Category Archives: Opera

Who wears the pants? A brief look at cross-dressing in opera

Historically, cross-dressing in the theater is fairly common-place, and in opera, this is no different. In our latest blog post, we take a look at the tradition of cross-dressing in opera, how it changed during the reign of the castrati, and the prevailing practice of ‘pants’ roles. Enjoy!

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Big Women of Opera: Celebrating female opera creators

For centuries, the world of opera creation has been very much a boys’ club and it can seem that even in 2019 very little has changed. However, our latest blog post takes a look at at some of the creative roles that women take on in opera, featuring three female opera creators: a composer, a conductor, and a director. Happy reading!

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Awards Season 2019: Olivier Award Nominations and the Big Hits!

It’s that time of year again! The 2019 awards season has well and truly begun in London’s theatreland and there are several big-hitters leading the way. The WhatsOnStage (WOS) Awards were held on Sunday March 3, celebrating the best musicals and plays on and off London’s West End. Importantly, these awards often tend to signal the favorites to take home an Olivier Award on April 7. So, with the WOS winners and the Olivier Award nominees announced, let’s take a look at what’s hot in the UK!

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Opera Newbies: Where Do I Start?

Perhaps over the festive season you had the chance to catch an opera. You may have been given tickets by a friend, or just fancied a bit of a special night out. Or maybe your new year’s resolutions include something along the lines of ‘I should see more theater’, or ‘involve myself in more cultural activities’ or even, perhaps, ‘go to the opera’, well this is the post for you. If you’re an opera newbie, the vast amount of schedules, houses, and works, can be a little bit overwhelming, and you want to make sure you’re going to enjoy what you’re going to see.

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Preparing an Operatic Role: Part Two

Successfully performing an operatic role requires a ton of work and planning before you step foot on stage. Enjoy part two in our series on preparing an operatic role. Study one opera singer’s journey as she gets ready to perform the role of Fidalma in Il matrimonio segreto. Learn how to perform character research, memorize your lines and other expert tips.

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