Royal Opera House Receives Major Grant from The Julia Rausing Trust
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by David Salazar
51m ago
The Royal Opera House is one of the first recipients of The Julia Rausing Trust. The Trust was created to honor the memory of philanthropist Julia Rausing. The Trust will donate £100 million to UK charities and organizations in its first year. The Royal Opera House will receive a £10 million grant towards infrastructure upgrades to the ballet stage and other projects. “Julia Rausing was a dedicated patron and true lover of the arts, and we are extremely thankful for this generous grant in her memory, which will be providing vital funds needed to help us renew our stage infrastructure to deliv ..read more
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Barbara Hannigan, Karim Sulayman & Leah Hawkins Lead Park Avenue Armory’s 2024 Fall Season
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by Francisco Salazar
2h ago
The Park Avenue Armory has announced its fall 2024 recital series. The season opens with Beverly Sills Award-winning soprano Leah Hawkins with pianist Kevin Miller exploring her personal journey of self-acceptance and identity. They will perform works by Poulenc and Lili Boulanger as well as a collection of folk songs from various cultures. Performance Dates: Sept. 13 & 15, 2024 Tenor Karim Sulayman and guitarist Sean Shibe bring their Broken Branches program to the Board of Officers Room. The program will include music by Purcell, Dowland, Caccini, Monte ..read more
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Ópera de Colombia Owes Salaries Numerous Artists Since 2022
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by Francisco Salazar
2h ago
For two years, Ópera de Colombia has owed money to singers, assistants, and makeup artists. Led by director René Coronado, the company owes salaries to many artists from 2022; many artists owed money have publicly noted that they have yet to receive any response from the director. In an interview with W Radio back in May, tenor Julián Henao González said, “René lied to us. He took us to Colombia with lies, he told us that everything was fine. He asked us to pay for the travel tickets and told us that when we arrived in Colombia, he would reimburse us.” He added, “We trusted René because we had ..read more
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Jacquelyn Wagner Leads Festival della Valle d’Itria’s Production of ‘Norma’
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by Francisco Salazar
2h ago
The Festival della Valle d’Itria is set to open its 50th edition on July 17, 2024 with Bellini’s “Norma.” The opera, which will be presented at the Palazzo Ducale di Martina Franca, will see Bellini’s masterpiece in Roger Parker’s Ricordi edition. Fabio Luisi will conduct the new production by Nicola Raab. Jacquelyn Wagner sings the title role with soprano Valentina Farcas as Adalgisa and tenor Airam Hernandez as Pollione. The cast is rounded by Saori Sugiyama, Zachary McCulloch, and Goran Jurić. Marco Medved will lead the chorus. “Norma” will be performed four times and will run through July ..read more
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New York Philharmonic President & CEO Resigns
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by Francisco Salazar
5h ago
On Thursday, July 11, 2024, Gary Ginstling, the New York Philharmonic’s president and chief executive resigned. The resignation came as a surprise as he had been on the job for a year. In a statement, Ginstling said, “The New York Philharmonic is an extraordinary institution, and it has been an honor to be a part of it. However, it has become clear to me that the institution needs a different type of leadership, and I have tendered my resignation.” Ginstling took over the orchestra last year and saw the ensemble contract Gustavo Dudamel as the next Music Director. He also saw attendance strong ..read more
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Sidney Outlaw Headlines Greensboro Opera’s 2024-25 Season
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by David Salazar
16h ago
Greensboro Opera has unveiled its 2024-25 season. First up is “Don Giovanni” starring Sidney Outlaw in the title role, Branch Fields as Leporello, Melinda Whittington as Donna Anna, Roderick George as Don Ottavio, Samanta Anselmo as Donna Elvira, Amber Rose as Zerlina, Christian Blackburn as Masetto, and Donald Hartmann as the Commendatore. David Holley will conduct Mozart’s seminal work. All performances will take place at Huggins Performance Center at Greensboro College. Performance Dates: Oct. 24-27, 2024 Then comes a production of Tom Cipullo’s opera “Glory Denied.” Performance Dates ..read more
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Welsh National Opera Announces New General Directors & CEOs
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by David Salazar
16h ago
The Welsh National Opera has announced that Adele Thomas and Sarah Crabtree will be jointly taking on the role of General Director and CEO starting this coming January. Thomas has established herself as a major opera director who has led productions at Glyndebourne, Opernhaus Zürich, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the London Handel Festival, and Northern Ireland Opera. Her “Bazajet” at Irish National Opera and “Berenice” at ROH were both nominated for Best New Opera Production at the Olivier Awards. She will be directing a new Welsh National Opera production of “Rigoletto.” Meanwhile, Cr ..read more
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The Kennedy Center Announces ‘The Promise of US: Our Nation at 250’
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by David Salazar
16h ago
The Kennedy Center will present “The Promise of US: Our Nation at 250”  as part of its 2026 programming. “America has long been seen as a country that drives art forward, from generation to generation,” said Deborah F. Rutter, Kennedy Center President, in an official press statement. “We also recognize that our nation’s 250-year-old artistic identity is complex—embracing both individualism and the collective ‘We The People.’ Our intention with this thematic programming is to capture what the future holds for American culture. At its core, The Promise of US is a call to participate—we invi ..read more
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Konstantin Krimmel & Nicolai Ghiaurov Lead New CD/DVD Releases
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by Francisco Salazar
16h ago
Welcome back for this week’s look at the latest CD and DVD releases in the opera world. This week audiences will get a chance to listen to world premiere recordings, a rarely performed work and a legendary recording of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.” Ochre  Multiple-GRAMMY-winning ensemble The Crossing offers a new album born of cultural resonance, with new works by three of the most creative composers working today. The performances on “OCHRE” include works by George Lewis, Caroline Shaw, and Ayanna Woods. Navona Records releases the album led by conductor Donald Nally. Fiat Lux Pacific Symphon ..read more
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Scandinavia House to Present ‘Freydís and Gudrid’
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by David Salazar
16h ago
Scandinavia House in New York is set to present Jeffrey Leiser’s “Freydís and Gudrid,” an opera film, on July 16, 2024. The stage version of opera made its world premiere on May 1, 2018, at the Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York after which a vocal and orchestral chamber version of “Freydís and Gudrid” was performed and recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2019. For the next two years, composer  After this, the work began being converted into a film, which took two years to complete. Leiser wrote, composed, edited, directed, and produced the work alongside director of photography and visual eff ..read more
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