Forgot your password?
View Photo Credit  
Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
Recent Headlines
Main Page Artists Artistic & Production Administrators Board/Governance Education Finance/General Operations General Directors Marketing/PR Trustees/Donors
About the Headlines
Please note: Publications move online articles to their archives after a certain period. Therefore, articles listed here may only be available online for a short time. Some online publications may also require registration before you can read an article.

Headlines RSS Feed
Subscribe to this feed.

Submit a Headline
If you come across headlines that you feel should be listed here, please copy and paste the link below:
Your E-Mail:  

Press Releases & Season Announcements
Would you like your press releases and announcements featured on the OPERA America website and in OperaLink? Submit the url to your announcement in the "Submit a Press Release" section. Press releases must be hosted on your own site or through a third-party site like Google Docs or PitchEngine. Please contact Patricia K. Johnson at with questions.
Please send all season announcements to Nicholas Wise (, Communications and Publications Manager.
Main Page Headlines
Sale of New York City Opera's Remaining Assets Expected in Early 2015
Brian WiseOperavore (WQXR)
A sale of New York City Opera's remaining assets is expected take place as soon as January, after a bankruptcy court told the company it has until Dec. 18 to present a reorganization plan.
A Christmas Carol Becomes an Opera Thanks to a Houston Grand Opera Commission
Margaret DowningHoustonPress
Until eight months ago, British composer Iain Bell was writing in his bedroom in London. That's where he did most of his work on the world premiere we're about to see of the operatic version of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. (He's since moved to a larger place with two rooms, one of which is an office)
Opera on Wheels: Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ goes to preschooll
Sally VallongoThe Blade
The Toledo Opera really wants to make opera accessible to all. For years, it has taken adapted productions of famed operas to elementary schools all over the northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan region through its Opera on Wheels program. Some 20,000 students in 60 schools engage with opera first-hand

