Video: Renée Fleming’s Best Advice for Young Singers To Succeed in Opera Today

As classical music and opera evolve into the 21st century, so must musicians. Star soprano Renée Fleming explains what every young singer should do.

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky Explains Her Holistic Approach to Learning Opera’s Most Demanding Roles

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky proved she is one of opera’s reigning queens when, during a single season, she performed three of the most difficult bel canto roles at the Metropolitan Opera: the title roles in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda as well as the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Roberto Devereux. Radvanovsky is getting ready to perform the title role in …

Baroque Opera Discovered in Bolivian Jungles Has Midwest Premiere

When exploring the jungles of South America, perhaps one of the last things you would expect to find are centuries old scores by European composers like Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Bassani, and Hasse. But that’s exactly what Father Piotr Nawrot encountered in Jesuit Missions located in modern-day Bolivia, along with the score to an opera, San Ignacio, which receives its Midwestern premiere …

Notorious RBG Makes Opera Debut in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment

Opera lover and Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has appeared in an opera before – at least, in a way. She is a character in Scalia/Ginsburg, a comic one act with words and music by Derrick Wang that had its world premiere in July 2015. But now, Ginsburg herself will appear in a production of Donizetti’s The Daughter of …

15 Sopranos Singing One of the Craziest Coloratura Arias

One of the most difficult coloratura arias in the entire operatic repertoire, “Les oiseaux dans la charmille,” comes from Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffman (Les contes d’Hoffmann). The piece is also known as “The Doll Song,” since the character who performs it, Olympia, is a mechanical doll. In the opera, Hoffman recounts how he was charmed by the automaton, co-created by Spalanzani …

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