Conrad Tao introduces his upcoming Playlist Series concert for the Seattle Symphony

Conrad Tao’s Playlist Series concert for the Seattle Symphony: a journey beyond boundaries

Conrad Tao © Kevin Condon

When the Seattle Symphony presented pianist Conrad Tao with an opportunity to curate a program anchored by a Mozart piano concerto, his answer was an emphatic yes.

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Opera at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires this season

Slimmed and old and new for the 2024 Teatro Colón season 

2019 production of Ariadne auf Naxos © Teatro Colón/Arnaldo Colombaroli

A consequence of the difficult economic conditions and the need for a level of austerity in Argentina, as well as possibly another well-publicised issue, the Teatro Colón’s 2024 season was announced ‘unseasonally’ late (in February, rather than the usual previous November) and at least for opera, it is leaner in number with a focus on revivals of past popular productions and more use of local rather than visiting artists.

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San Francisco Opera in 2024-2025

San Francisco Opera takes a step back in the 2024-25 season

Music director Eun Sun Kim and general director Matthew Shilvock © Cody Pickens

After a 2023-24 season that featured three significant and well-received new operas, San Francisco Opera this week announced a 2024-25 season with fewer performances and only one company premiere – The Handmaid’s Tale, which dates from 2000.

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R.I.P. Claire Seymour (1970-2024)

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent sudden and unexpected death of Claire Seymour. After falling ill at the New Year and after a spell in hospital all seemed well and she was as active as ever working with students, marking exams, reviewing, researching and being an invaluable help to Gary Hoffman’s Opera Today and my Seen and Heard International.

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English National Ballet in 2024/25: New Season, New Nutcracker

English National Ballet’s 75th Season

  • World premiere of English National Ballet’s new production of Nutcracker choreographed by Artistic Director, Aaron S. Watkin and Arielle Smith
  • The Forsythe Programme to be performed at Sadler’s Wells, featuring the world premiere of a new work created for English National Ballet by William Forsythe
  • Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to London for the first time since 2019
  • English National Ballet marks its 75th Season with a free, 10-day digital celebration
  • Extensive programme of Engagement work offered alongside performances

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The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography available now

In December 2023 Sophia Lambton’s The Callas Imprint: A Centennial Biography finally came out

Twelve years in the making, reaps 3395 sources spanning 80 years across twenty-one countries to swivel readers through the singer’s on- and offstage scenes — escorting them through the confounding double life of all performers.

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Opera Philadelphia in 2024-2025

Opera Philadelphias 2024-25 season to feature works by Missy Mazzoli, Joseph Bologne & Mozart

Opera Philadelphia’s 2024-25 season will open in September with the American premiere of The Listeners by Missy Mazzoli, with a libretto by Royce Vavrek. Co-commissioned by Opera Philadelphia, Norwegian National Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, the opera is based on Jordan Tannahill’s novel of the same name. It is an electrifying thriller about social rejection, suburban loneliness and the seductive power of cults and charismatic leaders in a divided nation.

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