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Seattle Opera to Premiere AN AMERICAN DREAM in August Seattle Opera to Premiere AN AMERICAN DREAM in August
by BWW News Desk - June 26, 2015

When Seattle Opera's brand-new opera, An American Dream, premieres this August, Japanese Americans will see the story of their community coming to life onstage. s... (more...)
The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More! The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More!
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival, Central New York's opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2016 season.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: In the Battle of the BARBIEREs, On Site Opera Picks a Winner BWW Reviews: In the Battle of the BARBIEREs, On Site Opera Picks a Winner
by Richard Sasanow - June 19, 2015

Pity the poor also-rans in operatic history: Leoncavallo's LA BOHEME and even Rossini's OTELLO are perhaps the most famous titles. Oh, yes: We mustn't forget Giovanni Paisiello's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA—not after hearing On Site Opera's production in New York last week, we can't. Downstairs, upstair... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Offer Free Live Simulcast of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in AT&T Park, 7/3 San Francisco Opera to Offer Free Live Simulcast of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in AT&T Park, 7/3
by BWW News Desk - June 18, 2015

San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and presenting sponsor Taube Philanthropies for Opera at the Ballpark-a free live simulcast of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro-on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Baseball and opera fans alike will have a chance to experien... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Opera Lafayette Proves That It Takes a VILLAGE(OISE) to Charm New York BWW Reviews: Opera Lafayette Proves That It Takes a VILLAGE(OISE) to Charm New York
by Richard Sasanow - June 11, 2015

It didn't have a ten-ton set, a fake diva flying from a parapet, or a star-studded cast, but Opera Lafayette's L'EPREUVE VILLAGEOISE (THE VILLAGE TRIAL) had one thing noticeably absent from the opera stage in New York this season: charm aplenty, charm galore.... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Opening This Weekend Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Opening This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - June 08, 2015

On Sunday, June 14, San Francisco Opera begins a revival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's sparkling comedy The Marriage of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) as part of the Company's 2015 Summer Season. The production, featuring a stellar cast of dynamic, young singers, is conducted by Principal Guest Conducto... (more...)
BWW Reviews: RINALDO - The Opera That a True Nerd Can Handel BWW Reviews: RINALDO - The Opera That a True Nerd Can Handel
by Amanda Finn - June 08, 2015

A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away…a man named George Fredric Handel crafted an opera entitled Rinaldo. A few hundred years later, an opera company that prides itself in bringing a fresh perspective to the art form added their own charms to the libretto. Under the guise of the Star Wars... (more...)
Six Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera Six Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera
by BWW News Desk - June 05, 2015

 The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the names of the six distinguished professionals selected to participate in the inaugural session of the Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera:... (more...)
Miami Lyric Opera to Present RIGOLETTO at the Colony Theatre, 7/11-12 Miami Lyric Opera to Present RIGOLETTO at the Colony Theatre, 7/11-12
by BWW News Desk - June 04, 2015

Miami Lyric Opera will stage Verdi's RIGOLETTO, Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 8:00pm and Sunday, July 12, 2015 at 4:00pm at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139.... (more...)
Russian Opera Workshop to Stage Philadelphia Premiere of Anton Rubinstein's THE DEMON Russian Opera Workshop to Stage Philadelphia Premiere of Anton Rubinstein's THE DEMON
by BWW News Desk - June 04, 2015

In its fifth season, Russian Opera Workshop presents in-concert opera productions of Anton Rubinstein's The Demon, a Philadelphia premiere (June 23-25), and Tchaikovsky's last opera Iolanta (July 28-30). Performances are sung in Russian with English supertitles, with Founder & Music Director  Ghenad... (more...)
Summer Stages: Summertime and the Opera is Easy in the Northeast Summer Stages: Summertime and the Opera is Easy in the Northeast
by Richard Sasanow - June 01, 2015

The new opera season doesn't start till September at the earliest. What's an opera fan to do until the Met's curtain goes up on September 21? Well, with a little bit of effort, opera in New York and the surrounding states can offer quite a bit.... (more...)
On Site Opera Presents Giovanni Paisiello's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13 On Site Opera Presents Giovanni Paisiello's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

This summer, On Site Opera(OSO) will present a new production that exemplifies the company's mission to stage operas in non-traditional locations ideally suited to the stories they tell. OSO will offer an immersive site-specific staging of Giovanni Paisiello's The Barber of Seville at the opulent Fa... (more...)
Opera On Tap to Perform at The Brick's First Ever F*ckfest, 6/23-29 Opera On Tap to Perform at The Brick's First Ever F*ckfest, 6/23-29
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

