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BWW Review: PERLES of Wonder from Damrau and Polenzani at the Met BWW Review: PERLES of Wonder from Damrau and Polenzani at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - January 13, 2016

One more BOHEME? Yet another TOSCA? How about BARBIERE redux? Sometimes the standard repertoire of opera companies seems too standard. That's why it was good to hear that the Met was mounting Bizet's LES PECHEURS DE PERLES for the first time in a century, as a showcase for one of its top divas, Dia... (more...)
Opera Paralléle and SFJazz to Co-Present CHAMPION, 2/19 Opera Paralléle and SFJazz to Co-Present CHAMPION, 2/19
by BWW News Desk - January 13, 2016

San Francisco's Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ will present their first collaboration: a new, fully staged production of Champion: An Opera in Jazz by Terence Blanchard, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, with eight performances to be given February 19-28, 2016 at SFJAZZ Center.  Based on the life of Af... (more...)
Ecce Ensemble to Present World Premiere of SWITCH Opera, 2/12 Ecce Ensemble to Present World Premiere of SWITCH Opera, 2/12
by BWW News Desk - January 12, 2016

Cambridge, MA (FOR RELEASE 1.11.16) — As the 2015-16 contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Cambridge's Le Laboratoire, the Ecce Ensemble premieres Switch, a contemporary opera written and composed by John Aylward, directed by Laine Rettmer (Loft Opera), and conducted by Jean-Philippe Wurtz (En... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Announces 2016-17 Season San Francisco Opera Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 12, 2016

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced the Company's 2016–17 Season repertory and roster of international guest artists, conductors and creative teams scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House, as well as initial programming fo... (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...)
Kitchen Opera Company to Present World Premiere of QUICKSAND, 1/28 Kitchen Opera Company to Present World Premiere of QUICKSAND, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - January 08, 2016

The Kitchen is pleased to present the world premiere of Quicksand, an opera-novel for music, dance, and light, composed from a novel of the same name by the late Robert Ashley. Quicksandfeatures a narrative entirely sung by Ashley, movement by legendary choreographer Steve Paxton, a light environmen... (more...)
Audrey Babcock and Christopher Burchett to Perform in Concert Reading of LA REINA, 1/17 Audrey Babcock and Christopher Burchett to Perform in Concert Reading of LA REINA, 1/17
by BWW News Desk - January 05, 2016

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Prototype Festival are thrilled to present mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and baritone Christopher Burchett in a special concert reading of La Reina, an electro-acoustic opera from composer Jorge Sosa and librettist Laura Sosa Pedroza on Sunday, J... (more...)
Minnesota Opera to Present Dvorák's RUSALKA, 1/23 Minnesota Opera to Present Dvorák's RUSALKA, 1/23
by BWW News Desk - January 05, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (December 20, 2015) – The Minnesota Opera's 2015–2016 season continues at the Ordway Music Theater on January 23, 2016, with Antonin Dvo?ák's Rusalka, the tragic tale of a beautiful water nymph who falls in love with a prince and yearns to become human. The Czech composer, beloved for hi... (more...)
THE WICKED ADVENTURES OF COUNT ORY, THE MAGIC FLUTE and More Set for Seattle Opera's 2016-17 Season THE WICKED ADVENTURES OF COUNT ORY, THE MAGIC FLUTE and More Set for Seattle Opera's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2016

Thrilling theater and unforgettable music -- that's what audiences can expect from Seattle Opera's 2016/17 Season. The company today announced the operas next up at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. They include: The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory, Hansel & Gretel, La traviata, Katya Kabanova and The Magic ... (more...)
Houston Grand Opera Presents THE PUFFED-UP PRIMA DONNA, 1/28 Houston Grand Opera Presents THE PUFFED-UP PRIMA DONNA, 1/28
by BWW News Desk - January 04, 2016

What: Houston Grand Opera's award-winning community collaboration and education initiative, HGOco, presents the world premiere of The Puffed-Up Prima Donna at HCC Central Campus' Heinen Theatre. The talented artists of HGOco's touring Opera to Go! program will perform this original opera, addressing... (more...)
AZ Opera to Stage Workshop of THE COPPER QUEEN Next Month AZ Opera to Stage Workshop of THE COPPER QUEEN Next Month
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2015

In conjunction with Arizona Opera's new community-based artistic initiative, Arizona Bold, the company presents a short preview of a new operatic work in development, THE COPPER QUEEN on January 3 at 3:00 p.m. at the Arizona Opera Center in Phoenix.... (more...)
Guerilla Opera Welcomes Susan Larson to Board of Directors Guerilla Opera Welcomes Susan Larson to Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2015

Guerilla Opera enthusiastically welcomes Susan Larson to their Board of Directors. In her retirement, Larson worked as music writer for The Boston Globe and is now a published author, but many know her best from Peter Sellars' innovative productions of the late 1980s. She is one of the groundbreakin... (more...)
STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Danielle de Niese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's BEL CANTO STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Danielle de Niese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's BEL CANTO
by Stage Tube - December 29, 2015

