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Andriana Chuchman to Replace Danielle de Niese in Metropolitan Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW Andriana Chuchman to Replace Danielle de Niese in Metropolitan Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW
by BWW News Desk - January 30, 2015

Andriana Chuchman will sing the role of Valencienne in this season's April and May performances of Lehár's The Merry Widow, replacing Danielle de Niese, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.... (more...)
Verdi's MACBETH to Air as Part of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 2/1 Verdi's MACBETH to Air as Part of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 2/1
by BWW News Desk - January 30, 2015

Giuseppe Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth comes to THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met with an internationally renowned cast headed by Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko in her North American debut as the fatally ambitious Lady Macbeth. Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i? sings the titl... (more...)
San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8 San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco.... (more...)
Arizona Opera to Stage Steampunk & Magritte-Inspired MAGIC FLUTE, 2/27-28 & 3/7-8 Arizona Opera to Stage Steampunk & Magritte-Inspired MAGIC FLUTE, 2/27-28 & 3/7-8
by BWW News Desk - January 28, 2015

Arizona Opera brings a brand new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute to the stage, February 27th and 28th at 7:30 pm and March 1st at 2 pm in Symphony Hall in Phoenix; and March 7th at 7:30 pm and March 8th at 2:00 pm in Tucson Music Hall, Tucson.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the Met BWW Reviews: WIDOW is Not Very Merry with Fleming in Charge at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 28, 2015

Once upon a time, the Met used to be able to pull off an operetta, like the Rudolf Bing-era FLEDERMAUS, with its Garson Kanin libretto and lyrics by Broadway's Howard Dietz. But for the second year in a row--after last season's dire FLEDERMAUS from writer Douglas Carter Beane and director Jeremy Sam... (more...)
Julia Faulkner Named Director of Vocal Studies at Ryan Opera Center Julia Faulkner Named Director of Vocal Studies at Ryan Opera Center
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2015

Julia Faulkner has been named the director of vocal studies for The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center, Lyric Opera of Chicago's renowned professional artist-development program, announced Lyric's general director Anthony Freud.... (more...)
The Atlanta Opera to Present RIGOLETTO The Atlanta Opera to Present RIGOLETTO
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2015

The Atlanta Opera celebrates its 35th year of live productions with Giuseppe Verdi's tragic masterpiece, Rigoletto. This new, visually stimulating production is a co-production of Boston Lyric Opera, The Atlanta Opera, and Opera Omaha and was originally directed by The Atlanta Opera's General & Art... (more...)
Arizona Opera's 2015-16 Season to Include ARIZONA LADY, FALSTAFF & More Arizona Opera's 2015-16 Season to Include ARIZONA LADY, FALSTAFF & More
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2015

General Director Ryan Taylor has revealed the Arizona Opera's 2015-16 Season which opens in October 2015.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: HOFFMANN is a Messy, but Enjoyable, Tale at the Met BWW Reviews: HOFFMANN is a Messy, but Enjoyable, Tale at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 26, 2015

Is there another staple of major opera houses that's as big a mess as LES CONTES D'HOFFMAN by Jacques Offenbach? If there is, I can't think of it--but it doesn't keep it from being wildly enjoyable in the right hands. The Met's current production is entertaining, in spite of itself.... (more...)
Dallas Opera Guild Announces Semifinalists for Vocal Competition, 4/18 Dallas Opera Guild Announces Semifinalists for Vocal Competition, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - January 23, 2015

DALLAS, JANUARY 22, 2014 –The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild are proud to announce historic levels of participation in the first phase of the newly expanded Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, scheduled to take place on the weekend of April 18-19, 2015 in the acoustically acclaimed settin... (more...)
Stephen Costello to Make Austin Opera Debut This Weekend in ROMEO AND JULIET Stephen Costello to Make Austin Opera Debut This Weekend in ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2015

Stephen Costello scored a knockout in the title role of Romeo et Juliette at San Diego Opera five years ago. Now the Tucker Award-winner makes his Austin Opera house debut starting this Saturday with a reprise of his “electrifying” portrayal (San Diego News Network) in the same Doug Scholz-Carlson p... (more...)
44th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition Set for 2/27 44th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition Set for 2/27
by BWW News Desk - January 20, 2015