Unpaid Artists, and All the Ways They Can Stay That Way
Jenna DouglasSchmopera
I came across two separate articles the other day, on the topic of artists working without pay. The first was this open letter to Oprah, written by Revolva, a professional hula hoop act and vaudeville performer. Apparently, Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend tour invited Revolva to work for their San Jose stop earlier this month. The catch: she’d be working for free.
Jake Heggie's golden moment for 'Great Scott'
It's crunch time for Jake Heggie. The composer of "Dead Man Walking," "Moby-Dick" and "The End of the Affair" is in town for a workshop with the creative team of his latest opera "Great Scott. This is the golden moment where, instead of just hearing it in my head, I get to hear it coming off the page," says the 53-year-old American composer, over coffee last week at the Netherland Hilton, Downtown.
At Washington National Opera, 20-minute operas are on the right track
Anne MidgetteThe Washington Post
The Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative commissions work from young composers. This is a good thing. I am not completely ready to embrace its premise that the best way to start is by commissioning 20-minute operas, because I’m not sure exactly what writing a short-form piece proves about a composer’s ability to write an evening-length work — any more than short-story writers are all necessarily great novelists. But thanks to this program, the company is giving out four commissions every year — three 20-minute operas and a one-hour opera — and that alone is cause for celebration.
New world and old world combine for tweeting at the opera
Shayne DwyerWDBJ7
Opera Roanoke invited a select few Twitter users to live tweet the final dress rehearsal of Mozart's Abduction.
Smartphone App, Tweet Seats Add Interactivity to Philadelphia Concert Halls
David Patrick StearnsOperavore
The technological barbarians are at the gate – and are being welcomed graciously. Only three years after an errant ringtone during the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony sparked an international uproar, two august Philadelphia institutions are telling audiences to keep their phones on – within particular limits.
Metropolitan Opera’s Deficit Swells to $22 Million
Michael CooperThe New York Times
The Metropolitan Opera’s deficit ballooned to an estimated $22 million last year, the company said Thursday, as weaker-than-expected contributions and ticket sales combined with expenses related to the company’s labor talks to create its most serious shortfall in decades.
Joyful Opera Performed In Nazi Concentration Camp Revived In Chicago
Cheryl CoreyNPR
Brundibár, a children's opera that premiered during World War II, became both a symbol of hope and resistance and a Nazi propaganda tool. Now, Petite Opera, a small company in suburban Chicago, is reprising the opera, originally performed by Jewish children held in a concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia.
The Sale of Manhattan, Retold From a Native American Viewpoint
James BarronThe New York Times
Peter Minuit does not come off well in Brent Michael Davids’s concert opera “Purchase of Manhattan.” The libretto by Joseph Bruchac and Mr. Davids makes Minuit, the Dutch official who arranged the transaction, sound greedy and conniving. “I see handsome profits from this ground,” Minuit sings. A few bars later, he adds, “So dark and rich, the soil is gold!” And shortly after that, “Oh, bless me, Lord, I want this land.”
Feel the Noise: How to Appreciate Peking Opera
Kipp WhittakerThe Beijinger
We can all acknowledge that Chinese opera is very different from its Western counterpart. Although someone like Andrea Bocelli would probably make a fine eunuch on the Beijing stage, the similarities between the two styles are very limited. The use of gestures, acrobats, and cacophonous music is so alien to our cultural palate, but if you approach it with an open mind, the beauty of this amazing art form will eventually reveal itself. From the details of the costumes and makeup, to the other worldly sounds coming out of the performers, there is nothing else like it. Here are a few basic concepts to help newcomers get a better understanding of this art form, and clear your path to becoming a Mei Lanfang fanboy. 
Tenor Michael Fabiano: On La Bohème, Now at San Francisco Opera
Sean MartinfieldThe Huffington Post
Tenor Michael Fabiano is superb as Rodolfo in San Francisco Opera's current presentation of La Bohème. Already acclaimed for his command of the role, Fabiano's dynamic range, musical finesse and passionate energy shine in this exciting co-production with Houston Grand Opera and Canadian Opera Company. This final entry of SFOpera's fall season is performed by two extraordinary casts and runs through Sunday, December 2. Designed by David Farley, directed by John Caird and conducted by Giuseppe Finzi, the production is a must-see experience.
What We Learned From 'The Death of Klinghoffer'
Brian LehrerWNYC
The Metropolitan Opera's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer" has generated praise and protest, with many boycotting the production. Before the opera's run ends this weekend, we explore the real events portrayed on stage, the history of art and controversy, and offer a critic's roundtable.
Lincoln Center to Rename Avery Fisher Hall
Brian WiseWQXR
Lincoln Center said Thursday that it has reached an agreement to rename Avery Fisher Hall after a large donor as it prepares for a $500 million-plus gut renovation.
For versatile Eric Owens, it's now sweet home Chicago
John von RheinChicago Tribune
Eric Owens freely admits that as a young opera singer trying to build a career a couple of decades ago, he accepted just about every role that came along, grateful just to get the experience and the exposure. "When you're a young bass or bass-baritone, you don't specialize in anything," the 44-year-old Philadelphia native said the other week between rehearsals for Lyric Opera's revival of George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess," in which he portrays the crippled beggar Porgy.
OperaDelaware back on solid financial ground
Cathy CarterDelaware Public Media
