Press Released: 23 Nov 2010

OPERA America Launches Online North American Opera Journal

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, proudly announces the launch of a new online scholarly publication: the North American Opera Journal. The Journal is a new peer-reviewed, semi-annual online journal for scholarship about North American opera that features high-quality research with multimedia elements and is the first to support scholarly work specific to the field of opera in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In addition to covering all aspects of opera production in North America, journal topics will center on composition and performance histories of North American operas. The Journal will primarily appeal to readers with interests in musicological and historical issues, as well as singers and other professionals involved in opera production.

“OPERA America is committed to serving all aspects of our field, from productions to fundraising to education and beyond,” stated President & CEO Marc A. Scorca. “By establishing the North American Opera Journal, we demonstrate our firm commitment to furthering the study of our art form in North America, an area on which no other publication focuses.”

The inaugural issue of the North American Opera Journal features the following articles: “Porgy and Bess as a Human-Interest Opera” by James Parakilas, “The Operas of Elie Siegmeister (1909-1991)” by Leonard J. Lehrman, “Concert Opera Today in the Northeastern United States: a Survey and a Balance Sheet” by Michael Miller and “Leontyne Price: An Interview” by Peter Dickinson.

The North American Opera Journal is now available online at www.operaamerica.org/naoj.

OPERA America will publish two issues of the Journal per year in an online format. The Journal is free of charge to OPERA America members; subscriptions are available to non-member individuals for $35 per year and $125 per year for institutions.

Submissions to the North American Opera Journal are accepted on a continuing basis. Guidelines for contributors are available at www.operaamerica.org/content/pubs/journal.aspx.

North American Opera Journal: Volume I, Issue 1 (November 2010)

Editors
Melanie Feilotter, Evan Wildstein and Alexa B. Antopol, OPERA America

Consulting Editor
Michael Pisani, Vassar College

Advisory Committee
Caryl Clark, University of Toronto
Sean David Cooper, Bowling Green State University
Ryan P. Jones, University of Wisconsin
Elise K. Kirk, author, American Opera
Ralph P. Locke, Eastman School of Music
Michael McKelvey, St. Edward’s University
Howard Pollack, University of Houston
Katherine K. Preston, The College of William and Mary
Pierre Ruhe, music critic

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