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Festival Is Incubator for New Operas

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Three new operas were given stagings and public readings in this years InsightALT Festival, in New York City.
3, 2013

But if you’re and opera lover, then you want the art form to teem with new creative life forever. That’s what New Yorks’ InsightALT Festival is all about.

Get in There and Fight

Fight scene from Il Trovatore.
30, 2013

What would you prefer to hear in performance? Every note perfectly played or the excitement of an occasional mistake? What would you rather experience? A robotic performance or the blood of an artist on stage?

Opera Singer Sings with Donated Lungs

29, 2013

Doctors told soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick that her advanced pulmonary hypertension would kill her dream of becoming an opera singer – and might even kill her. She thought they were wrong. And today, she’s singing.

The Great Gatsby Is Back On Stage As Well

The Great Gatsby, novel to film to opera
May 16, 2013

The newest film adaptation of The Great Gatsby was not alone in its opening last week. John Harbison’s opera of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel was revived in Boston.

Tannhauser Withdrawn

Tannhauser as performed last week in Germany
14, 2013

Wagner’s opera Tannhauser, premiered in 1848-has been updated to the Third Reich in a new staging in Germany. Public protests have caused a cancellation.

Putting the Monday Muppet Moment To Bed In Style

29, 2013

As children, most of us loved a bedtime story, or maybe a lullaby.  If you remember fondly being read or sung to sleep, maybe you can identify with Elmo. Though most of us outgrow the need or desire to be sung to sleep, many may rethink that position after today’s Muppet moment. I have heard [...]

Columbus Becomes Mozart’s Home Town

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Mozart this Sunday
April 25, 2013

This weekend, Opera Columbus presents Canada’s Opera Atelier in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Southern Theatre, and you can hear Mozart’s Requiem at King Avenue United Methodist Church.

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard Wins “Heisman Trophy” of Opera

18, 2013

Isabel Leonard joins the ranks of soprano Renee Fleming, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and other opera elites in winning the 2013 Richard Tucker Award.

Carmen: Behind the Scenes with the Seattle Opera Children’s Chorus

9, 2013

A production of Carmen Seattle Opera Children’s Chorus features some serious multi-tasking by the performers.

A Musical Muppet Monday: A Spelling Lesson From Samuel Ramey

8, 2013

As long as Bugs Bunny and friends were on television, you could count on hearing melodies from The Barber of Seville, the 1812 Overture, Carmen, and Peer Gynt, delivered as only Mel Blanc could sing them.