Eva Martinez, Lucia Bradford, Joshua Blue, & Joseph Parrish Star in the Oratorio Society of New York’s 2024-25 Season

The Oratorio Society of New York has announced its 2024-25 season. Soprano Eva Martinez makes her Carnegie Hall debut in “Carmina Burana.” She is joined by tenor John Riesen, baritone John Brancy, choristers of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and pianists Amir Farid and Blair McMillen. The concert features works by Orff, Brahms, Oliver Caplan, and Libby Larsen. {…}

Jake Heggie, Lori Laitman, Mark Campbell, Adolphus Hailstork, & Hilda Harris to Attend the National Opera Association’s 2024 Annual National Conference

(Photo credits: Niebuhr, Steiner, Marshall Light Studio, © Chuck Thomas 2012) The National Opera Association’s 69th annual national conference is scheduled for Jan. 3-6, 2024 at in Tempe, Arizona. The conference kicks off with a performance of “Sanctuary and Storm” by Tawnie Olson and Roberta Barker, the winner of the 2023 Chamber Opera Competition. Jake Heggie will give the Keynote {…}

Katherine Goforth Awarded the First “True Voice Award” on International Transgender Day of Visibility

Photo credit: Dallas Symphony In recognition of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Washinton National Opera announced Katherine Goforth as the first recipient of the “True Voice Award.” The new award was created specifically for transgender or nonbinary opera artists by the creators of “As One,” Kimberly Reed, Laura Kaminsky, and Mark Campbell in collaboration with Washington National Opera. The “True {…}

Q & A: Composer Lembit Beecher Talks About His New Song Cycle ‘A Year to the Day’

Photo: Jamie Jung American composer Lembit Beecher has collaborated with librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell to write “A Year to the Day,” a new song cycle rooted in, but not about, the pandemic. The concept was Campbell’s, and it was he who approached the composer. Together, they wrote six songs, along with five instrumental interludes for tenor Nicholas Phan, violinist Augustin Hadelich, {…}

Stephanie Fleischmann Named Winner of the 2022 Campbell Opera Librettist Prize

OPERA America has announced librettist Stephanie Fleischmann as the 2022 Campbell Opera Librettist Prize winner. Conceived and funded by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning librettist Mark Campbell, the prize seeks to raise the profile of librettists, who seldom receive recognition for their work. The award comes with a $7,000 prize to support creative and career development. Fleischmann, an alumna of {…}