This Summer, Opera Grapples With Race

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Even before he became president, Donald J. Trump was a character in the opera Anthony Davis was writing about racism and injustice, “The Central Park Five.” But the role grew as the piece was reworked for its premiere in June at Long Beach Opera. “Bring back the death penalty!” Trump, the opera character, sings in one scene. The line comes straight out of a full-page ad that Mr. Trump took out in New York newspapers in 1989, shortly after five African-American and Latino tee..

A Photographer’s Search For The Vanishing Stars Of Bengali Folk Theater

Photographer Soumya Sankar Bose remembers how Jatra, a style of folk theater, was popular during his childhood in West Bengal. But 10 years after moving out, Bose returned home to find that Jatra was no longer celebrated nearly as much. The genre’s brightest stars, once major celebrities, were fading from view. Even his own uncle, a famous Jatra performer, had to take a job at a train station to make ends meet. Jatra originated in Bangladesh and the eastern Indian states of Odisha and Bihar. It..

American Soprano Deborah Cook, a Frequent Performer in Western European Opera Houses, has Died

16 May 2019 Deborah Cook as Fiakermilli OPERA NEWS Archives DEBORAH COOK Philadelphia, PA, July 6, 1938 — Welaka, FL, April 22, 2019 THE SOPRANO made her professional debut in 1965, as Lucia in a concert version of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and remained active in the Philadelphia area until beginning her international career, in 1971, when she sang Zerbinetta in John Cox’s staging of Ariadne auf Naxos with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. The following year, Cook..

Opera outlet helps student overcome stress and discover career passion – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A lot of my peers and teachers maybe were surprised that I got an award for overcoming challenges because they didn’t know about things at home and my health. That was deliberate. It was important to me to keep up my grades without people expecting less of me because I was having hard times. My family’s problems started when I was 7 and Mom was diagnosed with cancer. She spent years in treatment. I’m glad to say she’s cancer-free now, but related health problems cause severe pain. I’m amazed at ..

High School Musical Theatre Awards wow again

Mamma Mia!, Scotia Glenville High School Mamma Mia!, Scotia Glenville High School Photo: Gary McPherson Photo: Gary McPherson Image 1 of / 19 Caption Close Image 1 of 19 Mamma Mia!, Scotia Glenville High School Mamma Mia!, Scotia Glenville High School Photo: Gary McPherson High School Musical Theatre Awards wow again 1 / 19 Back to Gallery SCHENECTADY — The High School Musical Theatre Awards Saturday night was its biggest show since its ..

Lisette Oropesa Named as Winner of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award

7 May 2019 Soprano Lisette Oropesa, winner of the 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award Jonathan Tichler/Met Opera L ESS THAN A MONTH after being named as the winner of the 2019 Richard Tucker Award, soprano Lisette Oropesa has been named as the recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award, the company announced today. The $50,000 prize, which is annually given to an extraordinarily gifted young singer with a rising Met career, is bestowed each year in honor of t..

A New Wotan Reigns in the Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Ring’

It is one of the pinnacle roles in all of opera: Wotan, king of the gods in Wagner’s epic “Ring.” It’s a nearly fathomless part that demands a beautiful voice, power, subtle acting, keen intelligence and stamina. Great Wotans don’t exactly grow on trees. At the Metropolitan Opera, the German baritone Michael Volle has donned an eye patch and picked up a spear to sing his first complete “Ring” cycle (performances continue through May 11). Here, three of The New York Times’s classical music writer..

Meet the micro-cinema: ‘Gray Duck Theater’ opens in Rochester

The new concept combines a coffeehouse and a movie theater.Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse A groundbreaking new approach to the movie theater has officially arrived in Minnesota. On Friday, Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse opened in Rochester with a showing of Charlie Chaplin's "The Gold Rush." The 66-seat theater is the brainchild of Andy Smith, a Los Angeles native, and his Minnesotan wife Anna Smith, both of whom wanted to start "a vibrant and accepting film community in Rochester." Drive..

Don Giovanni – Opera News

In Review > North America TULSA Tulsa Opera 5/3/19 Lucia Lucas and Jana McIntyre in Tulsa Opera's Don Giovanni Photo by Shane Bevel TULSA OPERA CLOSED ITS seventy-first season in early May with an intriguing production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni (seen May 3 and 5). Lucia Lucas, an American transgender woman who has been forging a su... In order to view this article, you must be a subscriber. If you already have an account, please enter your username and password. If you are not a..

5Point film fest returns to opera house Saturday

The 5Point Adventure Film Festival will be bringing the festival’s films upvalley this weekend. The annual Aspen Encore event will be held at the Wheeler Opera House on Saturday at 7 p.m., according to a news release. The event will feature highlights and winners from the festival, which took place last week in Carbondale. 5Point Executive Director Regna Jones and Program Director Meredith McKee will be hosting the screenings. According to the release, they will feature the following festival-wi..

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