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Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13 Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2017

On May 13, 20. & 21, 2017, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of As One, an inspiring story about identity, authenticity and compassion by composer Laura Kaminsky with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. ... (more...)
BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner
by Richard Sasanow - April 18, 2017

Richard Tucker Music Foundation named soprano Nadine Sierra as winner of 2017 Richard Tucker Award; simultanously, it announced its roster of study and career grant recipients.... (more...)
The Merola Opera Launches 60th Season with Benefit Gala Featuring Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick and More, 6/11 The Merola Opera Launches 60th Season with Benefit Gala Featuring Deborah Voigt, Dolora Zajick and More, 6/11
by BWW News Desk - April 12, 2017

The Merola Opera Program launches its 60th Anniversary season on Sunday, June 11 with a Benefit Gala at City Hall and a concert immediately following at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, featuring some of the acclaimed Merola program's most illustrious participants. The 60th Anniversary concert will ... (more...)
Lawrence Brownlee Joins Opera Philadelphia As Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee Joins Opera Philadelphia As Artistic Advisor
by BWW News Desk - April 02, 2017

Opera Philadelphia announced today that Lawrence Brownlee, whose lead performance in the 2015 world premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD kick started the company's “big commitment to new repertoire” (The Wall Street Journal), has joined the company as an Artistic Advisor.... (more...)
THREE WAY Opera Has NY Premiere at BAM Fisher, 6/15-18 THREE WAY Opera Has NY Premiere at BAM Fisher, 6/15-18
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2017

Three Way, a trio of comic one-act operas for eight singers and chamber orchestra by Robert Paterson, with libretto by David Cote, has its New York premiere at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) with a four-performance engagement June 15-18, 2017. Co-produced by Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects, ... (more...)
American Opera Projects Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE Beginning In Fall American Opera Projects Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE Beginning In Fall
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2017

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces the return of its popular Composers & the Voice program for its 2017-19 seasons. Created and led by Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood, eight composers and librettists will be selected for two-year fellowships to learn the fundamentals of wr... (more...)
Opera AMERICA Announces THE OPERA FUND: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS Recipients Opera AMERICA Announces THE OPERA FUND: AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS Recipients
by BWW News Desk - March 02, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce it has awarded grants to 10 opera companies through The Opera Fund: Audience Development grant program, which promotes deep learning experiences about new or infreq... (more...)
American Opera Projects Announces New LGBTQ Operas American Opera Projects Announces New LGBTQ Operas
by BWW News Desk - February 24, 2017

In light of recent news from Washington, American Opera Projects (AOP) announces that of its 31 new operas in development, four are on LGBTQ topics.  For AOP, this is not new. In 1998, AOP premiered the first opera ever to focus on a lesbian relationship, Patience & Sarah, by composer Paula M. Kimpe... (more...)
BWW OperaView: A Funny Thing - or Not - Happened on the Way to the Opera House BWW OperaView: A Funny Thing - or Not - Happened on the Way to the Opera House
by Richard Sasanow - January 19, 2017

What's new in opera? Everything you can imagine--and much that you couldn't conceive of--all in the space of a few days in New York.... (more...)
BWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIA BWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIA
by Richard Sasanow - November 11, 2016

Since writing his first opera, SILENT NIGHT--the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for Music--with librettist Mark Campbell, composer Kevin Puts he has done two other operas, also with Campbell. This time around, he has a different collaborator: famed American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, whose correspondence ... (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...)
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...)
BREAKING THE WAVES Premiere to Launch Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 Season BREAKING THE WAVES Premiere to Launch Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2016

Opera Philadelphia looks forward to launching the 2016-17 season with the world premiere of a new company co-commission, Breaking the Waves (Sep 22-Oct 1).... (more...)
BWW Interview: Director Kevin Newbury, Contemporary Opera and the World of FELLOW TRAVELERS BWW Interview: Director Kevin Newbury, Contemporary Opera and the World of FELLOW TRAVELERS
by Richard Sasanow - June 15, 2016

Although Kevin Newbury has directed operas by some of history's greatest composers--Donizetti and Bellini, Strauss and Mozart among them—he makes no bones about it: He prefers his composers to be living. (Librettists, too, of course)... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Names New Composer in Residence Opera Philadelphia Names New Composer in Residence
by BWW News Desk - June 14, 2016

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer Rene Orth, whose music “is whimsical, spikey, sometimes show-bizy, always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic” (Musical America), has been selected as its sixth Co... (more...)
Long Beach Opera Sets 2017 Season Long Beach Opera Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - June 13, 2016

Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek today announced Long Beach Opera's (LBO) 2017 season. “LBO's  38th season will offer four operas new to Southern California,” said Mitisek. “We'll bring stories that play against the tide of conventions and that are also quintessentially American.  And, ... (more...)
AOP Receives Over $100K for Creation of New Operas, Including GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and More AOP Receives Over $100K for Creation of New Operas, Including GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and More
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces it is the recipient of several recent grants to support the creation of new operas in partnership with various producing organizations.... (more...)
Minnesota Opera's THE SHINING Sells Out Minnesota Opera's THE SHINING Sells Out
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2016

Minnesota Opera is excited to announce that reserved seating of its new opera, The Shining, is entirely sold out. With less than three weeks to go before the curtain rises on Minnesota Opera's final show of the season, all 7,056 seats across The Shining's four performances are sold out and only stan... (more...)