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San Francisco Opera Guild to Host Variety of Events to Celebrate 75th Anniversary; Full Schedule Announced
by BWW News Desk - September 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (September 29, 2014)—To mark its 75th year of giving voice to potential through opera education programs, San Francisco Opera Guild invites families to experience its signature in-school programs,Sing a Story and Opera à la Carte, with free public performances over the course of two weekends in November 2014. (more...)


Opera Paralléle to Present Premiere of MY HEAD IS FULL OF COLORS as Part of National Opera Week, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - September 30, 2014

San Francisco, CA, September 30, 2014 – Continuing its trailblazing tradition of presenting new and less familiar works of music theatre, Opera Parallèle will give the world premiere of an opera based on author Catherine Friend's beloved children's book, My Head is Full of Colors, Saturday, November 1, at 11 am in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin Street. Written by Santa Cruz composer Chris Pratorius with libretto by Opera Parallèle Artistic Director Nicole Paiement, the work is the first commission premiered by the Company and is being performed during National Opera Week (October 24—November 2). The production will feature 4th grade students from Creative Arts Charter Schoolperforming with soprano Carolyn Bacon and baritone Sergey Khalikulov. Laura Anderson is the stage director, costumes are designed by Elly Jessop; the singers and small instrumental ensemble will be conducted by OP Intern Conductor William Long. (more...)


Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE Opens 10/6 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - September 30, 2014

Mozart's final opera, Die Zauberflöte, returns to the Met October 6 for its first full-length performances in German in five seasons. Julie Taymor's imaginative production will be conducted by Adam Fischer and star English tenor Toby Spence as the hero Tamino; South African soprano Pretty Yende as the princess Pamina in her first Met performances since her star-making 2013 company debut; Macedonian soprano Ana Durlovski in her Met debut as Pamina's mother, the terrifying Queen of the Night; Austrian baritone Markus Werba as Papageno, the hapless birdcatcher who is caught up in Tamino's quest; American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the mysterious Speaker of the Temple; and German bass René Pape as the Queen of the Night's nemesis, Sarastro. (more...)


BWW Reviews: Met Takes New FIGARO in Marriage for Season Opener
by Richard Sasanow - September 30, 2014

More than most stagings of Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, the new Richard Eyre production that opened the season at the Met made it hard to remember that the miserable duo who head the household were the happy couple of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. (more...)


San Francisco Opera's MEFISTOFELE Comes to DVD and Blu-ray Today
by BWW News Desk - September 30, 2014

Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele, in one of the most impressive productions ever seen at the War Memorial Opera House, comes to audiences on DVD and Blu-ray today, September 30, 2014 in San Francisco Opera's latest video release in partnership with EuroArts Music International. (more...)


San Francisco Opera's Production of THE GERSHWINS'® PORGY AND BESS to Premiere on PBS, 10/17
by BWW News Desk - September 29, 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 Friday, October 17, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) as part of thePBS 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...)


Bizet's CARMEN Opens Tomorrow at the Met
by BWW News Desk - September 29, 2014

Bizet's Carmen will open at the Met September 30 with Anita Rachvelishvili, the Georgian mezzo-soprano who has performed the role to acclaim around the world, reprising her interpretation of the title role. Spanish maestro Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the first eight performances of the run, which will also star Aleksandrs Antonenko as Don José, Anita Hartig as Micaëla, and Massimo Cavalletti and Ildar Abdrazakov as the swaggering toreador Escamillo. The production is by Richard Eyre, who also directed the Met's season-opening new staging of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. The November 1 matinee performance of Carmen will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries around the world. (more...)


BWW Interviews: FIGARO's Isabel Leonard -- The Girl, the Boy and the Voice
by Richard Sasanow - September 29, 2014

'Cherubino is crazy in some ways, in good ways,' says Isabel Leonard, who is singing the role of the young male page in the Almaviva household in the Metropolitan Opera's new Richard Eyre production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. 'He sees everything in Technicolor, eyes wide open, taking everything in, not missing a second that he could possibly enjoy in his life.”' (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at The Lyric Opera of Chicago's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - September 29, 2014

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. (more...)


Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 9/21/2014 - 9/28/2014
by BWW - September 28, 2014

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 9/21/2014 - 9/28/2014. (more...)


Q&A: NOLI Opera's Antoni Mendezona, Sal Malaki Sit Down with BroadwayWorld
by BWW News Desk - September 28, 2014

Prior to the sold-out closing weekend of the international touring production of National Artists Felipe De Leon and Guillermo Tolentino's magnum opus 'Noli Me Tangere: The Opera,' which played the Newport Performing Arts Theatre at Resorts World Manila, BroadwayWorld.com was able to sit down with the production's longtime stars Antoni Mendezona (Maria Clara, Sisa) and Sal Malaki (Juan Crisostomo Ibarra), who have been part of the production since its New York premiere in the fall of 2013. (more...)


San Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - September 27, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2015 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. (more...)


DON GIOVANNI Opens Lyric's 60th Anniversary Season Today
by BWW News Desk - September 27, 2014

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. (more...)


VIDEO: Macbeth: 'Vieni, t'affretta' -- Anna Netrebko (Met Opera)
by BWW News Desk - September 27, 2014

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The Vancouver Opera Presents CARMEN, Now thru 10/5
by BWW News Desk - September 27, 2014

Five years ago, box office records were shattered when Carmen became the fastest-selling production in Vancouver Opera history. Vancouverites will be seduced again when the fiery gypsy returns to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage this September/October. The passion, the colour, the sensuality and, of course, the unforgettable music of the world's sexiest opera will come alive for 6 performances only. (more...)


San Francisco Opera to Present Handel's PARTENOPE, 10/16-11/2
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

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. (more...)


CoreSinging Teacher Certification Course Scheduled for June 2015 in USA
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

For the first time since 2011, Dr. Meribeth Dayme, the founder of CoreSinging and author of the best-selling book, Dynamics of the Singing Voice will offer a CoreSinging Teacher Certification Course in the United States, scheduled from June 12 - 16, 2015 in Richland, Washington. (more...)


OPERA America to Celebrate National Opera Center's 2nd Anniversary, 9/28-29
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

OPERA America is delighted to mark the second anniversary of the opening of its National Opera Center with a series of public events on September 28 and 29. (more...)


Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present Exhibit at Civic Opera House, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present the all-new exhibition DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present at the Civic Opera House. The exhibit will open onSaturday, September 27, coinciding with opening night of Lyric's new production ofDon Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and directed by Robert Falls, artistic director of the Goodman Theatre. (more...)


BWW Reviews: TWISTED Enthralls Columbus on Opening Night
by Amanda Etchison - September 26, 2014

From the first bombastic notes of Richard Wagner's "Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin" to the last pieces of gold confetti raining down onto the stage after the show-stopping finale, "Twisted: A Trio of Excellence" delighted opening night audiences with a unique fusion of movement and sound set to classic music from beloved operas. (more...)


OperaDelaware Presents WHO'S AFRAID OF OPERA?, 10/24-26
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

OperaDelaware is looking forward to kicking off our 70th season in just a few short weeks with Who's Afraid of Opera? A fun, informal evening of arias and surprises at our Studio on the Riverfront. (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's Production of LET'S MAKE A SANDWICH
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

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. (more...)


Opera Philadelphia Presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Now thru 10/5
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 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, today, Sept. 26 through Oct. 5, with a FREE HD broadcast on a giant screen at Independence National Historical Park on Saturday, Sept. 27. (more...)


Noh and Opera Combine in THE BEAUTY OF NOH: TOMOE AND YOSHINAKA at ACT This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

Tomoe and Yoshinaka will, for the first time, present a double­bill performance featuring Noh, the traditional dance­drama of Japan, alongside a modern Noh-­inspired opera composed by Garrett Fisher with Fisher Ensemble. (more...)


The LA Opera Presents an Opportunity to Meet Placido Domingo Tonight
by BWW News Desk - September 26, 2014

MEET LIVING LEGEND PLÁCIDO DOMINGO Special autograph signing following the performance (more...)




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