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Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for NORMA, LA BOHEME Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for NORMA, LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - May 03, 2016

Due to Anna Netrebko's recent decision not to add the title role in Bellini's Norma to her repertory, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden-where she was scheduled to debut the role-as well as the Vienna State Opera and Dallas Opera have announced several related cast changes.... (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...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Aleksandrs Antonenko, Željko Lucic & More in Met Opera's OTELLO Photo Flash: First Look at Aleksandrs Antonenko, Željko Lucic & More in Met Opera's OTELLO
by BWW News Desk - October 08, 2015

The Live in HD season continues on Saturday, October 17 with Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher's acclaimed new production of Verdi's late masterpiece based on Shakespeare's tragic drama of jealousy and deceit, Otello. Dynamic conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Aleksandrs Antonenko in his f... (more...)
BWW Review: Yoncheva as Desdemona Shines in New Verdi OTELLO at the Met BWW Review: Yoncheva as Desdemona Shines in New Verdi OTELLO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - October 07, 2015

When Verdi and Boito were writing their operatic version of Shakespeare's OTHELLO, they were competing with the already-successful (though less faithful) version written by Rossini and thought about calling their opera IAGO. After seeing Bartlett Sher's new production of the Verdi OTELLO, I wondered... (more...)
The Metropolitan Opera's 2015-16 Season to Open with OTHELLO The Metropolitan Opera's 2015-16 Season to Open with OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - September 11, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera will open its 131st season on Monday, September 21 with a new production of Verdi's Otello. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met opening night, a staging by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher of the late Verdi masterpiece based on Shakespeare's tragic drama of jealousy and... (more...)
Met Opera Will Drop Use of 'Blackface' in Production of OTELLO Met Opera Will Drop Use of 'Blackface' in Production of OTELLO
by BWW News Desk - August 05, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera's production of Otello will no longer be performed with its leading character in blackface.  The Met released the following statement:... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Season Opens With OTELLO, Directed by Tony Winner Bartlett Sher Metropolitan Opera Season Opens With OTELLO, Directed by Tony Winner Bartlett Sher
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2015

The Met season opens with Verdi's masterful Otello, inspired by Shakespeare's play and matching it in tragic intensity. Director Bartlett Sher probes the Moor's dramatic downfall with an outstanding cast: tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko plays the doomed Otello; new soprano star Sonya Yoncheva sings Desde... (more...)
Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30 Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - March 25, 2015

Verdi's sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo will return to the Met stage March 30for an eight-performance revival conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic maestro who led the 2010 Met premiere ofNicholas Hytner's critically acclaimed production. Yonghoon Lee will reprise his portrayal of the... (more...)
Baritone Quinn Kelsey Receives Tenth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award Baritone Quinn Kelsey Receives Tenth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - February 27, 2015

Baritone Quinn Kelsey has been named the recipient of the tenth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is designated for extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have alr... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATA BWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATA
by Richard Sasanow - January 19, 2015

For the second time in two seasons, casting has made me reconsider a Met production that I'd written off as past its expiration date. The first was Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA. This time around it's the wonderful Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who breathed new lif... (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...)
BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well
by Richard Sasanow - January 02, 2015

For New York opera-goers, what was the event of the year? Undoubtedly, John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, not only for the kerfuffle caused by the [unfounded] claims of anti-Semitism but for the opera's exciting debut at the Met. (The Met's contentious labor negotiations nearly edged it out, tho... (more...)
Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2014

The role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata will be sung by American baritone Quinn Kelsey on January 14 and by Russian baritone Alexei Markov on January 17, 21, and 24, replacing Ludovic Tézier, who is continuing to recover from an illness.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEME BWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEME
by Richard Sasanow - December 05, 2014

