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Verdi's MACBETH to Air as Part of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 2/1Verdi's MACBETH to Air as Part of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2015

Giuseppe Verdi's adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth comes to THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met with an internationally renowned cast headed by Russian star soprano Anna Netrebko in her North American debut as the fatally ambitious Lady Macbeth. Serbian baritone Željko Lu?i? sings the title role; German bass René Pape is among his victims of his bloody rise to the throne as Banquo, and Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja sings the role of his heroic rival Macduff. (more...)

San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco. (more...)

Ildar Abdrazakov Plays Carnegie Hall TomorrowIldar Abdrazakov Plays Carnegie Hall Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Russian-born bass Ildar Abdrazakov makes his U.S. solo recital debut tomorrow, Thursday Jan 29, on the main stage of Carnegie Hall at 8pm. Joined by pianist Mzia Bakhtouridze, the singer will perform a program pairing works by Faure, Liszt and Ravel with Russian art songs by Glinka, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. The New York Times has described Abdrazakov's voice as "sturdy, dark and rich," adding that the "refinement and clarity" of his singing is what ultimately makes it "so moving." (more...)

Ilya Bannik to Step in for Ailing Alexei Tanovitski in Met Opera's IOLANTAIlya Bannik to Step in for Ailing Alexei Tanovitski in Met Opera's IOLANTA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Ilya Bannik will make his Met debut as King René in Thursday's performance of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, replacing Alexei Tanovitski, who is ill. The originally scheduled premiere of Iolanta was canceled as a result of yesterday's city-wide ban on road travel and the shutdown of public transportation due to adverse weather conditions. This Thursday's performance will now be the Met premiere of Iolanta, which will be presented in a double bill with Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle. (more...)

Ilya Bannik to Make Met Debut in IOLANTA TonightIlya Bannik to Make Met Debut in IOLANTA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Ilya Bannik will make his Met debut as King René in tonight's performance of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, replacing Alexei Tanovitski, who is ill. (more...)

Dallas Opera Guild Announces Semifinalists for Vocal Competition, 4/18Dallas Opera Guild Announces Semifinalists for Vocal Competition, 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2015

DALLAS, JANUARY 22, 2014 –The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild are proud to announce historic levels of participation in the first phase of the newly expanded Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition, scheduled to take place on the weekend of April 18-19, 2015 in the acoustically acclaimed setting of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. (more...)

IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the MetIOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Beginning January 26, the Met will present a double-bill of two rarely performed one-act operas: Tchaikovsky's romantic fairy tale Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko in the title role of a blind princess and Piotr Beczala as Count Vaudémont, a knight who loves her; and Bartók's harrowing Bluebeard's Castle, with Nadja Michael as a bride who discovers the terrifying truth about her new husband, sung by Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev returns to the Met to conduct both operas, which will be presented in a production by acclaimed Polish director Mariusz Treli?ski in his Met debut. This season's performances will be the company premiere of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky's final opera, and the Met's first-ever staged performances of Bluebeard's Castle in the original Hungarian. The February 14 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries around the world. (more...)

International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January 2015, at HUSH in Mayfair, the finalists of the International Opera Awards 2015 were announced. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. (more...)

Merola Opera Program to Screen DON GIOVANNI, 1/25Merola Opera Program to Screen DON GIOVANNI, 1/25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

The Merola Opera Program and the San Francisco Public Library Main Branch present Merola Goes to the Movies, the free, opera-on-film series. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them WellBWW Reviews: Top New York Opera Performances in 2014 -- Ah, Yes, I Remember Them Well
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 2, 2015

For New York opera-goers, what was the event of the year? Undoubtedly, John Adams's THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, not only for the kerfuffle caused by the [unfounded] claims of anti-Semitism but for the opera's exciting debut at the Met. (The Met's contentious labor negotiations nearly edged it out, though.) As we head into the spring season, here's a look back at some of the performances that put a song in my heart, not in any particular order. (more...)

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Dresden with Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Florez; Airs 12/29 on medici.tvCelebrate New Year's Eve in Dresden with Anna Netrebko and Juan Diego Florez; Airs 12/29 on medici.tv
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2014

New Year's Eve will be celebrated in high style on ?medici.tv with a free webcast of superstar soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Juan Diego Flórez in Emmerich Kálmán's operetta Die Csárdásfürstin (“The Gypsy Princess”), with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann. Filmed live on December 28 and then webcast by medici.tv the next day, the performance will be available for free viewing up to 90 days afterward. (more...)

