The Scarlet Ibis

The Scarlet Ibis is an opera that fuses singers, puppetry and multimedia stagecraft to tell the story of Doodle, a remarkable, disabled boy whose older brother pushes him to be “normal.” Set in rural North Carolina a century ago, the story contrasts notions of physical wholeness versus mystical otherness. Episodic and expressionistic, the narrative draws on […] Read more »

Dead Man Walking at The Met

The Metropolitan opera has announced their 2020-21 season, which will feature Jake Heggie’s and Terrence McNally’s Dead Man Walking. Since its premiere in 2000, the opera has had over 70 productions throughout the world, and we are thrilled that the Met will be producing it. With a cast that includes Joyce DiDonato as Sister Helen, […] Read more »

Grammy Nominations

Congratulations to Jake Heggie, Laura Kaminsky, Robert Paterson and Kevin Puts for their Grammy Nominations. The recording of Heggie’s Great Scott (libretto Terrence McNally) was nominated for two awards: Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Producer of the Year (Blanton Alspaugh). Paterson’s Three Way (libretto David Cote) was also nominated for Producer of the Year (Blanton […] Read more »

Santa Fe Opera Commissions Reed & Kaminsky

Opera for All Voices Stories of our Time a new initiative bringing stories with purpose to all audiences Commissioned by a consortium of companies led by Santa Fe Opera in association with San Francisco Opera: • lyric opera of kansas city • minnesota opera • opera theatre of saint louis •san francisco opera • santa […] Read more »

Heggie/Scheer It’s a Wonderful Life

Bedford Falls came to the opera stage last December in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s new opera It’s a Wonderful Life, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. Partially based on the classic Capra film, Heggie and Scheer bring their own unique perspective to the story, enriched by Heggie’s lyrical music. Starring William Burden as George Bailey, […] Read more »

Austin Opera’s Manchurian Candidate

In this highly charged election season, Austin Opera performs Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s The Manchurian Candidate. Originally premiered by the Minnesota Opera, the opera is part thriller, part satire, and is based on Richard Condon’s novel. Don’t miss the chance to see this second opera by the team that created the Pulitzer-winning opera, Silent […] Read more »