Over three days of preliminary auditions on February 23-25, 2015, 90 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will compete to reach the final round of the 44th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition.... (more...)
The Houston Grand Opera's 'Inspiring Performance' Fundraising Campaign Raises $172.9 Million The Houston Grand Opera's 'Inspiring Performance' Fundraising Campaign Raises $172.9 Million
by BWW News Desk - January 20, 2015

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has completed its fundraising campaign by raising an unprecedented $172.9 million, topping its goal of $165 million by December 31, 2014. Inspiring Performance—The Campaign for Houston Grand Opera was the company's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, and the most suc... (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...)
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...)
Canadian Opera Company to Welcome Three New Rising Stars Canadian Opera Company to Welcome Three New Rising Stars
by BWW News Desk - January 15, 2015

Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes three talented new Canadian artists for the 2015/2016 season. Tenors Charles Syand Aaron Sheppard were among the seven finalists featured in the fourth annual Ensemble Stud... (more...)
OPERA America Announces the Recipients of Its 2015 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award OPERA America Announces the Recipients of Its 2015 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award
by BWW News Desk - January 15, 2015

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. Now in its eighth year, this award honors outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-building ef... (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...)
Vancouver Opera to Host OPERA'S GREATEST HITS AND MORE! Concert, 1/24 Vancouver Opera to Host OPERA'S GREATEST HITS AND MORE! Concert, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2015

Vancouver, BC ~ Following the success of last year's 'Opera's Greatest Hits - and More!' concert at the Surrey Arts Centre, Vancouver Opera again brings the best of opera hits and Broadway tunes to Surrey. The affordable, family-friendly concert will be performed by this year's participants in VO's ... (more...)
Dallas Opera Announces New Season - TOSCA, SHOW BOAT and More! Dallas Opera Announces New Season - TOSCA, SHOW BOAT and More!
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2015

DALLAS — The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the five phenomenal mainstage productions of the 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” to be presented in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District.... (more...)
Brian Jagde to Portray Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1/24-2/5 Brian Jagde to Portray Mario Cavaradossi in TOSCA at Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1/24-2/5
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2015

Brian Jagde, one of the outstanding tenors of his generation with a burgeoning international career, will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut performing the role of the painter/revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's fiery melodrama Tosca Jan. 24-Feb. 5, Lyric's general director Anthony Freud... (more...)
GREAT SCOTT and BECOMING SANTA CLAUS World Premieres Set for Dallas Opera's 2015-2016 Season GREAT SCOTT and BECOMING SANTA CLAUS World Premieres Set for Dallas Opera's 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 12, 2015

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the five phenomenal mainstage productions of the 2015-2016 Season, “Seeking the Human Element,” to be presented in the magnificent Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District.... (more...)
Brian Jagde to Play 'Cavaradossi' in TOSCA, 1/24-2/5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago Brian Jagde to Play 'Cavaradossi' in TOSCA, 1/24-2/5 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - January 12, 2015

Brian Jagde, one of the outstanding tenors of his generation with a burgeoning international career, will make his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut performing the role of the painter/revolutionary Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's fiery melodrama ?Tosca Jan. 24-Feb. 5, Lyric's general director Anthony Freu... (more...)
Wagner's TANNHAUSER Opens Next Month at Lyric Opera of Chicago Wagner's TANNHAUSER Opens Next Month at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - January 09, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Richard Wagner's majestic Tannhäuser conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a new-to-Chicago production by Tim Albery. It opens on Monday, February 9 with seven performances through Friday, March 6. Performance dates are Feb. 9, 14, 18, 26, Mar. 2, and 6 at 6pm; and Feb. 22... (more...)
Long Beach Opera to Present THERESE RAQUIN, 1/24-2/1 Long Beach Opera to Present THERESE RAQUIN, 1/24-2/1
by BWW News Desk - January 09, 2015

Long Beach Opera's 2015 Season of “Desire. Passion. Corruption” opens with the Los Angeles Premiere of composer Tobias Picker's sensual adaptation of Emile Zola's novel, Thérèse Raquin. LBO's new production takes place January 24 and February 1, 2015 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro.... (more...)



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