Ewa Płonka, Lucas Meachem, Sasha Cooke, Lawrence Brownlee, Denyce Graves & Angela Meade Lead The Dallas Opera 2023-24 Season

The Dallas Opera (TDO) has announced its 2023-24 Season, featuring a world premiere production of “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Kicking off the season, opening with Puccini’s “Tosca” starring Ewa Płonka in the title role, Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi, Gihoon Kim as Scarpia, Andrew Potter as Angelotti, Thomas Cilluffo as Spoletta, and Darren Drone as Sacristan in this Andrew {…}

‘You Get What You Put Out Into the Universe:’ Baritone Lucas Meachem On His Highs and Lows, Diversity in Opera, & COVID’s Impact on Young Artists

In late May, the COVID-19 pandemic relented for a spell, enticing parts of the United States to reopen after weeks of lockdown. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the States, was in full swing. 2020 had a disastrous start, but big cities like New York had the virus somewhat contained. Worldwide, the insidious threat of sickness and {…}

Royal Opera House 2019-20 Live in Cinemas: Sonya Yoncheva Headlines ‘La Bohème’

(Credit: Julian Hargreeaves) On Jan. 29, 2020, the Royal Opera House will stream Puccini’s “La Bohème” into local cinemas, with international audiences getting a chance to see the transmission at a later date. The performance will be conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, who will lead a cast headlined by Sonya Yoncheva and Charles Castronovo as Mimì and Rodolfo, respectively. Aida Garifullina {…}

Lyric Opera of Chicago 2017-18 Review – Faust: Frame’s Unique Concepts Combine With Glorious Singing From Ailyn Pérez & Ben Bernheim

There was much anticipation Saturday night for the opening of “Faust” at Lyric Opera of Chicago in a new co-production with the Portland Opera. It’s certain that Gounod’s tale of the title character making a deal with the devil has never been told this way. There’s probably a clear dividing line on this production. If you prefer a grand opera {…}