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 […]
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 […]
Hartford Opera Theatre’s production of the new chamber opera by Alla Borzova with librettist David Johnston.
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 […]
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 […]
Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s grand opera Moby-Dick was a stunning success in the world premiere production by the Dallas Opera in 2010. Robert K. Wallace attended the final performance of the Dallas production and has written this book so readers can experience the process by which this contemporary masterpiece was created and performed on […]
American Opera Initiative Composer D.J. Sparr and librettist Davis Miller will premiere The Tao of Muhammad Ali (A Ghost Story) in June 2013 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. This original hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter’s transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali. The Tao of Muhammad Ali (A Ghost Story) […]
The Minnesota Opera has announced the commission of The Manchurian Candidate for their 2014-15 season. Based on the 1959 Richard Condon political thriller that has been made into two films, the opera will reunite Puts and Campbell as collaborators. Their first project, Silent Night, earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in music for 2012.
A stirring opera that recounts the true story of a spontaneous cease-fire among Scottish, French and Germans during World War I, displaying versatility of style and cutting straight to the heart. Silent Night is in two acts by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, directed by Christian […]
“A masterpiece of clarity and intensity, with a score that is at once thematically compact and richly inventive.” Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle “A GREAT AMERICAN OPERA” Opera Now Magazine “A TRIUMPH”The Dallas Morning News “AN UNDENIABLE SUCCESS” The New York Times “THE HIT OF THE SEASON” The Washington Post “A MASSIVE ARTISTIC ACCOMPLISHMENT” WFAA-TV […]