 Opera on Tap presents an immersive evening of sex education, opera-style, as part of The Brick's first ever F*ckfest (a 'sextival' featuring new works with unique, playful, and subversive approaches to sexuality). Coursework includes scenes from The Inner Circle (www.theinnercircleopera.com), a sex... (more...)
Long Beach Opera Reveals 2016 Season Long Beach Opera Reveals 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2015

Long Beach Opera's 2016 season has been announced and includes a new production of the 1974 version of Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta Candide, winner of four Tony Awards; the world premiere of Tobin Stokes' Fallujah, with a libretto by Iraqi-American Heather Raffo, based on the story of a US Mar... (more...)
Atlanta Opera to Bring 'Discoveries' Series to Downtown Atlanta Atlanta Opera to Bring 'Discoveries' Series to Downtown Atlanta
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

The Atlanta Opera, in partnership with the Rialto Center for the Arts, brings Soldier Songs, a contemporary opera by American composer David T. Little, to Atlanta. The evening of theater will be a highly charged experience with arresting projections, eye-catching visuals and a thunderous score.  Not... (more...)
The Utopia Opera Presents ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, 6/5-13 The Utopia Opera Presents ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, 6/5-13
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

On June 5, 6, 12, & 13 at 7:30pm, Utopia Opera presents Richard Strauss' ground-breaking and thrilling Ariadne auf Naxos in a staged production performed with an 18-piece orchestra at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue). Utopia founder and artistic director,William Remme... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Premiere Marco Tutino's TWO WOMEN San Francisco Opera to Premiere Marco Tutino's TWO WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

This moving drama follows a strong-willed widow and her teenage daughter in World War II as they flee from Rome to provincial Ciociaria in a vain attempt to find safety. Starring as Cesira is Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, who has garnered outstanding reviews throughout Europe and for her ... (more...)
Odyssey Opera Extends BRITISH INVASION Festival, Through 6/20 Odyssey Opera Extends BRITISH INVASION Festival, Through 6/20
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

(Boston, MA) – Odyssey Opera, a Boston-­based opera company dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of adventurous repertoire, today announced THE BRITISH INVASION, a month-­??long opera festival of fully-­staged productions of works by English composers. From May 17-­June 20, Boston opera lovers w... (more...)
Guerilla Opera World Premiere Opera Presents PEDR SOLIS Guerilla Opera World Premiere Opera Presents PEDR SOLIS
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2015

Guerilla Opera presents Pedr Solis, a world premiere opera by Per Bloland, libretto by Paul Schick, and stage direction by Laine Rettmer. Pedr Solis is partially based on 'The Tower,' a play by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and the life of Norwegian author Pedr Solis. In 1970, Solis's novel 'Stillaset' spi... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces Edward Barnes as the company's new Executive Director, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Barnes will succeed Gotham's previous executive director, David Bennett, who will become general director of the San Diego Opera. In addition, David Rubeo has been promoted to Associate ... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Receives NEA Grant Gotham Chamber Opera Receives NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Through it's grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14 Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Phi... (more...)
BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin
by Richard Sasanow - May 07, 2015

A season ago, when soprano Olga Peretyatko made her Met debut as Elvira in Bellini's I PURITANI, I marveled at her gorgeous voice and stamina, but noted that her inexperience in the role showed. I hoped for more from her when she got it under her belt. What a difference a year makes! As the heroine ... (more...)
Utah Opera's 'Libretti & Libations' Features Cocktails Inspired by THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Utah Opera's 'Libretti & Libations' Features Cocktails Inspired by THE RAKE'S PROGRESS
by BWW News Desk - May 04, 2015

For the last time this season, art influences life with Utah Opera's “Libretti & Libations,” a partnership with Salt Lake City's top mixologists to create craft cocktails inspired by the current opera production. During May, six social sippers -- Bambara, BTG Wine Bar, Caffe Molise, Finca, Takashi a... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South
by Richard Sasanow - May 04, 2015

Stephanie Blythe--who's at the Met these days singing Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS--“abhors labels.” That's why, despite a cavernous voice that has become even deeper with age and could easily be termed mezzo or contralto, she tells me to call her “a girl singer.”... (more...)



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