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Chicago Opera Theater Receives Largest Contribution in its 42-Year History Chicago Opera Theater Receives Largest Contribution in its 42-Year History
by BWW News Desk - July 23, 2015

Andreas Mitisek, General Director of Chicago Opera Theater (COT), today announced that the company has received a generous $1,500,000 gift from Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson. Their gift is the single largest contribution in the company's 42-year history. Neeson, who served as a COT board member for n... (more...)
LUCIO SILLA and More Set for Chicago Opera Theater's 42nd Season LUCIO SILLA and More Set for Chicago Opera Theater's 42nd Season
by BWW News Desk - June 17, 2015

Chicago Opera Theater's General Director Andreas Mitisek today announced plans for the company's 42nd season. Chicago Opera Theater(COT) is shifting from a calendar year season to the more common fall-through-spring theater season. Kicking off the new 2015/16 season will be the Chicagopremiere of Mo... (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...)
Long Beach Opera to Present HYDROGEN JUKEBOX, Begin. 5/30 Long Beach Opera to Present HYDROGEN JUKEBOX, Begin. 5/30
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Long Beach Opera (LBO) puts its own spin on America's counter-cultural revolution with a multifaceted staging of the prophetic Philip Glass / Allen Ginsberg opera, HYDROGEN JUKEBOX.  LBO's site-specific interpretation will take place on May 30, June 6 and June 7, 2015, at the CRAFTED Warehouse in Sa... (more...)
MARILYN FOREVER to Make U.S. Premiere with Long Beach Opera, 3/21 & 29 MARILYN FOREVER to Make U.S. Premiere with Long Beach Opera, 3/21 & 29
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2015

Long Beach Opera (LBO) takes on the private world of the most public life ever lived. The U.S premiere of Gavin Bryars' Marilyn Forever will be performed March 21 and 29, 2015 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.... (more...)
COT to Offer Events Alongside THERESE RAQUIN COT to Offer Events Alongside THERESE RAQUIN
by BWW News Desk - January 16, 2015

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents two special Viewpoint events in conjunction with the Chicago Premiere of Tobias Picker's “Thérèse Raquin” February 20-28, 2015 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph Street). Chicago Opera Theater's production of “Thérèse Raquin” will be condu... (more...)
OPERA America Announces the Recipients of Its 2015 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award OPERA America Announces the Recipients of Its 2015 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award
by BWW News Desk - January 15, 2015

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. Now in its eighth year, this award honors outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building ef... (more...)
Long Beach Opera to Present THERESE RAQUIN, 1/24-2/1 Long Beach Opera to Present THERESE RAQUIN, 1/24-2/1
by BWW News Desk - January 09, 2015

Long Beach Opera's 2015 Season of “Desire. Passion. Corruption” opens with the Los Angeles Premiere of composer Tobias Picker's sensual adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, Thérèse Raquin. LBO's new production takes place January 24 and February 1, 2015 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.... (more...)
Chicago Opera Theater to Present Tobias Picker's THERESE RAQUIN Chicago Opera Theater to Present Tobias Picker's THERESE RAQUIN
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2014

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) presents the Chicago Premiere of Tobias Picker's “Thérèse Raquin” February 20-28, 2015 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (205 E. Randolph Street). Chicago Opera Theater's production of “Thérèse Raquin” will be conducted by COT's General Director Andreas Mitisek an... (more...)
Oliver Ionita Named New Director of Development of Chicago Opera Theater Oliver Ionita Named New Director of Development of Chicago Opera Theater
by BWW News Desk - September 23, 2014

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) announces the appointment of Oliver Ionita (41) as the company's new Director of Development following a national search conducted by Arts Consulting Group. Ionita officially assumed his new role on September 4, 2014 just a few days following the close of the company's th... (more...)
Long Beach Opera to Present the Southern California Debut of THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, 3/16-22 Long Beach Opera to Present the Southern California Debut of THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, 3/16-22
by BWW News Desk - February 19, 2014

Perhaps the most controversial opera of the 20th century makes its Southern California debut when Long Beach Opera (LBO) stages John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer on March 16 and March 22 at the Terrace Theater in downtown Long Beach. This powerful and unsettling work chronicles the 1985 hijacking... (more...)
FWOpera's Pioneering New Works Showcase Frontiers Now Accepting Submissions FWOpera's Pioneering New Works Showcase Frontiers Now Accepting Submissions
by BWW News Desk - February 05, 2014

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today a call for submissions for its third annual Frontiers new works showcase that will take place during the 2015 Fort Worth Opera Festival. Praised by critics as 'one of the most significant musical events of the year,' (D Magazine, 2013), the Frontiers progra... (more...)
Long Beach Opera to Present Duke Ellington's QUEENIE PIE at Warner Grand Theatre Long Beach Opera to Present Duke Ellington's QUEENIE PIE at Warner Grand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - December 30, 2013

Opera heads to Harlem for a Big Band makeover in Long Beach Opera's (LBO) production of Duke Ellington's only opera, Queenie Pie, running January 26 through February 2 at the historic Warner Grand Theatre in downtown San Pedro. Left unfinished at the composer's death in 1974 and originally composed ... (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Diving Into Chicago Opera's Under Water Opera, ORPHEUS & EURIDICE STAGE TUBE: Diving Into Chicago Opera's Under Water Opera, ORPHEUS & EURIDICE
by Stage Tube - December 10, 2013

