October 2, 2018

Baritone Željko Lučić will return to the Metropolitan Opera this season, singing Jack Rance in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West beginning October 4th. This will be Mr. Lučić's 15th role with the opera house, since his debut in 2006 as Barnaba in Ponchielli's La Gioconda. 

September 25, 2018

Conductor Stephen Lord will join forces with Soprano Renée Fleming and the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra to present a gala concert for the beginning of the 2018-19 season. The evening will include a special appearance by Victoria Jaiani and Dylan Gutierrez of Chicago’s renowned Joffrey Ballet performing a pas de deux from Swan Lake.

September 21, 2018

Baritone William Sharp will perform J.S. Bach's Cantatas 87, 154, and selected arias in a concert with the Dryden Ensemble on October 20th and 21st. Alongside mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith and tenor Jason McStoots, Mr. Sharp will perform these lesser-known masterpieces with the Dryden Ensemble, made up of 9 members, all performing on period instruments.

September 19, 2018

Soprano Jamilyn Manning-White will perform at the Heartbeat Opera's annual Halloween gala, in three performances on October 26th (8pm) and 27th (7pm and 10pm). The concert will also feature bass-baritone John Taylor Ward, soprano Nicolette Mavroleon, and contralto Sara Couden. Heartbeat Opera’s resident chamber ensemble, Cantata Profana, will provide the orchestration under the music direction of Jacob Ashworth and Daniel Schlosberg.

September 14, 2018

Cellist Colin Carr returns to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra for a concert of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, and works by Vaughan Williams and Leoš Janáček on September 12th. Says Mr. Carr, "It’s nice to build a relationship with any orchestra, but this one really holds a special place in my affection. It’s also so nice to develop personal friendships with some of the members of the orchestra with whom I stay in touch".

September 14, 2018

Mezzo-Soprano Marietta Simpson is preparing for the world premiere of Lembit Beecher's Sky on Swings, which opens Opera Philadelphia's O18 festival. The opera was chosen as one of the New York Times fall picks in the Classical Fall Preview, alongside companies like Odyssey Opera, whose "La Reine de Saba" features Kara Shay Thomson and Matthew DiBattista. 

September 11, 2018

Violist and composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama joined with the Dover Quartet to perform her composition "Primal Message," for viola quintet, string quintet and second viola, during this year's Chamber Music Northwest festival. The composer was interviewed about her creative process, both as a composer and interpreter. 

September 11, 2018

Bass-Baritone Nathan Stark is performing the role of the Pasha Selim in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, to open Opera San Jose's 2018-19 season. The production runs from September 15-30th, at the California Theatre, and is conducted by George Manahan. 

September 7, 2018

Soprano Kara Shay Thomson and Baritone Matthew Worth have been highlighted in the Boston Globe's "Classical Music Picks" for the fall of 2018. Ms. Thomson will sing the title role in the US premiere of Gounod's La reine de Saba with Odyssey Opera, and Mr. Worth will sing Figaro in The Barber of Seville with Boston Lyric Opera. 

September 5, 2018

Director Jose Maria Condemi will begin his 2018-19 with Mascagni/Leoncavallo's double-bill opera Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci with the San Francisco Opera. Says Mr. Condemi, "There’s something so powerful about these operas, they just go straight to the heart.” The production opens on September 7th. 

September 4, 2018

Pianist Cecile Licad will be touring the Phillipines in 2018, starting November 29th and performing in Iloilo City, Roxas City, Davao and Legazpi City. Ms. Licad will be offering an all-Chopin program, and will begin her tour in Iloilo City, performing at an historical heritage site. 

August 24, 2018

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein will perform Shulamit Ran's For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet (in A) at the Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival on September 1st. Says Ran of Fiterstein: "“He’s a beautiful player. He’s very smooth, wonderfully accomplished playing, very musical."

August 21, 2018

Soprano Audrey Luna will sing the soprano solo in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana in concert with the Cleveland Orchestra on Saturday, August 25th. Ms. Luna is joined by soloists Matthew Plenk and Elliot Madore, and led by Adrien Perruchon and the Blossom Festival Chorus. 

August 21, 2018

Baritone William Sharp will return to the Dryden Ensemble in their 2018-19 season as part of the Bach Cantata Fest on October 20 and 21st. Mr. Sharp will be joined by mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith and tenor Jason McStoots. 

August 21, 2018

Soprano Kara Shay Thomson will make her role debut in the title role of Gounod's rarely-performed opera La Reine de Saba (The Queen of Sheba) with Odyssey Opera in September. The premiere of the opera will open Odyssey Opera's 2018-19 season, and will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Gounod's birth. 

