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Articles written by Fred Cohn

Apr 03, 2024
An AI revolution is coming — in opera too?

The advantages and anxieties of artificial intelligence at opera companies

Apr 02, 2023
Better stage lighting technology illuminates new expressive possibilities

LED technology has transformed stage lighting in opera, bringing this production aspect into the spotlight.

Oct 18, 2021
The House on Apple Street

A drive to preserve the historic headquarters of the National Negro Opera Company

Oct 18, 2021
Community First

A look at the community-centric fundraising movement

Jul 17, 2021
Time Crunch

Companies adapt to narrowed marketing schedules.

May 15, 2021
Change of Direction

The pandemic sends singers down unexpected career paths.

Feb 01, 2021
Well-Laid Plans

A scenario planning toolkit for the post-COVID world

Nov 11, 2020
Time for Reflection — and Action

Sidelined by the pandemic, artists channel their energies into new projects.

Jul 04, 2020
The American Singer: 1970 to 2020

The contours of the profession evolve.

Jan 04, 2020
The Rise of the New

An examination of the emergence of new American Opera before and after the founding of OPERA America in 1970.

Jan 02, 2020
Have Tickets, Will Travel

Die-hard fans of the Ring Cycle go the distance for opera.

Oct 02, 2019
Change Agents

A brief look at four new American operas dealing with social justice, inequality and the African American experience. Works include...

Jul 04, 2019
Where Are The Singers of Color? Part 1

An examination of obstacles that singers of color face to starting and developing a career in opera, and ways to move past them.

Jul 04, 2019
The Clown Stands Alone

Responding to shorter audience attention spans, opera companies are beginning to stage shorter productions, such as the 75 minute...

Jul 02, 2019
Tweens Find Their Voices

Opera companies host training and education for middle school children to help them develop life-long music appreciation, social...

Jun 01, 2019
An International Focus: The First World Opera Forum

A summary of discussions around the World Opera Forum's four central themes — cultural heritage, new work, diversity, and advocacy —...

Apr 04, 2019
Instagram Moments

The social media platform offers dynamic possibilities for reaching new audiences.

Apr 02, 2019
OTSL Dives into Data

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis instituted a number of initiatives aimed at younger potential audience members, helped in part by the...

Jan 04, 2019
The Heritage Lives On

Though an increasing number of new works are performed each year, standard repertory remains the backbone of the opera industry. These...

Jan 02, 2019
Accent on Youth

The opera industry’s continued health depends on finding ways to engage younger audiences.

Jan 02, 2019
A Musical Cityscape

David Lang's The Mile-Long Opera is an installation on New York City's High Line featuring over 1,000 singers and actors.

Oct 04, 2018
Talk Therapy

A look at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2017 production of Regina in which the lead singers wore mics.

Oct 02, 2018
Songs for Society

Three successful opera singers talk about how they use their voices to help communities and causes close to their hearts.

Jul 04, 2018
A Concert Turns Theatrical

Pittsburgh Symphony has had recent success with fully staged versions of traditional concert works.

Jul 04, 2018
A Gathering in Madrid

The first-ever World Opera Forum took a global approach to the art form.

Jul 01, 2018
Composers Move from Screen to Stage

Composers John Corigliano, Germaine Franco, Laura Karpman, and Nico Muhly, all of whom have written for both opera and film, share...

Apr 04, 2018
The Festival Spirit

A look at the rise of companies using a festival season versus the standard stagione.

Apr 02, 2018
Dance Duets

Opera and dance have always been the closest of siblings. Now, a group of innovative collaborations between opera and dance companies...

Apr 01, 2018
The Whole Show

Companies are placing greater importance on the total audience experience, not just what happens while they’re in the theater.

Jan 04, 2018
Community Connections Take Center Stage

Opera companies prioritize civic practice and community engagement not only to develop and connect with new audiences, but to survive...

Jan 02, 2018
Hurricane Season

After Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston Grand Opera’s theaters, the company quickly set up in a new venue while facing logistical and...

Jan 02, 2018
The Butterfly Conundrum

Opera companies approach Madame Butterfly with community engagement, diversity in casting, and cultural learning to work against...

Oct 02, 2017
Training Grounds

Opera companies bring voice instruction to youth of high school age and below with myriad sbenefits for the students.

Oct 02, 2017
A Second Act in Oregon

Eugene Opera fights financial trouble by consulting the community and increasing staff.

Jul 02, 2017
Dynamic Pricing Takes Off

A look at dynamic pricing: the practice of maximizing box-office revenue for individual performances by raising prices as demand heats...

Apr 04, 2017
The Great Grey Lady Retrenches

The New York Times — arguably the nation’s most-trusted source of classical-music coverage — may be cutting back on its classical music...

Apr 04, 2017
All on Board

The Art and Science of Recruiting Trustees

Jan 05, 2017
The Year in Review: The Field

The industry embraces new works and community engagement

Jan 03, 2017
Resurrected — and Connected

San Diego Opera seeks to connect and engage with their community.

Jan 03, 2017
Anton Coppola's Century of Opera

A look at the life of conductor/composer Anton Coppola on the occasion of his 100th birthday