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STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at ANNA NICOLE, Coming to the Royal Opera House, September
by Stage Tube - August 28, 2014

Sex, celebrity and scandal: Mark-Anthony Turnage's opera draws on the dramatic life and death of Anna Nicole Smith, presented at the Royal Opera House September 11-24, 2014. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Bill Irwin as 'Captain Andy' in San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT
by Stage Tube - June 04, 2014

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's SHOW BOAT opens San Francisco Opera's Summer Season, running now through July 2, 2014. A watershed of American musical theater, Show Boat receives its company premiere in director Francesca Zambello's new grand-scale 'beautifully sung, smartly staged and handsomely designed (Chicago Tribune)' production. Scroll down to watch a sneak peek at Tony winner Bill Irwin as 'Captain Andy'! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Highlights from San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT
by Stage Tube - June 04, 2014

A true classic of American musical theater, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism. Director Francesca Zambello's grand-scale production is 'a triumph-a stylish, fast-paced and colorful show that had the capacity audience on its feet, cheering loud and long' (Chicago Classical Review). The magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score, which includes such classic songs as 'Ol' Man River,' 'Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man,' 'Make Believe' and 'You Are Love,' will sound glorious 'under the authoritative baton of music-theater maestro John DeMain' (Chicago Tribune). 'No one should miss it' (Chicago Sun-Times). (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Joyce DiDonato Delivers Heartfelt Commencement Speech at Juilliard
by Stage Tube - May 30, 2014

Click below to watch mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's eloquent and heartfelt Juilliard Commencement speech on May 23, 2014! In addition to her remarks, DiDonato also received Juilliard's Honorary Doctor of Music. (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Renee Fleming and More in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by Stage Tube - May 19, 2014

Superstar Renée Fleming returns to Los Angeles in a role created for her extraordinary talents! Clinging desperately to a masquerade of Southern grace, Blanche DuBois moves into her sister's cramped apartment, creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude brother-in-law. When dark truths about Blanche's past begin to emerge, her world comes apart at the seams in a spiral of violence and madness. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Opera Singer Eric Jordan Struggles with Speech After Stroke
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2014

On September 20, 2012, Opera singer Eric Jordan had a life-threatening stroke. The stroke left him with aphasia, which makes it hard to read, write or say what he means and apraxia, which is the inability to execute purposeful movements. Jordan said, Luckily for me, the stroke primarily affected the Broca area of my brain, which is responsible for speech production. I say 'luckily' because I can now sing with better verbal fluency than I can speak.' (more...)


VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of Cleveland Orchestra's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
by BWW News Desk - May 09, 2014

Music Director Franz Welser-Most continues his emphasis on operatic and choral repertoire with a compelling new production of Leos Janacek's The Cunning Little Vixen, performed with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall, May 17-24. Presented with innovative and original animation, this world premiere production explores the depths of human experience in a charming tale of love, peril, freedom, and family. On the surface, the opera's story is about childish things, but underneath, human emotions boil over and burst apart between the 'animals of the forest' and their human interlocutors. Click below to go behind the making of the production! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: San Diego Opera Needs $3 Million by May Deadline
by Stage Tube - April 29, 2014

San Diego Opera is still alive and hoping for a bright future, but they need your help to make the 2015 season a reality. They have had critical leadership changes, new vision and direction and are hard at work raising funds, exploring cost-saving options and planning their future, but they have a deadline of May 19* to raise critically-needed funds to go forward. To help reach their goal and keep opera alive in San Diego, make a donation today. (more...)


VIDEO: Conductor Dominic Peckham Launches Big Sing Fridays - Sneak Peek!
by BWW News Desk - April 25, 2014

From: Royal Opera House (more...)


VIDEO: Dr. Rob Istad Interviews THE RADIO HOUR Composer Jake Heggie and Conductor John Alexander, Parts 1 & 2
by BWW News Desk - April 24, 2014

The internationally-acclaimed Pacific Chorale in Orange County, CA will be presenting a new work created by American opera composer Jake Heggie, and the versatile librettist Gene Scheer entitled 'THE RADIO HOUR'. The choral opera will be conducted by Pacific Chorale's Artistic Director, John Alexander, and stage-directed by James R. Taulli. The premiere work will be performed by the organization's chamber choir, The John Alexander Singers, accompanied by an 8-member ensemble of musicians who are members of Pacific Symphony. The performance is on Sunday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, CA. Scroll down to see an interview with composer Jake Heggie and conductor John Alexander! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Minnesota Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE
by Stage Tube - April 14, 2014

Minnesota Opera presents its co-production of a dynamic and engaging staging of Mozart's The Magic Flute with LA Opera. Mozart's masterful comedy about love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment is richly reimagined in this boundary-busting production. Connecting the tale's enduring meaning with modern metaphor, this extraordinary staging combines live performance and film animation to delve deeply into the opera's surreal magic, odd characters and crazy love. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes - THE FIGARO PLAYS in Rep at the McCarter Theatre Center
by Stage Tube - April 11, 2014

The McCarter Theatre Center presents two all-new adaptations of Pierre Beaumarchais' comic masterpieces that inspired Rossini and Mozart's operas: The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Filled with material rarely seen by modern theatregoers (due to being cut by censors for the operas), The Figaro Plays will contain fresh surprises, unexpected laughs, and new insight for 21st century audiences. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Can the San Diego Opera be Saved?
by Stage Tube - April 10, 2014

The San Diego Opera board of directors voted 33-to-1 to close its doors after more than three years of falling ticket sales and wavering donor support. (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Steve Jobs Opera, STEVE FIVE (KING DIFFERENT)
by Stage Tube - March 14, 2014

France's Opéra de Lyon will perform its multimedia opera — the story of Steve Jobs with Henry V, taken from Shakespeare's 1599 play. Check out a sneak peek below! (more...)


