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Wagner legend is brought to life by a fast-rising star Special

Toronto - New Jersey native Christine Goerke may be making her role debut as a legendary Wagner heroine soon, but she's still a tweeting, Skyping wife and mom who thinks size has nothing to do with sex appeal.

The Canadian Opera Company balances old and new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company moves into daring territory with its 2015-2016 season, announced this past week. A mix of old favorites and new works dominates a season characterized by bold new choices and old favorites.

Riot police clash with protesters at La Scala opening night

Milan - The glamourous season opener at Milan's Scala opera house was marred Sunday by clashes between riot police and protesters which left two wounded.Around 300 demonstrators, using banners reading "fight the power" and "we resist!

Canada's opera stars of tomorrow shine at 'Centre Stage' Special

Toronto - Young opera talent was celebrated recently in Toronto at the Canadian Opera Company's annual vocal competition. Hometown favorites made up two of the three final winners, but the evening, overall, was a great showcase for Canada's impressive opera talent.

Paris Opera expels veiled woman during performance

Paris - France's government is drawing up a new set of rules for theatres after the Paris Opera ejected a woman for wearing a veil during a performance, the institution's deputy director said Sunday.

Youthful passion fuels 'Madama Butterfly' Special

Toronto - Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” has been accused of racism, misogyny, and gross stereotyping. But at its heart, the opera is really about the passion of youth, and the consequences of choice.

Sex, drink, food, and trouble: Verdi's Falstaff lives large Special

Toronto - Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley says the timing’s right to make his debut as one of opera’s biggest and most beloved party boys.

An Australian Indigenous Opera: A sonorous milestone

Melbourne - Today, a major public presentation of Australia’s inaugural Indigenous opera, Pecan Summer, will take place in Melbourne's Federation Square.

Opera Australia sacks soprano over anti-gay slur

Sydney - Leading soprano Tamar Iveri on Monday had her contract torn up by Opera Australia for "unconscionable" anti-gay comments posted on her Facebook page that sparked a storm of protest.

The Canadian Opera Company says 'Olé!' to Don Quichotte Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company will be staging Jules Massenet’s 1910 work 'Don Quichotte' for the first time in its history. Along with being a company premiere, it marks the Canadian debut of the work's celebrated lead vocalist.

Grim's Dyke: an English Manor House Special

London - Grim's Dyke is a splendid Victorian manor house and estate located in North London. It was the home to a celebrated musician; used for many movie productions; and it is now a hotel. Digital Journal paid a visit.

Chicago opera scene hits high note with loyal audiences

The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria.

Soprano Netrebko pulls out of 'not right' London 'Faust'

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has pulled out of a mostly sold-out production in April of Gounod's opera "Faust" at the Royal Opera House in London, saying that "the role is not right for me".

Kardashian confronts tradition at elite Vienna ball

At 24, Olga Goreglyad is a veteran of society balls around Europe but her ambition will not be fulfilled until she dances on Thursday night as a debutante at Vienna's Opera Ball - something celebrity ...

Superstar Placido Domingo lights up NYC Opera tribute

New York - Placido Domingo, one of opera's most popular superstars, went back to his roots late Friday to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the now defunct New York company that launched his career.Since its first performance in 1944 the beloved New York City Ope...

Review: Alexander Kariotis and Rock Opera Orchestra soar on new album Special

Rock and opera singer, the ever-talented Alexander Kariotis and his Rock Opera Orchestra released his brand new studio album on February 4, 2014.

Opera Software says Skyfire's expectations were too high

Norway's Opera Software now expects to pay $35 million less than anticipated for Skyfire, a video and data compression technology firm bought in February 2013, as sales underperformed the unit's own expectations, the company said on Tu...

Opera Software says Skyfire expectations were too high

Norway's Opera Software now expects to pay $35 million less than anticipated for Skyfire, a video and data compression technology firm bought in February 2013, as sales have been disappointing, the company said on Tuesday.

Atom Egoyan schools opera audiences on love and fidelity Special

Toronto - Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi fan tutte revolves around a deceptively simple premise of altered identities. Dig deeper, however, and it's a thought-provoking work about relationships and the trust and deceit that color our romantic connections and illusions.

Italy's mild maestro Abbado dies after stellar career

Rome - Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, who pushed to open the music world to a wider public and was loved by orchestras for his gentle manner, died on Monday after a stellar career that took him to La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Ph

The Canadian Opera Company: Something old, plenty new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company announced its 2014-2015 season in a splashy evening event at the Four Seasons Center Wednesday night in Toronto.

Brokeback Mountain, the opera, makes world premiere

Madrid - "Brokeback Mountain", the Oscar-winning epic about the relationship between two cowboys in the American West, is coming to the stage as an opera, with a world premiere in Madrid this month.

Who was George Lloyd?

Penzance - The British composer George Lloyd was born in 1913. His opera "Iernin" has been performed this year for the first time since 1935.

Review: Dialogues Of The Carmelites offers fear, faith, and grace Special

Toronto - Francis Poulenc's "Dialogues des Carmélites" examines the role of faith in the face of a mob. It doesn't offer a happy ending, but it does provide a powerful opera experience. The current Canadian Opera Company production runs now through May 25th.

