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Washington National Opera Presents 2017 American Opera Initiative Festival, 1/13 Washington National Opera Presents 2017 American Opera Initiative Festival, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - December 07, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents the fifth season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists.... (more...)
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...)
BWW Review: Where is Heroic GUILLAUME TELL Now that We Need Him? On Stage at the Met BWW Review: Where is Heroic GUILLAUME TELL Now that We Need Him? On Stage at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - November 13, 2016

Always looking for new worlds to conquer, Gioachino Rossini wrote GUILLAUME TELL in French, as Paris became the center of the opera world. Despite his successes there, this was to be his operatic swan song, a story glorifying a revolutionary character--with a message that resonated, loud and strong,... (more...)
BWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in Atlanta BWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in Atlanta
by Richard Sasanow - November 09, 2016

If “satire is what closes on Saturday night” (according to the great playwright and wit George S. Kaufman), then contemporary opera is usually not far behind. That is, unless it's Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's prize-winning SILENT NIGHT, which actually opened on Saturday night (this past weekend) ... (more...)
The Bronx Opera Celebrates 50th Season With 'Falstaff Fiftieth', 11/19 The Bronx Opera Celebrates 50th Season With 'Falstaff Fiftieth', 11/19
by BWW News Desk - November 08, 2016

The Bronx Opera will celebrate its 50th season in 2017 with two different takes on the story of William Shakespeare's lovable rogue knight, Sir John Falstaff: the rarely-performed Sir John in Love, by English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (January 14, 15, 21, 22); and Verdi's Falstaff, the final, ... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDA — Opening TONIGHT! Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDA — Opening TONIGHT!
by BWW News Desk - November 05, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking ... (more...)
Chicago Opera Theater Presents THE FAIRY QUEEN Chicago Opera Theater Presents THE FAIRY QUEEN
by BWW News Desk - October 21, 2016

Chicago's historic Studebaker Theater will become the home of live opera with a contemporary adaptation of Henry Purcell's 1692 "The Fairy Queen," a reimagining of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" presented by Chicago Opera Theater (COT) beginning November 5.... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Present THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with Special Opening Night Guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg! Washington National Opera to Present THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with Special Opening Night Guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
by BWW News Desk - October 21, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2016–2017 season with a new production of Gaetano Donizetti's mashup of slapstick comedy and charming romance—The Daughter of the Regiment, November 12–20, 2016, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The cast is led by superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee as t... (more...)
On Site Opera Presents RHODA AND THE FOSSIL HUNT, Premieres In Fall 2017 On Site Opera Presents RHODA AND THE FOSSIL HUNT, Premieres In Fall 2017
by BWW News Desk - October 20, 2016

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) announces the world premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, a new site-specific opera for family audiences with music by John Musto and libretto by Eric Einhorn. Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyr... (more...)
New York City Opera to Present New York Premiere of Iraq War Opera FALLUJAH New York City Opera to Present New York Premiere of Iraq War Opera FALLUJAH
by BWW News Desk - October 19, 2016

New York City Opera continues its 2016 - 17 season on November 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2016 with the New York premiere of Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo's Fallujah, the first opera written about the Iraq War experience.... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's LOOSE, WET, PERFORATED Photo Flash: First Look at Guerilla Opera's LOOSE, WET, PERFORATED
by BWW News Desk - September 21, 2016

Loose, Wet, Perforated, with music and original libretto by Nicholas P. Vines, and stage direction by Austin Regan, plays for four performances: Wednesday through Saturday, September 21-24, 2016, at 8 p.m. in The Zack Box Theater at Boston Conservatory at Berklee at 8 The Fenway, Boston, MA. Broadwa... (more...)
American Lyric Theater Launches 2016-17 Season Featuring Three New Operas American Lyric Theater Launches 2016-17 Season Featuring Three New Operas
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2016

American Lyric Theater (ALT) - founded by Lawrence Edelson in 2005 to build a new body of operatic repertoire by nurturing composers and librettists and providing an incubator for their collaborations - announces its 2016-2017 Season. The season begins with the InsightALT series, providing an inside... (more...)
LA Opera to Stage Ted Hearne's THE SOURCE This Fall LA Opera to Stage Ted Hearne's THE SOURCE This Fall
by BWW News Desk - September 15, 2016

LA Opera's 2016/17 season will continue with the west coast premiere of The Source, opening on October 19.... (more...)
Seattle Opera Presents Hansel And Gretel With a Twist Seattle Opera Presents Hansel And Gretel With a Twist
by BWW News Desk - September 15, 2016

