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Tacoma Opera director Kathryn Smith to leave for Madison Opera in Madison, Wisconsin

Tacoma Opera has just announced that its general director Kathryn Smith has been appointed the new general director of Madison Opera, in Madison, Wisconsin. The move to the $2 million company comes after seven years for Smith at Tacoma Opera. She will assume her position on July 1, and the board of Tacoma Opera has begun a search for a new general director.

Smith, a Seattle native and Harvard graduate, came to Tacoma Opera in October, 2003 after six years at The Metropolitan Opera of New York, where she had been responsible for a $4.5 million budget as

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Tacoma Opera gives the stage to Young Artists

Every year there’s an opera performance in Tacoma that’s unfamiliar to most of us. It features unknown artists, works we’ve maybe never heard of. It’s not in the Pantages or Rialto. But if you’re interested in up-and-coming singers, or just interesting opera, it’s worth a look: It’s the annual Young Artist Showcase by Tacoma Opera, staged in Theatre on the Square. This year the works are Haydn’s “The Budding Soprano,” telling the story of a diva-in-training, and Chabrier’s “An Incomplete Education,” a hilarious situation where a pair of newly-weds realize that they’ve never been told – er –

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Opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” – with Tacoma Opera singers and director – at St. Luke’s Episcopal, Tacoma

This weekend is a first for me: Usually I’m the one watching and writing about local opera, but this Saturday and Sunday I’m in one. It’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” the sweet-and-short opera by Gian-Carlo Menotti about the Three Kings of the Christmas story; and the production is at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tacoma, featuring members and a director from Tacoma Opera as well as church singers.

Don’t expect to see me on stage, though – my voice isn’t that good. No, I’ll be accompanying on piano, along with a harpist. It isn’t the first opera I’ve

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Critic’s Picks: Quartet at Old Town Tuesdays, Tacoma Opera’s “The Elixir of Love,” UPS’ “The Cradle Will Rock” and All-Tharp at PNB

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Classical Tuesdays

The Classical Tuesdays in Old Town series this month features a UPS faculty-based string quartet playing Gabriela Frank’s “Legends,” a composition reflecting her heritage and travels. 7 p.m. Nov. 9. Free. Slavonian Hall, 2306 N. 30th St., Tacoma. classicaltuesdays.blogspot.com

Tacoma Opera drinks “The Elixir of Love”

A flirty soprano, a gullible tenor and a cunning baritone get together for Donizetti’s “The Elixir of Love,” staged this weekend by Tacoma Opera. 8 p.m. Nov. 5, 2 p.m. Nov. 7. $25-$64. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com

“The Cradle Will Rock”

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Four main performing arts groups announce their new seasons, with plenty of new stuff promised

Four of Tacoma’s main performing arts groups – the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Opera and the Broadway Center for Performing Arts – have announced their 2010-2011 seasons, and there’s a refreshing array of new work on the cards. And for those wanting to buy subscription tickets, now’s the time to get good seats and deals. 

Northwest Sinfonietta

The Sinfonietta kicks off its 20th anniversary year with the first classical concert of the season on Oct. 1, 2 and 3. Three nights? You bet. Because for each of the five concert programs, there are three separate performances

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Opera’s “Figaro,” Northwest Sinfonietta’s “Silver Flute,” Lisa Sweet at Kittredge and Mike Capp at Mineral

Tacoma Opera does “Figaro”

Mozart’s glorious comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” comes to Tacoma Opera this weekend amid much farce, cross-dressing and jumping out of windows. 8 p.m. tonight, 2 p.m. March 7. $15-$80. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com, www.broadwaycenter.org

 Northwest Sinfonietta’s “Silver Flute”

The NWS’ principal flutist Darrin Thaves plays a program of Impressionist music with bassoon and piano in “The Silver Flute.” 7:30 p.m. March 6. $28/$23. Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 800-291-7593, www.nwsinfonietta.org

Lisa Sweet icons at Kittredge

Painter and Evergreen professor Lisa Sweet exhibits her modern take on medieval

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Tacoma Opera conductor up for a Grammy, plus NEA grant for “Figaro”

Some great news for Tacoma Opera this week. Regular conductor Sara Jobin (last seen leading “Faust” (2009) and “The Barber of Seville” (2008)) has been nominated for a Grammy music award. Jobin’s “Best Opera Recording” nomination wasn’t for Tacoma Opera; it was for conducting “Volpone” by John Musto with Wolf Trap Opera, but it’s a huge honor for Jobin, who’ll be attending the awards ceremony on January 31 “ball gown and all.”

Jobin will be back in town in March to conduct TO’s production of “The Marriage of Figaro” by Mozart, and the second piece of good news

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Critic’s Picks: Tacoma Opera, TMP’s “Junie B. Jones,” baskets at Sandpiper and clay at the Art Stop

Tacoma Opera gets silly with Donizetti

Boy meets girl, they sing a lot of high notes and everyone leaves happy. Donizetti’s “Daughter of the Regiment” isn’t big on plot but it sure sounds good, and this weekend Tacoma Opera opens their season with two performances. 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Nov. 8. $25-$62. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-627-7789, www.tacomaopera.com
“Junie B. Jones” comes to TMP

If you’ve ever had a messy kindergartener, a well-meaning first grader or a sassy second grader, you’ll know about Junie B. Jones. Tacoma Musical Playhouse brings the kids’ book character

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