Puccini's LA BOHEME has that magical ability to change its shape depending on the cast. When Pavarotti sang, it became his opera, with a Mimi hard pressed to take the spotlight, even in her death scene. When Stratas, Carreras and Scotto (as Musetta) led the cast, it became a glittery ensemble of sho... (more...)
LA TRAVIATA Returns to the Met, 12/11 LA TRAVIATA Returns to the Met, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - December 02, 2014

La Traviata will return to the Met stage December 11 with two rotating casts of stars, all of whom are singing their first company performances of the principal roles. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who made a notable debut as Donna Anna in the 2011 new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, brings he... (more...)
Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano to Play 'Rodolfo' for Remaining 2014 Performances of the Met's LA BOHEME Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano to Play 'Rodolfo' for Remaining 2014 Performances of the Met's LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - November 26, 2014

Francesco Demuro and Michael Fabiano will sing the role of Rodolfo in the remaining 2014 performances of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who has withdrawn from the remainder of the performances due to illness.... (more...)
Francesco Demuro Makes Met Debut Tonight as 'Rodolfo' in LA BOHEME Francesco Demuro Makes Met Debut Tonight as 'Rodolfo' in LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - November 24, 2014

Italian tenor Francesco Demuro will make his Met debut in the role of Rodolfo in this evening's performance of La Bohème, replacing Charles Castronovo who is ill. Demuro was scheduled to make his Met debut as Alfredo in La Traviata next month.... (more...)
Bryan Hymel and Charles Castronovo to Play 'Rodolfo' in Upcoming Performances of Metropolitan Opera's LA BOHEME Bryan Hymel and Charles Castronovo to Play 'Rodolfo' in Upcoming Performances of Metropolitan Opera's LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - November 19, 2014

Bryan Hymel and Charles Castronovo will sing the role of Rodolfo in the next three Met performances of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is recovering from an illness.... (more...)
Bryan Hymel to Play 'Rodolfo' in Metropolitan Opera's LA BOHEME Tonight Bryan Hymel to Play 'Rodolfo' in Metropolitan Opera's LA BOHEME Tonight
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2014

In a last-minute substitution, American tenor Bryan Hymel will sing the role of Rodolfo in this evening's performance of La Bohème, replacing Ramón Vargas, who is ill. Hymel, who made a successful Met role debut as Rodolfo earlier this season, agreed yesterday evening to fly to New York from Chicago... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for LA TRAVIATA & LA BOHEME Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for LA TRAVIATA & LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - October 30, 2014

Sonya Yoncheva will make her North American role debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata at the Met this January. Yoncheva was originally scheduled to sing Musetta in La Bohème at the Met this season. Instead, she will sing Violetta, one of her most acclaimed roles, as a replacement for Marina Popl... (more...)
Review Roundup: San Francisco Opera's LA TRAVIATA Review Roundup: San Francisco Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by Review Roundups - June 13, 2014

The San Francisco Opera opened Verdi's LA TRAVIATA at the War Memorial Opera House on Wednesday night. Let's see what the critics had to say:... (more...)
Judges and Contestants Announced for Plácido Domingo's OPERALIA This Summer Judges and Contestants Announced for Plácido Domingo's OPERALIA This Summer
by BWW News Desk - June 12, 2014

Representing 17 nations, 40 young singers have been selected to compete in the 22nd edition of Plácido Domingo's Operalia, the World Opera Competition, hosted by LA Opera this summer. The contest will be held from August 25 through 30, 2014. Tickets to the competition's final round—a Gala Finals Con... (more...)
Plácido Domingo's OPERALIA Returns to Los Angeles, Tickets On Sale Now, 8/25-30 Plácido Domingo's OPERALIA Returns to Los Angeles, Tickets On Sale Now, 8/25-30
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 2014

This summer, 40 of the most exciting young singers from every corner of the globe will converge upon Los Angeles to compete in Operalia, the prestigious voice competition created byPlácido Domingo to discover the next generation of international operatic superstars. This year's contest, its third ti... (more...)
THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - February 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world's leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each stag... (more...)