Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” is set to be performed in a modern-day Newport, RI in a new production by Opera Columbus. The classic work will be set in the mid-century modern town of Newport, Rhode Island and will showcase Sofia Selowsky and Ben Lee in the lead roles. Gideon Dabi will perform the role of Dandini, while Michelle Trainor will...

An opera aimed at the whole family, a rare Spanish-language opera and a return to the Ohio Theatre are among the highlights of Opera Columbus’ new season. For its 2022-23 season, the company will open on Oct. 28 and 30 in the Southern Theatre with Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 opera “La Cenerentola,” which tells the Cinderella folk tale familiar to fami...

When: October 21, 22 & 23, 2022 - Where: ODC Theater, 3153 17th St, San Francisco, CA - An Opera composed by Leonardo Vinci in 1725. Libretto by Antonio Salvi. A dark tale of post-Iliad trauma, vengeance, sexual havoc and threatened infanticide, composed by one of the early 18th century’s most brilliant and under-recognized operatic masters. Simila...

The Broadway musical version of “Rocky” finally makes its triumphant premiere! “ROCKY, the Musical,” based on the Academy Award-winning film, features new musical numbers, along with favorites including “Eye of the Tiger” and “Gonna Fly Now.” (Starts Oct. 4, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St, Philadelphia. www.walnutstreettheatre.org) Dedicated t...

Opera and Lunch in the Afternoon. The Glorious Sound of the Operatic Singing Voice. Thursday, Oct. 13, noon to 4 pm. Casa Belvedere - 79 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301. Come enjoy great food and company while sharing our love of opera! Presented by Dr. Snjezana Smodlaka and Lou Barrella. Register for Opera Luncheon Intuitively, we all know...

Rossini’s “Otello” premiered in 1816, and the musical adaptation of Shakespeare's famous play was a hit for seven decades. Then Verdi’s version debuted in 1887 and was acclaimed as a pinnacle of the art form, causing Rossini’s version to recede into a rarity.Opera Philadelphia excavated it Friday night at the Academy of Music for its O22 festival i...

Giuseppe Verdi was born on Oct. 10, 1813, in Busseto (Parma) which was then a part of the French Empire. He came from a humble beginning. His mother was a seamstress and his father was employed as a clerk. The organist at his church befriended him at a young age and taught him how to play the piano. At the age of 15, in 1828, he wrote and performed...

Neapolitan conductor Gaetano Merola, aided by San Francisco’s Italian community, founded the San Francisco Opera a century ago. For its 100th season, the Company has planned a rich variety of the innovative and the traditional, with two newly-commissioned works, new productions of old favorites, and established European operas that had their Americ...

On September 10, Concordia Chamber Players will present an evening of Italian Baroque music featuring the works of female composers of the 17th century for ChamberFest 2022. Some of the lesser-known composers featured on the program are Catarina Assandra, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonardo, and Francesca Caccini. The group returns to the barn at ru...

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, a librettist, first met in Vienna in 1783. They shied away from the staid Greco-Roman mythologies, used frequently in opera until then, choosing to collaborate on human interest stories. Musicologists rightly praise Mozart’s ability to "draw" a character in very few bars. In 1786 "The Marriage of Figaro...