OPERA America

OPERA America OPERA America is the national service organization for opera and is dedicated to the creation, prese
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OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories:

Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works;
Presentation: Opera company servic

es that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers;
Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation. The association provides members with an array of publications and online resources, regional workshops, an annual conference and network-specific services such as conference calls, listservs and direct contact with staff with expertise in opera production, administration and education. OPERA America provides members with tools to maximize the effectiveness of financial and human resources, expand the scope of repertoire and programs, and extend their reach to new and diverse audiences. Founded in 1970, OPERA America has an international membership that includes nearly 150 Professional Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and over 16,000 subscribers to its electronic news service.

Have a foxtastic first Friday of 2024! 🦊   THE LITTLE PRINCE at Utah Opera 2019Cast and Creative Team:Little Prince: Nit...
01/05/2024

Have a foxtastic first Friday of 2024! 🦊



THE LITTLE PRINCE at Utah Opera 2019

Cast and Creative Team:
Little Prince: Nitai Fluchel
The Pilot: Jared Bybee
The Fox / A Rose: Melanie Ashkar
The Rose: Grace Kahl
The Water / A Rose: Melissa Heath
The Snake / Vain Man: Joshua Lindsay
Lamplighter / Drunkard: Addison Marlor
Businessman: Jesús Vicente Murillo
The King: Tyrell Wilde
Music: Rachel Portman
Libretto: Nicholas Wright
Conductor: James Lowe
Director: Tara Faircloth
Children’s Chorus Director: Melanie Malinka
Assistant Conductor: Michaella Calzaretta
Set and Costume Designer: Jacob A. Climer
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley
Makeup Design: Kate Casalino
Principal Coach: Carol Anderson
Assistant Coach: Robert Bosworth
Assistant Director: Emilio Casillo
Stage Manager: Amber Lewandowski
Assistant Stage Manager: Annie Brantley
Supertitle Musician: Chad DeMaris

(Photos: Dana Sohm/Utah Opera)

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to start reading more? Well, you're in luck — select Opera America Magazine artic...
01/04/2024

Was one of your New Year's resolutions to start reading more?

Well, you're in luck — select Opera America Magazine articles from the Winter 2024 Issue are available for free to non-members until January 31.

Read the cover story by David Patrick Stearns which explores how many North American companies are programming staged concert operas with orchestras onstage to trim costs — free...

— free for a limited time in our link in bio.

— free for a limited time at operaamerica.org/Winter24



Photos:
1. Seattle Opera’s 2023 DAS RHEINGOLD, with Sarah Larsen, Jacqueline Piccolino, and Shelly Traverse (photo: Philip Newton)

2. Opera Colorado’s 2022 CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA, with Kira Dills-DeSurra (center) (photo: Matthew Staver)

3. Adam Klein and Sandra Piques Eddy in Opera Colorado’s 2014 CARMEN (photo: Matthew Staver)

What a wonderful spotlight on the brilliant career and impact of Wayne S. Brown, an OPERA America 2023 Opera Hall of Fam...
01/03/2024

What a wonderful spotlight on the brilliant career and impact of Wayne S. Brown, an OPERA America 2023 Opera Hall of Fame recipient, in today's New York Times!

Wayne Brown, who recently retired, started his career in Detroit before returning there to run a transformed Detroit Opera.

Life is a Cabaret ol' chum!   Curt Olds as Emcee in CABARET at The Atlanta Opera  2022Cast and Creative Team: Emcee: Cur...
01/02/2024

Life is a Cabaret ol' chum!



Curt Olds as Emcee in CABARET at The Atlanta Opera 2022

Cast and Creative Team:
Emcee: Curt Olds
Sally Bowles: Aja Goes
Herr Schultz: Anthony Laciura
Clifford Bradshaw: Billy Tighe
Fräulein Kost: Deborah Bowman
Fräulein Schneider: Joyce Campana
Conductor: Francesco Milioto
Stage Director: Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer: Alexander Dodge
Costume Designer: Erik Teague
Projection Designer: Nick Hussong
Lighting Designer: Marcella Barbeau
Sound Designer: Jon Summers
Wig & Makeup Designer: Melanie Steele
Choreographer: Ricardo Aponte
Associate Director: Stephanie Havey

(Photo: Raftermen)

Wishing everyone a vibrant and joyful New Year!          THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Opera Baltimore 2022Figaro: James Myer...
01/01/2024

Wishing everyone a vibrant and joyful New Year!



THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at Opera Baltimore 2022

Figaro: James Myer
Rosina: Mary Beth Nelson
Almaviva: Christopher Bozeka
Bartolo: Timothy Mix
Basilio: Kevin Short
Berta: Julia Laird
Conductor: Anthony Barrese
Director: Octavio Cardenas
Costumes/Set: Papermoon Productions
Full Credits: operabalitmore.org

(Photo: Britt Olsen-Ecker)

Orange you glad it's Friday?     DON PASQUALE at Opera OmahaCast and Creative Team:Don Pasquale: Jorell WilliamsNorina: ...
12/29/2023

Orange you glad it's Friday?



DON PASQUALE at Opera Omaha

Cast and Creative Team:
Don Pasquale: Jorell Williams
Norina: Vanessa Becerra
Dr. Malatesta: Luis Alejandro Orozco
Ernesto: Miles Mykkanen
Notary: Matthew Sommer
Conductor: Gary Thor Widow
Director: Octavio Cardenas
Lighting Designer: Abigail Hoke-Brady
Wig & Makeup Designer: Ronell Oliveri
Full Credits: operaomaha.org

(Photo: Opera Omaha)

The latest WONKA film is undoubtedly a must-see this season, but let's not forget the operatic retelling of the chocolat...
12/28/2023

The latest WONKA film is undoubtedly a must-see this season, but let's not forget the operatic retelling of the chocolate factory tale titled THE GOLDEN TICKET.

Have you ever seen the "sweet" opera? 🍫



The World Premiere of THE GOLDEN TICKET with music by Peter Ash and libretto by Donald Sturrock at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis 2010

Cast and Creative Team:
Charlie: Michael Kepler Meo
W***y Wonka: Daniel Okulitch
Veruca Salt: Jennifer Rivera
Lord Salt: David Kravitz
Violet Beauregard: Tracy Dahl
Augustus Gloop: Andrew Drost
Grandpa Joe: Frank Kelley
Conductor: Timothy Redmond
Stage Director: James Robinson
Set Designer: Bruno Schwengl
Costume Designer: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Designer: Christopher Akerlind
Wig & Makeup Design: Tom Watson
Choreographer: Séan Curran
Chorus Master:
Full Credits: opera-stl.org

(Photos: Ken Howard)

Beast mode activated! 🦁        BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Calgary Opera  Beauty: Christina Thanisch-SmithThe Beast: Arieh M...
12/27/2023

Beast mode activated! 🦁



BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Calgary Opera

Beauty: Christina Thanisch-Smith
The Beast: Arieh Max Sacke
The Story Teller / Voice 3: Jillian Clow
The Father: Connor Hoppenbrouwers
The First Daughter: Nicole Leung
The Second Daughter: Justine LeDoux
The Gardener/Voice 1: Elias Theocharidis
Voice 2: Branden Olsen
Music: Vittorio Giannini
Text: Robert A. Simon
Stage Director: AAron Coates
Music Director: Evan Mounce
Full Credits: calgaryopera.com

(Photos: Harder Lee Photography)

Congratulations to OPERA America's Professional Company Members Opera Las Vegas, Detroit Opera - Detroit Opera House, an...
12/27/2023

Congratulations to OPERA America's Professional Company Members Opera Las Vegas, Detroit Opera - Detroit Opera House, and The Metropolitan Opera for making it onto Operawire's Best Performances of 2023 List!

Check out the full list at bit.ly/operawirebestof2023 — Did you have a chance to see any of these performances?

And we're back. And as has become the tradition here at OperaWire, we have asked our writers to select their choices for the opera performances that truly marveled them in 2023.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a holiday-themed opera! AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS and THE BALLA...
12/26/2023

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a holiday-themed opera!

AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS and THE BALLAD OF THE BROWN KING at Resonance Works 2022

Cast and Creative Team:
Amahl: Victory Brinker
Festival Chorus: Leah Huber, Hanna Atsedewoin, Sam Landers, Kate Manuel, Wallis Lucas, Laura I Young, Kate Sereno, Teresa Steigerwalt, Rich Williams, John Sereno, Cody Burke-Sweet, Jim Heinrich, Jesse Davis, Paris Holmes
Composer: Nancy Galbraith
Librettist: Sara Stock Mayo
Conductor: Maria Sensi Sellner
Stage Director: Kelly Trumbull
Production Manager & Technical Director: Brennan Sellner
Stage Manager: Tina Shackleford
Assistant Stage Manager: Danielle Bergman
Lighting Designer: Eve Bandi
Costume Designer: Elizabeth Rishel
Assistant Conductor: Jeffrey Klefstad
Rehearsal Accompanist: Nathália Kato
Full Credits: resonanceworks.org

(Photos: Resonance Works)

Happy Holidays!    MESSY MESSIAH at Heartbeat Opera 2021Cast and Creative Team:Tenor: Elliott Paige Soprano: Samarie Ali...
12/25/2023

Happy Holidays!



