Opera Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber Teases Changes at Her Majesty’s Theatre Make It Even More ‘Phantom-Like’

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, work is underway on Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, in preparation for the return of The Phantom of the Opera on the West End. In a recent interview with The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Andrew Lloyd Webber teased that Phans will be pleased with the theatre’s improvements.

“I was in Her Majesty’s Theatre yesterday, with Cameron Mackintosh actually,” he said. “It’s going to be when it comes back, better than ever. We’ve been able to do things to the theatre to make it even more Phantom-like.”

Click here to listen to the full interview.

The show’s official Twitter account shared a video of the theatre, in its various stages of renovation. “With the new year almost upon us, we are excited to see work at Her Majesty’s underway and are looking forward to sharing updates as we prepare to return the Phantom to its London home

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The American Opera Project Announces Artistic Advisory Council

The American Opera Project Announces Artistic Advisory Council

The American Opera Project announces the creation of the AOP Artistic Advisory Council, composed of artists and innovators from the world of opera and beyond who contribute their time and wise counsel to advance the mission of The American Opera Project. Council members offer their unique ideas and personal insight to the AOP Staff and Board of Directors, mentor creative teams in the development stage, and serve on panels selecting AOP works and artists.

Mila Henry, AOP’s Artistic Director says, “When Matt (AOP’s General Director) and I first talked about what we wanted to bring to AOP, one unanimous decision was to expand AOP’s reach, not only through our audiences, but through our influences as well. How can we learn from our colleagues, both in-and equally important-outside of the operatic world? This illustrious panel of visionary leaders will provide the insight needed to navigate an ever-evolving terrain.”

Council Members include:

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Nestruck on Theatre: Why this theatre critic is happy to be done with star ratings on reviews

Krystin Pellerin’s performance setup for Tarragon Theatre’s online production Orestes.

Krystin Pellerin/Handout

It’s a momentous week for theatre criticism in this paper. On Friday, I’ll be watching a new digital production from Tarragon Theatre called Orestes – and then will file my first review since The Globe and Mail eliminated the star-rating system.

If you’ve read any of our film reviews in the last couple of weeks, you’ll have noticed an editor’s note at the bottom stating that the Arts section has moved to a “critic’s pick” designation for the crème de la cultural crème and abandoned star ratings for film and theatre reviews “in the interest of consistency.”

What does that mean? Well, as long as I’ve been at The Globe, different art forms have been reviewed in different ways. Dance and opera were reviewed without star ratings, for instance, while theatre and circus reviews included a rating out

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Taimane & Opera Star Quinn Kelsey Partner for Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Opera Kanikapila Premiere

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Honolulu (KHON2) Hawaii Opera Theatre will debut the first Opera Kanikapila digital series with a musical mash up of two world class artists, Ukulele Virtuoso Taimane and Verdi Baritone Quinn Kamakanalani Kelsey.

Opera Kanikapila is HawaiI Opera Theatre’s latest digital series.  The inaugural session will stream on January 29th, featuring virtuoso ʻukulele player, Taimane and HOT’s own international opera star, baritone Quinn Kamakanalani Kelsey.  

“Opera Kanikapila is a new initiative where an opera singer is paired with a local musician from different cultures,” explains HOT General Director Andrew Morgan. “This lets them explore ways to combine their art to be ‘opera different’ and appeal to a broader base. We aim to connect to all kinds of people and audiences with art in creative ways.

Hawaii Opera Theatre played an integral role in the

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