Amanda Majeski’s global career has taken her around the world and to the top companies in the U.S. including Santa Fe Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Met. Yet her career is only one small, yet significant, part of who she is. With a husband and stepdaughter and a multitude of interests outside work, she says she’s going about life slow and steady.
Ricky Ian Gordon’s new opera Ellen West premieres on June 30 at Opera Saratoga at the Spa Little Theater in New York. Starring Jennifer Zetlan and Keith Phares, on the surface Ellen West shares the difficult story of a young woman’s struggle with the perceptions of her body and the doctor who treats her—but the opera contains a much deeper meaning for the composer and performers. Read about the creative process for this new work and the thoughtful collaboration that brings it to life.
One singer shows how a career path can take you miles away from where you began and how accomplishing big goals requires not only hard work but tons of positive thinking and self-empowerment.
Mezzo-soprano Angela Brower credits much of her success to encouraging teachers and great training at both Arizona State University and Indiana University, which prepared her for a thriving career in Germany at the Bavarian State Opera. And this mezzo is not slowing down. In 2018, Brower debuts in both the Teatro Mayor in Bogotá, Colombia, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago in addition to a calendar full of concerts, recitals, masterclasses, and other operatic works worldwide. Known for her masterful and unique interpretations of Octavian, Dorabella, Hansel, and Cherubino, discover her process for making roles truly her own.
Known for her Lucia in the U.S. and abroad, soprano Anna Christy began performing on the operatic stage at the young age of 11 and over the past three decades has maintained an active performing career at the Met, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, English National Opera, and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among many others. With the support of managers, directors, and family, her résumé now also includes mother of two. While putting family first is a balancing act, this soprano’s charming reputation and talent keep her in high demand.
General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson talks about the Boston Lyric Opera’s Opera Annex and emerging artist initiatives. Nelson and the company’s Music Director David Angus also discuss casting.
For a man who originally set out to be a rock star, Patrick O’Halloran is far from his original career goals. Find out how this young tenor found his operatic voice and what his goals are now.
The Centre for Opera Studies in Italy trains 50 to 60 singers each summer. Read about the offerings of this comprehensive training program in an ancient Italian city.
Having conducted most of the major operatic works many times over, Joseph Mechavich now has a new job title: artistic director at Kentucky Opera. Here he discusses his recent appointment, what his plans are for the company, and what he looks for in singers he wants to hire not once, but again and again.
Portland Opera’s general director discusses the company’s new summer festival format and much more
One year ago Lawrence Edelson assumed the roles of artistic and general director at Opera Saratoga. Now, with his first season under his belt, he speaks about his plans for the company. Read about how he has expanded the Young Artist Program, what he is doing to reach out to the community, and much more.
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