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Soprano Emily Pogorelc to Step in as Chan Parker in Opera Philadelphia's YARDBIRD Soprano Emily Pogorelc to Step in as Chan Parker in Opera Philadelphia's YARDBIRD
by BWW News Desk - March 26, 2016

Opera Philadelphia General Director & President David B. Devan today announced that soprano Emily Pogorelc will replace Rachel Sterrenberg as Chan Parker for the New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, April 1 and 3 at the Apollo Theater. Ms. Sterrenberg, who made her professional debut in t... (more...)
Soprano Emily Pogorelc Steps in as 'Chan Parker' in New York Debut of YARDBIRD Soprano Emily Pogorelc Steps in as 'Chan Parker' in New York Debut of YARDBIRD
by BWW News Desk - March 25, 2016

Opera Philadelphia General Director & President David B. Devan today announced that soprano Emily Pogorelc will replace Rachel Sterrenberg as 'Chan Parker' for the New York premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, April 1 and 3 at the Apollo Theater.... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present YARDBIRD, 4/1 Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present YARDBIRD, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - March 24, 2016

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia announced today that Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, composed by Daniel Schnyder with a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly, will have its New York premiere in a co-production between the two institutions, April 1 and 3, 2016.  The engagement marks the first time o... (more...)
Verismo Opera's LA GIOCONDA Coming to bergenPAC with International Cast Verismo Opera's LA GIOCONDA Coming to bergenPAC with International Cast
by BWW News Desk - March 23, 2016

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera debuts Amilcare Ponchielli's magnificent work, LA GIOCONDA, replete with complex plots and intrigue, on Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. ... (more...)
Boston Lyric Opera Announces 40th Anniversary Season Boston Lyric Opera Announces 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - March 23, 2016

Boston Lyric Opera's Stanford Calderwood General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson announced today that each of the company's 40th anniversary season productions will be presented on a different, iconic Boston stage, starting with its largest-ever undertaking—a spectacular international production... (more...)
BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens
by Richard Sasanow - March 22, 2016

Tenor Matthew Polenzani--he of the refined singing, elegant deportment and serious nature--is having a great season at the Met, with major roles in a pair of new productions. First, he was Nadir, whose love for the priestess Leila (Diana Damrau) tempts her to give up her vows in Bizet's LES PECHEURS... (more...)
Pacific Opera Project to Present Salieri & Mozart Double Bill Pacific Opera Project to Present Salieri & Mozart Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2016

Fresh off their sold out run of The Merry 'Widder', POP looks to shake things up again by recreating a competition that took place between the now infamous rivals W.A. Mozart and Antonio Salieri when they present a double bill of The Impresario and Prima la musica, e poi le parole.... (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...)
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...)
RIGOLETTO, Featuring Pavarotti, Up Next at Merola Goes to the Movies RIGOLETTO, Featuring Pavarotti, Up Next at Merola Goes to the Movies
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2016

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch present a free screening of Verdi's opera RIGOLETTO at the next Merola Goes to the Movies, on Sunday, March 20, 1:00 pm, in the Koret Auditorium of the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch (100 Larkin Street). Admission is... (more...)
San Francisco Opera to Launch SF Opera Lab Series with WINTERREISE San Francisco Opera to Launch SF Opera Lab Series with WINTERREISE
by BWW News Desk - March 04, 2016

San Francisco Opera's SF Opera Lab opens its inaugural season with innovative programming that celebrates the power of the human voice theatrically in intimate spaces, including the state-of-the-art Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco Opera's new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera.... (more...)
Three New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival Three New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - February 24, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28th through July 17, 2016.... (more...)
Dallas Opera Opens Applications for The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors Dallas Opera Opens Applications for The Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors
by BWW News Desk - February 23, 2016

Working to address a long-standing career issue in the opera world, The Dallas Opera is delighted to announce that applications are now being accepted for a unique residential program designed to provide training and career support for distinctively talented women conductors: The Linda and Mitch Har... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Adelaide Boedecker, Laurel Semerdjian and More in Pittsburgh Opera's 27 Photo Flash: First Look at Adelaide Boedecker, Laurel Semerdjian and More in Pittsburgh Opera's 27
by BWW News Desk - February 20, 2016

