CHICAGO – When a major opera company produces a show like Rodgers and Hammerstein's “The Sound of Music,” it had better offer something different — and better — than the usual standard. In its current production of the popular favorite, Lyric Opera …
Saturday afternoon’s live-streamed Inside Opera event united all seven of the UK’s publicly funded opera houses in an unprecedented collaboration that aimed to introduce new audiences to the art form. Hosted by Kirsten O’Brien, it featured live discussion and music, linkups to opera around the country, and prerecorded films looking at different aspects of creating […]
Harvey’s Depot, LewesHarrison Birtwistle’s 1969 opera returns to the Brighton festival as part of his 80th birthday celebrations, and much of its aggressive unpredictability remains Premiered on the West Pier during the 1969 Brighton festival, Harrison Birtwistle‘s early music-theatre piece returns for this year’s event as part of the celebrations surrounding the composer’s 80th birthday. This time […]
The Royal Opera’s music director on elitism, overwork, Beyoncé and why conductors are like football managers Antonio Pappano, 54, is bringing his Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome to London and Birmingham for three concerts this month. Nowadays you get described as an "opera conductor and TV personality". Does it […]
Opera company reveals plans for new Mozart, Verdi and Monteverdi, while Richard Farnes’s tenure is to culminate in summer 2016 with a series of complete Ring cycles in concert stagings New productions of La Traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and the company’s first ever staging of The Coronation of Poppea will be the centrepieces of […]
For his first opera, Frank McGuinness has turned Sophocles’s Oedipus trilogy into a single piece. He explains how his own family and politics helped him tap into Thebans’ themes of vengeance and murder I’m a relative newcomer to opera.Seeing films some years ago of Carmen and Don Giovanni whetted my appetite for this music because […]
We Love Arts: The Threepenny Opera. Polly Peachum (Erin Driscoll) and Lucy Brown (Rick Hammerly) vie for the love of Macheath in “The Threepenny Opera,” now playing at Signature Theatre through June 1, 2014.
Uncut look at an actor’s death defiant scene! Behind the scenes on the set of Phantom of the Opera one celebrity almost drowns in this uncut scene. For more …