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The Guggenheim's 'Works & Process' Series to Preview BREAKING THE WAVES OperaThe Guggenheim's 'Works & Process' Series to Preview BREAKING THE WAVES Opera
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

On Monday, September 12, 2016, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents discussion with the creators and excerpts of Opera Philadelphia's upcoming world premiere of Breaking the Waves by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek. (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera InitiativeWashington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced full programming details for the fifth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. For the first time, all of the program's world premiere operas will be presented during an American Opera Initiative Festival weekend, January 13-15, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. (more...)

America Opera Projects to Present COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES, 9/30America Opera Projects to Present COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES, 9/30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

This fall, contemporary opera producer AMERICAN OPERA PROJECTS (AOP) will present COMPOSERS & THE VOICE: SIX SCENES 2016, a concert of opera scenes from ten artists emerging in the world of contemporary opera. Audiences will get a first look at six wildly different new works that range from imagining moments in the lives of famous people such as Sigmund Freud and Mabel Dodge Luhan or events taking place in a spaceship, an asylum, and a uterus. The composers Matthew Barnson, Carlos R. Carrillo, Nell Shaw Cohen, Marc LeMay, Cecilia Livingston, and Sky Macklay and librettists Edward Einhorn, Duncan McFarlane, Emily Roller, and Mark Sonnenblick, were chosen by AOP to spend a year creating new works in its bi-annual fellowship program Composers & the Voice (C&V). (more...)

SILENT VOICES at Center of Brooklyn Youth Chorus's 25th Anniversary SeasonSILENT VOICES at Center of Brooklyn Youth Chorus's 25th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

The GRAMMY Award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus has announced that Silent Voices, a multimedia, multi-composer stage work conceived, co-commissioned, produced and performed by the Chorus, will be the centerpiece of the Chorus' 25th anniversary season. (more...)

Brooklyn Youth Chorus Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Multimedia Project SILENT VOICESBrooklyn Youth Chorus Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Multimedia Project SILENT VOICES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

2016-17 Programming Expands the Chorus' Pioneering Role as a Powerful Lead Performer, a Bold Commissioner of New Music and a Producer of Innovative Stage Works. (more...)

21C Media Group Previews 2016-17 of Opera, Choral and Vocal Music21C Media Group Previews 2016-17 of Opera, Choral and Vocal Music
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

21C MEDIA GROUP just released its season preview of opera, vocal and choral music for 2016-17. Scroll down for details! (more...)

SEVEN RESPONSES & More Set for Week Four of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2016SEVEN RESPONSES & More Set for Week Four of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The fourth and penultimate week of the 50th anniversary season of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival presents nine performances featuring the best of Mozart's operatic and choral repertoire as well as a highly-anticipated New York premiere. (more...)

SHIP OF FOOLS, DARK CIRCUS, PROTOTYPE and More Set for HERE's 2016-17 SeasonSHIP OF FOOLS, DARK CIRCUS, PROTOTYPE and More Set for HERE's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

HERE has announced its 2016-2017 producing season, featuring three HERE Resident Artist world premieres, two international presentations from HERE's renowned Dream Music Puppetry Program, the fifth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival, and HERE's yearly CULTUREMART festival, where HERE serves up a first look at new work in process from artists in the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). (more...)

San Francisco Symphony to Celebrate Steve Reich's 80th Birthday with Week of ConcertsSan Francisco Symphony to Celebrate Steve Reich's 80th Birthday with Week of Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) celebrate the 80th birthday of Steve Reich with a diverse week of concerts highlighting the seminal composer's works September 7-11, 2016 at Davies Symphony Hall. (more...)

Daniela Mack Replaces Sasha Cooke in Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 OpenerDaniela Mack Replaces Sasha Cooke in Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opener
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Lincoln Center announces an artist update for the 50th season's opening program on July 25 and 26. Due to pregnancy, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has withdrawn from these performances and will be replaced by Daniela Mack, who makes her New York and Mostly Mozart Festival debuts. (more...)

