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BWW Interview: Kevin Newbury of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS at Santa Fe Opera BWW Interview: Kevin Newbury of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS at Santa Fe Opera
by Maria Nockin - June 07, 2017

Kevin Newbury is a theatre, opera and film director who has staged over sixty original productions for numerous opera companies, festivals, and symphonies. Especially committed to developing new material, he has directed more than two-dozen world premieres of operas and plays. His staging of Mason B... (more...)
BWW Preview: ELIZABETH CREE is a Tale from a New York Crypt Headed for Philadelphia Opera Festival BWW Preview: ELIZABETH CREE is a Tale from a New York Crypt Headed for Philadelphia Opera Festival
by Richard Sasanow - June 05, 2017

Fifteen compelling minutes of a new work doesn't always turn into an opera for all seasons, but a first-look at ELIZABETH CREE—Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's latest collaboration--came across with startling originality. Based on Peter Ackrolyd's Victorian-era tale set in London's dangerous Limehous... (more...)
Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13 Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2017

On May 13, 20. & 21, 2017, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of As One, an inspiring story about identity, authenticity and compassion by composer Laura Kaminsky with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. ... (more...)
AJ Glueckert to Replace Jay Hunter Morris in Four Shows at the Met Opera's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER, 4/25 AJ Glueckert to Replace Jay Hunter Morris in Four Shows at the Met Opera's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2017

AJ Glueckert will make his Met debut as Erik in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer and will sing the role in the first four performances of the opera at the Met this season on April 25, 29matinee, May 4, and 8. The American tenor replaces the originally announced Jay Hunter Morris, who has withdrawn f... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Concludes Season With New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Opera Philadelphia Concludes Season With New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2017

Opera Philadelphia continues to combine cutting-edge new commissions with fresh takes on the classics. To conclude a 2016-17 season highlighted by the knockout success of its world premiere production of Breaking the Waves, the company turns to iconic Mozartean comedy, with a new co-production of Th... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Opera Philadelphia Presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2017

Opera Philadelphia's celebrated 2016-2017 Season comes to a humorous conclusion with a new production of one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with five performances at the historic Academy of Music from April 28-May 7. The screwball comedy complete with disguises... (more...)
Lawrence Brownlee Joins Opera Philadelphia As Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee Joins Opera Philadelphia As Artistic Advisor
by BWW News Desk - April 02, 2017

Opera Philadelphia announced today that Lawrence Brownlee, whose lead performance in the 2015 world premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD kick started the company's “big commitment to new repertoire” (The Wall Street Journal), has joined the company as an Artistic Advisor.... (more...)
Opera Santa Barbara Concludes Season With Puccini's LA RONDINE, 4/28, 30 Opera Santa Barbara Concludes Season With Puccini's LA RONDINE, 4/28, 30
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2017

Opera Santa Barbara will conclude its 23rd season with the company's premiere production of Giacomo Puccini's sensuous and poignant operetta La Rondine at the historic Granada Theatre on April 28 and 30. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 28, and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 30.... (more...)
BWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIA BWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIA
by Richard Sasanow - November 11, 2016

Since writing his first opera, SILENT NIGHT--the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for Music--with librettist Mark Campbell, composer Kevin Puts he has done two other operas, also with Campbell. This time around, he has a different collaborator: famed American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, whose correspondence ... (more...)
BWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in Atlanta BWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in Atlanta
by Richard Sasanow - November 09, 2016

If "satire is what closes on Saturday night" (according to the great playwright and wit George S. Kaufman), then contemporary opera is usually not far behind. That is, unless it's Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's prize-winning SILENT NIGHT, which actually opened on Saturday night (this past weekend) ... (more...)
Minnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & More Minnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & More
by BWW News Desk - August 01, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (July 29, 2016) – Minnesota Opera today announced that Head of Music Robert Ainsley has accepted the position as the new Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month. For the last three years, Rob has served as the Head of M... (more...)
Washington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera Initiative Washington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - July 29, 2016

Minnesota Opera today announced that Head of Music Robert Ainsley has accepted the position as the new Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month, at Washington National Opera.... (more...)
Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19 Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19
by BWW News Desk - July 06, 2016

FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today that the submission deadline has been extended for its fifth annual Frontiers showcase. Applications will now be accepted through midnight, July 19, 2016. The company's innovative program will be held during the final week of the 2017 Fort ... (more...)
BREAKING THE WAVES Premiere to Launch Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 Season BREAKING THE WAVES Premiere to Launch Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2016

Opera Philadelphia looks forward to launching the 2016-17 season with the world premiere of a new company co-commission, Breaking the Waves (Sep 22-Oct 1).... (more...)
BWW Interview: Director Kevin Newbury, Contemporary Opera and the World of FELLOW TRAVELERS BWW Interview: Director Kevin Newbury, Contemporary Opera and the World of FELLOW TRAVELERS
by Richard Sasanow - June 15, 2016

Although Kevin Newbury has directed operas by some of history's greatest composers--Donizetti and Bellini, Strauss and Mozart among them—he makes no bones about it: He prefers his composers to be living. (Librettists, too, of course)... (more...)
Arizona Opera Appoints New General Director Joseph Specter Arizona Opera Appoints New General Director Joseph Specter
by BWW News Desk - April 28, 2016

The Arizona Opera Board of Directors has announced the appointment of its new President and General Director, Joseph Specter.  ... (more...)
Boston Lyric Opera to Close Out Season with THE MERRY WIDOW, 4/29 Boston Lyric Opera to Close Out Season with THE MERRY WIDOW, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - April 10, 2016

Boston, MA - April 7, 2016 - Boston Lyric Opera closes its 2015/16 Season with composer Franz Lehar's classic comic operetta The Merry Widow, whose light-hearted fun within the fictional Pontevedrian Embassy in Paris plays out among international diplomats as the dark clouds of World War I gather on... (more...)
Knight Foundation Invests $2.5 Million in Opera Philadelphia Festival Knight Foundation Invests $2.5 Million in Opera Philadelphia Festival
by BWW News Desk - January 17, 2016

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced it is investing $2.5 million in support of O, Opera Philadelphia's innovative new season-opening festival. Set to launch in September 2017, O will be a 12-day experience that will attract both opera buffs and new audiences to Philadelphia as... (more...)
BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera
by Richard Sasanow - December 18, 2015

“Often when I tell people I'm doing a new production, the first question they ask is: 'What time period are you going to do it in and where?' I think that's a superficial approach, almost a cliche,” says Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera. “The first thing I ask myself ... (more...)