Opera Delaware is reporting that it completed its 2014 fiscal year in the black. In January, the Wilmington based arts company announced it was revamping the organization in response to an 87 percent drop in corporate support. The company retooled their 70th season which included cancelling their Spring Opera, in favor of launching several scaled down performances.
Opera Legend Martina Arroyo Helps Others to Raise the Bar
Cheryl WillisNY1
She helped break down racial barriers in the world of opera but soprano Martina Arroyo is still hitting the high notes with a new generation of singers.
Townsend and Fresno Grand opera companies to partner
Marijke RowlandThe Modesto Bee
In what is hoped will be a precedent-setting artistic partnership, Modesto’s Townsend Opera and the Fresno Grand Opera are joining forces. Matthew Buckman, the current Townsend general and artistic director, has been named the next general director of Fresno Grand Opera. He will serve as the head of both groups, merging the two companies’ production seasons to share costs and increase reach. Both companies will remain separate entities, with their own board of directors, but will produce the same operas moving forward.
Classic French opera ‘Carmen’ gets Afro-Cuban twist
Alina ZerpaThe Miami Hurricane
Bongos fill the air as actors walk around in guayaberas and colorful dresses. Soon, the lights shut off and all eyes fall on the woman in the spotlight as she opens the play with her sultry voice while provocatively smoking a cigar. The classical French opera “Carmen” premiered Wednesday with an Afro-Cuban twist at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre and will run through Nov. 23. University of Miami students teamed up with New York’s Tectonic Theater Project to transport the opera to a 1958 Cuban setting where 14 of the 20 actors are UM students.
Opera San Jose takes on Rossini's 'The Italian Girl in Algiers' for the first time
Crystal ChowSan Jose Mercury News
In Rossini's comedy The Italian Girl in Algiers, the heroine Isabella has to figure out how to deflect the amorous moves of a very married sultan. She must be cunning, resourceful and charming. Not a problem for mezzo-soprano Lisa Chavez, who will sing the part in Opera San Jose's premiere production of this seldom seen work, which runs Nov. 15-30 at the California Theatre.
Obituary: Johan Engels, Stage designer known for work at Lyric Opera
Maureen O'DonnellChicago Sun-Times
When the curtain goes up to reveal the phosphorescent dreams and menacing nightmares of Johan Engels, audiences gasp. Though the stage designer died Friday, Chicago audiences will continue to see his work for several years in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s ultramarathon of classicial music, Wagner’s “Ring” cycle.
Met Asks Stars to Share Fiscal Pain
Michael CooperThe New York Times
The Metropolitan Opera, whose financial struggles led it to cut the pay of its orchestra, chorus, stagehands and other workers last summer after a labor battle, said Wednesday that it was also asking its solo singers voluntarily to lower their fees, including some of opera’s biggest stars.
‘Fidelio’: Beethoven’s struggle, Madison Opera’s reward
Michael MuckianWisconsin Gazette
Talking to Kathryn Smith, general manager of the Madison Opera, it’s clear how much she loves her medium. And how challenging a medium she’s picked. “Opera is the greatest of art forms, in my opinion, but it is not an easy one,” says Smith, entering her fourth season with the company and its 55th season overall.
Here's a startup idea: take opera, add beer, put it in Brooklyn
Not every opera company has the budget of The Metropolitan Opera. But smaller companies are earning crowds and buzz thanks to unique, alternative models in creative venues.
Three operatic works staged this week at Crane as part of opera composition contest
Chris BrockWatertown Daily Times
Opera is getting a huge shoutout at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music this week as students prepare productions of three new operatic works to be staged Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Six accomplished composers and librettists from around the country have traveled to Potsdam to work with the Crane Opera Ensemble and Orchestra, leading up to the public performances, featuring the winners of the 2014 Domenic J. Pellicciotti Opera Composition Prize.
David Budbill and Erik Nielsen to Reprise A Fleeting Animal Opera
Amy LillySeven Days VT
After Brookfield composer Erik Nielsen finished writing his first opera, A Fleeting Animal, in 2000, he says, "I couldn't write a note of music for six months. It drained me. It was a tremendous undertaking." The work was commissioned by Vermont Opera Theater in Montpelier and written with librettist David Budbill of Wolcott, who drew its plot from his poem-turned-play Judevine. It premiered in October that year with acclaimed performances at three Vermont venues. Then it disappeared from view.
Soprano Renee Fleming at 55: 'I May Leave Well Enough Alone'
ReutersThe New York Times
Super Bowl fans heard her hit a creamy "high A" note when she sang "The Star Spangled Banner" in February, and she has a jazzy new Christmas album. But people who want to see Renee Fleming in the operas that made her "America's sweetheart" better hurry.
Opera Now artist of the month: British soprano Mary Bevan
Owen MortimerClassical Music Magazine
The Bevan family are every music marketeer’s dream. A musical dynasty with their own family choir, at least three members of the current generation are already pursuing successful careers in opera. Elder sister Sophie was the Young Artist category winner at the first ever International Opera Awards and now Mary, who received this year’s Critics’ Circle Exceptional Young Talent Award, is enjoying her own meteoric rise.
When Stalin Met Lady MacBeth
Brian MoynahanThe Daily Beast
Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, was a hit in Russia until the night Stalin walked out on a Bolshoi performance. Then things soured in a hurry.
With renaming of Opera Center, extraordinary donor Margaret C. Winston finally gets her due
Lindsay ChristiansThe Cap Times
Finally, one of Madison's most generous "anonymous friends" has a name. Dr. Margaret Winston, a ground-breaking radiologist, world traveler, astute financial manager and deeply passionate supporter of the arts, lived most of her 86 years in Madison.

