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Daniel Kramer Joins English National Opera as New Artistic Director, Aug. 1 Daniel Kramer Joins English National Opera as New Artistic Director, Aug. 1
by BWW News Desk - April 29, 2016

Award-winning opera and theatre director Daniel Kramer will join ENO as Artistic Director from 1 August 2016.... (more...)
Mozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the Met Mozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2016

Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which has not been seen on the Met stage in almost a decade, opens April 22 led by James Levine, who recently announced that he would assume the new title of Music Director Emeritus at the conclusion of the Met's current season.... (more...)
Opera PATIENCE & SARAH Set for Players Theatre, 6/23-24 Opera PATIENCE & SARAH Set for Players Theatre, 6/23-24
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2016

After a sold-out run at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival, the opera PATIENCE & SARAH returns to New York as a staged concert performance for two nights only - Thursday, June 23rd and Friday, June 24th at 7PM at the Players Theatre (115 MacDougal Street). Considered the first opera to portray an open... (more...)
Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - April 06, 2016

Legendary director Patrice Chéreau's final work, an acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss's tragedy Elektra, comes to the Met April 14 with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a cast headed by Nina Stemme in her first Met performances of the bloodthirsty princess.... (more...)
Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the T... (more...)
Kathleen Battle to Return to Metropolitan Opera in November Kathleen Battle to Return to Metropolitan Opera in November
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2016

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle, who starred in more than 220 Met performances over the course of her career, will make her first appearance at the Met in more than 20 years with the recital Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. Battle will si... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Close Out Season with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, 4/30 Washington National Opera to Close Out Season with THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - April 03, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) concludes its landmark 60th anniversary season with its first complete presentation of Richard Wagner's four-part The Ring of the Nibelung, perhaps the most challenging production to mount in all of opera. Three cycles of Wagner's epic will be presented from April 30 ... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Announces Complete Schedule for Spring Season Houston Grand Opera Announces Complete Schedule for Spring Season
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2016

Houston, March 28, 2016—Houston Grand Opera (HGO) opens its spring repertory with Siegfried, the much- anticipated third installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, on April 16. The ground-breaking Ring by Carlus Padrissa of Catalan theater company La Fura dels Baus, with its cutting-edge visuals and a... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Renews Offer to Subscribers
Affected by Energy Downturn Houston Grand Opera Renews Offer to Subscribers Affected by Energy Downturn
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2016

Houston, March 22, 2016— Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is extending the company's offer of free renewals for subscription packages to all laid-off employees from the energy industry who are current subscribers. HGO first announced the offer in September 2015 for subscriptions to the current season.  The... (more...)
Operadagen Rotterdam Announces World, National Premieres Operadagen Rotterdam Announces World, National Premieres
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2016

The 11th edition of Operadagen Rotterdam, from May 20 to 29, is more complete and newer than ever. The program themed 'New ways' includes more national and international premiers than previous editions. Operadagen Rotterdam presents the complete program today, also the start of ticket sales.... (more...)
Placido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRA Placido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRA
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2016

Beginning April 1, Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, with Plácido Domingo starring in the title role.... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Announces 2016–17 HGO Studio Artists Houston Grand Opera Announces 2016–17 HGO Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - March 09, 2016

Houston, March 7, 2016—After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen three new singers and one new pianist/coach for the 2016–17 HGO Studio. The artists are Yelena Dyachek, soprano, the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award recipient at Concert of Arias 2016; Zoie Reams, mezzo... (more...)
Aleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE Aleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by BWW News Desk - March 08, 2016

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore returns to the Met stage on March 10 starring Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the two young lovers, Adina and Nemorino. Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola makes his company debut leading performances of Bartlett Sher's 2012 staging. ... (more...)
International Opera Awards Announces Shortlist; Winners to Be Announced May 15 International Opera Awards Announces Shortlist; Winners to Be Announced May 15
by BWW News Desk - March 01, 2016

The International Opera Awards are pleased to announce the shortlist for this year's Awards. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph.... (more...)
Met Opera's DON PASQUALE Opens 3/4 Met Opera's DON PASQUALE Opens 3/4
by BWW News Desk - February 26, 2016

