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David Hertzberg Named Composer in Residence at Opera Philadelphia David Hertzberg Named Composer in Residence at Opera Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - June 23, 2015

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer David Hertzberg, whose music 'demonstrates that a gifted young composer can be inspired by masters and still speak with a vibrantly personal style' (the New York Tim... (more...)
Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano to Perform at the Massry Center in Albany, 6/26 Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano to Perform at the Massry Center in Albany, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - June 20, 2015

One of the country's most exciting mezzo sopranos, Jennifer Johnson Cano, will perform 'Songs of Longing and Desire' in the Picotte Recital Hall at the Massry Center for the Arts in Albany on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8:00pm. Cano will be accompanied by her husband, Christopher Cano, who is an extrao... (more...)
Morningside Opera Sets Cast of VOODOO, 6/26-27 Morningside Opera Sets Cast of VOODOO, 6/26-27
by BWW News Desk - June 04, 2015

Metropolitan Opera singer Janinah Burnett and Joanna Marie Ford and Steven Wallace will perform the leading roles in Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater and The Harlem Chamber Players concert production of VOODOO, the long-lost and historical opera by African American composer Harry Lawrence Fre... (more...)
Atlanta Opera to Bring 'Discoveries' Series to Downtown Atlanta Atlanta Opera to Bring 'Discoveries' Series to Downtown Atlanta
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

The Atlanta Opera, in partnership with the Rialto Center for the Arts, brings Soldier Songs, a contemporary opera by American composer David T. Little, to Atlanta. The evening of theater will be a highly charged experience with arresting projections, eye-catching visuals and a thunderous score.  Not... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces Edward Barnes as the company's new Executive Director, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Barnes will succeed Gotham's previous executive director, David Bennett, who will become general director of the San Diego Opera. In addition, David Rubeo has been promoted to Associate ... (more...)
The LA Opera Presents the West Coast Premiere of DOG DAYS, 6/11-15 The LA Opera Presents the West Coast Premiere of DOG DAYS, 6/11-15
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

LA Opera concludes its 2014/15 season with the west coast premiere of Dog Days, a shocking work by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek that incorporates elements of opera, musical theater and rock. Based on a powerful short story by Judy Budnitz, Dog Days is set in the aftermath of ... (more...)
The LA Opera and Classical KUSC 91.5fm Announce the 2015 Schedule for LA OPERA ON AIR The LA Opera and Classical KUSC 91.5fm Announce the 2015 Schedule for LA OPERA ON AIR
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

LA Opera is collaborating with Classical KUSC 91.5fm to produce the ninth consecutive season of LA Opera On Air, a weekly broadcast series of LA Opera performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Beginning with Verdi's La Traviata, starring Nino Machaidze and Plácido Domingo at 10am ... (more...)
Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16 Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2015

The Riverside Opera Company performs 'From Opera to Sinatra' a PoPera Concert that features winners from live auditions judged by former metropolitan opera singers. The program was compiled from songs the performers sang best. under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia on Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. a... (more...)
BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin
by Richard Sasanow - May 07, 2015

A season ago, when soprano Olga Peretyatko made her Met debut as Elvira in Bellini's I PURITANI, I marveled at her gorgeous voice and stamina, but noted that her inexperience in the role showed. I hoped for more from her when she got it under her belt. What a difference a year makes! As the heroine ... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South
by Richard Sasanow - May 04, 2015

Stephanie Blythe--who's at the Met these days singing Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS--“abhors labels.” That's why, despite a cavernous voice that has become even deeper with age and could easily be termed mezzo or contralto, she tells me to call her “a girl singer.”... (more...)
LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - April 29, 2015

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 - July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Saratoga Springs, New York.  ... (more...)
Talya Lieberman, Edward Nelson and Allen Perriello Set for Schwabacher Debut Recitals, 5/3 Talya Lieberman, Edward Nelson and Allen Perriello Set for Schwabacher Debut Recitals, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - April 23, 2015

Soprano Talya Lieberman and baritone Edward Nelson, joined on piano by former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Allen Perriello end the 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, May 3 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary. The Merola Opera Program alumni will present an eclectic ... (more...)
Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2015

Stravinsky's twentieth-century operatic masterpiece The Rake's Progress will return to the Met stage for a revival of three performances only, opening May 1 and continuing through May 9. Music Director James Levine leads the performances, with rising stars Paul Appleby and Layla Claire in the centra... (more...)
James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2015

