Douglas Kinney Frost

December 14, 2014 - 9:06pm
As patrons age and audience sensibilities change, Syracuse Opera takes strides to stay relevant in the digital age.

Opera is typically associated with traditional grandeur and the theatrical arts of yesteryear. An abundance of modern pop culture and entertainment media have clouded the eyes of this generation, leaving opera in the dark. Hidden in the heart of Syracuse lies Syracuse Opera, a theatrical gem in Upstate New York. The company strives to maintain relevance among the ever-changing stream of popularity by captivating audiences of all ages with fresh and engaging productions.

April 16, 2014 - 7:00pm
On the cusp of its 40th anniversary, the Syracuse Opera's concert performance of the classic American opera brings communal jubilation and joy.

Opera originating on American soil is a rare breed. With the theaters saturated with the tradition of show tunes, vaudeville and musical theater, the European high art of opera has struggled to gain a popular foothold with both artists and audiences. 

But between the beginning of the early 20th century and the end of World War II, the genre lines between popular stage entertainment (theater, vaudeville, musicals and opera) were never more ambiguous and interchangeable.