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BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert BWW Reviews: Thrills and Chills at Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Finals Concert
by Richard Sasanow - March 26, 2015

Long before there was “American Idol” or “The Voice,” there were the Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions. A 62-year tradition in the opera world, it comes to a head at the National Council Auditions Finals Concert, which took place this year on Sunday afternoon. It was the culmination of... (more...)
Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30 Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - March 25, 2015

Verdi's sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo will return to the Met stage March 30for an eight-performance revival conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic maestro who led the 2010 Met premiere ofNicholas Hytner's critically acclaimed production. Yonghoon Lee will reprise his portrayal of the... (more...)
BWW Reviews: In LUCIA at the Met, Tenor Calleja Has the Last Word BWW Reviews: In LUCIA at the Met, Tenor Calleja Has the Last Word
by Richard Sasanow - March 23, 2015

The title role of Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR was so important to star sopranos during the last half of the 20th century, that it's hard to recall that in Caruso's day, the tenor was the main attraction. I thought of that during the current performance of the opera at the met, with Russian sopra... (more...)
The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners
by BWW News Desk - March 22, 2015

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five young singers have been named the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.... (more...)
Controversy Continues at the Metropolitan Opera - Can the Met Afford Gelb's Vision? Controversy Continues at the Metropolitan Opera - Can the Met Afford Gelb's Vision?
by BWW News Desk - March 18, 2015

Last August, an agreement was reached to resolve a potential labor crisis at the Metropolian Opera, the nation's largest performing arts organization.... (more...)
Zeljko Lucic Withdraws from the Met's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and AIDA Due to Illness Zeljko Lucic Withdraws from the Met's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and AIDA Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2015

Željko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness. In his place, George Gagnidze will sing Alfio in the new production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Gagnidze, who will also sing Tonio in Pagliacci as originally scheduled, will join Marcelo Álvarez in performing in both ... (more...)
Seattle Opera to Present ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Seattle Opera to Present ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2015

The shows must go on! Seattle Opera concludes its 2014/15 season with Richard Strauss' delightful opera-within-an-opera: Ariadne auf Naxos. A rich Seattleite is throwing a dinner party and asks his hired entertainment for the impossible: the capering troupe of comedians must combine their performanc... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Daredevil Damrau and Glorious Grigolo Make MANON Sizzle at the Met BWW Reviews: Daredevil Damrau and Glorious Grigolo Make MANON Sizzle at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 13, 2015

Soprano Diana Damrau did another of her high-wire acts at the Met this week, with her third role debut here in under two years. After last year's spectacular Amina in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA, she's taken on the title role in Massenet's MANON and proven once again that she is one of the company's gre... (more...)
Nashville Opera Sets 2015-16 Season: DIE FLEDERMAUS, HYDROGEN JUKEBOX & More Nashville Opera Sets 2015-16 Season: DIE FLEDERMAUS, HYDROGEN JUKEBOX & More
by BWW News Desk - March 13, 2015

Nashville Opera's 2015-16 season will showcase four extraordinary opera productions, Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, Philip Glass' Hydrogen Jukebox, W.A. Mozart's Così fan tutte and Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. 3 and 4-show, 2-show, and FLEX voucher season ticket orders are available immediately onli... (more...)
Angela Meade to Return as Elvira in Verdi's ERNANI at the Met, 3/20-4/11 Angela Meade to Return as Elvira in Verdi's ERNANI at the Met, 3/20-4/11
by BWW News Desk - March 12, 2015

Soprano Angela Meade - fresh from her New York Philharmonic debut in Verdi's Requiem earlier this year - returns to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise her signature role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani from March 20 to April 11.... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Christine Goerke Ascending BWW Interviews: Christine Goerke Ascending
by Erica Miner - March 12, 2015

She caused a sensation at the Met Opera and elicited critical raves for her Brunnhilde at Canadian Opera Company... (more...)
The Canadian Opera Company Makes Headlines in New York for Its Production of SEMELE The Canadian Opera Company Makes Headlines in New York for Its Production of SEMELE
by BWW News Desk - March 11, 2015

The Canadian Opera Company is making headlines in New York on the occasion of its recent tour to the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music. The COC's theatrically transcendent production of Handel'sSemele, created by famed Chinese visual and performance artist Zhang Huan, was previewed in the ear... (more...)
Met Guild to Salute Licia Albanese and Carlo Bergonzi with 'INCOMPARABLE', 3/13 Met Guild to Salute Licia Albanese and Carlo Bergonzi with 'INCOMPARABLE', 3/13
by BWW News Desk - March 10, 2015

