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Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux on performing at the Met, her upcoming album, and her love of opera

Canadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux recently made her debut at the Met and is soon to release a new album. I am pleased to have been afforded the opportunity to speak … Continue readingCanadian contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux on performing at the Met, her upcoming album, and her love of opera

Vladimir Stoyanov

Bulgarian baritone Vladimir Stoyanov on opera, an “expression of the human condition”

I am thrilled that Bulgarian baritone Vladimir Stoyanov was able to take the time to answer a few of my questions about growing up in Bulgaria, performing at Covent Garden, … Continue readingBulgarian baritone Vladimir Stoyanov on opera, an “expression of the human condition”

Beth Morrison Projects: Next Generation

Beth Morrison Projects: Next Generation stars Emma O’Halloran, Michael Lanci, and Jennifer Williams

There’s no doubt about it – it’s a great time of year for lovers of contemporary opera! One of the world’s greatest producers of contemporary opera, Beth Morrison Projects, has … Continue readingBeth Morrison Projects: Next Generation stars Emma O’Halloran, Michael Lanci, and Jennifer Williams

Gerardo de la Torre

“I do opera because my heart demands nourishment,” says Baritone Gerardo de la Torre, recent first prize winner of Verismo Opera’s 30th Annual International Vocal Competition

Mexican baritone Gerardo de la Torre is one of opera’s exciting young up-and-comers. He recently tied for first prize at the prestigious Verismo Opera’s Annual International Vocal Competition. I am … Continue reading“I do opera because my heart demands nourishment,” says Baritone Gerardo de la Torre, recent first prize winner of Verismo Opera’s 30th Annual International Vocal Competition

Lyric Opera of Chicago's La Bohème

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s La bohème, 2019

Opera Sense recommended audio and video recordings of La bohème: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s La bohème returns to the stage following the tremendous success of its initial run earlier this … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s La bohème, 2019

Mark Campbell

“Music and words can take people places words alone can never approach,” says Librettist Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell is one of today’s leading opera librettists. A champion of contemporary opera, Campbell has written 28 librettos, the most popular of which is Silent Night, which won the … Continue reading“Music and words can take people places words alone can never approach,” says Librettist Mark Campbell

Lucas Meachem

“It’s an astounding feeling to become so close and intimate with a character like that,” says Baritone Lucas Meachem

Audiences can soon hear opera superstar and karaoke master Lucas Meachem singing on stage at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Minnesota Opera’s upcoming production of Massenet’s Thaïs. I … Continue reading“It’s an astounding feeling to become so close and intimate with a character like that,” says Baritone Lucas Meachem

Jennifer Williams

Director Jennifer Williams on Backwards from Winter, technology in opera, and her love of the art form

Director Jennifer Williams is making the opera world more exciting. Bringing a non-traditional voice to an art form drowning in the conventional, Williams is exploring the use of technology – … Continue readingDirector Jennifer Williams on Backwards from Winter, technology in opera, and her love of the art form

John Holiday

Countertenor John Holiday on Chichester Psalms, Crypt Sessions, and love of opera

Countertenor John Holiday is currently performing Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I am thrilled that John was willing to take the time to answer a few of … Continue readingCountertenor John Holiday on Chichester Psalms, Crypt Sessions, and love of opera

Benjamin Bernheim

Benjamin Bernheim on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Gounod’s Faust

French tenor Benjamin Bernheim will soon be making his U.S. debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago, singing the title role in Gounod’s Faust. I am thrilled that Benjamin was willing … Continue readingBenjamin Bernheim on Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Gounod’s Faust

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Così fan tutte

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Così fan tutte, 2018

Opera Sense recommended audio and video recordings, as well as musical score:   I appreciate this production of Così fan tutte; right or wrong, it does something unconventional while staying … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Così fan tutte, 2018

Lawrence Brownlee

“It can transport you into a different world,” says American Tenor Lawrence Brownlee about Opera

American tenor Lawrence Brownlee is a renowned interpreter of many of the great bel canto roles, but he is doing equally important work off the stage as well: currently serving … Continue reading“It can transport you into a different world,” says American Tenor Lawrence Brownlee about Opera

Chicago Opera Theater's Elizabeth Cree

In Review: Chicago Opera Theater’s Elizabeth Cree, 2018

What happens when you mix together a thrilling story, a sleek set, captivating orchestration, a short playing time, and a tight libretto? You get Elizabeth Cree. Elizabeth Cree is a … Continue readingIn Review: Chicago Opera Theater’s Elizabeth Cree, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago's I puritani

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s I puritani, 2018

Opera Sense recommended recordings of I puritani:   Lyric Opera of Chicago has a special place for Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I puritani in its collective memory; it was part … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s I puritani, 2018

Enrique Mazolla

Enrique Mazzola on I Puritani at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Following last year’s tremendous success, Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola is returning to Chicago to conduct Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I Puritani at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Maestro Mazzola conducted Donizetti’s … Continue readingEnrique Mazzola on I Puritani at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Janai Brugger

