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A long-standing tradition: La traviata at ROH

A long-standing tradition: La traviata at ROH

Sitting in the audience, I had the feeling I was part of a long standing tradition, one that dates back to 1858 when the opera was first performed at Covent Garden.

Alessia Naccarato
Charlie Siem: "Music is about sharing and healing."

Charlie Siem: "Music is about sharing and healing."

Siem's concert is part of TUCCA's ongoing Music for a Cure concert series, which has traveled internationally, and comes to the UK for the first time in collaboration with INCTR and CARF-UK.

Jenna Simeonov
A report from the NOA conference in Salt Lake City

A report from the NOA conference in Salt Lake City

Last week's National Opera Association conference in Salt Lake City was filled with informative sessions, vocal and scenes competitions, their biannual one act opera competition, and achievement awards for Harolyn Blackwell and Stephen Lord. 

Michael Ching
Talking with singers: Jared Bybee

Talking with singers: Jared Bybee

Bybee sings the Pilot, opposite 11-year-old Nitai Fluchel in the title role. We spoke with Bybee about working on this opera, and his unexpected path to a singing career.

Jenna Simeonov
Wolf in 2019: the latest from Roxanna Walitzki

Wolf in 2019: the latest from Roxanna Walitzki

Shot in the salt flats of Utah by visual artist Redd Walitzki, Roxanna has created an original arrangement of Hugo Wolf's "Verborgenheit" ("Concealment").

Jenna Simeonov
Cantata Profana set to present "a total masterpiece" in Visions of Silence

Cantata Profana set to present "a total masterpiece" in Visions of Silence

"If you want to see our bucket list, there's about a hundred pages of endless Google docs of repertoire ideas that we've been marinating for years. Some pieces stay on the list because they are just waiting for the right venue, the right collaborators, the right concert."

Jenna Simeonov
The future of opera? Holograms & dream casts

The future of opera? Holograms & dream casts

Or! Don Carlo, with Plácido Domingo's hologram in the title role, and the real-life Plácido Domingo as Rodrigo? Add a little Jamie Barton as Eboli, and Nicolai Ghiaurov as Philip II? Delicious.

Jenna Simeonov
Holiday recap: forbiddens & traditions

Holiday recap: forbiddens & traditions

There's little wrong, though, with heading into a new year with good tunes in one's head, and an acute anticipation of good things to come.

Greg Finney Jenna Simeonov
Talking with singers: Eva-Maria Westbroek

Talking with singers: Eva-Maria Westbroek

"The audiences in Covent Garden are just unbelievable, so generous and warm! I am so grateful for this and absolutely love singing here."

Jenna Simeonov
2018 in review: a confession

2018 in review: a confession

I guess that's my 2018 year-in-review: finding my way back to opera. It certainly helped to have, always bubbling in the background like happy reminders, the insatiable enthusiasm for opera of our writers and readers. So, thanks.

Jenna Simeonov

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