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Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - June 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and wor... (more...)
New York City Opera to Present FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, 6/22-26 New York City Opera to Present FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, 6/22-26
by BWW News Desk - June 01, 2016

New York City Opera concludes its 2016 season with the New York premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Cata?n. Performances are June 22, 23, 25, and 26 in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. New York City Opera inaugurates O?pera en Espan?ol, a landmark initiativ... (more...)
Mozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the Met Mozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2016

Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which has not been seen on the Met stage in almost a decade, opens April 22 led by James Levine, who recently announced that he would assume the new title of Music Director Emeritus at the conclusion of the Met's current season.... (more...)
Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - April 06, 2016

Legendary director Patrice Chéreau's final work, an acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss's tragedy Elektra, comes to the Met April 14 with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a cast headed by Nina Stemme in her first Met performances of the bloodthirsty princess.... (more...)
Madison Opera to Present THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, 4/15-17 Madison Opera to Present THE TALES OF HOFFMANN, 4/15-17
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2016

Madison Opera presents Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann on Friday, April 15 and Sunday, April 17 in Overture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts. This will be the company's first production in twenty years of Offenbach's masterpiece, which moves in a fantasy world. It offers showpiece ... (more...)
International Opera Awards Announces Shortlist; Winners to Be Announced May 15 International Opera Awards Announces Shortlist; Winners to Be Announced May 15
by BWW News Desk - March 01, 2016

The International Opera Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Awards. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.... (more...)
Former Football Star Morris Robinson Takes the Lead as 'Porgy' at La Scala, Nov. 13 Former Football Star Morris Robinson Takes the Lead as 'Porgy' at La Scala, Nov. 13
by BWW News Desk - February 03, 2016

Gershwin's opera PORGY AND BESS returns to La Scala November 13-23, 2016 in a semi-scenic version with a conductor that will probably surprise many people: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The interest of the Austrian maestro for this title dates back to an encounter that an uncle of his, a member of the Board... (more...)
COC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 Season COC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 14, 2016

Canadian Opera Company audiences can look forward to five more years with Johannes Debus as the company's Music Director. The news of Debus' contract renewal through to the company's 2020/2021 season was announced today by COC General Director Alexander Neef at the public launch of the COC's 2016/20... (more...)
Met Slates THE BARBER OF SEVILLE as 2015 Holiday Presentation Met Slates THE BARBER OF SEVILLE as 2015 Holiday Presentation
by BWW News Desk - December 08, 2015

Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met offers a holiday presentation sung in English with special discount pricing for families this December and January. This year's production, Rossini's madcap comedy The Barber of Seville, opens December 16 and stars Isabel Leonard and Ginger Costa-J... (more...)
Brenton Ryan to Make Met Opera Debut in DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL This Spring Brenton Ryan to Make Met Opera Debut in DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL This Spring
by BWW News Desk - December 07, 2015

American tenor Brenton Ryan will make his Met debut as Pedrillo in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail this spring. Ryan will sing all five performances of the opera, which opens on April 22 and continues on April 27, 30, May 3, and May 7 matinee.... (more...)
Met Music Director James Levine to Conduct His First Met Performances of DIE FLEDERMAUS Met Music Director James Levine to Conduct His First Met Performances of DIE FLEDERMAUS
by BWW News Desk - November 30, 2015

After a 44-year career at the Met, during which he has led performances of more than 85 operas, James Levine expands his company repertory with his first-ever Met performances of the sparkling Johann Strauss operetta Die Fledermaus.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Met's 'Ratpack' RIGOLETTO and the Art of Making Opera BWW Review: The Met's 'Ratpack' RIGOLETTO and the Art of Making Opera
by Richard Sasanow - November 23, 2015

The Met's production of Verdi's great opera RIGOLETTO, is often referred to as the 'Ratpack' version--because it is set in the Las Vegas days of Frank Sinatra and his high-living cronies. From its debut, it was a huge success for the company and with good cause. It was brilliantly conceived and sung... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Tomasz Konieczny, Angela Denoke, Gerhard Siegel & More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's WOZZECK Photo Flash: First Look at Tomasz Konieczny, Angela Denoke, Gerhard Siegel & More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's WOZZECK
by BWW News Desk - November 01, 2015

