Former Bayreuth director Wolfgang Wagner dies aged 90Wolfgang Wagner, the grandson of composer Richard Wagner, has died in Germany aged 90.Appointed as a co-director of Bayreuther Festspiele in 1951 alongside his...
World Premiere – Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick at Dallas Opera
Opera Now correspondent, Chris Shull, attended the opening night of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick at Dallas Opera and writes:
“Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick has been called the...
AU$152 million investment plan for Sydney Opera House
Australia’s New South Wales Government has committed funds of AU$152 million (£87.5 million) to create underground truck access and buy new backstage machinery for...
27-year-old tenor wins Welsh Singers Competition
27-year-old tenor, John Pierce, has won the Welsh Singers Competition 2010.
He was one of four singers who performed in this year’s public final at...
South Korean baritone wins Concours Ernst Hafliger
29-year-old baritone, Eun-Kwang Lee, has won the Concours Ernst Hafliger 2010 in Bern, Switzerland.
Originally from South Korea,Read More
Domingo to leave Washington National Opera in June 2011
Plácido Domingo has decided not to renew his contract as general director of Washington National Opera (WNO) when it expires in June 2011.
German opera director Joachim Herz dies, aged 86
Opera Now correspondent, Della Couling, reports:
The great German opera director Joachim Herz died in Leipzig on 18 October,Read More
ROH announces 5-night residency for Rufus Wainwright
Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has been invited to take up a 5-night residency at London’s Royal Opera House from 18 to 23 July 2011.
Robert Lepage to direct Met commission by Osvaldo Golijov
The Metropolitan Opera is reported to have commissioned a stage adaptation of Stephen Hawking’s bestselling science book, A Brief History of Time.Read...
Agrippina at Boston Lyric Opera
Agrippina opens tonight at Boston Lyric Opera, starring Caroline Worra as Handel’s anti-heroine in a production first staged by Glimmerglass and New York City...
Lyric Opera of Chicago names new general director
The Lyric Opera of Chicago has appointed Anthony Freud as the company’s new general director, effective from 1 October 2011.Read More
Garsington Opera’s new venue opens in Buckinghamshire
Andrew Green attended the opening night of this year’s Garsington Opera festival and reports on the success of the company’s relocation to Buckinghamshire.
William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge
Review by Della Couling
Strange, this time-warp in American theatre: Waiting for Godot was premiered in Paris in 1953 and in Europe there has since...
ROH to premiere BBC ‘Question Time’ opera on 22 November
By James Waygood
As part of the Royal Opera House’s Opera ‘Exposure’ series, Errollyn Wallen’s new opera Yes receives its world premiere in London next...
Barcelona’s Liceu announces cost-cutting closure
Financial difficulties have forced Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu to plan eight weeks of closures, from 20 March to 10 April and 5 June...
Damon Albarn’s Dr Dee
Review by Robert Thicknesse
I caught the world premiere of Dr Dee in Manchester last year,Read More
Picasso inspires new Dublin Carmen
International Leisure and Arts, Ireland’s foremost producer of international ballet, have announced their move into opera with a new production of Carmen by the...
Opera director Lynn Binstock turned a series of personal stories gleaned from interviews with singers into a revealing show that debunks myths surrounding opera...
A new era for Florida Grand Opera
Report by Karyl Charna Lynn
There’s new energy and vitality at the Florida Grand Opera, which hasn’t been felt since October 2006,Read More
San Francisco Opera Summer Festival
Review by Karyl Charna Lynn
The Gospel of Mary Magdalene searches for new meaning in a familiar story by reinterpreting the role Mary Magdalene played...