When she died on Sept. 12, she requested no obituary or memorial service. Born in Seattle and raised in the Twin Cities and the San Francisco Bay area, Winston never married or had children. Family members live on the West Coast.
Florida Grand Opera Ain't Over 'Till The Community Speaks
Lisann RamosLRN Miami/South Florida
The Florida Grand Opera is trying to stay afloat after years of decline. It hosted a series of town hall meetings this past weekend to reach out to the community for help. Since 2006, the opera has spent $19.4 million more than it has taken in. 
Florida Grand Opera hopes its own drama will have a happy ending
Jordan LevinMiami Herald
Founded in 1941, the FGO is South Florida’s (and Florida’s) oldest arts institution. Since its debut performance at Miami Senior High School (with founder Dr. Arturo Di Filippi in the title role of Pagliacci), it has welcomed musical stars — including Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills, and Luciano Pavarotti in his American debut. The group’s longevity speaks to its ability to appeal to generations of audiences through a multitude of cultural shifts.

But the past eight years have seen the opera on a steep financial slide that has brought its survival and artistic relevance into question. As the FGO prepares to launch its 74th season next week, with a production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, it has stripped its budget and staff to the bone. Now the troupe’s leaders say they must reverse the decline to ensure the company’s future.

Remember Radiolab's Episode On Lucy The Chimp? Well, Now It's An Opera
Bonnie North and Audrey NowakowskiWUWM Milwaukee Public Radio
Thanks to Radiolab's story on the life of Lucy the chimpanzee, Lucy: The Opera now exists. Creators of the opera, John Glover and Kelly Rourke, were inspired by the episode to learn more, which lead them to Dr. Temerlin's memoir. Psychologist Maurice Temerlin and his wife adopted a day-old chimp, whom they named Lucy, in 1964.
The Hand That Rules the Chorus
Zachary WoolfeThe New York Times
Once the rehearsal process for a production at the Metropolitan Opera moves from basement rooms to the main auditorium, Donald Palumbo, the company’s chorus master since 2007, gets uncomfortable sitting down. He walks restlessly up and down the aisles, score in hand, watching the stage, conferring with the conductor, making notes in his head.

Change of Aria Code
Robert FairesThe Austin Chronicle
If all those ads for Verdi's A Masked Ball have you wondering just what Austin Opera is and what happened to that other company with those two words in its name – the one that's been producing Verdi and Puccini and Mozart and all those other music-drama heavyweights for more than a quarter of a century, well, there's no real mystery. The companies are one and the same. With the opening of its 28th season, the former ALO has simply dropped the "Lyric" from its name.
Savannah Music Fest runs gamut from opera to Americana
Joshua PeacockDo Savannah
The 26th annual Savannah Music Festival is set to offer one of the largest programs in the festival’s history, as well as a new addition that is sure to appease repeat patrons.
Toledo Opera performs for Danbury students
Wanda ChandlerSandusky Register
A Toledo based group of Opera performers making up "Opera on Wheels" performed before Danbury School on Tuesday.  The group are resident artists from the Toledo Opera Company and perform through the Education Outreach program called "Opera on Wheels" going around to schools and have performed in front of more than 25,000 students.
Musical America Names Director Peter Sellars Artist of the Year
Brian WiseOperavore
Musical America has named opera and theater director Peter Sellars as its 2015 Artist of the Year. The announcement comes less than a month after his iconoclastic production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion was staged by the Berlin Philharmonic at the Park Avenue Armory.
Local students get a taste of professional opera
Mike PeelingBrant News
If the squeals of joy were any indication, the Canadian Opera Company may have accomplished its goal of challenging elementary school students to take a second look at and listen to opera. Once again, the COC is taking its Glencore Ensemble Studio School Tour to elementary schools in Brantford and across Ontario until Nov. 30.
Florida Grand Opera hosts public meetings
APThe News Tribune
Florida Grand Opera is hosting a series of town hall meetings to discuss the future of the arts organization. Opera officials say the company has completed a strategic planning process and wants to inform its patrons and the public about its plans for the future. General Director and CEO Susan Danis says the presentations will include music from some of the operas that will be featured in upcoming seasons.

