news & reviews

OperaDelaware in the News


7/2019 David Shengold’s review of Dead Man Walking (Opera News; subscriber login required)

5/04/19 Law & Justice in Delaware (The Cultural Critic)

5/03/19 OperaDelaware scores with law-themed festival (

5/02/19 Love, death & redemption: 'Dead Man Walking' nun visits Wilmington to support opera festival (The News Journal; subscribers only)

4/30/19 In opera we trust: Erin Dohony’s review of Scalia/Ginsburg & Trial by Jury (Broad Street Review)

4/30/19 The journey, not the end: Gail Obenreder’s review of Dead Man Walking (Broad Street Review)

4/27/19 Radio interview: Sister Helen Prejean and OperaDelaware General Director Brendan Cook on the 2019 Festival (WDEL)

4/26/19 You judge whether opera is relevant at OperaDelaware’s legal-themed festival (The News Journal)

4/21/19 OperaDelaware General Director Brendan Cooke talks 2019 Festival with Paul Weagraff (Delaware State of the Arts Podcast)

4/18/19 Spring and Summer Opera Blossoms Across America  (WQXR, New York Public Radio)

4/10/19 OperaDelaware’s Brendan Cooke on Dead Man Walking and Scalia/Ginsburg (The Wilmington Show [video])

4/1/19 Over 40 Things To Do Around Delaware This April (Delaware Today)

2/15/19 The National Endowment for the Arts Announces $27 Million in Grants to Support the Arts; OperaDelaware receives $14,000 Art Works grant  (

12/31/18 19 Things to do in the Delaware area in ‘19 (The News Journal)

11/13/18 OperaDelaware on the radio: A Babylonian queen rules the airwaves (Broad Street Review)

10/2018 Ruth, Justice, and the American Way (Amtrak Magazine)

7/31/2018 Semiramide to air on WFMT Radio Network Opera Series (WFMT)

7/2018 David Shengold's review of Il Trittico (Opera News)

5/04/18 Gianni Schicchi and what follows (The Cultural Critic)

5/01/18 OperaDelaware presents Puccini’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and Ching’s ‘Buoso’s Ghost’: The triptych ends with a "Schi-quel" (Broad Street Review)

5/01/18 OperaDelaware presents Puccini’s ‘Il Tabarro’ and ‘Suor Angelica’: Two-thirds of the triptych (Broad Street Review)

5/01/18 OperaDelaware's Puccini Festival: Well worth the drive (

4/27/18 Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend (

4/26/18 The Presser Foundation Announces Capital Support Grants (

4/23/18 OperaDelaware presents ambitious Puccini trilogy (

4/23/18 How Anthony Barrese Is Making Sure Opera Endures (Delaware Today)

4/13/18 7 things opera's Puccini would like about Brandywine Valley (The News Journal)

3/12/18 Make the 2018 OperaDelaware Festival the Hub of a Wilmington, Delaware Weekend Getaway (

3-4/2018 The Little Opera Company That Could (AAA World, March/April 2018 issue, PDF download)

3/02/18 Arts Playlist: OperaDelaware's 2018 Opera Festival; Interview with Brendan Cooke (Delaware Public Media) 

2/10/18 OperaDelaware & Wilmington Renaissance Corporation receive NEA grants (Delaware Public Media) 

10/05/17 Next Generation North presents $31K in grants to local nonprofits (Dover Post) 

09/27/17 Latest act: Using Delaware arts to advance social good (The News Journal) 

09/17/17 Delaware Achievers, Arts (The News Journal) 

09/2017  The Big Arts Preview: Must-See Exhibits, Musicals & More (Delaware Today) 

07/14/17 David Shengold's review of Semiramide ( [log in required], or download PDF here)

05/08/17 Three Rossini Operas Serias (

05/08/17 Quest'è un nodo avviluppato (review of 'La Cenerentola') (Taminophile)

05/05/17 The Opera Critic on OperaDelaware's 2017 Rossini Festival (The Opera Critic)

05/03/17 Bravo! And now, an aria of praise for The Grand Opera House (NewMarketWilm)

05/02/17: OperaDelaware presents Gioachino Rossini’s ‘Semiramide’; A family affair (Broad Street Review)

05/02/17: OperaDelaware’s Spring Festival has become a valuable tradition (Newsworks)

05/02/17: Exhilirating ‘Semiramide’ offers first-rate cast (The News Journal)

05/01/17: Hilarious ‘Cenerentola’ showcases singers’ comedy, voices (The News Journal)

05/02/17: Rossini light and dark: OperaDelaware's festival offers the serious, silly side of composer (The News Journal)

04/28/17: OperaDelaware presents Rossini’s rare and familiar at Spring Festival (Newsworks)

04/25/17: It’s All About Rossini at OperaDelaware’s 2017 Festival (Opera Wire)

04/25/17: Mark Your Calendar for OperaDelaware's Upcoming Festival (Delaware Today)

04/22/17: The duPont effect on Delaware's musical traditions (The News Journal)

04/20/17: Top 10 Reasons Rossini would love Wilmington now (The News Journal)

04/19/17: Discover opera with 5 easy-to-love shows in 12 days - and our expert tips (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

04/13/17: Two opera experts will attend, talk at OperaDelaware festival (The News Journal)

03/26/17: Interview with Anthony Barrese (Rossini America)

03/26/17: OperaDelaware's Rossini festival tickets on sale (The News Journal)

03/08/17: Meet Brendan Cooke (NewMarketWilm)

03/06/17: Philly charity donates to Delaware music organizations (The News Journal)

02/24/17: OperaDelaware appoints new board members (Broadway World)

12/29/16: Next! Our 2017 Delaware arts & entertainment preview (The News Journal)

