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Avner Dorman's New Opera WAHNFRIED to Premiere in Karlsruhe Avner Dorman's New Opera WAHNFRIED to Premiere in Karlsruhe
by BWW News Desk - November 29, 2016

In the annals of the Wagner family, the name Houston Stewart Chamberlain is but a footnote. Yet, argues Avner Dorman's new opera Wahnfried, he was in some ways the link between Richard Wagner and Adolf Hitler. Chamberlain was a failing English scientist who became obsessed with Wagner's music, after... (more...)
12th Annual Opera News Awards Are Announced! 12th Annual Opera News Awards Are Announced!
by BWW News Desk - October 31, 2016

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. This year's honorees—stage director Robert Carsen, soprano Christine Goerke, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade—will be feted a... (more...)
North Carolina Opera to Open 2016-17 Season with Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD North Carolina Opera to Open 2016-17 Season with Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD
by BWW News Desk - June 27, 2016

Raleigh, NC -- North Carolina Opera is excited to announce the opening of individual non-subscription ticket sales beginning Sunday, June 26, 2016. The 2016/17 season opener, Wagner's Das Rheingold will be presented on Friday, September 16 at 8pm and Sunday, September 18 at 3pm at Meymandi Concert H... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Celebrate General Director David Gockley in Gala Concert San Francisco Opera to Celebrate General Director David Gockley in Gala Concert
by BWW News Desk - June 10, 2016

San Francisco Opera celebrates David Gockley's remarkable career and ten-year tenure as San Francisco Opera General Director with a gala concert at the War Memorial Opera House on Thursday, June 16 at 7 p.m. David Gockley retires from San Francisco Opera in July 2016, culminating a 45-year career as... (more...)
Washington National Opera Announces Casting Update for BRUNNHILDE Washington National Opera Announces Casting Update for BRUNNHILDE
by TV News Desk - May 02, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced that American soprano Christine Goerke will sing the role of Brünnhilde in the Monday, May 2 performance of The Valkyrie... (more...)
Washington National Opera Closes Out Season with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG Tonight Washington National Opera Closes Out Season with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG Tonight
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) concludes its landmark 60th anniversary season with its first complete presentation of Richard Wagner's four-part The Ring of the Nibelung, perhaps the most challenging production to mount in all of opera. Three cycles of Wagner's epic will be presented from tonight, ... (more...)
Catherine Foster, Nina Stemme, Daniel Brenna and More Star in WNO's THE RING Tonight Catherine Foster, Nina Stemme, Daniel Brenna and More Star in WNO's THE RING Tonight
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents its first complete presentation of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring cycle. Three full cycles will be presented from tonight, April 30, to May 22, 2016 and will be directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Aug... (more...)
Opera PATIENCE & SARAH Set for Players Theatre, 6/23-24 Opera PATIENCE & SARAH Set for Players Theatre, 6/23-24
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2016

After a sold-out run at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival, the opera PATIENCE & SARAH returns to New York as a staged concert performance for two nights only - Thursday, June 23rd and Friday, June 24th at 7PM at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street). Considered the first opera to portray an open... (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...)
Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the T... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Close Out Season with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, 4/30 Washington National Opera to Close Out Season with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - April 03, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) concludes its landmark 60th anniversary season with its first complete presentation of Richard Wagner's four-part The Ring of the Nibelung, perhaps the most challenging production to mount in all of opera. Three cycles of Wagner's epic will be presented from April 30 ... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Announces Complete Schedule for Spring Season Houston Grand Opera Announces Complete Schedule for Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2016

Houston, March 28, 2016—Houston Grand Opera (HGO) opens its spring repertory with Siegfried, the much- anticipated third installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, on April 16. The ground-breaking Ring by Carlus Padrissa of Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus, with its cutting-edge visuals and a... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Present Leah Crocetto in Recital, 2/26 Washington National Opera to Present Leah Crocetto in Recital, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - February 04, 2016

(WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 60th anniversary season with Leah Crocetto in Recital, featuring the celebrated star of last season's Dialogues of the Carmelites, on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Accompanied by acclaimed pianist... (more...)
New Production of Puccini's Romance MANON LESCAUT to Open This Month at the Met New Production of Puccini's Romance MANON LESCAUT to Open This Month at the Met
by BWW News Desk - February 02, 2016

The Met's new production of Puccini's MANON LESCAUT opens February 12 with Kristine Opolais as the seductive, tragic heroine and Roberto Alagna in a role debut as her ardent lover, the Chevalier des Grieux.... (more...)
Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Subscription Sale for Next Season Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Subscription Sale for Next Season
by BWW News Desk - February 01, 2016

CHICAGO - Subscriptions go on sale February 1 at 10:00am for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 62nd season. Next season offers world-renowned artists, nine tremendous new-to-Chicago productions, and the start of Wagner's famed Ring cycle, Das Rheingold.... (more...)
LA Opera Announces 2016/17 Season - MACBETH, AKHNATEN, 30th Birthday Celebration and More! LA Opera Announces 2016/17 Season - MACBETH, AKHNATEN, 30th Birthday Celebration and More!
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2016

General Director Plácido Domingo has announced the repertory and artist roster for the company's 2016/17 season. Created by Mr. Domingo in collaboration with Music Director James Conlon and President and CEO Christopher Koelsch, the season will include six mainstage productions and a classic musical... (more...)
OPERA America Announces Recipients of its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards OPERA America Announces Recipients of its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2016

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards. Now in its ninth year, these awards honor outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for their exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-buil... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Opens Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Tonight Houston Grand Opera Opens Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2016

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) opens its 2016 winter repertory on January 22with an inventive staging by multiple-award-winning theater director Michael Grandage of Mozart's genial farce, The Marriage of Figaro. Performances continue through February 7. Co-produced by HGO and the Glyndebourne Festival an... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Open 2016 with Apartheid-Era Opera LOST IN THE STARS Washington National Opera to Open 2016 with Apartheid-Era Opera LOST IN THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - January 11, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 60th anniversary season with the company premiere of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's LOST IN THE STARS, February 12-20 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.... (more...)
Met Opera to Present Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Double Bill Met Opera to Present Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - January 11, 2016

The popular verismo double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci returns to the Met beginning January 21.... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera to Open Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 1/22 Houston Grand Opera to Open Season with THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, 1/22
by BWW News Desk - January 07, 2016

Houston, January 6, 2016— Houston Grand Opera (HGO) opens its 2016 winter repertory on January 22with an inventive staging by multiple-award-winning theater director Michael Grandage of Mozart's genial farce, The Marriage of Figaro. Performances continue through February 7. Co-produced by HGO and th... (more...)
AZ Opera to Stage Workshop of THE COPPER QUEEN Next Month AZ Opera to Stage Workshop of THE COPPER QUEEN Next Month
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2015

In conjunction with Arizona Opera's new community-based artistic initiative, Arizona Bold, the company presents a short preview of a new operatic work in development, THE COPPER QUEEN on January 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Arizona Opera Center in Phoenix.... (more...)
Canadian Opera Company Releases Full Schedule of Events for January 2016 Canadian Opera Company Releases Full Schedule of Events for January 2016
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2015

JANUARY 2016 OPERA Siegfried By Richard Wagner *COC PRODUCTION* Wagner's epic drama Siegfried returns to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this winter in an acclaimed COC production from Canadian director François Girard. In the third instalment of the Ring Cycle... (more...)
Washington National Opera Kicks Off American Opera Initiative with Three World Premieres Tonight Washington National Opera Kicks Off American Opera Initiative with Three World Premieres Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 02, 2015

(WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced complete details and casting for the fourth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers an... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Kick Off American Opera Initiative with Three World Premieres, 12/2 Washington National Opera to Kick Off American Opera Initiative with Three World Premieres, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - November 17, 2015

(WASHINGTON)-Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced complete details and casting for the fourth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers an... (more...)



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