“It’s just the ultimate expression of passion and storytelling,” says Janai Brugger, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s next Liù

Janai Brugger will soon make her debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the role of Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. Janai will be playing the role for the five performances … Continue reading“It’s just the ultimate expression of passion and storytelling,” says Janai Brugger, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s next Liù

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Turandot

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, 2017

Opera Sense recommended recordings of Turandot:   This is a review of the Friday, December 8, 2017 performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, the second performance of the run. … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, 2017

Andrea Mastroni

Andrea Mastroni on his Met debut, upcoming album, and most challenging role

Everything is going right for Italian bass Andrea Mastroni; he debuted at the Met earlier this year, he’s releasing his first album soon, and he’s receiving rave reviews left and … Continue readingAndrea Mastroni on his Met debut, upcoming album, and most challenging role

Andrea Carè

Andrea Carè on Don Carlo, Don José, and his passion for opera

Italian tenor Andrea Carè heard his first opera when he was 19. Despite his late start, Carè’s beautiful voice and superb musicality helped him catch the eye of legendary tenor … Continue readingAndrea Carè on Don Carlo, Don José, and his passion for opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago's The Pearl Fishers

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, 2017

Opera Sense recommended recordings of The Pearl Fishers:   I left the Lyric Opera House humming “Au fond du temple saint” after watching Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, 2017

Adam Plachetka

Adam Plachetka on Figaro, studio recording, and role preparation

Adam Plachetka is an exciting young performer who will soon be playing the title role in the Met’s run of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. The Czech bass-baritone is renowned … Continue readingAdam Plachetka on Figaro, studio recording, and role preparation

Eric Owens

Bass-baritone Eric Owens on Wotan, other roles, and his love of opera

Bass-baritone Eric Owens is one of those guys whom everyone likes – and it’s so easy to understand why! He’s one of the most sought-after artists in the opera world, … Continue readingBass-baritone Eric Owens on Wotan, other roles, and his love of opera

Marina Rebeka

Latvian Soprano Marina Rebeka on The Pearl Fishers, Rossini, and Upcoming Debuts

Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka will soon be playing the mysterious priestess Leïla in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Mozart and Rossini expert has an active concert … Continue readingLatvian Soprano Marina Rebeka on The Pearl Fishers, Rossini, and Upcoming Debuts

Daron Hagen

Composer Daron Hagen on Orson Rehearsed, 9/10, The Deputy, and his love of opera

Daron Hagen does it all: he is a composer, dramaturge, director, teacher, and mentor. He is one of those artists who speaks truth to power, and audiences delight in the … Continue readingComposer Daron Hagen on Orson Rehearsed, 9/10, The Deputy, and his love of opera

Russell Thomas

“It’s the culmination of all the arts,” says Russell Thomas about opera

American tenor Russell Thomas is one of the world’s leading interpreters of Verdi roles. By no means does he limit himself to Verdi, however; recently, he completed a magnificent run … Continue reading“It’s the culmination of all the arts,” says Russell Thomas about opera

Lisette Oropesa

Lisette Oropesa on Lucia, Hansel and Gretel, and her love of opera

Soprano Lisette Oropesa has been lighting up the great stages of the world for the last 10 years. The Cuban-American soprano is currently working her magic at the Royal Opera … Continue readingLisette Oropesa on Lucia, Hansel and Gretel, and her love of opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago's Die Walküre

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre, 2017 – “A stunning set, gorgeous orchestral colors, and exquisite vocal performances”

The opening of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre was a thrilling spectacle to behold. Operagoers who were fortunate enough to experience the five-hour event were spellbound by a stunning set, … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Die Walküre, 2017 – “A stunning set, gorgeous orchestral colors, and exquisite vocal performances”

Mark Adamo

“Your life in music is yours alone to create,” says composer Mark Adamo

Mark Adamo is one of today’s most exciting opera composers. His first major work, Little Women, was composed for Houston Grand Opera nearly 20 years ago. Since that time there … Continue reading“Your life in music is yours alone to create,” says composer Mark Adamo

Jacques Imbrailo

“Few things move us as music does, and to be part of that is a gift,” says Jacques Imbrailo, Minnesota Opera’s next Count Almaviva

Baritone Jacques Imbrailo will soon be playing Count Almaviva in Minnesota Opera’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). Imbrailo, a renowned interpreter of Benjamin Britten’s … Continue reading“Few things move us as music does, and to be part of that is a gift,” says Jacques Imbrailo, Minnesota Opera’s next Count Almaviva

opera by country

Opera by country – the 10 countries around the globe with the most opera!

Where in the world should you go if you want to watch opera? Here is a list of the 10 best locations around the globe for opera: opera by country. … Continue readingOpera by country – the 10 countries around the globe with the most opera!

