CSO to Premiere Video of Beethoven’s 9th for Facebook Streaming

This Sunday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will host a Facebook premiere for a video recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from its archives, in part because it is “widely recognized as one of music’s most powerful and inspiring works.”

Eric Owens To Miss Lyric’s 2020 Ring Cycle, Replacements Announced

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced this morning that Eric Owens has withdrawn from the upcoming performances of Wagner’s Ring cycle because of health issues. The celebrated American bass-baritone was slated to appear as Wotan. He made his role debut as Wotan in recent years in Lyric’s individual performances of Das Rheingold, Die Walküre, and Siegfried. Owens will have two replacements. …

Met Opera to hold celebration of Jessye Norman on Nov. 24

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera will hold a tribute to Jessye Norman on Nov. 24 that celebrates the life and career of the late soprano. Latonia Moore, Eric Owens, Lise Davidsen, J’Nai Bridges and Leah Hawkins are scheduled to perform, the company said Wednesday, along with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pianist Mark Markham, composer/pianist Damien Sneed, …

‘No path is easy’: Black opera singers detail struggles

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Metropolitan Opera, black singers still face unique obstacles in building their careers within the industry. “We’ve made some strides, but not a whole lot,” said Naomi Andre, a professor at the University of Michigan and author of the book “Black Opera.” “I happen …

Renée Fleming celebrates 25 years with Lyric Opera of Chicago

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold a concert and gala to celebrate Renée Fleming, honoring the 25th anniversary of her debut at Lyric. The “People’s Diva” delighted Chicago audiences as she performed the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah in 1993. Since this first appearance, Fleming has gone on to star in nine more productions …