You can never be too grown-up for the magic of a Brother's Grimm fairy tale. That's very clear from Seattle Opera's upcoming Hansel and Gretel, which comes from the vivid imagination of French stage director Laurent Pelly. This edgy version of Engelbert Humperdinck's masterpiece presents a thrilling... (more...)
Sarasota Opera Commissions Rachel J. Peters for Next Youth Opera World Premiere Sarasota Opera Commissions Rachel J. Peters for Next Youth Opera World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - August 10, 2016

After a nationwide search, Sarasota Opera is proud to announce that composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters has been commissioned to compose Sarasota Youth Opera's next world premiere. Ms. Peter's opera, Rootabaga Country, which is being written now and will have its premiere in November 2017, was sele... (more...)
BWW Review: Bard SummerScape Tackles Mascagni's Little-Known IRIS BWW Review: Bard SummerScape Tackles Mascagni's Little-Known IRIS
by Richard Sasanow - July 28, 2016

It probably would have been worth the trip to Bard SummerScape's production of Pietro Mascagni's IRIS—last heard at the Met in 1931--simply to make the acquaintance of soprano Talise Trevigne. Through much suffering and indignity, Trevigne sang the title role in a luxurious, plush-voiced, physical p... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Apotheosis Opera's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST Photo Flash: First Look at Apotheosis Opera's LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST
by BWW News Desk - July 22, 2016

Apotheosis Opera presents its second production, a fully-staged English-language production of GIACOMO PUCCINI'S masterpiece LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST (The Girl of the Golden West), tonight, July 22 at 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 24, at 3pm at the theatre of El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue). BroadwayW... (more...)
Eyre's Puccini's Manon Lescaut Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Eyre's Puccini's Manon Lescaut Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
by TV News Desk - July 18, 2016

Puccini's lush classic Manon Lescaut airs on THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Saturday, August 13 at 11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera on Friday, August 26 at 9 p.m.)... (more...)
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble to Present VIOLETTA & HER SISTERS at Rose Nagelberg Theater dell'Arte Opera Ensemble to Present VIOLETTA & HER SISTERS at Rose Nagelberg Theater
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2016

dell'Arte Opera Ensemble presents the company's August 2016 Season - Violetta & her Sisters - featuring Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata, Jules Massenet's Manon, a semi-staged Scenes from the demi-monde, with excerpts from Puccini's La Rondine and Leoncavallo's La bohème, and a recital featuring the poe... (more...)
Odyssey Opera to Present Boston Premiere of DIMITRIJ Odyssey Opera to Present Boston Premiere of DIMITRIJ
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2016

Boston's most original and innovative opera company, Odyssey Opera, today announced its seasonopening performance of Antonín Dvo?ák's epic work Dimitrij, marking the opera's Boston premiere. Sung in Czech with projected English translations, this concert production is led by conductor Gil Rose, with... (more...)
Central City Opera's 2016 Summer Festival to Feature Two One-Act Pieces Central City Opera's 2016 Summer Festival to Feature Two One-Act Pieces
by BWW News Desk - July 07, 2016

Central City Opera complements its two mainstage productions this summer with two one-act operas-Mozart's The Impresario and John Musto's Later the Same Evening-performed in smaller venues in Central City and in creative spaces in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. Both of these shorter operas a... (more...)
City Central Opera Announces Programming for 2016 Summer Festival City Central Opera Announces Programming for 2016 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - July 07, 2016

Mozart's The Impresario—  (July 27 & August 3 in Central City; July 28 in Boulder) John Musto's Later the Same Evening— (July 28 in Colorado Springs; July 30 at the Denver Art Museum; August 5 in Central City Denver, Colo. (July 7, 2016)—Central City Opera complements its two mainstage produ... (more...)
Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19 Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19
by BWW News Desk - July 06, 2016

FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today that the submission deadline has been extended for its fifth annual Frontiers showcase. Applications will now be accepted through midnight, July 19, 2016. The company's innovative program will be held during the final week of the 2017 Fort ... (more...)
OPERA America Welcomes New Chairman & Members to Board of Directors OPERA America Welcomes New Chairman & Members to Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - June 30, 2016

 OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that Timothy O'Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, has been elected the new chairman of OPERA America's board of directors. He has been involv... (more...)
BWW Review: PATIENCE & SARAH  Shines Light on Women in Love in 19th-Century New England BWW Review: PATIENCE & SARAH Shines Light on Women in Love in 19th-Century New England
by Richard Sasanow - June 28, 2016

PATIENCE & SARAH—at least in the production of this chamber opera seen this past week at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village, as part of the New York Opera Fest and 18 years after its premiere at Lincoln Center Festival—is a beautiful but somewhat lopsided affair. While it tells of the love sha... (more...)




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