Ben Makino receives critical acclaim for Frank Martin’s “Love Potion”

“Ultimately, the glory of “The Love Potion” is Martin’s magnificent score, which Benjamin Makino conducted meticulously. Makino, consistently sensitive to the work’s exquisite timing and placement of dynamics and color, made the most of the composer’s subtle chamber orchestra textures.” – Rick Schultz, Los Angeles Times

“With subtle but informative gestures, Makino led his players in sensible tempi and added pathos to the performance of this music written in a style that showed the influences of both Claude Debussy and Arnold Schoenberg. Although much of the orchestral music worked its magic in a subdued manner, this conductor partnered with the singers as they dramatized their parts on stage.” – Maria Nockin, Operawire

Pureum Jo receives rave review in debut as Susanna.

“Soprano Pureum Jo was a Susanna both lovely and lyrical, her dramatics faultless and her control in her delicate garden aria — 2½ hours into this production — was impressive.  And, yes, it was fun watching her punch out Figaro a few times for attempting to trick her himself.” – Naples Daily News

Chuck Hudson’s DON PASQUALE headlines Fort Worth Opera’s 2018 Festival

Chuck Hudson’s zany and feisty Don Pasquale (production owned and created by Arizona Opera) opened the Fort Worth Opera Festival on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Reviewers have praised the production since it’s inception, with further performances with Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Minnesota Opera. The production will travel to Pittsburgh Opera in the 2018-2019 season.

Texas Classical Review said of the performance in Fort Worth: “Director Chuck Hudson, known for his innovative approach to opera, created this version for Arizona Opera in 2014, with whimsical sets by Peter Nolle and equally engaging costumes by Kathleen Trott. With a few minor adjustments in the text, some added scene-change music (with fake classic film footage) and lots of mild visual slapstick, the production neatly enhances and retells this predictable romance for 21st Century audiences.”

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Daniela Candillari, Joseph Lattanzi, Vanessa Becerra, and Sam Handley announced for FELLOW TRAVELERS at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced casting for their new production of Fellow Travelers. Daniela Candillari makes her conducting debut with the production which features Joseph Lattanzi returning to the role of Hawkins Fuller for which he received critical acclaim. Also make her Lyric debut is Vanessa Becerra as Miss Lightfoot, and Ryan Opera Center graduate Sam Handley returns to the Lyric in multiple supporting roles. Performances take place March 2018.

Elizabeth Sutphen to sing Romilda in a new production of XERXES in Frankfurt.

Soprano Elizabeth Sutphen has been announced to take on the role of Romilda in a new production of Xerxes. A member of Oper Frankfurt’s studio program, her other assignments in the season include Tiny, Paul Bunyan’s daughter in a new production of Benjamin Britten’s Paul Bunyan, Musetta in La boheme, and Papagena in Die Zauberfloete.

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