Hawai’i Opera Theatre Appoints Elizabeth Askren as Inaugural Principal Guest Conductor

(Photo credit: Olivier Koning) Conductor, educator, and cultural activist Elizabeth Askren has been named the first-ever Principal Guest Conductor of Hawai’i Opera Theatre (HOT). Elizabeth Askren has serve as a master teacher at both The Dallas Opera’s Hart Institute for Women Conductors and at the Paris Opera’s Academy. She made history by judging the Paris Philharmonic’s inaugural La Maestra Competition {…}

Hawai’i Opera Theatre To Present Digital World Premiere of Laura Kaminsky & Kimberly Reed’s ‘Hometown To The World’

(Credit: Hawai’i Opera Theatre official website) The Hawai’i Opera Theatre has announced the upcoming digital world premiere of Laura Kaminsky and Kimberly Reed’s newest opera “Hometown to the World” on May 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. HST. The stream will be available thereafter for purchase. The work was commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera and co-commissioned by the Hawai’i Opera {…}

Hawai’i Opera Theatre Takes Opera Education Programs Online with ‘Bastien & Bastienne’ and ‘The Mikado’

Hawai’i Opera Theatre has announced that this year’s opera education programs will be going online, with the company set to present a double bill of free digital experiences for viewers across the islands and beyond. First will be one of Mozart’s earliest operas, “Bastien & Bastienne,” which will be presented through the new HOT Digital platform. The work will also {…}

Q & A: Quinn Kelsey on Opera Kanikapila, Hawai’i Opera Theatre & Collaborating with Taimane Gardner

Last month the Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre’s inaugurated the Opera Kanikapila session. The new series pairs opera singers with local musicians from different cultures to explore and combine their artistic abilities. Native Hawaiian Quinn Kelsey, one of opera’s leading baritones, inaugurated the series alongside Taimane Tauiliili Bobbie Gardner with a program of diverse operatic and Hawaiian music. Kelsey is well known {…}