Yesterday was the last of Beijing Academy of Performing Arts' kids theatre camps for summer 2015. The students performed Romeo and Juliet and 80 friends and family came to watch the performance. The student actors created their own sets and costumes and even wrote and choreographed songs and dances for the show. Check out photos from the show below!
The China Arts and Entertainment Group (CAEG) will present two new Peking opera productions at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, September 2 & 3, 2015. The two productions, LEGEND OF THE WHITE SNAKE and THE JEWELRY PURSE, will be performed by the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) and will star the highly acclaimed Peking opera performer Zhang Huoding in her US debut. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at both productions below!
Culchahworks Arts Collective and Panamania in association with Nightwood Theatre and b current proudly present the world premiere of Obeah Opera, a groundbreaking a cappella musical odyssey conceived, written and composed by Culchahworks Co-Artistic Director Nicole Brooks that runs Tuesday August 4 to Saturday, August 8 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in The Distillery District (Media Night August 6). Tickets are available at http://youngcentre.ca/ or by calling the Young Centre Box Office at416-866-8666 and will be available at http://obeahopera.com/ within the week. Check out a first look below!
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival opened the last of its four productions on Sunday with Bernstein's take on Candide. As philosophical as it is satirical, the productiontransports Voltaire's novella and its Enlightenment-era ideas to the stage, and features classic tunes such as “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make our Garden Grow.”
With the launch of the 61st Annual Ocean Grove Choir Festival Sunday July 12th noted conductor Jason C. Tramm leads the first of three concerts which define a major theme in Tramm's 2015 performance season - Peace. Check out photos from the performance below!
On Sunday, June 14, San Francisco Opera begins a revival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's sparkling comedy The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) as part of the Company's 2015 Summer Season. The production, featuring a stellar cast of dynamic, young singers, is conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Patrick Summers and continues through Sunday, July 5 at the War Memorial Opera House. In conjunction with these performances, San Francisco Opera returns to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, for a free live simulcast of The Marriage of Figaro on Friday, July 3. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast onstage below!
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, renowned tenor Anthony Kearns headlined the Fourth Annual Memorial Day Kick-off and Tribute to Veterans at The Capitol Hill Club next to the U.S. Capitol. Check out photos from the event below!
The Bronx Opera's 48th Season comes to a close with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. A massive orchestra recently rolled into the opulent Lovinger Theater at Lehman College for the production. Scroll down for photos of the musicians in rehearsal!
Lyric Opera of Chicago's stunning new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel begins tonight, April 10, and continues through May 3 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Dr., Chicago. Tickets start at $29, and are available at lyricopera.org/carousel or at 312-827-5600. The official press opening for Carousel is tomorrow, Saturday, April 11 at 7pm. Check out a first look at the cast in action below!
The voice of the people sang and spoke out last night in Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, Appel Room and Ertegun Atrium. Many of the world's finest musicians, and many of the finest citizens of NYC assembled to celebrate an effort to return 'The People's Opera' to New York. They did so in a Gala Concert and Dinner to honor the life of the late Maestro Julius Rudel, who was the Opera's General Director and Principal Conductor from 1957 to 1979.
Having completed their presentation of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in September, Washington Concert Opera presents its second performance of the season, the rarely performed opera, Guntram, by Richard Strauss. In his 13th season with Washington Concert Opera, Artistic Director and Conductor, Maestro Antony Walker, takes the stage for this highly ambitious presentation. The performance was presented yesterday March 1, 2015 at the Lisner Stage at George Washington University. Scroll down for photos from the concert!
There was a seismic event and emotional roller coaster onstage Thursday night at the 92nd Street Y, in the Kaufmann Concert Hall theatre. Her name is DEBBIE ..... DEBORAH VOIT. It was the first performance in New York City of a piece called VOIGT LESSONS. The piece was co-created by Voight, Terrence McNally and Francesca Zambello, years ago, at Glimmerglass and the diva told us that it has been performed 'very few times, let alone in New York City.' The crowd proceeded to go crazy. The piece- so simple, yet brilliantly calibrated.
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the fiery melodrama Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) conducted by Dmitri Jurowski in a new production by John Caird. The new cast opens on Friday, February 27 with 5 performances remaining through Saturday, March 14. Performance dates are Feb. 27, Mar. 3, 14 at 7:30pm; and Mar. 8, 11 at 2pm.
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Mieczys?aw Weinberg's powerfully haunting opera, The Passenger, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a new-to-Chicago production by David Pountney. It opens on Tuesday, February 24 with six performances through Sunday, March 15. Performance dates are Feb. 24, 28, Mar. 4, and 9 at 7:30pm; and Mar. 12 and 15 at 2pm. The Passenger will be sung in Russian, German, Polish, French, Yiddish, Greek, Czech, and English with projected English translations.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its exhilarating 57th season with the Kansas City premiere of composer Kevin Puts' 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night, beginning tomorrow, February 21 and continuing February 25 & 27 and March 1 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in English, German, French, Italian and Latin with English titles. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Richard Wagner's majesticTannhauser conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a new-to-Chicago production byTim Albery. It opens on Monday, February 9 with seven performances through Friday, March 6. Performance dates are Feb. 9, 14, 18, 26, Mar. 2, and 6 at 6pm; and Feb. 22 at 1pm. (Note earlier curtain times.) Tannhauser will be sung in German with projected English translations.
CHICAGO – Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the fiery melodrama Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) conducted by Dmitri Jurowski in a new production by John Caird. It opens on Saturday, January 24 with 10 performances through Saturday, March 14. Performance dates are Jan. 24, 27, Feb. 2, 27, Mar. 3, 14 at 7:30pm; and Jan. 30, Feb. 5, Mar. 8, 11 at 2pm. Check out a first look at the production below!