Rosa Feola

“Chicago welcomed me with such an enthusiasm that I was suddenly in love with the people!” says Rosa Feola, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Gilda

It was one of those moments when the entire audience was enraptured. It was during Rosa Feola’s “Caro nome” in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s latest production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. I … Continue reading“Chicago welcomed me with such an enthusiasm that I was suddenly in love with the people!” says Rosa Feola, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Gilda

Christine Goerke

“When the downbeat happens, for a few hours, it’s magic,” says Christine Goerke, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s next Brünnhilde

Christine Goerke is one of today’s most sought after opera stars for the roles of Brünnhilde and Elektra, but her massive sound and assortment of colors aren’t limited to these … Continue reading“When the downbeat happens, for a few hours, it’s magic,” says Christine Goerke, Lyric Opera of Chicago’s next Brünnhilde

Orphée et Eurydice

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Orphée et Eurydice, 2017

Right before I went to see Orphée et Eurydice at Lyric Opera of Chicago, I dug out my copy of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and re-read the tragic tale. It has a … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Orphée et Eurydice, 2017

Famous arias - Lyric Opera of Chicago's Rigoletto

In Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto, 2017 – “It was simply and unequivocally a triumphant opening of a spectacular production”

Last night I was reminded of what happens when opera is done right – very right. The opening performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto was a masterfully executed, well-rounded tour … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rigoletto, 2017 – “It was simply and unequivocally a triumphant opening of a spectacular production”

Craig Colclough

“Music has the power to communicate far more complex thoughts,” says Bass-Baritone Craig Colclough

Minnesota audiences get to see Craig Colclough again this season – in only a few days! This time it’s in an opera you’re probably familiar with: Donizetti’s perennial favorite Don … Continue reading“Music has the power to communicate far more complex thoughts,” says Bass-Baritone Craig Colclough

Riccardo Massi

“Nothing else gives me those chills,” says Riccardo Massi about Opera

Riccardo Massi loves action and opera. This stuntman-gone-opera singer is currently finishing up a very successful run in LA Opera’s Carmen. We feel fortunate that he was willing to take … Continue reading“Nothing else gives me those chills,” says Riccardo Massi about Opera

Annalisa Stroppa

Annalisa Stroppa on Opera, Artistry, and Upcoming Engagements

There’s hardly an opera house in Europe that hasn’t worked with mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa. Born in a small town in Northern Italy, Stroppa grew up playing the piano, and after … Continue readingAnnalisa Stroppa on Opera, Artistry, and Upcoming Engagements

Saimir Pirgu

“Without music, mankind would be very poor or might not even exist,” says Tenor Saimir Pirgu

Saimir Pirgu is one of those talents that seemed destined for greatness from the very beginning. Pavarotti discovered him when Pirgu was only 19. He went on to study many … Continue reading“Without music, mankind would be very poor or might not even exist,” says Tenor Saimir Pirgu

Heartbeat Opera

“The most beautiful thing humanity can achieve,” says Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Director Ethan Heard about Opera

Heartbeat Opera is breathing new life into the 400+ year old art form. This weekend, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to take in the company’s Spring Festival. Believe me … Continue reading“The most beautiful thing humanity can achieve,” says Heartbeat Opera Co-Artistic Director Ethan Heard about Opera

Edward Parks

“This piece is all about the relationships,” says Edward Parks, Marcello in Minnesota Opera’s La bohème

Edward Parks is a baritone in high demand. His “warm, velvety baritone” (Opera News) voice has been heard on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Lyric Opera … Continue reading“This piece is all about the relationships,” says Edward Parks, Marcello in Minnesota Opera’s La bohème

Jonathan Brandani

Meet Minnesota Opera’s New Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani!

Last month I had the unique privilege of sitting down with Minnesota Opera’s new Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani. Jonathan is a young, affable, and wonderfully delightful Italian conductor who has … Continue readingMeet Minnesota Opera’s New Assistant Conductor, Jonathan Brandani!

Matthew Polenzani

“It’s simply one of the most beautiful art forms in the world,” says Opera Superstar Matthew Polenzani

Matthew Polenzani is one of today’s opera superstars – he has sung it all and performed everywhere, all to great acclaim. He has a voice that today’s young artists know, … Continue reading“It’s simply one of the most beautiful art forms in the world,” says Opera Superstar Matthew Polenzani

Craig Bohmler's Riders of the Purple Sage

“The story seemed to ‘sing’ from the very first pages,” says Craig Bohmler, Composer of Arizona Opera’s Riders of the Purple Sage

Few things in the opera world can compare to the excitement surrounding a world premiere, so the atmosphere at Arizona Opera is currently absolutely electrifying! Audience members will soon have … Continue reading“The story seemed to ‘sing’ from the very first pages,” says Craig Bohmler, Composer of Arizona Opera’s Riders of the Purple Sage

Andrew Wilkowske

“Opera can do something that no other art form can do,” says Andrew Wilkowske, the Fugitive in Chicago Opera Theater’s The Invention of Morel

Chicago Opera Theater has done it again: they’ve put together a stellar cast for yet another groundbreaking world premiere. The Invention of Morel, by Stewart Copeland, former drummer for the … Continue reading“Opera can do something that no other art form can do,” says Andrew Wilkowske, the Fugitive in Chicago Opera Theater’s The Invention of Morel