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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.

Little Miss Mozart

Dorking - Name the child prodigy who composed an opera called 'The Sweeper of Dreams' at the age of six. Mozart? Try again, this musical genius is still around.

New York bus driver sings opera for passengers

New York - New York mass transit is not always known for its "extras" in terms of amenities as people shuffle in and out of subways and busses, but one Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus driver provides entertainment upon request.

Gibbons use same vocal techniques as soprano opera singers

Kyoto - A Japanese study has discovered that gibbons are able to master some of the same vocal techniques that sopranos use to make beautiful music.
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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.
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Puccini s  Turandot  opens the Royal Opera House s 2013-2014 season  with performances beginning Sep...
Puccini's 'Turandot' opens the Royal Opera House's 2013-2014 season, with performances beginning September 9th. The opera will run throughout the month before being revived in February and March, 2014. It'll also be broadcast live in cinemas on September 17th.
Johan Persson
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Vitas  Moscow
Vitas, Moscow
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(L-R) Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in the Canadian Opera Company ...
(L-R) Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in the Canadian Opera Company's production of 'Madama Butterfly', opening October 10th.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
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The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose.  The first revival of South Afr...
The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose." The first revival of South African artist William Kentridge's acclaimed production opens September 28. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
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Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company s 2006 production of Die Walküre.
Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company's 2006 production of Die Walküre.
Gary Beechey
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(l-r) Robert Gleadow as Guglielmo  Paul Appleby as Ferrando  Wallis Giunta as Dorabella and Layla Cl...
(l-r) Robert Gleadow as Guglielmo, Paul Appleby as Ferrando, Wallis Giunta as Dorabella and Layla Claire as Fiordiligi in the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
Michael Cooper
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Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce has sung a variety of roles in works by Mozart  Puccini  Massene...
Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce has sung a variety of roles in works by Mozart, Puccini, Massenet, Bizet, and Britten, among many others.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
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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.
bohuang.ca
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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
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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
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Jules Massenet s tragic opera  Manon  will be revived by the Royal Opera in January 2014.
Jules Massenet's tragic opera 'Manon' will be revived by the Royal Opera in January 2014.
ROH / Bill Cooper
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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
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A unique event on the sea.
A unique event on the sea.
Madam Butterfly
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Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. Deborah Warner s new production of t...
Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. Deborah Warner's new production of the opera, conducted by Valery Gergiev, opens the Met season on September 23, 2013. Photo: Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera
Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera
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The winners of this year s Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio singing competition (L-R): Aaron S...
The winners of this year's Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio singing competition (L-R): Aaron Sheppard, Dimitri Katotakis, COC General Manager Alexander Neef, and Charles Sy.
Michael Cooper
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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
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 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
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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
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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.
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