“It’s catnip for composers, isn’t it?” Aucoin said. “It kind of says that music can conquer death, but humans will always screw it up. It sort of says that we’re not worthy of music, and so I think it captures something really essential, which is that music is both human and more than human.”
NEW YORK (AP) — As Erin Morley sang on the big stage of the Metropolitan Opera, Matthew Aucoin sat in the first row of the orchestra, his score in front of him, taking notes.
She had auditioned for “Phantom of the Opera” before — for a world tour in 2019 and right before the pandemic — but this time was her time.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising stage star Emilie Kouatchou came close to quitting musical theater during the pandemic shutdown, worried about the future. She stuck with it and has now made Broadway history.
She previously served as director of Charlottesville Opera's Emerging Artist Program in 2021.
"Fire," with a score by jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, will be the first opera by a Black musician presented at the Met in its 138 years.
Performers and audience members will share something special. "They're also going to be experiencing something they've ever done before," Miriam Gordon-Stewart said.
"This is a time when we need art, and it can do many things. We really want people to have some sense of joy and affirmation in the midst of all this hardship."
"Broadway in the Park" is planned for 7 p.m. June 11 and 12 at IX Art Park.
What might at first sound like inappropriate attire for the Kennedy Center is actually the product of a surprisingly symbiotic relationship between the good old-fashioned music video and good even-older-fashioned opera.
“We have seen opera singers on film before, but it has been famous people in glamorous circumstances,” Gordon-Stewart said. “What hasn’t really been shown is the life of the middle-class American opera singer."
"It's this unifying force in the soaring voices, the stretch of the voice in the operatic form, that is a stretch of the human spirit," said Christina Deaton DeMarea, Charlottesville Opera's new general director.
Barcelona’s Liceu opera house reopened its doors on Monday for the first time in over three months to hold a concert - exclusively for a quiet…
A Barcelona opera house performed its first concert since the coronavirus lockdown — to an audience that didn't have to worry about social distancing.
The opera company is accepting donations to its new Artist Support Fund, which it created to help the artists who had committed to participating this season.
A polish opera singer is putting some baroque-dancing into baroque music. Buzz60’s Mercer Morrison has the story.
"24/7" is back at 8 p.m. Saturday at Live Arts, giving audience members a chance to see works that have been written, staged, rehearsed and designed in a mere day.
Hallenberg’s operatic repertoire includes many roles by Mozart, Gluck, Rossini, Handel, Vivaldi, Massenet and Monteverdi. She has recorded more than 40 CDs and DVDs.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, local performers will team up at Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet to pay tribute to Linda Ronstadt and raise funds to help others with Parkinson’s disease, which include 19,000 Virginians.
Make sure your costume includes comfortable footwear for dancing, because IX's event will end with a flash mob that’ll let you show off your killer Thriller and Monster Mash dance moves.
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Placido Domingo tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing them professionally when they refused, numerous women told the AP.