Donizetti's comedy Don Pasquale will return to the Met March 4 for a starry revival featuring Ambrogio Maestri in his first-ever performances of the title role, opposite Javier Camarena, who caused a sensation in his 2014 Met appearances in La Cenerentola, as the lovelorn Ernesto. Italian soprano El... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Present Leah Crocetto in Recital, 2/26 Washington National Opera to Present Leah Crocetto in Recital, 2/26
by BWW News Desk - February 04, 2016

(WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 60th anniversary season with Leah Crocetto in Recital, featuring the celebrated star of last season's Dialogues of the Carmelites, on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Accompanied by acclaimed pianist... (more...)
New Production of Puccini's Romance MANON LESCAUT to Open This Month at the Met New Production of Puccini's Romance MANON LESCAUT to Open This Month at the Met
by BWW News Desk - February 02, 2016

The Met's new production of Puccini's MANON LESCAUT opens February 12 with Kristine Opolais as the seductive, tragic heroine and Roberto Alagna in a role debut as her ardent lover, the Chevalier des Grieux.... (more...)
Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Subscription Sale for Next Season Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Subscription Sale for Next Season
by BWW News Desk - February 01, 2016

CHICAGO - Subscriptions go on sale February 1 at 10:00am for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 62nd season. Next season offers world-renowned artists, nine tremendous new-to-Chicago productions, and the start of Wagner's famed Ring cycle, Das Rheingold.... (more...)
LA Opera Announces 2016/17 Season - MACBETH, AKHNATEN, 30th Birthday Celebration and More! LA Opera Announces 2016/17 Season - MACBETH, AKHNATEN, 30th Birthday Celebration and More!
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2016

General Director Plácido Domingo has announced the repertory and artist roster for the company's 2016/17 season. Created by Mr. Domingo in collaboration with Music Director James Conlon and President and CEO Christopher Koelsch, the season will include six mainstage productions and a classic musical... (more...)
OPERA America Announces Recipients of its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards OPERA America Announces Recipients of its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 2016

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 National Opera Trustee Recognition Awards. Now in its ninth year, these awards honor outstanding trustees of U.S. opera companies for their exemplary leadership, generosity and audience-buil... (more...)
Seattle Opera Presents FROST FEST!, 2/6 Seattle Opera Presents FROST FEST!, 2/6
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2016

Come enjoy an exciting afternoon of music and fun at Seattle Opera's Frost Fest! Featuring performances by the company's Youth Opera Chorus, Teen Opera Players, and professional musicians, audiences will hear (and sometimes get to sing along with) classical and folk music from around the world, incl... (more...)
Sondra Radvanovsky to Lead MARIA STUARDA at the Met Sondra Radvanovsky to Lead MARIA STUARDA at the Met
by BWW News Desk - January 21, 2016

Sondra Radvanovsky sings the second of the three Queens in Donizetti's 'Tudor trilogy' when she stars as the devout, doomed Mary, Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda, opening January 29. Maria Stuarda tells the story of the political and personal rivalry between two queens: Mary, Queen of Scots and her ... (more...)
CARMEN, MOBY DICK and More Set for Utah Opera's 2016-17 Season CARMEN, MOBY DICK and More Set for Utah Opera's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 19, 2016

Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera's 2016-17 season. The company's 39th season from October 2016 to May 2017 will feature four main stage productions and a chamber opera that encompass some of opera's greatest tales of the human condition and matters of the he... (more...)
COC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 Season COC Music Director Johannes Debus Renews Contract Through 2020-21 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 14, 2016

Canadian Opera Company audiences can look forward to five more years with Johannes Debus as the company's Music Director. The news of Debus' contract renewal through to the company's 2020/2021 season was announced today by COC General Director Alexander Neef at the public launch of the COC's 2016/20... (more...)
Washington National Opera to Open 2016 with Apartheid-Era Opera LOST IN THE STARS Washington National Opera to Open 2016 with Apartheid-Era Opera LOST IN THE STARS
by BWW News Desk - January 11, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 60th anniversary season with the company premiere of Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's LOST IN THE STARS, February 12-20 in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.... (more...)



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