opera

Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Designing, Staging And Performing 'Rusalka' At The New Orleans Opera Association

Melissa Citro as the eponymous 'Rusalka' in a full dress rehearsal.
Credit New Orleans Opera Association

The New Orleans Opera Association’s season continues this weekend with Rusalka, a work from 1900 by Antonín Dvořák, one of America’s favorite composers.

Robert Lyall, the opera company’s Executive and Artistic Director, talks about the production.

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Inside the Arts
10:26 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Inside The Arts: Chesapeake Tackles Arts Funding, Gisela's Bathtub And Blue Bayou Salutes Ronstadt

Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt

This week on Inside the Arts, we tickle your funny bone as art and politics collide in playwright Lee Blessings' Chesapeake, a parody on the funding of public art.

Then, the laughs continue as opera comes alive in the powder room, of all places, with the American premiere of Gisela in Her Bathtub. It is one of two one-act operas, with selections by Samuel Barber presented by the Marigny Opera House and the 9th Ward Opera Company.

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Inside the Arts
1:30 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Inside The Arts: It's Carnival Time And Fernando Del Valle Ushers In Lenten Season With Free Concert

The Bouef Gras.
Infrogmation Flickr

This week on Inside the Arts, it's Carnival time! We'll have some Mardi Gras fun with horses on parade, boats on the bayou and tips on following your nose for good food.

Plus, a musical prelude to the Lenten Season. We talk with renowned tenor and opera performing artist Fernando del Valle.

Inside the Arts airs Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:35 a.m.

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WWNO
3:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Starting Dec. 7: Metropolitan Opera Saturday Matinees On Classical WWNO2

The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rigoletto. The Met's Saturday Matinees will air weekly on Classical WWNO2, beginning this week.

On Saturday, December 7, Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee performances will air on 24-hour Classical WWNO2. This 83rd season of 23 operas begins with a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, airing at noon.

This production, by director Michael Mayer, moves the action from 16th-Century Mantua to neon-lit Las Vegas in 1960, and stars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Matthew Polenzani and Sonya Yoncheva.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Artistic Director Influenced By Popularity Of Vampires

Marschner’s "The Vampire," was written in 1827 and gained popularity among many notable composers, including Wagner.
Credit creative commons/wikipedia

It's opera time in New Orleans again. But Robert Lyall, artistic director of the New Orleans Opera Association, says he's decided to give this season's audiences a new twist.

On this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks to him about the very different musical works he's chosen in the upcoming season that begins October 11. 

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Notes from New Orleans
12:20 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Opera And Jazz Unite In The Marigny

George Gershwin's 'Blue Monday' is a 25-minute jazz opera.

For the second summer in a row the Marigny Opera House is offering itself as a performance venue to a homegrown small opera company.

The 9th Ward Opera Company is the brainchild of Kathleen Westfall, a self-described “little Cajun girl” who’s equally comfortable singing on stage in New York or going crabbing in Thibodaux. Sharon Litwin talks to her about the two unusual one-act operas she’s presenting this month.

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Notes from New Orleans
4:14 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Elizabeth Futral, Opera Star And New Orleans Native, Returns For Benefit Concert

Elizabeth Futral has performed opera on stages across the world.
Credit John Grigaitis

New Orleans opera lovers always feel a little starved over the hot summer months as they wait for the return of full scale performances in October.

But this Sunday, for one night only, the musical desert will bloom with the sounds of one of America’s great singers. Sharon Litwin talks with Elizabeth Futral about her life in the world of opera and what she plans to sing at Sunday evening's benefit concert at Loyola University

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Music Interviews
3:43 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Terence Blanchard Turns A Tragic Champion Into An Opera Hero

Terence Blanchard is one of today's foremost jazz composers.
Nitin Vadukul Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 15, 2013 5:19 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:39 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Gods And Monsters: 5 Unforgettable Wagner Moments

The Valkyries, led by Brunnhilde (soprano Debra Voigt, lower left), are the warrior maidens of Richard Wagner's epic Ring cycle.
Ken Howard Metropolitan Opera

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 3:02 pm

How much do you know about Richard Wagner? Probably two unfavorable facts: He wrote very long, grandiose operas and was Hitler's favorite composer. As true as they are, those simple examples barely hint at the complexity of this endlessly creative and confounding artist.

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Friday: Loyola Opera Presents Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide'

Loyola University at dusk.
Loyola University New Orleans

The Loyola Opera Theatre will bring the legacy and genius of American composer Leonard Bernstein to life with its new production of the fast-paced comic operetta, “Candide,” Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.

Both performances take place in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex on Loyola’s main campus. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will precede Friday’s performance at 6:30 p.m.

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