Met Music Director James Levine will lead a starry revival of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, opening April 23 and continuing for four additional performances through May 9.... (more...)
Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9 Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - April 16, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts and Divaria Productions are pleased to announce a shortened, LIVE version of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm. The evening will highlight Verdi's most famous opera with the most important numbers linked by compelling narrativ... (more...)
Stephanie Blythe & Warren Jones to Perform at Carnegie Hall, 5/15 Stephanie Blythe & Warren Jones to Perform at Carnegie Hall, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - April 02, 2015

On Friday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents celebrated mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe in recital with pianist Warren Jones in a program of popular songs by Poulenc, Ferré, Brel, Britten, and Coward. One of the most respected and versatile artists of he... (more...)
New Brew Presents SEX! COMEDY! ECONOMICS! AN EVENING WITH TRAV S.D. (AND FRIENDS), 4/3 New Brew Presents SEX! COMEDY! ECONOMICS! AN EVENING WITH TRAV S.D. (AND FRIENDS), 4/3
by BWW News Desk - March 29, 2015

New Brew Performs Select Scenes From: The Curse of the Rat King: Trav S.D. (libretto) and David Mallamud (music) have been collaborating on this campy comic opera since 2010. It is a post-modern mash-up of Universal horror films, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, the operas of Gilbert and Sullivan, the wri... (more...)
Theaterpalooza Children's Theatre Company Present BILLY BEWITCHED at Carnegie Hall, 4/1 Theaterpalooza Children's Theatre Company Present BILLY BEWITCHED at Carnegie Hall, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2015

Theaterpalooza Children's Theatre Company will perform the Children's Opera, 'Billy Bewitched' at Carnegie Hall on April 1, 2015 at 8pm as well as a special Leesburg, Virginia performance onMarch 28th.... (more...)
Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30 Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - March 25, 2015

Verdi's sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo will return to the Met stage March 30for an eight-performance revival conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic maestro who led the 2010 Met premiere ofNicholas Hytner's critically acclaimed production. Yonghoon Lee will reprise his portrayal of the... (more...)
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Dresden with Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Florez; Airs 12/29 on medici.tv Celebrate New Year's Eve in Dresden with Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Florez; Airs 12/29 on medici.tv
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2014

New Year's Eve will be celebrated in high style on ?medici.tv with a free webcast of superstar soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Juan Diego Flórez in Emmerich Kálmán's operetta Die Csárdásfürstin (“The Gypsy Princess”), with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann. Filmed live on December... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall BWW Reviews: Hallelujah. The Collegiate Chorale Brings MESSIAH (Not) to Carnegie Hall
by Richard Sasanow - December 20, 2014

A funny thing happened on the way to Handel's MESSIAH: That would be Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN, transformed from the film by Eric Idle (the jokes) and John Du Prez (the music) into NOT THE MESSIAH (HE'S A VERY NAUGHTY BOY). This comic oratorio resulted in a very jolly evening, which The Collegiat... (more...)
The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL Opens Tonight The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2014

Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met will offer a holiday presentation this December and January: an English-language performance of an opera, with special weekday matinees and discount pricing designed to make the Met affordable for families with children. This year's production, Hum... (more...)
MN Opera's Michael Christie Leads World Premiere of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE at The Ordway, 3/7-15 MN Opera's Michael Christie Leads World Premiere of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE at The Ordway, 3/7-15
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2014

Minnesota Opera Music Director Michael Christie leads the world premiere performances of The Manchurian Candidate, March 7-15, 2015 in the Music Theater at Ordway.... (more...)
Joyce DiDonato Will Continue Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series in February & March Joyce DiDonato Will Continue Carnegie Hall Perspectives Series in February & March
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2014

In early 2015, the celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato continues her multi-part Carnegie Hall Perspectives series showcasing her vocal creativity and multifaceted talents that range from programs of familiar and forgotten repertoire from the Baroque and bel canto eras to new works by Jake Heggie... (more...)
Luca Salsi Replaces Fabio Capitanucci in Metropolitan Opera's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Luca Salsi Replaces Fabio Capitanucci in Metropolitan Opera's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2014

Luca Salsi will sing Enrico in all performances of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met this season, replacing Fabio Capitanucci, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. Salsi, who will be making his Met role debut as Lucia's villainous brother, will sing Enrico on March 16, 19, 24, 28 matinee... (more...)




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