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BWW Review: Keenlyside Returns to Met with a Low-Key DON GIOVANNI BWW Review: Keenlyside Returns to Met with a Low-Key DON GIOVANNI
by Richard Sasanow - September 30, 2016

When last seen at the Met , baritone Simon Keenlyside showed off his suave vocalism and superior acting skills in operas based on Shakespeare: He was elegant and intelligent in HAMLET by Ambroise Thomas and a charismatic Prospero in Thomas Ades's THE TEMPEST. He could have picked up on any of those... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Offers a Bouquet of Musical Delights at Washington National Opera BWW Review: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Offers a Bouquet of Musical Delights at Washington National Opera
by Jeffrey Walker - September 28, 2016

Legend has it there were five encores at the triumphant Viennese premiere of Mozart and da Ponte's Le Nozze di Figaro on May 1, 1786. By the same token, Washington National Opera's new production of the effervescent comic opera deserved just as many ovations. Now playing through Sunday, October 2 in... (more...)
BWW Review: Duffy Makes WAVES in Mazzoli-Vavrek Premiere at Opera Philadelphia BWW Review: Duffy Makes WAVES in Mazzoli-Vavrek Premiere at Opera Philadelphia
by Richard Sasanow - September 27, 2016

BREAKING THE WAVES, the stark, brutal new opera by Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek, had its premiere last week at Opera Philadelphia, with a thrilling score and a star-making turn by soprano Kiera Duffy. Directed by James Darrah, the gripping production doesn't let anyone off easy, including the aud... (more...)
BWW Review: The MAESTRO Returns at 59E59 BWW Review: The MAESTRO Returns at 59E59
by Peter Danish - September 21, 2016

Hershey Felder's 'MAESTRO' returns to NYC triumphantly.... (more...)
BWW Dance Review: Pushing the Envelope Forward with NEW CHAMBER BALLET BWW Dance Review: Pushing the Envelope Forward with NEW CHAMBER BALLET
by Caryn Cooper - September 21, 2016

On September 16, 2016, Artistic Director, Miro Magloire, and company New Chamber Ballet, kicked off its' 2016-17 season with an exciting mix of old and new works at the City Center Studios. With this not being my first time seeing the troupe perform, I was curious what to expect since I saw them las... (more...)
BWW Review: PINK MARTINI WITH THE SSO Raises The Roof Of The Sydney Opera House With A Unique Blend of World Jazz and Classical Stylings. BWW Review: PINK MARTINI WITH THE SSO Raises The Roof Of The Sydney Opera House With A Unique Blend of World Jazz and Classical Stylings.
by Jade Kops - September 17, 2016

World renowned "Little Orchestra" PINK MARTINI returns to Sydney to pair up with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a fantastic party of a concert.... (more...)
BWW REVIEW:  Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's SATO & THE ROMANTICS Is A Fantastic Night Of Breathtaking Music BWW REVIEW: Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's SATO & THE ROMANTICS Is A Fantastic Night Of Breathtaking Music
by Jade Kops - September 11, 2016

Guest violinist Shunske Sato stuns audiences with his expressive and incredible interpretation of three 19th Century works with the support of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in SATO & THE ROMANTICS.... (more...)
BWW Review: PUCCINI SPECTACULAR Presented Selections From Nine Operas In Two hours BWW Review: PUCCINI SPECTACULAR Presented Selections From Nine Operas In Two hours
by Barry Lenny - September 03, 2016

This was an evening of nothing but highlights.... (more...)
BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It BWW Review: It's Fine and Memorable, No DOUBT About It
by Steve Callahan - August 23, 2016

Christine Brewer stars in 'DOUBT' at Union Avenue Opera.... (more...)
BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: GRIGORYAN MUTHSPIEL SCHAUPP WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET Closed A Fabulous Festival In Style BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: GRIGORYAN MUTHSPIEL SCHAUPP WITH THE AUSTRALIAN STRING QUARTET Closed A Fabulous Festival In Style
by Barry Lenny - August 21, 2016

Great credit is given to the Artistic Director, Slava Grigoryan, for making this a world class event.... (more...)
BWW Review: MEMORIES OF SPAIN Brought A Hint Of Andalusian Summer To Adelaide's Winter BWW Review: MEMORIES OF SPAIN Brought A Hint Of Andalusian Summer To Adelaide's Winter
by Barry Lenny - August 18, 2016

I defy anybody to listen to the music of Spain without experiencing a noticeable lifting of their spirits.... (more...)
BWW Review: Culture Matters! Silk Road Ensemble Enthralls Capacity Crowd at Blossom BWW Review: Culture Matters! Silk Road Ensemble Enthralls Capacity Crowd at Blossom
by Roy Berko - August 15, 2016

It was a soggy night at Blossom, but neither the rain nor the humidity dampened the enthusiasm of the crowd that filled the pavilion and covered much of the lawn for the Saturday, August 13 evening concert of the Silk Road Ensemble.... (more...)
BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: RICARDO GALLEN AND BOGDAN MIHAILESCU Opened The Festival Superbly BWW Review: ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016: RICARDO GALLEN AND BOGDAN MIHAILESCU Opened The Festival Superbly
by Barry Lenny - August 15, 2016