Peak Performances Sets 2016-17 SeasonPeak Performances Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

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Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today that the submission deadline has been extended for its fifth annual Frontiers showcase. Applications will now be accepted through midnight, July 19, 2016. The company's innovative program will be held during the final week of the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival – April 15, 2017 – May 7, 2017 and coincides with the 2017 Opera America Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth. Launched during the company's 2012-2013 season, Frontiers remains one of the only programs world-wide that seeks out unproduced works by the finest up-and-coming composers and librettists from North, South, and Central America, and has been acclaimed for the opportunities it provides its winners. Composers and librettists whose works are selected as part of the Frontiers showcase gain valuable exposure for their works in a live performance environment while also taking part in unparalleled networking opportunities with industry professionals including artistic directors of other established opera companies, artist managers, classical music publishers, funding organizations, and conductors. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival ProgramOpera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

Rite of Summer Music Festival Continues This Weekend with Jeffrey Zeigler and Ian David RosenbaumRite of Summer Music Festival Continues This Weekend with Jeffrey Zeigler and Ian David Rosenbaum
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Rite of Summer Music Festival continues its sixth stellar season with cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum performing two free shows at 1 & 3pm on Saturday, June 25th. (more...)

Rene Orth Appointed Composer-in-Residence at Opera PhiladelphiaRene Orth Appointed Composer-in-Residence at Opera Philadelphia
by Marianka Swain - Jun 15, 2016

In collaboration with New York's Music-Theatre Group, Opera Philadelphia is proud to announce that Rene Orth has been selected as its sixth Composer-in-Residence. Orth, whose music is 'whimsical, spiky, sometimes show-bizy, always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic' (Musical America), was chosen for the three-season position from a national field of applicants, and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of her skills as an operatic composer. (more...)

Rite of Summer Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup on Governors IslandRite of Summer Music Festival Announces 2016 Lineup on Governors Island
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Blair McMillen and Pam Goldberg are thrilled to present the sixth season of the Rite of Summer Music Festival, taking place Summer 2016 on Governors Island, New York City. Rite of Summer will present free outdoor concerts Memorial Day weekend through late August. (more...)

American Lyric Theater Receives $40,000 NEA GrantAmerican Lyric Theater Receives $40,000 NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $40,000 to American Lyric Theater (ALT) in support of the Composer Librettist Development Program. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. (more...)

The Crossing to Premiere Gavin Bryars' THE FIFTH CENTURY in NYCThe Crossing to Premiere Gavin Bryars' THE FIFTH CENTURY in NYC
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

In its tenth anniversary season, THE CROSSING -- the extraordinary chamber choir from Philadelphia, dedicated to new music and conducted by Donald Nally -- comes to New York on Thursday, June 16, 2016 to perform the NY premiere of THE FIFTH CENTURY, a large-scale work for the rare combination of choir and saxophone quartet by the iconic avant-garde English composer GAVIN BRYARS. (more...)

The Crossing Joins ICE and Quicksilver for Epic 'SEVEN RESPONSES' ProjectThe Crossing Joins ICE and Quicksilver for Epic 'SEVEN RESPONSES' Project
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

In its tenth anniversary season, THE CROSSING -- the extraordinary chamber choir from Philadelphia, dedicated to new music and conducted by Donald Nally -- has commissioned seven of the world's foremost composers to compose fifteen-minute musical responses to Dietrich Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri (translated as 'The Limbs of our Jesus'), a monumental seven-part cantata cycle composed in 1680 and known as the first Lutheran oratorio. (more...)

BWW Interview: Fort Worth's JFK, the World of Contemporary Opera and American Lyric Theater's Lawrence EdelsonBWW Interview: Fort Worth's JFK, the World of Contemporary Opera and American Lyric Theater's Lawrence Edelson
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 15, 2016

The premiere of JFK in Fort Worth on April 23 is a big step forward for composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek--who made a splash in contemporary opera circles with their post-apocalyptic DOG DAYS--as their first 'grand' opera. It's also a major leap for American Lyric Theater (ALT), and its founder and artistic director, Lawrence Edelson, which co-commissioned the work with the Fort Worth Opera. (more...)

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