Pushing Toronto opera audiences into new territory Special

Toronto - Alexander Neef, General Director of the Canadian Opera Company, recently announced the company’s 2013-2014 season. It expresses not only a vision for the COC, but of opera's role in the cultural fabric of Canada's largest city.

Review: Egoyan's Salome — Gruesome, thrilling, and a great orchestra Special

Toronto - Richard Strauss' 1905 opera 'Salome' has all the elements of great opera: intense drama, a soaring score, challenging vocal lines. The current Toronto production, directed by Atom Egoyan, adds a modern twist.

Anna Nicole Smith opera makes its New York debut

New York - The opera that highlights the life of Anna Nicole Smith will make its American debut this year. The New York Opera announced today that "Anna Nicole" is scheduled for the 2013-2014 season.

Royal Opera House 2013/2014 season: New, old, bold and beloved

London - The Royal Opera House recently announced their 2013-2014 season. Among the highlights are seven new productions, a celebration of the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss, and live cinema broadcasts transmission from September through to June 2014.

Next up at the Met: Levine, Russians, The Nose (but no Wagner)

New York - The 2013-2014 Metropolitan Opera season has been announced. With six new productions, twenty revivals, and the return of James Levine, it'll be a season worth watching. General Director Peter Gelb just hopes you do some of that watching in person.

Video: Operatic parody of PSY's Gangnam Style from Slovenia

Ljubljana - It just wouldn't be the end of 2012, without just one more Gangnam Style parody. This time we have an operatic version, all the way from Slovenia.
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Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  2012.
Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
Michael Cooper
Johan Reuter as Wotan and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production o...
Johan Reuter as Wotan and Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Die Walküre', 2015.
Michael Cooper
Mark Delavan as Scarpia (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  201...
Mark Delavan as Scarpia (centre) in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
Michael Cooper
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome  2013.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013.
Chris Hutcheson
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
Among the Merola Opera Program class of 2011 are (starting from the front row  from the left) Suchan...
Among the Merola Opera Program class of 2011 are (starting from the front row, from the left) Suchan Kim, Deborah Nansteel, Elizabeth Zharoff, Xi Whang, and Scott Quinn. In Back Row (from the left) are: Marina Boudart Harris, Cooper Nolan, Guodong Feng, Laura Krumm and Joo Won Kang.
Press photo courtesy of Merola Opera Program
A scene from 2012 Opéra National de Bordeaux production.
A scene from 2012 Opéra National de Bordeaux production.
Guillaume Bonnaud
COC Music Director Johannes Debus and COC General Director Alexander Neef in R. Fraser Elliott Hall ...
COC Music Director Johannes Debus and COC General Director Alexander Neef in R. Fraser Elliott Hall at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 2013.
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Marina Rebeka as Violetta. Photo from  La Traviata  (Lyric Opera of Chicago  2013)
Marina Rebeka as Violetta. Photo from 'La Traviata' (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2013)
Todd Rosenberg
If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and...
If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and, paired with a decidedly continental-European approach, perhaps even arrogant) to some critics, it also affords him varying degrees of confidence, curiosity, and casualness. He’s good at what he does, he’s ready to try new things, and he doesn’t mind pushing audiences into new, unfamiliar territory.
Bo Huang
Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from  Maometto II  (Sante Fe Opera  2012).
Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II. Photo from 'Maometto II' (Sante Fe Opera, 2012).
Ken Howard
Hanna Schwarz (L) as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s prod...
Hanna Schwarz (L) as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013.
Michael Cooper
Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues...
Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites, 2013.
Chris Hutcheson
 Maybe I’m going for the perceived ‘older guys’ when I still have a lot of youthful energy   s...
"Maybe I’m going for the perceived ‘older guys’ when I still have a lot of youthful energy," says Finley with a smile. "I’m not exactly young — I’m in my mid 50s — but it’s something I hope I can sustain for a long time. The youthful aspect of my stage work is great, but I can’t do those younger roles forever."
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
Michael Cooper
A scene from the 2011 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart s  The Marriage of Figaro   which will ...
A scene from the 2011 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart's 'The Marriage of Figaro', which will be part of the COC's 2015-2016 season. "Mozart is key, like the core of the core," Neef says. "(His work is) the most human and he never judges his characters." ( L-R, Genia Kühmeier as the Countess, Katija Dragojevic as Cherubino and Marlis Petersen as Susanna)
Monika Rittershaus
Director David McVicar s 2011 production of Charles-Francois Gounod s  Faust  will be revived by the...
Director David McVicar's 2011 production of Charles-Francois Gounod's 'Faust' will be revived by the Royal Opera House in April 2014.
ROH / Catherine Ashmore
Italian bass baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Quichotte onstage at the Mariinsky Theatre.
Italian bass baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Quichotte onstage at the Mariinsky Theatre.
V. Baranovsky
Alice Coote as Dejanira and Eric Owens as Hercules in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chic...
Alice Coote as Dejanira and Eric Owens as Hercules in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) co-production of George Frideric Handel's "Hercules" from 2011 (LOC); the production will open in Toronto in April 2014.
Dan Rest
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of  Così fan tutte   2014.
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
Michael Cooper