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How Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Singer Kurt Elling Developed His Chops Singing Motets by J.S. Bach

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Though Kurt Elling is one of the most well-loved and highly praised jazz singers of our time, he first developed his chops singing Bach motets. As Elling returned to his more…

10 Facts About Legendary Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton That Every Dance Lover Should Know

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Choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton, who created more than 100 ballets in his 60-year career, is one of the most influential figures in the history of dance. Learn more about Ashton from Ashley Wheater, who worked with Ashton and currently serves as the artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet.

Chicago Fringe Opera Brings Rarely Performed Glass Opera, “In the Penal Colony,” to the Windy City

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At 79 years old, Philip Glass has composed 27 operas. Yet, only a handful have been performed in Chicago, though the composer spent formative years in the Windy City as more…

VIDEO: Watch a Waddle of Antarctic Penguins Totally Freak Out When They Hear a Live Opera Singer

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Tenor Nick Allen gave a chilling performance recently. Chilling chiefly because he sang in Antarctica, where the average summer temperature is usually below freezing. Allen’s audience was a waddle of more…

VIDEO: If You’ve Ever Wondered What Opera Singing Looks Like From the Inside, Wonder No More

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To those who don’t sing themselves, operatic singing is as mysterious as it is moving. How can a human being produce enough sound to fill giant auditoriums without any amplification? more…

The Making of Minnesota Opera’s “The Shining”

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“Opera is an irrational art form,” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec reflected as he prepares for the world premiere of his latest work, The Shining, at Minnesota Opera. “The first more…

Cavalli’s Colorful “Calisto” Comes to Chicago

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When you think of 17th century opera, drag and lesbian love scenes might not be the first things that pop into your mind. But both are at the heart of more…

Baroque Opera Company Opera Atelier Performs for Justin Bieber, Receives $25,000 in Donations

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Musical Toronto reported that over the weekend pop star Justin Bieber got an exclusive live performance by Opera Atelier, the Toronto-based company known for its lavishly produced baroque operas. Opera more…

Rocker Alice Cooper Goes Classical to Reinvent Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” for the 21st Century

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Peter and the Wolf, with story and score by Sergei Prokofiev, has introduced countless children to classical music. Since it premiered in 1936, there have also been countless interpretations and reinterpretations of the piece. It has been narrated by everyone from Prokofiev’s immediate family members to musicians ranging from David Bowie to Jacqueline du Pré. Rocker Alice Cooper joined the illustrious list of narrators with the creation of a new, American version of this classic work: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood.

VIDEO: Ultraman Reveals New Superpower – Conducting

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Ultraman, the superhero from the television series of the same name, recently revealed a new superpower: conducting. Ultraman was created in the 1960s for a series of 39 episodes produced by more…