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Houston Grand Opera Presents the American Premiere of Sir Nicholas Hytner's THE MAGIC FLUTE, Now thru 2/14 Houston Grand Opera Presents the American Premiere of Sir Nicholas Hytner's THE MAGIC FLUTE, Now thru 2/14
by BWW News Desk - January 30, 2015

Houston Grand Opera is proud to present The Magic Flute, one of two Mozart offerings for the 2014–15 season. From the coloratura pyrotechnics of the Queen of the Night to Pamina's anguished lament, to the comic love duet of Papageno and Papagena, Mozart's genius is evident as the music in The Magic ... (more...)
Dallas Opera's LA WALLY Debuts Tonight Dallas Opera's LA WALLY Debuts Tonight
by BWW News Desk - January 30, 2015

The Dallas Opera presents a new production of Alfredo Catalani's LA WALLY (Act IV).... (more...)
The Dallas Opera Presents LA WALLY (ACT IV) and EVEREST Double Bill Tonight The Dallas Opera Presents LA WALLY (ACT IV) and EVEREST Double Bill Tonight
by BWW News Desk - January 30, 2015

The Dallas Opera is extremely proud to present the third production in its 2014-2015 'Heights of Passion' Season, an unusual double bill: the eagerly anticipated world premiere of EVEREST -- the first opera by renowned British composer Joby Talbot with a superb libretto by Gene Scheer (Moby-Dick) --... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Shines with Rare Mascagni BWW Reviews: Winter Opera St. Louis Shines with Rare Mascagni
by Steve Callahan - January 29, 2015

Winter Opera St. Louis, after a brilliant production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro', continues its eighth season with a venture into less familiar fare - Pietro Mascagni's 'L'amico Fritz'.... (more...)
The North Carolina Opera Presents APPROACHING ALI This Weekend The North Carolina Opera Presents APPROACHING ALI This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - January 29, 2015

North Carolina Opera is thrilled to bring a cutting-edge opera experience to Triangle patrons this January with Approaching Ali, a 50-minute contemporary chamber opera. In his operatic debut, Richmond-based composer D.J. Sparr's Approaching Ali stunned and delighted Kennedy Center audiences last ye... (more...)
San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8 San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco.... (more...)
Arizona Opera to Stage Steampunk & Magritte-Inspired MAGIC FLUTE, 2/27-28 & 3/7-8 Arizona Opera to Stage Steampunk & Magritte-Inspired MAGIC FLUTE, 2/27-28 & 3/7-8
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

Arizona Opera brings a brand new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute to the stage, February 27th and 28th at 7:30 pm and March 1st at 2 pm in Symphony Hall in Phoenix; and March 7th at 7:30 pm and March 8th at 2:00 pm in Tucson Music Hall, Tucson.... (more...)
Alan Gilbert to Return to the Met Opera Next Week to Lead DON GIOVANNI Alan Gilbert to Return to the Met Opera Next Week to Lead DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

Following the final performances in his celebrated Nielsen Project and his triumphant Verdi Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in seven years to conduct ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from February 4 to March 6, leadi... (more...)
Ilya Bannik to Step in for Ailing Alexei Tanovitski in Met Opera's IOLANTA Ilya Bannik to Step in for Ailing Alexei Tanovitski in Met Opera's IOLANTA
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

Ilya Bannik will make his Met debut as King René in Thursday's performance of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, replacing Alexei Tanovitski, who is ill. The originally scheduled premiere of Iolanta was canceled as a result of yesterday's city-wide ban on road travel and the shutdown of public transportatio... (more...)
LA Opera Announces 30th Anniversary Season - THE MAGIC FLUTE, MADAME BUTTERFLY & More! LA Opera Announces 30th Anniversary Season - THE MAGIC FLUTE, MADAME BUTTERFLY & More!
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has announced the company's 2015/16 season. This will be the 30th season presented by the company, created by Mr. Domingo in collaboration with Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon and President and CEOChristopher Koelsch. The... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the Met BWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 28, 2015

Once upon a time, the Met used to be able to pull off an operetta, like the Rudolf Bing-era FLEDERMAUS, with its Garson Kanin libretto and lyrics by Broadway's Howard Dietz. But for the second year in a row--after last season's dire FLEDERMAUS from writer Douglas Carter Beane and director Jeremy Sam... (more...)
BWW Reviews: NY Philharmonic Flexes Its Operatic Muscles with Verdi REQUIEM BWW Reviews: NY Philharmonic Flexes Its Operatic Muscles with Verdi REQUIEM
by Richard Sasanow - January 28, 2015

With all its money problems, why hasn't the Met thought about doing some lesser known works in concert? Or, for that matter, marshalled some of its glamorous resources to put on the Verdi REQUIEM? For the time being, we have to be grateful for the New York Philharmonic and its Music Director Alan Gi... (more...)
Opera Atelier's 30th Anniversary Season Features ARMIDE, LUCIO SILLA and More Opera Atelier's 30th Anniversary Season Features ARMIDE, LUCIO SILLA and More
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

