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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...)

Opera News: Ft. Worth Opera Presents the World Premiere of JFK Opera, 4/23Opera News: Ft. Worth Opera Presents the World Premiere of JFK Opera, 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Fort Worth Opera will inaugurate the tenth anniversary Festival season and celebrate the culmination of the first phase of its Opera of the Americas initiative with the world premiere of JFK - a FWOpera and American Lyric Theater co-commission - by the acclaimed creative duo of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, beginning April 23, 2016. (more...)

Michael Gordon Set for Miller Theatre's Composer Portraits Series, 5/11-12Michael Gordon Set for Miller Theatre's Composer Portraits Series, 5/11-12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts will conclude its 2015-2016 Composer Portraits series with Michael Gordon featuring Yarn / Wire Jim Findlay, director and designer. All four performances slated for May 11-12, 2016 at Miller Theatre are sold out. (more...)

VIDEO: Miller Theatre Launches Fake Reality Series DESPERATE MEASURESVIDEO: Miller Theatre Launches Fake Reality Series DESPERATE MEASURES
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts announces a new music reality television series, DESPERATE MEASURES. Composers battle it out for the chance to be the next big name in new music, beginning Tuesdays this fall at 9pm, immediately following THE VOICE. Watch the trailer for the show below (and bear in mind it's April Fool's Day)!  (more...)

Aaron Landsman's EMPATHY SCHOOL / LOVE STORY to Play Abrons Arts CenterAaron Landsman's EMPATHY SCHOOL / LOVE STORY to Play Abrons Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Abrons Arts Center presents the New York City premieres of EMPATHY SCHOOL / LOVE STORY, a program of two monologues, with video and original music, written and directed by Aaron Landsman. (more...)

HERE to Present SCIENCE FAIR, 4/13-24HERE to Present SCIENCE FAIR, 4/13-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

As part of its 2015-2016 Producing Season, HERE proudly presents Science Fair, a HERE Resident Artist production conceived and performed by Hai-Ting Chinn. This new opera-theater work, a live science show with lessons & lectures in song, Science Fair features Music Direction by Erika Switzer (piano), and Music by Matthew Schickele, Renee Favand-See, Stefan Weisman and Conrad Cummings. Lisa Rothe directs. This world premiere will have 8 performances only, April 13 - 24, at HERE (145 Sixth Avenue, just below Spring Street). Developed through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP), Science Fair marks the culmination of a residency for Hai-Ting Chinn with HARP. (more...)

Over 50 Performances Set for Lincoln Center's 50th MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVALOver 50 Performances Set for Lincoln Center's 50th MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

Lincoln Center and Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss announced today the 50th Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world's major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition, with events taking place across Lincoln Center July 22-August 27, 2016. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary Season to Feature Bartlett Sher in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Nina Stemme in New TRISTAN, Gala Concert and More!Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary Season to Feature Bartlett Sher in ROMEO ET JULIETTE, Nina Stemme in New TRISTAN, Gala Concert and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera's 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, will feature 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years. Repertoire for the company's 132nd season will include the Met premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho's 2000 opera L'Amour de Loin, as well as new stagings of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Dvo?ak's Rusalka, and Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. A gala concert on May 7, 2017 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the company's Lincoln Center location with performances by opera's leading stars honoring the Met's past and future. Ticket prices will not increase, remaining the same as in the current season, and audience development programs instituted by the company in recent years will continue.   (more...)

BWW Review: An ALT-ernative View of Opera for the 21st CenturyBWW Review: An ALT-ernative View of Opera for the 21st Century
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 16, 2016

Opera for the 21st century is more than setting RUSALKA in a whorehouse, populating RIGOLETTO with a cast of apes or sending MARIA STUARDA to a maximum security prison. It must start with a different vocabulary for the words and music--one that still appeals to traditional audiences while also being true to new listeners. Achieving that goal is not easy. As American Lyric Theater (ALT)--founded by Lawrence Edelson in 2005--puts it, “Great Operas Don't Just Happen.” (more...)

eighth blackbird Wins 4th GRAMMY Award; HAND EYE Album Out This Aprileighth blackbird Wins 4th GRAMMY Award; HAND EYE Album Out This April
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

eighth blackbird, Chicago's fierce and vibrant contemporary classical sextet, has won a 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance for 'Filament' (September 2015; Cedille Records), featuring music by Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, and Son Lux. (more...)

On Site Opera and The Atlanta Opera to Present THE SECRET GARDENER in Spring 2017On Site Opera and The Atlanta Opera to Present THE SECRET GARDENER in Spring 2017
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

On Site Opera announces a partnership with The Atlanta Opera's Discoveries Series to bring Mozart's The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera) to life in a new site-specific co-production. Performances, which will take place in the spring of 2017, mark a bi-city first for both companies. Written by an 18-year-old Mozart, The Secret Gardener is a story of love, madness, and redemption that unfolds in the lush setting of a beautiful garden. (more...)

