July 11, 2010 |
Classical music is often maligned for its apparent insistence that aspiring acolytes display proper credentials before becoming a true follower. Once admitted to the fold, you must bow to the altar of knowledge and denounce uncomplicated pleasure as the ultimate blasphemy. No matter what denomination you choose (chamber music, new music, opera, orchestra), you can be sure the repertoire is studded with landmines, the detonation of which will instantly out you as a Philistine or worse: not serious.
February 27, 2013 |
When Andrew Lloyd Webber bade farewell to the U.S. touring production of "The Phantom of the Opera" at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in 2010, he promised the audience that the beloved musical would eventually return. It appears that fans won't have to wait too much longer for the chandelier to fall again. A new national touring production of "Phantom" is scheduled to kick off in November at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, R.I., with other cities to be announced later.
October 3, 2006 |
Bored by opera? Can't understand the words? Placido Domingo wants to change your mind. The celebrated tenor and general director of Los Angeles Opera is working on a book for non-opera fans, "The Joy of Opera," to be published in 2009 by W.W. Norton.
March 25, 2004 |
Soprano Jessye Norman has joined mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves for a production of "Margaret Garner," a collaboration between composer Richard Danielpour and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison. Michigan Opera Theatre and opera companies in Philadelphia and Cincinnati commissioned the opera, scheduled to premiere at the Detroit Opera House in May 2005.
January 16, 2008 |
The Dallas Opera plans a world premiere of the opera "Moby Dick" as part of its first season in its new digs. Tenor Ben Heppner will star in the role of Captain Ahab in the work by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer in April 2010 at the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. "Moby Dick" will be one of five operas during the 2009-2010 inaugural season in the opera house, at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. The opera is based on the novel by Herman Melville and is a co-production with the San Francisco Opera, the San Diego Opera and the Calgary Opera of Canada.
July 15, 2005 |
Anthony Freud, general director of the Welsh National Opera, has been named general director and first chief executive of the Houston Grand Opera, effective March 2006. Freud succeeds David Glockley, who has led the company for 33 years and who becomes general director of the San Francisco Opera in January. Patrick Summers will continue as music director of the company. A London native, Freud, 47, has been at the helm of Welsh National Opera for 11 years.
October 6, 2004 |
Opera in Denmark has a new home after Maersk McKinney Moeller, a 91-year-old Danish billionaire, signed over a $417-million opera house on Copenhagen's waterfront to the government. The first performance -- Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" -- will be presented in January. The sleekly modern opera hall -- with its bubble-faced front and four-story foyer -- was designed by Danish architect Henning Larsen.
January 18, 2005 |
A new opera based on the life of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, featuring a rapper as Kadafi and a chorus of all-female bodyguards, highlights the new season of the English National Opera. The program of London's second-largest opera company will be the first season fully curated by the company's new artistic director, Sean Doran.
October 20, 2006 |
Kristin Chenoweth is going back to her roots as an opera singer. The Tony winner will give a solo concert at New York's Metropolitan Opera on Jan. 19 and make her formal Met debut as Samira in John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" in March 2010. Chenoweth, 38, won a scholarship in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions as a lyric coloratura but turned down the scholarship for her first off-Broadway role. After a stint on "The West Wing," she returns to Broadway Dec.
May 30, 2008 |
First it was a film, then a book. The next stop for Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" is opera. La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house. The composer is currently artistic director of the Arena in Verona. Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize last year for his efforts to alert the world to the dangers of climate change.