The Apollo & Opera Philadelphia to Partner on New Black America Opera Canon

The Apollo in New York and Opera Philadelphia have announced a multi-year partnership to co-create new Black America operas. The two organizations previously partnered in 2016 and 2017 on such works as “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird” and “We Shall Not Be Moved.” As part of the partnership, they will “share resources, ideas, infrastructure and talent through joint research, artist residencies, workshops, {…}

Opera Philadelphia to Present New Production of ‘Madama Butterfly’

Opera Philadelphia’s 2023-2024 Season closes with a new production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” The new production designed by Yuki Izumihara and directed by Ethan Heard seeks to explore ─ and explode ─ the opera’s core, damaging stereotype of “the submissive, self-sacrificing Asian woman.” In a statement, Izumihara said, “Puccini trapped his Butterfly in a beautiful score. In turn, ‘Madame Butterfly’ {…}

New Study Finds Gender Inequality & Non-Standard Work in US Opera Production

(Photo credit: Adrien Coquet) Dr. Caitlin Vincent (University of Melbourne) and Dr. Amanda Coles (Deakin University) have published their findings on the gender inequality and the impacts of non-standard work in the US opera industry. The team tracked women’s representation as conductors, directors, and designers at the 11 largest opera companies in the United States – the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe {…}