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Salzburg Fest Adapts ‘Barber of Seville’ for Children >>

Members of the Young Singers Project may have finally found a remedy opera's reputation for standoffishness with their unique adaptation of Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' for children as young as four years old. The Salzburg Festival, a staple of Austrian cultural heritage since the 1920s, created the Young Singers Project in 2008 as an environment where young artists can hone their craft.

William Tell Gang-Rape Scene Receives Poor Reviews, Critics and Public Respond in Outrage

William Tell Gang-Rape Scene Receives Poor Reviews, Outrages Responses >>

Art has spurred many a-controversy for as long as it has been in creation (and that's a very long time). However, critics and concertgoers alike have agreed that the latest staging of Rossini's epic four-part production of "William Tell" at the Royal Opera House is distasteful and offensive, specifically because of its 5-minute long rape scene.

Sir George Christie

Sir George Christie, Beloved Glyndebourne Opera Chief, Dead at 80 >>

One of the best-loved figures in the British musical establishment has passed away.

Saving Grace: Joyce Didonato Offers Masters Class for Aspiring Opera Singers as Part of Carnegie Hall Residency Program, Ages 18-24

Joyce DiDonato Offers Masterclasses for Aspiring Opera Singers, Ages 18-24, During Carnegie Hall Residency Program >>

Calling all opera singers between the ages of 18 and 24: Classicalite's mezzo of choice, Joyce DiDonato, is available for some serious vocal refinery with her upcoming masterclasses at Carnegie Hall.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Staging U.S. Première of Mark-Anthony Turnage and Richard Thomas' 'Anna Nicole' Opera

Royal Opera 2014/15 Season Announced: Includes Weill's Mahagonny, Domingo Hat-Trick, Kaufmann Chenier and Anna Nicole >>

The U.K.'s Royal Opera has announced details of its 2014/15 season. There are seven new main-house productions including a new opera from Philip Glass, a final bow for the classic John Copley La Boheme and a welcome return for Mark Anthony Turnage's Anna Nicole.

81 Can Wait: James Inverne's Tribute to Maestro Claudio Abbado (1933-2014) >>

They were the words all music-lovers hoped never to hear, though they knew the day was inevitable. Claudio Abbado has passed away. He defied the odds to live a full decade beyond an illness that had looked likely to kill him. In that time, he gave us performance after performance of stunning brilliance.

Mannes Opera presents Rossini's Lost Masterpiece 'Il Viaggio a Reims'

Mannes Opera Presents Rossini's Lost Masterpiece 'Il Viaggio a Reims' >>

Mannes College at The New School for Music will present Rossini's opera 'Il Viaggio a Reims,' featuring The Mannes Opera with members of The Mannes Orchestra, for two performances only in New York on December 19. Performances will take place at Hunter College's Kaye Playhouse at 1:30 p.m. (semi-staged) and 7:30 p.m. (fully staged).

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence Announces 2014 Opera Season >>

The 2014 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence will unfold in extraordinary settings and historical venues, many of them open-air, in and around the picturesque ancient Provençal city of Aix.

How is an Opera Like a Game of Football? Classicalite Knows the Answer... >>

Opera lovers may think there are no similarities between opera and football, but Classicalite has managed to find some.

WQXR's 'OPERAVORE' and Symphony Space Presenting Hi-Def Broadcasts from Royal Opera House

WQXR's 'OPERAVORE' and Symphony Space Presenting Hi-Def Broadcasts from Royal Opera House >>

WQXR 105.9 FM, America's most listened to classical music radio station, is bringing the Royal Opera House from London’s Covent Garden to New York airwaves for the first time--presenting five operas on the silver screen in partnership with Symphony Space.

Joyce DiDonato Dedicates Santa Fe Opera's Rossini to Gay Suicide Victim Carlos Vigil >>

Classicalite has remarked several times over on how American mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato is the epitome of class and grace. We now quote DiDonato's Facebook post from Wednesday afternoon, in which she dedicates her title role performance of Elena in that evening's Santa Fe Opera production of Rossini's 'La donna del lago' to one Carlos Vigil.

Joyce DiDonato, at La Scala, Receives Cell Phone Call from Rossini >>

OK, so maybe not that Rossini. All the same, in an age when classical musicians are diva-ing out over cell phones in the concert hall, leave it to Classicalite's favorite mezzo to remain all class.


Classicalite's Top 12 Tracks for Joyce DiDonato's 'ReJoyce' >>

Featuring music by Rogers and Hammerstein, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Rossini, Handel, Berlioz and more--all performed by our favorite diva/divo.

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