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Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's PARTENOPE Starring Danielle de Niese, David Daniels and More High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's PARTENOPE Starring Danielle de Niese, David Daniels and More
by BWW News Desk

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.


Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming and More in Lyric Opera's CAPRICCIO High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming and More in Lyric Opera's CAPRICCIO
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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.


Photo Flash: First Look at The Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNI High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at The Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNI
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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.


Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's Production of LET'S MAKE A SANDWICH High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's Production of LET'S MAKE A SANDWICH
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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.


Photo Flash: Julian Wachner Makes San Francisco Opera Debut in PARTENOPE, 10/15 High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Julian Wachner Makes San Francisco Opera Debut in PARTENOPE, 10/15
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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!


BWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON High Res Photos Hi-Res BWW Reviews: Indulge in the Fantasy with Washington National Opera's Beautiful FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON
by Benjamin Tomchik

The enchanted journey we embark upon with Washington National Opera's season opener Florencia in the Amazon is a production filled with beauty and a timeless truth.


BWW Reviews: Strong Voices Perk Up TAM's Gilbert and Sullivan High Res Photos Hi-Res BWW Reviews: Strong Voices Perk Up TAM's Gilbert and Sullivan
by Carla Maria Verdino-Süllwold

As has been the tradition for quite a few seasons, Theater at Monmouth ends its season with a production of one of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operettas. This year's choice, The Sorcerer, is a frothy, pleasant entertainment enhanced by the strong vocal merits of much of the cast. The pristine neo- baroque gem of a theatre in Cumston Hall is the perfect venue for singing. The acoustic - unmiked - is crisp, clear, focused, and allows for the ringing delivery and coloratura fun of Sullivan's music.


Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
by BWW News Desk

SAN FRANCISCO (September 16, 2014)—San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) for seven performances October 4 through 22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. The illustrious cast features Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas as the unwisely flirtatious and cavalier King Gustavus III; soprano Julianna Di Giacomo as Amelia, the object of the king's affection; preeminent American baritone Thomas Hampson as Count Anckarström, with Brian Mulligan singing two performances of the role; soprano Heidi Stober as Oscar; and riveting mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as the fortune teller Madame Arvidson. A compelling tale of love, betrayal and revenge, Verdi's magnificent drama is presented in San Francisco Opera's classic production, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti and directed by Jose Maria Condemi.


Photo Coverage: First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA Manila High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Coverage: First Look at NOLI ME TANGERE OPERA Manila
by Oliver Oliveros

The long awaited return of the country's first full-length grand opera NOLI ME TANGERE (this opera was last seen in Manila 27 years ago), inspired by José Rizal's 1887 classic romantic novel 'Noli Me Tángere' ('Touch Me Not'), featuring music by National Artist Felipe de Leon and libretto by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino, held its gala performance at a nearly packed house of 1,500 theatergoers at Resorts World Manila's Newport Performing Arts Theater last night.


Photo Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLA High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidoro, onGreat Performances at the Met Sunday, September 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) Check out a first look at the performance below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
by BWW News Desk

Glimmerglass Festival presents An American Tragedy, July 20 - August 24, 2014. Check out a first look below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Rehearsals of Pinchgut Opera's Production of THE CHIMNEY SWEEP High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Rehearsals of Pinchgut Opera's Production of THE CHIMNEY SWEEP
by BWW News Desk

Pinchgut Opera is celebrating Christmas in July as they present The Chimney Sweep by Salieri. Now it's only six months between drinks! You no longer have to wait a full 12 months to hear Pinchgut do what they do best as they bring you two productions in 2014. More information about tickets can be found below.


Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at LA RONDINE, Part of The Met: Live in HD 'Summer Encores' Series High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at LA RONDINE, Part of The Met: Live in HD 'Summer Encores' Series
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THE MET: LIVE IN HD's 'Summer Encores' series presents Puccini's bittersweet romance LA RONDINE. The production returns with opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m.* (*check local theaters for dates and times). Scroll down for a sneak peek at the production!


Photo Flash: Terry Gilliam's BENVENUTO CELLINI Opens at English National Opera High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Terry Gilliam's BENVENUTO CELLINI Opens at English National Opera
by BWW News Desk

One of the most hotly-anticipated arts events of 2014, Terry Gilliam's production of Benvenuto Cellini for English National Opera opened at the London Coliseum last night.


