Batwoman Boss Considered ‘Soap Opera’ Recast for ‘Hot Minute,’ Instead Chose ‘Reboot’ With New Character

A Bat-mystery has been solved. Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries has shed some light on the decision to not recast the role of Kate Kane, in the wake of Ruby Rose abruptly parting ways with the CW series, but instead create “a whole new character” to slip into the cape and cowl for Season 2. As […]

Opera shows off its smart new redesign that’s just like all the other browsers

Enlarge / Both the new dark view and light view look good. (credit: Opera) Opera has unveiled a new look and feel for its browser. Expected to ship in version 59, codenamed “Reborn 3” (R3), the new appearance adopts the same square edges and clean lines that we’ve seen in other browsers, giving the browser […]

Opera review: Hansel and Gretel – Humperdinck's masterpiece at the Royal Opera House

There is a choice of three ways to tell this tale: you can stick close to the violent and bloodthirsty original fairy tale; you can make it child-friendly by cutting the horror; or you can play it for laughs in the style of a pantomime. The new version at the Royal Opera House takes the […]

Opera Review: Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Orchestra House

Verdi’s opera Simon Boccanegra may lack the spectacle of his Aida or the gloriously tuneful arias of Rigoletto, but the power of the music is as strong as in those more popular works, especially when performed with such potency as the Royal Orchestra House orchestra under Hungarian conductor Henrik Nanasi. This classical staging by Elijah Moshinsky […]

Opera for Android will get rid of annoying cookie prompts

If you’re frustrated at having to constantly close “we use cookies” dialog boxes on websites in the GDPR era, relief might be in sight. Opera has released an updated Android browser with an option to block cookie dialogs. Flip it on through the ad blocking settings and Opera will close as many of those intrusive […]

Opera icon & ‘Barcelona’ singer Montserrat Caballe dies at 85

One of the best-known operatic sopranos in history, Montserrat Caballe, has died in her home town of Barcelona, said the hospital where had been receiving treatment. The 85-year-old diva was admitted to the Hospital Sant Pau since late last month, to receive help for a chronic gallbladder issue. However, Caballe’s family requested the exact cause […]

2018 International Opera Awards: Singer of the year revealed

Now firmly established as a global event, categories include recordings as well as live performances, chosen by a jury covering around 300 cities. Polish tenor Piotr Beczala won the male singer of the year award for his work during 2017-2018. Swedish soprano Malin Byström, recently an acclaimed Salomé in the Royal Opera production, was female […]

Samsung rescues data-saving mobile browser Opera Max and relaunches it as Samsung Max

Samsung has rescued Opera Software’s Opera Max data-saving, privacy-protecting Android browser app from oblivion and relaunched it today as Samsung Max. Norwegian tech company Opera, which first became known for its desktop browser when it launched in 1995, has offered mobile browser apps across various platforms for years. But in 2014, it launched the standalone […]