MESSY MESSIAH at Heartbeat Opera 2021

Cast and Creative Team:
Tenor: Elliott Paige
Soprano: Samarie Alicea
Mezzo: Alissa Anderson
Bass: John Taylor Ward
Dancer: Jourdan Epstein
Director: Ethan Heard
Music Director: Jacob Ashworth
Arranger: Daniel Schlosberg
Choreographer: Eamon Foley
Costume Designer: Fabian Aguilar
Lighting Designer: Nicole Lang
Make Up Designer & Artist: Maiko Ando
Full Credits: heartbeatopera.org

(Photo: Heartbeat Opera)

12/22/2023

Last but not least for our virtual introductions of the winners of OPERA America's Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera is the winner of the Education/Enrichment category winner: IN SONG



IN SONG is produced by Lumahai Productions, San Francisco Opera, Matthew Shilvock, Elena Park, Gregory Henkel, Nicole Potter, Molly McBride, and is a series of eight intimate video portraits featuring remarkable artists (Amina Edris, Jamie Barton, J’Nai Bridges, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, Daniela Mack, Pene Pati, Pretty Yende, and Meigui Zhang) who draw us into distinctive spheres through stories and song — from classical to Zulu, spirituals, Samoan and Egyptian songs, and mariachi music.

Video Clip: Daniela Mack performing YO SOY MARIA by Astor Piazzolla

Didn't have a chance to attend the awards ceremony earlier this month? No problem – learn more about the winners and finalists at operaamerica.org/DigitalAwards

12/21/2023

Next in line for our virtual introductions of the winners of OPERA America's Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera — it's the Artistic Creation category winner: OPERAS [IN PLACE].



OPERAS [IN PLACE] is produced by Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Cleveland Opera Theater, On Site Opera, and is comprised of 9 micro operas performed by Baldwin Wallace voice performance students

FAMILY ADVENTURES
Composer: Josh Schmidt
Libretto: Royce Vavrek

PANDORA JONES
Composer: Libby Larsen
Text: Eleanor Wilner

600 SQUARE FEET
Composer: Nkeiru Okoye
Libretto: David Cote

FOR LIFE
Composer: Dawn Sonntag
Libretto: Kermit Cole

VIRTUALLY DEAD
Composer: Kamala Sankaram
Libretto: Jerre Dye

CINDERELLA 99
Composer: Jake Heggie
Libretto: Gene Scheer

PREPARED
Composer: Griffin Candey
Libretto: Caroline V. McGraw

THE STREAM
Composer: Michi Wiancko
Libretto: Sarah LaBrie

MEN I'M NOT MARRIED TO
Composer: Lisa DeSpain
Libretto: Rachel J. Peters
Adapted from the text by Dorothy Parker

Didn't have a chance to attend the awards ceremony earlier this month? No problem – learn more about the winners and finalists at operaamerica.org/DigitalAwards

12/20/2023

Next up in our virtual introductions of the winners of OPERA America's Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera is the second Noteworthy Projects Category winner: JESS



JESS is produced by Rebecca Gray and Rachel Gray

Cast and Creative Team:
Rebecca Gray
Rachel Gray

Didn't have a chance to attend the awards ceremony earlier this month? No problem – learn more about the winners and finalists at operaamerica.org/DigitalAwards

12/20/2023

Continuing our virtual introductions to all the winners of OPERA America's Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera with one of the two Noteworthy Projects Category winners: WHITENESS: PART ONE.



WHITENESS: PART ONE is produced by Paul Pinto, Kameron Neal, CultureHub, and Avinarts

Cast and Creative Team:
Paul Pinto
Kameron Neal

Didn't have a chance to attend the awards ceremony last week? No problem – learn more about the winners and finalists at operaamerica.org/DigitalAwards

12/19/2023

This week I'll be virtually introducing you to all the winners of OPERA America's Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera.

First up is the winner of the Artistic Creation Category: SVADBA.