Ann Patchett's best-selling novel Bel Canto took the literary world by storm. Now, in a new work curated by Lyric's creative consultant, Renée Fleming, this riveting story inspired by a real-life event becomes a powerful opera. Check out a sneak peek below!... (more...)
Opera Paralléle Co-Commisions World Premiere of Georgia O'Keefe Opera TODAY IT RAINS Opera Paralléle Co-Commisions World Premiere of Georgia O'Keefe Opera TODAY IT RAINS
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2015

San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2015 – San Francisco's Opera Parallèle (OP) has announced its first main stage opera commission, the creation of a new opera by American composer Laura Kaminsky inspired by the life of Georgia O'Keeffe at the time she left New York to embark on her iconic and influent... (more...)
Dallas Opera Receives Major Gifts Totaling $2 Million from The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Mrs. Eugene (Margaret) McDermott Dallas Opera Receives Major Gifts Totaling $2 Million from The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Mrs. Eugene (Margaret) McDermott
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2015

The Dallas Opera is the proud recipient of two extraordinary new gifts, totaling $2 million, from The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Mrs. Eugene (Margaret) McDermott, who have requested that the position of Dallas Opera General Director and CEO be known henceforth as the “Kern Wildenthal General Di... (more...)
BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera
by Richard Sasanow - December 18, 2015

“Often when I tell people I'm doing a new production, the first question they ask is: 'What time period are you going to do it in and where?' I think that's a superficial approach, almost a cliche,” says Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera. “The first thing I ask myself ... (more...)
New Dennehy/Walsh Opera THE LAST HOTEL to Play St. Anne's Warehouse New Dennehy/Walsh Opera THE LAST HOTEL to Play St. Anne's Warehouse
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2015

Landmark Productions / Wide Open Opera Show Comes to the New St. Ann's Warehouse Steinberg Theater January 8-17, 2016 for Seven Performances Only, Following Highly Acclaimed Engagements at Edinburgh International Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival and London's Royal Opera House... (more...)
Lyric Opera's BEL CANTO Set For PBS' Great Performances Series, 1/5 Lyric Opera's BEL CANTO Set For PBS' Great Performances Series, 1/5
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago is excited to announce that Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET New York has selected the world-premiere production of Bel Canto – The Opera to be part of the prestigiousGreat Performances series on PBS. The WNET team will be in Chicago to film performances January 5 and 8. Bel ... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Present DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER World Premiere San Francisco Opera to Present DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2015

San Francisco Opera today announced additional details for the Company's world premiere commission DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER by renowned Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, opening at the War Memorial Opera House on September 10, 2016.... (more...)
Carlo Rizzi Returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Verdi's NABUCCO Carlo Rizzi Returns to the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Verdi's NABUCCO
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2015

Carlo Rizzi is ready to enter an exciting period of work in the New Year. The conductor's 2015/16 season continues in January with a return to the Lyric Opera of Chicago for Matthew Ozawa's new production of Verdi's Nabucco. He heads to Milan the following month to begin rehearsals for Teatro alla S... (more...)
Opera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDS Opera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2015

New York, NY (December 10, 2015) – OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 11th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. This year's honorees — Joseph Calleja, El?na Garan?a, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam — will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on... (more...)
Opera Australia to Present LA BOHEME at Sydney Opera House, 12/31 Opera Australia to Present LA BOHEME at Sydney Opera House, 12/31
by BWW News Desk - December 11, 2015

Sydney, Australia: Opera Australia's popular production of Gale Edwards' La Bohème returns to the Sydney Opera House for another exciting season. This glittering production provides the perfect setting for the heart-wrenching love story, filled with the familiar arias of Puccini's most famous opera.... (more...)
St. Ann's Warehouse to Present American Premiere of THE LAST HOTEL, 1/8/16 St. Ann's Warehouse to Present American Premiere of THE LAST HOTEL, 1/8/16
by BWW News Desk - December 09, 2015

St. Ann's Warehouse will continue the inaugural season in its new waterfront theater with the American Premiere of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy and writer-director Enda Walsh's thrilling new opera The Last Hotel, in a Landmark Productions / Wide Open Opera production. Singers Claudia Boyle, Robin... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago Photo Flash: First Look at BEL CANTO, Opening Tonight at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - December 07, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the eagerly awaited world premiere of BEL CANTO tonight, December 7. This is Lyric's seventh full-length operatic world premiere. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!... (more...)
Luna Pearl Woolf's BETTER GODS Set for  Washington National Opera Luna Pearl Woolf's BETTER GODS Set for Washington National Opera
by BWW News Desk - November 30, 2015

Better Gods, a new opera by composer Luna Pearl Woolf, will have its world premiere at the Kennedy Center on January 8 and 9 presented by Washington National Opera, Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director. The story of the last queen of Hawaii and the fall of the Hawaiian monarchy, with a libretto by ... (more...)



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