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BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert
by Richard Sasanow - March 26, 2015

Long before there was “American Idol” or “The Voice,” there were the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. A 62-year tradition in the opera world, it comes to a head at the National Council Auditions Finals Concert, which took place this year on Sunday afternoon. It was the culmination of... (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...)
The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2015

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five young singers have been named the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.... (more...)
Dallas Opera to Close Season with IOLANTA, 4/10 Dallas Opera to Close Season with IOLANTA, 4/10
by BWW News Desk - March 20, 2015

DALLAS, TX, MARCH 19, 2015 – The Dallas Opera 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season closes with a charming and poignant—but rarely performed work—by Russia's greatest composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1892 “gem,” IOLANTA (Y?-LAWN-tah), a fairy tale romance with deeply serious undertones set in Me... (more...)
Controversy Continues at the Metropolitan Opera - Can the Met Afford Gelb's Vision? Controversy Continues at the Metropolitan Opera - Can the Met Afford Gelb's Vision?
by BWW News Desk - March 18, 2015

Last August, an agreement was reached to resolve a potential labor crisis at the Metropolian Opera, the nation's largest performing arts organization.... (more...)
Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9 Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - March 05, 2015

New York, NY (March 4, 2015) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo will sing their first Met performances of the title character in Massenet's Manon and her devoted lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the first revival of Laurent Pelly's 2012 Met staging, also starring Russ... (more...)
On Site Opera to Launch 'The Figaro Project' with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13 On Site Opera to Launch 'The Figaro Project' with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2015

On Site Opera has garnered considerable acclaim for its immersive, site-specific productions since stage director Eric Einhorn founded it just three years ago.... (more...)
On Site Opera Launches THE FIGARO PROJECT With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AND THE GUILTY MOTHER On Site Opera Launches THE FIGARO PROJECT With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AND THE GUILTY MOTHER
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2015

On Site Opera has garnered considerable acclaim for its immersive, site-specific productions since stage director Eric Einhorn founded it just three years ago. This summer, the company kicks off its most ambitious undertaking to date:The Figaro Project. On Site Opera will offer lesser-known operatic... (more...)
The Houston Grand Opera Presents 60th Anniversary Gala Concert With Joyce DiDonato, 3/19 The Houston Grand Opera Presents 60th Anniversary Gala Concert With Joyce DiDonato, 3/19
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2015

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) invites patrons to celebrate 60 years of producing and performing world-class opera in Houston at a gala anniversary concert featuring renowned mezzo-soprano and HGO Studio alumna Joyce DiDonato at the Wortham Theater Center's Cullen Theater on Thursday, March 19. Tickets t... (more...)
Opera Lancaster Announces Full Cast of DON PASQUALE After National Search Opera Lancaster Announces Full Cast of DON PASQUALE After National Search
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2015

Following a national search, Opera Lancaster is thrilled to announce its cast for its upcoming production of Don Pasquale.... (more...)
George Cleve to Conduct THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera San Jose This Spring George Cleve to Conduct THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera San Jose This Spring
by BWW News Desk - February 25, 2015

Opera San José concludes its 31st season with Mozart's The Magic Flute.... (more...)
Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13 Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2015

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is preparing to whisk audiences away to the Latin Quarter of Paris for the blockbuster opera of the season: Giacomo Puccini's 1896 masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, based on Henri Murger's newspaper serial-turned-novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème.... (more...)
MARILYN FOREVER to Make U.S. Premiere with Long Beach Opera, 3/21 & 29 MARILYN FOREVER to Make U.S. Premiere with Long Beach Opera, 3/21 & 29
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2015

Long Beach Opera (LBO) takes on the private world of the most public life ever lived. The U.S premiere of Gavin Bryars' Marilyn Forever will be performed March 21 and 29, 2015 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.... (more...)
Joyce DiDonato to Close Out Carnegie Hall's Perspectives Series with Philadelphia Orchestra, 3/18 Joyce DiDonato to Close Out Carnegie Hall's Perspectives Series with Philadelphia Orchestra, 3/18
by BWW News Desk - February 11, 2015

Celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato concludes her season-long Carnegie Hall Perspectives series on Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, joining The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Maurizio Benini for a program of bel canto arias, ensembles, and orchestral s... (more...)
IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the Met IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - January 19, 2015

Beginning January 26, the Met will present a double-bill of two rarely performed one-act operas: Tchaikovsky's romantic fairy tale Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko in the title role of a blind princess and Piotr Beczala as Count Vaudémont, a knight who loves her; and Bartók's harrowing Bluebeard's Castle... (more...)
Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2014

The role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata will be sung by American baritone Quinn Kelsey on January 14 and by Russian baritone Alexei Markov on January 17, 21, and 24, replacing Ludovic Tézier, who is continuing to recover from an illness.... (more...)
Live From Lincoln Center to Present the Richard Tucker Opera Gala on PBS in January Live From Lincoln Center to Present the Richard Tucker Opera Gala on PBS in January
by TV News Desk - December 18, 2014

This January, Live From Lincoln Center-continuing its 40th anniversary season-will broadcast one of the most celebrated opera events of the year, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert.... (more...)
Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31 Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31
by BWW News Desk - December 11, 2014

Renée Fleming will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari, the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Met this season. Four-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman makes her Met debut as director and choreographer of a new production... (more...)
Opera San Jose to Continue Season with World Premiere of WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD Opera San Jose to Continue Season with World Premiere of WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD
by BWW News Desk - December 10, 2014

Opera San José continues its 31st season with the WORLD PREMIERE of Where Angels Fear to Tread by American composer Mark Lanz Weiser, libretto by Roger Brunyate. This bold new opera, based on the novel by E. M. Forster, unveils a collision of cultures that leads to a misunderstanding of horrific con... (more...)
Sherrill Milnes to Celebrate 80th Birthday, 50th Anniversary of Met Debut in 2015 Sherrill Milnes to Celebrate 80th Birthday, 50th Anniversary of Met Debut in 2015
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2014

The coming year brings two major milestones for peerless American baritone Sherrill Milnes, who celebrates his 80th birthday on January 10 and the 50th anniversary of his Metropolitan Opera debut on December 22, 2015.... (more...)
Lyric Opera of KC to Continue Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in January Lyric Opera of KC to Continue Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in January
by BWW News Desk - December 01, 2014

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 57th season with a very special event, Vinson Cole & Friends, on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 4pm at the historic Folly Theatre. This benefit for Lyric Opera will include Christine Brewer and Daniel Belcher for an evening of opera classics. All have strong Mis... (more...)
Opera San Jose Stages THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Now thru 11/30 Opera San Jose Stages THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Now thru 11/30
by BWW News Desk - November 15, 2014

Opera San José (OSJ) continues its season with Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers. This sparkling and fast-paced opera weaves a madcap story full of twists and turns into a comic adventure to a land of magnificent palaces, swashbuckling pirates and lavish harems. The Italian Girl in Alg... (more...)
The Dallas Opera Presents TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI, 1/11 The Dallas Opera Presents TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI, 1/11
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2014

The Dallas Opera, in the latest installment of The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, will present the phenomenal American tenor,Matthew Polenzani, in an exclusive, one-time-only recital on the afternoon of Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Southern Methodist University's popular Carut... (more...)
A Lucky Winner to Gain Backstage Access with Dido, Aeneas and More, 11/12 A Lucky Winner to Gain Backstage Access with Dido, Aeneas and More, 11/12
by BWW News Desk - November 10, 2014

Three winners and their guest will be given a backstage pass to meet Dido and Aeneas at intermission. The fun will continue as Bluebeard and Judith make their way to meet the winners at the end of the evening.... (more...)
The Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert Raises $3,200,000 The Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert Raises $3,200,000
by BWW News Desk - November 05, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its glorious history and futureSaturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at theCivic Opera House beginning at 6:30pm – sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season.... (more...)



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BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals ConcertBWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert
by Richard Sasanow