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Toronto Symphony Orchestra Unveils 95th Performance SeasonToronto Symphony Orchestra Unveils 95th Performance Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Today, at Roy Thomson Hall, Music Director Peter Oundjian unveiled the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 95th performance season. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Launches 61st Season With ROMEO AND JULIET, 2/22Lyric Opera of Chicago Launches 61st Season With ROMEO AND JULIET, 2/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago continues its 61st season with Romeo and Juliet in a new-to-Chicago production created by Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher, Monday, February 22 through Saturday, March 19(nine performances). This is the eighth and final mainstage opera production of the widely acclaimed 2015/16 season. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, Rob Ashford-Helmed CARMEN & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016-17 SeasonMY FAIR LADY, Rob Ashford-Helmed CARMEN & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago's general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis confirmed today the repertoire and casting for the company's 2016/17 season - the second season that they have fully planned together.   (more...)

Capathia Jenkins and More Set for I'M EVERY WOMAN with the Cincinnati Pops This WeekendCapathia Jenkins and More Set for I'M EVERY WOMAN with the Cincinnati Pops This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of Pops Conductor John Morris Russell presents two concerts January 9-10 at Cincinnati Music Hall, dubbed I'M EVERY WOMAN, starring three powerhouse vocalists. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Danielle de Niese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's BEL CANTOSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Danielle de Niese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's BEL CANTO
by Stage Tube - Dec 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...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents Strauss's DER ROSENKAVALIER, 2/8Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents Strauss's DER ROSENKAVALIER, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the perfect midwinter getaway: a beautiful production of Richard Strauss's delectably bittersweet romantic comedyDer Rosenkavalier, which opens on Monday, February 8 for eight performances. (more...)

Lyric Opera's BEL CANTO Set For PBS' Great Performances Series, 1/5Lyric Opera's BEL CANTO Set For PBS' Great Performances Series, 1/5
by BWW News Desk - Dec 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 Canto will air nationally during the 2016/17 television season.  (more...)

Lyric Opera to Offer Free Pop-Up Concert of Neapolitan Songs TomorrowLyric Opera to Offer Free Pop-Up Concert of Neapolitan Songs Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

Join the Lyric Opera and the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center's free, pop-up performance of classic Neapolitan songs tomorrow, December 12 from 5 to 5:15 p.m. at Eataly (2nd floor), 43 E. Ohio, Chicago. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Hold Male Dancer Auditions for THE KING AND I, 1/28/16Lyric Opera of Chicago to Hold Male Dancer Auditions for THE KING AND I, 1/28/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2015

CHICAGO - Lyric Opera of Chicago will hold auditions by invitation in New York City for male dancers for the 2015-16 season production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. This new-to-Chicago production is part of the company's American Musical Theater Initiative and features an internationally acclaimed creative team, including director Lee Blakeley, conductor David Chase, and choreographer Peggy Hickey. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 9th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for December 9th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Dec 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Details on the arrivals of 'Hamilton' and 'If/Then,' and Bill Pullinsi's and Michael Flatley's retirements mark the end of two eraa. 'Far From Heaven' and 'Heathers' will premiere locally, and 'Bel Canto' bows at the Lyric Opera. 'Daddy Long Legs' streams, 'Option Up!' debuts new works, and voting for the BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards heats up! (more...)

Stageplays Theatre Company to Present IT'S ONLY MONEYStageplays Theatre Company to Present IT'S ONLY MONEY
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

Stageplays Theatre Company presents a 2-performance benefit concert reading Sunday and Monday, December 13-14, to introduce its next world-premiere play, It's Only Money, a new comedy by Llywelyn Jones and Tom Ferriter. (more...)

