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Media > Read ‘Em And Weep: Celebrating 35 Years Of Opera Supertitles
November 21st, 2018

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In 1983, the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto tried a grand experiment. While the singers performed Elektra in German onstage, simultaneous translations in English were projected above the stage. These “supertitles,” as they’ve come to be known, were quickly adopted [...] more >>

Media > How Mongolia went wild for opera
November 14th, 2018

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Why are so many Mongolians winning international singing awards? To find out, Kate Molleson travelled 1,000 miles across the country to meet latest star Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, drinking mare’s milk, sleeping in yurts and recording its vocal masters

Media > Putting ‘Don Giovanni’ on a Truck, and Returning Opera to Its Roots
April 6th, 2018

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On a steamy evening in late June, Lisa Scen, a retired cook of inscrutable age, donned a simple beige dress and glittery earrings and prepared to go to her first night at the opera.

Media > In theater and film, we demand that Asian roles be played by Asian actors. Why is opera different?
December 27th, 2017

standard In theater and film, we demand that Asian roles be played by Asian actors. Why is opera different?

Here we go again: Beginning on Saturday, the Washington National Opera is staging Puccini’s beloved and oft-performed “Madame Butterfly,” the story of a Japanese woman betrayed by her American husband. The production, originally created in 2006, is designed by a [...] more >>

Media > Does opera exclude you, or do you exclude opera?
August 23rd, 2017

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The public need to take the lead in exploring opera, says director of Opera Holland Park Michael Volpe

Media > Before Verdi There Was Rossini
April 26th, 2017

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I am in this wonderful city that celebrates Giuseppe Verdi for a month each October with a festival of his works, but my mind is also on Gioachino Rossini, whose works L’Italiana in Algeri and Guillaume Tell are in repertory [...] more >>

Media > HD broadcasts, once the future of opera, are now seen by some as its demise
January 4th, 2017

standard HD broadcasts, once the future of opera, are now seen by some as its demise

The Metropolitan Opera, the largest opera company in the United States, is struggling. Its ticket sales are way down — to 66 percent of capacity last season. Its general director, Peter Gelb, has had trouble with everything from labor negotiations [...] more >>

Media > Could You Shorten That Aria? Opera Weighs Cuts in the Classics
December 9th, 2016

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For some opera fans, the most startling thing about Calixto Bieito’s production of Bizet’s “Carmen” here last month was not the soldier clad only in his tighty-whities and combat boots, or the nude matador. It was the way a series [...] more >>