Opera

Tree standing in field, as seen from inside Thomas Schütte's art sculpture titled 'Crystal'
Courtesy of The Clark Art Institute

A new opera company takes aim at industry norms and spreads its wings at the Berkshire's scenic Clark Art Institue.

Pictured: Jonathon Loy (left) and Brian Garman (right), co-founders of the Berkshire Opera Festival
Matt Madison-Clark

Built on the dreams of two friends, a young festival finds its voice in the culturally rich landscape of the Berkshires with an opera of striking relevance for our times.

This week New Orleans hosts a peppery performance that was almost lost to the past.

Conductor Paul Mauffray discovered a program for the 1894 show Tabasco: A Burlesque Opera while rifling through historic music in his hometown, which celebrates its 300th anniversary this year.

"I knew that New Orleans had the oldest opera history in America," Mauffray said, "so I was curious to see what was part of our musical heritage."

Image of Auguste Rodin's sculpture "Les bourgeois de Calais"
Adam Rzepka / Musée Rodin, Paris

Conductor Gil Rose discusses Donizetti's "Siege of Calais," and the thrill and value in dusting off this unknown work by one of the opera world's most well-known stars.

One of the world's best-known opera stars, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has announced that she will never sing in public again — bringing a long, storied career to a close.

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