10/01/16: How to give opera a chance in Baltimore (The Baltimore Sun)

07-08/16: Jean-Marc Proust reviews Amleto and Falstaff [PDF] (Opera Magazine; download PDF of English translation)

07/26/16: The Opera Critic on Faccio's Amleto and Verdi's Falstaff (The Opera Critic)

07/26/16:  Amleto and Falstaff Captivate OperaDelaware Festival 2016  (Opera con Brio) 

06/03/16:  Faccio’s Amleto: A Serious and Absorbing Opera Brought Back to Life (Seen & Heard International) 

05/24/16:  Hamlet and Falstaff Soar in Delaware (Opera Journal) 

05/19/16:  Hamlet, an effective “new” opera (The Cultural Critic) 

05/19/16:  'Brilliant' debut of two Shakespearean operas in Delaware (Newsworks)  

05/18/16:  Hamlet’s 150-year overnight musical success (The Cultural Critic) 

05/17/16:  "This is the very ecstasy of love”  (Parterre Box) 

05/17/16:  A long-lost Hamlet (Amleto) debuts in Delaware (Broad Street Review) 

05/17/16:  Falstaff at OperaDelaware (Taminophile) 

05/16/16:  Opera festival scores again with masterful ‘Falstaff’ (The News Journal) 

05/16/16:  OperaDelaware's 'Amleto' offers riveting, unforgettable night (The News Journal) 

05/15/16:  OperaDelaware's Barrese Resurrects Faccio's 'Hamlet' (The Philadelphia Inquirer) 

05/15/16:  A lost 'Hamlet' opera's revival offers two happy endings (The Washington Post) 

05/15/16:  Essere o non essere - questo è il problema  (Taminophile) 

05/13/16:  OperaDelaware presents East Coast premiere of Faccio's 'Hamlet' (Newsworks)  

05/06/16:  Going big: OperaDelaware bets on festival (The News Journal)  

05/06/16:  OperaDelaware mounts recently discovered opera version of 'Hamlet' (The Philadelphia Inquirer)  

04/29/16:  In search of Italian opera's missing Hamlet  (Slipped Disc)  

04/28/16:  OperaDelaware chalks up guerrilla marketing campaign (The News Journal)  

04/28/16:  Despite Obstacles, OperaDelaware Builds Momentum  (Delaware Today, May 2016 issue)        

04/27/16:  OperaDelaware's Brendan Cooke discusses Spring Festival (Window on Wilmington, WITN 22)  

04/16/16:  Shakespeare Day marks milestone with a fair occasion  (WDEL)  

04/16/16:  Maryland salutes Shakespeare, 400 years after his death  (The Baltimore Sun)

03/31/16:  OperaDelaware: New Tactics = New Fans (Out & About)

02/29/16:  Live Music, the Opera and the Hospital for Children (Healthcare Success)

02/7/16:  Delaware Achievers, Arts: OperaDelaware's Cynthia du Pont Tobias (The News Journal)

02/5/16:  OperaDelaware's Brendan Cooke -- Arts: Focus on what we have, not what's missing (Special to The News Journal)

02/4/16:  Rites of spring: Classical concerts not to miss (The Washington Post) [Download PDF]

02/2/16:  General Director Brendan Cooke discusses OperaDelaware on "The Delaware Way" [video] (KJWP, MeTV2)

02/1/16:  OperaDelaware executive wins national award (Delaware Public Radio)

02/1/16:  "Music Meets Medicine" at Dupont  [video] (

12/13/15:  OperaDelaware Wins Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (Delaware Public Radio)

12/10/15:  National Endowment for the Arts awards OperaDelaware $15,000 (Delaware Business Times)

12/09/15:  OperaDelaware Receives New Funds from Arsht-Cannon for Children's Project (Broadway World)

12/09/15:  OperaDelaware’s Neighborhood Choir Program gets $15,000 grant (Wilmington Sun Times)

12/09/15:  OperaDelaware’s Neighborhood Choir Program gets $15,000 grant (Delaware Business Now)

11/23/15:  AMLETO Broadcast on WFMT Radio Network This Weekend (Broadway World)

11/18/15:  Bregenz shocks festival world with an unknown Hamlet (Slipped Disc)


10/20/15:  Opera Philadelphia announces new festival for 2017 (Washington Post)

10/06/15:  OperaDelaware to Kick Off Season with VIVA ITALIA! Opera, 10/22 (Broadway World)

09/15/15:  The Year in Opera (Opera News)

09/01/15:  Opera Delaware Appoints Jason Hardy as New Managing Director  (Broadway World)

08/19/15:  Opera Delaware to Premiere Franco Faccio's HAMLET & More in New Season (Broadway World)

06/12/15:  The OperaDelaware and The Wilmington Children's Chorus Teamed Up for the Neighborhood Choir Program (Broadway World)

06/02/15:  OperaDelaware gets big grant from Longwood Foundation (Delaware Business Now)

06/02/15:  Opera Delaware awarded largest foundation grant in 71-year history (Delaware Business Times)

06/02/15:  Opera Delaware is singing a happy tune after winning a major grant (Delaware Public Media)

03/18/15  Music Festivals and Events in Delaware (VisitDelaware)

03/13/15:  Opera Delaware Presents Its 2015 Festival, FLOWERS, FOOD & FRENCH OPERA (Broadway World)

12/02/14:  OperaDelaware Appoints Kimberly Doucette as Director of Education (Broadway World)

Photos by Joe del Tufo / Moonloop Photography

Media relations

Press contact: For interview requests, please email us at or call 302-658-8063.

Organizational images: Available for download here
Advertising inquiries: For advertising and sponsorship information, please contact Mary Wilcosky at