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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

I appreciate this production of Così fan tutte; right or wrong, it does something unconventional while staying true to the story. The traditionalists bemoan this sort of thing, while the … Continue readingIn Review: Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Così fan tutte

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

Lyric Opera of Chicago has a special place for Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece I puritani in its collective memory; it was part of the company’s second season in 1955. Leading … 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

Seth Carico

“I live for opera’s honesty,” says Bass-baritone Seth Carico

For the first time, Minnesota Opera is putting on Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (2000), one of today’s most popular contemporary operas, and bass-baritone Seth Carico is leading the cast. … Continue reading“I live for opera’s honesty,” says Bass-baritone Seth Carico

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

This is a review of the Friday, December 8, 2017 performance of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Turandot, the second performance of the run. Lyric Opera of Chicago has spoiled us … 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

Gerald Finley

“Unmatched by any other art,” says Gerald Finley about Opera

Gerald Finley is one of opera’s finest artists. His exceptionally beautiful tone has made him one of the world’s top Mozart baritones, but he doesn’t only do Mozart; currently he … Continue reading“Unmatched by any other art,” says Gerald Finley about Opera

Lyric Opera of Chicago's The Pearl Fishers

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

I left the Lyric Opera House humming “Au fond du temple saint” after watching Lyric Opera of Chicago’s The Pearl Fishers, and I woke up the next morning to find … 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

Michael Mayes

Michael Mayes, from small town Texan to opera star

Michael Mayes is one of those performers whose portrayals stick with you. His tremendous successes in the world of American verismo opera, especially as Joseph de Rocher in Jake Heggie’s … Continue readingMichael Mayes, from small town Texan to opera star

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

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”