Pittsburgh Opera continues its 77th season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's 27. Spotlighting larger-than-life novelist, poet, playwright, and Pittsburgh native Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, 27 will delight you with Ricky Ian Gordon's 'tuneful score' and Royce V... (more...)
The Florentine Opera's 83rd Season to Feature a World Premiere, Classics and More! The Florentine Opera's 83rd Season to Feature a World Premiere, Classics and More!
by BWW News Desk - February 18, 2016

The Florentine Opera Company General Director William Florescu announced the nation's sixth oldest opera company's 83Rd season with a 'grand reveal party' in the Marcus Centers newly renovated Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall:... (more...)
Vancouver Opera Announces Full Schedule for 'Landmark' 2016-2017 Season Vancouver Opera Announces Full Schedule for 'Landmark' 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - February 18, 2016

Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for its 2016-2017 season, featuring Vancouver Opera Festival 2017: a landmark experience of events, performances, art and entertainment.... (more...)
Opera Australia to Launch NSW Schools Tour with HANSEL AND GRETEL, 2/22 Opera Australia to Launch NSW Schools Tour with HANSEL AND GRETEL, 2/22
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2016

February 2016: Opera Australia's touring program will present the opera version of Hansel and Gretel to NSW schools, launching at Marrickville West Primary School on Friday 19 February, 2016.... (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...)
Pittsburgh Opera to Present Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, 2/20 Pittsburgh Opera to Present Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, 2/20
by BWW News Desk - February 01, 2016

Pittsburgh Opera continues its 77th season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's 27. Spotlighting larger-than-life novelist, poet, playwright, and Pittsburgh native Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, 27 will delight you with Ricky Ian Gordon's 'tuneful score' and Royce V... (more...)
Opera Atelier Announces Schedule for 2016-2017 Season Opera Atelier Announces Schedule for 2016-2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - January 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON (January 26, 2016) – Opera Atelier's founding co-artistic directors Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg today announced the company's 2016-2017 season, featuring Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Charpentier's Medea. Both operas are derived from ancient my... (more...)
Ecce Ensemble to Premiere SWITCH Opera, 2/12 Ecce Ensemble to Premiere SWITCH Opera, 2/12
by BWW News Desk - January 26, 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...)
The Dallas Opera Announces 2016-17 Season - MADAME BUTTERFLY, MOBY DICK and More! The Dallas Opera Announces 2016-17 Season - MADAME BUTTERFLY, MOBY DICK and More!
by BWW News Desk - January 22, 2016

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce its spectacular 2016-2017 Season, consisting of five brilliant mainstage productions, including two repertoire classics never before performed by this company. ... (more...)
Vancouver Opera to Present STICKBOY Tour, 1/30 Vancouver Opera to Present STICKBOY Tour, 1/30
by BWW News Desk - January 19, 2016

Vancouver, BC ~ Stickboy, Vancouver Opera's groundbreaking new work about bullying, will begin its much-anticipated tour this month. Composed by Neil Weisensel to a libretto by world-renowned spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan and adaptation and stage direction by Rachel Peake, this autobiographical, ... (more...)
Tickets on Sale for Berkshire Opera Festival's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Playing This Summer Tickets on Sale for Berkshire Opera Festival's MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Playing This Summer
by BWW News Desk - January 18, 2016

Berkshire Opera Festival (BOF) has announced that tickets are on sale beginning today for its inaugural production of Giacomo Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY.... (more...)
Knight Foundation Invests $2.5 Million in Opera Philadelphia Festival Knight Foundation Invests $2.5 Million in Opera Philadelphia Festival
by BWW News Desk - January 17, 2016

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced it is investing $2.5 million in support of O, Opera Philadelphia's innovative new season-opening festival. Set to launch in September 2017, O will be a 12-day experience that will attract both opera buffs and new audiences to Philadelphia as... (more...)



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