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ROH to introduce e-ticket service

19 January 2016

A Royal Opera House e-ticket
A Royal Opera House e-ticketROH, 2016

The Royal Opera House is introducing an e-ticket system for those making online ticket purchases.

The decision follows a survey in which a high proportion of those questioned said that they value the convenience offered by e-ticketing.

The e-ticket will replace the online option to collect tickets from the box office, and will become the standard option for international customers, students and those buying tickets within a few days of the performance.

The roll-out of the e-ticket system began on 18 January with those purchasing for the dedicated student performance of Frankenstein, and will be available to all customers buying summer season tickets from 16 February. The option will initially only be available online.

E-tickets can be displayed on a mobile device or printed. They will be made available through a link in the order confirmation email and sent directly as a reminder shortly before the performance. They can also be accessed from the 'Upcoming events' section of the website.

Applications open for the Rhinegold Charity Fund

18 January 2016

Charities operating within the music sector are invited to submit their applications for the Rhinegold Charity Fund 2016/17.

The successful charity will receive £10,000 to spend on advertising across Rhinegold's portfolio of classical music publications, websites and services.

They will also receive account management support on aspects of marketing and design from Rhinegold.

The scheme supports the work of charities that might not have the resources necessary to support a large advertising campaign on their own, giving them the opportunity to promote their cause to a large international readership.

Since its launch in 2013, the number of applications to the fund has doubled annually. The 2015 fund was awarded to two charities: Young Classical Artists Trust and Live Music Now.

Charities wishing to apply should complete the online form by 29 February, with the selected charity to be announced in March.

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Knight Foundation invests $2.5m in Opera Philadelphia's O festival

14 January 2016

O will feature seven operatic 'happenings' in six venues across Philadelphia, including contemporary American opera and new stagings of classics. The 12-day event will open Opera Philadelphia's season each fall.

The investment will support Opera Philadelphia's artistic planning and development, the creation of a new guest services centre, increased national marketing, and the festival launch in 2017.

The inaugural festival, O17, will take place from 14-25 September 2017, offering more than 25 performances at multiple venues across Philadelphia.

It will feature the world premieres of Kevin Puts' Elizabeth Cree (librettist Mark Campbell) and Daniel Bernard Roumain's We Shall Not Be Moved (librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph), as well as another work commissioned to interact with the collection of the Barnes Foundation.

A site-specific double bill will pair Monteverdi's Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda with Lembit Beecher's I Have No Stories To Tell You (librettist Hannah Moscovitch).

Barrie Kosky's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute will take place in the Academy of Music, with a free HD video broadcast at Independence National Historical Park.

Inaugural festival artist Sondra Radvanovsky will give a solo recital in the Perelman Theater and conduct a masterclass with emerging artists.

'With this groundbreaking festival, Opera Philadelphia has the opportunity to re-envision the discipline, curate a series relevant to today’s audiences and demonstrate that opera is an accessible, vibrant, multidimensional art form reflective of our lives,' said Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. 'We’re looking forward to seeing the results, not just for Opera Philadelphia, but also for companies around the country.'

Opera Philadelphia has staged a number of events in the city's public spaces in recent years, including pop-up Random Acts of Culture and the annual Opera on the Mall event broadcast.

Knight Foundation supports projects which engage communities and foster the arts.

Opera Philadelphia Festival

First annual DV/VBO Foundation International Vocal Competition announced

13 January 2016

The first annual Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition will take place in Vero Beach, Florida from 24-26 March 2016.

Preliminary rounds will take place on 24 March; semi-finals on 25 March; and the finals concert on 26 March at 7pm.

Singers between 20 and 30 years are invited to compete for cash prizes of up to $10,000 (£7,000), encouragement awards and performing opportunities.

All contestants must prepare five opera arias prepared in their original language, with no substitutions allowed. A pianist will be provided at no cost to the contestants.

The DV/VBO Foundation was founded in 2007 to promote and support young opera singers. The Foundation also runs a protégée mentoring programme, in which one young singer shadows Voigt during rehearsals and performances.

Deborah Voigt/Vero Beach Opera Foundation International Vocal Competition

ENO stages first ever Bellini opera

12 January 2016

Norma, Opera North (2012)
Norma, Opera North (2012)Alastair Muir

English National Opera is to stage its first ever production of a Bellini opera.

Norma will be the first work by the composer to be presented in the company's 85-year history.

ENO will stage Christopher Alden's production, first seen at Opera North in 2012. The 'energising and absorbing' (Daily Telegraph) production has also been performed in Chemnitz and Bordeaux.

The production relocates the opera from Gaul under Roman occupation to an imagined American mid-West of the late 19th century.

Stephen Lord will conduct a cast including Marjorie Owens, Jennifer Holloway, Peter Auty and James Cresswell.

Norma opens on 17 February at 7.40pm for seven performances.

ENO: Norma

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