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OPERA San Antonio in the News

Henry Murger’s Tales of Paris Life Gave Rise to 2 ‘Bohèmes’

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PARIS — Anyone who knows anything about opera knows Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

The tragic tale of love, suffering and death in the world of four impoverished artists in 1840 Paris is among opera’s most beloved — and most performed — classics.


Macbeth en San Antonio Texas

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Ramón Jacques
Sobresaliente fue el resultado del reto que asumió la Ópera de San Antonio al elegir escenificar Macbeth de Verdi. En apenas cuatro temporadas, la compañía ha ofrecido a su público un repertorio interesante y variado, que no se basa solo en...

This Cauldron Bubbles Nicely

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When the curtain came down on Opera San Antonio’s memorably strong production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth on Sept. 8, the Tobin Center audience might well have wondered why this taut Shakespearean drama isn’t staged more often. 

Opera company reaches new heights with Macbeth

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OPERA San Antonio took a giant step Friday night with the first staging of its fourth season.

The company spread its wings by staging a Shakespearean opera by Giuseppe Verdi, taking a chance on “Macbeth,” one that many people haven’t seen despite its vivid theatrics. The company also presented its biggest chorus yet, 32 wonderful singers.

OPERA San Antonio Presents Macbeth

credit: Karen Almond

You may already know that San Antonio is home to a world-class opera company, OPERA San Antonio, now in its fourth season as a resident company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. But do you know what it takes to produce a grand opera like Verdi’s Macbeth on the stage of the H-E-B Performance Hall? A village of singers, musicians, designers, and skilled workers, plus truckloads of sets, and costumes, assemble in San Antonio to make it happen.

Date Night at the Opera

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The good news is I’m now a life-long fan of the Opera. The bad news is my first trip to see one was basically a private performance, so what could possibly top that?

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You may already be aware that OPERA San Antonio is presenting Verdi’s Macbeth, the first production in its fourth season, at the Tobin Center on September 8 and 10, 2017. But did you also know that OPERA San Antonio offers more intimate performances to students through its education programs in San Antonio schools? I recently visited a theater classroom at Kirby Middle School in Judson ISD to observe a school visit by OPERA San Antonio artists, who are awakening a new generation to the beauty of opera. 



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In anticipation of its 2017-18 season, OPERA San Antonio is bringing opera to young audiences at the San Antonio Public Library.

Last week, my children and I got to hear professional opera singers perform at an Explore Opera! for Kids event at the Las Palmas Branch Library. There will be an even bigger Explore Opera! for Kidsevent this weekend at the Central Library, on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 12 p.m., featuring excerpts from OPERA San Antonio’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

Participants Selected for OPERA America's Leadership Intensive Program

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OPERA San Antonio's own, Rhanda Luna, Director of Administration and Education has been selected.

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that 13 participants from the United States, Canada and Latin America have been selected for its 2017 Leadership Intensive program. These future industry leaders were chosen through a competitive selection process focusing on candidates' potential to make significant contributions to the opera field. This program is made possible by the generous support of American Express.

Opera San Antonio Works Toward a Lasting Presence on the Stage

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San Antonians have supported opera since the late 19th century; in 1945 San Antonio became the first city in Texas to start a resident company. But sustaining an ongoing company in collaboration with the San Antonio Symphony, such as Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin have done with their symphonies, has eluded the city.

During his 26-year tenure starting in 1950, San Antonio Symphony director Victor Alessandro continued the San Antonio Symphony Society’s Grand Opera Festival and brought in world-renowned singers. After his death in 1976, the Symphony continued producing operas until 1983.


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