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BWW Spotlight: Sneak Peek of Metropolitan Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW with Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn & Kelli O'Hara!BWW Spotlight: Sneak Peek of Metropolitan Opera's THE MERRY WIDOW with Renée Fleming, Nathan Gunn & Kelli O'Hara!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Beginning New Year's Eve, Renée Fleming returns to the stage in her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari, the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Met. Four-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman will make her Met debut as director and choreographer of a new production of the comic operetta, which will also reunite Nathan Gunn (Danilo) and five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara (Valencienne). The duo previously shared the stage in Carousel with the New York Philharmonic. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Present Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW with Renee Fleming Live in HD Next MonthRidgefield Playhouse to Present Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW with Renee Fleming Live in HD Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2014

Watching an opera from the Met at The Ridgefield Playhouse when it is Live in HD is as exhilarating as it gets! (more...)

Lyric Unlimited Presents THE MAGIC VICTROLA, 1/17Lyric Unlimited Presents THE MAGIC VICTROLA, 1/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

Lyric Unlimited, an initiative of Lyric Opera of Chicago, is proud to present the all-new family presentation, The Magic Victrola, on Saturday, January 17 at 3pm at the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago. This is Lyric Unlimited's third annual performance especially designed for youngsters ages 5-10 and their families. (more...)

Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Renée Fleming will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari, the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Met this season. Four-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman makes her Met debut as director and choreographer of a new production of the comic operetta, in which a wealthy widow's countrymen launch a romantic plot to keep her -- and her tax dollars -- within their borders. (more...)

The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open 12/18The Met's English-Language HANSEL AND GRETEL to Open 12/18
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 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, Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, opens December 18 and will star Aleksandra Kurzak, Heidi Stober, and Andriana Chuchman as Gretel; Christine Rice and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Hansel; Michaela Martens and Dwayne Croft as Gertrude and Peter, the wayward children's parents; and Robert Brubaker as the wicked Witch who captures them. Sir Andrew Davis will conduct all seven performances of the opera, which plays through January 8. There will be special weekday matinees at 11 a.m. on December 23 and December 30. (more...)

Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA Starring Sondra Radvanovsky Opens TodayDonizetti's ANNA BOLENA Starring Sondra Radvanovsky Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Tudor tragedy ?Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) in a new production conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Kevin Newbury. It opens on Saturday, December 6 with 8 performances through Friday, January 16. Performance dates are Dec. 6, 9, 15, Jan. 7, 10, and 16 at 7:30pm; and Dec. 12 and 21 at 2pm. (more...)

New Video Preview & Interview With Kelli O'Hara & Susan Stroman For THE MERRY WIDOW At The MetNew Video Preview & Interview With Kelli O'Hara & Susan Stroman For THE MERRY WIDOW At The Met
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 2, 2014

Kelli O'Hara goes from Broadway to the Met! (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Lyric Opera of Chicago's Diamond Ball & Concert with Jane Lynch, Jenn Gambatese & MorePhoto Flash: Inside Lyric Opera of Chicago's Diamond Ball & Concert with Jane Lynch, Jenn Gambatese & More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its glorious history and future Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginning at 6:30pm - sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen THE MERRY WIDOW, TALES OF HOFFMAN & JOHN Live in HD in JanuaryRidgefield Playhouse to Screen THE MERRY WIDOW, TALES OF HOFFMAN & JOHN Live in HD in January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

How exhilarating are the operas and plays broadcast Live in HD to The Ridgefield Playhouse, complete with behind-the-scenes tours and commentary by some of the genres' most revered stars. From London's National Theatre on Sunday, January 11, at 4 p.m., JOHN authentically depicts the real-life stories of more than 50 men asked about love and sex. JOHN contains adult themes, strong language and nudity. Suitable for 18yrs+. From the Met in New York City comes Lehar's The Merry Widow stars Renee Fleming on Saturday, January 17, at 6 p.m. The Met will also bring Offenbach's Les Contes D'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann) with magnetic tenor Vittorio Grigoloto to the theater on Saturday, January 31, at 12 p.m. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Remembers Stage Designer Johan EngelsLyric Opera of Chicago Remembers Stage Designer Johan Engels
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today issued the following statement regarding the death of renowned stage designer Johan Engels. (more...)

