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San Francisco Opera Names Jordi Bernacer New Resident ConductorSan Francisco Opera Names Jordi Bernacer New Resident Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced that Company Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi has stepped down in order to accept a growing demand of international conducting assignments that conflict with his position in San Francisco. The Italian-born Finzi made his debut at the War Memorial Opera House in 2009 and has conducted numerous operas over the past six seasons including Puccini's La Bohème last November, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's Turandot, Verdi's Aida and La Traviata and family performances of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. (more...)

Steven LaBrie and Ben Heppner Sign on for George London Foundation for Singers' 2015-16 SeasonSteven LaBrie and Ben Heppner Sign on for George London Foundation for Singers' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

?The 2015-16 season marks two milestones for the George London Foundation for Singers, which has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971:  the 45th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition, which gives George London Awards to young singers each year; and the 20th year of its acclaimed recital series, which presents pairs of singers, both established stars and recent George London Award winners, at The Morgan Library & Museum. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Lead Marc Neikrug World Premiere; Emanuel Ax to Perform BrahmsAlan Gilbert to Lead Marc Neikrug World Premiere; Emanuel Ax to Perform Brahms
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the World Premiere- Philharmonic Commission of Marc Neikrug's Canta-Concerto, featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke; Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Emanuel Ax as soloist; and Brahms's Tragic Overture. The performances take place Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, at 8:00 p.m. Alan Gilbert and the Philharmonic will also perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2, with Emanuel Ax as soloist, on a program that includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, on September 30, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., as well as at Long Island University's Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, New York, on October 2, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present NEIGHBORHOOD WEEK, 8/31Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present NEIGHBORHOOD WEEK, 8/31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra presents “Neighborhood Week,” an entire week of classical orchestral and chamber music in some of Pittsburgh's most beloved locales. Beginning on Monday, August 31, the Pittsburgh Symphony will be bringing music to the community with different events each day through Friday, September 4. All details about Neighborhood Week, including locations and ticket information, can be found at pittsburghsymphony.org/neighborhood. (more...)

Lyric Opera's Top Performers to Play Millennium ParkLyric Opera's Top Performers to Play Millennium Park
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago launches its new season with the 15th annual Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The free outdoor performance, presented in cooperation with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, annually attracts capacity crowds of 16,000 to the pavilion, great lawn, and surrounding areas of the park. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD to Encore Susan Stroman's THE MERRY WIDOW Next WeekThe Met: Live in HD to Encore Susan Stroman's THE MERRY WIDOW Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

THE MET: LIVE IN HD will screen an encore of Susan Stroman's production of THE MERRY WIDOW by Franz Lehar (originally transmitted January 17, 2015), hosted by Joyce DiDonato, on July 22nd. (more...)

World Premiere Youth Opera SECOND NATURE to Debut at Lincoln Park Zoo, 8/19-20World Premiere Youth Opera SECOND NATURE to Debut at Lincoln Park Zoo, 8/19-20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Lyric Unlimited presents the world premiere of Second Nature, a new opera for youth from the acclaimed composer/librettist Matthew Aucoin, at Café Brauer at Lincoln Park Zoo (2021 N. Stockton Dr., Chicago). (more...)

Tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015-16 Season Now on SaleTickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2015-16 Season Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

Single tickets go on sale July 8 at 10:00am for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 61st season. (more...)

Rossini's La Donna del Lago to Air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/2Rossini's La Donna del Lago to Air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flrez headline Rossini's bel canto tour-de-force La Donna del Lago on THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 2 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) (more...)

BWW Feature: THREE NEW RELEASES FROM PIANIST JEFFREY BIEGELBWW Feature: THREE NEW RELEASES FROM PIANIST JEFFREY BIEGEL
by Peter Danish - Jun 15, 2015

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Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

CHICAGO - American mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges is one of 20 international finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 competition. Bridges, a third-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, is currently portraying Vlasta in Lyric's mainstage premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg's The Passenger. (more...)

Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Bluebeard's Castle by Bart Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES, 7/12Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, Bluebeard's Castle by Bart Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES, 7/12
by TV News Desk - Jun 12, 2015

Acclaimed Polish film director Mariusz Treliski makes his highly anticipated Met debut with the Metropolitan Opera's new production, inspired by classic noir films of the 1940s, bringing together two rarely performed one-acts (more...)

Renee Fleming Stars in THE MERRY WIDOW, Directed by Susan Stroman, Airing on ThirteenRenee Fleming Stars in THE MERRY WIDOW, Directed by Susan Stroman, Airing on Thirteen
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehar's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow (more...)

New York Philharmonic Announces 50th Anniversary 'Share the Stage' Concerts in the ParksNew York Philharmonic Announces 50th Anniversary 'Share the Stage' Concerts in the Parks
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2015

As part of the New York Philharmonic's celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of its historic Concerts in the Parks, the Philharmonic will present Share the Stage in Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island, inviting local musicians to perform on the stage in their home boroughs before the Orchestra's performances. (more...)

Renee Fleming to Stay for Two More Years as Lyric Opera of Chicago's Creative ConsultantRenee Fleming to Stay for Two More Years as Lyric Opera of Chicago's Creative Consultant
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

General director Anthony Freud announced today that Lyric Opera of Chicago has extended its agreement with world-famous soprano Renee Fleming to serve as its creative consultant for the next two years. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

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Warner Bros Developing New Installment of THE FUGITIVEWarner Bros Developing New Installment of THE FUGITIVE
by Movies News Desk - May 12, 2015

Warner Bros. Pictures has begun development of a new installment of THE FUGITIVE. According to the report, Christina Hodson is set to write the script with Arnold and Anne Kopelson returning to produce. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehár's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. Star soprano Renée Flemingadds a beguiling new character to her wide-ranging Met repertory as Hanna, the widowed Pontevedrian millionairess. (more...)

Susan Stroman Directs Renee Fleming in THE MERRY WIDOW on Great Performances at the MetSusan Stroman Directs Renee Fleming in THE MERRY WIDOW on Great Performances at the Met
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2015

Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman, whose many credits include the Tony Award-winning musicals Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers, makes her Met debut with a lavish new staging of Lehr's effervescent operetta The Merry Widow. (more...)

Laura Osnes & Steven Pasquale-Led CAROUSEL Among Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-15 Radio BroadcastsLaura Osnes & Steven Pasquale-Led CAROUSEL Among Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-15 Radio Broadcasts
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Beginning on Saturday, May 16, and continuing every Saturday through July 11, The Lyric Opera Broadcasts of the 2014-15 Lyric Opera of Chicago season will be rebroadcast internationally by The WFMT Radio Network and heard locally on 98.7WFMT. (more...)

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