This Saturday the Met’s Live in HD Series Brings Puccini’s Stunning Madama Butterfly to the Big Screen

You won’t want to miss seeing this breathtakingly beautiful production designed by Anthony Minghella and featuring Bunraku traditional Japanese puppetry along with the live singers. Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the world’s best-loved and most-performed operas, not only because of its astonishingly lyrical beauty, but also because of its wholly believable story – a heartrending tragedy brought on by imperialism and the clash of different cultures.

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The Met In HD Performs Massenet’s Ever Popular Manon Saturday, October 26th

For its second live in HD transmission of the 2019-20 season, the Met has chosen Jules Massenet’s wonderfully melodic, Manon – a deliciously French take on the tragic story of Manon Lescaut (also made into a deliciously Italian opera by Puccini – but that’s another story!). A teenage girl from the country – far too pretty for her own good – is sent alone to the outskirts of Paris to be met by her cousin and escorted to a convent. Her non-too vigilant, and non-too-upstanding, cousin allows her to catch a glimpse of the decidedly un-convent-like life of actresses who are enjoying the company of wealthy “patrons”–and the rest, as we say, is history.

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IYDV Master Class at UNR Listen to the Angels Sing

Every year world-famous Diva Dolora Zajick brings her Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) in conjunction with the Wagner Institute to UNR for an intensive 3-week training of those young dramatic voices. They gave us a peek at what they do Saturday, July 20th. Four instructors from the IYDV and the Wagner Institute spent 4 hours coaching young dramatic voices in the techniques that will bring their voices from incredibly spectacular to perfect. We interviewed teachers and students before the Master Class.

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A Truly Madcap version of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) Returns to Cinemas

If you have yet to see this beautifully sung and wonderfully entertaining version of The Barber of Seville, Wednesday, July 10 at 1:00 pm is your chance. This one has something in it for everyone – young or old – seasoned opera buff or complete novice. Staring coloratura mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the feisty Rosina whose vocal fireworks never disappoint, Bel Canto heartthrob Juan Diego Florez as her determined suitor Count Almaviva, and Peter Mattei as the wily barber, Figaro – the cast could hardly be better.

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Opera Explodes in Reno

Dolora Zajick and her Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) will be gracing Artown with voices that make you hear the angels sing from July 13th through July 31st. Born of a desire to train young dramatic singers and help them reach the world stage, the Institute is the brainchild of Dolora Zajick, Rosemary Mathews, and Sarah Agler. It is an innovative 3-week intensive summer program of study for singers with large or unusual voices ages 15–36 at varying levels of vocal development.

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