For many people, New Orleans is practically synonymous with jazz; it’s the birthplace of both the music and many of its leading lights, from Louis Armstrong to Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. But now, one organization is working to draw attention to the city’s history of opera music. Read more at npr.org
On a recent February evening, a shopkeeper, a former marketing director, a philosophy professor and several dozen others braved Milan’s bone-chilling dampness to do something that many had been told as children they could never do: sing. Read the story at the New York Times.
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When the new students arrive at Sweden’s two opera conservatories this autumn, they’ll share one thing in common: they’ll all be women. In the most recent round of auditions, only women won a place. There just weren’t any qualified male candidates. Read more at the Economist.
In an old bus depot in an industrial stretch of Bushwick, Brooklyn, whose architectural ornamentation consists of concertina wire and graffiti, young singers and musicians — some wearing knit hats and parkas against the cold — were rehearsing Puccini’s “Tosca.” Read the article at the New York Times.
In January the Royal Opera House announced the new slate of Jette Parker artists. With its five year-long positions, the Jette Parker Young Artist programme is a sought-after destination among emerging opera stars. Of the winners this year, not a single singer from Italy won a spot. Read more at the Economist.
With funding from nation’s richest man, former prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, prestigious cultural institution hopes to bring back glory years. Read more at the Guardian.
English National Opera this week opens a new production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, his 1983 opera about the ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Tristram Kenton went along to rehearsals to capture the creation of what looks set to be a stunning production. Read more at the Guardian.
If you’ve ever wondered why the heroines in tragic opera stories don’t just roll their eyes and mouth ‘Yeah, whatever’, The Guardian has the summaries for you.