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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019

Jessye Norman, international opera star, dies at 74

Jessye Norman, the renowned international opera star whose soprano voice won her four Grammys Awards and the National Medal of Arts, has died, according to family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn.

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

Review: Elizabeth Caballero, cast mates soar in INO’s ‘Madame Butterfly’ at the Fox

Inland Northwest Opera’s current gift to our region is a production of Giacomo Puccini’s durable masterpiece “Madame Butterfly” (1906), which is being presented in two performances this weekend at Martin …

On velvet wings: Elizabeth Caballero as Cio-Cio San leads ‘Madame Butterfly’ at the Fox

Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” is the story of Cio-Cio San, a geisha known as Madame Butterfly, and Lt. Pinkerton, a U.S. Naval officer with whom Butterfly has a contracted …

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Paper by design: ‘Madame Butterfly’ stage director Fenlon Lamb is familiar with many aspects of opera, including design

One of the fascinating aspects of Inland Northwest Opera’s “Madame Butterfly,” at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Friday and Sunday, is that the set is made of paper. …

Review: Ron Howard’s ‘Pavarotti’ serious look at icon

Director Ron Howard’s recent interest in documentary filmmaking has created three productions that share a similar musical baseline but are very different in design and texture. “Made In America,” a …

Inland NW Opera stages ‘The Toy Shop’ for local kids, families

Inland Northwest Opera will hold three performances of a children’s opera, Seymour Barab’s “The Toy Shop,” for free to families in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018

Lyric Opera musicians go on strike, threatening opera season

The 64th season of the Lyric Opera of Chicago was disrupted Tuesday when musicians walked off the job Tuesday to protest cuts proposed by management.

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018

Spanish opera singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85

Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, has died. She was 85.

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018

Rising opera star Madison Leonard returns home for ‘Marriage of Figaro’

2018 Met Council Audition winner Madison Leonard returns home to star in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” with the Inland Northwest Opera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Russian rock star of opera, dies at 55

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a Russian baritone who was one of the most celebrated opera singers of the modern era, dazzling audiences with a voice that was by turns brooding and delicate, …

100 years ago in Spokane: Opera diva who sang for soldiers to Camp Lewis scheduled for Spokane show

Opera diva Alma Gluck made a stop at Camp Lewis on the way to Spokane — and sang for a crowd of 10,000 soldiers. In fact, the soldiers at the …

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Opera CdA proves worthy of Puccini’s Tosca, continuing Sunday

Tosca has remained among the world’s most popular operas since its premiere in 1900, and for very good reason: it is a masterful construct of plot, character and music that …

UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017

Apple founder Steve Jobs is the subject of a new opera

The music for “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” is by composer Mason Bates, combining traditional orchestration with synthesizer and other electronic effects. Mark Campbell’s libretto moves back and forth through …

New backers lure Steve Jobs opera to Seattle, San Francisco

A techno-infused opera about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has earned the financial backing of opera companies in San Francisco and Seattle, ensuring the musical meditation on the …

100 years ago in Spokane: Opera brings out city’s style

Spokane’s high society turned out in full evening dress to hear the Boston National Grand Opera perform Verdi’s “Aida,” at the Auditorium Theater. “The self-sacrificing husbands in dress clothes marched …

Powder sprinkled at opera possibly human ashes

A powdery substance a man sprinkled into the orchestra pit at New York’s Metropolitan Opera may have been an opera lover’s ashes, police said Saturday.

Opera CdA gets groovy with a high-flying ‘Barber’

That ’70s show: Opera Coeur d’Alene transports Rossini’s classic to 1970s Las Vegas, and lets the music and comedy fly.

Famed opera singer Patrice Munsel, who left Spokane for Met fame, dies at 91

Patrice Munsel, the Spokane-born opera singer who dazzled audiences around the world, had died at the age of 91 in New York, family sources confirm.

Man at the helm takes the stage

It might be a one-man show. But baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson will be performing with some “old friends” Saturday night. They’re classical and contemporary, a mix of popular opera …

Mezzo-soprano Graham puts grace, humor into role

SANTA FE, N.M. – Ask Susan Graham how she reacted when Santa Fe Opera first offered her the title role in Offenbach’s “The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein.” “Do I still …

Students, artists will honor teacher Marjory Halvorson

Marjory Halvorson began singing in grade school and she always knew she wanted to make singing her profession. Her family, however, wanted her to become a teacher. The long-time voice …

Review: Singers add drama to symphony stage

Four fine young singers joined Eckart Preu and the Spokane Symphony Orchestra on Friday for a delightful evening of arias, ensembles and orchestral works from the world of opera. The …

Local opera company plans debut concert

If you think opera involves highbrow harmonies sung in Italian by temperamental tenors, Spokane’s newest opera company would like you to think again. At a recent rehearsal, members of Northwest …

Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ hits CdA

Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” ranks as one of the world’s most frequently performed operas. Its story has opera’s most dependable ingredients: love, jealousy and death. Puccini serves up at least …

It’s hot, so it’s time for opera

Every summer, the sounds of Verdi, Puccini and Sondheim echo off the tall ponderosas. It’s the Spokane Opera’s “A Hot August Night,” a rare chance to experience live opera for …

Spokane Opera on the menu

As operas go, Spokane Opera’s summer dinner theater is a bit of an appetizer – a way for audiences who might not be familiar with the art form to get …

Minimal to the max

Philip Glass’ music first began to be heard in New York in the 1960s and was dismissed by the musical establishment as the work of a technically deficient, hippie interloper. …

Review: ‘Pagliacci’ a splendid opera anniversary gift

Spokane Opera celebrated its silver anniversary with a vibrant, steamy production of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” Friday at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. There were those in Friday’s audience, this …

Tears of a clown

Spokane Opera celebrates its 25th season by bringing in the clowns. No, not Stephen Sondheim’s clowns, but Ruggero Leoncavallo’s troupe of “Pagliacci,” for performances Friday and Saturday at the Martin …

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