This Friday, the Metropolitan Opera Guild continues its series of tributes to legendary singers with a celebration of two unforgettable opera icons who passed away last summer. “INCOMPARABLE: A Celebration of Licia Albanese and Carlo Bergonzi” will take place at New York City's Gerald W. Lynch Theat... (more...)
Opera San Jose to Host Irene Dalis Memorial Concert, 5/16 Opera San Jose to Host Irene Dalis Memorial Concert, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - March 10, 2015

Opera San José is hosting a memorial concert for its former general director and founder, Irene Dalis, at the California Theatre on May 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. The concert will feature arias and ensembles performed by over 20 current and former members of Opera San José's resident company, accompanied by... (more...)
Brava Philadelphia! Set for Verizon Hall, 3/27 Brava Philadelphia! Set for Verizon Hall, 3/27
by BWW News Desk - March 10, 2015

Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts is regarded as one of the premiere opera training schools in the world. Every year over 200 singers audition to become one of the school's roster of Resident Artists – 28 of the most talented and promising opera singers from around the world. This year, AVA featu... (more...)
Carnegie Hall and WFUV 90.7 FM Present Shawn Colvin in Zankel Hall on Saturday, April 11 Carnegie Hall and WFUV 90.7 FM Present Shawn Colvin in Zankel Hall on Saturday, April 11
by BWW News Desk - March 07, 2015

Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin performs in Zankel Hall on Saturday, April 11 at 10:00 p.m. as part of the tenth annual WFUV Live at Zankel series. Colvin is best known for her hit song “Sunny Came Home,” which earned her two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Y... (more...)
Yonghoon Lee to Continue in CARMEN at the Met This Saturday; Jonas Kaufmann Still Ill Yonghoon Lee to Continue in CARMEN at the Met This Saturday; Jonas Kaufmann Still Ill
by BWW News Desk - March 05, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet's Carmen this Saturday, March 7 matinee, as he is still ill with the flu and unable to travel to New York. Yonghoon Lee, who substituted for Kaufmann at last evening's performance, has agreed to sing Don José on Saturday.... (more...)
Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9 Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - March 05, 2015

New York, NY (March 4, 2015) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo will sing their first Met performances of the title character in Massenet's Manon and her devoted lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the first revival of Laurent Pelly's 2012 Met staging, also starring Russ... (more...)
BWW Interviews: Baritone PETER MATTEI, Don Giovanni and the Fear Factor BWW Interviews: Baritone PETER MATTEI, Don Giovanni and the Fear Factor
by Richard Sasanow - March 05, 2015

It has been a very good year in New York for the Mozart of Swedish baritone Peter Mattei. He helped open the season with the Met's new production of LENOZZE DI FIGARO, receiving a splendid reception for his performance as Count Almaviva, which brought new insights to a role that frequently gets lost... (more...)
On Site Opera to Launch 'The Figaro Project' with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13 On Site Opera to Launch 'The Figaro Project' with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2015

On Site Opera has garnered considerable acclaim for its immersive, site-specific productions since stage director Eric Einhorn founded it just three years ago.... (more...)
On Site Opera Launches THE FIGARO PROJECT With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AND THE GUILTY MOTHER On Site Opera Launches THE FIGARO PROJECT With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AND THE GUILTY MOTHER
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2015

On Site Opera has garnered considerable acclaim for its immersive, site-specific productions since stage director Eric Einhorn founded it just three years ago. This summer, the company kicks off its most ambitious undertaking to date:The Figaro Project. On Site Opera will offer lesser-known operatic... (more...)
Jonas Kaufmann Cancels His First Performance of CARMEN at the Met Due to Illness Jonas Kaufmann Cancels His First Performance of CARMEN at the Met Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - March 03, 2015

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann is scheduled to sing only two performances this season at the Metropolitan Opera, with one being Bizet's Carmen. Both shows he's scheduled to perform in sold out fast, so fast that online ticket brokers were selling for $999.75!... (more...)
Yonghoon Lee Set for Met Opera's CARMEN, 3/4 Yonghoon Lee Set for Met Opera's CARMEN, 3/4
by BWW News Desk - March 02, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet's Carmen for this Wednesday, March 4, because he is suffering from the flu and was unable to travel to New York as scheduled on Sunday. He hopes to recover in time to fly here later this week and perform as schedule on Saturday, March ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LA DONNA DEL LAGO is Far from Pitch-Perfect at the Met BWW Reviews: LA DONNA DEL LAGO is Far from Pitch-Perfect at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 02, 2015

Maria Callas got the world used to hearing singing that was not always pitch-perfect yet still essential listening. I kept thinking about this at the Met the other night during the new production of Rossini's LA DONNA DEL LAGO with a cast headed by a couple of stars, mezzo Joyce DiDonato and tenor J... (more...)
Baritone Quinn Kelsey Receives Tenth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award Baritone Quinn Kelsey Receives Tenth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - February 27, 2015

Baritone Quinn Kelsey has been named the recipient of the tenth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is designated for extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have alr... (more...)



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