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Merola Opera Program to Screen CARMEN, 10/26Merola Opera Program to Screen CARMEN, 10/26
September 25, 2014

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch will present the second season of Merola Goes to the Movies, the free, opera-on-film series. (more...)


Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERAPhoto Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
September 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (September 16, 2014)—San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) for seven performances October 4 through 22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House.... (more...)


Tickets Now On Sale for The Met: Live in HD 2014-15 SeasonTickets Now On Sale for The Met: Live in HD 2014-15 Season
August 25, 2014

Tickets are now on sale for the 2014-15 season of The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions into more than 2000 movie theaters and performing arts center... (more...)


Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This FallJulianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall
August 15, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. Bu... (more...)


Michael Hersch's ON THE THRESHOLD OF WINTER to Premiere 6/25 at BAMMichael Hersch's ON THE THRESHOLD OF WINTER to Premiere 6/25 at BAM
April 24, 2014

Hailed as “a natural musical genius who continues to surpass himself” (Tim Page, Washington Post), Michael Hersch looks forward to another major career milestone when his first opera, On the Threshold... (more...)


BWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions ConcertBWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions Concert
by Richard Sasanow - April 02, 2014

In our age of 20-somethings suffering from arrested development, they say “25 is the new 15.” This certainly was not true at the Met auditions concert (formally, the Metropolitan Opera National Counci... (more...)


Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29
March 26, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., the talented singers and pianist of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center 2013-14 ensemble will perform with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in work... (more...)


Twenty-Nine Artists to Participate in the 57th Season of the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, 6/2-8/17Twenty-Nine Artists to Participate in the 57th Season of the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, 6/2-8/17
March 19, 2014

Twenty-three singers, five apprentice coaches and one apprentice stage director, representing ten countries, will participate in the 57th season of the Merola Opera Program from June 2 to August 17. M... (more...)


The Metropolitan Opera Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY with James Valenti, 4/4-15The Metropolitan Opera Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY with James Valenti, 4/4-15
March 17, 2014

Internationally Acclaimed Tenor, James Valenti will be making his triumphant return tothe Metropolitan Opera located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City as he takes on the role of Lt. Pinkerto... (more...)


Twenty Young Opera Singers to Compete in the Semi-Final Round of METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS, 3/23Twenty Young Opera Singers to Compete in the Semi-Final Round of METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS, 3/23
March 14, 2014

Twenty young opera singers who have won regional competitions around the United States will arrive in New York next week to prepare for the next phase of the country's leading vocal competition: the s... (more...)


Daniel Sutin to Perform Title Role in Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK TonightDaniel Sutin to Perform Title Role in Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK Tonight
March 10, 2014

Daniel Sutin will sing the title role in tonight's performance of Berg's Wozzeck, replacing Thomas Hampson, who is recovering from bronchitis. Hampson's illness also forced him to withdraw from the Ma... (more...)


Matthias Goerne Set for WOZZECK at Metropolitan Opera TonightMatthias Goerne Set for WOZZECK at Metropolitan Opera Tonight
March 06, 2014

Matthias Goerne is stepping into the title role in tonight's opening night performance of Berg's Wozzeck, replacing Thomas Hampson, who has withdrawn due to illness. (more...)


Thomas Hampson Makes Role Debut in Berg's WOZZECK at the Met, Now thru 3/22Thomas Hampson Makes Role Debut in Berg's WOZZECK at the Met, Now thru 3/22
March 06, 2014

Following an extensive European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thomas Hampson returns to the U.S. to make his role debut as the eponymous antihero of Alban Berg's Wozzeck, opening tonight, March... (more...)


Merola Opera to Host Young Professional Meet-Up at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco, 2/23Merola Opera to Host Young Professional Meet-Up at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco, 2/23
February 19, 2014

We start your St. Patrick's Day early with a Merola Opera Program meet up at the city's best Irish bar. Heck...even the first drink is on us! (more...)


Met Music Director James Levine to Conduct Berg's WOZZECK, Begin. 3/6Met Music Director James Levine to Conduct Berg's WOZZECK, Begin. 3/6
February 17, 2014

Met Music Director James Levine will conduct a revival of Berg's Wozzeck, opening March 6 and starring Thomas Hampson and Deborah Voigt in their first-ever performances of the leading roles, Wozzeck a... (more...)


THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD SeasonTHE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season
February 12, 2014

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 65 countries around the world, will feature ten operas in the 2014-15 seas... (more...)


THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 SeasonTHE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season
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, conductor... (more...)


Deborah Voigt Set for Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK, 3/6-22Deborah Voigt Set for Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK, 3/6-22
February 03, 2014

With James Levine on the podium, and Thomas Hampson in the title role, Deborah Voigt will make her role debut as Marie in Alban Berg's harrowing opera Wozzeck at New York's Metropolitan Opera (March 6... (more...)


Thomas Hampson to Make Role Debut in Berg's WOZZECK at the Met, 3/6-22Thomas Hampson to Make Role Debut in Berg's WOZZECK at the Met, 3/6-22
January 24, 2014

Following an extensive European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thomas Hampson returns to the U.S. to make his role debut as the eponymous antihero of Alban Berg's Wozzeck, opening March 6 at New... (more...)


Joyce DiDonato and David Hyde Pierce to Host Ninth Annual Opera News Awards, 4/13Joyce DiDonato and David Hyde Pierce to Host Ninth Annual Opera News Awards, 4/13
December 18, 2013

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce will take a star turn together when they co-host the Ninth Annual Opera News Awards, set to ta... (more...)


Tenor James Valenti Stars in Austin Lyric Opera's DON CARLO, Now thru 11/24Tenor James Valenti Stars in Austin Lyric Opera's DON CARLO, Now thru 11/24
November 16, 2013

Austin Lyric Opera (ALO) has announced that internationally acclaimed American tenor James Valenti will take on the title role of its season opener, 'Don Carlo'. (more...)


Dallas Opera Announces New Holiday Commission by Composer/Librettist, Mark AdamoDallas Opera Announces New Holiday Commission by Composer/Librettist, Mark Adamo
November 15, 2013

The Dallas Opera thrilled audience members at this evening's “Composing Conversation” at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, when Dallas Opera General Director and CEO Keith Cerny made the surprise... (more...)


Lyric Opera of Chicago Opens New Production of Wagner's PARSIFAL TodayLyric Opera of Chicago Opens New Production of Wagner's PARSIFAL Today
November 09, 2013

Only the greatest opera companies in the world have the resources and orchestral forces to mount the massive and complex masterpieces of Richard Wagner. This month Lyric Opera of Chicago is doing just... (more...)


Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents PARSIFAL, Now thru 11/29Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents PARSIFAL, Now thru 11/29
November 09, 2013

Only the greatest opera companies in the world have the resources and orchestral forces to mount the massive and complex masterpieces of Richard Wagner. In November Lyric Opera of Chicago will do just... (more...)


Merola Opera and San Francisco Public Library Continue 'Merola Goes to the Movies' Series with OTELLO TodayMerola Opera and San Francisco Public Library Continue 'Merola Goes to the Movies' Series with OTELLO Today
November 03, 2013

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch are teaming up for Merola Goes to the Movies, a new, free series that presents great opera-themed movies. (more...)



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