VIDEO: John Tomlinson The Ring Masterclass (The Royal Opera)
by BWW News Desk - March 01, 2014

From: Royal Opera House, Perhaps the most successful Wotan of his generation, join Sir John Tomlinson as he coaches mezzo soprano Rhonda Browne in the role of Erda from Wagner's epic Ring Cycle. (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Cleveland Orchestra's THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN Production Diary - Part 1
by Stage Tube - February 28, 2014

The Cleveland Orchestra takes you on a journey behind-the-scenes of their upcoming digitally-animated opera, The Cunning Little Vixen. This production is made specifically for Cleveland and will be unlike anything you've ever seen before. The video showcases The Cunning Little Vixen production team led by Director Yuval Sharon with animation by Bill Barminski & Christopher Louie. This is the first of a four part series that will lead up to the Cleveland Orchestra performances in May. Click below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes with Bass-Baritone Luca Pisaroni in THE ENCHANTED ISLAND
by Stage Tube - February 28, 2014

The Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, a hit when it premiered at the Met in 2011, returns for its first revival on February 26. New cast members Susan Graham (Sycorax) and Andriana Chuchman (Miranda) join many of the principal singers who appeared in the work's world premiere: David Daniels as Prospero, Plácido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Ferdinand, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. The four mismatched Athenian lovers will be sung by Elizabeth DeShong, who sang Hermia in the world premiere, joined by new cast members Janai Brugger (Helena), Andrew Stenson (Demetrius), and Nicholas Pallesen (Lysander) completing the quartet of Athenian lovers. In the video below, watch acclaimed bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni transform before your very eyes! (more...)


BWW TV: First Look at Jonas Kaufmann Singing 'O Nature' From WERTHER at The Met
by BroadwayWorld TV - February 25, 2014

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's new production of Massenet's Werther, running through March 15, 2014. Check out the video below of Jonas singing 'O Nature.' (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Pittsburgh Opera's PAUL'S CASE, Opening 2/22
by Stage Tube - February 20, 2014

Pittsburgh Opera presents Second Stage Project: PAUL'S CASE, February 22, 25, 28; March 2, 2014 at George R. White Studio, Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. Music by Gregory Spears • Libretto By Gregory Spears and Kathryn Walat. PAUL'S CASE is part of Pittsburgh Opera's 2014 American Opera Series. (more...)


VIDEO: Introducing Mozart's Don Giovanni (The Royal Opera)
by BWW News Desk - February 16, 2014

From: Royal Opera House, Conductor Nicola Luisotti, Director Kasper Holten, Set Designer Es Devlin and members of the cast, including Malin Byström (Donna Anna), Véronique Gens (Donna Elvira), Elizabeth Watts (Zerlina), Alex Esposito (Leporello) and Mariusz Kwiecien (Don Giovanni) introduce Mozart's Don Giovanni. (more...)


VIDEO: Renee Fleming Brings Opera Flair to Super Bowl XLVIII National Anthem
by TV News Desk - February 02, 2014

World-renowned soprano Rene Fleming sang the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl XLVIII pregame festivities at MetLife Stadium today, February 2. The performance was televised live on FOX prior to kickoff, and you can watch it in full below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Annie Proulx's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN Opera, Opening Tonight!
by Stage Tube - January 28, 2014

Gerard Mortier and the New York City Opera have commissioned Charles Wuorinen, an American composer, to turn Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain into a work for the operatic stage. Proulx wrote the libretto, and Wuorinen completed the opera in 2012. The premiere was postponed after New York City Opera's General Director, Gerard Mortier, resigned. The project was then again taken up by Mortier at the Teatro Real in Madrid and is set to premiere today, January 28, 2014. Check out some clips and behind-the-scenes video below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: First Look at Renee Fleming and More in Highlights of RUSALKA at the Met
by Stage Tube - January 24, 2014

Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, the title character in Dvorák's Rusalka, for six performances beginning January 23. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of the opera about a water spirit in love with a human prince, adapted from the same sources as Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale 'The Little Mermaid.' Check out highlights below! (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Die Fledermaus: 'All I Want Is More Champagne'
by Stage Tube - January 06, 2014

A new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s New Year's Eve classic, the comedic operetta Die Fledermaus, will open at the Met tonight, December 31, with two Broadway stars appearing. Check out the excerpt from Act II of Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' with Jane Archibald (Adele), Anthony Roth Costanzo (Orlofsky), Christopher Maltman (Eisenstein). (more...)


STAGE TUBE: Susanna Phillips, Jane Archibald, & Christopher Maltman in 'Oh No, That Moves Me So' from The Met's DIE FLEDERMAUS
by Stage Tube - January 03, 2014

A new production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s New Year's Eve classic, the comedic operetta Die Fledermaus, will open at the Met tonight, December 31, with two Broadway stars appearing. Check out the excerpt from the Act I trio of Johann Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus.' (more...)




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