This Week at the Royal Opera House… Above is an article about the new opera Anna Nicole by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas which premieres in London this week.  It's surprising that such an esteemed baritone, Gerald Finley, would agree to be part of the cast and makes me wonder what the music is like.

Gershwin’s Folk Opera: Porgy and Bess

I'll be reviewing the Atlanta Opera's production of Porgy and Bess in a week and have posted a rendition of one of the opera's hits, "Summertime."  Porgy and Bess premiered on Broadway in 1935, but it wasn't until Houston Grand Opera produced it in 1976 that it began to be recognized as opera.  Gershwin's opus is ultimately [...]

Vox Populi and the Houston Grand Opera

Anthony Freud is the new General Director of Houston Grand Opera and believes that his opera company is essentially a cultural services company.  His mission goes beyond selling tickets to the mainstage productions and education outreach (opera camps, opera in schools, preschool opera programs).  Freud has developed a program called Song of Houston in which he co-commissions and produces operas [...]

Cast Change for Upcoming Wagner Operas at the Met

The Metropolitan Opera's new "Ring" cycle has lost its Siegfried. Ben Heppner, one of the best Wagnerian tenors around, withdrew from performances of the last two installments of the cycle, "Siegfried" and "Gotterdammerung," next season. Heppner is a Heldentenor (heroic tenor) - as termed by the German Theatre Fach System -  and has the ability to [...]

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions – Southeast Regional Finals

I attended the Southeast Regional Finals of the Met Auditions in Atlanta, GA today.  Fifteen singers ranging in age from 20-29 competed, having prepared five arias that had been practiced and polished.  Today's winner will compete in the NYC semi-finals on March 6, 2011.  In 1954 the Metropolitan Opera founded its Council auditions in order to [...]