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Florida Grand Opera Announces 2015-16 Class of Young Artists Florida Grand Opera Announces 2015-16 Class of Young Artists
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2015

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is pleased to announce the members of its 2015-16 class for its Young Artist Program. These artists, consisting of both new and returning members, were selected from more than 600 singers who auditioned for the coveted program.... (more...)
Francesca Zambello Extends Contract With Washington National Opera, Thru Sept. 2018 Francesca Zambello Extends Contract With Washington National Opera, Thru Sept. 2018
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced that Francesca Zambello will extend her term as Artistic Director for three years through September 2018. She has served as the company's Artistic Director since January 2013 and as its Artistic Advisor since June 2011.... (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...)
BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - May 15, 2015

It was 'out with the old, in with the new' for another of the Franco Zeffirelli productions that were once the Metropolitan Opera's bread and butter, designed for audiences to cheer for the scenery even when the cast might not have been top drawer. This time, the victims of changing times (and admin... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Receives NEA Grant Gotham Chamber Opera Receives NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Through it's grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.... (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...)
MADAMA BUTTERFLY to Launch OPERA San Antonio's 2015-16 Season MADAMA BUTTERFLY to Launch OPERA San Antonio's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2015

OPERA San Antonio's Board of Directors and Chairman Mel Weingart today announced the slate for OPERA San Antonio's second season as the Resident Opera Company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.... (more...)
Gotham Chamber Opera Sets 15th Anniversary Season Gotham Chamber Opera Sets 15th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces its 15th Anniversary Season, which will begin in the fall of 2015 with a 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert (date and venue tba). The season continues in February 2016 with Alessandro Stradella's 1675 San Giovanni Battista (Saint John the Baptist)in a co-production w... (more...)
Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9 Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - April 16, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts and Divaria Productions are pleased to announce a shortened, LIVE version of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm. The evening will highlight Verdi's most famous opera with the most important numbers linked by compelling narrativ... (more...)
The Vancouver Opera Presents SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3 The Vancouver Opera Presents SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3
by BWW News Desk - April 14, 2015

A massive 12,000-pound moving steel platform – and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra – will dominate the Queen Elizabeth theatre stage for VO's innovative new production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, opening April 25, 2015 for only 6 performances through May 3.... (more...)
The Vancouver Opera Concludes Its 2014-2015 Season with SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3 The Vancouver Opera Concludes Its 2014-2015 Season with SWEENEY TODD, 4/25-5/3
by BWW News Desk - April 02, 2015

Revenge will be delicious in the final production of Vancouver Opera's 2014-2015 season: Stephen Sondheim's brilliantly thrilling Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, onstage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 6 performances April 25 - May 3, 2015.... (more...)
Deborah Voigt to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW at Michigan Opera Theatre Next Month Deborah Voigt to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW at Michigan Opera Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - March 31, 2015

“Internationally renowned … for her unique combination of exquisite singing and hilarious comic acting” (Vanity Fair), Deborah Voigt turns her talents to operetta next month, when she makes her title role debut in Lehár's The Merry Widow. In a new production from award-winning director Kelly Robinso... (more...)
Deborah Voigt to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW at Michigan Opera Theatre Next Month Deborah Voigt to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW at Michigan Opera Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2015

“Internationally renowned … for her unique combination of exquisite singing and hilarious comic acting” (Vanity Fair), Deborah Voigt turns her talents to operetta next month, when she makes her title role debut in Lehár's The Merry Widow. In a new production from award-winning director Kelly Robinso... (more...)
The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2015

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five young singers have been named the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.... (more...)
Washington National Opera Releases Schedule for 2015-16 Season Washington National Opera Releases Schedule for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2015

(WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO), led by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello, today announced its 60th anniversary season, one that highlights classic, contemporary, and American works. The 2015-2016 season includes a new-to-Washington staging of Bizet's Carmen, the world premiere of a ... (more...)
Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13 Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - February 21, 2015

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is preparing to whisk audiences away to the Latin Quarter of Paris for the blockbuster opera of the season: Giacomo Puccini's 1896 masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, based on Henri Murger's newspaper serial-turned-novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème.... (more...)
SALOME at Belfast's Grand Opera House Features Controversial Last Minute Nude Scene SALOME at Belfast's Grand Opera House Features Controversial Last Minute Nude Scene
by BWW News Desk - February 05, 2015

Northern Ireland Opera returns to the Grand Opera House with a new production of Richard Strauss' notorious opera, Salome. They have decided on a last minute change to include a nude scene, which has sparked much controversy. Those who already purchased tickets were invited to contact the company i... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Netrebko and Beczala A Potent Duo in IOLANTA Debut at the Met BWW Reviews: Netrebko and Beczala A Potent Duo in IOLANTA Debut at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - February 04, 2015

I don't know when the next time the Met is planning to bring back Tchaikovsky's final opera, IOLANTA (libretto by his brother Modest) into its repertory, but they should, and quickly. And if you have the opportunity, run to see it as fast as you can. It's not often that the Met puts on a opera and p... (more...)
IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the Met IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - January 19, 2015

Beginning January 26, the Met will present a double-bill of two rarely performed one-act operas: Tchaikovsky's romantic fairy tale Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko in the title role of a blind princess and Piotr Beczala as Count Vaudémont, a knight who loves her; and Bartók's harrowing Bluebeard's Castle... (more...)
Canadian Opera Company Announces Full 2015-2016 Season Canadian Opera Company Announces Full 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 15, 2015

Toronto – The world premiere of a new Canadian work was one of the many operatic highlights revealed today at the public launch of the Canadian Opera Company's 2015/2016season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC's 65th season is once again comprised entirely of company produ... (more...)
Opera Star Deborah Voigt Premieres in One-Woman Show in NYC, VOIGT LESSONS, 2/26 Opera Star Deborah Voigt Premieres in One-Woman Show in NYC, VOIGT LESSONS, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - January 08, 2015

92Y presents the New York City premiere of Voigt Lessons, starring internationally beloved opera starDeborah Voigt, on Thursday, February 26. In this one-woman show – co-created with Tony® Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally and acclaimed opera and theater director Francesca Zambello – Voigt p... (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...)
Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31 Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31
by BWW News Desk - December 11, 2014

Renée Fleming will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari, the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Met this season. Four-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman makes her Met debut as director and choreographer of a new production... (more...)
Opera San Jose Stages THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Now thru 11/30 Opera San Jose Stages THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Now thru 11/30
by BWW News Desk - November 15, 2014

Opera San José (OSJ) continues its season with Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers. This sparkling and fast-paced opera weaves a madcap story full of twists and turns into a comic adventure to a land of magnificent palaces, swashbuckling pirates and lavish harems. The Italian Girl in Alg... (more...)
The Dallas Opera Presents TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI, 1/11 The Dallas Opera Presents TENOR MATTHEW POLENZANI, 1/11
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2014

The Dallas Opera, in the latest installment of The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series, will present the phenomenal American tenor,Matthew Polenzani, in an exclusive, one-time-only recital on the afternoon of Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Southern Methodist University's popular Carut... (more...)



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