Elaine Alvarez, Samina Aslam, Wendy Bryn Harmer, Chauncy Packer Headline Chautauqua Opera’s 2022 Season

Chautauqua Opera is set to kick off its 2022 festival this July. This season’s repertory was originally announced back in 2020 but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article represents an updated version of that announcement with a full rundown of the casts. The season opens with Kamala Sankaram and Susan Yankowitz’s “Thumbprint.” The opera will star Samina {…}

Maya Lahyani, Will Liverman, Karen Vuong, Karen Slack, & Maya Kherani Headline Portland Opera’s 2022-23 Season

Portland Opera has announced its 2022-23 season. The season kicks off with Bizet’s “Carmen,” which will star Maya Lahyani, Matthew Pearce, Richard Ollarsaba, and Ariana Wehr. Michael Ellis Ingram conducts a production directed by Denyce Graves. Performance Dates: Nov. 5 & 13, 2022  Kamala Sankaram’s “Thumbprint” will premiere with Maya Kherani, Indira Mahajan, Alok Kumar, Omar, Najmi, and Samina Aslam {…}

Interview: ‘Leading Ladies Liberated’ Puts Focus On Groundbreaking Women From Opera’s Golden Age

“We want to make this music—these composers—part of the standard repertoire. Events like this shouldn’t be rare,” stated soprano Nicole Leone in a recent interview with OperaWire. Leone’s simple statement refers to the challenge of increasing the prominence of female composers in music programming, and she is doing her part. Together with Randi Marrazzo, her voice teacher from Temple University, {…}