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San Francisco Opera Guild Presents Insight Panel Discussion, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - August 21, 2014

San Francisco Opera Guild presents an Insight Panel Discussion exploring Carlisle Floyd's iconic American opera Susannah. Insight Panels feature renowned cast and production team members, sharing behind-the-scenes experiences and inspirations during informal discussions. The Susannah Insight Panel provides the rare opportunity to learn about the opera directly from award-winning 88-year-old composer and librettist Carlisle Floyd. One of the foremost composers and librettists of opera in the United States, Floyd has written a total of 11 operas and is currently completing his twelfth. Joining Carlisle Floyd on the panel are San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley, soprano Patricia Racette, director Michael Cavanagh and conductor Karen Kamensek. The discussion takes placeThursday, August 28 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (50 Oak Street). (more...)


BLOOD BROTHERS, BADEN-BADEN 1927, 'YOU'RE WELCOME' and More Set for CCM's 2014-15 Studio Series
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is pleased to announce details for its 2014-15 Studio Series of opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions. (more...)


Just In: President of the Met Orchestra Musicians' Union, Tino Gagliardi, Releases Statement
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

Statement from Tino Gagliardi, President, Met Orchestra musicians' union Local 802, AFM: (more...)


The LA Opera Celebrates the Opening of Its New Season with the OPERA BALL, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

On Saturday, September 13, La Traviata, one of opera's greatest romances, will launch our highly anticipated 2014-15 Season. It will feature an incomparable cast led by our own Plácido Domingo in his first Los Angeles performance as Giorgio Germont, the dazzling Nino Machaidze in her role debut as Violetta and the dashing Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Alfredo Germont. The 1920s come roaring to life in Marta Domingo's updated Art Deco-inspired production under the inspired baton of James Conlon. (more...)


The Canadian Opera Company Appoints Steven Kelley as Chief Communications Officer
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company is proud to announce that it has selected Steven Kelley to serve in the opera company's new senior staff position of Chief Communications Officer. Kelley joins the COC in early October, coming directly from Houston Grand Opera where he has been director of marketing for the past four years. (more...)


The Deadline is Approaching for the Deadline for Student Applications for the CSO's YO-YO MA SCHOLARSHIPS Concert Tickets
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The CSO will be presenting Yo-Yo Ma in a gala concert on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Tivoli Theatre. Thanks to the generous support of the UnFoundation and two anonymous donors, the CSO is able to offer 50 ticket scholarships (valued at $75.00) for full time high school and college students, allowing the student to attend for free. (more...)


Minnesota Opera Presents LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

Puccini's La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West), opera's first 'Spaghetti Western,' opens Minnesota Opera's 2014-2015 season on September 20, led by Music Director Michael Christie and a powerful trio: Claire Rutter, Rafael Davila, and Greer Grimsley. The drama and excitement of opening night inside Ordway will extend outdoors that evening with a free, live video simulcast under the stars in Rice Park. (more...)


PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET to Feature 'La Cenerentola', 9/7
by TV News Desk - August 20, 2014

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Florez as her dashing prince. (more...)


Matthew Loeb Releases Statement on Met Opera Settlement
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

Breaking: Statement by Matthew Loeb, International President, I.A.T.S.E. on Settlement at the Metropolitan Opera with Local 1: (more...)


Metropolitan Opera and Union Reach Agreement - Season Continues!
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera announced tonight that a new labor agreement has been secured with IATSE Local One, the union representing the company's stagehands. Final negotiations will take place tomorrow with eight smaller unions representing behind-the-scenes Met personnel. All are expected to reach agreements, preventing a potential labor crisis at the nation's largest performing arts organization. (more...)


Renee Fleming's CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/14
by Pat Cerasaro - August 20, 2014

A new holiday collection from world renowned soprano Renee Fleming titled CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK is now available for pre-order. (more...)


Opera Philadelphia Presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 9/26-10/5
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2014

Opera Philadelphia opens its 40th Anniversary Season in grand fashion this September, with a New Production of The Barber of Seville. Rossini's comic masterpiece will be presented in five performances at the Academy of Music, Sept. 26 through Oct. 5, with a FREE HD broadcast on a giant screen at Independence National Historical Park on Saturday, Sept. 27. (more...)


Opera Singer, Licia Albanese, Dies at 105
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2014

Licia Albanese was an Italian-born American operatic soprano. She passed away at the age of 105. (more...)


