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    by Published on March 18th, 2012 09:00 AM  Number of Views: 9736 
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    Eugene Onegin, lyric opera in three acts (1879), music by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky; libretto by the composer, Konstantin Shilovsky, and Modest Tchaikovsky, based on the novel of the same title (1833) by Alexander Pushkin

    Produced by Opera Carolina at the Belk Theather, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, in Charlotte, NC, USA; opening night on March 17, 2012
    The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Meena
    The Opera Carolina Chorus
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    by Published on March 17th, 2012 08:41 PM  Number of Views: 6128 
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    The Opera Guild of Charlotte held its traditional 44th Annual Vocal Competion at Queens University of Charlotte, Dana Auditorium, on March 17, 2012.

    Judges included Laurie Christy, Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina; Walter Cuttino, USC; Kris Irmeter, Opera Singer and Voice Teacher; Sarah Dockery, President, Opera Guild of Charlotte; Jane Dillard, Auditions Chair; and Leslie Paliyenko, Auditions Co-ordinator.
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    by Published on March 16th, 2012 05:16 PM  Number of Views: 5730 

    The one singer we haven't interviewed from the upcoming Opera Carolina performance of Eugene Onegin is Ms. Victoria Livengood, and it is a pity, since she is a native of North Carolina, also know as "The Dixie Diva." She has had a very illustrious career and performed opposite great tenors, in great opera houses around the world. Now she is back and is living in North Carolina again. She sings Filipevna in this production.
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    by Published on March 5th, 2012 02:09 PM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed Russian baritone Vasily Ladyuk, who sang the title role in our partners Opera Carolina's performance of Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin in Charlotte, NC, on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 13]

    Mr. Ladyuk is a singer of vast international experience in the greatest opera houses of the world. His Metropolitan Opera credits include Andrei Bolkonsky in Prokofiev’s War and Peace and Silvio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. Last year he made his debut at Teatro alla Scala in the title role of Eugene Onegin and performed the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La traviata at the Teatro Fenice in Venice. Other credits include Onegin at the Paris Opera Bastille, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly at the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, and Shchelkalov in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at the Théâtre Royal de La Monnaie in Brussels. Recent engagements included performances of Onegin at the Royal Opera Covent Garden with a visit of the Bolshoi and a return to the Metropolitan as Harlequin in Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.
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    by Published on March 3rd, 2012 10:41 PM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed mezzo Dawn Pierce, who sang the role of Olga in our partners Opera Carolina's production of Eugene Onegin in Charlotte, NC, on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 12]

    Her voice quality has been described as “deep liquid velvet.” Dawn’s favorite performances are those in which she portrays strong and heroic women. Her present repertoire includes Carmen, Isabella (L’Italiana in Algeri), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Charlotte (Werther). On the operatic stage she recently performed as Dorabella (Così fan tutte), The Contessa di Coigny and Madelon (Andrea Chenier), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), and Jo (Little Women). She is equally comfortable in musical theatre where she portrayed Franca (The Light in the Piazza), The Grand Duchess (The Student Prince), and Anita (West Side Story). Please visit her website at www.dawnpierce.com.

    She is a graduate of the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winstom-Salem, NC, and an alumna of Dr. Marilyn Taylor, an institution and educator featured in other articles on Opera Lively (such as here, here, and here). Ms. Pierce earned there a Summa Cum Laude Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance along with a Performing Artist Certificate in Opera.
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    by Published on March 3rd, 2012 09:45 PM

    Opera Lively has interviewed the great Armenian tenor Yeghishe Manucharyan, who sang the part of Lensky for our partners Opera Carolina’s performance of Eugene Onegin in March 2012. [Opera Lively interview # 11]

    Mr. Manucharyan has a fabulous voice (see the video clip at the end of this interview). OL’s reporter has seen him at the Metropolitan Opera performing Eustazio in Rossini’s Armida.
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    by Published on March 3rd, 2012 03:00 AM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed Dina Kuznetsova, Russian-born soprano who sang the role of Tatyana in our partners Opera Carolina's upcoming production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, sung in Russian with English supertitles on March 17, 22, and 25, 2012, at the Belk Theater in Charlotte, North Carolina. [Opera Lively interview # 10]

