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San Francisco Opera Announces Cast Update for DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER San Francisco Opera Announces Cast Update for DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER
by BWW News Desk - July 05, 2016

San Francisco Opera announces a principal cast update for Dream of the Red Chamber, the new opera by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and co-librettist David Henry Hwang which receives its world premiere on September 10, 2016, with five additional performances through September 29. Japanese-Am... (more...)
Opera Saratoga Sets 2016 Summer Festival Program Opera Saratoga Sets 2016 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - June 07, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28 through July 17, 2016. The season will feature three new productions at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York, along with... (more...)
11th Edition of Operadagen Rotterdam Welcomes Record-Breaking 23,000 Visitors 11th Edition of Operadagen Rotterdam Welcomes Record-Breaking 23,000 Visitors
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

23.000 people visited the 11th edition of Operadagen Rotterdam, which is more than ever. One third of the shows were sold out: another record number for the festival. Among the box office hits were Toxic Psalms, Parsifal and underwater opera AquaSonic. The organization is happy with the increasing p... (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...)
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...)
Operadagen Rotterdam Announces World, National Premieres Operadagen Rotterdam Announces World, National Premieres
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2016

The 11th edition of Operadagen Rotterdam, from May 20 to 29, is more complete and newer than ever. The program themed 'New ways' includes more national and international premiers than previous editions. Operadagen Rotterdam presents the complete program today, also the start of ticket sales.... (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...)
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...)
Met Opera to Present Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Double Bill Met Opera to Present Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - January 11, 2016

The popular verismo double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci returns to the Met beginning January 21.... (more...)
BWW Review: Let's Hear It for the Boys, in TANNHAUSER at the Met BWW Review: Let's Hear It for the Boys, in TANNHAUSER at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - October 21, 2015

Almost 40 years ago, on short notice, the great tenor Jon Vickers (who died this summer at 90) caused a scandal when he pulled out of the premiere of the Met's still-current production of Wagner's 'Tannhauser' because he considered the opera anti-Christian. Well, nothing that exciting happened when... (more...)
Michael Mayer's Staging of Verdi's RIGOLETTO Opens Next Week at Met Opera Michael Mayer's Staging of Verdi's RIGOLETTO Opens Next Week at Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - October 15, 2015

Verdi's Rigoletto returns to the Met October 20 for fifteen performances. Michael Mayer's 2013 production, set in a 1960s Las Vegas casino, will star George Gagnidze in the title role opposite two singers in company role debuts: Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke. Spanish maes... (more...)
Soprano Nadine Sierra Replaces Diana Damrau in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' Soprano Nadine Sierra Replaces Diana Damrau in 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2015

San Francisco Opera today announced cast changes for the Company's new production of Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, presented October 8–28, 2015, and for Mozart's The Magic Flute, presented October 20–November 20, at the War Memorial Opera House.... (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...)
The Metropolitan Opera to Honor Jon Vickers The Metropolitan Opera to Honor Jon Vickers
by BWW News Desk - July 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera on Sirius XM (Channel 74) will honor the memory of the late Canadian tenor Jon Vickers, who passed away last week, by playing seven of his greatest Met performances in rotation throughout the week of July 20. The legendary dramatic tenor gave 280 Met performances during his ca... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Announces LES TROYENS Casting Updates San Francisco Opera Announces LES TROYENS Casting Updates
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2015

American mezzo-soprano Michaela Martens will make her San Francisco Opera debut as the prophetess Cassandra in the Company's upcoming production of Hector Berlioz's grand-scale opera Les Troyens (The Trojans) on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 20. San Francisco Opera today announced that Martens ... (more...)
Opera San Jose to Host Irene Dalis Memorial Concert, 5/16 Opera San Jose to Host Irene Dalis Memorial Concert, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - March 10, 2015

Opera San José is hosting a memorial concert for its former general director and founder, Irene Dalis, at the California Theatre on May 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature arias and ensembles performed by over 20 current and former members of Opera San José's resident company, accompanied by... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Baritone PETER MATTEI, Don Giovanni and the Fear Factor BWW Interviews: Baritone PETER MATTEI, Don Giovanni and the Fear Factor
by Richard Sasanow - March 05, 2015

It has been a very good year in New York for the Mozart of Swedish baritone Peter Mattei. He helped open the season with the Met's new production of LENOZZE DI FIGARO, receiving a splendid reception for his performance as Count Almaviva, which brought new insights to a role that frequently gets lost... (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...)
Opera Star, Janis Martin, Dies at Age 75 Opera Star, Janis Martin, Dies at Age 75
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2014

Janis Martin, American opera singer who sang leading roles first as a mezzo-soprano and later as a soprano in opera houses throughout Europe and the United States, has died at the age of 75. She was particularly known for her performances in the operas of Richard Wagner and sang at the Bayreuth Fest... (more...)
International Opera Star Janis Martin Has Died at 75 International Opera Star Janis Martin Has Died at 75
by BWW News Desk - December 28, 2014

American opera singer Janis Martin, best known for stretching her range from a mezzo-soprano to a soprano star, has died. Having suffered from diabetes for years, she passed away at home in San Antonio on Dec. 14, her son Robert confirmed. She was 75.... (more...)
The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL Opens Tonight The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2014

Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met will offer a holiday presentation this December and January: an English-language performance of an opera, with special weekday matinees and discount pricing designed to make the Met affordable for families with children. This year's production, Hum... (more...)
The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open 12/18 The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open 12/18
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2014

Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met will offer a holiday presentation this December and January: an English-language performance of an opera, with special weekday matinees and discount pricing designed to make the Met affordable for families with children. This year's production, Hum... (more...)
The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8 The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8
by BWW News Desk - October 30, 2014

The Dallas Opera's explosive second production of the 2014-2015 'Heights of Passion' Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens ton... (more...)
Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30 Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - October 29, 2014

Verdi's Egyptian tragedy Aida, one of the most-performed operas in company history, will return to the Met stage October 30 for a 16-performance revival with rotating casts of acclaimed artists and rising stars. The initial performances will star Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who made a no... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Stage Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, 11/9-26 San Francisco Opera to Stage Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, 11/9-26
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) in six performances November 9-26.... (more...)



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