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San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8 San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco.... (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...)
Canadian Opera Company Announces Full 2015-2016 Season Canadian Opera Company Announces Full 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 15, 2015

Toronto – The world premiere of a new Canadian work was one of the many operatic highlights revealed today at the public launch of the Canadian Opera Company's 2015/2016season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC's 65th season is once again comprised entirely of company produ... (more...)
Brian Jagde to Portray Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1/24-2/5 Brian Jagde to Portray Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1/24-2/5
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2015

Brian Jagde, one of the outstanding tenors of his generation with a burgeoning international career, will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut performing the role of the painter/revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's fiery melodrama Tosca Jan. 24-Feb. 5, Lyric's general director Anthony Freud... (more...)
Brian Jagde to Play 'Cavaradossi' in TOSCA, 1/24-2/5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago Brian Jagde to Play 'Cavaradossi' in TOSCA, 1/24-2/5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - January 12, 2015

Brian Jagde, one of the outstanding tenors of his generation with a burgeoning international career, will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut performing the role of the painter/revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's fiery melodrama ?Tosca Jan. 24-Feb. 5, Lyric's general director Anthony Freu... (more...)
Florida Grand Opera to Evaluate Future at Broward Center Florida Grand Opera to Evaluate Future at Broward Center
by BWW News Desk - January 07, 2015

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis announced today FGO must reach a fundraising goal of $400,000 from Broward patrons and donors by January 31, 2015, to ensure that the company will be able to bring its 2015-16 mainstage productions to Fort Lauderdale.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well
by Richard Sasanow - January 02, 2015

For New York opera-goers, what was the event of the year? Undoubtedly, John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, not only for the kerfuffle caused by the [unfounded] claims of anti-Semitism but for the opera's exciting debut at the Met. (The Met's contentious labor negotiations nearly edged it out, tho... (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on MADAMA BUTTERFLY at The Royal Opera STAGE TUBE: Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on MADAMA BUTTERFLY at The Royal Opera
by Stage Tube - December 28, 2014

Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier on their production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Find out more at http://www.roh.org.uk/butterfly Giacomo Puccini was entranced by David Belasco's...... (more...)
Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015 Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2014

Summer saw the passing of two of opera's most iconic figures: Licia Albanese, at the age of 105, and Carlo Bergonzi, at 90.... (more...)
Luca Salsi Replaces Fabio Capitanucci in Metropolitan Opera's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Luca Salsi Replaces Fabio Capitanucci in Metropolitan Opera's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2014

Luca Salsi will sing Enrico in all performances of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Met this season, replacing Fabio Capitanucci, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. Salsi, who will be making his Met role debut as Lucia's villainous brother, will sing Enrico on March 16, 19, 24, 28 matinee... (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...)
Florida Grand Opera to Present COSI FAN TUTTE in 2015 Florida Grand Opera to Present COSI FAN TUTTE in 2015
by BWW News Desk - December 05, 2014

Florida Grand Opera follows up its critically acclaimed production of Madama Butterfly with a modern retelling of a Mozart favorite, the comic opera Così fan tutte, opening on Saturday, January 24 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.... (more...)
Seattle Opera to Present Puccini's TOSCA, 1/10/15 Seattle Opera to Present Puccini's TOSCA, 1/10/15
by BWW News Desk - November 19, 2014

Seattle—This January, Seattle Opera heats up the winter with one of the most fiery melodramas of all time: Tosca. In this tale, an opera diva must save the man she loves from the clutches of the lecherous police chief whose lust for the leading lady is as strong as his hunger for power. The ultimate... (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...)
Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More! Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2014

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, from the Grand Staircase of the Met, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt h... (more...)
Bryan Hymel to Play 'Rodolfo' in Metropolitan Opera's LA BOHEME Tonight Bryan Hymel to Play 'Rodolfo' in Metropolitan Opera's LA BOHEME Tonight
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2014

In a last-minute substitution, American tenor Bryan Hymel will sing the role of Rodolfo in this evening's performance of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is ill. Hymel, who made a successful Met role debut as Rodolfo earlier this season, agreed yesterday evening to fly to New York from Chicago... (more...)
MADAMA BUTTERFLY Begins 11/15 at Ellie Caulkins Opera House MADAMA BUTTERFLY Begins 11/15 at Ellie Caulkins Opera House
by BWW News Desk - November 13, 2014

Opera Colorado's performances of Puccini's tragic love tale Madama Butterfly opens at the Ellie Caulkins Opera house on November 15, 2014 at 7:30PM. Directed by Keturah Stickann and conducted by Opera Colorado's Artistic Advisor Ari Pelto, this production will feature soprano Xiu-ying Li (pronounced... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad Boy BWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad Boy
by Richard Sasanow - November 13, 2014

“To be blunt, Sergei is not a nice guy,” says tenor Brandon Jovanovich, talking about his current role at the Metropolitan Opera in Dmitri Shostakovich's LADY MACBETH OF MTENSEK. “He's the kind of fellow who's jovial and friendly one minute…and then you hear he's robbed a store. He uses and abuses p... (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...)
Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert & Diamond Ball Raises $3.2 Million Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert & Diamond Ball Raises $3.2 Million
by BWW News Desk - November 05, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its glorious history and future Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginning at 6:30pm – sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season.... (more...)
Center Stage Opera Presents POP GOES THE OPERA!, 11/16 Center Stage Opera Presents POP GOES THE OPERA!, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - October 31, 2014

The list reads like a biblical geneology: 'And Romeo and Juliette begat West Side Story, and La Boheme begat Rent, and Madama Butterfly begat Miss Saigon, and Carmen begat (yes) Carmen Jones...'... (more...)
The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8 The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8
by BWW News Desk - October 30, 2014

The Dallas Opera's explosive second production of the 2014-2015 'Heights of Passion' Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens ton... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Welcomes Efrain Solis to Cast of LA CENERENTOLA San Francisco Opera Welcomes Efrain Solis to Cast of LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - October 29, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella), running November 9-26, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House.... (more...)
Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30 Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - October 29, 2014

Verdi's Egyptian tragedy Aida, one of the most-performed operas in company history, will return to the Met stage October 30 for a 16-performance revival with rotating casts of acclaimed artists and rising stars. The initial performances will star Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who made a no... (more...)



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