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Opera Singer Brian Asawa Dies at Age 49 Opera Singer Brian Asawa Dies at Age 49
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2016

Opera singer, Brian Asawa has died following a long illness on April 18, 2016, at the age of 49.  He was a Japanese-American countertenor. 'In his prime', according to Opera News, 'Asawa was an electric performer, his fearless performing style supported by a voice of arresting beauty and expressivit... (more...)
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble Announces August 2016 Season: 'Violetta & Her Sisters' dell'Arte Opera Ensemble Announces August 2016 Season: 'Violetta & Her Sisters'
by BWW News Desk - April 13, 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, featuring excerpts from Puccini's La Rondine and Leoncavallo's La bohème, and a recital featuring th... (more...)
Lucy Arner to Conduct Verismo Opera's Premiere of LA GIOCONDA This Sunday Lucy Arner to Conduct Verismo Opera's Premiere of LA GIOCONDA This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - April 12, 2016

Fort Lee, New Jersey - The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera announces Cuban born Lucy Arner will debut as Principal Conductor in the company's performance of Amilcare Ponchielli's magnificent work, LA GIOCONDA.... (more...)
Opera at Florham to Host 28th Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition Opera at Florham to Host 28th Violetta DuPont Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2016

Madison, NJ -- After putting on a fabulous Musicale on March 20th titled 'An Afternoon of Arias about Spring and Songs of Love', Opera at Florham (OAF) prepares for its annual renowned Vocal Competition.... (more...)
Riverside Opera to Celebrate 20th Anniversary, 4/30 Riverside Opera to Celebrate 20th Anniversary, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2016

The Riverside Opera Company Turns 20 and celebrates with a performance that features music from iconic operas as well as some tunes from favorite artists and a special Orchestra arrangement. ROC Turns 20 is under the direction of its founder Maestro Alan Aurelia on Saturday,  April  30, 8 p.m.  at T... (more...)
Boston Lyric Opera to Close Out Season with THE MERRY WIDOW, 4/29 Boston Lyric Opera to Close Out Season with THE MERRY WIDOW, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - April 10, 2016

Boston, MA - April 7, 2016 - Boston Lyric Opera closes its 2015/16 Season with composer Franz Lehar's classic comic operetta The Merry Widow, whose light-hearted fun within the fictional Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris plays out among international diplomats as the dark clouds of World War I gather on... (more...)
Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - April 06, 2016

Legendary director Patrice Chéreau's final work, an acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss's tragedy Elektra, comes to the Met April 14 with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a cast headed by Nina Stemme in her first Met performances of the bloodthirsty princess.... (more...)
John Corigliano's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES from LA Opera Now Available in Audio CD John Corigliano's THE GHOSTS OF VERSAILLES from LA Opera Now Available in Audio CD
by BWW News Desk - April 06, 2016

A live recording of John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, as performed by LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 2015, has been released as part of PENTATONE's newly launched American Opera Series. The audio was captured by Boston-based production company SoundMirror. The new recording i... (more...)
Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the T... (more...)
Kathleen Battle to Return to Metropolitan Opera in November Kathleen Battle to Return to Metropolitan Opera in November
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2016

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle, who starred in more than 220 Met performances over the course of her career, will make her first appearance at the Met in more than 20 years with the recital Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. Battle will si... (more...)
Exclusive Photo Coverage: Placido Domingo visits ¡FIGARO! (90210)
by Walter McBride - March 31, 2016

Plácido Domingo took time out from his busy rehearsal schedule at the Metropolitan Opera to catch the hit new comic opera ¡Figario! (90210) at the Duke on 42nd Street.  ... (more...)
Opera Santa Barbara to Present Puccini's SUOR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHI Opera Santa Barbara to Present Puccini's SUOR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHI
by BWW News Desk - March 28, 2016

Opera Santa Barbara's 22nd season will conclude in grand style with a pair of Giacomo Puccini's great one-act operas, the heart-warming Suor Angelica and the comic farce Gianni Schicchi, at the historic Granada Theatre on April 22 and 24. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 22, ... (more...)
Verismo Opera's LA GIOCONDA Coming to bergenPAC with International Cast Verismo Opera's LA GIOCONDA Coming to bergenPAC with International Cast
by BWW News Desk - March 23, 2016