Lyric Unlimited Presents MEMORY AND RECKONING, 2/24-3/15Lyric Unlimited Presents MEMORY AND RECKONING, 2/24-3/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today announced Memory and Reckoning, a confluence of activities related to the Chicago premiere of Mieczysaw Weinberg's The Passenger, on stage at Lyric February 24 through March 15. This poignant and gripping 20th-century masterpiece portrays the story of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both victim and perpetrator, and was only recently rediscovered after more than 40 years of suppression. (more...)

Juilliard Opera Season to Premiere with IL TURCO IN  ITALIA, 11/19Juilliard Opera Season to Premiere with IL TURCO IN ITALIA, 11/19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

NEW YORK –– The Juilliard Opera season opens with a production of Gioachino Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), a drama buffo in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani. Juilliard alumnaSperanza Scappucci conducts the Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in her conducting debut at Juilliard in the production directed by John Giampietro. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m., in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera's production of Il Turco in Italia are $30 and available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Juilliard students may attend for free; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets at $15 at the Juilliard Box Office. (more...)

ANNA BOLENA, Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, to Open 12/6 at the LyricANNA BOLENA, Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, to Open 12/6 at the Lyric
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Tudor tragedy Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) in a new production by Kevin Newbury conducted by Patrick Summers. It opens on Saturday, December 6 with 8 performances through Friday, January 16. Performance dates are Dec. 6, 9, 15, Jan. 7, 10, and 16 at 7:30pm; and Dec. 12 and 21at 2pm. (more...)

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert Raises $3,200,000The Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert Raises $3,200,000
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its glorious history and futureSaturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at theCivic Opera House beginning at 6:30pm – sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert & Diamond Ball Raises $3.2 MillionLyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert & Diamond Ball Raises $3.2 Million
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago celebrated its glorious history and future Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginning at 6:30pm – sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Join Forces with PNC Pops for 'Sci-Fi Spectacular', 11/14Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Join Forces with PNC Pops for 'Sci-Fi Spectacular', 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

PITTSBURGH – Captain's Log, Stardate November 2014. The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conductor Jack Everly and host George Takei take audiences to galaxies far, far away to explore new worlds with lights, music and lots of action during PNC Pops “Sci-Fi Spectacular” at Heinz Hall on November 14-16. (more...)

Steven Pasquale to Star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's CAROUSEL This Spring; Rob Ashford to DirectSteven Pasquale to Star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's CAROUSEL This Spring; Rob Ashford to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that Steven Pasquale will star in the iconic role of carousel barker Billy Bigelow in Lyric's new production ofCarousel, on stage April 11 through May 3, 2015. Following his critically acclaimed performance on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, Pasquale will bring his “glorious voice” (VARIETY) to some of the most beloved songs in musical theater history in a new production directed and choreographed by legendary Tony, Emmy, and Olivier Award winner Rob Ashford. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents 60th Anniversary Concert, 11/1Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents 60th Anniversary Concert, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

CHICAGO - Lyric Opera of Chicago will celebrate its glorious history and future on Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginningat 6:30pm - sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season. (more...)

Renee Fleming, Ramsey Lewis & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, 11/1; Jane Lynch HostsRenee Fleming, Ramsey Lewis & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th Anniversary Concert, 11/1; Jane Lynch Hosts
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago will celebrate its glorious history and future on Saturday, November 1, with a star-studded 60th Anniversary Concert at the Civic Opera House beginningat 6:30pm - sixty years to the day after the company officially launched its very first season. (more...)

Eric Owens to Star in The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS at the Lyric Opera, 11/17-12/20Eric Owens to Star in The Gershwins' PORGY AND BESS at the Lyric Opera, 11/17-12/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Francesca Zambello, conducted by Ward Stare. It opens on Monday, November 17 with 13 performances through Saturday, December 20. Performance dates are Nov. 17, 19, Dec. 2, 5, 8, 13, 16, and 20 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 23, 26, 28, Dec. 11 and 18 at 2pm. (more...)

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