OPERA NEWS COVERAGE


Capitol City Opera to Present 25th Annual ON THE LIGHT SIDE Indoor Picnic Fundraiser Capitol City Opera to Present 25th Annual ON THE LIGHT SIDE Indoor Picnic Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Capitol City Opera (CCOC), a company dedicated to supporting and promoting local talent and producing opera accessible to everyone, will be holding the 25th Annual On the Light Side, a musical 'indoor picnic fundraiser,' on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Highpoint Episcopal Commu... (more...)
Union Avenue Opera Prepares for 23rd Festival Season, Featuring ALBERT HERRING, CAROUSEL & HANSEL UND GRETEL Union Avenue Opera Prepares for 23rd Festival Season, Featuring ALBERT HERRING, CAROUSEL & HANSEL UND GRETEL
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Over 30 artists will make their Union Avenue Opera [UAO] debut during its 23rd Festival Season this summer.... (more...)
Ivo van Hove, Diane Paulus and More Line Up for BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival Ivo van Hove, Diane Paulus and More Line Up for BAM's 2017 Next Wave Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Joseph V. Melillo, executive producer of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), today announced programming for the 2017 Next Wave Festival. The festival runs from September 14 through December 16 and comprises 31 dance, music, opera, theater, physical theater, and performance art engagements in the B... (more...)
BWW Review:  A Beautiful 'BUTTERFLY' Alights in St. Louis BWW Review: A Beautiful 'BUTTERFLY' Alights in St. Louis
by Steve Callahan - May 22, 2017

The wonderful Opera Theater of St. Louis has opened its forty-second season with a deeply satisfying production of Giacomo Puccini's 'Madam Butterfly'. Opera Theatre has grown to be among the world's first rank of opera producers. Audiences and reviewers come from all across America and from five ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Getting 'Fantastic Results' with Great Orchestras Makes Conductor Manfred Honeck Happy BWW Interview: Getting 'Fantastic Results' with Great Orchestras Makes Conductor Manfred Honeck Happy
by Richard Sasanow - May 22, 2017

Nobody puts conductor Manfred Honeck in a corner--except, perhaps the maestro himself. For instance, the Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony and frequent guest conductor in the US and Europe makes no bones about viewing himself as the quintessential mittel-european maestro, devoted to Beethov... (more...)
Harlem Opera to Celebrate Singer, Composer, and Arranger Harry T. Burleigh Harlem Opera to Celebrate Singer, Composer, and Arranger Harry T. Burleigh
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2017

HARLEM OPERA THEATER  will celebrate the life and work of baritone, composer and arranger HARRY T. BURLEIGH of over 200 songs at Miller Theater @ Columbia University (2960 Broadway)... (more...)
BWW Review: Rent in the 6ix Meets Opera in Against the Grain Theatre's LA BOHÈME BWW Review: Rent in the 6ix Meets Opera in Against the Grain Theatre's LA BOHÈME
by Taylor Long - May 20, 2017

You've never seen a more boho Boheme. Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) presents Puccini's LA BOHÈME in a real Toronto dive bar, The Tranzac Club. AtG is doing something incredible in the world of opera right now - they're growing. When opera houses around the world are reporting declines in ticket sa... (more...)
Encompass New Opera Theatre presents PARADIGM SHIFTS Encompass New Opera Theatre presents PARADIGM SHIFTS
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Encompass New Opera Theatre (Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director) in association with the Center for Earth Ethics (Karenna Gore, Director) and Union Forum (Derrick Harkins, VP for Innovation in Public Programming), will present PARADIGM SHIFTS Music and Film Festival at Union Theological Seminary, in Ja... (more...)
LA Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of THUMBPRINT About Human Rights Activist Mukhtar Mai LA Opera to Present West Coast Premiere of THUMBPRINT About Human Rights Activist Mukhtar Mai
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

LA Opera's 2016/17 season will conclude with the West Coast premiere of Thumbprint, an opera by composer Kamala Sankaram and librettist Susan Yankowitz about Pakistani human rights activist Mukhtar Mai. ... (more...)
Florida Grand Opera Plans Its Most Ambitious Season Yet Florida Grand Opera Plans Its Most Ambitious Season Yet
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Under the leadership of General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis, Florida Grand Opera's 2017-18 season continues the upward trajectory of the past few seasons. The company will offer an exciting mix of works, from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, in compelling productions cast with som... (more...)
Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Featured in Special Engagements at 21C Music Festival Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Featured in Special Engagements at 21C Music Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2017

Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus and the internationally acclaimed COC Orchestra step out of the orchestra pit of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts to launch the 'Canadian edition' of the 21C Music Festival, performing the opening concert on May 24, 2017 at Toronto'... (more...)
The Glimmerglass Festival Welcomes Eric Owens as Artistic Advisor The Glimmerglass Festival Welcomes Eric Owens as Artistic Advisor
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

