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Palm Beach Opera to Stage First World Premiere in 2015
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2014

At a time when so many opera companies find themselves forced to cut back, Palm Beach Opera has succeeded instead in breaking new ground, presenting the first world premiere in its 53-year history. Set to a libretto by Nahma Sandrow, Ben Moore's Enemies, A Love Story - a dark comedy based on Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer's eponymous novel and the subsequent Academy Award-nominated film adaptation - marks a major new addition to the repertoire. Starring bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, now creating his fourth leading role in a Hollywood-inspired opera, Enemies, A Love Story will debut on February 20, with conductor David Stern leading Sam Helfrich's new production. (more...)


Met Opera Unions Agree to Federal Mediator
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2014

The unions of the Metropolitan Opera have agreed to a federal mediator to help with negotiations as the lockout deadline approached. (more...)


Just in from the Union: Met Musicians Say GM Peter Gelb Should Back Off From Lockout Threats
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2014

Just in from the Union: Met Musicians: Met Opera GM Peter Gelb Should Back Off Devastating Lockout Threats as Part of Federal Mediation Offer (more...)


The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.” (more...)


Support OperaDelaware and Get a Chance to Win the TOP 100 Wines of 2013
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2014

The MidAtlantic Wine and Food Festival's 'Top 100 Scavenger Committee' managed to find several bottles of each wine from (more...)


PRIMARY STAGES with David Ives and Billy Porter, Kennedy Center's LITTLE DANCER and More Set for Fall 2014 WORKS & PROCESS Series at the Guggenheim
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2014

Now celebrating its 30th anniversary year, Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its fall 2014 season, including three offsite programs presented in collaboration with El Museo del Barrio and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. (more...)


The Washington National Opera Presents AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN COSTELLO AND AILYN PEREZ, 9/10
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents An Evening with Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pe?rez, featuring the celebrated husband-and-wife stars of last season's production of The Elixir of Love, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Accompanied on piano by Danielle Orlando, Costello and Pe?rez will perform songs, arias, and duets from popular works by Verdi, Puccini, Hahn, Tosti, Falla, Heggie, and more. (more...)


The English Touring Opera Announces the Spring 2015 Season, Featuring THE WILD MAN OF THE WEST INDIES, LA BOHEME, and More
by BWW News Desk - July 30, 2014

English Touring Opera has announced details of its Spring 2015 season, which features rare bel canto gems by Donizetti, a Puccini favourite, and two new operas for young people. (more...)


WNO to Present AN EVENING WITH STEPHEN COSTELLO AND AILYN PEREZ, 9/10
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents An Evening with Stephen Costello and Ailyn Perez, featuring the celebrated husband-and-wife stars of last season's production of The Elixir of Love, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. (more...)


Tickets for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season to Go on Sale 8/13
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 13, for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season, featuring a stellar cast of international opera stars in five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater. Single tickets will be available at operaphila.org or 215-893-1018. (more...)


Single Tickets to Sarasota Opera's 2014-15 Season On Sale 8/1
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Single tickets will go on sale exclusively ONLINE at www.sarasotaopera.org Friday, August 1st, 2014 for Sarasota Opera's 2014-2015 Fall and Winter Season, one of the grandest seasons in the company's history. Highlights include the return of some of Sarasota Opera's most popular productions, acclaimed artists, and the Sarasota Opera premieres of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel as well as the Verdi masterpiece Don Carlos in the original Paris version. (more...)


Tickets to Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season On Sale 8/13
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 13, for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season, featuring a stellar cast of international opera stars in five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater. Single tickets will be available at operaphila.org or 215-893-1018. (more...)


Just in From the Union: MET Orchestra Musicians Release New Report Identifying Additional Savings and More
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Just in from the Union: MET Orchestra Musicians Release New Report (more...)


Metropolitan Opera Has Little Hope of Reaching Agreement Before Lockout
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Following a two month hiatus, the Metropolitan Opera singers union continued contract talks on Monday, with little hope of reaching an agreement before the threatened lockout. (more...)


