Opera Review: Nashville Opera, fishing for jewels in ‘The Pearl Fishers’

As the curtain went up on Act 2 of The Pearl Fishers on Tuesday night, one could hear a chorus, not of opera singers, but of opera buffs going “ooh” and “ahh.” Nashville Opera was running through its final dress rehearsal at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and a small, select audience was getting its […]

Artober Nashville Celebration Provides Wide Range of Experiences

Happily the calendar is turning once again to Artober Nashville. It is, to quote the folks at the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, “for every Nashvillian to experience the arts where they live, work and play and includes everything from visual and performing arts, to music, crafts, film, pop-ups, and more.” In its third year, Artober Nashville has grown […]

Great – and delightfully strange – music and art will abound in Nashville this fall

Nashville Opera’s production of David Lang’s post-modern The Difficulty of Crossing a Field was such a big success last year that the company has decided to make avant-garde opera a regular feature of its season. Nashville Opera’s next operatic experiment explores the mysteries of the human brain in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His […]

Nashville Opera and Dyer Present ‘Opera on the Mountain’ June 15

The Nashville Opera and Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory will present Opera on the Mountain, a special evening of music and star-gazing, on Saturday, June 15. “We are so pleased to be presenting Opera on the Mountain with Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory,” says Noah Spiegel, Nashville Opera’s Chief Operating Officer. “This event is so popular with Nashville […]

Opera review: ‘Magic Flute’ Provides Spellbinding End to Nashville Opera Season

The Magic Flute provides a spellbinding end to a marvelous season for Nashville Opera. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s singspiel (literally “sing-play”) celebration of fantasy, romance and masonic values for the masses remains highly popular nearly 222 years after its Sept. 30, 1791, Vienna premiere – in fact, Operabase statistics show it’s currently the fourth most-produced opera […]

Marion Pickering Couch Honored for Nashville Opera Volunteer Work

Opera Volunteers International has announced that Marion Pickering Couch, a Nashville Opera Guild member, will receive the prestigious Partners in Excellence Award for her lifetime of work on behalf of Nashville Opera. “Nashville Opera is thrilled that Opera Volunteers International chose such a worthy volunteer from the Nashville Opera Guild to receive their organization’s highest […]

Mozart’s Enchanting ‘Magic Flute’ Ends Nashville Opera Season

Nashville Opera’s final production of the 2012-13 season is a grand staging of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Performances are Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall (505 Deaderick St.). The production is directed by John Hoomes, General and […]

Exciting Mix of Traditional and New at Nashville Opera in 2013-14

The 2013-14 Nashville Opera season will feature a tale of exotic Ceylon, a contemporary story of the healing power of music, a family-friendly comedy set in Seville and a classic based on a Shakespearean drama featuring one of the most memorable villains in all of opera. New season tickets are available by calling (615) 832-5242 […]

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Metropolitan Opera star Eric Owens performs Saturday in Nashville

As a teenager, Eric Owens once took a train from his home in Philadelphia to New York City, where he got a standing-room-only ticket to watch James Levine conduct Wagner’s Das Rheingold at the Metropolitan Opera. Little did Owens suspect that he would one day be the undisputed star of the same opera at that […]

ArtsNash Launches Internship Program Fundraising Campaign

From ArtsNash Co-Founders John Pitcher and Evans Donnell Dear Readers, At ArtsNash we certainly strive to inform, but we also want to educate. It’s our hope that arts lovers will continue to read about the groups and artists they love from a new generation of writers. And our nonprofit organization needs your help to do that. Giving […]

Opera superstar Denyce Graves will headline Belmont concert

As one of the Metropolitan Opera’s biggest stars, Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves is in more or less constant demand. She’s not easy to book. Nevertheless, a recent invitation to perform at Belmont University caught her eye. “When they asked me to perform in their new concert hall, I was absolutely thrilled,” says Graves, who was on […]

Nashville Opera’s ON TOUR Offers ‘Little Red’s Most Unusual Day’

It’s opera, not opry, this Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum as the HCA/TriStar Nashville Opera ON TOUR production of Little Red’s Most Unusual Day offers a free public performance. That 10 a.m. show will be the first of seven public presentations. The 40-minute piece is John Davies’ operatic twist on […]

Opera review: Goodness Triumphs Through Enjoyable ‘Cinderella’

Hopefully the ghost of Gioachino Rossini is happy with the way Nashville Opera lovingly handles his Cinderella (La Cenerentola). Wednesday’s exuberant dress rehearsal points the way toward a very enjoyable run among the living today, Sunday and Tuesday in Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Polk Theater. Director John Hoomes has settled on an approach that respects […]

Advice to the Next Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

It could be Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It could be Ben Cameron, Program Director, Arts, at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. It could be Mary Schmidt Campbell, the Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and the former Vice Chair of the President’s Committee […]

Critical Edition of Nashville Opera’s ‘Cinderella’ is, Well, Critical

There are so many aspects to a professional opera production, among them the costumes, sets, props, lights, orchestra and, of course, the singers. But it all begins with what’s on the printed page. The edition of an opera score chosen for a particular presentation colors that production. And for Nashville Opera’s Cinderella (original Italian title […]

Nashville Opera Presents Rossini’s ‘Cinderella’ in Grand Style

Will the beautiful Cinderella make it to the royal ball and capture the heart of the handsome prince? Will her evil stepsisters stand in the way of her dreams? Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 opera Cinderella (La Cenerentola) tells the beloved story while adding some original twists and unexpected turns. Nashville Opera plans to present the piece in grand […]

Nashville Opera Names Pensacola’s McKern as New Ed Director

Nashville Opera today announced that Chandra McKern has joined its 14-person staff as Director of Education and Outreach. A highly-regarded educator and performer, McKern will oversee Nashville Opera’s popular seven-week education tour throughout Middle Tennessee, manage the Mary Ragland Young Artist Program  for apprentice opera singers and develop educational programming in the community. McKern served […]

Opera review: ‘Field’ gets a memorable opening-night performance

Friday evening at the Noah Liff Opera Center, and a woman wearing a stylized horse head was walking slowly back and forth along the edge of the stage. It was opening night of Nashville Opera’s production of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field. Just before start time, artistic director John Hoomes joined the peripatetic horse […]

Opera review: Visionary ‘Field’ Provides Artistry to Savor

“It is not the business of this narrative to answer that question,” a magistrate investigating the disappearance of an antebellum plantation owner tells a witness at one point in David Lang and Mac Wellman’s The Difficulty of Crossing a Field. Intriguingly, it is not the business of the 2002 opera-play to answer any questions but […]