Chris Jamison, Finalist on 'The Voice', Makes First Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Appearance, 12/11Chris Jamison, Finalist on 'The Voice', Makes First Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Appearance, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

The holiday season brings family, fun, togetherness and music! Experience all of that and more at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's annual holiday celebration, Highmark Holiday Pops, on December 11-13 and December 19 and 20 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

BWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Comes Up Singing at Lyric OperaBWW Review: THE MERRY WIDOW Comes Up Singing at Lyric Opera
by Rachel Weinberg - Nov 25, 2015

With artful direction and choreography from Susan Stroman, Lyric Opera's mounting of Franz Lehar's well-known 1905 operetta THE MERRY WIDOW sweeps audiences into a joyful waltz, complete with exquisite talent and a production with opulence to spare. This production debuted at the Metropolitan Opera in the fall of 2014 with commanding opera diva Renee Fleming at the helm as the titular widow Hanna Glawari. Fleming truly shines in this production, with the equally talented Thomas Hampson at her side as Count Danilo Danilovich. (more...)

Peter Oundjian to Guest Conduct LA Chamber Orchestra, 12/12-13Peter Oundjian to Guest Conduct LA Chamber Orchestra, 12/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Scotland's Royal National Orchestra, and celebrated violinist Stefan Jackiw make their debuts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for two performances on Saturday, December 12, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA's Royce Hall. Oundjian, described as 'consistently illuminating' (Gramophone), conducts Bartok's brilliant Divertimento, Sz 113; Beethoven's sunny Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. The latter work, among the most beloved violin concertos ever written, features Jackiw, also making his Los Angeles debut, who has been hailed for 'talent that's off the scale' (Washington Post) and as a 'legend in the making' (Chicago Tribune). (more...)

Kent Tritle, New Chair of Manhattan School of Music Organ Department, Performs Annual Recital TonightKent Tritle, New Chair of Manhattan School of Music Organ Department, Performs Annual Recital Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Manhattan School of Music (MSM) recently announced the appointment of Kent Tritle, also the School's Director of Choral Activities, as Chair of its historic Organ Department. Tritle, who the New York Times has hailed as 'the brightest star in New York's choral music world,' is organist for both the New York Philharmonic (since 1994) and American Symphony Orchestra (since 1993), as well as serving as Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He is also Music Director of both Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York, and the acclaimed Oratorio Society of New York. (more...)

Tony Award Winner Susan Stroman Debuts in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE MERRY WIDOW TonightTony Award Winner Susan Stroman Debuts in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE MERRY WIDOW Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the sparkling operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar in a new-to-Chicago production directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. Presented in English with projected titles, the production opens tonight, November 14 with 10 performances through Sunday, December 13. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Heidi Stober & More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE MERRY WIDOWPhoto Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Heidi Stober & More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE MERRY WIDOW
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the sparkling operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Lehár in a new-to-Chicago production to launch the holiday season. It opens tomorrow, November 14, with 10 performances through Sunday, December 13. Performances are in English with projected titles. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Rene Flemming in Susan Stroman-Helmed THE MERRY WIDOWBWW TV: First Look at Rene Flemming in Susan Stroman-Helmed THE MERRY WIDOW
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 13, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the sparkling operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar in a new-to-Chicago production to launch the holiday season. It opens on Saturday, November 14 with 10 performances through Sunday, December 13. Performances are in English with projected titles. (more...)

McCarter Concludes Annual A CHRISTMAS CAROL Tradition This SeasonMcCarter Concludes Annual A CHRISTMAS CAROL Tradition This Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

The McCarter Theatre Center's production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol has become a welcome holiday treat for families across the region. This heartwarming and powerfully honest musical adaptation of Dickens' classic novel is a wonderful way to honor tradition while experiencing the joys and warmth of a holiday favorite. A Christmas Carol runs from Dec. 4 through Dec. 27 on the Matthews Stage. (more...)

BWW Review: Lyric's WOZZECK Stirs the Brain in Cracking ProductionBWW Review: Lyric's WOZZECK Stirs the Brain in Cracking Production
by Patrick O'Brien - Nov 12, 2015

Alban Berg's opera Wozzeck is not the first to swirl with immortal themes like power play, lust, betrayal, and death (far, far from it), but thanks to the circumstances of its composition - further emphasized by Sir David McVicar's new production at the Lyric Opera - it is prominent in its search to question the meaning of it all. So, whether or not philosophizing about the inherent nature of man gets you up and out in the morning, a visit to the Civic Opera House would very much be in order for a beguiling production that, while leaving one starved for melody, makes for cracking drama and discussion. (more...)

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