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Life, Death & Love: Puccini’s final opera Vancouver, BC – Colossal and colourful, spectacular and intimate—that’s a night at the opera as Vancouver Opera presents Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, the opening production of the company’s exciting 2017–2018 season. To stunning effect, Puccini’s final opera combines his musical mastery with a tale as old as time. Based on Persian legend, and set in ancient Beijing (Peking),Turandot is the dramatic story of an icy princess, emotionally imprisoned by her own vengeful cruelty, who sets herself and her people free when she opens her heart to love. Among the many highlights in Turandot is Calaf’s show-stopping aria “Nessun Dorma.” This…

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PREVIEW: Opera Saratoga’s new, full-out production of Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 musical masterpiece, The Cradle Will Rock; and INTERVIEWS: with director Lawrence Edelson and musical director John Mauceri. Though it’s remembered as a work of social protest and impassioned ideals, “nobody has experienced The Cradle Will Rock the way it was intended,” says celebrated musical director, educator and historian John Mauceri of composer/librettist Marc Blitzstein’s landmark 1937 opera. “It’s a piece that everybody knows, but nobody’s ever heard!” Point well taken. Ever since its famously unorthodox premiere, when an extraordinary concatenation of adversities forced a last-minute decision to present the work…

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St. John’s, June 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament (St. John’s East), today announced funding of $239,000 for Opera on the Avalon through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. Mr. Whalen made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. The funding will enable Opera on the Avalon to purchase specialized equipment that will give new audiences the opportunity to experience opera. The group plans to offer inclusive, multidisciplinary performances that are accessible to audiences in rural areas, Indigenous people, youth, minority-language communities, new arrivals and people with disabilities. Quotes “We know that investing in arts in culture helps…

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Opera in the Park: what better way to decolonize and democratize opera than to present it outdoors, for free, in a bustling local park? All you need is inspiration! Opera in the Park is an initiative of Productions Alma Viva, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting vocal music. Founder and artistic director Nadia Neiazy is gearing up to present a fourth consecutive edition of this event featuring an adaptation of a work from the operatic repertoire in Notre-Dame-de-Grace Park in NDG. Opera Outdoors? After years of talk of the imminent death of opera and prompted by concerns of audiences obstinately…

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Montreal, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – The Opéra de Montréal is proud to announce the appointment of two new administrators to its board of directors, and two new employees to its team. These appointments are effective immediately. The Opéra de Montréal is delighted with the arrival of two new administrators whose passion and commitment to the development of an opera community in Montreal are major contributions to the company: Ms. Elizabeth Wirth and Dr. François Loubert. Mr. Bernard Stotland, Chairman of the Opéra de Montréal’s board of directors, said he is “happy to see the Opéra’s family grow with the…

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Montreal, June 5 2017 – Presented by the Canadian Vocal Arts Institute (CVAI), the 14th edition of the Montreal Vocal Arts Festival offers you a privileged access to some of the most promising young singers around and world renowned teachers. No less than 44 young opera singers (35 women and 9 men) will be heard: 17 from Canada, 11 from the United States, 5 from Mexico, 4 from France, 2 from Taiwan and one each from China, Colombia, Russia, Serbia and South Korea. Each of them will perform in public and perfect his craft under the tutelage of artists and teachers from…

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June 5, 2017 (Ottawa) – From June 5-24, 2017, 64 talented young musicians from all around the world will embark on a three-week coaching and mentorship program during the 19th edition of the National Arts Centre’s Young Artists Program (YAP). This year, renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun, joins the all-star faculty, at the helm of its rigorous vocal program. Founded in 1999, by NAC Conductor Emeritus Pinchas Zukerman, the YAP features outstanding private instruction, chamber music coaching with additional career-related sessions and mentoring. This instruction includes performance opportunities such as public chamber music concerts, public master classes, closed works-in-progress sessions…

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This year’s Festival d’Opéra de Québec takes place from July 24 to August 5 in Quebec City. Now in its seventh year, the festival has garnered significant recognition, including at the 2012 Opus Awards, were it received prizes for Concert of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Artistic Director of the Year. This summer’s edition will kick off with the Opera Under the Stars Gala, a large, open-air event set against the historic backdrop of the courtyard of the Vieux-Séminaire de Québec and featuring eight singers. Headlining the festival is Louis Riel, an opera about the controversial Métis…

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Burbank, CA – May 31, 2017 –  Today, KCETLink Media Group – a leading national independent non-profit public broadcast and digital network – releases all 12 of the approximately 15-minute episodes of made-for-TV and online opera “VIREO: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser,” composed and conceived by Lisa Bielawa, at once for free, on-demand streaming at KCET.org/Vireo and LinkTV.org/Vireo, and on Apple TV and Roku. VIREO will make its world broadcast television premiere on Tuesday, June 13 at 8pm ET/PT on both KCET in Southern California and Link TV (DirecTV375 and Dish Network 9410) nationwide. Produced in partnership with Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center (GCAC), the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast will be a special edition…

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Wiikondiwin, meaning feasting or feast, is the title of Odawa composer Barbara Croall’s latest project, a commission by the Highlands Opera Studio in partnership with the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Valerie Kuinka, general director of the Highlands Opera Studio, approached Croall a number of years ago about the possibility of commissioning an opera. With funding from Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts: New Chapter associated with Canada’s Sesquicentennial, this year was an opportune time to pursue the project. It will be presented for the first time this August in a semi-staged performance. There is a…

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