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BWW Reviews: OTSL's '27' Opens to Ovations
by Steve Callahan - Jun 18, 2014

Opera Theatre of St. Louis has just opened a new commissioned work entitled simply '27'. With music by Ricky Ian Gordon and libretto by Royce Vavrek, it brings us into the world of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. (more...)

Contestants and Judges Announced for Plácido Domingo's Operalia, The World Opera Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Representing 17 nations, 40 young singers have been selected to compete in the 22nd edition of Placido Domingo's Operalia, the World Opera Competition, hosted by LA Opera this summer. The contest will be held from August 25 through 30, 2014. Tickets to the competition's final round-a Gala Finals Concert featuring the LA Opera Orchestra conducted by Mr. Domingo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 30-are now on sale. (more...)

Judges and Contestants Announced for Plácido Domingo's OPERALIA This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

Representing 17 nations, 40 young singers have been selected to compete in the 22nd edition of Plácido Domingo's Operalia, the World Opera Competition, hosted by LA Opera this summer. The contest will be held from August 25 through 30, 2014. Tickets to the competition's final round—a Gala Finals Concert featuring the LA Opera Orchestra conducted by Mr. Domingo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 30—are now on sale. (more...)

ST. LOUIS OPERA FLOURISHES THIS SUMMER
by Steve Callahan - May 27, 2014

Seven productions tempt opera-lovers in a bright summer season. (more...)

Segerstrom Center Welcomes LA Opera in Concert Version of Jules Massenet's THAIS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts will present LA Opera Off Grand with a special concert performance of Jules Massenet's lyric masterpiece Thais tonight, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. (more...)

St. Louis Opera Kicks Off Summer 2014 Season
by Steve Callahan - May 27, 2014

Seven productions tempt opera-lovers in a bright summer season. (more...)

Isabel Leonard Wins Dallas Opera's 2014 Maria Callas Award
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

The Dallas Opera has announced the result of this year's balloting for the 2014 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” Award: American mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, who made a dazzling Dallas Opera stage debut as the headstrong-yet-lovable Rosina in our season finale, Rossini's The Barber of Seville. (more...)

Dallas Opera Hosts 2014 Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year Awards Ceremony Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2014

Ten artists have been nominated and thousands of subscribers will soon be casting their vote for this year's winner of the prestigious 'Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year' Award. The Dallas Opera bestows this award annually to the performer who makes the most unforgettable impression onstage in their company debut. The winner will be announced at the annual Dallas Opera Board and Trustee Appreciation Dinner tonight, May 22, 2014 in the Crescent Ballroom of the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, 400 Crescent Court in Uptown Dallas. (more...)

Opera San Antonino Announces Its 2014-2015 Inaugural Season, Which Includes FANTASTIC MR. FOX, SALOME, and More
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

Interim General Director Plato Karayanis and Artistic Director Tobias Picker announce OPERA San Antonio's inaugural season as the Resident Opera Company of the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. OPERA San Antonio will present three new productions for the 2014-15 season: Tobias Picker's Fantastic Mr. Fox, Richard Strauss's Salome and a double bill of Ermanno Wolf- Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna and La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc. (more...)

BWW REVIEWS: Sumptuous Sights and Sounds Make “The Sound of Music” Thrilling at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 28, 2014

I hardly know where to begin in describing the beautiful, world-class, but dramatically uneven production of the beloved and immortal 'The Sound of Music' that opened at the Civic Opera House over the weekend. All the resources of Lyric Opera of Chicago have been brought to bear on a brand-new production of a title that is known throughout the world, and the result is occasionally thrilling--a feast for the eyes, and usually one for the ears as well. (more...)

BWW TV: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Highlights of Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 28, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a stunning new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music, April 25-May 25, 2014, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. Tickets start at $29 and are available now atlyricopera.org/soundofmusic or at 312-827-5600. Check out a first look at highlights below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a stunning new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music, tonight, April 25-May 25, 2014, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Casting for THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

A roster of accomplished young singing actors from the Chicago area will portray the von Trapp Family children in Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, the company announced today. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud announced today four additional performances due to popular demand for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music, April 25-May 25, 2014, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. Additional performance dates are Today, May 23 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 25 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $29 and are available now at lyricopera.org/soundofmusic or at 312-827-5600. (more...)

Billy Zane Stars as Captain von Trapp in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Billy Zane, star of James Cameron's international blockbuster Titanic and critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago, has been cast as Captain von Trapp, completing principal casting for Lyric Opera of Chicago's new production of The Sound of Music, tonight, April 25-May 18, 2014. (more...)

Jenn Gambatese and Edward Hibbert Star in Lyric Opera of Chicago's Production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago General Director Anthony Freud announced today that two major Broadway and TV performers – Jenn Gambatese and Edward Hibbert – have been cast in the new production and company premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's iconic The Sound of Music, to be presented at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, in Chicago, this spring. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - In Rehearsal with Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

In the video below, take a peek into the very first day of The Sound of Music rehearsals at the Lyric Opera of Chicago! (more...)

Opera Colorado Announces Upcoming Productions - MADAMA BUTTERFLY, THE MAGIC FLUTE, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Opera Colorado announced today that it will present Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly(November 2014), W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (May 2015), Giuseppe Verdi's Aida (November 2015), and the world premiere of Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter (May 2016) starring Elizabeth Futral as Hester Prynne. A vital presence in Denver's cultural ecology, Opera Colorado is the Rocky Mountain region's preeminent grand opera company. The Opera's programming includes mainstage productions, artist development initiatives, and education and community engagement programming. (more...)

Christine Brewer & Elizabeth Futral Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago's general director Anthony Freud announced today that two internationally acclaimed opera singers, American sopranos Christine Brewer and Elizabeth Futral, have been cast for the new production and company premiere of The Sound of Music, to be presented next spring. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 23rd, 2014
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 23, 2014

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. The latest Jeff Award nominations, 'Brigadoon' gets cast, 'The Sound Of Music' and 'Motown' light up the Loop, new musicals from Writers Theatre and American Theater Company, 'Nunsense,' 'The Wild Party,' a new web series to support and more! (more...)

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