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BWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERBWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by Richard Sasanow - October 25, 2014

Only someone who arrived convinced of the opera's bias could have found the Met's premiere of the John Adams-Alice Goodman THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER to be anti-Semitic. On the other hand, that doesn't mean that it's even-handed. (more...)


FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Returns to The LA Opera, 11/22-12/20FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Returns to The LA Opera, 11/22-12/20
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 2014

General Director Plácido Domingo has announced final details for LA Opera's first revival of Florencia en el Amazonas, an enchanting and romantic opera by composer Daniel Catán. Co-commissioned by LA Opera in 1995, the opera returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for six performances from November 22 through December 20, 2014. In the exquisitely beautiful opera, inspired by the fiction of Gabriel García Márquez, a steamboat passage along the fabled Amazon becomes a poignant voyage of discovery for all seven travelers on board. (more...)


Verdi's IL TROVATORE Opens 10/27 at Lyric Opera of ChicagoVerdi's IL TROVATORE Opens 10/27 at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Verdi's Il Trovatore in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Sir David McVicar, conducted by Asher Fisch. It opens Monday, October 27 with 8 performances through Saturday, November 29. Performance dates: Oct. 27, Nov. 12, 15, 18, 21, and 29 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 5 and 9 at 2pm. (more...)


Verismo Opera Reveals Luminary Judges for International Vocal CompetitionVerismo Opera Reveals Luminary Judges for International Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 2014

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages around the world to apply now to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera 26th Annual International Vocal Competition. The application deadline is October 31, 2014. An esteemed panel of judges was announced to serve on the preliminary audition committee. (more...)


Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Presents UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning TonightLos Angeles Metropolitan Opera Presents UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 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 Presents Tribute to Boston Pops TonightCSO Presents Tribute to Boston Pops Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 25, 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 tonight, 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...)


OPERA America Kicks Off National Opera Week 2014 With Over 160 OrganizationsOPERA America Kicks Off National Opera Week 2014 With Over 160 Organizations
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Over 160 opera companies, schools and organizations across North America will celebrate the sixth annual NATIONAL OPERA WEEK from today, October 24 through Sunday, November 2, 2014, with opera activities and announcements in their communities. National Opera Week is coordinated by OPERA America, the national service organization for opera. (more...)


Lost Opera AMLETO (HAMLET) to Stream on Classical KHFM This WeekendLost Opera AMLETO (HAMLET) to Stream on Classical KHFM This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

The enterprising and imaginative conductor Anthony Barrese will lead the American premiere of Amleto (Hamlet) with music by Franco Faccio and libretto by Arrigo Boito, based on Shakespeare's play, at Opera Southwest this Sunday afternoon, October 26th, at the Journal Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (more...)


San Francisco Opera to Stage Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, 11/9-26San Francisco Opera to Stage Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, 11/9-26
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) in six performances November 9-26. (more...)


Review Roundup: The Met Opera's Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERReview Roundup: The Met Opera's Controversial THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by Review Roundups - October 24, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season kicked off with the controversial John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris. (more...)


Renee Fleming, Ramsey Lewis & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, 11/1; Jane Lynch HostsRenee Fleming, Ramsey Lewis & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, 11/1; Jane Lynch Hosts
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago will celebrate its glorious history and future on Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginningat 6:30pm - sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season. (more...)


Encompass' A WAKE OR A WEDDING to Run 11/6-16 at BaruchEncompass' A WAKE OR A WEDDING to Run 11/6-16 at Baruch
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

TV's Dallas meets Chekhov in Richard Pearson Thomas' new comic opera 'A Wake or a Wedding,' receiving its New York premiere by Encompass New Opera Theatre, Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director, November 6-16 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue. The sophisticated farce, with music and libretto by Thomas, will be performed by an ensemble of eight superb singers starring Joy Hermalyn, whose credits include Broadway productions of Candide, Cyrano, Fiddler on the Roof, Baz Luhrmann's La Bohene, and numerous City Center Encores!, to name a few. She leads an exceptional cast who have appeared with opera companies in the U.S. and abroad. The chamber orchestra, Ionization New Music Group, will be conducted by Encompass Music Director Mara Waldman. (more...)


FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Returning to LA OperaFLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Returning to LA Opera
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Florencia en el Amazonas, an enchanting and romantic opera by composer Daniel Catán, returns to LA Opera for six performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from November 22 through December 20, 2014. In the exquisitely beautiful opera, which was inspired by the fiction of Gabriel García Márquez, a steamboat passage along the fabled Amazon becomes a poignant voyage of discovery for all of the travelers on board. Among the passengers is a celebrated prima donna, returning to her homeland in hopes of reuniting with the great love of her life. (more...)


Ailyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's OtelloAilyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her hotly anticipated Houston Grand Opera debut this Friday (Oct 24), in what also marks her role debut as Desdemona in Otello. Under the baton of Patrick Summers, Houston's artistic and music director, she stars opposite Simon O'Neill as Otello and Marco Vratogna as Iago in the company's staging of John Cox's hit production of the Shakespearean tragedy, which runs through November 7. (more...)