This was a marvellous start to the 2016 Festival.... (more...)
BWW CD Review: Seattle Symphony, Morlot, Pay Homage to Henri Dutilleux BWW CD Review: Seattle Symphony, Morlot, Pay Homage to Henri Dutilleux
by Erica Miner - August 11, 2016

Not many conductors have the privilege to be mentored by a living composer. Seattle Symphony Music Director Ludovic Morlot counts himself a part of that echelon... (more...)
BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor
by Richard Sasanow - August 04, 2016

South African soprano Elza van den Heever has long had a 'date' with Beethoven's Leonore, in his only completed opera FIDELIO. It wasn't exactly a blind date—she has known for years that, eventually, she would take it on, she told me—but it was a roaring success in her role debut, at the Venetian T... (more...)
BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA BWW Review: Passions Blaze in Union Avenue's TOSCA
by Steve Callahan - August 02, 2016

The Union Avenue Opera just keeps presenting wonders! Their current production, Puccini's 'Tosca', is among the very best of their best-musically, vocally and in production values.... (more...)
BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More BWW Review: 11th Annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY - Opening Weekend Celebrating Napa's Finest Wines and Cuisine with Music, Theatre, Fitness and More
by Christina Mancuso - July 27, 2016

The 11th annual FESTIVAL NAPA VALLEY just wrapped up a ten day celebration, serving up a smorgasbord of Napa's finest cuisine, 100 wineries, stars of music, Broadway, TV, opera, classical, dance, fitness and more. Over 60 events spanned the 10 day festival, enriching art, fitness and local community... (more...)
BWW Review: The JACK Quartet Says Hello/Goodbye BWW Review: The JACK Quartet Says Hello/Goodbye
by Steve Feeney - July 27, 2016

The Quartet's first Maine concert is one of its last with all of the original members.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WITCHES WITH YOUR SSO ENCHANTS IN SYMPHONIC SPELLCRAFT at Sydney Opera House BWW Reviews: WITCHES WITH YOUR SSO ENCHANTS IN SYMPHONIC SPELLCRAFT at Sydney Opera House
by Brodie Paparella - July 18, 2016

The witching hour was brought forward by a margin over the weekend when four of Australia's most wicked and wonderful took the stage backed by the magical Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a most spellbinding concert full of passion, humour and sonic sorcery. OK that's all the magic puns I swear!... (more...)
BWW Review: ADELAIDE CONCERT COLLECTIVE - MOZART AND BACH Presented Old Favourites BWW Review: ADELAIDE CONCERT COLLECTIVE - MOZART AND BACH Presented Old Favourites
by Barry Lenny - July 16, 2016

This was a very well crafted performance of two relatively familiar works by JS Bach and Mozart.... (more...)
BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II Delights Audiences Of All Ages by Synchronising Live Orchestral Music And Classic Cartoons BWW Review: BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II Delights Audiences Of All Ages by Synchronising Live Orchestral Music And Classic Cartoons
by Jade Kops - July 14, 2016

BUGS BUNNY AT THE SYMPHONY II is a crowd pleasing collection of iconic cartoons and live performance of the classical music that lifts them to be so much more than children's entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: ANTHONY DE MARE Brings Majesty and Mastery for THE LIAISONS PROJECT at Hayes Theatre BWW Review: ANTHONY DE MARE Brings Majesty and Mastery for THE LIAISONS PROJECT at Hayes Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - July 05, 2016

We've all felt the sensation where we talk fondly about artistic legends from our time only to discover someone younger or of another genre having no idea and genuinely concerning you that your icons might be lost someday entirely, and what a sad day that would be. That's where absolute miracle arti... (more...)
BWW Review: Down the River with Catan's FLORENCIA at New York City Opera BWW Review: Down the River with Catan's FLORENCIA at New York City Opera
by Richard Sasanow - June 30, 2016

If you're a fan of Puccini-esque music and the “magic realism” of the great Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Daniel Catan's FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS may be for you. Others might find the opera--which had its New York premiere at New York City Opera's home at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose The... (more...)
BWW Review: The Met's SummerStage Recital Has a Date with an 'Angel' BWW Review: The Met's SummerStage Recital Has a Date with an 'Angel'
by Richard Sasanow - June 27, 2016

The weather, the stars and “the stars” aligned the other night in Central Park, when the Metropolitan Opera performed its annual recital at SummerStage. Usually home to more pop culture performers, it turned out to be the perfect venue for introductions to some unfamiliar yet striking performers, in... (more...)
BWW Review: On Site Opera's FIGARO a Charming Diversion that's Not Mozart BWW Review: On Site Opera's FIGARO a Charming Diversion that's Not Mozart
by Richard Sasanow - June 20, 2016

“Bride's side or groom's? I'm Count Almaviva,” said the elegant actor as we entered what, we are told, is the Count's summer palace. “Bride's side or groom's?” says the seductive brunette in a bath towel, stepping out of the tub. She introduces herself as the Countess, Rosina. Upstairs, downstairs, ... (more...)

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BWW Review: The MAESTRO Returns at 59E59BWW Review: The MAESTRO Returns at 59E59
by Peter Danish