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Montreal, August 15, 2018 – The Opéra de Montréal is proud to announce an added performance of the opera Carmen by Bizet on May 13, 2019. This is an all-new production conceived and directed by renowned Quebec filmmaker Charles Binamé. After a more than 14-year absence from our stage, Carmen is already drawing great numbers of opera fans!  A first for filmmaker Charles Binamé Charles Binamé (director of, among others, Eldorado, Maurice Richard-The Rocket, and Heart of Stone) is directing his first opera, an experience he describes as “an unexpected dream come true for a director, given the extent to…

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PREVIEW: of the 2018 dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Summer Festival Season, “Mozart & Salieri,” at New York City’s LaMaMa (66 East 4th Street), August 11 through 26; and INTERVIEWS: with company founder and artistic director, maestro Chris Fecteau, and dell’Arte 2018 creative team members Brittany Goodwin and Catherine O’Shaughnessy. This company is ready to rumble. Call it the Thrilla from Vienna: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, that most bruited matchup of 18th Century musical titans, is slated for a redux this month – this time in 21st Century New York, courtesy of the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Grab a ringside seat.…

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REVIEW: of the 2018 Bard SummerScape production of Anton Rubinstein’s 1871 opera Demon; and INTERVIEW: with Dr. Leon Botstein (American Symphony Orchestra founder and SummerScape festival artistic director). A warning to all princes of the Caucasus – lock up your daughters! The devil is on the prowl, and he’s feeling amorous. Russian composer Anton Rubinstein’s 1871 opera, Demon, weaves a fascinating yarn of ultimate forbidden love. Based on an earlier, censored poem by Russian poetic genius Mikhail Lermontov, a demon (depicted as the very model of the proud, lonely, passionate Byronic tragic hero) finds himself smitten by the beauty of…

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New York, NY (July 31, 2018) – Matthew Rose has been appointed as the Artistic Consultant to the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, the company’s elite program for artists on the cusp of international opera careers. An acclaimed bass, Matthew Rose has sung at leading opera houses around the world, including the Met, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and English National Opera. He is an advisory member of the Mahler Foundation and has coached young singers at the National Opera Studio and the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program. In his new role,…

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A jobs & auditions website for opera singers has moved into providing courses for a group of artists traditionally poorly catered for in skills trainings and courses – dramatic singers. In early June this year The Opera Stage put on its first Summer Course for Dramatic Voices in Berlin. The one-week course was taught by pianist/coach Caroline Dowdle (Britten Pears School, Verbier International Music Festival, Royal Opera House Jette Parker Programme). Usually summer and short courses focus on lyric voices, due to the fact that a far greater proportion of young singers fit into these categories. The Opera Stage course allowed larger voiced singers a chance to come together and work intensively on their…

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July 18, 2018 (Calgary, Alberta) – Calgary Opera’s General Director and CEO, Keith Cerny, Ph.D., is delighted to announce distinguished Canadian tenor and broadcaster Ben Heppner, O.C., LL.D., as Honorary Chair of Calgary Opera’s new Legacy Society.  “Calgary Opera is deeply privileged to have Mr. Heppner serve as Honorary Chair of our Legacy Society”, said Keith Cerny.  “Mr. Heppner’s remarkable career serves as a model for Canadian singers achieving success at the world’s greatest opera houses, including his extraordinary performances in Calgary in 2012 as Captain Ahab in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s Moby-Dick.  He, better than almost anyone, understands…

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A warm summer evening at Domain Forget provided the setting for the premiere of Canadian baritone Phillippe Sly’s latest musical venture: Schubert’s Winterreise (A Winter Journey) Klezmer version. The show also marked the debut of his newly formed band “Le Chimera Project” featuring Karine Gordon (trombone), Jonathan Millette (violin) Samuel Carrier (accordion), Félix de l’Étoile (clarinet and bass clarinet) and Roy Rallo (staging). The band was formed about two years ago. Sly was inspired after hearing Samuel Carrier and Félix de l’Étoile perform one piece from Winterreise in an informal setting. He was also fascinated by the theme of an…

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Montreal, July 19, 2018 – André Pappathomas, well-known composer, choir director, and interdisciplinary artist, is launching an ambitious new project : La voix, espace public. Works of visual and sound art, concerts and public lectures dedicated to exploring and celebrating the human voice will be presented from August 30 to September 23, 2018. For the first time in the history of the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, both the gallery and concert spaces will be occupied by the same artist. “Visitors will have the opportunity to engage with and reflect on the unique communicative and expressive capacities of the human…

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Numerous bids are being made in this centennial year to redeem Leonard Bernstein’s three symphonies from their fatal flaws. None that I have heard makes a better fist of it than Antonio Pappano’s new set with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Pappano, who met Bernstein as his would-be repetiteur on an opera production, has a keen empathy for the composer’s melting-pot background. From first note to last, he tones down gestural excesses and desperate self-borrowings. The Rome orchestra plays like a Broadway pick-up band – Broadway usually recruited the best players in New York – and the soloists…

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REVIEW/PROFILE: of the Opera Saratoga 2018 mainstage production season: Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, David T. Little’s and Royce Vavrek’s Vinkensport, Gareth Williams’ and Anna Chatterton’s Rocking Horse Winner, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul; at the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, New York, through July 15. You’ve still got all of August for those good pulpy beach reads. Why not set aside a bit of July to savor a different delectus of juicy plotlines during the all too brief lyric holiday afforded by Opera Saratoga’s summer 2018 season, running only through July 15? This year’s programming is (almost) completely…

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