Sparr Houston Grand Opera Premiere

On This Muddy Water: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel Wednesday, December 10, 5:30 p.m. Tudor Gallery, Julia Ideson Library 550 McKinney Street, Houston HGOco presents the world premiere of On This Muddy Water: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel by D. J. Sparr and Janine Joseph—a 30-minute song cycle for voices and chamber ensemble […] Read more »

Silent Night airs nationally on PBS

The world-premiere production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera broadcast nationally in December 2013 Minnesota Opera’s production of Kevin Puts’ and Mark Cambell’s Silent Night, a company commission which earned its composer the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music, was broadcast nationally on PBS, presented by National Productions (check local listings for your area). In the New York […] Read more »

Moby-Dick National Telecast on PBS Great Performances

Jake Heggie/Gene Scheer’s MOBY-DICK will be broadcast nationally on PBS Great Performances. This is San Francisco Opera‘s production from last year, with a cast featuring Jay Hunter Morris (Ahab), Stephen Costello (Greenhorn/Ishmael), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Talise Trevigne (Pip), Robert Orth (Stubb), Matthew O’Neill (Flask), and Joo Won Kang (Gardiner); conducted by Patrick Summers […] Read more »

Heggie MOBY-DICK DVD with San Francisco Opera

On this world premiere recording, Grammy-winning tenor Jay Hunter Morris plays the role of Captain Ahab in Herman Meville’s epic tale of a fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain who descends into madness and puts his crew in mortal danger is brought to the stage in this thrilling production from San Francisco Opera. Composer Jake Heggie is […] Read more »

Approaching Ali debuts at Washington National Opera

  In two premiere performances, composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller‘s hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter’s transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Approaching Ali features Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Soloman Howard (Joe in Show Boat) as Muhammad Ali, David Kravitz as Davis Miller, Aundi Marie Moore as Odessa […] Read more »

Bruce: The Firework Maker’s Daughter US/UK Tour

Tickets for David Bruce’s chamber opera The Firework Maker’s Daughter are now on sale. The opera comes to the Lindbury Studios of the Royal Opera House, London from 3-13 April; and to the New Victory Theatre, New York from 3-12 May, as well as a substantial UK tour with performances in Hull, Huddersfield, Watford, Bury […] Read more »

Silent Night East Coast Premiere

February will bring the East Coast Premiere of Silent Night, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music by the Opera Company of Philadelphia. With a score by Kevin Puts and a libretto by Mark Campbell, the opera was hailed as “a stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French […] Read more »