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A definitive hit: West Side Story in Atlanta

A definitive hit: West Side Story in Atlanta

West Side Story isn't an easy show and, particularly in current climates, a controversial one to cast. It is dance heavy and, while the Atlanta Opera Chorus shined during their choreographed number during last season's La fille du r├ęgiment, West Side Story requires specialized training, perfect timing, and active feats of physical intensity. After spending election night in the audience of the same production I was so nervous about, I can genuinely say that it is a production not to miss.

Daniel Weisman
The follies of modernization: Oedipus Rex & Iolanta

The follies of modernization: Oedipus Rex & Iolanta

It's a crass move to co-opt sexual assault as a means to artificially raise an opera's stakes. It also causes serious dramaturgical issues. By screwing around with the plot, the director has given herself the irreconcilable task of manufacturing staging that respects the repercussions of Iolanta's assault, while spinning an idyllic, fairytale love story, with a libretto that only supports the latter.

Jeremy Hirsch
"Veggies in the morning, and melodies throughout the day"

"Veggies in the morning, and melodies throughout the day"

Then one day in the car, he heard a completely original Melody that suddenly came into his head and he began to cry. From there on - and to this day - melodies have come to Mr. Thomas "incessantly." A composer was born.

Loren Lester
Off-Centre Stage: the COC Ensemble Studio Competition

Off-Centre Stage: the COC Ensemble Studio Competition

It's a lot of hype for one night, and only part of it is open to the public. The competitors sing one closed round before the crowd files in for the second, and after the competition is done, the singers are whisked away for a gala dinner with their colleagues - and most notably, the evening's donors.

Jenna Simeonov
Live-streamed in recital: Brancy & Dugan

Live-streamed in recital: Brancy & Dugan

The Journey Home is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, and features traditional picks (Schubert, Vaughan Williams), as well as popular and art songs by composers who were killed in the war.

Jenna Simeonov
Don't miss: the drama & devotion of Agostino Steffani

Don't miss: the drama & devotion of Agostino Steffani

"He spins a beautiful melody," says mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szab├│, who joins the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir on this programme of Steffani's music. The composer's style, "for me, it falls between Cavalli and Handel."

Jenna Simeonov
Opera laid bare, for better or for worse in the Met's Fanciulla

Opera laid bare, for better or for worse in the Met's Fanciulla

It's funny how similar the opera-going experience is, be it at an opera house or the movies. Older audience members still kvetch about the venue - "They should have it at TIFF," et cetera - and there's the usual mixture of apologies and harumphing as latecomers squeeze past their neighbours' knees to find their mid-row seats.

Jenna Simeonov
Old meets new: Modularias & podcast operas

Old meets new: Modularias & podcast operas

A modular synth opera is about a hipster as you can get: "Modular synthesizers have been around since the early 1960s but they fell out of favor in the 1980s," say Cady and EiO founders Matthew Welch and Aaron Siegel. "In the last 10 years, there has been a resurgence of interest in modular synthesizers as they have gotten cheaper, smaller and generally more accessible for enthusiasts and musicians."

Jenna Simeonov
Spectacle & art: Dragus Maximus

Spectacle & art: Dragus Maximus

The show, a revue of Baroque arias and a world premiere by music director Daniel Schlosberg, incorporated masterful singing, a costumed 6-piece band, gender bending, lip syncing, imaginative costumes and dazzling makeup in the intimate venue of Roulette Theatre in Brooklyn.

Lara Secord-Haid
Talking with singers: Vlada Borovko

Talking with singers: Vlada Borovko

"Of course, school education does not give you large amounts of stage experience, in the same way as is provided by some young artist programs. During two seasons as a young artist in London, I was singing supporting roles on the main stage and making unexpected debuts in the leading roles. Of course, in extreme situations you learn much faster."

Jenna Simeonov

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