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By Mary Kunz Goldman » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

On the afternoon and evening of Aug. 21, the Amherst Senior High School auditorium will turn into an opera house, and the public is invited. Cadenza, a workshop led by renowned soprano Sebnem Mekinulov, is holding its annual recital. The student singers will be presenting staged scenes from operas. Among the ambitious... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Thursday, August 11, 2016

Florence Foster Jenkins is back in the spotlight.  She was the wealthy socialite and arts supporter who, in the 1940s, tried to will herself into being an opera singer. She even rented out Carnegie Hall and gave a sold-out recital. Alas, her voice was a screechy mess. For all her money -- and, on a more bittersweet... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, June 26, 2016

As an opera tenor who had sung from many of the world’s great stages, Sean Panikkar thought he knew about drama. But even he wasn’t prepared for “America’s Got Talent.”He was swept into the show in 2013 almost by accident. Three tenors who had met online and called themselves Forte had auditioned for the show and... Read More

By Mary Kunz Goldman » Sunday, June 26, 2016

And you thought Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots was something, crowd-surfing in that human-sized hamster ball. Opera singers have the real adventures. Here are 10 that tenor Sean Panikkar has chalked up. • Shalimar in “Shalimar the Clown,” based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. This is Panikkar’s most recent... Read More

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

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