Opera Atelier's 30th Anniversary Seasonwill celebrate the company's status as the busiest touring opera company in North America. A new Canadian production of Mozart's Lucio Silla (Apr. 7-16, 2016) will form the cornerstone of Opera Atelier's anniversary season in Toronto, paired with a revival of i... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Opera Australia's Presents Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY With Pared Back Simplicity BWW Reviews: Opera Australia's Presents Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY With Pared Back Simplicity
by Jade Kops - January 27, 2015

Moffatt Oxenbould's (Director) staging of MADAMA BUTTERFLY is revived by Matthew Barclay (Revival Director) to share this doomed love story with new audiences. Whilst other operas presented by Opera Australia in their 2015 season have been re-imaginings, changing locations and eras, MADAMA BUTTERFL... (more...)
BWW Previews: Mozart to Rock Houston! BWW Previews: Mozart to Rock Houston!
by Katricia Lang - January 27, 2015

On January 30, Houston's two major opera houses will begin performances of Mozart's final two completed operas - LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and THE MAGIC FLUTE. Opera in the Heights will open LA CLEMENZA DI TITO for the first time in Houston since 1991, and Houston Grand Opera will open THE MAGIC FLUTE.... (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Deborah Voigt Talks CALL ME DEBBIE Memoir on TODAY! STAGE TUBE: Deborah Voigt Talks CALL ME DEBBIE Memoir on TODAY!
by Stage Tube - January 27, 2015

Opera star Deborah Voigt just stopped by the Today show, where she dished about her new memoir CALL ME DEBBIE. Check out the full appearance below!... (more...)
Author Zofia Posmysz Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's Discussion of THE PASSENGER, 2/15 Author Zofia Posmysz Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's Discussion of THE PASSENGER, 2/15
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago today announced several updates to “?Memory and Reckoning,” a confluence of activities related to the Chicago premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg's The Passenger, on stage at Lyric February 24 through March 15. This poignant and gripping 20th-century masterpiece portrays the story... (more...)
American Opera Projects & Harlem School of the Arts to Present INDEPENDENCE EVE, 2/5 American Opera Projects & Harlem School of the Arts to Present INDEPENDENCE EVE, 2/5
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2015

American Opera Projects (AOP) and The Harlem School of the Arts present Independence Eve, a new chamber opera in three scenes that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America.... (more...)
Afro Popera Festival Set for 19-22 Feb Afro Popera Festival Set for 19-22 Feb
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2015

South Africa's Premier Opera company open their 2015 season with a weekend festival 19 – 22 February. The Afro Popera festival offers two entertaining concerts – African Angels and Duet in the Opera house at Artscape. African Angels Concert FEB Thurs 19, Fri 20 @ 19:30 and Sat 21 @ 18:00 Artscape Op... (more...)
Sarasota Opera to Announce Schedule for Upcoming Season, 2/5 Sarasota Opera to Announce Schedule for Upcoming Season, 2/5
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2015

Sarasota, FL – Maestro Victor DeRenzi and Richard Russell invite you to join them on the Opera House stageThursday, February 5th, at 4:30pm as they announce the 2015/16 season which will mark the final year of Sarasota Opera's acclaimed Verdi Cycle. The Verdi Cycle, which began in 1989, will disting... (more...)
Minnesota Opera to Premiere THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, 3/7 Minnesota Opera to Premiere THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, 3/7
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (January 26, 2015) – Minnesota Opera Music Director Michael Christie leads the world premiere performances of The Manchurian Candidate, March 7–15, 2015in the Ordway Music Theater. Christie is recognized as “ … a top-notch conductor of new works …” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Based o... (more...)
BWW Reviews: PENNY Finds Voice at Washington National Opera Premiere BWW Reviews: PENNY Finds Voice at Washington National Opera Premiere
by Jeffrey Walker - January 27, 2015

The idea of finding your voice is a two way street in the world premiere one-hour opera PENNY. Composer Douglas Pew and librettist Dara Weinberg have created a succinct, lyrical piece in which their title character discovers her talent for music and is able to communicate and take charge of her life... (more...)
TOSCA, AIDA, MERRY WIDOW and MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Set for Utah Opera's 2015-16 Season TOSCA, AIDA, MERRY WIDOW and MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Set for Utah Opera's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2015

Utah OperaArtistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera's 2015-16 season. The company's 38th season will feature four productions between October 2015 and May 2016 that encompass some of opera's greatest tales of love and sacrifice.... (more...)
Julia Faulkner Named Director of Vocal Studies at Ryan Opera Center Julia Faulkner Named Director of Vocal Studies at Ryan Opera Center
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2015

Julia Faulkner has been named the director of vocal studies for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago's renowned professional artist-development program, announced Lyric's general director Anthony Freud.... (more...)
VIDEO: Soprano Deborah Voigt Confronts Little Black Dress, Talks CALL ME DEBBIE Memoir VIDEO: Soprano Deborah Voigt Confronts Little Black Dress, Talks CALL ME DEBBIE Memoir
by TV News Desk - January 26, 2015

In a fun video for People, opera star Deborah Voigt confronts the little black dress that lost her the role of 'Ariadne' at London's Royal Opera House eleven years ago. She was fired after not fitting into the costume, but the experience only served to inform her new memoir CALL ME DEBBIE. Watch bel... (more...)



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BWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the MetBWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the Met
by Richard Sasanow