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LAMet to Present Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA this Summer, 6/6 LAMet to Present Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA this Summer, 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera (LAMet), a local community company that offers grand opera in intimate settings and at prices almost anyone can afford, will present Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, AIDA, on four dates in June.  On Saturday June 6th at 7pm and Sunday, June 7th at 2:30pm, the opera will b... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - May 15, 2015

It was 'out with the old, in with the new' for another of the Franco Zeffirelli productions that were once the Metropolitan Opera's bread and butter, designed for audiences to cheer for the scenery even when the cast might not have been top drawer. This time, the victims of changing times (and admin... (more...)
Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera to Present Verdi's AIDA in June Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera to Present Verdi's AIDA in June
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera (LAMet), a local community company that offers grand opera in intimate settings and at prices almost anyone can afford, will present Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, AIDA, on four dates in June.  On Saturday June 6th at 7pm and Sunday, June 7th at 2:30pm, the opera will b... (more...)
Seattle Opera Names New Director of Education Seattle Opera Names New Director of Education
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

General Director Aidan Lang announced Thursday, May 14, that Barbara Lynne Jamison Seattle Opera's Youth Programs Manager, will now serve as the company's Director of Education & Community Engagement effective immediately. Jamison, a 2014 recipient of the prestigious OPERA America Leadership Intensi... (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...)
Renée Fleming to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW Directed by Susan Stroman on 'Great Performances at the Met', 6/19 Renée Fleming to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW Directed by Susan Stroman on 'Great Performances at the Met', 6/19
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehár's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. Star soprano Renée Flemingadds a beguiling new char... (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...)
Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16 Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2015

The Riverside Opera Company performs 'From Opera to Sinatra' a PoPera Concert that features winners from live auditions judged by former metropolitan opera singers. The program was compiled from songs the performers sang best. under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia on Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. a... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Announces LES TROYENS Casting Updates San Francisco Opera Announces LES TROYENS Casting Updates
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2015

American mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens will make her San Francisco Opera debut as the prophetess Cassandra in the Company's upcoming production of Hector Berlioz's grand-scale opera Les Troyens (The Trojans) on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 20. San Francisco Opera today announced that Martens ... (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...)
Sherrill Milnes to be Honored by University of South Florida & Cincinnati Opera in May Sherrill Milnes to be Honored by University of South Florida & Cincinnati Opera in May
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2015

The first week of May brings two new honors for Sherrill Milnes, the legendary baritone and the most recorded American opera singer of his generation.... (more...)
LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - April 29, 2015

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 - July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Saratoga Springs, New York.  ... (more...)
Bard SummerScape 2015 to Present THE WRECKERS Bard SummerScape 2015 to Present THE WRECKERS
by BWW News Desk - April 23, 2015

Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has established itself as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure” (New York Times), and this year's immersion in “Chávez and His World” is no exception.... (more...)
On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13 On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 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 F... (more...)
Calixto Bieito to Make Met Opera Debut With New 'Forza' Calixto Bieito to Make Met Opera Debut With New 'Forza'
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 2015

Calixto Bieito will make his Metropolitan Opera debut with a new production of Verdi's “La Forza del Destino” to be conducted by James Levine, in the 2016-17 season, it was announced.... (more...)
Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2015

Stravinsky's twentieth-century operatic masterpiece The Rake's Progress will return to the Met stage for a revival of three performances only, opening May 1 and continuing through May 9. Music Director James Levine leads the performances, with rising stars Paul Appleby and Layla Claire in the centra... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Sets 15th Anniversary Season Gotham Chamber Opera Sets 15th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces its 15th Anniversary Season, which will begin in the fall of 2015 with a 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert (date and venue tba). The season continues in February 2016 with Alessandro Stradella's 1675 San Giovanni Battista (Saint John the Baptist)in a co-production w... (more...)
James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2015

Met Music Director James Levine will lead a starry revival of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, opening April 23 and continuing for four additional performances through May 9.... (more...)
NY Gilbert & Sullivan to Present THE GONDOLIERS at Skirball Center, 5/15-17 NY Gilbert & Sullivan to Present THE GONDOLIERS at Skirball Center, 5/15-17
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2015

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, America's preeminent professional Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company, will present its spring production The Gondoliers May 15-17 at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place).... (more...)
SRO Presents Princesses and Heroes in Opera, Sunday 4/26 SRO Presents Princesses and Heroes in Opera, Sunday 4/26
by BWW News Desk - April 19, 2015

?The New Jersey State Repertory Opera (SRO) will present its spring benefit concert, “Princesses and Heroes In Opera,” on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, NJ from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE to Return This May at Outdoor Stages Houston Grand Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE to Return This May at Outdoor Stages
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2015

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. and at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m. The Magic Flute matches a comic yet wise fairy tale wi... (more...)
Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Guild has announced that soprano Ailyn Pérez has joined the organization's Artists' Council. Comprised of a distinguished group of Met artists from both past and present, all of whom share the Guild's mission to support the Metropolitan Opera and enhance the public's appreciat... (more...)
Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9 Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - April 16, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts and Divaria Productions are pleased to announce a shortened, LIVE version of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm. The evening will highlight Verdi's most famous opera with the most important numbers linked by compelling narrativ... (more...)
Pittsburgh Opera to Close Season with DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, 5/2 Pittsburgh Opera to Close Season with DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - April 15, 2015

What: Donizetti's comic opera DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT Where: Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, Downtown Pittsburgh When: Saturday, May 2, 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 8, 7:30... (more...)
Stephen Costello to Make Met Debut in THE MERRY WIDOW, 4/24-5/7 Stephen Costello to Make Met Debut in THE MERRY WIDOW, 4/24-5/7
by BWW News Desk - April 14, 2015

Tucker Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera on April 24, to make his house role debut in the first of four performances as Camille in The Merry Widow. In a new production from five-time Tony Award-winner Susan Stroman, also making her company debut, Lehár's b... (more...)



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