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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 11, 2016

By the end of “Shot!,” you will know all about the assassination of President William McKinley. It will be in your head and under your skin. The ambitious two-act opera, composed by Persis Vehar and being premiered at Shea’s Performing Arts Center by Nickel City Opera, was meticulously researched. The libretto, by... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, June 7, 2016

President William McKinley is back. He has been sighted at the Spot Coffee on Elmwood Avenue, shaking hands. And at the Ellicott Square Building, where he delivered a speech. He even strode into the lobby of the McKinley Hotel in Canton, Ohio, home to the McKinley birthplace and presidential library. “This is my... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, February 14, 2016

Three recent graduates of SUNY Fredonia State are hitting high notes in the opera world. San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program, established in 1957 and seen as one of North America’s most prestigious opera training organizations, has accepted three Fredonia alumni for its summer program this year. It is an honor for... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, December 17, 2015

Two Western New York singers distinguished themselves in recent Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. They will go on to sing in the Great Lakes regional auditions, to be held Jan. 31 in the Detroit Opera House in Detroit, Mich.The two local winners are Gillian Lynn Cotter, a soprano from Buffalo, and Kyle Van... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, November 21, 2015

Arthur Honegger’s “Joan of Arc at the Stake,” which Opera Sacra has announced is its last production, is one of the strangest dramas you will ever see.It is part 1920s Parisian avant garde, part medieval pageant and part choral spectacle. It involves a strange and unusual instrument called the Ondes... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Opera Sacra, Buffalo’s religious-themed opera company, is ending its 40-year run with what promises to be a colorful coda – “Joan of Arc at the Stake,” by Swiss composer Arthur Honegger.Honegger, who lived in Paris for most of his life, wrote his opera about St. Joan of Arc in 1925. The drama... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, October 29, 2015

Opera Sacra, the 40-year-old Buffalo company led by Reverend Jacob Ledwon and based at his parish, St. Joseph University Church, is entering its final act. The company has announced that its next production, Arthur Honegger’s “Joan of Arc at the Stake,” will be its last. The 1935 opera about St. Joan of Arc, fully... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Saturday, June 27, 2015

Nickel City Opera is reaching toward new heights with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” Every opera fan knows and loves this drama, it is one of the greatest achievements of humanity, and it is tricky to pull off. The music is transparent and challenging. The action is almost nonstop. And besides the... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Monday, June 22, 2015

The opera world is home to a lot of rare birds, all singing in exotic voices. But there is one bird rarer than the rest.The countertenor.A countertenor is a man who sings like a woman – specifically, like a mezzo soprano. Even in our gender-bending era, the concept elicits giggles in some and puzzlement in others.... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Buffalo Chamber Players – joined by dancers from the Neglia Ballet – are going far back in time and exploring the early Baroque. They are presenting two performances of John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis.” The opera’s history lives up to its alluring title. It was composed in 1683 for the court of King Charles... Read More

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