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.
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.
Click here to listen to this week's Notes from New Orleans.
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.
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.
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.