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You have rights to your working hours: An open letter to singers

You have rights to your working hours: An open letter to singers

Perhaps the question to ask is, why do so many young singers put up with it? I would urge my colleagues to put aside the undying loyalty to the artistic dream for a moment and speak up against unfair working conditions of any kind.

Kay Cartwright
5 items to make touring life more fun

5 items to make touring life more fun

We were away for six weeks in the fall and four in the spring, touring our opera in remote parts of Québec and Ontario. It may not have been France, but I have had some of the best moments in my professional life.

Charlotte Gagnon
Open secrets, big egos, & opera creeps

Open secrets, big egos, & opera creeps

I'm just done with it. It's exhausting and gross. I've learned (unfortunately) that on the Venn diagram of people who are pro-opera and people who are creeps, there's serious overlap.

Jenna Simeonov
Oper Frankfurt announces gutsy 2019-20 season

Oper Frankfurt announces gutsy 2019-20 season

As far as I'm concerned, the more Shostakovich the better. The composer belongs to a group of masters – including Scriabin and Chopin – whose work reaches vocal music devotee's ears far less than it should. Lady Macbeth's explosive score teems with a pathos that lives up to its fascinating offstage history of censorship under Stalin.

Jeremy Hirsch
Variety wins at the American Traditions Competition

Variety wins at the American Traditions Competition

I've written several columns for Schmopera, so I think I know this audience. While this competition would be tough to impossible for a "pure" opera singer, there are plenty of us that love to perform a huge variety of things.

Michael Ching
If you like Star Wars, you're gonna flip for opera: shouting into the void

If you like Star Wars, you're gonna flip for opera: shouting into the void

Maybe this is how it is for everyone that has a niche interest. Indie film lovers, college sports fans, lovers of obscure graphic novels - maybe they all bristle at the ubiquitous fandom of big-budget Hollywood movies, the NFL, DC Comics.

Jenna Simeonov
La Nilsson: celebrating Birgit Nilsson at 100

La Nilsson: celebrating Birgit Nilsson at 100

The box seems to generate its own energy. Covered in sophisticated hues of copper and gray with a resplendent image of Birgit Nilsson as Brünnhilde, who had surely passed through hair and make-up before leaving Valhalla, it is of monolithic proportions.

John Hohmann
A report from the NOA conference in Salt Lake City

A report from the NOA conference in Salt Lake City

Last week's National Opera Association conference in Salt Lake City was filled with informative sessions, vocal and scenes competitions, their biannual one act opera competition, and achievement awards for Harolyn Blackwell and Stephen Lord. 

Michael Ching
Wherefore art thou, opera?

Wherefore art thou, opera?

It becomes an important responsibility of artists to comment on the topics of the day, no matter how messy or fraught. It can no longer stand for us present a particular historic piece of theatre art "as-is" and to satisfy ourselves with platitudes about how "that's how it was written, it's just of its time".

Kimberly Barber
Summer Nights at the Opera: an observation

Summer Nights at the Opera: an observation

With no lines or a prescribed opening time the Summer HD Festival has been a welcoming presence since its inception. Entering off Broadway, people first encounter a table with volunteers from the Metropolitan Opera Guild, providing information about the Guild's programs and benefits of membership as well as complementary issues of its publication, Opera News.

John Hohmann

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