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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

The Opera Platform announces January-July streaming programme

11 January 2016

Véronique Gens as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito
Véronique Gens as Vitellia in La Clemenza di Tito

The Opera Platform has announced its streaming programme for January to July 2016.

  • 17 January: Mozart La Clemenza di Tito - La Monnaie Brussels (dir. Ivo van Hove)
  • 31 January: Tchaikovsky Yevgeny Onegin - Komische Oper Berlin (dir. Barrie Kosky)
  • 12 February: Bizet Carmen - Opéra de Lyon (dir. Olivier Py)
  • 4 March: Wagner Die Walküre - Dutch National Opera (dir. Pierre Audi)
  • 18 March: Eötvös Tri Sestri - Wiener Staatsoper (dir. Yuval Sharon)
  • 15 April: Puccini Manon Lescaut - Latvian National Opera (dir. Ināra Slucka)
  • 6 May: Boesmans Reigen - Oper Stuttgart (dir. Sylvain Cambreling)
  • 11 June: Verdi Macbeth - Latvian National Opera (dir. Viesturs Meikšāns)
  • 2 July: Bell In Parenthesis - Welsh National Opera (dir. David Pountney)
  • July, date tbc: Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (dir. Katie Mitchell)
All of the above performances apart from La Clemenza di Tito, Die Walküre and Manon Lescaut will be available online for six months, subtitled in six languages (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Polish) within a few days of the live relay.

The Opera Platform launched in May 2015 and broadcast 13 operas and reached more than 575,000 individuals during its first six months. The website features documentary material and behind-the-scenes insights alongside full opera performances.

The Opera Platform: Upcoming

Win a luxury trip for two to Texas

8 January 2016

Bass Hall, home to Fort Worth Opera

Opera Now is offering the chance to win an unforgettable holiday to Dallas and Fort Worth, including flights from the UK and luxury accommodation throughout. During your stay, you’ll be offered a truly versatile Texan experience – from two-stepping and rodeos to fine dining and world-class art.

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Tickets to Fort Worth Opera and Dallas Opera will be provided wherever availability permits

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