Opera

Cinema will save opera for a new generation, Royal Opera House director suggests

Streaming opera in the cinema could save it for a new generation, a Royal Opera House director has suggested, as he claims it is helping to weed out the "hammy" over-acting young audiences hate.<p>Keith Warner, who is to direct Otello in Covent Garden next month, said the exaggerated stage acting of …

Royal Opera House

Organizers sing praises of inaugural Vancouver Opera Festival

Vancouver Opera’s first opera festival was called a success even though attendance for one of the three premiere operas was disappointing.Kim Gaynor, …

Canadian News

Batons drawn on summer lawns as opera rivals battle for audiences

Country house audiences are spoilt for choice this year<p>The sound of great opera arias will vie with summer birdsong at a record number of country house venues over the next few months, as classical performers cater to a growing taste for formal evenings of music in a rural setting.<p>This season two …

The Arts

Cannes: Naomi Kawase’s ‘Radiance,’ Tom Volf’s ‘Maria by Callas’ Sell in Major Markets

Following its world premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, Japanese film master Naomi Kawase’s “Radiance” has found a home in major …

The Arts

Trump Has Changed a Night at the Opera, Too

It was two days before the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, and I had never been so eager to be heading to a production of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” The contentious election and its stunning result had left Americans bitterly divided. Spending a few hours in the comfort of the Metropolitan …

The Arts

Jamie Foxx Singing "BBHMM" As An Opera Proves He & Rihanna Should Collab

We knew that "Bitch Better Have My Money" was a perfect song, but did we know it might be even better as an opera? This shocking news came to light last night after Jamie Foxx sang in the Musical Genre Challenge on the <i>Tonight Show</i>. The game randomly generates a song and a genre, and the …

Metropolitan Opera

Opera and Broadway have a fruitful relationship. If only opera fans understood it.

Whenever opera turns to Broadway, many opera fans clutch their pearls in tut-tutting horror. That’s a lot of pearl clutching, because more opera companies are doing it, from the Glimmerglass Festival to the Chicago Lyric Opera (which offers its annual musical outside the parameters of the regular …

Metropolitan Opera

NBA: LeBron James’ record helps Cavs crush Celtics to set up another final with Warriors

“King” James surpassed NBA icon Michael Jordan as the league’s all-time leading playoff scorer.<p>The Cleveland Cavaliers, fueled by another milestone …

Royal Opera House

Arts in Ottawa: A weekend of firsts, lasts and second helpings

Actors do double time, strangers in the night meet for love songs<p>It's a busy weekend, one that includes the English-language premiere of a Quebec …

Metropolitan Opera

The Royal Opera House Implements Security Measures After Manchester Terror Attack

The Royal Opera House has ordered unprecedented security measures after the Manchester terror attack at an Ariana Grande Concert.<p>The concert noted in …

Royal Opera House

Barbara Smith Conrad, acclaimed opera singer, dies at 79

Barbara Smith Conrad, an acclaimed mezzo soprano who died May 22 at 79, sang on the most illustrious stages of the world, from New York’s …

Metropolitan Opera

A caviar life on a fish-finger budget

How to stretch a pittance into a stylish mode de vie in London<p><b>DOB:</b> It’s almost five years since I moved to London from Yorkshire; half a decade in which I have done my best to wring out every succulent drop of experience from city life. The problem is, for most of it I have existed on what might …

Royal Opera House

New York City Opera Will Present the U.S. Premiere of Brokeback Mountain in 2018

The operatic adaptation of the 2005 film was originally commissioned by the company nearly a decade ago.<p>New York City Opera will present the U.S. …

The Arts

Bonn opera gala: Singing for a good cause | Euromaxx Videos | DW | 24.05.2017

The German AIDS foundation has held its sixth opera gala in Bonn. Ten opera singers donated their time and presented a varied program. All proceeds …

Germany

Review: Alexei Ratmansky’s Ballet ‘Whipped Cream’ Is a Candyland Triumph

American Ballet Theater’s gala at the Metropolitan Opera House on Monday was a triumph on many levels. Alexei Ratmansky’s two-act “Whipped Cream,” an exuberantly nutty piece, new this March, in which a candy shop coming to life is only the start of the tale’s subversive craziness — made its New …

Metropolitan Opera

Kourtney Kardashian and new boyfriend Younes Bendjima heat up at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

Cannes you feel it?!<p>Stars like Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Rita Ora and Hailey Baldwin continued to light up the South of France this week …

Metropolitan Opera

Councillor Campbell to ask council to withhold grant from Pride

A Toronto councillor plans to ask colleagues to “suspend” a $260,000-grant for Pride Toronto’s annual parade, despite pleas for time to find …

Canadian News

La traviata, Glyndebourne 2017, review: is Kristina Mkhitaryan the new Netrebko?