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    Ms. Kuznetsova interview was simply delightful. She conveyed such a passion in the way she emphasized her words, in her intonation... Transcribing it to a dry text will never render the same energy that she has demonstrated - another reason to go see her live on stage! Usually we'd do some editing of the text for a more journalistic feel, but we've decided to reproduce it verbatim, so colorful her rendition of her thoughts was. Maestro Meena (Opera Carolina's principal conductor) referred to her as "endearing," and Opera Lively agrees! Ms. Kuznetsova seems to have this constant engine inside her in hyperdrive, full of love for the art form. Talking to her is contagious; one will easily catch the virus responsible for opera enthusiasm!
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    by Published on March 2nd, 2012 02:37 AM
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    Opera Lively has interviewed James Meena, general director and principal conductor of Opera Carolina, the excellent Charlotte company (our official partners) that presented Eugene Onegin in March 2012. We talked about the opera, the production, and the accomplishments and struggles of a regional opera company in today’s environment.

    There is a first interview with him focusing on Eugene Onegin and the company, then scroll down for a second one focusing on Tosca. [Opera Lively interview # 9 and # 57]


    Image © Opera Carolina, used with permission

    First Exclusive Opera Lively Interview with Maestro James Meena

    OL – What is needed to conduct Eugene Onegin successfully?

    JM – [Laughs] That’s a very difficult question… [laughs] I don’t know!!! But I’ll tell you my impression of the piece.
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    by Published on February 27th, 2012 04:56 AM     Number of Views: 4220 

    The NYCO, apparently bouncing back from the recent economic crisis and with new labor contracts, is continuing its season. Two more operas are left:

    Così fan Tutte from March 18 through 24 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater
    Orpheus, from May 12 through 20, at El Museo del Barrio

    Tickets and more information can be found at the NYCO website by clicking here.
    by Published on February 27th, 2012 04:50 AM     Number of Views: 6577 
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    Metropolitan Opera House - 2012-2013 Season

    2012–13 Live in HD Schedule

    Donizetti’s L'Elisir d'Amore–New Production

    October 13, 2012


    Anna Netrebko and Matthew Polenzani star in Bartlett Sher's new production of one of the greatest comic gems in opera, as the fickle Adina and her besotted Nemorino. Mariusz Kwiecien is the blustery sergeant Belcore and Ambrogio Maestri is Dulcamara, the loveable quack and dispenser of the elixir. Maurizio Benini conducts.




    Verdi’s Otello

    October 27, 2012

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    by Published on February 26th, 2012 09:53 PM

    Mr. René Barbera is a very promising young tenor who has won some prestigious awards and is already performing opera with important companies. His former voice teacher Dr. Marilyn Taylor of the UNC School of the Arts put Opera Lively in touch with him. We thank him and her for this very interesting interview, and wish Mr. Barbera lots of success in his career. He graciously provided the link and permission to include here a YouTube video of his Operalia performance, and kindly replied to our questions below. Personally, I think that his performance of Pour Mon Âme is terrific, with poise, confidence, charm, and a beautiful voice - no wonder he won the competition! We look forward to seeing him on the operatic stage! [Opera Lively interview # 7]


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    by Published on February 26th, 2012 09:11 PM
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    Opera Lively had the honor and privilege of talking face-to-face for almost two hours with great American composer Robert Ward, author of numerous symphonies, chamber works, ballets, and eight operas, among them the highly regarded The Crucible, a Pulitzer Prize winner. [Opera Lively interview # 8]

    Mr. Ward at age 94 is a charming and sweet gentleman, always with a smile on his face, and still very much witty and sharp at this advanced age. Almaviva met him at his home in Durham, as part of Opera Lively's effort to support regional opera companies, in anticipation of Piedmont's Opera upcoming performance of The Crucible in Winston-Salem, NC. In addition to the interview below, please read our other article on this operat: Robert Ward and The Crucible . Showing on March 16 at 8 PM, 18 at 2 PM, and 20; for tickets, call 336-725-7101, or visit Piedmont Opera's web site.
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    by Published on February 24th, 2012 12:57 AM     Number of Views: 6001 
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    Metropolitan Opera House - 2012-2013 Live in HD Schedule


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    by Published on February 22nd, 2012 01:51 AM

    [Opera Lively interview # 6]

    Originally from Louisville, KY, Maestro James Allbritten - also a professional tenor - began his operatic career with Kentucky Opera. While a student in Louisville, he was invited to participate as one of the youngest artists in the San Antonio Arts Festival, where he was apprenticed to Boris Goldovsky. His conducting studies began at Indiana University under Jan Harrington, Robert Porco, and Thomas Dunn. While there he also worked with Glyndebourne Festival Opera conductor Bryan Balkwill, and MET stage directors, Fritz Busch and James Lucas.