SVADBA is an opera by Ana Sokolović produced by Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Philadelphia

Cast and Creative Team:
Milica (Vocal): Chabrelle D. Williams
Milica (Dancer): Victoria L. Awkward
Lena (Vocal): Brianna J. Robinson
Lena, the elder (Actor): Jackie Davis
Danica (Vocal): Maggie Finnegan
Danica, attendant (Dancer): Jay Breen
Zora (Vocal): Mack Wolz
Zora, attendant (Dancer): Sarah Pacheco
Nada (Vocal): Vera Savage
Nada, attendant (Dancer): Emily Jerant-Hendrickson
Ljubica (Vocal): Hannah Ludwig
Ljubica, maid of honor (Dancer): Sasha Peterson
The Betrothed: Olivia Moon
Composer: Ana Sokolović
Conductor: Daniela Candillari
Director: Shura Baryshnikov
Screenwriter: Hannah Shepard
Director of Photography: Katherine Castro
Production Designer: Ana Novačić
Costume Designer: Albulena Borovci

Didn't have a chance to attend the awards ceremony earlier this month? No problem – learn more about the winners and finalists at operaamerica.org/DigitalAwards

We mourn the loss of opera administrator Richard Gaddes and offer our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues...
12/15/2023

We mourn the loss of opera administrator Richard Gaddes and offer our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues in the opera community.

Mr. Gaddes was the founding general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and served as the Santa Fe Opera's general director, among his many notable career accomplishments. He is honored in OPERA America’s Hall of Fame as an NEA Opera Honors inductee for his extraordinary contributions to opera.

(Photo: Daniel Barsotti 2003)

*A visual representation of opera pulling on my heartstrings* THE PROMISED END at IN SeriesCast and Creative Team:Verdi’...
12/14/2023

*A visual representation of opera pulling on my heartstrings*



THE PROMISED END at IN Series

Cast and Creative Team:
Verdi’s REQUIEM
Shakespeare’s KING LEAR
Teresa Ferrara
Natalie Conte
Elizabeth Mondragon
Gayssie Lugo
Brain Arreola
Henrique Carvalho
Andrew Adelsberger
Greg Sliskovich
Nanna Ingvarsson
Full Credits: inseries.org

(Photos: IN Series)

12/13/2023

A true baritone anthem!



Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram in TANNHÄUSER at The Metropolitan Opera

Cast and Creative Team:
Elizabeth: Elza van den Heever
Venus: Ekaterina Gubanova
Tannhäuser: Andreas Schager
Wolfram: Christian Gerhaher
Landgraf Hermann: Georg Zeppenfeld
Conductor: Donald Runnicles
Production: Otto Schenk
Costume Designer: Patricia Zipprodt
Set Designer: Günther Schneider-Siemssen
Lighting Designer: Gil Wechsler
Choreographer: Norbert Vesak
Full Credits: metopera.org

(Videography by Neville Braithwaite / Met Opera)

12/12/2023

Have you always wanted to meet an opera director?

Join us this Thursday at OPERA America's National Opera Center (or online) for a showcase of works directed by multi-hyphenate artist Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj. The evening will include excerpts from TREEMONISHA at Opera Theatre Saint Louis and several new works. Maharaj will join Marc A. Scorca, president/CEO of OPERA America, to discuss his approach to opera through the lens of a stage director and dramaturg.

Learn more and register for the in-person and live-streamed event at operaamerica.org/Rajendra

It's that time of year again — the release of the Winter Issue of Opera America Magazine!In this issue, learn about stag...
12/11/2023

It's that time of year again — the release of the Winter Issue of Opera America Magazine!

In this issue, learn about staged concert operas, advocacy in the field, puppeteer Basil Twist’s first opera, and get a glimpse into the second-ever World Opera Forum.

Members can read the full Winter Issue at operaamerica.org/Winter2024 — plus we've unlocked three articles that non-members can enjoy through January 31, 2024.

(Photos: Philip Newton, LA Opera, Elliott Verdier, World Opera Forum)

During the winter months, I think the majority of us can relate to an opera about a "running" nose... 👃   THE NOSE at Ch...
12/08/2023

During the winter months, I think the majority of us can relate to an opera about a "running" nose... 👃



THE NOSE at Chicago Opera Theater

Cast and Creative Team:
Kovalyov: Aleksey Bogdanov
The Nose: Curtis Bannister
Ivan the Lackey: David Cangelosi
Police Inspector: Justin Berkowitz
Ivan Yakovlevich: Wilbur Pauley
Clerk/Doctor/Con-Man/Khozrev-Mirza: Samuel Weiser
Praskovya Osipovna (Yakovlevich's wife)/Mother/Respectable Lady: Michelle Johnson
Podtochina's Daughter: Boya Wei
Vendor: Corinne Costell
Flirtatious Lady/Attendant/Traveller 1/Female voice: Emily Birsan
Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya
Director: Francesca Zambello
Set Design: Marcus Doshi
Costume Design: Erik Teague
Lighting Design: Marcus Doshi
Full Credits: chicagooperatheater.org

(Photos: Michael Brosilow)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera! - SVADBA Produced by Boston Lyric Ope...
12/07/2023

Congratulations to the winners of the 2023 Awards for Digital Excellence in Opera!

