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A New Biography of Tenor Roland Hayes

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Roland Hayes: Legacy of an American Tenor by Christopher Brooks and Robert Sims
9:41AM
December 17, 2014

A new biography of the first African America classical musician to have an international career.

Remembering Irene Dalis

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Irene Dalis as Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore. Don't be fooled. She was a nice lady.
2:27PM
December 15, 2014

Mezzo-soprano turned teacher and impresario Irene Dalis has died at the age of 89. I have a personal reminiscence to share.

Opera-As-TV-Series: Is Lisa Bielawa’s “Vireo” the Future of Opera?

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Lisa Bielawa's "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser" is poised to become the first opera to be performed serially and broadcast on television.
9:40AM
December
15, 2014

Composer Lisa Bielawa’s innovative new opera “Vireo” has many asking, Is this the future of opera?

Opera Abbreviated: Die Meistersinger

A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
A scene from Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
11:27AM
December 10, 2014

Opera Abbreviated gives you a glimpse of Wagner’s opera The Mastersingers of Nuremberg. You can see the opera live from the Met in a movie theater near you, on December 13 at noon.

Friday is Opera Day on Classical 101

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Christopher Purdy hosts Opera Day Friday on Classical 101.
12:59PM
December 3, 2014

Don’t miss Opera Day on Classical 101, Friday, December 5 beginning at 9 am.

Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Macbeth

Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera
Anna Netrebko as Lady Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera
9:01AM
October 8, 2014

Opera Abbreviated presents Macbeth, an Italian opera by Giuseppe Verdi based on Shakespeare’s play. See it live in HD from the Met on Saturday, October 11.

New American Operas

Ian Gordon's 27
Ian Gordon's 27
9:21AM
October 1, 2014

Three new operas by American composers have been premiered in the past year.

As One, an Intriguing New Opera

Kelly Margraf (left) and Sasha Cooke in As One opera
Kelly Margraf (left) and Sasha Cooke in As One opera
8:13AM
September 4, 2014

As One is a new opera with music by Laura Kaminsky, and a libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. Husband-wife Sacha Cooke and Kelly Margraf play the same person.

The Death of Klinghoffer: Ready for Controversy

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John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer performed by the English National Opera.
8:47AM
June 18, 2014

The Metropolitan cancels a world-wide HD transmission of The Death of Klinghoffer.

‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ Pokes Her Head Into An Animated Forest

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In a scene from the Cleveland Orchestra's The Cunning Little Vixen, two actors (Julie Boulianne as Dog and Martina Jankova as Vixen) appear from behind a computer-animated backdrop.
In a scene from the Cleveland Orchestra's The Cunning Little Vixen, two actors (Julie Boulianne as Dog and Martina Jankova as Vixen) appear from behind a computer-animated backdrop.
11:21AM
May
19, 2014

A new Cleveland Orchestra production of Leos Janácek’s opera takes on a longstanding challenge: how to turn human singers into animals without making them look ridiculous. The answer? Animate them.