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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.
In the Media by Elke Nagy

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

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.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Mary Wisniewski (Reuters)

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".
In the Media by Michael Roddy (Reuters)

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 ...
In the Media by Georgina Prodhan (Reuters)

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...
In the Media by Jennie Matthew (AFP)

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.
Digital Journal Report by Markos Papadatos - 2 comments

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...
In the Media by Reuters

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.
In the Media by Reuters

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.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

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
In the Media by Dario THUBURN (AFP)

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.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy

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.
In the Media by Elodie CUZIN (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Alexander Baron

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.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Cate Kustanczy - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Micki Hogan - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Cate Kustanczy

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.
In the Media by Cate Kustanczy

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

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.
In the Media by Alexander Baron - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 5 comments

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.
In the Media by Darren Weir - 2 comments

'Madam Butterfly 3D' sailing on the QE2

When many minds across the pond will be fixed on Wimbledon in July, others will be focused on something entirely different - an event in 3D. Not only that, this movie will be featured on a ship made for a queen. As in the Queen Mary 2.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien - 1 comment

Facebook may buy Opera

Opera Software, the maker of the Opera and Opera Mini browsers, may be acquired by the social networking website, Facebook.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 1 comment

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died

The German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau has died, aged 86. He became a celebrated vocalist across the international stage.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Review: Move over Kanye West, Noah Stewart is here Special

London - If you listen to certain hip-hop artists, you may think mother is only half a word. There is though, an entirely different type of black performer out there.
Digital Journal Report by Alexander Baron - 2 comments
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Sir Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso (at right) with the COC Chorus in a scene from the Canadian Opera Co...
Chris Hutcheson
Sir Thomas Allen as Don Alfonso (at right) with the COC Chorus in a scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
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Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca  2012.
Michael Cooper
Carlo Ventre as Cavaradossi in the Canadian Opera Company production of Tosca, 2012.
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A scene from 2012 Opéra National de Bordeaux production.
Guillaume Bonnaud
A scene from 2012 Opéra National de Bordeaux production.
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Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues...
Chris Hutcheson
Isabel Bayrakdarian as Blanche de la Force in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites, 2013.
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Jules Massenet s tragic opera  Manon  will be revived by the Royal Opera in January 2014.
ROH / Bill Cooper
Jules Massenet's tragic opera 'Manon' will be revived by the Royal Opera in January 2014.
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The title character in Act I of Dmitri Shostakovich’s “The Nose.  The first revival of South Afr...
Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
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
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of  Dialogues des Carmélites   2013.
Michael Cooper
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of "Dialogues des Carmélites", 2013.
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Italian bass baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Quichotte onstage at the Mariinsky Theatre.
V. Baranovsky
Italian bass baritone Ferruccio Furlanetto as Don Quichotte onstage at the Mariinsky Theatre.
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Among the Merola Opera Program class of 2011 are (starting from the front row  from the left) Suchan...
Press photo courtesy of Merola Opera Program
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.
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A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of  Così fan tutte   2014.
Michael Cooper
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s new production of "Così fan tutte", 2014.
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Jonas Kaufmann makes his Met role debut as the title character in a new production of Massenet s  We...
Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera
Jonas Kaufmann makes his Met role debut as the title character in a new production of Massenet's "Werther," conducted by Alain Altinoglu and directed by Richard Eyre, which opens at the Met on February 18, 2014. Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera
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Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company s 2006 production of Die Walküre.
Gary Beechey
Clifton Forbis as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company's 2006 production of Die Walküre.
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Alice Coote as Dejanira and Eric Owens as Hercules in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chic...
Dan Rest
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.
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Hanna Schwarz (L) as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s prod...
Michael Cooper
Hanna Schwarz (L) as Herodias and Erika Sunnegårdh as Salome in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Salome, 2013.
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Director David McVicar s 2011 production of Charles-Francois Gounod s  Faust  will be revived by the...
ROH / Catherine Ashmore
Director David McVicar's 2011 production of Charles-Francois Gounod's 'Faust' will be revived by the Royal Opera House in April 2014.
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Ambur Braid as Adele and Peter Barrett as Dr. Falke in the Canadian Opera Company s new production o...
Michael Cooper
Ambur Braid as Adele and Peter Barrett as Dr. Falke in the Canadian Opera Company's new production of Johann Strauss II's "Die Fledermaus" from 2012.
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The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
The Long Night of Opera and Theater 2010 in Berlin
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A unique event on the sea.
Madam Butterfly
A unique event on the sea.
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Mariusz Kwiecien as Eugene Onegin and Anna Netrebko as Tatiana. Deborah Warner s new production of t...
Lee Broomfield/Metropolitan Opera
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
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If Neef’s relative youth to the position -he’s in his late thirties -renders him precocious (and...
Bo Huang
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.
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