Chicago Opera Theater dives into the pool again for a remount of its highly successful production of Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus & Euridice in partnership with the Chicago Park District in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events as part of the Classics in the ... (more...)
Chicago Opera Theater Offers VIEWPOINTS Events for JOAN OF ARC Premiere Chicago Opera Theater Offers VIEWPOINTS Events for JOAN OF ARC Premiere
by BWW News Desk - August 26, 2013

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) offers more opportunities to look inside its operas through its new initiative, “Viewpoints.” These collaborations with Chicago cultural institutions draw audiences even further into the passionate world of COT's 2013 Season, “Power of Love – Love of Power,” and offer ne... (more...)
Long Beach Opera Announces Revised Dates for PETER LIEBERSON'S KING GESAR and DUKE ELLINGTON'S QUEENIE PIE Long Beach Opera Announces Revised Dates for PETER LIEBERSON'S KING GESAR and DUKE ELLINGTON'S QUEENIE PIE
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2013

Long Beach Opera's Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek announces the company's 2014 plans to produce five rarely performed 20th and 21st century, “Out Of Bounds,” operas. The new season includes the Southern California premieres of Duke Ellington's “street opera” Queenie Pie and John Adams... (more...)
Chicago Opera Theater Announces Revised Dates for Duke Ellington's QUEENIE PIE, 2/15-3/5 Chicago Opera Theater Announces Revised Dates for Duke Ellington's QUEENIE PIE, 2/15-3/5
by BWW News Desk - July 11, 2013

The 2014 season opens with the Chicago Premiere of Duke Ellington's Queenie Pie. Original dates announced were February 15-23, 2014. REVISED dates are February 15- March 5, 2014. Specific dates are February 15, 21, 23 and March 5, 2014.... (more...)
OPERA America Adds Four Members to Its Board of Directors; Re-Elects Seven Current Members OPERA America Adds Four Members to Its Board of Directors; Re-Elects Seven Current Members
by BWW News Desk - June 26, 2013

OPERA America, the national nonprofit service organization for opera, has announced that four new members have been elected to its Board of Directors. Elections were held during OPERA America's recent Annual Business Meeting at Opera Conference 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia.... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Long Beach Opera's MACBETH Photo Flash: First Look at Long Beach Opera's MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - June 17, 2013

An overwhelming lust for power, a manipulative wife, and witches' prophecies spur a Scottish general onto a tragic path of betrayal, murder and madness. Long Beach Opera (LBO) closes its 2013 season with Macbeth, Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch's re-discovered powerhouse, sung in English. Perfo... (more...)
Duke Ellington, Ernest Bloch and Two German Operas Set for Chicago Opera Theater's 2014 Season Duke Ellington, Ernest Bloch and Two German Operas Set for Chicago Opera Theater's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2013

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) General Director Andreas Mitisek announces programming for COT's 2014 season, including two operas and a double-bill of one-acts. Mitisek comments, 'It's a season that is 100% 20th century and 150% COT. New, rare and with contemporary relevance for a curious audience that... (more...)
TELL-TALE HEART and VAN GOGH Set for Long Beach Opera Double Bill, Now thru 5/19 TELL-TALE HEART and VAN GOGH Set for Long Beach Opera Double Bill, Now thru 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2013

Long Beach Opera's new double bill explores creative minds on the border between genius and madness. Former rocker Stewart Copeland delves into the twisted psyche of Edgar Allan Poe's manic murderer in the US premiere of Tell-Tale Heart and Bang on a Can composer, Michael Gordon, observes the anguis... (more...)
TELL-TALE HEART and VAN GOGH Set for Long Beach Opera Double Bill, 5/11-19 TELL-TALE HEART and VAN GOGH Set for Long Beach Opera Double Bill, 5/11-19
by BWW News Desk - April 19, 2013

Long Beach Opera's new double bill explores creative minds on the border between genius and madness. Former rocker Stewart Copeland delves into the twisted psyche of Edgar Allan Poe's manic murderer in the US premiere of Tell-Tale Heart and Bang on a Can composer, Michael Gordon, observes the anguis... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Viva Las Vegas! Designer Christine Jones Sets the Stage for the Met's Rat Pack RIGOLETTO BWW Interviews: Viva Las Vegas! Designer Christine Jones Sets the Stage for the Met's Rat Pack RIGOLETTO
by Richard Sasanow - February 13, 2013

If God is in the details, Christine Jones must certainly be praying at the right church. As the scenic designer for the Metropolitan Opera's new RIGOLETTO, Jones has taken the concept that director Michael Mayer sold to the Met--the '60s Las Vegas of Sinatra's Rat Pack vs. the 16th century Mantua... (more...)
Chicago Opera Theater Announces THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER Events Chicago Opera Theater Announces THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER Events
by BWW News Desk - January 31, 2013

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) offers more opportunities to look inside its operas through its new initiative, Viewpoints. These collaborations with Chicago cultural institutions will draw audiences even further into the passionate world of COT's 2013 Season, "Power of Love, Love of Power."... (more...)
BWW Interviews: HOUSE OF USHER Falls, Andreas Mitisek Rises BWW Interviews: HOUSE OF USHER Falls, Andreas Mitisek Rises
by Richard Sasanow - January 23, 2013

Once upon a midnight dreary (sorry, "Raven"), Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" was perhaps the favorite of his short stories adapted as horror films for mid-20th century audiences. These days, "Usher" may be more familiar as the subject and title of the Philip Glass-Arthur Yorinks ... (more...)




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