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    by Published on March 20th, 2016 04:30 AM
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    Opera Lively is continuing the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).
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    by Published on March 15th, 2016 11:20 AM
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    Opera Lively is starting the coverage for our partner Opera Carolina's double bill of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci and Rachmaninoff's Aleko, which is having its US professional premiere by a major company. Escaping the usual Cav-Pag, it is indeed an excellent idea to pair these two operas with similar storylines and even some musical moments that appear to cross-reference each other (which is certainly coincidental because they were composed simultaneously, miles apart).

    The show will run three times at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in downtown Charlotte, NC, on Sunday April 10 at 2 PM, Thursday April 14 at 7:30 PM, and Saturday April 16 at 8 PM. Tickets ranging from $19 to $150 can be purchased by clicking [here].
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    by Published on March 13th, 2016 08:40 AM
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    Continuing our loving and supportive relationship with contemporary opera, we are bringing to our readers coverage of Californian composer Mark Abel's Home is a Harbor, which has just been released two days ago by the Delos label on CD. The album also contains an exquisite song cycle, The Palm Trees are Restless, featuring the phenomenal Grammy winner soprano Hila Plitmann. Both pieces have been reviewed by Opera Lively [here] and [here], and today we are presenting a fascinating exclusive interview with the composer. It must be said that our initial review of Home is a Harbor had mixed feelings, but ever since, after reading the composer's defense of his piece and after giving it a second listen, our opinion of it has improved significantly. We were already very impressed with the song cycle, and now we've acquired a better understanding of the composer's artistic choices in this piece that is his first opera.
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    by Published on January 31st, 2016 11:52 PM
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    Our apologies for the delay in publishing this, but we are finally bringing to our readers a charming interview with soprano Heidi Stober. This is out of order since it is our interview #171 and we are at #190 now, but this one and a batch of others done in May of 2015 got in the back burner for various reasons that are not the singer's fault. We are slowly catching up to those. Heidi was a great Oscar in the Metropolitan Opera's Un Ballo in Maschera when we interviewed her in person at the Met Press Lounge on May 4, 2015. Her interview has a sort of human quality that our readers will appreciate, and it is very interesting, addressing not only that production, but many other aspects of her successful career in the United States and Europe.

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    by Published on January 22nd, 2016 12:44 PM
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    This is Opera Lively's exclusive interview # 190, with coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger who will be singing Juliette for Opera Carolina in their upcoming January 2016 production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. The work will be presented fully staged (sung in French, with English supertitles) on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM, Thursday January 28th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center. Click [here] for tickets, which range from $19 to $150.
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    by Published on January 13th, 2016 12:24 AM
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    This is Opera Lively's exclusive interview # 189, with lyric tenor Jonathan Boyd who will be singing Roméo for Opera Carolina in their upcoming January 2016 production of Gounod's opera Roméo et Juliette. The work will be presented fully staged (sung in French, with English supertitles) on Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM, Thursday January 28th at 7:30 PM, and Saturday, January 30th at 8 PM, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Blumenthal Performance Arts Center. Click [here] for tickets, which range from $19 to $150.



    As usual Opera Lively will cover the event, but unfortunately we can't be there for the opening night. We will attend the last show and publish a review. In the meantime, we will interview the two principal singers, in an upcoming piece with French-Canadian coloratura soprano Marie-Eve Munger, and in the piece below, with American lyric tenor Jonathan Boyd (the latter, known to the Charlotte public for his excellent rendition of Alfredo in La Traviata in the 2011 season). Both are exceptional artists with prolific international careers in several European countries and elsewhere, in addition to several domestic appearances, so this production is looking like another winner for Opera Carolina.
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    by Published on January 10th, 2016 08:03 PM
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    Our partner company, the excellent Opera Carolina, will be presenting Gounod's Roméo et ...
    by Published on October 16th, 2015 09:59 PM
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    Dear readers, this is to remind everybody who is at driving distance from Charlotte, North Carolina, that the excellent company Opera Carolina is opening this weekend their new production of Beethoven's thrilling masterpiece Fidelio. It is not every day that we see such a compelling work done by a regional company, so it is definitely worth the trip!

