQ Law in Russia, State Funding & Diversity at the Met


In a recent interview appearing in  Van Magazin, Jeffrey Arlo Brown spoke with Met General Manager Peter Gelb in which he discussed a wide variety of topics, with considerable questioning around the Russian war on Ukraine, his falling out with soprano Anna Netrebko following an expose where the New York Times revealed she had filed a grievance against the Metropolitan Opera, {…}