CHICAGO – Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Alban Berg's Wozzeck in a searing new production that opens this Sunday, November 1, at 2 p.m.... (more...)
James Levine Will Focus His Energies on Tannhäuser This Fall; New Production of Lulu Will Now Be Conducted By Lothar Koenigs James Levine Will Focus His Energies on Tannhäuser This Fall; New Production of Lulu Will Now Be Conducted By Lothar Koenigs
by BWW News Desk - October 02, 2015

Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall, Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg's Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner's epic drama... (more...)
Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present Berg's WOZZECK, 11/1-21 Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present Berg's WOZZECK, 11/1-21
by BWW News Desk - October 01, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Alban Berg's Wozzeck in a new production this fall. It opens on Sunday, November 1 with six performances through Saturday, November 21. Performance dates are November 1 at 2pm, and November 4, 7, 12, 16, 21 at 7:30pm... (more...)
Met Opera Reports a Surplus of $1 Million From $22 Million Deficit Met Opera Reports a Surplus of $1 Million From $22 Million Deficit
by BWW News Desk - September 25, 2015

After its preliminary closing of the books for Fiscal Year 2015 (the 2014-15 season), the Metropolitan Opera reports that it has balanced its budget and ended the season with a surplus of $1 million. The results are a significant turnaround from the company's previous fiscal year, which ended with a... (more...)
Sondra Radvanovsky to Play Title Role in Met Opera's ANNA BOLENA Sondra Radvanovsky to Play Title Role in Met Opera's ANNA BOLENA
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2015

This Saturday, September 26, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will begin her season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti's 'Tudor trilogy,' being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. In the first opera, Anna Bolena, Radvanovsky stars ... (more...)
Opera Paralléle to Host Annual UP CLOSE AND PARALLÈLE Gala, Featuring Jukebox Opera, 10/3 Opera Paralléle to Host Annual UP CLOSE AND PARALLÈLE Gala, Featuring Jukebox Opera, 10/3
by BWW News Desk - September 01, 2015

San Francisco, August 31, 2015 – Acclaimed Opera Parallèle will present its annual gala benefit Saturday, October 3, at 6:30 pm, at Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco featuring an original “Jukebox Opera” entitled Heroes, created by the Company's artistic team and performed by baritone Michael ... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Adds Three World Premieres, & More to New Season Roster Houston Grand Opera Adds Three World Premieres, & More to New Season Roster
by BWW News Desk - August 18, 2015

Houston, August 17, 2015—Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 2015–16 season showcases the vibrant and diverse artistic mix that marks HGO as a leading 21st-century American opera company: Wagner's Siegfried, the third installment of La Fura dels Baus's imaginative Ring cycle featuring a new generation of Wa... (more...)
Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt! Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt!
by BWW News Desk - August 04, 2015

Happy Birthday Deborah Voigt! On the heels of a sell-out for 'Deborah Voigt: Voight Lessons', this past weekend at The Art House in Provincetown, MA, we want to celebrate 'Debbie's' birthday, where we found out, on this day, that she's teaching at Glimmerglass. 'Mark Cortale Presents' has his Broadw... (more...)
Lyric Opera's Top Performers to Play Millennium Park Lyric Opera's Top Performers to Play Millennium Park
by BWW News Desk - July 20, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago launches its new season with the 15th annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The free outdoor performance, presented in cooperation with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events... (more...)
Tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015-16 Season Now on Sale Tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015-16 Season Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - July 08, 2015

Single tickets go on sale July 8 at 10:00am for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 61st season.... (more...)
Susan Graham to Star in San Francisco Opera's LES TROYENS, Set Australian Tour Susan Graham to Star in San Francisco Opera's LES TROYENS, Set Australian Tour
by BWW News Desk - June 05, 2015

Starting Sunday, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham - praised as 'singing beautifully' by Huffington Post for her recent star turn in the Metropolitan Opera's Merry Widow - returns to San Francisco Opera to reprise her signature role of Dido in Berlioz's epic Les Troyens (June 7-July 1)... (more...)




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