Seattle Opera Day at MOHAI Set for 8/9
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

Come explore the colorful world of opera with the whole family on August 9. Seattle Opera is offering a community open house with hands-on-activities, performances, lectures and demonstrations from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). The free event is sponsored by Vulcan Real Estate, Seattle Opera, MOHAI, 4Culture, and Seattle's Office of Arts & Culture. (more...)


World Premiere of Contemporary Opera White Witch Set for This October
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2014

White Witch, a new contemporary American opera, will have its world premiere in October 2014 in New York City. The work, with music by Brian Schober and libretto by Joan Ross Sorkin, is a one-act monodrama for voice and percussion (more...)


General Director Plácido Domingo Announces the Members of the LA Opera's 2014-2015 Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - July 28, 2014

After receiving a record-breaking 600 applications in a single season, General Director Plácido Domingo has selected ten new participants who will enter LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in the 2014/15 season. Approximately 250 of the original applicants were selected to sing live semi-final auditions in Los Angeles and New York before a panel of LA Opera's music staff and artistic administration. From those auditions, 21 singers were invited to sing a final audition for Mr. Domingo, who made the ultimate selection of the incoming participants. (more...)


The North Carolina Opera Announces Casting Updates for the 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - July 28, 2014

On Monday, June 30 the North Carolina Opera announced the exciting upcoming 2014/15 season at a kick-off event at CAM Raleigh. A large crowd of fans and friends of the organization eagerly gathered as NCO Artistic Director & Principal Conductor Timothy Myers announced the new season, which includes performances of Tristan and Isolde, La traviata, Don Giovanni and Approaching Ali. (more...)


Opera on Tap Presents SMASHED: THE CARRIE NATION STORY at The New York International Fringe Festival, 8/9-15
by BWW News Desk - July 28, 2014

Brooklyn-based company Opera on Tap will bring the hatchet-wielding icon of the temperance movement, Carrie Nation, to life in its hit production SMASHED: The Carrie Nation Story, which will be presented atThe New York International Fringe Festival this August. Performances will be held at The C.O.W. (21 Clinton Street, between Houston and Stanton) on August 9th at 1:45pm, August 10th at 6:30pm, August 12th at 3pm, August 13th at 7:45pm, and August 15th at 9:30pm. The “hilarious slapstick-style opera” (Feast of Music) by composer James Barry and librettist Timothy Braun will be presented in a fully immersive, all-bar-encompassing production, which Opera on Tap is calling 'Opera of the Ridiculous.' (more...)


Italian Opera Company First to Use Google Glass in Production of TURANDOT, July 30
by BWW News Desk - July 28, 2014

The Fondazione Teatro Lirico di Cagliari will be the first in the world to use Google to create the first experiment Glass Opera Interactive. The trial will begin on July 30 and will affect the innovative Puccini's Turandot that will be staged in the theater Cagliari until 16 August. (more...)


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by BWW - July 27, 2014

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New Opera Based on George S. Kaufman's DINNER AT EIGHT Set for St. Paul in 2016
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2014

Last month, the Minnesota Opera announced its commission of Dinner at Eight, a new comic opera by composer William Bolcom and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Minnesota Opera will give the world premiere during its 2016-2017 season at Ordway Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota. (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2014

Glimmerglass Festival presents An American Tragedy, July 20 - August 24, 2014. Check out a first look below! (more...)


Just In From the Musicians Union: Met Orchestra Musicians Blame Peter Gelb; Detail Plan to Save $20M
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2014

Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians today have commenced negotiations with Met Opera management including General Manager Peter Gelb. The union and the musicians released the attached report detailing the failed management and flawed artistic vision of Gelb during his 8-year tenure at the helm of the Met. The report analyzes the dismal reception of Gelb's expensive new productions by opera critics and patrons and also recommends specific strategies the Met could employ to save $20 Million annually by curtailing Gelb's lavish spending and realizing scheduling efficiencies. (more...)


Tickets Now On Sale for Capitol City Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2014

Tickets for Capitol City Opera Company's fully staged production of The Merry Widow are on sale now and can be purchased online at ccityopera.org or by phone at 678-301-8013. General admission tickets for the three performances of Franz Lehár's comic operetta are $40. Tickets for seniors, students and military with valid identification are $30. Until August 17, a special 2-for-1 discount off the $40 general admission price is available making the tickets just $20 each. (more...)




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