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BWW Reviews: BALLO with Radvanovsky, Beczala and Markov Ends Met Season with a Bang BWW Reviews: BALLO with Radvanovsky, Beczala and Markov Ends Met Season with a Bang
by Richard Sasanow - May 20, 2015

The Met was running on all cylinders for the last performance of the season, with Verdi's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA in an energized version of the production that premiered in 2012. The trio of principals--soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, tenor Piotr Beczala as Gustavo and baritone Alexey Markov as ... (more...)
Casting Set for Florida Grand Opera's 2015-16 Season, Featuring 'SEVILLE', DON PASQUALE and More Casting Set for Florida Grand Opera's 2015-16 Season, Featuring 'SEVILLE', DON PASQUALE and More
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) with its new artistic vision, is proud to announce casting for the four productions of its 2015-16 Season, which include Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Vincenzo Bellini's Norma, Mieczys?aw Weinberg's The Passenger (Passazhirka), and Gae... (more...)
BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - May 15, 2015

It was 'out with the old, in with the new' for another of the Franco Zeffirelli productions that were once the Metropolitan Opera's bread and butter, designed for audiences to cheer for the scenery even when the cast might not have been top drawer. This time, the victims of changing times (and admin... (more...)
Renée Fleming to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW Directed by Susan Stroman on 'Great Performances at the Met', 6/19 Renée Fleming to Star in THE MERRY WIDOW Directed by Susan Stroman on 'Great Performances at the Met', 6/19
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehár's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. Star soprano Renée Flemingadds a beguiling new char... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14 Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Phi... (more...)
Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16 Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2015

The Riverside Opera Company performs 'From Opera to Sinatra' a PoPera Concert that features winners from live auditions judged by former metropolitan opera singers. The program was compiled from songs the performers sang best. under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia on Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. a... (more...)
BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin BWW Reviews Italy: 'Mad' About Soprano Peretyatko in PURITANI at Teatro Reggio in Turin
by Richard Sasanow - May 07, 2015

A season ago, when soprano Olga Peretyatko made her Met debut as Elvira in Bellini's I PURITANI, I marveled at her gorgeous voice and stamina, but noted that her inexperience in the role showed. I hoped for more from her when she got it under her belt. What a difference a year makes! As the heroine ... (more...)
BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South BWW Interviews: 'Girl Singer' Stephanie Blythe, the Met's Bearded Lady and the Songbird of the South
by Richard Sasanow - May 04, 2015

Stephanie Blythe--who's at the Met these days singing Baba the Turk in Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS--“abhors labels.” That's why, despite a cavernous voice that has become even deeper with age and could easily be termed mezzo or contralto, she tells me to call her “a girl singer.”... (more...)
Sherrill Milnes to be Honored by University of South Florida & Cincinnati Opera in May Sherrill Milnes to be Honored by University of South Florida & Cincinnati Opera in May
by BWW News Desk - April 30, 2015

The first week of May brings two new honors for Sherrill Milnes, the legendary baritone and the most recorded American opera singer of his generation.... (more...)
LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - April 29, 2015

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 - July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Saratoga Springs, New York.  ... (more...)
Bard SummerScape 2015 to Present THE WRECKERS Bard SummerScape 2015 to Present THE WRECKERS
by BWW News Desk - April 23, 2015

Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has established itself as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure” (New York Times), and this year's immersion in “Chávez and His World” is no exception.... (more...)
On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13 On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 2015

This summer, On Site Opera (OSO) will present a new production that exemplifies the company's mission to stage operas in non-traditional locations ideally suited to the stories they tell. OSO will offer an immersive site-specific staging of Giovanni Paisiello's The Barber of Seville at the opulent F... (more...)
Calixto Bieito to Make Met Opera Debut With New 'Forza' Calixto Bieito to Make Met Opera Debut With New 'Forza'
by BWW News Desk - April 22, 2015

Calixto Bieito will make his Metropolitan Opera debut with a new production of Verdi's “La Forza del Destino” to be conducted by James Levine, in the 2016-17 season, it was announced.... (more...)
Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 21, 2015

Stravinsky's twentieth-century operatic masterpiece The Rake's Progress will return to the Met stage for a revival of three performances only, opening May 1 and continuing through May 9. Music Director James Levine leads the performances, with rising stars Paul Appleby and Layla Claire in the centra... (more...)
James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2015

Met Music Director James Levine will lead a starry revival of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, opening April 23 and continuing for four additional performances through May 9.... (more...)
SRO Presents Princesses and Heroes in Opera, Sunday 4/26 SRO Presents Princesses and Heroes in Opera, Sunday 4/26
by BWW News Desk - April 19, 2015

?The New Jersey State Repertory Opera (SRO) will present its spring benefit concert, “Princesses and Heroes In Opera,” on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Van Vleck House and Gardens in Montclair, NJ from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.... (more...)
Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Concert at the MIM Arizona Musicfest Young Performers Concert at the MIM
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2015

Each year, Arizona Musicfest attracts some of the brightest young musical talent from around the State of Arizona, to its instrumental and vocal competitions. Arizona Musicfest announces the winners from this year's 2015 Piano, Vocal and Instrumental Competitions which were held in March and April.... (more...)
Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Guild has announced that soprano Ailyn Pérez has joined the organization's Artists' Council. Comprised of a distinguished group of Met artists from both past and present, all of whom share the Guild's mission to support the Metropolitan Opera and enhance the public's appreciat... (more...)
Yonghoon Lee to Sub in for Title Role at Verdi's DON CARLO, 4/16 Yonghoon Lee to Sub in for Title Role at Verdi's DON CARLO, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - April 16, 2015

Yonghoon Lee will sing the title role in this evening's performance of Verdi's Don Carlo, replacing Ricardo Tamura. As previously scheduled, Lee will sing the role in all remaining Met performances of the opera this season.... (more...)
PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon', 1/16 PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon', 1/16
by TV News Desk - December 24, 2014

?Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS.... (more...)
James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre's New Production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro' on Great Performances at the Met, 1/16 James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre's New Production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro' on Great Performances at the Met, 1/16
by BWW News Desk - December 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS.... (more...)
Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015 Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2014

Summer saw the passing of two of opera's most iconic figures: Licia Albanese, at the age of 105, and Carlo Bergonzi, at 90.... (more...)
The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL Opens Tonight The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2014

Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met will offer a holiday presentation this December and January: an English-language performance of an opera, with special weekday matinees and discount pricing designed to make the Met affordable for families with children. This year's production, Hum... (more...)
The Canadian Opera Company Presents New Production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, 1/24-2/21 The Canadian Opera Company Presents New Production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, 1/24-2/21
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 winter season opens with a game-changing new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Internationally acclaimed Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov defies convention with this dark and witty masterpiece inspired by literature's most famous womanizer, Don Juan. His ... (more...)
Martin Ganter Set for Metropolitan Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 12/17 Martin Ganter Set for Metropolitan Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2014

Martin Gantner will sing the role of Beckmesser in Wednesday evening's performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, replacing Johannes Martin Kränzle, who is ill. Ryan McKinny will sing the role of Kothner, which Gantner was originally scheduled to sing.... (more...)



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