2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals to be Presented by San Francisco Opera Center & Merola Opera Program2016 Schwabacher Debut Recitals to be Presented by San Francisco Opera Center & Merola Opera Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals. This season, the recitals move to the state-of-the-art Dianne and Tad Taube Atrium Theater in San Francisco Opera's new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, located on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building (401 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco). The February 28 series-opener—Ports of Call with New York Festival of Song Artistic Director Steven Blier and 2016 San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows Amina Edris, Edward Nelson and Brad Walker—marks the inaugural public performance in the Taube Atrium Theater, which boasts the innovative Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system. The 5:30 p.m. Sunday recital series continues on March 6 with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch and pianist John Churchwell; March 20 with baritone Efraín Solís accompanied by pianist Robert Mollicone; and April 24 with baritone Kihun Yoon and pianist Mark Morash. (more...)

BWW Review: PROTOTYPE vs. CITY OPERA - The King is Not Dead. Long Live a Different King.BWW Review: PROTOTYPE vs. CITY OPERA - The King is Not Dead. Long Live a Different King.
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 19, 2016

It seems ironic--to me at least--that New York's venerable City Opera would be returning to life at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater, just as the “Prototype: Opera/Theatre/Now” festival was finishing up its run at alternative venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Prototype “unleashed a powerful wave of opera-theatre and music-theatre from a new generation of classical and post-classical composers and librettists”--their words, not mine, but I won't dispute it--while City is doing a warhorse. (more...)

New York Choral Society, Mannes School of Music & Arvo Part Project to Celebrate Arvo Part DayNew York Choral Society, Mannes School of Music & Arvo Part Project to Celebrate Arvo Part Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

To honor Arvo Part, one of the world's most remarkable and frequently performed composers alive today, the New York Choral Society, the Mannes School of Music at the New School, and the Arvo Part Project have designated Sunday, January 24, 2016 as Arvo Part Day. (more...)

NYFOS Next Festival of New Songs Sets Casts, Programs for FebruaryNYFOS Next Festival of New Songs Sets Casts, Programs for February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

New York Festival of Song's contemporary song series NYFOS Next -- dubbed 'invaluable' by The New Yorker and The New York Times -- enters its sixth season and continues its new format: a three-concert February mini-festival in the intimate state-of-the-art recital hall at OPERA America's National Opera Center. The Thursday concerts take place February 4, 11, and 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at NYC Premiere Opera, DOG DAYSSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at NYC Premiere Opera, DOG DAYS
by Stage Tube - Dec 30, 2015

New York City Premiere, Dog Days is a work of contemporary opera-theatre that investigates the psychology of a working class American family pitted against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. Exploring the ultimate struggle of humanity—stuck between nature's indifference and society's barely restrained brutality—Dog Days asks: is it madness, delusion, or sheer animal instinct that guides us through severely trying times? Where is the line between animal and human? At what point must we give into our animal instincts merely to survive? (more...)

BWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta OperaBWW Interview: Opera in the Age of the iPhone, with Tomer Zvulun at The Atlanta Opera
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 18, 2015

“Often when I tell people I'm doing a new production, the first question they ask is: 'What time period are you going to do it in and where?' I think that's a superficial approach, almost a cliche,” says Tomer Zvulun, General and Artistic Director of the Atlanta Opera. “The first thing I ask myself is: Why am I telling this story now? Why would the audience care? And, how would I connect with them in the most effect way while respecting the piece?” But that's not Tvulun's point of view. (more...)

The Crossing to Premiere Gavin Bryars' THE FIFTH CENTURY, 1/23The Crossing to Premiere Gavin Bryars' THE FIFTH CENTURY, 1/23
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

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 Saturday, January 23, 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. The event, which will also feature the great sax quartet PRISM and will have Bryars in the audience, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Chapel at Trinity Church, Wall Street. (more...)

eighth blackbird to Perform at Zankel Hall in Januaryeighth blackbird to Perform at Zankel Hall in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

On Monday, January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall presents three-time Grammy Award-winning instrumental sextet eighth blackbird performing the New York premiere of Hand Eye by the composers' collective Sleeping Giant. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, eighth blackbird was recently nominated for its fourth Grammy Award for the ensemble's latest recording Filament. The group's new project, Hand Eye, was co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commissions Project, in which at least 125 new works will be commissioned over the next five seasons in celebration of the Hall's 125th anniversary. (more...)

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