Topics :: Opera

A "Quartet" Not Only for Queens

By Brian Scott Lipton | Thursday Jul 31, 2014
Do you have to be a true opera queen to appreciate "Quartet"? Ronald Harwood's touching play, now being presented at the Old Globe Theatre is about a group of former opera singers who reunite at a retirement home to recreate a performance of "Rigoletto.

Opera Singer Calls Gays "Fecal Masses," Then Blames Husband

By EDGE | Sunday Jun 22, 2014
An opera singer who posted an anti-gay rant in which she referred to gays as "fecal masses" and encouraged violent attacks against them at a Pride parade now blames her "very religious" husband for the move.

The Pop Opera of UrbanArias

By Doug Rule | Sunday Jun 8, 2014
"When I founded the company I was looking for things to do that would bring more people into the operatic fold," says Robert Wood of UrbanArias.

’Thaïs’: Religious Eroticism on the Florida Opera Stage

By Andy Smith | Monday Apr 28, 2014
Florida Grand Opera has become known for taking exciting chances and its 2013-14 Season continues in this vein, concluding with Jules Massenet’s beautiful, but seldom-produced, "Thaïs," opening May 3 at the Arsht Center.

Marian Anderson’s Concert Dress Goes on View in DC

By Brett Zongker | Friday Apr 11, 2014
For the first time, the dress Marian Anderson wore to sing at the Lincoln Memorial 75 years ago after being denied access to a Washington concert hall because she was black, is going on display at the Smithsonian.

Die Fledermaus

By Steven Bergman | Monday Feb 24, 2014
The most frequently presented opera by the proclaimed, "waltz-king," receives an innocuous release in this 2-CD package from Capriccio Records.

Der Vampyr

By Steven Bergman | Friday Jan 3, 2014
The works of Heinrich Marschner have been, for the most part, neglected during the 20th and 21st centuries, but this 2001 re-release from Capriccio Records deserved listening.

Desperate Living :: Bringing Stephen King to the Opera House

By Philip Campbell | Friday Sep 27, 2013
Tobias Picker’’s new opera "Dolores Claiborne," based on the novel by Stephen King, has finally received its world premiere.

Gay Rights Protester Disrupts Met Opera Gala

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013
The Metropolitan Opera’s Russian-themed opening night gala was disrupted by a protester critical of that country’s anti-gay law.

’Brokeback Mountain’ the Opera Premieres in Madrid

By Michael Cox | Thursday Sep 12, 2013
"Brokeback Mountain" began its operatic life when artistic director of Teatro Real in Madrid, Gerard Mortier, heard about composer Charles Wuorinen’s wish to write an opera based on Annie Proulx’s extraordinary 1997 short story.