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BWW Review: Big Nose, Big Heart, Big Performance from Roberto Alagna as Met's CYRANO BWW Review: Big Nose, Big Heart, Big Performance from Roberto Alagna as Met's CYRANO
by Richard Sasanow - May 07, 2017

I first heard tenor Roberto Alagna in the days when he was being touted as “The 4th Tenor”—chutzpah that only a record company could come up with, placing him in the hallowed company of Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti. Fast forward more than 20 years and he's still here. As Cyrano, the soldier-poet ... (more...)
Sarasota Opera Announces 2017 HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Series Sarasota Opera Announces 2017 HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Series
by BWW News Desk - April 07, 2017

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2017 season of 'HD at the Opera House'.  This weekly Sunday afternoon series of filmed performances, which debuted in 2014, has allowed Sarasota Opera to expand its programming from the fall and winter season to year-around.... (more...)
Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2016

Listen to Jonas Kaufmann's heartfelt version of the Godfather theme 'Parla più piano' - now also available on Spotify & Amazon: https://SonyClassical.lnk.to/JK-ParlaPiuPiano... (more...)
Eyre's Puccini's Manon Lescaut Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Eyre's Puccini's Manon Lescaut Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
by TV News Desk - July 18, 2016

Puccini's lush classic Manon Lescaut airs on THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Saturday, August 13 at 11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera on Friday, August 26 at 9 p.m.)... (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...)
New Production of Puccini's Romance MANON LESCAUT to Open This Month at the Met New Production of Puccini's Romance MANON LESCAUT to Open This Month at the Met
by BWW News Desk - February 02, 2016

The Met's new production of Puccini's MANON LESCAUT opens February 12 with Kristine Opolais as the seductive, tragic heroine and Roberto Alagna in a role debut as her ardent lover, the Chevalier des Grieux.... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for MANON LESCAUT & PAGLIACCI Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for MANON LESCAUT & PAGLIACCI
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2016

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut due to illness.... (more...)
Opera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDS Opera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2015

New York, NY (December 10, 2015) – OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 11th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. This year's honorees — Joseph Calleja, El?na Garan?a, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam — will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on... (more...)
STAGE TUBE: First Listen! Jonas Kaufman Sings 'Nessun Dorma' from the 'Real' Puccini Album STAGE TUBE: First Listen! Jonas Kaufman Sings 'Nessun Dorma' from the 'Real' Puccini Album
by Stage Tube - September 04, 2015

BroadwayWorld previously reported that Tenor Jonas Kaufmann warned fans not to buy the Puccini Album from Decca, uriging fans to wait until the 'real' Puccini album is released with Sony on September 11.  ... (more...)
Summer Stages: Summertime and the Opera is Easy in the Northeast Summer Stages: Summertime and the Opera is Easy in the Northeast
by Richard Sasanow - June 01, 2015

The new opera season doesn't start till September at the earliest. What's an opera fan to do until the Met's curtain goes up on September 21? Well, with a little bit of effort, opera in New York and the surrounding states during the summer months can offer quite a bit.... (more...)
International Opera Awards Winners Announced! International Opera Awards Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - April 28, 2015

On Sunday 26 April 2015 at The Savoy Theatre, the winners of the International Opera Awards were announced in a ceremony hosted by Richard E. Grant. The evening celebrated excellence in opera while also raising funds for the Opera Awards Foundation, which aims to support those starting their careers... (more...)
Yonghoon Lee to Continue in CARMEN at the Met This Saturday; Jonas Kaufmann Still Ill Yonghoon Lee to Continue in CARMEN at the Met This Saturday; Jonas Kaufmann Still Ill
by BWW News Desk - March 05, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet's Carmen this Saturday, March 7 matinee, as he is still ill with the flu and unable to travel to New York. Yonghoon Lee, who substituted for Kaufmann at last evening's performance, has agreed to sing Don José on Saturday.... (more...)
Jonas Kaufmann Cancels His First Performance of CARMEN at the Met Due to Illness Jonas Kaufmann Cancels His First Performance of CARMEN at the Met Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2015