    He came to North Carolina in 1993 to join the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where his duties now include Artistic Director of the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute in Winston-Salem, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Piedmont Opera, the professional opera company headquartered in the same city.
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    by Published on February 14th, 2012 12:52 AM     Number of Views: 4679 

    Santa Fe Opera, 2012 summer festival
    http://www.santafeopera.org/index.aspx

    Tosca, by Puccini
    The Pearl Fishers, by Bizet
    Maometto II, by Rossini
    King Roger, by Szymanowski
    Arabella, by Strauss
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    by Published on February 14th, 2012 12:17 AM     Number of Views: 4111 

    Long Beach Opera, California
    Remainder of the 2012 season.

    The Breasts of Tiresias/Tears of a Knife
    by Poulenc/Martinu
    March 11, 17, 2012

    Ainadamar, by Osvaldo Golijov
    May 19, 26, 2012

    The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, by Nyman
    June 16, 24, 2012

    Long Beach Opera specializes in rarities, old and new.
    by Published on February 12th, 2012 06:29 AM     Number of Views: 15349 

    As part of Opera Lively's support for regional opera companies and educational institutions, we'll be providing some writings on American contemporary composer Robert Ward and his most famous opera, The Crucible.

    This is in anticipation of Piedmont Opera's upcoming production of it on March 16 at 8 PM, 18 at 2 PM, and 20 at , 2012, at the Stevens Center, a magnificently restored neoclassical theater with 1,364 seats. It is located on 405 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem, NC 27101.

    Don't miss our other article on this topic, an exclusive long interview with Mr. Robert Ward; click [here] to read it. If you're visiting this article just to read this material, do consider exploring our other content in our Home and Forum pages, and becoming a member (it's for free).

    Mr. Ward, still alive, sharp, and witty in his mid-nineties, will attend the performance, and has been active in giving advice to the crew and the artists. A dinner in his honor (for which tickets are also available) will occur on March 16 at 5:30 PM, at the Embassy Suites in Winston-Salem.

    For tickets or information, call 336-725-7101, or visit Piedmont Opera's web site. It is a joint production between Piedmont Opera and the A. J. Fletcher Opera Institute of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
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    by Published on February 11th, 2012 04:28 AM     Number of Views: 3835 

    San Diego Opera

    http://sdopera.com/Home

    Moby Dick, Jake Heggie

    Captain Ahab -- Ben Heppner
    Starbuck -- Morgan Smith
    Queequeg -- Jonathan Lemalu
    Greenhorn -- Jonathan Boyd
    Pip -- Talise Trevigne
    Conductor -- Karen Keltner
    Director -- Leonard Foglia
    Composer -- Jake Heggie
    Librettist -- Gene Scheer

    Production created by San Diego Opera, the Dallas Opera, San Francisco Opera, the State Opera of South Australia and Calgary Opera.
    Feb. 18 to 26.

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    by Published on February 11th, 2012 01:32 AM     Number of Views: 2305 

    Here is an announcement from Opera Lively's official partners Opera Carolina:

    Join Us For the 4th Annual Family Opera

    PINOCCHIO
    February 26, 2012 - 2pm
    Please join us for an afternoon of family fun, music & theatre as we present Pinocchio, the children's classic adapted by John Davies. The Family Opera will take place at Charlotte Country Day School on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 2pm.
    This fun event is highly recommended for children ages 4 - 10. Opera Carolina's acclaimed education program Opera Express will perform Pinocchio. The cost to attend is $10 per person.

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    by Published on February 10th, 2012 11:17 AM     Number of Views: 4077 

    Los Angeles Opera season, 2012-2013

    http://www.laopera.com/season/12-13.aspx

    The Two Foscari, Verdi

    Francesco Foscari Plácido Domingo
    Jacopo Foscari Francesco Meli
    Lucrezia Contarini Marina Poplavskaya
    Pietro Loredano Ievgen Orlov

    Conductor James Conlon
    Director Thaddeus Strassberger
    Scenic Designer Kevin Knight
    Costume Designer Mattie Ullrich
    Lighting Designer Bruno Poet
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