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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Tenor from Abidjan

The Tenor from Abidjan follows Landry Assokoly, a young man from Côte d’Ivoire, as he follows his dream to become a famous opera singer. Landry’s hope is to study at a top-tier music academy, and ultimately, to be seen and heard on stage as a world renowned opera singer. 

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

An opera village in Burkina Faso

Christoph Schlingensief’s utopian vision for an opera village in Burkina Faso, where a stage, rehearsal space, school, hospital, hotel, church, and large communal kitchen, would be constructed for the community to produce work and live within was...

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Winnie Mandela Sings Opera

Any word on the artistic value of this production now playing in the South African capital, Pretoria, and which Winnie Mandela, now also an arts critic, declares takes “… us ten steps further … we are part...

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

William Kentridge talks Opera

The New York Times has a preview of William Kentridge‘s adaptation of a Shostakovich opera (based on a short story by Gogol), “The Nose,” which opens on Friday at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.  (My...

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

THE PROBLEM WITH OPERA

A South African production of the American opera, “Porgy and Bess,” is touring Britain (composer George Gershwin insisted on all black casts and they can’t assemble one in the UK) so the predictable moaning about whether black...