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Below are BWWOperaWorld.com's most popular articles from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week!

1) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 VIDEO: Renee Fleming Brings Opera Flair to Super Bowl XLVIII National Anthem
by TV News Desk - February 02, 2014

World-renowned soprano Rene Fleming sang the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium today, February 2. The performance was televised live on FOX prior to kickoff, and you can watch it in full below! (more...)


2) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Casting for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - February 05, 2014

A roster of accomplished young singing actors from the Chicago area will portray the von Trapp Family children in Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, the company announced today. (more...)


3) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 BWW Reviews: Opera in the Height's DON GIOVANNI is Engaging Fun
by David Clarke - February 07, 2014

Based on the legends of Don Juan, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's DON GIOVANNI is a true staple in the operatic repertoire and is the tenth most-performed opera worldwide. The opera is often considered to be a dramma giocoso, which means that it mixes serious drama with comedy to create a melodramatic plot; however, Mozart catalogued the work as an opera buffa, or comic opera. Houston's Opera in the Heights production highlights the humor of the piece and thrills with skillful performances. (more...)


4) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 BWW Interviews: In RUSALKA or RIGOLETTO, Piotr Beczala's a Tenor with Style
by Richard Sasanow - February 07, 2014

He was the dashing yet fickle prince in the Met's HD Live broadcast of Dvorak's RUSALKA and the womanizing Duke who concluded that "La donna e mobile" ("Woman is fickle") in last year's "Ratpack" RIGOLETTO at the Met as well. Yet, Polish tenor Piotr Beczala is true-blue--to musical style. (more...)


5) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 ANNA NICOLE Star Sarah Joy Miller to Perform at Le Poisson Rouge, 2/11
by BWW News Desk - February 07, 2014

Acclaimed soprano Sarah Joy Miller, who earned raves for her role as Anna Nicole Smith in the BAM/NYCO production of ANNA NICOLE last fall, will appear on February 11 at Le Poisson Rouge. (more...)


6) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 BWW Reviews: Austin Lyric Opera's TOSCA Triumphs
by Jeff Davis - February 05, 2014

My apologies to Verdi and Mozart. No one does romance like Puccini. If you were lucky enough to catch Austin Lyric Opera's recent production of Tosca, I assume you'd agree with me. The production is easily among the best productions in ALO's recent history. (more...)


7) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 Deborah Voigt Set for Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK, 3/6-22
by BWW News Desk - February 03, 2014

With James Levine on the podium, and Thomas Hampson in the title role, Deborah Voigt will make her role debut as Marie in Alban Berg's harrowing opera Wozzeck at New York's Metropolitan Opera (March 6 - 22). The revival of this 'arrestingly abstract ' (New York Times) staging of Berg's landmark opera is highly anticipated, pairing two beloved American singers with a conductor - the Met's music director - who is widely regarded as one of the work's most passionate advocates. The fifth and final performance of Wozzeck this season will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 22 in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series on WQXR 105.9 FM and online at www.wqxr.org. In April, Voigt heads out for a four-city recital tour, taking her to three venues in California and a return engagement in the 75th anniversary season of Boston's popular Celebrity Series. On May 14, she returns to the Met to host the 'Live in HD' broadcast of Rossini's La Cenerentola. (more...)


8) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 THE ENCHANTED ISLAND to Return to the Met, Feb 26
by BWW News Desk - February 03, 2014

The Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, a hit when it premiered at the Met in 2011, returns for its first revival on February 26. New cast members Susan Graham (Sycorax) and Andriana Chuchman (Miranda) join many of the principal singers who appeared in the work's world premiere: David Daniels as Prospero, Placido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Ferdinand, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. The four mismatched Athenian lovers will be sung by Elizabeth DeShong, who sang Hermia in the world premiere, joined by new cast members Janai Brugger (Helena), Andrew Stenson (Demetrius), and Nicholas Pallesen (Lysander) completing the quartet of Athenian lovers. (more...)


9) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 BWW Reviews: THEODORA - with Daniels, Roschmann and English Concert - Scores a Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday at Carnegie
by Richard Sasanow - February 04, 2014

It wasn't Theodora, but the Carnegie Hall audience, who went wild on Sunday at the performance by the English Concert of Handel's rarely heard THEODORA. With the modern rebirth of interest in all-things Handel, why has THEODORA remained a sometimes-thing? Well, let's face it: It's not GIULIO CESARE or even RADAMISTO (last year's Baroque extravaganza from the English Concert and Harry Bicket), where you come for the thrills of florid singing, with brilliant coloratura. No, THEODORA is a very different animal-and it's easy to see why it was a failure on its first go-around, at Covent Garden in London in 1750. Yet, Handel frequently said that this was his favorite oratorio and he would get no argument from concert-goers at Carnegie Hall on Sunday. (more...)


10) Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 2/2/2014 - 2/9/2014 FWOpera's Pioneering New Works Showcase Frontiers Now Accepting Submissions
by BWW News Desk - February 05, 2014

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today a call for submissions for its third annual Frontiers new works showcase that will take place during the 2015 Fort Worth Opera Festival. Praised by critics as 'one of the most significant musical events of the year,' (D Magazine, 2013), the Frontiers programs aims to search out undiscovered 21st century operatic compositions, with an eye to identifying works for future presentation in FWOpera's alternative venue series, Opera Unbound. The 2015 Frontiers showcase will be chaired by FWOpera General Director Darren K. Woods and will feature an expanded jury of 17 conductors, producers, and artistic directors. This panel of distinguished industry leaders will specifically seek out chamber-sized works written for adult audiences, although larger works and works on other subjects will still be considered eligible for inclusion in the showcase. (more...)



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