Opera Exposure Presents 10th Anniversary Holiday Concert, 12/21Opera Exposure Presents 10th Anniversary Holiday Concert, 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

Opera Exposures, the not-for-profit opera company founded in 2004 by Edna Greenwich, will celebrate the end of its tenth year with a holiday concert on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at 3 PM at the same venue where it all began for the company in February 2004 - St. Marks Church in the Bowery, 131 East Tenth Street at Second Avenue in Manhattan. (more...)

Merola Opera Program to Host 'Opera & Ornaments' Concert TomorrowMerola Opera Program to Host 'Opera & Ornaments' Concert Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2014

The Merola Opera Program presents Opera & Ornaments: A Merola Opera Program Holiday Concert, Saturday, December 13, 2:00pm in the Community Hall of the Lafayette Library (3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.). This special holiday concert features opera, classical and holiday selections performed by renowned opera performer Eugene Brancoveanu. (more...)

Stephen Costello Makes Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA TonightStephen Costello Makes Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Tucker Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera this Today (Dec 11) to make his house role debut as Alfredo in La traviata, when he gives the first of five performances in Willy Decker's celebrated production. Costello has already sung Verdi's hero in high-profile productions on both sides of the Atlantic. This summer, his performances of the role at San Francisco Opera included a simulcast in the company's Opera in the Ballpark series, which was attended by an audience of more than 25,000 people. (more...)

Stephen Costello to Make Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA This ThursdayStephen Costello to Make Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA This Thursday
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

Tucker Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera this Thursday (Dec 11) to make his house role debut as Alfredo in La traviata, when he gives the first of five performances in Willy Decker's celebrated production. Costello has already sung Verdi's hero in high-profile productions on both sides of the Atlantic. This summer, his performances of the role at San Francisco Opera included a simulcast in the company's Opera in the Ballpark series, which was attended by an audience of more than 25,000 people. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen National Theatre Live's February Broadcasts Live in HDRidgefield Playhouse to Screen National Theatre Live's February Broadcasts Live in HD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2014

The best seats for the Met operas and London's National Theatre may just be at The Ridgefield Playhouse when stunning shows are broadcast in HD. There is also the bonus of behind-the-scenes tours and commentary by some of the genres' most revered stars. From London's National Theatre on Sunday, February 15, at 3:30 p.m. comes superlative family entertainment -- Treasure Island (suitable for 10+ years). From the Met on Sunday, February 22, at 12 p.m., Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle will enchant and thrill. Broadcast live from the West End by National Theatre, Skylight starring Carey Mulligan and Stephen Daldry, will be screened on Wednesday, February 25, at 6 p.m. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEMEBWW Reviews: Soprano Sonya Yoncheva Brings Voluptuous Sound to Debut in Stellar Ensemble of Met BOHEME
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 5, 2014

Puccini's LA BOHEME has that magical ability to change its shape depending on the cast. When Pavarotti sang, it became his opera, with a Mimi hard pressed to take the spotlight, even in her death scene. When Stratas, Carreras and Scotto (as Musetta) led the cast, it became a glittery ensemble of shooting stars. At this week's performance with rising star Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Mimi, there was no doubt that she was the evening's “it” girl, even though the other principal singers added mightily to the performance's success. (more...)

Fabio Luisi to Make First Zurich Opera Appearances of the Season in 2015Fabio Luisi to Make First Zurich Opera Appearances of the Season in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

The New Year finds Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi back at the helm of the Zurich Opera. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, from the Grand Staircase of the Met, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt herself. These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met's global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, and later shared with PBS audiences as presentations ofGreat Performances at the Met. (more...)

Last Call for Entries to the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition; Deadline 11/15Last Call for Entries to the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition; Deadline 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

The November 15th deadline is rapidly approaching, as the Dallas Opera Guild prepares for the most exciting vocal competition in its history! For the very first time, the 27th Annual Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition is accepting applicants from all fifty states and U.S. territories, aged 21 to 32. (more...)

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