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Rising opera star was discovered in karaoke bar

Mar 18, 2018

Rising opera star was discovered in karaoke bar

Swinging with the karaoke microphone, Lucas Meachem belted out an "I Believe I Can Fly" that would instantly put to shame any unsuspecting amateur who stumbled into the cozy New York bar. His voice packing an R&B brassiness yet refined with an unforced vibrato, Meachem ...

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

| Mar 1, 2018

Rethinking noh for the opera crowd

by Chiho Iuchi

Artists have long mined older works to create new forms of expression, just look at the continuing relevance of Shakespeare's stories. Among the oldest surviving performing arts of Japan, noh has been a source of inspiration for many in Japan. Combining narrative chanting, slow movements ...

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

| Aug 3, 2017

Giving Cio-Cio San a better ending

by Chiho Iuchi

Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" tells the story of a young Japanese girl named Cio-Cio San ("chō-chō" is the Japanese word for "butterfly") marrying and getting dumped by an American naval officer named Pinkerton. First performed in Italy in 1904, the opera is one ...

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

Jan 28, 2016

Opera Theater Konnyakuza perfects a union of stage and song

by Chiho Iuchi

The world of opera has always found inspiration in the works of William Shakespeare, but adapting them for the stage requires flexibility. Kyoko Hagi, a composer who serves as the representative of Opera Theater Konnyakuza, points out that Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi transformed "Macbeth" into ...

/ Mar 30, 2015

Russian theater director fired over 'decadent' opera staging

Russia's culture minister on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater whose modern staging of Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. The announcement was made as several thousand people rallied outside the Novosibirsk theater to protest the opera, which they said ...

High-energy Ono conducts a rare 'Hoffmann' critique

Jul 2, 2014

High-energy Ono conducts a rare 'Hoffmann' critique

by Ayako Takahashi

He is known best for the rapturously hysterical "Infernal Gallop" (aka "The Can-can") from his 1858 operetta "Orpheus in the Underworld," but the German-born, naturalized-French composer Jacques Offenbach (1819-80) is credited with just one full-length, serious opera — "The Tales of Hoffmann" — which ...