If the success of La traviata hangs on the soprano singing the central role of Violetta, then Glyndebourne hits the jackpot with this revival of Verdi’s most popular opera.<p>The young Russian Kristina Mkhitaryan, groomed by the Bolshoi, has a smooth olive-tinted Slavic timbre not dissimilar to that …

The Arts

50 Years at the Metropolitan Opera

Inside the costume archives.<p>George Chinsee/WWD<p>Inside the costume archives.<p>George Chinsee/WWD<p>Inside the costume archives.<p>George Chinsee/WWD<p>Inside the …

Metropolitan Opera

‘Butterfly’ and ‘Carmen,’ in Bold and Vivid Cuts

Opera fans who object to contemporary productions of revered works that seem driven by some provocative concept often wonder where it will all end. If you’re going to zap, say, “Rigoletto” from 16th-century Mantua to 1960s Las Vegas, they complain, you might as well tweak the libretto, …

The Arts

La Traviata review – subtle and serious

Glyndebourne, Lewes Tom Cairns’s stripped-back production of Verdi’s opera, first seen in 2014, eschews histrionic tragedy in favour of deep, contained sadness<p>Less means infinitely more in Tom Cairns’s production of La Traviata, first seen in 2014, now returning for its first festival revival. …

The Arts

Hipermestra/La traviata, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, review: revival of Tom Cairns’s production of La traviata is outstanding

The surtitle box says ‘mobiles off’ in Arabic, the proscenium is fringed with Islamic designs, and the orchestra are veiled and capped like players …

Fine Art

Opera is not just for elites, it's a source of social change, believes director Jacopo Spirei

Jacopo Spirei’s belief in a formula for social change—that if there was more opera in the world, there would be less crime—has fueled his passion for …

The Arts

Symphonic Dances, The Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, London, review: The choreography is full of activity but lacks weight

The Royal Ballet’s latest mixed bill starts with two showstoppers, then wanders into aimlessness. Worse, it’s the company’s own new and recent …

Royal Opera House

Need a Rigoletto? Here’s your man

There’s no fast track in opera, but Quinn Kelsey has made an impressive rise to the title role of “Rigoletto.”<p>In recent years, Kelsey has become one …

The Arts

Tapestry’s ambitious Oksana G. is a beautiful opera about an ugly reality

Director Tom Diamond is working with two singers, a conductor and a rehearsal pianist, in the Ernest Balmer Studio in Toronto’s Distillery District. The two women are singing in Ukrainian. One has a stick by way of a crutch. Diamond is encouraging them to show as much emotion as they can in the …

The Arts

Toronto’s independent opera scene is thriving

Against the Grain led the way in 2011 and now 11 companies are part of Indie Opera Toronto.

Canadian News

How The Hilton Paris Opera Is Winning Over Veteran Visitors And First-Timers Alike

Formerly the Hotel Concorde Saint Lazare, the historic, stately building underwent a sweeping $50 million refresh before reopening as Hilton Paris Opera in January 2015.<p>Here’s the thing about finding a hotel in Paris. Veteran visitors prefer to steer clear from touristy spots, while first time …

Hotels

Asian actors often don’t even get Asian roles

Marcelo Raffaelli’s May 13 Free for All letter, “Keep opera casting colorblind,” and Anne Midgette’s April 30 Arts & Style article, “Here we go again ,” missed the point that leading Asian characters in the performing arts have historically been played by Caucasians wearing heavy makeup and made to …

Opinion

Sukanya; Don Carlo; L'Orfeo review – to hell and back

Symphony Hall, Birmingham; Royal Opera House; St John’s Smith Square, London Eastern and western classical traditions dance the night away in Ravi Shankar’s beautifully staged opera. Plus, mesmerising Monteverdi<p>No one can fill the gap left by Ravi Shankar. All his life he strove to unite eastern …

Royal Opera House