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Seattle Opera to Present NABUCCO This August Seattle Opera to Present NABUCCO This August
by BWW News Desk - July 07, 2015

Come experience the power of music on a whole new level at the Seattle Opera premiere of Giuseppe Verdi's Nabucco this August. Viewers will be visually transported to ancient Babylon through magnificent costumes, awe-inspiring projections, and a new staging configuration that brings the music and pe... (more...)
Washington National Opera Announces Roster of Young Artists for Domingo-Cafritz Program  Washington National Opera Announces Roster of Young Artists for Domingo-Cafritz Program 
by BWW News Desk - July 02, 2015

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced the roster of emerging artists and renowned teaching artists engaged for the 14th season of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Under the leadership of program director Michael Heaston, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program continues to increa... (more...)
EMV to Present DIDO AND AENEAS as Part of Summer Festival EMV to Present DIDO AND AENEAS as Part of Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - June 24, 2015

Early Music Vancouver (EMV) announces its first ever presentation of Henry Purcell's iconic Baroque masterpiece, and England's first and most beloved opera Dido and Aeneas on Thursday, July 30, 2015, 7:30pm at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC as part of the EMV 2015 Summer Festival. ... (more...)
The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More! The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More!
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival, Central New York's opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2016 season.... (more...)
Düsseldorf Opera House Announces Dates for 2015/16 Season Düsseldorf Opera House Announces Dates for 2015/16 Season
by BWW News Desk - June 18, 2015

Ten premieres, including six new productions and one world premiere for young audiences, await opera fans at the “Deutsche Oper am Rhein,” Düsseldorf's Opera House and one of the premier venues in Germany.... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Offer Free Live Simulcast of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in AT&T Park, 7/3 San Francisco Opera to Offer Free Live Simulcast of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO in AT&T Park, 7/3
by BWW News Desk - June 18, 2015

San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and presenting sponsor Taube Philanthropies for Opera at the Ballpark-a free live simulcast of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro-on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Baseball and opera fans alike will have a chance to experien... (more...)
Hei-Kyung Hong Set for Metropolitan Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY in 2016 Hei-Kyung Hong Set for Metropolitan Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY in 2016
by BWW News Desk - June 18, 2015

Hei-Kyung Hong will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first performances of the title character in Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Met next season. Hong will sing Cio-Cio-San on February 19, 22, 27, March 2, and March 5.... (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...)
BWW Reviews: Opera Lafayette Proves That It Takes a VILLAGE(OISE) to Charm New York BWW Reviews: Opera Lafayette Proves That It Takes a VILLAGE(OISE) to Charm New York
by Richard Sasanow - June 11, 2015

It didn't have a ten-ton set, a fake diva flying from a parapet, or a star-studded cast, but Opera Lafayette's L'EPREUVE VILLAGEOISE (THE VILLAGE TRIAL) had one thing noticeably absent from the opera stage in New York this season: charm aplenty, charm galore.... (more...)
'The Queen of Bel Canto' Opera Star Jessica Pratt Returns to Victorian Opera for One Performance, July 2 'The Queen of Bel Canto' Opera Star Jessica Pratt Returns to Victorian Opera for One Performance, July 2
by BWW News Desk - June 10, 2015

Dubbed the Queen of Bel Canto singing by European critics, celebrated Australian operatic export Jessica Pratt returns home for one performance only in Victorian Opera's I Puritani at Hamer Hall on Thursday 2 July. ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: RINALDO - The Opera That a True Nerd Can Handel BWW Reviews: RINALDO - The Opera That a True Nerd Can Handel
by Amanda Finn - June 08, 2015

A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away…a man named George Fredric Handel crafted an opera entitled Rinaldo. A few hundred years later, an opera company that prides itself in bringing a fresh perspective to the art form added their own charms to the libretto. Under the guise of the Star Wars... (more...)
Susan Graham to Star in San Francisco Opera's LES TROYENS, Set Australian Tour Susan Graham to Star in San Francisco Opera's LES TROYENS, Set Australian Tour
by BWW News Desk - June 05, 2015

Starting Sunday, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham - praised as 'singing beautifully' by Huffington Post for her recent star turn in the Metropolitan Opera's Merry Widow - returns to San Francisco Opera to reprise her signature role of Dido in Berlioz's epic Les Troyens (June 7-July 1)... (more...)
Six Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera Six Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera
by BWW News Desk - June 05, 2015

 The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the names of the six distinguished professionals selected to participate in the inaugural session of the Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera:... (more...)
The Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival Lineup The Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - June 01, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera's annual Summer HD Festival, which presents free outdoor screenings of operas on Lincoln Center Plaza each summer, will return with 10 screenings of performances featuring the company's leading artists in a varied selection of operas by Bartók, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach... (more...)
On Site Opera Presents Giovanni Paisiello's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13 On Site Opera Presents Giovanni Paisiello's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 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 Fa... (more...)
Opera On Tap to Perform at The Brick's First Ever F*ckfest, 6/23-29 Opera On Tap to Perform at The Brick's First Ever F*ckfest, 6/23-29
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

 Opera on Tap presents an immersive evening of sex education, opera-style, as part of The Brick's first ever F*ckfest (a 'sextival' featuring new works with unique, playful, and subversive approaches to sexuality). Coursework includes scenes from The Inner Circle (www.theinnercircleopera.com), a sex... (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...)
Opera Saratoga & Words After War to Host Writing Workshop Alongside THE LONG WALK Opera Saratoga & Words After War to Host Writing Workshop Alongside THE LONG WALK
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the literary organization Words After War, will present a writing workshop to civilians, veterans and military families on July 11 and July 12, 2015 at The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two-day event will be held in conjunction with t... (more...)
Opera Saratoga & Words After War to Present 7/11-12 Writing Workshop Alongside THE LONG WALK Opera Saratoga & Words After War to Present 7/11-12 Writing Workshop Alongside THE LONG WALK
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2015

Saratoga Springs, NY -- Opera Saratoga, in partnership with the literary organization Words After War, will present a writing workshop to civilians, veterans and military families on July 11 and July 12, 2015 at The New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs, NY. The two-day event will be he... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces Edward Barnes as the company's new Executive Director, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Barnes will succeed Gotham's previous executive director, David Bennett, who will become general director of the San Diego Opera. In addition, David Rubeo has been promoted to Associate ... (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...)
The LA Opera and Classical KUSC 91.5fm Announce the 2015 Schedule for LA OPERA ON AIR The LA Opera and Classical KUSC 91.5fm Announce the 2015 Schedule for LA OPERA ON AIR
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

LA Opera is collaborating with Classical KUSC 91.5fm to produce the ninth consecutive season of LA Opera On Air, a weekly broadcast series of LA Opera performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Beginning with Verdi's La Traviata, starring Nino Machaidze and Plácido Domingo at 10am ... (more...)
BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin
by Richard Sasanow - May 07, 2015

A season ago, when soprano Olga Peretyatko made her Met debut as Elvira in Bellini's I PURITANI, I marveled at her gorgeous voice and stamina, but noted that her inexperience in the role showed. I hoped for more from her when she got it under her belt. What a difference a year makes! As the heroine ... (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...)



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