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Jay Hunter Morris Stars in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere TonightJay Hunter Morris Stars in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from tonight, December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

All-Star 'AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK' CD Features Sharon Stone, Ansel Elgort, Yo-Yo Ma and MoreAll-Star 'AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK' CD Features Sharon Stone, Ansel Elgort, Yo-Yo Ma and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2014

An all-star cast of renowned singers and instrumentalists comes together on one CD to sing for hope and in the cause of supporting AIDS research. (more...)

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

Jay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This WinterJay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and MoreThe Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's 2014–15 season, the company's 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell—the company's 55th new commission —from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow; the continuation of HGO's first Ring cycle, with the American premiere of La Fura dels Baus's groundbreaking take on Die Walküre; the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner's The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley's Sweeney Todd; a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring mezzo-soprano (and HGO Studio alumna) Joyce DiDonato; and a host of career-shaping role debuts that speak to Patrick Summers's gift for casting. Together with the company's first presentation of John Cox'sOtello, and the returns of Göran Järvefelt's beloved Così fan tutte and Michael Grandage's hit staging of Madame Butterfly, these rich offerings serve once again to illustrate some of the ways that HGO—still the only opera company with two Grammys, two Emmys, and a Tony—epitomizes “one model of what a forward-looking opera company could be” (Greg Sandow, Arts Journal). (more...)

Eric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch in 'NOT THE MESSIAH' and More Set for The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 SeasonEric Idle, Victoria Clark, Marc Kudisch in 'NOT THE MESSIAH' and More Set for The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale announces its 2014-15 season: the New York City Premiere of Eric Idle and John DuPrez's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, followed by George F. Handel's Susanna at Town Hall, and the US Premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGERThe Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.” (more...)

On Site Opera Presents Rameau's PYGMALION Comes to Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom This WeekendOn Site Opera Presents Rameau's PYGMALION Comes to Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

On Site Opera, which has garnered acclaim for immersive, site-specific productions, will perform Rameau's one-act Pygmalion in an unusual-and unusually apt-venue this summer, just before the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. The show is set for this weekend at Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom, June 20 & 21. (more...)

On Site Opera Gives Audience Google Glass PYGMALION Experience in Manhattan TodayOn Site Opera Gives Audience Google Glass PYGMALION Experience in Manhattan Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

On Site Opera, which creates immersive, site-specific opera productions, has partnered with Figaro Systems, developer of groundbreaking libretto simultexting technology, to preview a future in which opera is further freed from the opera house. Today, June 19 at Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom in Manhattan, the companies will give a special performance of On Site's new production of Rameau's one-act Pygmalion for users of Google Glass. As the performers move about the space during the performance, audience members will be able to read an English translation of Ballot de Sovot's libretto conveniently in their Glass field of vision. (more...)

On Site Opera with Figaro Systems Present a Special Performance of Rameau's PYGMALION for Google Glass Users TodayOn Site Opera with Figaro Systems Present a Special Performance of Rameau's PYGMALION for Google Glass Users Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

On Site Opera, which creates immersive, site-specific opera productions, has partnered with Figaro Systems, developer of groundbreaking libretto simultexting technology, to preview a future in which opera is further freed from the opera house. Today, June 19 at Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom in Manhattan, the companies will give a special performance of On Site's new production of Rameau's one-act Pygmalion for users of Google Glass. As the performers move about the space during the performance, audience members will be able to read an English translation of Ballot de Sovot's libretto conveniently in their Glass field of vision. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents PYGMALION, 6/17, 20-21On Site Opera Presents PYGMALION, 6/17, 20-21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

On Site Opera, which has garnered acclaim for immersive, site-specific productions, will perform Rameau's one-act Pygmalion in two unusual-and unusually apt-venues this summer, just before the 250th anniversary of the composer's death: Madame Tussauds New York, on June 17, and Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom, on June 20 & 21. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents Rameau's PYGMALION at Madame Tussauds New York, 6/17; Comes to Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom, 6/20-21On Site Opera Presents Rameau's PYGMALION at Madame Tussauds New York, 6/17; Comes to Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom, 6/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

On Site Opera, which has garnered acclaim for immersive, site-specific productions, will perform Rameau's one-act Pygmalion in two unusual-and unusually apt-venues this summer, just before the 250th anniversary of the composer's death: Madame Tussauds New York, on June 17, and Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom, on June 20 & 21. (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD and CARMEN to Close Out Houston Grand Opera's SeasonDAS RHEINGOLD and CARMEN to Close Out Houston Grand Opera's Season
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Houston Grand Opera drew the season to a close with hit new productions of Das Rheingold and Carmen that prompted CultureMap Houston to conclude: 'This is, without doubt, the epitome of early twenty-first century opera production. It's where we are going, and it's thrilling.' (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Ryan McKinny and More in LA Opera's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIREPhoto Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming, Ryan McKinny and More in LA Opera's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Superstar Renee 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 first look below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Renee Fleming and More in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRESTAGE 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...)

Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming Return to LA Opera in THAIS and STREETCAR, TodayPlacido Domingo and Renee Fleming Return to LA Opera in THAIS and STREETCAR, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Two of opera's greatest superstars-Placido Domingo and Renee Fleming-will return to LA Opera in May, each starring in a major LA Opera premiere. (more...)

On Site Opera to Give Audience Google Glass PYGMALION Experience in Manhattan, 6/19On Site Opera to Give Audience Google Glass PYGMALION Experience in Manhattan, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

On Site Opera, which creates immersive, site-specific opera productions, has partnered with Figaro Systems, developer of groundbreaking libretto simultexting technology, to preview a future in which opera is further freed from the opera house. On Thursday, June 19 at Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom in Manhattan, the companies will give a special performance of On Site's new production of Rameau's one-act Pygmalion for users of Google Glass. As the performers move about the space during the performance, audience members will be able to read an English translation of Ballot de Sovot's libretto conveniently in their Glass field of vision. (more...)

On Site Opera with Figaro Systems Present a Special Performance of Rameau's PYGMALION for Google Glass Users, 6/19On Site Opera with Figaro Systems Present a Special Performance of Rameau's PYGMALION for Google Glass Users, 6/19
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

On Site Opera, which creates immersive, site-specific opera productions, has partnered with Figaro Systems, developer of groundbreaking libretto simultexting technology, to preview a future in which opera is further freed from the opera house. OnThursday, June 19 at Lifestyle-Trimco Showroom in Manhattan, the companies will give a special performance of On Site's new production of Rameau's one-act Pygmalion for users of Google Glass. As the performers move about the space during the performance, audience members will be able to read an English translation of Ballot de Sovot's libretto conveniently in their Glass field of vision. (more...)

Eric Idle and John DuPrez's NOT THE MESSIAH and More Highlight The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 SeasonEric Idle and John DuPrez's NOT THE MESSIAH and More Highlight The Collegiate Chorale's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

The Collegiate Chorale announces its 2014-15 season: the New York City Premiere of Eric Idle and John DuPrez's Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) at Carnegie Hall, followed by George F. Handel's Susanna at Town Hall, and the US Premiere of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's The Road of Promise at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

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