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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...)
Opera Parallèle Announces Schedule for 2015-2016 Season Opera Parallèle Announces Schedule for 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2015

San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2015 – Opera Parallèle has announced its 2015--2016 season, which will feature its first collaboration with SFJAZZ, a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies' riveting and mysterious The Lighthouse, and the world premiere of a new children's opera by Chris Pratorius. Opera... (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...)
Opera Parallèle Presents U.S. Premiere of Tarik O'Regan's HEART OF DARKNESS, 5/1-3 Opera Parallèle Presents U.S. Premiere of Tarik O'Regan's HEART OF DARKNESS, 5/1-3
by BWW News Desk - March 13, 2015

Hard on the heels of the highly successful premiere of its acclaimed new production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking in February, Opera Parallèle will present the U.S. premiere of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness May 1-3 at Z Space in San Francisco. The opera will be staged in an innovative new pr... (more...)
Anna Netrebko to Perform with MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 2/8 Anna Netrebko to Perform with MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - February 05, 2015

Anna Netrebko has agreed to sing with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in the concert this Sunday afternoon, February 8, replacing Elna Garana, who has withdrawn due to illness... (more...)
Opera on Tap to Debut NEW BREW GOES TO MICHIGAN at Barbes in Brooklyn, 2/6 Opera on Tap to Debut NEW BREW GOES TO MICHIGAN at Barbes in Brooklyn, 2/6
by BWW News Desk - February 04, 2015

Michigan. The Great Lakes State. Home to Motown records, Eminem, Madonna, and Iggy Pop. Famous for... well.. we'll let New Brew tell you all about that. On February 6th, New Brew will share their love of the Wolverine State with a program of music from, about, or related to the Great State of Mic... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Releases Schedule of Events for 2015-16 Season Houston Grand Opera Releases Schedule of Events for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 31, 2015

Houston, January 29, 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 W... (more...)
VIREO: THE SPIRITUAL BIOGRAPHY OF A WITCH'S ACCUSER Opera Pilot to Be Broadcast Online and On TV, 2/23 VIREO: THE SPIRITUAL BIOGRAPHY OF A WITCH'S ACCUSER Opera Pilot to Be Broadcast Online and On TV, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - January 21, 2015

On February 23 and 24, 2015, the pilot episode of composer Lisa Bielawa's serial opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser will be videotaped at The Yost Theater in Santa Ana (307 North Spurgeon St.). Two taping sessions, each of a different scene from the opera, will be open to the ... (more...)
International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26 International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26
by BWW News Desk - January 14, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January 2015, at HUSH in Mayfair, the finalists of the International Opera Awards 2015 were announced. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.... (more...)




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BWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOTBWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOT
by Richard Sasanow