Photo Flash: Opera in the Heights Hosts BRAVISSIMO! 2014: 'THE GRAND GALA' High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Opera in the Heights Hosts BRAVISSIMO! 2014: 'THE GRAND GALA'
by BWW News Desk

The 280+ arts patrons who gathered May 30 at the Petroleum Club of Houston for Opera in the Heights' Bravissimo! 2014: 'The Grand Gala' got a delightful surprise during the seated dinner: Stirring performances by rising opera singers and musical theater talents Alicia Gianni and Chris Newcomer. Scroll down for photos from the event!


Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's GALLO High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's GALLO
by BWW News Desk

Guerilla Opera presents Gallo: a fable in music in one act, a world premiere chamber opera with music and libretto by Rome-Prize winning composer Ken Ueno, and direction by Metropolitan Opera stage director Sarah Meyers. The world premiere chamber opera investigates how the landscape and man shape and transform each other. It also addresses the fundamental question of ontology, “the chicken or the egg,” and features a soprano in a Houdini box filled with Cheerios and a countertenor in a chicken suit. Gallo plays Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24 and 29-30, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. with talk-backs on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. All performances are in The Zack Box at The Boston Conservatory, 8 The Fenway, Boston, MA. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 seniors and free for students with valid IDs; tickets can be purchased from The Boston Conservatory Box Office by phone or in person only. Call (617) 912- 9222 beginning Monday, May 12, 2014 to reserve tickets. Please visit www.bostonconservatory.edu/tickets for more Box Office information. Gallo is sung in English and 70 minutes in duration. **The audience will be asked to remove their shoes before they enter the theater and invited to lie down during a portion of the performance. Please let The Box Office know if you require special assistance.**


Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Ryan McKinny and More in LA Opera's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Ryan McKinny and More in LA Opera's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk

Superstar Renee Fleming returns to Los Angeles in a role created for her extraordinary talents! Clinging desperately to a masquerade of Southern grace, Blanche DuBois moves into her sister's cramped apartment, creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude brother-in-law. When dark truths about Blanche's past begin to emerge, her world comes apart at the seams in a spiral of violence and madness. Check out a first look below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Maryam Amatullah-Wali, Lara Tillotson and More in Regina Opera's RIGOLETTO High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Maryam Amatullah-Wali, Lara Tillotson and More in Regina Opera's RIGOLETTO
by Kaitlin Milligan

Regina Opera presents a fully-staged performance of Verdi's masterpiece 'Rigoletto', sung in Italian with English supertitles on Saturdays May 17 and May 24, and Sunday, May 18 and May 25, 2014 at 3PM. Check out a look at the cast below!


Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Washington National Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BWW News Desk

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2013-2014 season with a new English-language production of one of the most beloved and family-friendly operas in the repertory: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, May 3-18 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The eye-popping new production features set and costume design by Japanese- American artist Jun Kaneko in his WNO debut, and will be sung in a new English version by WNO dramaturg Kelley Rourke. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia's EUGENE ONEGIN, Coming to New York City Center High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia's EUGENE ONEGIN, Coming to New York City Center
by BWW News Desk

The U.S. Premiere of Eugene Onegin by Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia, an original play with music based on Alexander Pushkin's 'novel in verse', will play 4 performances at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street): May 29th at 8 PM, May 30th at 8pm, May 31st at 8pm and June 1st at 3pm. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action!


Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk

Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud announced today four additional performances due to popular demand for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music, April 25-May 25, 2014, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. Additional performance dates are Friday, May 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are available now at lyricopera.org/soundofmusic or at 312-827-5600.


Photo Flash: First Look at Minnesota Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Minnesota Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BWW Special Coverage

Minnesota Opera presents its co-production of a dynamic and engaging staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute with LA Opera. Mozart's masterful comedy about love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment is richly reimagined in this boundary-busting production. Connecting the tale's enduring meaning with modern metaphor, this extraordinary staging combines live performance and film animation to delve deeply into the opera's surreal magic, odd characters and crazy love. Check out a sneak peek below!


Photo Flash: First Look at THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at McCarter Theatre Center High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at McCarter Theatre Center
by BWW News Desk

McCarter Theatre Center presents two all-new adaptations of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic masterpieces that inspired Rossini and Mozart's operas: The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Filled with material rarely seen by modern theatregoers (due to being cut by censors for the operas), The Figaro Plays will contain fresh surprises, unexpected laughs, and new insight for 21st century audiences. BroadwayWorld has a first look at The Marriage of Figaro below!