Melbourne Opera to Present THE PEARL FISHERS
by BWW News Desk - August 19, 2014

Melbourne Opera will present a new production of French opera The Pearl Fishers (Les Pecheurs de Perles) conducted by Richard Divall. Richard has conducted over a dozen productions of the opera over a period of more than 35 years. (more...)


Center Stage Opera Presents LA TRAVIATA, 9/21-28
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2014

Tickets for Dylan F. Thomas' new production of Verdi's immortal La Traviata are already going fast! One of the most beloved operas of all time, La Traviata was also the inspiration for the hit film 'Pretty Woman' starring Julia Robers ('Violetta') and Richard Gere ('Alfredo'). But while Hollywood insists on a 'happily-ever-after' ending, opera (and real life) often takes a different direction. La Traviata's moving story and music will be brought to life on The Madrid Theatre stage by an outstanding cast, led by Shira Renee Thomas and Dylan F. Thomas at the Sunday 3 pm matinees (9/21,28), and byRachelle Woolston and Matthew Miles at the 7:30 pm Saturday evening performance (9/27). Brian Onderdonk leads The Center Stage Opera Orchestra through the lush score, and the English translation of the Italian libretto will be projected above the stage. (more...)


BREAKING FROM THE UNION: Met Opera Reaches Tentative Agreement
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2014

JUST IN FROM THE UNION: The musicians of the Met Orchestra and their union, Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, announced that they have reached a tentative agreement with the Metropolitan Opera. (more...)


Met Opera Reaches Tentative Agreements - Calls Off Lockout
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2014

According to the NY Times, The Metropolitan Opera has reached 'tentative agreements' this morning after pulling an all-nighter negotiation. The threat of a lock out has been called off. (more...)


Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 8/10/2014 - 8/17/2014
by BWW - August 17, 2014

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 8/10/2014 - 8/17/2014. (more...)


Paul Potts and Friends Presents International TV Show Winners Live in Concert at Montecasino Tonight
by BWW News Desk - August 16, 2014

For the first time ever, three international TV talent show winners, from different parts of the world, will appear live on one stage in a unique and highly appealing show. Paul Potts (BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT), Amira Willighagen (HOLLAND'S GOT TALENT) and James Bhemgee (SOUTH AFRICA'S GOT TALENT) will grace the stage at the magnificent Teatro at Montecasino with their powerful performances in what promises to be a special two concert experience tonight, 16th August at 8pm and Sunday 17th August at 3pm. (more...)


Youthful Cast to Bring Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE to Life on PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, Airing 8/24
by TV News Desk - August 15, 2014

Met Music Director James Levine conducts Mozart's barbed romance Cosi fan tutte, a comic masterpiece about the romantic complications that ensue when a pair of friends decide to test their fiancees' fidelity. (more...)


Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who was to have made her Company debut as Amelia for the first six performances of the run, has withdrawn from the production for health reasons. American soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, originally scheduled to sing Amelia on October 22, will now sing the role for all seven performances. She makes her San Francisco Opera debut and role debut with this production. (more...)


Cynthia Vaughn Opens New Magnolia Music Studio Location in Tri-Cities
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

Cynthia Vaughn, founder and director of Magnolia Music Studio-Old Town in Fort Collins, Colorado and co-author of the leading class college textbook and song anthology, The Singing Book, is opening a new music studio located in Tri-Cities, Washington in September 2014. (more...)


The LA Opera Adds Extra Performance of LA TRAVIATA, 9/19
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

Due to exceptional ticket demand, LA Opera has added a seventh performance of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, the opening production of the 2014/15 season. The added performance will take place at 8pm on Friday, September 19, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (more...)


Erica Papillion-Posey & Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Detroit
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

Following a sold-out summer European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano and Clayton G. Williams, baritone will perform their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for Detroit audiences. (more...)


Glimmerglass Festival Features Christine Goerke in Concert, 8/15
by BWW News Desk - August 15, 2014

2014 Artist in Residence Christine Goerke, whose recent performances at the Metropolitan Opera garnered high praise, will perform in concert, returning to the same stage where she began her career as a Young Artist more than 20 years ago. The performance will be Friday, August 15 at 3:00 p.m. at the Alice Busch Opera Theater. Tickets are $40/youths $15. (more...)




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