- SVADBA
Produced by Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Philadelphia, Bradley Vernatter, Jessica Johnson Brock, David B. Devan, Anderson Nunnelley, Hannah Shepard
Category: Artistic Creation

- IN SONG
Produced by Lumahai Productions, San Francisco Opera, Matthew Shilvock, Elena Park, Gregory Henkel, Nicole Potter, Molly McBride
Category: Education/Enrichment Materials

- OPERAS [IN PLACE]
Produced by Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Cleveland Opera Theater, On Site Opera
Category: University/Conservatory Projects

- JESS
Produced by Rebecca Gray, Rachel Gray
Category: Noteworthy Projects

- WHITENESS: PART ONE
Produced by Paul Pinto, Kameron Neal, CultureHub
Category: Noteworthy Projects

Learn more about the winners and finalists at operaamerica.org/DigitalAwards

Continuing our celebration of the holiday season with another festive opera! This time it's about the 3 Wise Men seeking...
12/06/2023

Continuing our celebration of the holiday season with another festive opera! This time it's about the 3 Wise Men seeking refuge at Amah'ls home as they follow the start to Bethlehem.

Have you seen a holiday opera this season yet?



AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS by Menotti at Greensboro Opera

Cast and Creative Team:
Amahl: Thomas W. Burns
Mother: Detra Davis
Kaspar: Robert Anthony Mack
Melchior: Scott MacLeod
Balthazar: Branch Fields
Full Credits: greensboroopera.org

(Photo: Vanderveen Photography)

Congratulations to the remarkable Renée Fleming for being among the esteemed Kennedy Center Honorees for lifetime artist...
12/05/2023

Congratulations to the remarkable Renée Fleming for being among the esteemed Kennedy Center Honorees for lifetime artistic achievements this past weekend.

The 46th Kennedy Center Honorees list also includes Billy Crystal, Barry Gibb, Queen Latifah, and Dionne Warwick.



(Photo by Mary Kouw/CBS)

With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of the esteemed Marlena Malas.Ms. Malas is honored in OPERA America’s Hall of Fame,...
12/05/2023

With heavy hearts, we mourn the loss of the esteemed Marlena Malas.

Ms. Malas is honored in OPERA America’s Hall of Fame, inducted to recognize her contributions to the operatic community as an educator and artist.

(Photo 1: Lisa Kohler)

I'm not going to sugarcoat this caption — wouldn't want to tempt Hansel and Gretel to eat it... 😉🍭 HANSEL AND GRETEL at ...
12/05/2023

I'm not going to sugarcoat this caption — wouldn't want to tempt Hansel and Gretel to eat it... 😉🍭



HANSEL AND GRETEL at Opera in the Heights

Cast and Creative Team:
Hansel: Kayla Nanto
Gretel: Priscilla Salisbury
The Gingerbread Witch: Whitney Robinson
Peter: Byron J. Mayes
Gertrud: Kimberly Sogioka
Sandman/Dewfairy: Julie Jackson
Full Credits: operaintheheights.org

(Photos: Sandy Grimm)

I love how opera can weave so many languages together!LI KEUR is a celebration of Métis women, culture, and language! Th...
12/04/2023

I love how opera can weave so many languages together!

LI KEUR is a celebration of Métis women, culture, and language! This opera is sung in 5 different languages including Southern Michif, French-Michif, Anishinaabemowin, French, and English.



World premiere of LI KEUR co-composed by Alex Kusturok and Neil Weisensel and libretto by Suzanne M. Steele at Manitoba Opera

Cast and Creative Team:
Josette Lagrande: Rebecca Cuddy
Mémère: Paulette Duguay
Laroche: Nolan Kehler
Louis Riel/Robideau: Evan Korbut
Rose/Marguerite: Julie Lumsden
The Englishman/Lacrosse: James McLennan
Marie Serpente: Keely McPeek
Conductor: Neil Weisensel
Director: Simon Miron
Fight Director: Jacqueline Loewen
Set and Projection Design: T. Erin Gruber
Costume Design: Deanna Finnman
Costume Design Cultural Consultant: Evan Ducharme
Lighting Design: Scott Henderson
Full Credits: mbopera.ca

(Photos: R. Tinker)

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