Latest Operas Stories

2008-10-06 21:00:21

On November 24, SonyBMG will release The Best of Gilbert and Sullivan by theatrical quintet the Gala Ensemble, aiming to bring their music back to the masses.The deal will see songs from comic operas such as Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore receive a "fresh and uplifting" new recording, the label said.

2008-10-03 15:00:19

By PATSY FULLER GILBERT and Sullivan's muchloved Mikado is undergoing a spectacular makeover... in black and white. All the costumes, sets and props will be in monochrome when Spa Opera perform the light-hearted operetta at the Spa Centre in Leamington later this month.

2008-09-28 03:00:17

By Holloway, Robin There was no space in my report last month, on a first visit to the Bayreuth Festival, for what was in retrospect its most exciting quart d'heure, a privileged informal investigation of the unique orchestra layout that produces the Festspielhaus's unique acoustic.

2008-09-24 21:00:22

By Cheryl North Sigmund Freud would have been fascinated had he been in the audience of the San Francisco Opera's opening production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's 1920 opera "Die Tote Stadt" Tuesday evening at the War Memorial Opera House.

2008-09-20 15:00:30

MONMOUTH - The Theater At Monmouth will once again bring the wry comedy and joyous music of Gilbert and Sullivan to the Cumston Hall stage with its production of "The Mikado." The comic classic will run Sept. 26 to Oct. 5. "The Mikado" takes place in the fictional Japanese town of Titipu.

2008-09-19 15:00:32

By CRAIG SMITH When I first heard about East Village Opera Company's specialty of rock, jazz, or pop-song renditions of operatic arias, I was skeptical. When Olde School, the company's new disc, crossed my desk, I was even more dubious.

2008-09-18 12:00:19

By MAUREEN COLEMAN Two works of different styles and from different centuries will be staged to mark the 25th anniversary of Castleward Opera next year.

2008-09-17 06:00:27

By Tim Cornwell FROM the leading Scottish novelist Louise Welsh, to the Glasgow doctor and blogger Margaret McCartney, the next ten names to write five new operas were unveiled yesterday. Scottish Opera announced the line-up for its second production of five brand-new 15-minute operas.

2008-09-12 00:00:11

By Jim Farber Los Angeles Opera's long and ardent courtship of Hollywood produced the perfect match for Saturday's gala opening of the company's 2008-2009 season with Academy Award-winning film directors William Friedkin and Woody Allen dividing the task of staging Giacomo Puccini's tragic, sentimental, comic trilogy, "Il Trittico." The red-carpet event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion featured Hollywood glitterati in the audience and at least one film veteran (Friedkin) on stage taking bows...

2008-09-12 00:00:11

Three brand new operatic productions in a grand amphitheatre setting are being performed at the Bristol Hippodrome next month and today we offer readers the chance to win tickets to see them.

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