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    by Published on October 1st, 2015 02:20 AM
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    Our partners at Piedmont Opera are presenting Verdi's Rigoletto on October 23, 25, and 27, 2015, in Winston-Salem, NC, featuring international star René Barbera and other great singers. Opera Lively is covering the event, and in this article you will find brief (but very informative and insightful) exclusive interviews with the talented cast.
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    by Published on September 28th, 2015 11:21 AM
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    This is the fifth and last interview we did for our partners Opera Carolina's production of Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each with singers in all five principal roles, was published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering Kyle Pfortmiller's answers, in the role of Pizarro.
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    by Published on September 27th, 2015 05:23 AM
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    Opera Lively is covering Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the fourth one, with Andrew Richards in the role of Florestan.
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    by Published on September 26th, 2015 08:45 PM
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    Opera Lively is covering Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the third one, with Xu Lei in the role of Marzelline.
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    by Published on September 24th, 2015 10:13 PM
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    Opera Lively is covering Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the second one, with Maria Katzarava in the role of Leonore.
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    by Published on September 19th, 2015 12:15 AM
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    Opera Lively is starting the coverage of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio by our partners at Opera Carolina in Charlotte. This is a very beloved work that is not often given, and we are thankful to Maestro Meena for bringing it to us. A series of short interviews with five questions each, hopefully with singers in all five principal roles, will be published in this space, in preparation for the show. As usual, we'll have our review, after opening night on October 17. Today we are delivering the first one, with Andrew Funk in the role of Rocco.
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    by Published on September 11th, 2015 01:52 AM
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    Third Annual Art • Poetry • Music opens Opera Carolina’s 2015/16 season
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    by Published on September 7th, 2015 03:30 PM
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    Our apologies for the delay in publishing this, but we are finally bringing to our readers a charming interview with soprano Layla Claire, who was a spectacular Anne Trulove in the Met's latest revival of their production of The Rake's Progress. The interview happened in person at the Met Press Lounge on May 6, 2015, and addressed not only this interesting role, but other aspects of the career of this gifted artist.

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    by Published on August 22nd, 2015 08:19 PM
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    Opera Lively's new official partner Greensboro Opera is presenting Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on Friday August 28 at 8 PM and Sunday August 30 at 2 PM at the Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro, NC. Tickets can be purchased in person at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St. (M-F, 10-6), by phone at (336) 272-0160, or online at www.greensboroopera.org - judging by the high quality of Greensboro Opera's latest production of La Fille du Régiment last January, and given the great cast that artistic director Mr. David Holley has assembled for this show, it is not to be missed! Opera Lively will cover the show and has interviewed all principal singers and the director. Below, please read the fifth and last of these interviews, with Stage Director David Holley. The first one with tenor Andrew Owens in the role of Ramiro can be consulted [here]. The second one with bass-baritone Donald Hartmann as Don Magnifico is [here], and the third one is [here], with baritone Sidney Outlaw in the role of Dandini. Very interesting is the fourth one, with mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy in the title role of Angelina (Cinderella) - click [here].
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    by Published on August 20th, 2015 12:30 AM
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    Opera Lively's new official partner Greensboro Opera is presenting Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on Friday August 28 at 8 PM and Sunday August 30 at 2 PM at the Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro, NC. Tickets can be purchased in person at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St. (M-F, 10-6), by phone at (336) 272-0160, or online at www.greensboroopera.org - judging by the high quality of Greensboro Opera's latest production of La Fille du Régiment last January, and given the great cast that artistic director Mr. David Holley has assembled for this show, it is not to be missed! Opera Lively will cover the show and is interviewing the principal singers and the stage director. Below, please read the fourth of these interviews, with mezzo-soprano Sandra Piques Eddy in the title role of Angelina (Cinderella). The first one with tenor Andrew Owens in the role of Ramiro can be consulted [here]. The second one with bass-baritone Donald Hartmann as Don Magnifico is [here], and the third one is [here], with baritone Sidney Outlaw in the role of Dandini.

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    by Published on August 18th, 2015 04:10 AM
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    Opera Lively's new official partner Greensboro Opera is presenting Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on Friday August 28 at 8 PM and Sunday August 30 at 2 PM at the Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro, NC. Tickets can be purchased in person at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St. (M-F, 10-6), by phone at (336) 272-0160, or online at www.greensboroopera.org - judging by the high quality of Greensboro Opera's latest production of La Fille du Régiment last January, and given the great cast that artistic director Mr. David Holley has assembled for this show, it is not to be missed! Opera Lively will cover the show and is interviewing the principal singers. Below, please read the third of these interviews, with baritone Sidney Outlaw in the role of Dandini. The first one with tenor Andrew Owens in the role of Ramiro can be consulted [here]. The second one with bass-baritone Donald Hartmann is [here]. When new interviews become available, they will be added to this space.
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    by Published on August 16th, 2015 06:34 AM
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    Opera Lively's new official partner Greensboro Opera is presenting Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) on Friday August 28 at 8 PM and Sunday August 30 at 2 PM at the Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro, NC. Tickets can be purchased in person at Triad Stage, 232 S. Elm St. (M-F, 10-6), by phone at (336) 272-0160, or online at www.greensboroopera.org - judging by the high quality of Greensboro Opera's latest production of La Fille du Régiment last January, and given the great cast that artistic director Mr. David Holley has assembled for this show, it is not to be missed! Opera Lively will cover the show and is interviewing the principal singers. Below, please read the second of these interviews, with bass-baritone Donald Hartmann in the role of Don Magnifico. The first one with tenor Andrew Owens in the role of Ramiro can be consulted [here]. Mr. Hartmann's answers are very interesting. The questions address other aspects of his career, as well as the current production. When new interviews become available, they will be added to this space.
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