J’Nai Bridges, Ailyn Pérez, Russell Thomas & Luca Pisaroni Lead Houston Grand Opera’s 2023-24 Season

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2023-24 season, which will feature a world premiere. Jamie Barton, Janai Brugger, J‘Nai Bridges, Caitlin Lynch, Nicholas Newton, Michael Mayes, and Joshua Blue star in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s “Intelligence.” Kwamé Ryan conducts the production by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Performance Dates: Oct. 20-Nov. 3, 2024 Reginald Smith, Jr. sings the title role of Vedi’s “Falstaff” with Nicole Heaston, Blake {…}

Lise Davidsen, Lisette Oropesa & Tomasz Konieczny Lead Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2023-24 Season

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is set to open its 2023-24 season. Here is a look at the season. Tomasz Konieczny leads Wagner’s “Der Fliegende Holländer” alongside Tamara Wilson, Robert Watson, and Mika Kares. Enrique Mazzola conducts. Performance Dates: Sept. 23, 2023 – Oct. 7, 2023 Audra MacDonald will perform in one evening. Performance Date: Oct. 6, 2023 Donizetti’s “La {…}

Cincinnati Opera Announces Discussion and Preview Concert of Tracy K. Smith and Gregory Spears’ ‘Castor and Patience’

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith and composer Gregory Spears will hold a discussion and present a preview concert featuring excerpts from their new opera, “Castor and Patience,” at Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium on May 12, 2022. The work is set to have its world premiere at Cincinnati Opera beginning on July 21, 2022, and running through July {…}

Angel Blue, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard & Nahuel di Pierro Highlight Houston Grand Opera’s 2022-23 Season

The Houston Grand Opera has announced its 2022–23 season featuring operatic productions. Here is a look. Verdi’s “La Traviata” opens the season with Angel Blue and Cecilia Violetta López sharing the title role. They are joined by Bryan Hymel, Ricardo Garcia, Andrei Kymach, and Anthony Clark Evans. Matthew Aucoin conducts the production by Arin Arbus. Performance Dates: Oct. 21-Nov. 8, 2022 Dame Ethel Smyth’s {…}

Michelle Bradley, Stephanie Blythe, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Gihoon Kim, Pene Pati Headline San Diego Opera’s 2021-22 Season

San Diego Opera has announced its 2021-22 season. The California-based opera company’s season will kick off with “Stephanie Blythe in Concert” at the Balboa Theatre. The mezzo will perform music from the operatic and Broadway repertoire. Performance Date: Oct. 23, 2021 Soprano Michelle Bradley will perform at the Baker Baum Recital Hall in the Conrad Performing Arts Center. She will {…}

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Announces 2021 Contestants

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition has announced the names of this year’s contestants. The following singers will be competing for the prestigious award: soprano Christina Gansch, tenor Chuan Wang, bass Nicolai Elsberg, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Wake-Edwards, mezzo-soprano Natalia Kutateladze, soprano Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir, baritone Michael Rakotoarivony, baritone Ankhbayar Enkhbold, baritone Gihoon Kim, bass-baritone Jusung Park, soprano Elbenita Kajtazi {…}

Ana María Martinez, Russell Thomas, J’Nai Bridges, Rihab Chaieb Headline Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Festival

Cincinnati Opera has announced a reimagined 2021 summer festival which will include three productions, all presented without intermission in new 90-minute versions. The festival will take place at Summit Park due to its ability to host large-scale stage productions that allow for safety protocols to be put in place for both performers and audience members. “Music Hall will always be {…}

Angela Brown, Reginald Smith, Jr., Talise Trevigne Headline Cincinnati Opera’s 2021 Winter Festival

Cincinnati Opera has announced its first-ever all-digital Winter Festival, which will feature free opera streams throughout February and March. “While we’ve eagerly anticipated the opportunity to return to live performance, we knew we couldn’t wait until summer to share opera again with our community,” said Evans Mirageas, The Harry T. Wilks Artistic Director, in a press release. “We reached out {…}