Cornucopia of Opera News

Cornucopia of Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s the latest opera news:

Renee Fleming

Done With Opera (Sort Of) Renée Fleming Heads To Broadway
from Washington Post

Nadine Sierra

Soprano Nadine Sierra (Adler 2011-2012) Wins $50K Richard Tucker Award
from New York Times. Quite a few other Merolini were also awarded:

John Chest (Merola 2009) was also named a Richard Tucker Career Grant winner.

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (Merola 2016), Christian Pursell (Merola 2017), Cody Quattlebaum (Merola 2016/2017), Taylor Raven (Merola 2016) all received Sara Tucker Study Grants.

See also: and!/richard-tucker-opera-gala.

AJ Glueckert

For fans of AJ Glueckert (Adler 2013-2014). He will sing the role of Erik in the Met’s production of Der Fliegende Hollander replacing Jay Hunter Morris.

Watch Trump tell Italian Prime Minister Pavarotti is a great friend. He probably knew Pavarotti and meant to say “was” a friend of mine. Otherwise, this would be a Trump/Frederick Douglass moment.


A Millennial Opera and Other Goodies

A Millennial Opera and Other Goodies

Ciao, Opera Mavens. We now have an opera designed originally for a cell phone (not kidding). It’s a very Millennial thing, only 11 minutes long, and only slightly raunchy. It’s called Broken Connection (The Tinder Opera).

Two rarities are currently out there, both streamed live this month from Culture Box:

Verdi’s Jerusalem, l’Opera Royal de Wallonie, Mar 23, 2017.

Rolando Villazon

Monteverdi’s Le retour d”Ulisse dans sa patrie, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Mar 13, 2017, with Rolando Villazon (Merola 1998).

Two new offerings from The Opera Platform are coming up on Apr 1 and 2.

Donizetti’s Lucretia Borgia from Palau de les Arts in Valencia, hometown of the Borgia family, 10am Apr 1.

Mussorgsky’s Sorochintsy Fair, Komische Opera Berlin, 10am Apr 2.


Two Quick Opera News Items

Ciao, Opera Mavens. If you missed the March 18 Munich Andrea Chenier with Jonas Kaufmann, the performance is now available on YouTube. Click here.

Thinking of going to Santa Fe for the opera this summer? Carol Rabin at Creative Travel Arrangers may be just what you’re looking for:

Santa Fe Opera tour – August 1-6, 2017

Join an exciting opera tour to Santa Fe which includes air transportation, first class hotel, 4 operas (Alcina, Golden Cockerel, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The (R)evolution of  Steve Jobs), plus a Chamber Music Concert, sightseeing, and much more!

Creative Travel Arrangers (650) 854 4412 or email:


Newsy Opera News

Newsy Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s a quick update:

Verdi Opera Cancelled After Star Tenor Arrested For Domestic Violence
from Pizzicato

Neal Degrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson Goes On A Twitter Rant About The NEA
from Huffington Post

While US Considers Killing Federal Arts Funding, Canada Proposes $1.8 Billion Increase In Arts Budget
from The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Klaus Floriean Vogt

For fans of Erich Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt. A marvelous production from the Finish National Opera (2010) is now available in the catalog. Stars Klaus Florian Vogt as Paul.

Ildebrando D’Archangelo

An OperaBobb sidebar: A few days ago, PBS KQED broadcast a performance of the Verdi Requiem conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl. The bass-baritone part was sung by Ildebrando D’Archangelo, who we will see at the SF Opera this June in Don Giovanni. DG opens on Jun 4 and includes the FREE simulcast at AT&T ballpark on Jun 30.