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.
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.
One of the best-loved figures in the British musical establishment has passed away.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
Opera lovers may think there are no similarities between opera and football, but Classicalite has managed to find some.
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.
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.
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.
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