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One of the world's best-known opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she will never sing in public again — bringing a long, storied career to a close.

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Hey! Fringe Fest* is here. Snuck right up on me, even though I am playing in it this weekend. Here are a few things that caught my attention that I thought to share with you. 

During our “Opera Intervention” on Connections, I promised that I would send some links to great opera productions that you can watch online. I’m still working on it!  But I thought you might enjoy this rather specific slice of opera life. 

The opera community has a lot going on, and by popular demand, we're staging an intervention. If you've resisted opera's charms, we'll see if we can figure out why, and how to turn you into an opera fan.

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May 2017 highlights for The Metropolitan Opera

Apr 30, 2017
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5/6        Alfano: Cyrano De Bergerac

The comedy/tragedy of Cyrano de Bergerac and his beloved Roxane, a love story for the ages, comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem, which packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the company for the first time opposite Met favorite Patricia Racette, who plays his secret love. Marco Armiliato conducts.

5/13      Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

May 2017 Lyric Opera of Chicago highlights

Apr 30, 2017
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5/20      Wagner: Das Rheingold

   CAST:

   Wotan: Eric Owens

   Alberich: Samuel Youn

   Loge: Štefan Margita

   Fricka: Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

   Fasolt: Wilhelm Schwinghammer

   Fafner: Tobias Kehrer

   Erda: Okka von der Damerau

5/28      Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor

   CAST:

   Lucia: Albina Shagimuratova

   Edgardo: Piotr Beczała

   Enrico: Quinn Kelsey

   Raimondo: Adrian Sâmpetrean

The finals of the Lotte Lenya Competition, a competition for singing actors, are this Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music.  The Daytime Round, the major portion of the competition, runs 11:00 AM to 3:45 PM.  The Evening Round, during which winners are announced and prizes are awarded, takes place from 8:00 to 10:00 PM, also in Kilbourn Hall.

Sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation, the Lenya Competition has grown exponentially from its first years in the late 1990’s when it was composed primarily of Eastman School students, to a larger and highly competitive international competition.  In honor of this year, the 20th year of the competition, cash prizes have been increased to $20,000 for the First Prize Winner and $15,000 for the Second Prize Winner.  A distinguished panel of judges adjudicates, including  Tony award-winning actor and singer Shuler Hensley, renowned stage director Anne Bogart, and Broadway music director and conductor Rob Berman.  Special guest of honor this year is soprano Teresa Stratas, who has a long association with the Lenya Competition.  (read more)

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Say it ain't so, Renée!  

Beloved singer (and Rochester icon) Renée Fleming is saying farewell to staged opera with a performance of Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier this spring. But of course, that doesn't mean she's done with music. She'll be singing concerts, continuing her work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago as their Creative Consultant, and more.

Read all about it in the New York Times

UPDATE: Not so fast, says Renée Fleming in an interview with NPR! She also says she still likes the New York Times article, despite that one misunderstanding.

Washington Classical Review

Operas are still being composed and staged today.  But what about the story lines?...the accessibility of the music?...the sets?...the direction?  Read Musical America's review of The Dictator's Wife here.

Here we see Allegra De Vita as the First Lady in Mohammed Fairouz's opera "The Dictator's Wife."

January 2017 Highlights for the Metropolitan Opera

Jan 1, 2017
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A month of classics this month from the Metropolitan Opera, featuring the legendary Placido Domingo, Diana Damrau, and more!

1/7        Verdi:  Nabucco The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, and Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena. Dmitri Belosselskiy is the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.

1/14      Puccini:  La Bohème The Met presents its spectacular Zeffirelli production,with multiple excellent casts: Ailyn Pérez and Kristine Opolais are paired with Dmytro Popov, Piotr Beczała, and Michael Fabiano, as the young Parisian lovers at the center of the story. Susanna Phillips, David Bizic, and Massimo Cavalletti also star. Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato conduct....

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