The Dallas Opera in Partnership with Klyde Warren Park Presents THE 2014 OPENING NIGHT SIMULCAST IN THE PARK TonightThe Dallas Opera in Partnership with Klyde Warren Park Presents THE 2014 OPENING NIGHT SIMULCAST IN THE PARK Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Now anyone and everyone can join in the thrill of opening night at the opera! The Dallas Opera and the Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program, with support from the AT&T Performing Arts Center, present an evening of FREE entertainment at Dallas's popular Klyde Warren Park, the second annual “Dallas Opera Opening Night Simulcast in the Park” featuring Mozart's class-conscious romantic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro. (more...)


The Houston Grand Opera Launches its 60th Season with Verdi's OTELLO TonightThe Houston Grand Opera Launches its 60th Season with Verdi's OTELLO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Join Houston Grand Opera for an evening of celebration as it opens its 60th anniversary season with a dramatic production of Verdi's Otello followed by an evening of entertainment and fundraising at the Opening Night Dinner Celebration at the Wortham Theater Center. Otello is sung by an internationally acclaimed cast, led by Simon O'Neill, Ailyn Pérez, Marco Vratogna, Norman Reinhardt, Victoria Livengood, and Morris Robinson. (more...)


Dallas Opera Premieres New Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO TonightDallas Opera Premieres New Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

The Dallas Opera's thrilling season-opening production of the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, a revolutionary romantic comedy filled with memorable music and unforgettable characters. The Marriage of Figaro opens tonight, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District at 2403 Flora Street. (more...)


OperaDelaware Presents WHO'S AFRAID OF OPERA? This WeekendOperaDelaware Presents WHO'S AFRAID OF OPERA? This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 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...)


The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras Present Their Fall Concert, 11/10The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras Present Their Fall Concert, 11/10
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Youth Orchestras (CSOYO) open their 2014-2015 season on November 10 at 7:30pm at Ringgold High School with a concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra with Gary Wilkes conducting. Also featured in the program is the 2nd place winner of the 2014 Concerto Competition, Nacor Lantigua. The final selections on the program are the last two movements of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. (more...)


The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Presents SCHUBERT'S 4TH, 11/6The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Presents SCHUBERT'S 4TH, 11/6
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera is offering two classical concerts in early November sure to be a hit with classical music audiences. The November 6th Barnett & Company Masterworks Series concert presents Schubert's 4th Symphony, Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, and Sibelius' Violin Concerto featuring guest artist Andrew Sords. (more...)


The LA Opera Presents Special Offer for DIDO & AENEAS/BLUEBEARD'S CASTLEThe LA Opera Presents Special Offer for DIDO & AENEAS/BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

LOVE, HEARTBREAK, SUSPENSE & HORROR FOR ONLY $59! (more...)


Poet And Librettist J. D. Mcclatchy to Preview New Opera at Kray Hall in Poets House, 11/8Poet And Librettist J. D. Mcclatchy to Preview New Opera at Kray Hall in Poets House, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

AOP (American Opera Projects) and Poets House present a discussion with award-winning poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy followed by a reading of his latest opera libretto The Leopard, based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and directed by James Robinson. The discussion will be joined by The Leopard's composer Michael Dellaira and will feature a performance of music from the opera-in-development and a mid-event reception with the artists. The event will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm at Kray Hall in Poets House (10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282 in Battery Park City). Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members and can be purchased at operaprojects.org. (more...)


Brandon Jovanovich to Play 'Don Jose' in CARMEN at the Met TonightBrandon Jovanovich to Play 'Don Jose' in CARMEN at the Met Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

Brandon Jovanovich has agreed at short notice to step into the role of Don José in this evening's performance of Carmen, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. Jovanovich is currently rehearsing for next month's revival of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Met. He sang the October 13 performance of Carmen substituting for Antonenko as well. (more...)


State Opera of South Australia Sets 2015 Season: DON GIOVANNI, FAUST & MoreState Opera of South Australia Sets 2015 Season: DON GIOVANNI, FAUST & More
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

State Opera of South Australia Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Timothy Sexton has officially announced the company's 2015 season of great operas and opera greats. (more...)


State Opera of South Australia's OTHELLO Opens this SaturdayState Opera of South Australia's OTHELLO Opens this Saturday
by BWW News Desk - October 23, 2014

State Opera of South Australia's (SOSA) spectacular final production for this year, Otello takes over the Festival Theatre stage later this month in what SOSA CEO and Artistic Director Timothy Sexton describes as a 'famous tragedy in a contemporary setting' that will surprise and captivate even the most seasoned opera enthusiast. (more...)




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BWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERBWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER

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BWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFERBWW Reviews: Playing with Fire at the Met's Premiere of John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER
by Richard Sasanow