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This year Opéra de Montréal is betting on a young, all-Canadian cast to present their last opera of the season, La bohème. Five of the eight singers in the opera are part of the alumni of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.   The soprano France Bellemare – who portrays the lead role of Mimì – is the indisputable star of the show. She displayed great legato and good chemistry with conductor James Meena, who pulled out some magical moments by emphasizing nuances in the score. Bellemare’s strongest moments came in Mimì’s aria “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” and in the duet scene with Marcello interpreted…

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May 16, 2017 (Calgary, Alberta) – Today, Calgary Opera announced today the return of Opera in the Village, presented by Imperial, Canada’s only outdoor summer opera festival, in a brand-new location at ENMAX Park, featuring a main stage production of South Pacific by Rodgers & Hammerstein, a one-act opera of Cinderella based on music by Rossini & Massenet, a special performance featuring Brett Polegato, Baritone, and an array of free musical programming from the local arts community, over the span of two weekends. Opera in the Village will be held the weekends of August 10 – 13, and August 17 – 20, 2017. “Calgary Opera, along with Imperial, is excited to present Opera…

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This summer marks not only the 20th anniversary, but also the final season of “Bel Canto at Caramoor,” the program founded by Director of Opera Will Crutchfield to champion neglected bel canto operas and re-interpret familiar ones. To honor the program’s legacy, Caramoor launches the summer season with a gala selection of bel canto’s greatest hits in “A Night of Italian Opera” (June 17) and presents a semi-staged account of Bellini’s first bel canto masterpiece, Il pirata (July 8). Mounted in the superb acoustics of the outdoor Venetian Theater on Caramoor’s idyllic Westchester estate, both events feature the resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s and showcase the exceptional artistry of 2017 Artist-in-Residence Angela Meade – “the…

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Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur This week: a recital for cello with Elinor Frey (May 11), and the 6th instalment of the Schubert Sonata Cycle by pianist Mathieu Gaudet (May 14). Cinema du Parc With the growing enthusiasm around the world for the presentation of live operas at the cinema, the Cinema du Parc will be presenting unique live events this spring from the Gran Theater del Liceu in Barcelona. On 14 May, see the presentation of Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto, libretto by Piave and inspired by Victor Hugo. See the Duke of Mantua and his jester Rigoletto in a mise-en-scène with…

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PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly. Cio-Cio San (Yunah Lee). Lt. Pinkerton (Dominick Chenes). Sharpless (Michael Chioldi). Suzuki (Mika Shigematsu). Goro (Doug Jones). Stage Director: Garnett Bruce. Lighting Designer: James Sale. Austin Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Richard Buckley. Long Center for the Performing Arts. Austin, TX. April 29, 2017. One might think that the story of Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly is a little dated; the opera, composed in 1904, is based on a play by David Belasco written a few years earlier, and concerns the seduction of a Japanese geisha (Cio-Cio San) by an American sailor (Lt. Pinkerton). Pinkerton marries her but, unbeknownst to…

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LA BOHÈME UNDER THE STARS Opera simulcast on a giant screen at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, an event on the official program of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations Saturday, may 27, 2017, at 7:30 pm, FREE Montreal, Tuesday, May 2, 2017 — Bringing its season to a magnificent close, the Opéra de Montréal, through a partnership with The Society for the Celebration of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary, BMO Financial Group, the Montreal Alouettes, the Société de transport de Montréal, and the Orchestre Métropolitain, is especially delighted to be able to offer 15,000 people the opportunity to attend a free open-air operatic event at…

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A REVERIE: on Victor Herbert’s wonderful and terrifying children’s operatic dreamscape, Babes in Toyland, as presented and performed by MasterVoices (formerly the Collegiate Chorale), the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, and a large cast of principals at Carnegie Hall on April 27; with one additional performance scheduled at the Tilles Center of LIU Post in Brookville, New York on April 29, 2017 at 7 p.m. Dear Diary: On Thursday night, I visited Toyland! Or at least I woke up believing I did. It seemed so real, I’m going to talk to you about it like it really happened. But I guess…

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PREVIEW: of the new MasterVoices concert presentation of Babes in Toyland by Victor Herbert (Carnegie Hall, New York City, April 27, 2017 at 7 p.m.); and INTERVIEW: with MasterVoices’ musical director Ted Sperling. Long before Sondheim walked on the dark side with Into the Woods, or Disney began issuing its franchise line of tailored fairy-tale musicals, composer Victor Herbert and his Broadway posse had raided the nursery cradle, character-snatching a mother lode of Mother-Goose autochthons to populate the monumental 1903 operetta, Babes in Toyland. They’re all there – Mary Quite Contrary, Tom Tom the Piper’s Son, Little Bopeep, Jack, Jill,…

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INTERVIEW: with Lawrence Brownlee (and Opera Philadelphia general director David Devan). The busy life of one world-class tenor just got that much busier, and the American opera scene stands to benefit mightily by it. On March 30, Opera Philadelphia announced that renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee will be its newest “artistic advisor” – a role in which the artist will carry an impressive brief of prerogatives for advancing the programming, outreach, and project development of a company already regarded as among the most progressive, energetic and innovative in the country. Brownlee is, of course, an international performance star, appearing regularly on…

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The Kurt Weill Foundation is pleased to announce the fourteen young singer/actors named as finalists for the 20th annual Lotte Lenya Competition: Curtis Bannister (31, Green Bay, WI) Gan-ya Ben-gur Akselrod (29, Tel Aviv, ISR) Felipe Bombonato (28, Gainesville, FL) Molly Dunn (28, South Orange, NJ) Jasmine Habersham (27, Macon, GA) Michael Hewitt (26, Denver, CO) Philip Kalmanovitch (32, Ottawa, ON) Marie Oppert (19, Paris, FR) Tony Potts (24, Fargo, ND) Taylor Raven (25, Fayetteville, NC) Katherine Riddle (25, Annapolis, MD) Lisa Rogali (22, Bergenfield, NJ) Bradley Smoak (32, Cary, NC) Paulina Villareal (27, Torreón, MX) The contestants represent a…

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