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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...)
Merola Opera Program to Screen DON GIOVANNI, 1/25 Merola Opera Program to Screen DON GIOVANNI, 1/25
by BWW News Desk - January 09, 2015

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch present Merola Goes to the Movies, the free, opera-on-film series.... (more...)
SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced! SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - January 07, 2015

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced the Company's 2015-16 season repertory and roster of international and critically acclaimed guest artists, conductors and creative teams scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House.... (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...)
Merola Opera Program to Host 'Opera & Ornaments' Concert Tomorrow Merola Opera Program to Host 'Opera & Ornaments' Concert Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2014

The Merola Opera Program presents Opera & Ornaments: A Merola Opera Program Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm in the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library (3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.). This special holiday concert features opera, classical and holiday selections performed by renowned opera... (more...)
2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees 2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2014

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year's honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the... (more...)
THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season, Kicking Off Today THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season, Kicking Off Today
by BWW News Desk - October 11, 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 season, including all six new productions in the Met season. All ten performances, transmitted live from... (more...)
Julianna Di Giacomo Stars in SF Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning Tonight Julianna Di Giacomo Stars in SF Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 04, 2014

San Francisco Opera previously announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented today, October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House.... (more...)
Merola Opera Program to Screen CARMEN, 10/26 Merola Opera Program to Screen CARMEN, 10/26
by BWW News Desk - 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 MASCHERA Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
by BWW News Desk - 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. The illustrious cast features Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas as the unwisely flirtatious and cavalier ... (more...)
Tickets Now On Sale for The Met: Live in HD 2014-15 Season Tickets Now On Sale for The Met: Live in HD 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - 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 centers worldwide.... (more...)
Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - 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. Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who was to have made her Company debut as Amelia for the first... (more...)
Michael Hersch's ON THE THRESHOLD OF WINTER to Premiere 6/25 at BAM Michael Hersch's ON THE THRESHOLD OF WINTER to Premiere 6/25 at BAM
by BWW News Desk - 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 of Winter, receives its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 25. Marking the Ame... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions Concert BWW 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 Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert, a real mouthful!). At the opera house, Sunday afternoon, the conce... (more...)
Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29 Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - 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 works of Adams, Bizet, Copland, Donizetti, Gershwin, Gounod, Handel, Lehár, Massenet, Mozart, Ravel, Str... (more...)
Twenty-Nine Artists to Participate in the 57th Season of the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, 6/2-8/17 Twenty-Nine Artists to Participate in the 57th Season of the MEROLA OPERA PROGRAM, 6/2-8/17
by BWW News Desk - 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. More than 900 artists vied for the 29 coveted spots in the 2014 summer program. Offered free of charg... (more...)
The Metropolitan Opera Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY with James Valenti, 4/4-15 The Metropolitan Opera Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY with James Valenti, 4/4-15
by BWW News Desk - 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. Pinkerton inPuccini's “Madama Butterfly” on April 4, 9, 12 and 15. Valenti has been praised by critics for h... (more...)
Twenty Young Opera Singers to Compete in the Semi-Final Round of METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS, 3/23 Twenty Young Opera Singers to Compete in the Semi-Final Round of METROPOLITAN OPERA NATIONAL COUNCIL AUDITIONS, 3/23
by BWW News Desk - 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 semi-final round of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The closed semi-final competit... (more...)
Daniel Sutin to Perform Title Role in Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK Tonight Daniel Sutin to Perform Title Role in Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK Tonight
by BWW News Desk - 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 March 6 performance of Wozzeck, which was sung by Matthias Goerne. Hampson expects to be ready in time... (more...)
Matthias Goerne Set for WOZZECK at Metropolitan Opera Tonight Matthias Goerne Set for WOZZECK at Metropolitan Opera Tonight
by BWW News Desk - 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 3/22 Thomas Hampson Makes Role Debut in Berg's WOZZECK at the Met, Now thru 3/22
by BWW News Desk - 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 6 at New York's Metropolitan Opera.... (more...)
Merola Opera to Host Young Professional Meet-Up at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco, 2/23 Merola Opera to Host Young Professional Meet-Up at The Plough and the Stars in San Francisco, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - 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. 3/6 Met Music Director James Levine to Conduct Berg's WOZZECK, Begin. 3/6
by BWW News Desk - 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 and Marie. Levine has led 43 performances of Berg's dark study of a man crushed by society—more than ... (more...)
THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season THE MERRY WIDOW, LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN and More Set for The Met's 2014-15 Live in HD Season
by BWW News Desk - 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 season, including all six new productions in the Met season. All ten performances, transmitted live from... (more...)
THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - 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, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each stag... (more...)



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BWW Reviews: HOFFMANN is a Messy, but Enjoyable, Tale at the MetBWW Reviews: HOFFMANN is a Messy, but Enjoyable, Tale at the Met
by Richard Sasanow