Opera San Antonio Looks Ahead
Nathan ConeTexas Public Radio
After a successful production of his family opera "Fantastic Mr. Fox" at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Opera San Antonio's Artistic Director Tobias Picker shares his plans for the future of the young company.  
Opera Piccola Opens A Window Onto Suburban America In The 1950s
Nathan ConeTexas Public Radio
It’s a good time to be an opera fan in San Antonio. In addition to the newly-formed Opera San Antonio, Opera Piccola, led by longtime singer and impresario Mark Richter, opens their third season this weekend at the historic Empire Theatre. On the bill are two one-act operas that capture America in the 1950s.
Omaha Arts Organizations Partner for Shine the Light on Hunger Campaign, Beginning Today
StaffBroadway World
Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha Symphony, Omaha Community Playhouse, Opera Omaha and Joslyn Art Museum are proud to partner with ConAgra Foods again this holiday season for ConAgra Foods' Shine the Light on Hunger program.
Despite confusion, shows go on for Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Howard PousnerAccess Atlanta
The Atlanta Opera opens its 2014-15 season with “Madama Butterfly,” Nov. 8-16 at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. The company says it has fielded numerous calls from consumers who think that Atlanta Opera Orchestra musicians have been locked out, mistaking them with their peers at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Opera Theatre Closes Its Books On A Record-Setting Season
Patricia RiceSt. Louis Public Radio
In a year when opera companies nationwide still struggle with the effects of the Great Recession, and sadly the venerable once-innovative New York City Opera closed, St. Louis continues to support three professional opera companies.
Portland Opera Turns 50 This Year—and One Woman Has Been There For It All
Aaron ScottMonthly Portland Theater
In 1964, Portland Opera staged its first show, Die Fledermaus, in Madison High School’s cafeteria. Frances Britt was a chorus girl with the fledgling company, which had branched off from a city-organized event. Since then, she’s been involved in almost every one of the opera’s 219 productions. After swapping her role as singer for the backstage duties of costume manager in 1982, Britt has sewn thousands of outfits, creating new ones for the company’s original productions and altering costumes from shows rented from other opera houses. As Portland Opera begins its 50th-anniversary season this month (with Die Fledermaus, of course) we talk with the woman, now 78, who has seen, and dressed, it all.
Are We Entering the Golden Age of Opera... Marketing?
Jennifer RiveraThe Huffington Post
Some people say opera is dying. Others say it's experiencing a kind of rebirth. I'm in the latter camp, as I mentioned in my most recent articles about the burgeoning of exciting new opera companies in the United States during the past 10 years.

But another aspect of the opera world that seems to be having a rebirth is opera marketing. When you think of making great art, marketing probably isn't the first thing that pops into your head. However, once we accept that we are now firmly living in a digital age, where social media creates revenue and dancing cat videos on YouTube can generate 14 million views and sell advertisements, it's difficult to ignore not only the importance, but the wonderful potential to reach new audiences that innovative marketing campaigns can create.
A Very Short but Angst-Filled Story in Nonprofit Numbers
Ruth McCambridgeNonprofit Quarterly
If you were interested in understanding at a macro level why some arts organizations are still in such a financial tailspin, you should take a peek at the latest “Nonprofit Sector in Brief” report from the Urban Institute. Here is what we see in the report’s statistics from Table 4, but the comments and generalizations are our own.
Arts Landscape in San Diego Reveals Stability, Except…
Jennifer Swan & Ruth McCambridgeNonprofit Quarterly
Divisions and dysfunction on the board, failures of communication, and lack of attention to audience, endowment, and community are just some of the components that reportedly brought to ground (but not for long) the highflying San Diego opera.

Fall 2014 Magazine Issue
  • Are Women Different?
  • Preparing for Klinghoffer
  • Emerging Artists: Act One

Contact Us
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
P 212-796-8620 • F 212-796-8621
From Airport:
The easiest way to reach the OPERA America offices is to get a cab at the airport. Cost is $40-45
(not including tip).
  • JFK - Take the AirTrain ($5 - approx. 15 minutes) to the Jamaica Street Station and transfer to the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). Take the LIRR to Penn Station ($12 - approx. 35 minutes). See Penn Station directions below.
  • LaGuardia - Take the M60 Bus to the Hoyt Ave/31st Street. Get on the or Train and take that to 42nd/Times Square Station. Follow the Times Square Station directions below.
  • Newark - Take the New Jersey Transit train to Penn Station ($15 - approx. 45 min). See the Penn Station Directions below.

From Penn Station/Madison Square Garden:
Leave the station through the 7th Avenue/33rd Street exit and walk south for four blocks. The building is on
the right hand side.

From Grand Central Station:
Take the Train to the 42nd/Times Square station and transfer to the Train.
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

From 42nd Street/Times Square:
Take the Train to the 28th Street stop and walk north on 7th Avenue.
The building is on the same block as the train stop.

For more detailed directions, most up-to-date pricing or to specify a different starting location, please visit the
MTA Web site.