May 8, 2016 |
WILMINGTON - Poisoned goblets. A skull. And swords. Such iconic objects - all carefully laid out in the corner of the rehearsal room - can only add up to Hamlet . "We're ready!" said Brendan Cooke, general director of OperaDelaware. But not for the play. It's an operatic version, by a composer whose name is unknown even to opera mavens. Amleto (as it is known in Italian) by Franco Faccio (1840-91) had a disastrous 1871 La Scala premiere, when the star tenor had neither a voice nor an understudy.
June 20, 2013 |
Tom Kaiden, president of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is resigning to take a top tourism position in Virginia, the alliance announced. A 12-year staffer with the alliance, Kaiden was named president in 2010 following the death of Peggy Amsterdam at the end of 2009. He will depart July 26. David Devan, alliance board chair and general director of Opera Philadelphia, lauded the "tremendous job" Kaiden has done in Philadelphia. "Over the past 12 years, Tom has provided strategic leadership and entrepreneurial energy," Devan said.
March 27, 2013 |
IN A HISTORIC and pioneering move, the Philadelphia Orchestra and Opera Philadelphia will combine forces for the first time. Their vehicle is Richard Strauss' searing "Salome," which requires four major voices to soar over the massive orchestral scoring. "Salome" had been announced as next season's Orchestra closer, but this coproduction with Opera Philadelphia heightens the interest for the audiences of both organizations, and promises to be the first of other diverse collaborations in the future.
July 15, 2012 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. — Opera is hardly a component of most seaside resorts, but it has been one for this Shore town in the past — and it will be again. This month, Opera New Jersey expands its two-production season from Princeton's McCarter Theater to Asbury Park's larger Paramount Theatre in a move that won't even be a stretch: Any stage facilities needed for HMS Pinafore on July 27 and Il Trovatore on July 29 already are here — though they often date back to the building's late-1920s construction.
June 10, 2012 |
VATICAN CITY - Intrigue mounted Saturday over the controversial ouster of the Vatican bank's president, with leaked documents showing that board members and even a psychiatrist had questioned his behavior and fitness for the job months before he was fired. The board of the Vatican bank ousted Ettore Gotti Tedeschi on May 24 in a unanimous no-confidence vote, firing a man handpicked by Pope Benedict XVI's No. 2 to help turn around an institution plagued by scandal for decades. The board has already made public a scathing denunciation of Gotti Tedeschi's failings as president, saying he was impeding the bank's efforts to be more financially transparent as the Vatican tries to get on the so-called white list of countries that share financial information.
February 9, 2012 |
Opera Company of Philadelphia is announcing more than new programming this week: In addition to a 2012-2013 season that includes old favorites such as Puccini's La Bohème and the local premiere of Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face , the opera company is taking note of sweeping internal developments that will affect what happens onstage. Longtime opera chief Robert B. Driver leaves at the end of the current season but will return to stage individual productions. Music director Corrado Rovaris' contract is renewed through 2016.
February 8, 2011 |
The understudy has landed the lead role. David B. Devan has been named the Opera Company of Philadelphia's new general director. Devan, 48, has been shouldering increasing responsibility since coming to the Philadelphia troupe as managing director in 2006, after serving as director of Pacific Opera Victoria in British Columbia. Robert B. Driver, leader of the company since 1991 and now artistic director, has been gradually handing over parts of the job to Devan and will continue to handle artistic matters - developing productions and coproductions, scouting vocal talent with music director Corrado Rovaris, guiding repertoire decisions, and directing one or two productions each season.
May 15, 2007 |
After a 10-month search, arts director and administrator Anne Ewers has been named president and CEO of the Kimmel Center. Ewers, who currently holds the same titles at the Utah Symphony and Opera, will take over her new post on July 9. "Anne Ewers has an indefatigable spirit and enormous energy," said Kimmel Center board chairman William P. Hankowsky. Natalye Paquin has served as interim president since Janice Price announced her resignation last summer. Ewers has an exceptional and extensive background both as an administrator, fund-raiser and stage director.
September 29, 2004 |
John P. Mulroney, 68, a pharmaceutical executive who revived the once-moribund Opera Company of Philadelphia, died of acute heart failure Friday at Abington Memorial Hospital. When Mr. Mulroney joined the Opera Company board in 1985, the second-rate institution was $800,000 in the red and performed four operas, each twice a year. Under his leadership, the Opera Company steadily got better and better. In 2004, it put on seven performances each of five operas, met a $10 million budget, had 8,700 subscribers, and sold 63,250 tickets.
April 6, 2000 |
It's a cover-up at the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Responding to criticism from its board and subscribers over the poster for a forthcoming production of Strauss' Salome, the troupe stapled four (not seven) red chiffon veils over the biblical temptress's nipples and crotch in the poster put up recently outside the Academy of Music. In addition, the company will not put the specially commissioned illustration on the cover of its program booklet or in bus-shelter advertisements.