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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 be returning to her hometown of Chicago to debut at Lyric Opera of Chicago in the role of Liù in Puccini’s Turandot. Janai replaces Maria Agresta … 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”

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

Carl Tanner

“Most of all what I love about opera is the music,” says tenor Carl Tanner

You know those people who study Classics in college and then embark upon careers in finance? Well, here’s a new one for you: Carl Tanner went from being a bounty … Continue reading“Most of all what I love about opera is the music,” says tenor Carl Tanner

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

Tai Oney

A Refugee Trapped in an Airport, Countertenor Tai Oney discusses Opera Parallèle’s Flight

San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle is one of the hottest young opera companies in the nation. Since 2007, the company has focused on producing contemporary opera in intimate settings. Next week, … Continue readingA Refugee Trapped in an Airport, Countertenor Tai Oney discusses Opera Parallèle’s Flight

Robin Johannsen

“I love how great music can transport you,” says Robin Johannsen, American Soprano

American soprano Robin Johannsen is one of the great interpreters of Baroque opera. This Philadelphia native has spent the majority of her career on the great stages of Europe, including … Continue reading“I love how great music can transport you,” says Robin Johannsen, American Soprano

Peter Rothstein

Peter Rothstein, Director of Minnesota Opera’s Diana’s Garden, talks about this forgotten work

So you haven’t heard of Diana’s Garden by Vicente Martín y Soler? That’s OK; nobody else has either. Although it was immensely popular in its day, Diana’s Garden has all … Continue readingPeter Rothstein, Director of Minnesota Opera’s Diana’s Garden, talks about this forgotten work