August 15, 2018

Baritone Ben Edquist is at the Grand Teton Music Festival this month, performing as Bernardo in West Side Story and in a "Broadway Review," singing musical theater favorites alongside other performers. Mr. Edquist will perform "Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific” (1949), among others.

August 12, 2018

Soprano Jamilynn Manning-White will sing the notorious Queen of the Night in Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Lake Area Music Festival in Brainerd, MN on August 18th and 19th. The performances will open the festival, now in its 10th season. 

July 27, 2018

Contralto Malin Fritz and tenor David Blalock perform the roles of Geneviève and Pelléas in Debussy's only opera Pelléas and Mélisande with West Edge Opera, opening August 4th. The story is a tale of two lovers moving through the elusive world of the symbolist playwright Maurice Maeterlinck.

July 26, 2018

Tenor John Bellemer will be featured in the opening night concert of the Salt Bay Chamberfest on August 7th. Along with cellist Wilhemina Smith, Mr. Bellemer will perform works by Ventadorn, Dowland, Britten, Piazzolla, Golijov, Schubert and Labro - composers whose music spans 9 centuries.

July 25, 2018

Mezzo-Soprano Phyllis Pancella will be featured in composer Ingrid Stölzel's first solo commerical recording, entitled "The Gorgeous Nothings," released July 13 on Navona Records. Ms. Pancella is joined by oboist Margaret Marco and pianist Ellen Sommer. The album's title is based on a 2013 collection of Emily Dickinson’s previously unpublished writings.

July 21, 2018

Soprano Alexandra Schoeny will perform the experimental new opera The Bradbury Tattoos - based on four short stories by author Ray Bradbury - in encore performances on July 22nd (5 and 8pm), with the group Concert: Nova. The production, composed by Zac Greenberg and libretto by Michael Burnham, opened on July 13th in Memorial Hall, Cincinnati. 

July 20, 2018

Bass-Baritone Nathan Stark will perform the roles of Pangloss/Voltaire with Angels Vocal Arts, Pasadena, in their production of Candide, celebrating the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, on July 20th and 21st. The production is conducted by Kristof Van Grysperre and directed by Tanya Kane-Parry.

July 13, 2018

Soprano Alexandra Schoeny will join the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 18th for a program entitled "Bernstein: Broadway & Beyond," in celebration of the late composer's centennial. Ms. Schoeny is joined by baritone Joseph Lattanzi and pianist Stewart Goodyear.

July 13, 2018

Soprano Meredith Hansen and bass-baritone Nathan Stark will join the Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the iconic Esplanade Hatch Shell for their performance of Verdi's Requiem on August 1st. They are joined by Ann McMahon Quintero, mezzo-soprano, Yeghishe Manucharyan, tenor and conductor Christopher Wilkins.

July 11, 2018

Mezzo-Soprano Marietta Simpson is set to premiere Lembit Beecher's opera Sky on Swings, which will be Opera Philadelphia's season-opening festival. Alongside mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, the chamber opera explores Alzheimer's Disease during World Alzheimer's Month, an international campaign mounted each September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia.

July 11, 2018

Cellist Colin Carr is set to perform all 6 of Bach's cello suites as part of the last week of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival on Thursday, July 12th. This last week of the festival will focus on the Dover Quartet, with Mr. Carr as a visiting artist. The festival runs through July 15th. 

July 11, 2018

Tenor Dinyar Vania will perform the tenor solo in Haydn's The Creation with the Shippenburg Festival Symphony on Sunday, July 15th. Other soloists include Amanda Pabyan, soprano; and Brad Jungwirth, bass.

July 9, 2018

Baritone Matthew Worth will sing the role of "Hannah Before" in Laura Kaminsky's new opera As One, which details the transition of a transgendered woman named Hannah. Mezzo-Soprano Amber Fasquelle will sing the role of "Hannah After". The opera will premiere in a co-production with Cincinatti Opera and the Chatauqua Opera Company on August 7th.   

July 9, 2018

Tenor Joseph Dennis will sing the role of Tamino in Mozart's The Magic Flute, which will open Central City Opera's summer festival season. The production will also feature Jeni Houser, Kevin Langan, Katherine Manley, and Ashraf Sewailam. The Magic Flute opens on July 7th and runs through August 5th. 

July 1, 2018

Chelsea Shephard will sing the soprano solo in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with The Choral Society of the Hamptons in two performances on July 7th, at 5pm and 7:30pm at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Ms. Shephard is joined by soloists Alex Guerrero, Tenor; and Dominic Inferrera, Baritone, and conducted by Mark Mangini.  

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