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Opera Australia to Participate in MAZDA OPERA IN THE BOWL, 13/12Opera Australia to Participate in MAZDA OPERA IN THE BOWL, 13/12
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2014

It's a Saturday evening in summer. You're sitting in a park with family and friends and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is completed when the glorious live music begins. Especially when the music is some of the most?loved opera choruses and arias from four leading Opera Australia soloists, the Opera Australia Chorus and Orchestra Victoria. This marvellous combination could only be the annual Mazda Opera in the Bowl on Saturday 13 December, 2014. (more...)


2014 Wexford Festival Opera Festival Kicks Off Today2014 Wexford Festival Opera Festival Kicks Off Today
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2014

Wexford Festival Opera has announced the casting for the internationally renowned Festival, which this year will run for 12 days, from today, 22 October to 2 November. (more...)


OperaLancaster Hosts German-Themed OperaToberFest TodayOperaLancaster Hosts German-Themed OperaToberFest Today
by BWW News Desk - October 22, 2014

Fans of German music, food and beer are invited to OperaToberFest, a fundraiser for OperaLancaster, today, October 22, 2014. The celebration begins at 6PM at the Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Rd., Manheim, PA 17545. (more...)


Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - October 21, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)


ADL Releases Statement From Klinghoffer Daughters to Appear in Met Opera PlaybillADL Releases Statement From Klinghoffer Daughters to Appear in Met Opera Playbill
by BWW News Desk - October 21, 2014

In advance of the opening of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' at the Metropolitan Opera tomorrow night, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a statement by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon Klinghoffer, which will be featured in the playbill.? (more...)


Jay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This WinterJay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This Winter
by BWW News Desk - October 20, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)


Eric Owens to Star in The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS at the Lyric Opera, 11/17-12/20Eric Owens to Star in The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS at the Lyric Opera, 11/17-12/20
by BWW News Desk - October 20, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Francesca Zambello, conducted by Ward Stare. 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. (more...)


BWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San FranciscoBWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San Francisco
by Harmony Wheeler - October 20, 2014

Verdi was a master at crescendo. In "Masked Ball," the score foreshadows and defines even while characters defy fate. As Count Anckarstrom laments his wife's betrayal in the opera's third act, the harp and violin take turn in old romance and revenge, building to a grand determination. Like Verdi's "Rigoletto" and "Il Trovatore," "A Masked Ball" concludes with a game-changing revelation in answer to an incredible setup. (more...)


Opera Australia Releases New Video; Tickets on Sale for 2015 SeasonOpera Australia Releases New Video; Tickets on Sale for 2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - October 20, 2014

Opera Australia and production house Collider, have captured the romance and the glamour of a night at the opera, in a brand new TVC released today to coincide with the on sale of tickets to all its operas for 2015. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDEBWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDE
by Richard Sasanow - October 20, 2014

Pretty Yende--a name that in itself brings certain expectations as well as smiles--burst on the New York opera scene at the start of 2013, in a baptism by fire. At just 27, the South African soprano from Piet Retief, Mpumalanga memorably stepped into one of the lead roles in the revival of Rossini's LE COMTE ORY (opposite, no less, star tenor Juan Diego Florez) on short notice. (more...)


Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 10/12/2014 - 10/19/2014Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 10/12/2014 - 10/19/2014
by BWW - October 19, 2014

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STAGE TUBE: Highlights - Joyce DiDonato Performs at the Gowanus BallroomSTAGE TUBE: Highlights - Joyce DiDonato Performs at the Gowanus Ballroom
by Stage Tube - October 17, 2014

On Friday, October 3rd, Joyce DiDonato performed music from her new album Stella di Napoli at the Gowanus Ballroom, a warehouse performance art space in Brooklyn, located above Serett Metal Works. The intimate event, co-hosted by Warner Classics/Erato and LoftOpera, took the universally-acclaimed diva and the album's 19th century Bel Canto music and placed it in a distinctly modern and urban setting. LoftOpera also previewed their upcoming production of Rossini's Barber of Seville. Click below to watch highlights from the concert! (more...)


Tenor Norman Reinhardt Joins the Houston Grand Opera's COSÌ FAN TUTTE as FerrandoTenor Norman Reinhardt Joins the Houston Grand Opera's COSÌ FAN TUTTE as Ferrando
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2014

Tenor Norman Reinhardt will sing the role of Ferrando in Houston Grand Opera's production of Così fan tutte, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. He replaces Stephen Costello, who has withdrawn due to illness. Mr. Reinhardt is in Houston to perform the role of Cassio in Verdi's Otello and will play Ferrando concurrently. Otello opens October 24, and Cosi fan tutte opens October 31. (more...)


The Seattle Opera Presents Mark Walters in the Title Role of Don Giovanni, 10/19The Seattle Opera Presents Mark Walters in the Title Role of Don Giovanni, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2014

Seattle Opera will feature Mark Walters in the title role of Don Giovanni on October 19 at 7:30 P.M.in Italian with English subtitles at McCaw Hall. (more...)


The Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000The Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2014

OPERATHON 2014, Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual live-radio marathon fundraiser on 98.7WFMT, celebrated its 35th anniversary by raising more than $550,000 (gross) during its 16-hour broadcast on Saturday, October 11. (more...)


Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2014

OPERATHON 2014, Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual live-radio marathon fundraiser on 98.7WFMT, celebrated its 35th anniversary by raising more than $550,000 (gross) during its 16-hour broadcast on Saturday, October 11. (more...)


But, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Fri., Oct. 17th: PORGY, BESS & Bradley CooperBut, Wait! What's On TV Tonight? Fri., Oct. 17th: PORGY, BESS & Bradley Cooper
by BWW Staff - October 17, 2014

8:00: THE AMAZING RACE | CBS 9:00: PORGY & BESS | PBS 11:35: TONIGHT SHOW w/ Bradley Cooper | NBC Click for more picks! (more...)


Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera to Present UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, 10/25Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera to Present UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2014

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera (LAMet) is a local community Opera Company presenting grand opera in intimate settings and at prices almost anyone can afford. LAMet will stage Giuseppe Verdi's thrilling UN BALLO IN MASCHERA on four dates: October 25-26, and November 1-2, 2014 in downtown Los Angeles and Santa Monica. (more...)


CSO to Present Tribute to Boston Pops, 10/25CSO to Present Tribute to Boston Pops, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - October 17, 2014

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will be opening its 2014/15 Luken Holdings Pops Series with a Boston Pops Tribute: A Salute to Arthur Fiedler and John Williams on Saturday, October 25 at 7:30pm at the Tivoli Theatre. Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt will be leading the first half with marches and light classics, favorites of Arthur Fiedler, a 50-year conductor for the Boston Pops. Works include The Washington Post, the George M. Cohan Salute, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, and Rachmaninoff's popular 2nd piano concerto. Michael Chertock, a featured guest with the Boston Pops for several years, will be featured on piano. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher HallBWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall
by Richard Sasanow - October 17, 2014

Soprano Anna Netrebko was AWOL. Tenor Marcello Giordani wasn't there. Mezzo Isabel Leonard didn't make it either. At least tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975) had the best excuse for not being at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday evening. But, as they say “the show must go on”--and the annual gala of The Richard Tucker Foundation certainly did, despite all the cancellations. Celebrating the famed singer, as well as showcasing the newly anointed winner of its top award, tenor Michael Fabiano, the evening was filled with many pleasures. (more...)


San Francisco Opera's Production of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Premieres Tonight on PBSSan Francisco Opera's Production of THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS Premieres Tonight on PBS
by TV News Desk - October 17, 2014

George and Ira Gershwin's masterpiece opera Porgy and Bess, based on the play by Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, premieres on PBS this fall with the critically acclaimed production from San Francisco Opera. THE GERSHWINS'® PORGY AND BESS airs tonight, October 17, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival, which highlights artists and performances from around the country and invites every American to have a front-row seat and a backstage pass for the country's best arts performances. (more...)


Regina Opera Company Presents GOTTA SING CONCERT, 11/2Regina Opera Company Presents GOTTA SING CONCERT, 11/2
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2014

Regina Opera Company, Brooklyn presents “Gotta Sing Concert” on Sunday November 2nd, 2014 - 3 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help auditorium, Brooklyn 5902 6th Avenue, Brooklyn (between 59th and 60th Streets) (more...)


The Minnesota Opera Board of Directors Approves the Fiscal Year 2014 AuditThe Minnesota Opera Board of Directors Approves the Fiscal Year 2014 Audit
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2014

The Minnesota Opera Board of Directors approves the fiscal year 2014 financial audit which posts a $173,000 deficit over a $9.8 million budget. We face this current deficit with a renewed commitment to producing award-winning operatic works in ways that lead to excellent financial standing. (more...)


George Gagnidze to Play 'Amonasro' in Select Performances of Metropolitan Opera's AIDAGeorge Gagnidze to Play 'Amonasro' in Select Performances of Metropolitan Opera's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2014

George Gagnidze will sing the role of Amonasro in five performances of Verdi's Aida this season, replacing the originally announced Andrzej Dobber, who has withdrawn from the performances. Gagnidze will sing Amonasro on December 26 and 29 and January 2, 5, and 10 matinee. (more...)


Erica Papillion-Posey Returns to Perform in Miami Lyric Opera's CARMENErica Papillion-Posey Returns to Perform in Miami Lyric Opera's CARMEN
by BWW News Desk - October 16, 2014

Mezzo-soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey described by the El Nuevo Herald as “... the best Carmen this city has seen in decades” is returning to the Miami Lyric Opera to perform her signature role of Carmen in November. (more...)




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BWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDEBWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDE
by Richard Sasanow