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Ausrine Stundyte as Cio-Cio-San, Elizabeth Janes as Butterfly’s child and Sarah Larsen as Suzuki in Seattle Opera's production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Elise Bakketun.
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San Francisco Classical VoiceTuesday, August 19, 2014
Musical Chairs in S.F. Opera Administration
Musical Chairs in S.F. Opera Administration
By Janos GerebenSan Francisco Classical VoiceTuesday, August 19, 2014
The San Francisco Opera's Director of Production, Greg Weber, will become Tulsa Opera's managing director in October. The search has begun to find his successor. 
The GuardianTuesday, August 19, 2014
Play it again: how to make an opera’s second run a success
Play it again: how to make an opera’s second run a success
By Tim MurrayThe GuardianTuesday, August 19, 2014
How do you make an old and over-performed opera feel fresh and new? Start by reexamining the score, writes one conductor
John Adams Explains Why His Northridge Earthquake Opera Took 19 Years to Reach L.A.
By Christian HertzogLA WeeklyTuesday, August 19, 2014
It’s not a musical — there’s no dialogue between the songs. 

It’s not a traditional opera — there are no musical transitions from one emotional moment to the next.

Composer John Adams calls I Was Looking at the Ceiling and Then I Saw the Sky a “songplay.” Librettist June Jordan calls it an “earthquake romance.” However their collaboration is pigeonholed, it hasn’t been heard in California since its world premiere in 1995 in Berkeley; the only professional American performance after its original run in Montreal, New York and Europe was in Cleveland 12 years ago.

In Surprise Finale at Metropolitan Opera’s Labor Talks, Both Sides Agree to Cuts
By Michael CooperThe New York TimesMonday, August 18, 2014
After months of harsh words and escalating threats of a lockout, the Met and the unions representing its orchestra and chorus looked into the abyss and reached a tentative deal early on Monday, agreeing to significant and somewhat surprising cuts.
Sydney Morning HeraldMonday, August 18, 2014
Arts: When understudies triumph
Arts: When understudies triumph
By Nick GalvinSydney Morning HeraldMonday, August 18, 2014
After soprano Jane Ede heard she might be needed to step in at the last minute to the demanding lead role on the opening night of The Elixir of Love, her reaction was understandable.
"When I first got word there was a possibility I might be on, my husband found me on the floor in the foetal position going, ‘No, no, no, no, nooo’, because the task seemed fairly insurmountable at that point," she says.


Northwest Public RadioMonday, August 18, 2014
Opera Goes Modern With Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad
Opera Goes Modern With Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad
By Max BartlettNorthwest Public RadioMonday, August 18, 2014
Opera is sometimes seen as stuffy, old-fashioned, even a little... you know. Elitist. But some operas are working to change that. Opera on Tap in Seattle works to make opera part of our musical pop culture, and Washington's Lyric Light Opera performs popular musicals such as the Music Man, and even adaptations of Beauty and the Beast.
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