The Glimmerglass Festival has appointed acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens as Artistic Advisor.... (more...)
Aretha Franklin, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jordan Donica Sign on for WNO Opera Gala Aretha Franklin, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Jordan Donica Sign on for WNO Opera Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announces additional performers for its star-studded 2017 WNO Opera Gala, Trading Voices, celebrating WNO Board Chairman Jacqueline Badger Mars, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in the Kennedy Center Opera House.... (more...)
Met's New Production of 'Rusalka' Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 6/18 Met's New Production of 'Rusalka' Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 6/18
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2017

Kristine Opolais stars in her first Met performances of her breakthrough role, the title character in Antonin Dvoák's Rusalka, in a critically acclaimed new staging, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Mark Elder, on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Sunday, June 18 at 12 p.m. on PBS... (more...)
Opera Upper West to Stage Immersive GLORY DENIED on Aircraft Carrier for New York Opera Fest Opera Upper West to Stage Immersive GLORY DENIED on Aircraft Carrier for New York Opera Fest
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Local immersive opera theatre, Opera Upper West, presents GLORY DENIED, an opera by Tom Cipullo based on the true story of America's longest serving prisoner of war, Colonel Floyd 'Jim' Thompson.... (more...)
Ardea Arts to Present Pop-Up Previews of BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERA Ardea Arts to Present Pop-Up Previews of BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERA
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Ardea Arts announces Pop-up Preview Performances of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, their latest project in development. These will take place throughout New York City on Wednesdays at 5:30pm.... (more...)
BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at Metropolitan Opera NYC BWW Review: DON GIOVANNI at Metropolitan Opera NYC
by Milette Shanon - May 16, 2017

Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan opera is divine.I had the wonderful opportunity to experience Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center NYC) this week. Well, the Met did it again! With a perfect, minimalist set, great costumes, creative choreography, and the perfect cast, this is an en... (more...)
Naomi O'Connell, George Dvorsky and Jim Walton to Star in KISS ME, KATE at Opera North Naomi O'Connell, George Dvorsky and Jim Walton to Star in KISS ME, KATE at Opera North
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

OPERA NORTH SUMMERFEST 2017 announces casting and creative teams for Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, one of three mainstage productions that run July 29 - August 13 at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon, New Hampshire.... (more...)
Virginia Arts Festival's John Dufffy Institute for New Opera to Present World Premiere of KEPT: A GHOST STORY Virginia Arts Festival's John Dufffy Institute for New Opera to Present World Premiere of KEPT: A GHOST STORY
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Virginia Arts Festival will present the world premiere performances of the new chamber opera Kept: a ghost story at Norfolk's Attucks Theatre May 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 28 at 3 p.m.... (more...)
Will Crutchfield Announces TEATRO NUOVO, a New Bel Canto Opera Program to Debut in July 2018 Will Crutchfield Announces TEATRO NUOVO, a New Bel Canto Opera Program to Debut in July 2018
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Will Crutchfield, longtime director of the Bel Canto at Caramoor series, announced today the formation of a new organization, Teatro Nuovo, that will continue and expand that program's work as it departs from Caramoor next year. ... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Miller Outdoor Theatre with THE ELIXIR OF LOVE Houston Grand Opera Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Miller Outdoor Theatre with THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) marks the sixth decade of making the art of opera accessible to all audiences at Miller Outdoor Theatre with two free, fully staged performances of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love on May 19 and 20, starting at 8 p.m. A magic elixir gives a love-struck young man the extra dos... (more...)
LES PECHEUERS DE PERLES, CARMEN and More Set for The Met Live in HD's 2017 Summer Encore Series LES PECHEUERS DE PERLES, CARMEN and More Set for The Met Live in HD's 2017 Summer Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Beginning Wednesday, June 21, the Met will present Summer Encores, featuring select performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series, in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States. The 2017 Summer Encores series offers screenings of four popular Live in HD transmissions: Bizet's Les... (more...)
Kate Baldwin, Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn to Headline '100 YEARS OF BERNSTEIN' at Lyric Opera of Chicago Kate Baldwin, Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn to Headline '100 YEARS OF BERNSTEIN' at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that single tickets are on sale now for Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein, a musical event honoring the legendary composer, conductor, and pianist Leonard Bernstein. Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein is part of Lyric's 2017/18 season, but in anticipation of h... (more...)
BWW Review: Mozart's GARDENER Is On Site Opera's SECRET Weapon BWW Review: Mozart's GARDENER Is On Site Opera's SECRET Weapon
by Richard Sasanow - May 15, 2017

It had a great score but an unmanageable book. So the director had it reshaped, cut and done in a creative environmental production that sent the singers scampering throughout the audience. No, I'm not talking about Hal Prince's famous reinvention of Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE, but On Site Opera's ... (more...)
VIDEO: Renee Fleming Takes Final Bows in DER ROSENKAVALIER VIDEO: Renee Fleming Takes Final Bows in DER ROSENKAVALIER
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2017

Last night, Renee Fleming bid farewell to one of her signature roles at the Metropolitan Opera as she took her final bow in Der Rosenkavalier. The New York Times was live to capture the moment, and we have the video for you below!... (more...)