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is scheduled to sing only two performances this season at the Metropolitan Opera, with one being Bizet's Carmen. Both shows he's scheduled to perform in sold out fast, so fast that online ticket brokers were selling for $999.75!... (more...)
Yonghoon Lee Set for Met Opera's CARMEN, 3/4 Yonghoon Lee Set for Met Opera's CARMEN, 3/4
by BWW News Desk - March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet's Carmen for this Wednesday, March 4, because he is suffering from the flu and was unable to travel to New York as scheduled on Sunday. He hopes to recover in time to fly here later this week and perform as schedule on Saturday, March ... (more...)
VIDEO: Richard Eyre's CARMEN  at The Metropolitan Opera VIDEO: Richard Eyre's CARMEN at The Metropolitan Opera
by BWW News Desk - February 28, 2015

From: Metropolitan Opera, Richard Eyre's production returns with its original star, Elina Garanca, who plays the title role of the ill-fated temptress. Roberto Alagna and Jonas Kaufmann take turns playing Carmen's desperate lover, Don José. Louis Langrée conducts. For more, click here.... (more...)
International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26 International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26
by BWW News Desk - January 14, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January 2015, at HUSH in Mayfair, the finalists of the International Opera Awards 2015 were announced. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.... (more...)
2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees 2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2014

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year's honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the... (more...)
Ailyn Perez to Make Met Debut in CARMEN Next Year Ailyn Perez to Make Met Debut in CARMEN Next Year
by BWW News Desk - November 25, 2014

On February 6, Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her house debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in a star-studded production of Bizet's Carmen. This marks a major milestone for the American soprano, and comes at a key moment in her burgeoning career. Having achieved... (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...)
Ailyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello Ailyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her hotly anticipated Houston Grand Opera debut this Friday (Oct 24), in what also marks her role debut as Desdemona in Otello. Under the baton of Patrick Summers, Houston's artistic and music director, she stars opposite Simon O'Neil... (more...)
BWW Reviews: RENE PAPE Recital at the Met a Matter of Life and Death BWW Reviews: RENE PAPE Recital at the Met a Matter of Life and Death
by Richard Sasanow - October 06, 2014

The wonderful German singer Rene Pape made history when he made his recital debut at the Met last week—the first bass to perform a solo program at the house. He showed off his dexterity with languages, singing in German, Russian and English, and his ability to move from art songs to musical comedy, ... (more...)
Bizet's CARMEN Opens Tomorrow at the Met Bizet's CARMEN Opens Tomorrow at the Met
by BWW News Desk - September 29, 2014

Bizet's Carmen will open at the Met September 30 with Anita Rachvelishvili, the Georgian mezzo-soprano who has performed the role to acclaim around the world, reprising her interpretation of the title role. Spanish maestro Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the first eight performances of the run, which wi... (more...)
Anna Netrebko Expands Horizons in 2014-15 with MACBETH at the Met, Role Debuts in Munich & Zurich Anna Netrebko Expands Horizons in 2014-15 with MACBETH at the Met, Role Debuts in Munich & Zurich
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2014

Already the undisputed 'reigning new diva of the 21st century' (Associated Press), Anna Netrebko scored a fresh triumph this past month, winning ECHO Klassik's 'Female Singer of the Year' award for a record-breaking third time. Never content to rest on her laurels, however, the ever-evolving Russian... (more...)
Soprano Ailyn Perez Crowns 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera Soprano Ailyn Perez Crowns 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - September 05, 2014

Described by Opera News as the “lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all,” Ailyn Pérez takes the stage at leading opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014-15 for an exciting new season that features house debuts at both the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, the latter also se... (more...)
Soprano Ailyn Perez to Crown 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera Soprano Ailyn Perez to Crown 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - August 14, 2014

Described by Opera News as the “lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all,” Ailyn Pérez takes the stage at leading opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014-15 for an exciting new season that features house debuts at both the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, the latter also se... (more...)