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera debuts Amilcare Ponchielli's magnificent work, LA GIOCONDA, replete with complex plots and intrigue, on Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. ... (more...)
New Amsterdam Opera Announces Artistic Advisory Board New Amsterdam Opera Announces Artistic Advisory Board
by BWW News Desk - March 23, 2016

New Amsterdam Opera is thrilled to announce its Artistic Advisory Board. These masters in their respective fields have graciously agreed to share their artistic counsel, wisdom, and expertise with New Amsterdam Opera in pursuing its mission of Opera with a Purpose - To Enchant, Enlighten, & Engage!... (more...)
BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens
by Richard Sasanow - March 22, 2016

Tenor Matthew Polenzani--he of the refined singing, elegant deportment and serious nature--is having a great season at the Met, with major roles in a pair of new productions. First, he was Nadir, whose love for the priestess Leila (Diana Damrau) tempts her to give up her vows in Bizet's LES PECHEURS... (more...)
Placido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRA Placido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRA
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2016

Beginning April 1, Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, with Plácido Domingo starring in the title role.... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Announces 2016–17 HGO Studio Artists Houston Grand Opera Announces 2016–17 HGO Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - March 09, 2016

Houston, March 7, 2016—After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen three new singers and one new pianist/coach for the 2016–17 HGO Studio. The artists are Yelena Dyachek, soprano, the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award recipient at Concert of Arias 2016; Zoie Reams, mezzo... (more...)
Aleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE Aleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by BWW News Desk - March 08, 2016

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore returns to the Met stage on March 10 starring Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the two young lovers, Adina and Nemorino. Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola makes his company debut leading performances of Bartlett Sher's 2012 staging. ... (more...)
2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals to Feature Baritone Efrain Solis & Pianist Robert Mollicone 2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals to Feature Baritone Efrain Solis & Pianist Robert Mollicone
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2016

The 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 20 at the new Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater with baritone Efraín Solís and pianist Robert Mollicone.... (more...)
North Carolina Opera Extends Contracts, Appointments New Staff North Carolina Opera Extends Contracts, Appointments New Staff
by BWW News Desk - March 02, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Opera is pleased to announce the extension of Artistic & Music Director Timothy Myers' contract through the 2017-2018 season. Artistic Director of NCO since its founding in 2010, Myers has been integral to the establishment of a high artistic standard and performances ... (more...)
NC Opera Announces Senior Staff Updates NC Opera Announces Senior Staff Updates
by BWW News Desk - March 02, 2016

North Carolina Opera is pleased to announce the extension of Artistic & Music Director Timothy Myers' contract through the 2017-2018 season. Artistic Director of NCO since its founding in 2010, Myers has been integral to the establishment of a high artistic standard and performances that are lauded ... (more...)
BWW Interview: Patrice P. Eaton of WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU at SUNY New Paltz BWW Interview: Patrice P. Eaton of WE'VE GOT OUR EYE ON YOU at SUNY New Paltz
by Kathryn Kitt - March 02, 2016

SUNY New Paltz Department of Music Presents The World Premiere Workshop of We've Got Our Eye on You - A Comic Opera in Four Scenes Music and story by Nkeiru Okoye, Libretto by David Cote, Directed by Susan Einhorn Performances March 1 & 5 at 8pm At the Julien J. Studley Theatre SUNY New Paltz C... (more...)
International Opera Awards Announces Shortlist; Winners to Be Announced May 15 International Opera Awards Announces Shortlist; Winners to Be Announced May 15
by BWW News Desk - March 01, 2016

The International Opera Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Awards. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.... (more...)
Verismo Opera's 27th Season Focuses on Family Verismo Opera's 27th Season Focuses on Family
by BWW News Desk - February 25, 2016

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 27th season is replete with the grandeur of traditional opera.  On March 10, the company's Bring the Family to the Opera initiative resumes its special ticket rates to see and enjoy the new productions of Amilcare Ponchelli's rarely seen La Gioconda on A... (more...)
Three New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival Three New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - February 24, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28th through July 17, 2016.... (more...)



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