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.

Chuck Hudson interviewed for Dame Nellie Melba Trust

New York based stage director Chuck Hudson returns for his 6th season as a mentor at The Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. Scholars will experience his foundation curriculum on Acting and Movement Skills for Singers as well as his more advanced five day course on Creating Character and Action, and his one-on-one coachings for aria audition preparation. Scholars who have already experienced Chuck’s workshops are delighted at the prospect of a ‘double dose’ this year.

Craig Kier discusses Britten and RAPE OF LUCRETIA on WETA

Wolf Trap opera‘s 2016 summer season begins with a Benjamin Britten masterpiece–The Rape of Lucretia.  Performances of the chamber opera are June 10, 12, 15, and 18.  Classical WETA morning host David Ginder chats with Lucretia conductor Craig Kier about how Britten masterfully tells a difficult story on the opera stage, how chamber opera is at least as dramatic as Puccini and Verdi, and about the informative DC-area-wide Lucretia Project.