Photo Flash: First Look at THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at McCarter Theatre Center High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at THE BARBER OF SEVILLE at McCarter Theatre Center
by BWW News Desk

McCarter Theatre Center presents two all-new adaptations of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic masterpieces that inspired Rossini and Mozart's operas: The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Filled with material rarely seen by modern theatregoers (due to being cut by censors for the operas), The Figaro Plays will contain fresh surprises, unexpected laughs, and new insight for 21st century audiences. Scroll down for a first look at The Barber of Seville!


Photo Flash: Placido Domingo, Susan Graham, David Daniels and More in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND - All the Pics! High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Placido Domingo, Susan Graham, David Daniels and More in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND - All the Pics!
by BWW News Desk

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, Plácido 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. BroadwayWorld has a complete look below!


Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Monk Parrots' World Premiere of BUM PHILLIPS ALL-AMERICAN OPERA at La MaMa High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Monk Parrots' World Premiere of BUM PHILLIPS ALL-AMERICAN OPERA at La MaMa
by BWW News Desk

La MaMa, in association with Monk Parrots, proudly presents the World Premiere of Bum Phillips All-American Opera, a new contemporary opera conceptualized and directed by Luke Leonard, composed and conducted by Peter Stopschinski, with a libretto by Kirk Lynn. Bum Phillips All-American Opera runs from March 12 - 30, 2014 in a limited engagement at La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, located at 66 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue & the Bowery in New York City. Previews begin March 12 for a March 15 opening. Scroll down for a first look at the cast of the show!


Photo Flash: First Look at Placido Domingo, Danielle De Niese and More in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND at the Met High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Placido Domingo, Danielle De Niese and More in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND at the Met
by BWW News Desk

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, Plácido 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. BroadwayWorld has a first look below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Annie Proulx's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Opera - Daniel Okulitch, Tom Randle & More! High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Annie Proulx's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Opera - Daniel Okulitch, Tom Randle & More!
by BWW News Desk

Gerard Mortier and the New York City Opera have commissioned Charles Wuorinen, an American composer, to turn Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain into a work for the operatic stage. Proulx wrote the libretto, and Wuorinen completed the opera in 2012. The premiere was postponed after New York City Opera's General Director, Gerard Mortier, resigned. The project was then again taken up by Mortier at the Teatro Real in Madrid and is set to premiere today, January 28, 2014.


Photo Flash: First Look at the Minnesota Opera's Production of MACBETH with Greer Grimsley and Brenda Harris High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at the Minnesota Opera's Production of MACBETH with Greer Grimsley and Brenda Harris
by Kaitlin Milligan

Minnesota Opera is pleased to announce its first production of 2014. Verdi's dark-hued Macbeth examines the corrosive consequences of tyranny. At the urging of his wife, Macbeth murders the king to claim the crown. His desperate and deadly reign of terror devastates his country and hastens his doom in this masterwork based upon Shakespeare's classic thriller. The Show Premieres Saturday, January 25th, and runs through February 2nd at Ordway, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102. The show is sung in Italian with English surtitles projected above the stage.


Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at MTF's THE DISAPPEARING MAN by Jahn Sood
by BWW News Desk

The Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) presents a showcase production of THE DISAPPEARING MAN, a new folk opera with book, music, and lyrics by Jahn Sood. This production follows a sold-out concert at Joe's Pub and a standing-room-only development reading in the spring of 2013. THE DISAPPEARING MAN takes place backstage at a small-time travelling circus in 1936. When the headliner is offered another job, the motley troupe must decide whether to adapt to the change or fight to keep the family together. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Danny Burstein and Betsy Wolfe and More in The Met's DIE FLEDERMAUS High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Danny Burstein and Betsy Wolfe and More in The Met's DIE FLEDERMAUS
by BWW News Desk

A new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s New Year's Eve classic, the comedic operetta Die Fledermaus, will open at the Met tonight, December 31, with two Broadway stars appearing. Check out a first look below!


Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Costume Designs for Gotham Chamber Opera's LA DESCENTE D'ORPHEE AUX ENFERS High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Costume Designs for Gotham Chamber Opera's LA DESCENTE D'ORPHEE AUX ENFERS
by BWW News Desk

Gotham Chamber Opera presents Marc-Antoine Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers, a co-production with Trinity Church, from January 1- January 5, 2014 at St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway and Fulton, NYC. Performances: Wednesday, January 1 and Friday, January 3 at 7pm; Sunday, January 5 at 5pm. Tickets are $15-$125 and are available atwww.ticketcentral.com or (212) 279-4200. For more information visitwww.gothamchamberopera.org. Check out a sneak peek at the costume designs below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Washington National Opera's THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME, Opening Tonight High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Washington National Opera's THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME, Opening Tonight
by BWW News Desk

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2013-2014 season with the world premiere of a new holiday family opera: The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me, today, December 14-22 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Anna Netrebko in Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Anna Netrebko in Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE
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Anna Netrebko will reprise her portrayal of Adina, the irresistible heroine of Donizetti's comic romance L'Elisir d'Amore, for seven performances beginning January 9. Ramón Vargas sings the role of Nemorino, the peasant who loves her, in a cast that also includes Nicola Alaimo in his first Met performances as Belcore and Erwin Schrott as the questionably credentialed Doctor Dulcamara. Maurizio Benini, who led the premiere of Bartlett Sher's production on opening night of the Met's 2012-13 season, returns to conduct the bel canto favorite. Check out a sneak peek below!


Photo Flash: Shirley Ritenour Conquers Valhalla for Cancer High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Shirley Ritenour Conquers Valhalla for Cancer
by BWW News Desk

Shirley Ritenour performed Wagner, Puccini, Albeniz, Granados, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Styne, Lane and Holdridge on December 6, 2013 in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Scroll down for photos!


Photo Flash: Erik Teague's Costume Sketches for WNO's THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Erik Teague's Costume Sketches for WNO's THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME
by BWW News Desk

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2013-2014 season with the world premiere of a new holiday family opera: The Lion, The Unicorn, and Me, December 14-22 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Check out the costume sketches by Erik Teague below!


Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at The Met's THE MAGIC FLUTE, Directed by Julie Taymor High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at The Met's THE MAGIC FLUTE, Directed by Julie Taymor
by BWW News Desk

English conductor Jane Glover will make her Met debut on December 16 leading the company's holiday presentation, an abridged, English-language production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, directed by Julie Taymor. The 100-minute version of Taymor's popular staging of the opera will star Alek Shrader as the brave prince Tamino; Heidi Stober as Pamina, the princess he must rescue; Eric Owens as the mysterious Sarastro; Shenyang as the Speaker; and Nathan Gunn as the hapless bird-catcher Papageno. Albina Shagimuratova and Kathryn Lewek will alternate in the role of Pamina's vindictive mother, the Queen of the Night. The Magic Flute launched the recent Met tradition of presenting a family-oriented production each holiday season, with sharply discounted tickets and two special weekday matinee performances. Scroll down for a sneak peek at the production!


Photo Flash: First Look at Minnesota Opera's ARABELLA High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Minnesota Opera's ARABELLA
by BWW News Desk

Minnesota Opera presents ARABELLA, by composer Richard Strauss, Sung in German with English translations projected above the stage at the Ordway, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102, opening tomorrow, November 9, and running through November 12. Check out a first look below!


Photo Flash: First Look at Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN with Connecticut Opera High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: First Look at Wagner's THE FLYING DUTCHMAN with Connecticut Opera
by BWW News Desk

The legend of The Flying Dutchman, a ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever, has fascinated opera lovers for hundreds of years. Wagner's enthralling score is illuminated by striking stage imagery that powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his only redemption. Presented in German with English super titles, this fully staged co-production by the Connecticut Virtuosi Orchestra and the Connecticut Lyric Opera features an international cast of singers accompanied by a full orchestra. Check out the photos below!


Photo Flash: Vladimir Jurowski in a Rare Revival of Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten High Res Photos Hi-Res Photo Flash: Vladimir Jurowski in a Rare Revival of Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten
by BWW News Desk

Vladimir Jurowski leads a rare revival of Richard Strauss's epic Die Frau ohne Schattenbeginning November 7, in the acclaimed staging by the late Herbert Wernicke that had its Met premiere in 2001. Anne Schwanewilms, one of the world's leading Strauss sopranos, makes her Met debut as the Empress. Christine Goerke, a graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program who has recently emerged as a prominent international dramatic soprano, returns to the company after an absence of several seasons to sing the role of the Dyer's Wife. The cast also includes Torsten Kerl as the Emperor, Johan Reuter as Barak, and Ildikó Komlósi as the Nurse. On November 16, American soprano Meagan Miller will make her Met debut as the Empress. Check out the photos below!




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by Richard Sasanow