Calling in an understudy? Definitely not. While Elina Garanca, the Latvian mezzo-soprano, may be phoning in sick to this Sundays Metropolitan Opera performance, audiences will be pleased to know the Anna Netrebko intends to stand at the plate for her.
Seriously, though, can Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins really sing opera? It's a curious line of inquiry everyone who has heard her asks. Eventually.
Well you can't bite the hand that feeds you — and The West Australian Opera is finding the meaning in that sentiment. For the state-owned company, a 2-year ban has been imposed on any production of Bizet's Carmen as it promotes "unhealthy" behavior.
A dying art? James Inverne picks five of the best cinematic opera adaptations.
It's too late now to order a classical music CD or DVD for Christmas, but why not take the New Year as a cue to freshen up your musical tastes?
The sweet smell of success? The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will hope so, as they add a new dimension to a new opera production--the sensation of smell.
With temperatures in Gotham closing in on triple digits this week, last Thursday, the New York chapter of Opera on Tap retreated to much cooler climes--apropos, the backroom of Freddy's Bar in Brooklyn. And while their 2013 residency there has runneth o'er with all kinds of fun and interesting programming, that muggy evening's theme--"It's Too Darn Hot"--proved particularly apt.
Opera Australia has announced an initial tranche of movie theaters around the world which will broadcast their Carmen on Sydney Harbor. The annual "HANDA Opera" event, on a floating stage this year, showcased Bizet's most (only?) popular opera.
James Inverne pays tribute to July 2013’s birthday girl, the soon-to-be 100-year-old Licia Albanese.