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April 25, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has honored achievement and excellence in the arts, academics, business, and government.

April 24, 2019

Baritone Christopher Magiera will return to Chicago Opera Theater as Gardiner in Moby-Dick, with performances on April 25 and 28(m). Mr. Magiera sang in the company's Iolanta as Robert in November, for which he was praised by Opera News for performing with "plush-velvet elegance."

April 19, 2019

Tenor Scott Ramsay will perform as soloist in Verdi's Requiem with the combined forces of the Southern Illinois and Southeast Missouri Symphonies and Choruses on April 23 and 25, 2019. Mr. Ramsay will be joined by soloists Christine Brewer, Debra Hillabrand, and David Dillard.

April 16, 2019

The Erato DVD of the HD Metropolitan Opera performance of The Exterminating Angel, featuring soprano Audrey Luna as Leticia, has been named "DVD of the Month" for April 2019 by Opera Now magazine.

April 16, 2019

Stephen Lord will make his Utah Opera debut conducting the company's cast, chorus, and Utah Symphony musicians in a semi-staged, concert version of Bellini's Norma at Abravanel Hall on May 4 and 6.

April 9, 2019

Soprano Alexandra Schoeny sings as soloist in Mozart's Requiem with Reno Philharmonic on April 27 and 28. In advance of these performances, Ms. Schoeny was featured in an interview with Maria Nockin of Broadway World.

April 5, 2019

Mezzo-soprano Stacey Rishoi will perform in the finale of Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota's 2018-19 season, 'An Afternoon of Operetta,' on May 12, 2019. "An Afternoon of Operetta" will feature a condensed concert version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, as well as selections from operettas by Offenbach and von Suppé.

 
March 21, 2019

Ms. Luna returns to Wiener Staatsoper to sing the role of Hermione in Trojahn's Orest (March 31, April 5, 7, 10 & 13), followed by debuts with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester as Gepopo in Ligeti's Le grand macabre (May 10, 12, & 13), and with Irish National Opera as the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte (May 19, 21, 22, 23, 25).

March 1, 2019

Pianist Cecile Licad's newest album, Anthology of American Piano Music, Vol. 3: American Landscapes (Danacord), has been named Classical New Release Of The Month for March 2019 by 90.5FM WKAR Classical radio.

February 28, 2019

Michigan Opera Theatre's 2019-20 production of Sweeney Todd will feature baritone Stephen Powell as the title role, and tenor Scott Ramsay as Beadle Bamford. Performances will run on November 16, 20, and 22 at 7:30PM, and November 24 at 2:30PM, at the Detroit Opera House.

February 22, 2019

Tenor Joseph Dennis will return to Semperoper Dresden in the 2019-20 season to sing as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Pylades in Iphigénie en Tauride, and Jaquino in Fidelio.

January 24, 2019

Minnesota Opera’s production of Doubt, which stars Matthew Worth in the lead role of Father Flynn, premieres on the PBS program Great Performances on Friday, January 25. 

December 14, 2018

The November 18, 2017 HD Metropolitan Opera performance of The Exterminating Angel will be released on DVD in February 2019, on the Erato label. The production features Audrey Luna as Leticia, and Catherine Cooke as  Camila. 

November 9, 2018

Baritone William Sharp will be the baritone soloist in "A Christmas Messe: A Banquet of Seasonal English Music," a concert of English holiday pieces, from Medival times to Renaissance era composers, to Yuletide classics. The concerts will be held between December 14th and 23rd at the Folger Shakespeare Library.  

November 7, 2018

Mezzo Soprano Krisztina Szabó will be soloist in a concert of Steffani's Stabat Mater, as well as selected arias, entited "Steffani: Drama and Devotion" with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Along with the Tafelmusik chamber choir, Ms. Szabó will perform from November 8th to 11th at Jeanne Lamon Hall. 

November 2, 2018

Baritone William Sharp will be soloist at the Washington National Cathedral in a recital titled "I Sing the Body Electoral: Celebrating Walt Whitman" on Monday, November 5th. Mr. Sharp is joined by pianist Wan-Chi Su in a program of Kurt Weill’s “Four Whitman Songs” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Three Poems by Walt Whitman.”

 
November 2, 2018

Tenor Matthew DiBattista will be one of the soloists in Britten's War Requiem, to be performed with the Wichita Symphony on November 10th and 11th. In advance of these dates, Mr. DiBattista will be featured on Channel 10 KAKE TV for an interview and preview of Briitten's work on Wednesday, November 7th. 

October 23, 2018

The New York Classical Review has released a comprehensive list of the best in classical music this season, with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein and baritone Željko Lučić being mentioned. Click through to see where these artists will be performing in the coming weeks.  

October 19, 2018

Baritone Željko Lučić will return to the role of the police chief Scarpia in the Metropolitan Opera's Tosca, replacing Wolfgang Koch, who has left the production due to illness. Mr. Lučić will sing the role on October 25th. He is also currently performing the role of Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West at the Metropolitan Opera. 

October 16, 2018

Michigan Opera Theatre's Principal Conductor Stephen Lord will open the company's 2018-19 season with Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Detroit Opera House. Says Mr. Lord of the opera, "'It is a story of squandered romance and tragic honor, of regret and longing for the road not taken...[w]ith Tchaikovsky’s rich orchestration, it is the epitome of Russian Lyric Opera.'” Eugene Onegin will run from October 13-21st. 

October 10, 2018

Baritone Matthew Worth will sing the role of Figaro in Boston Lyric Opera's upcoming The Barber of Seville in a new production directed by Rosetta Cucchi. The production will run for five performances at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater from Oct. 12 to 21, 2018.  

October 10, 2018

Soprano Kara Shay Thomson will perform in a recital entitled "The Diamond Anniversary Recital" to mark the 60th anniversary of Sarasota Opera on April 5th, 2019. Ms. Thomson will share the stage with tenor Jonathan Burton, baritone Marco Nisticò, and bass Young Bok Kim. 

October 10, 2018

Baritone William Sharp will join with soprano Lisa Vroman and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert entitled "'Change the World, It Needs It!' A Weill, Blitzstein, Brecht Cabaret." This event is part of the 2018-19 Kurt Weill festival.  

 
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. 

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