Beginning New Year's Eve, Renée Fleming returns to the stage in her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari, the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Met. Four-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman will make her Met debut as director and choreographer of a new production of the comic operetta, which will also reunite Nathan Gunn (Danilo) and five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara (Valencienne). The duo previously shared the stage in Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.
Morningside Opera, the NYC-based opera company that most recently presented the acclaimed Here Be Sirens and ¡Figaro! (90210), teams up with all-female orchestral ensemble SIREN Baroque to present, PERGOLESI POWER GAMES, a double-feature of two masterpieces by baroque composer Giambattista Pergolesi at the Alchemical Theater Laboratory (104 West 14th Street - between 6th and 7th Avenues, for two performances only - Friday, January 16th and Saturday, January 17th at 7:30 PM. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the production!
Tickets are now on sale for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida – one of Sydney's most spectacular annual events. The fourth year of Opera on Sydney Harbour is set to be the biggest yet with the season extended to a month. The show features the full Opera Australia Chorus on stage together with international singers, and a magnificent live orchestra beneath! Ticket prices start at $79 and travel packages from destinations around
Australia and New Zealand, are available now on Wotif.com. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Aida will run from 27 March to 26 April 2015.
The Pirates of Penzance with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert is an hilarious and hopeful farce concerning Frederic (Chris Yeschenko), who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates led by the hot-shot Pirate King (the ultimate pirate Drew Fitzsimmons, who co-directed and choreographed the production with Michael-Anthony Nozzi). Performances continue through December 21 at the San Pedro Theatre Club.
CHICAGO – Lyric Opera of Chicago presents The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,conducted by Ward Stare in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Francesca Zambello. It opens on Monday, November 17 with 13 performances through Saturday, December 20. Performance dates are Nov. 17, 19, Dec. 2, 5, 8, 13, 16, and 20 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 23, 26, 28, Dec. 11 and 18 at 2pm.
Lyric Opera of Chicago presents The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess,conducted by Ward Stare in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Francesca Zambello. The production opened last night, Monday, November 17 with 13 performances through Saturday, December 20. Performance dates are Nov. 17, 19, Dec. 2, 5, 8, 13, 16, and 20 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 23, 26, 28, Dec. 11 and 18 at 2pm.
Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its glorious history and future Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginning at 6:30pm - sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season.
The 4th Annual Wells of Life Gala and Auction took place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Mission Viejo Country Club with the Laguna Beach 501(c) (3) nonprofit - raising record-setting gross receipts in excess of $173,000. Guests enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres, a no host cocktail bar, silent and live auctions, and a stunning performance by world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns. Scroll down for photos!
FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL is based on the original novel by Mary Shelley and has music by Mark Baron, lyrics by Jeffrey Jackson, and a book by Jackson and Gary P. Cohen. The story follows Shelley's novel quite closely, and is ultimately about man reaching for the power of God, while battling the two deadly sins of greed and pride. Victor is a tragic character who means well. He simply wants to learn the secrets that would allow him to bring back to life someone he lost when he was young - his much-beloved mother.
San Francisco Opera presents the Company premiere of George Frideric Handel's comedy Partenope in six performances October 15-November 2, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. Winner of London's 2009 Olivier Award for 'Best New Production,' this production is directed by Christopher Alden with sets designed by Andrew Lieberman. Set in 1920s Paris, the production's surrealist aesthetic is inspired by the artwork of Dadaist Man Ray. Lyric soprano and baroque specialist Danielle de Niese stars in the title role opposite leading countertenor David Daniels, who thrilled audiences in 2011's Xerxes, as her suitor Arsace. Argentinean mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack is the crafty Rosmira, Arsace's scorned lover who attempts to use a cross-dressing disguise to enact her revenge. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo makes his Company debut as another of Partenope's admirers, Armindo, and tenor Alek Shrader is Emilio. Grammy-nominated American conductor Julian Wachner makes his San Francisco Opera debut with these performances.
CHICAGO – Lyric Opera of Chicago's spectacular 60th Anniversary season continues with Capriccio, starring Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles as Countess Madeleine and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Richard Strauss's final masterpiece reunites these longtime collaborators in performance and colleagues as Lyric's creative consultant and music director respectively.
Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary starts in style with a brand-new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and staged by director Robert Falls, artistic director of Chicago's Goodman Theatre. It opens on Saturday, September 27 with 10 performances through Wednesday, October 29. Performance dates are Sept. 27, 30, Oct. 11, 14, 17, and 29 at 7:30pm; Oct. 2, 5, 8, and 24 at 2pm.
Guerilla Opera presents Let's Make a Sandwich, an experiment in opera production, which includes two world premiere operas with music and librettos by composers Rudolf Rojahn and Curtis K. Hughes, and stage direction by Copeland Woodruff and Giselle Ty. Through performance, this production investigates the culture of contemporary opera production and highlights where the influence of the composer ends and the director begins. Let's Make a Sandwich plays for one weekend only: Thursday through Saturday, September 25, 26 and 27, 2014, at 8 p.m. with an audience talk-back on Friday, September 26; all performances are in The Zack Box Theater at The Boston Conservatory, located at 8 The Fenway in Boston, MA. Tickets can be purchased beginning Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and are $15 general admission, $10 senior citizens and free for students with a valid ID (for at-the-door purchases only). Please call The Boston Conservatory Box Office at (617) 912-9222 or visit www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets for more information. Let's Make a Sandwich is sung in English and is 90 minutes in duration.
San Francisco Opera today announced that Grammy-nominated American conductor Julian Wachner will make his San Francisco Opera debut conducting George Frideric Handel's Partenope, presented October 15–November 2, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. Mr. Wachner replaces British conductor Christian Curnyn, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Check out a look at the cast below!