In 2015, Bampton Classical Opera’s production of Salieri’s La grotta di Trofonio - a UK premiere - received well-deserved accolades: ‘a revelation ... the music is magnificent’ (Seen and Heard International), ‘giddily exciting, propelled by wit, charm and bags of joy’ (The Spectator), ‘lively, inventive ... a joy from start to finish’ (The Oxford Times), ‘They have done Salieri proud’ (The Arts Desk) and ‘an enthusiastic performance of riotously spirited music’ (Opera Britannia) were just some of the superlative compliments festooned by the critical press.
How many singers does it take to make an opera? There are single-role operas - Schönberg’s Erwartung (1924) and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies (1969) spring immediately to mind - and there are operas that just require a pair of performers, such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart i Salieri (1897) or The Telephone by Menotti (1947).
The college administration and President Denise Battles’ recent
decision to defund the Finger Lakes Opera came as a shock to many and a concern
to more. This decision reflects the administration’s blatant disregard
for the arts and reveals a mindset that is counterproductive to the mission of
The GRAMMY Award-winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with an all-new production inspired by the splendor and music of the palace of Versailles. King Louis XIV transformed his father’s pastoral hunting lodge at Versailles into a lavish palace that served as the seat of government and culture in France.
Louis Karchin’s Jane Eyre, a full-length opera in three acts with a libretto by Diane Osen based on Charlotte Bronte’s novel, will receive its world premiere at The Kaye Playhouse (Hunter College) on Thursday, October 20, 7:30pm with a second performance on Saturday, October 22, 8pm. Jane Eyre is Karchin’s second opera, composed in 2014, following his critically acclaimed one-act comic opera Romulus.
Kseniia Muslanova from the Russian Federation has won the 3rd annual Elizabeth Connell Prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos held at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney Australia on 3 September 2016.
Lyric soprano Elizabeth Caballero’s signature role is Violetta in La traviata, which she portrays with a compelling interpretation, focused sound, and elegant coloratura that floats through the opera house as naturally as waves on the ocean.
With its merry-go-round exchange of deluded and bewitched lovers, an orphan-turned-princess, a usurped prince, a jewel and a flower with magical properties, a march to the scaffold and a meddling ‘mistress-of-ceremonies’ who encourages the young lovers to disguise and deceive, William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Rose and the Ring has all the ingredients of an opera buffa.
Atsuto Sawakami is a slightly built man in his late sixties with impeccable, gentlemanly manners. He communicates a certain restless energy and his piercingly bright eyes reveal an undimmed appetite for life.
Last year's Oxford Lieder Festival made something of a splash when it encompassed all of Schubert's songs, performed in the space of three weeks. This year's festival, the 14th, which runs from 16 to 31 October 2015 has a rather different, yet still eye-catching theme; Singing Words: Poets and their Songs.
The opera, to be performed by the ensemble Rhymes with Opera, will be performed November 13, 14, 20, 21 at
the 124 Bank Street Theatre in the West Village.
In this funny and touching opera, four people have been invited to meet the great Dolly Parton: two middle-aged sisters and a gay couple whose house is
filled with Dolly memorabilia. Meeting Dolly has far more momentous consequences for the four characters than they anticipated. Dolly doesn’t appear,
by the way. The five characters—there’s also Dolly’s somewhat mysterious assistant—will be played by members of the Rhymes with
Opera ensemble and guest artists supported by the RWO orchestra.
Rhymes with Opera was formed in 2007 to perform innovative, dramatically vibrant contemporary chamber opera. Our goal is to break down the walls between
opera and musical theater – after all, opera is musical theater – while blurring the lines between various musical genres. The ensemble is
interested in finding new ways to tell stories through music. Rhymes with Opera only performs operas created specifically for the group. To date Rhymes
with Opera has commissioned eleven composers to create custom-made pieces ranging from short character sketches to full, evening-length works.
will be performed on Friday nights, November 13 and 20, at 8 p.m. and Saturdays, November 14 and 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the 124 Bank Street Theatre in the
West Village. Tickets may be purchased at the Rhymes with Opera website www.rhymeswithopera.org. The website
also contains further information and musical previews of Heartbreak Express.