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Layla Claire Departs The Metropolitan Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE Layla Claire Departs The Metropolitan Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera has just announced a cast change advisory. Janai Brugger will sing the role of Pamina in the December 20, 23, 26, 30 matinee, January 2 and 5 performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute, replacing Layla Claire, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy.... (more...)
Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2016

Listen to Jonas Kaufmann's heartfelt version of the Godfather theme 'Parla più piano' - now also available on Spotify & Amazon: https://SonyClassical.lnk.to/JK-ParlaPiuPiano... (more...)
Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX Coming to THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/28 Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX Coming to THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/28
by TV News Desk - August 16, 2016

Roberto Devereux comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 28 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera on Sunday, September 4 at 12:30 p.m.)... (more...)
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts ELEKTRA Starring Nina Stemme on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 9/18 Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts ELEKTRA Starring Nina Stemme on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 9/18
by TV News Desk - August 15, 2016

Elektra, Richard Strauss's blazing tragedy about an ancient Greek princess hell-bent on revenge, comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met.... (more...)
Sarasota Opera Commissions Rachel J. Peters for Next Youth Opera World Premiere Sarasota Opera Commissions Rachel J. Peters for Next Youth Opera World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - August 10, 2016

After a nationwide search, Sarasota Opera is proud to announce that composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters has been commissioned to compose Sarasota Youth Opera's next world premiere. Ms. Peter's opera, Rootabaga Country, which is being written now and will have its premiere in November 2017, was sele... (more...)
BWW Review: An Evening with the Divine Mr. M(ozart) at Lincoln Center BWW Review: An Evening with the Divine Mr. M(ozart) at Lincoln Center
by Richard Sasanow - July 29, 2016

The opening program for this year's Mostly Mozart Festival—the 50th--at David Geffen Hall may not have offered any new insights into the mind of the genius composer or uncovered any long-lost masterpiece not heard in 200 years. On the other hand, it was filled with wonderful music, inspired singing ... (more...)
BWW Review: Bard SummerScape Tackles Mascagni's Little-Known IRIS BWW Review: Bard SummerScape Tackles Mascagni's Little-Known IRIS
by Richard Sasanow - July 28, 2016

It probably would have been worth the trip to Bard SummerScape's production of Pietro Mascagni's IRIS—last heard at the Met in 1931--simply to make the acquaintance of soprano Talise Trevigne. Through much suffering and indignity, Trevigne sang the title role in a luxurious, plush-voiced, physical p... (more...)
Nadine Sierra Opens Mostly Mozart (July 25) and Paris Opera Seasons Nadine Sierra Opens Mostly Mozart (July 25) and Paris Opera Seasons
by BWW News Desk - July 25, 2016

On the heels of her Tanglewood debut in Carmina Burana with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, fast-rising soprano Nadine Sierra—who, after four major debuts last season alone, is quickly becoming a fixture at important houses around the world—returns to New York to debut at Lincoln Center's Mostly Moza... (more...)
Great Performances at the Met Features Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 8/9 Great Performances at the Met Features Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - July 22, 2016

The late Anthony Minghella's critically acclaimed production of Puccini's classic Madama Butterfly comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).... (more...)
Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET on PBS, 8/19 Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET on PBS, 8/19
by TV News Desk - July 22, 2016

The late Anthony Minghella's critically acclaimed production of Puccini's classic Madama Butterfly comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).... (more...)
Stewart Pearce, Former Metropolitan Opera Executive, Passes Away Stewart Pearce, Former Metropolitan Opera Executive, Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - July 19, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera mourns the death of its dear friend and colleague Stewart Pearce, whose Met career spanned 39 years from 1976, when he began at the Metropolitan Opera Guild as an intern, to his retirement in 2015 as Managing Director of the Guild.... (more...)
Georgian Opera Stars Accuse Tbilisi Opera Theatre of Corruption and Poor Management Georgian Opera Stars Accuse Tbilisi Opera Theatre of Corruption and Poor Management
by BWW News Desk - July 19, 2016

Georgian opera stars such as Mzia Nioradze, Tamar Iveri, Nana Kavtarashvili, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Lado Ataneli, and members of the Tbilisi opera choir, have called their artistic director Davit Kintsurashvili “unprofessional” for only presenting three operas in the two years of his leadership.... (more...)
Eyre's Puccini's Manon Lescaut Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Eyre's Puccini's Manon Lescaut Coming to PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
by TV News Desk - July 18, 2016

Puccini's lush classic Manon Lescaut airs on THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Saturday, August 13 at 11 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera on Friday, August 26 at 9 p.m.)... (more...)
COSI FAN TUTTE Live in HD Summer Encore COSI FAN TUTTE Live in HD Summer Encore
by BWW News Desk - July 14, 2016

Met music director Emeritus James Levine leads charismatic cast in Mozart's joyful and heartrendering masterpiece Cosi fan tutte on Wednesday July 20th at 7pm.... (more...)
Dallas Opera to Premiere Mark Adamo's BECOMING SANTA CLAUS, 12/4 Dallas Opera to Premiere Mark Adamo's BECOMING SANTA CLAUS, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - November 12, 2015

DALLAS, NOVEMBER 11, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is delighted to present an original, musically compelling and visually stunning world premiere: Mark Adamo's BECOMING SANTA CLAUS, opening on Friday, December 4that 7:30 p.m. in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. ... (more...)
Met Opera to Present Return of LA BOHEME, 11/23 Met Opera to Present Return of LA BOHEME, 11/23
by BWW News Desk - November 12, 2015

New York, NY (November 11, 2015) – Franco Zeffirelli's production of Puccini's La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history, returns to the Met stage on Monday, November 23 for the first of seventeen performances throughout the season. The November and December performances, conducted by Paol... (more...)
BWW Interview: Olga Peretyatko, the Met's Shimmering Gilda in RIGOLETTO BWW Interview: Olga Peretyatko, the Met's Shimmering Gilda in RIGOLETTO
by Richard Sasanow - November 02, 2015

When singers seem to come out of nowhere, it's usually not the case at all, but the culmination of years of hard work. But for Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko--the Met's current Gilda in the lively 'Ratpack' production of Verdi's RIGOLETTO--it certainly seemed like it.... (more...)




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BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at CaramoorBWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor
by Richard Sasanow