Broadway Star Brian Stokes Mitchell Accepts $100,000 Donation to the Actors Fund from The Tabernacle Choir

Photo: Allison Sullivan OperaWire attended a Dec. 8 media luncheon and discussion of the upcoming television presentation of “20 Years of Christmas with The Tabernacle Choir,” set to air on PBS on Dec. 13, and BYUtv on Dec. 16. The event featured Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell, whose involvement with the choir spans over {…}

Q & A: Mezzo-Soprano Fiorenza Badila Costantini on Creating a New Type of Masterclass Featuring Frederica von Stade

OperUS, a young artist community created by and for young artists, will hold its first Growth Environment for Singers, or GEFS for short, beginning Sept. 6, 2021, in Montepulciano, Italy. The organization, founded by mezzo-soprano Fiorenza Badila Costantini and soprano Alessandra Torrani establishes a space for young singers to connect and promote and celebrate their work, regardless of gender, ethnicity, {…}

San Francisco Opera Guild to Present ‘Changing. An Evening with Frederica von Stade & Jake Heggie’

San Francisco Opera Guild will present a virtual livestream event “Life. Changing. An Evening with Frederica von Stade & Jake Heggie.” The event will take place on April 28 and will feature Frederica von Stade, Jake Heggie, and San Francisco Opera Guild students, alumni, and teachers. The artists will share inspiring stories and uplifting songs while celebrating music’s power to change {…}

Joyce DiDonato, Ailyn Pérez, Frederica Von Stade, John Holiday Headline The Dallas Opera’s Spring 2021 Galas & Concerts

The Dallas Opera has announced a series of unique upcoming events including a virtual gala and two live showcases set to take place between May 7 through 10, 2021. The company will launch a virtual fundraising gala “VIVA OPERA!” featuring soprano Ailyn Pérez, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, countertenor John Holiday, and baritone Lucas Meachem as they take on excerpts from “The {…}

Luciano Pavarotti, J’Nai Bridges, Ana Maria Martinez, Benjamin Bernheim, Hildegard Behrens Headline Top 10 Operas to Stream This Week

Even though we are slowly inching back to real-world performances, streaming in the opera world is going as strong as ever. In this week’s edition of the Top 10 you will see your fair share of operatic repertory as well as some unique recital experiences. Atilla – OperaVision (NOW) Operavision will stream a 2011 performance of the early Verdi opera {…}

Luciano Pavarotti, Kathleen Battle, Anna Netrebko, Rosalind Elias, Plácido Domingo Headline Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams Week 23

For the 23rd straight week, the Metropolitan Opera will be presenting nightly streams. This week’s selections featuring more major works from the standard repertory with a couple of rare treats mixed in. Major opera stars like Anna Netrebko, Aprile Millo, Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Luciano Pavarotti, and Kathleen Battle will be among the major headliners. Monday, August 17 – Puccini’s {…}