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"The Machine" in Das Rheingold. Photo by Ken Howard, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of National CineMedia.

Wagner Marathon in Anchorage — But What About Local Opera?

It’s not often that Alaskans get to see Wagnerian opera, much less the full Ring cycle in one sweep, but this week and next, the Metropolitan Opera is beaming all four Wagner Ring operas to cinemas around the world, including to the Century 16 Cinema in Anchorage. Ring-nuts rejoice! ...more...

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Have Snow Will Sing: Another Writer Looks at Minnesota’s Thriving Art Scene

I love Minnesota. Really I do.  Despite the first couple years of my life having been in sunny Puerto Rico, I somehow ended up developing a tolerance for our bitter cold weather. Granted, I am writing this in the middle of a gorgeous spring afternoon, so it’s easy to talk kindly of our climate at the moment.

It has crossed my mind in the past that our state’s frigidity is the very …more…

Celena Shafer in the 2001 producion of  "Il sogno di Scipione;" photo by Richard Termine, culled from the Gotham Chamber Opera web site.

Gotham Chamber Opera Celebrates Tenth Anniversary with Mozart Revival

Fittingly, Gotham Chamber Opera in New York City has come full circle since its debut production of W.A. Mozart’s one-act opera Il sogno di Scipione during the 2001-02 season. Fast forward 10 years to April 11, 2012, when the opera company will stage a revival of the work at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College.

Celena Shafer in the 2001 producion of "Il sogno di Scipione;" photo …more…

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University Opera Theatre Presents Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” in Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan’s University Opera Theatre will be presenting a production of “The Rake’s Progress,”  featuring music by Igor Stravinsky, and libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman. There will be four performances at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre in Ann Arbor, spanning March 22-25. Please visit the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance events page here for more details.

Stravinsky’s 1951 opera, considered to be one of …more…

Mill city - star tribune photo by David Brewster

A Midsummer Night’s Opera: Pagliacci in the Ruins of a Flour Mill

South 2nd Street and Chicago Avenue is already a great destination for those seeking cultural enrichment and a top notch entertaining time in downtown Minneapolis.  Guthrie Theater, Sea Change Restaurant, Mill City Museum – take your pick. But if you’re planning an outing for mid-July of 2012, be sure to factor in a new attraction: Mill City Summer Opera. ...more...

David Daniels and Joyce DiDonato in "The Enchanted Island."  Photo by Nick Heavican/Met Opera, culled from the Met Opera website..

Sonic Revelry: New Year’s Eve in NYC

If you’re a classical music lover who will be in New York City on New Year’s Eve, perhaps Times Square isn’t on the top of your list of destinations for revelry. Here are three more than viable options for your last concert experience of 2011 ...more...

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Opera Colorado Brings Mozart to the Mile High City in 2012

Opera Colorado’s upcoming 2012 season is scheduled to kick off with an Italian opera, composed by an Austrian legend; Mozart’s inimitable The Marriage of Figaro. It has been seven years since the company’s last performance of the well known classic. The four scheduled performance are to span two weeks this February. ...more...

Image couretesy of Dark Sisters' Vimeo page.

A Provocative Preview: Gotham Chamber Opera and Composer Nico Muhly Present Dark Sisters

An October 13 performance at the New York City venue Le Poisson Rouge, entitled  “Gotham Chamber Opera and Nico Muhly Conspire,”  often felt like an insurrection of sorts—if not against institutional opera per se—against an attitude of sterile gentility and divisive pretention.  One part eclectic recital, one part season preview, Gotham Chamber Opera presented an intimate set of disparate songs and provocative performances, all while promoting the upcoming world premiere …more…