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Photo Flash: Disney's LITTLE MERMAID Set to Dazzle at Broward Center in Fort LauderdalePhoto Flash: Disney's LITTLE MERMAID Set to Dazzle at Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2017

A spectacular new production of Disney's The Little Mermaid kicks off at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 for a limited two week run. Featuring the critically acclaimed work of Director Glenn Casale, this beloved tale of a young mermaid's coming-of-age adventure is told like never before. Previously announced casting includes Diana Huey as Ariel and Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, with Broadway's Jennifer Allen as Ursula and Steven Blanchard as King Triton. Melvin Abston, Connor Russell and Jamie Torcellini join the cast as Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle.  (more...)

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces Washington National Opera: CHAMPION by Terence BlanchardWorks & Process at the Guggenheim Announces Washington National Opera: CHAMPION by Terence Blanchard
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents excerpts from Champion by five-time Grammy award-winning musician and playwright Terence Blanchard, who tells the true story of Emile Griffith in his haunting and visually stunning 'opera in jazz.' (more...)

WNO Presents Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's DEAD MAN WALKING and Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer's CHAMPIONWNO Presents Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's DEAD MAN WALKING and Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer's CHAMPION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2016-2017 season with the company premieres of two modern American masterworks of opera: Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Dead Man Walking, February 25-March 11, 2017 in the Opera House, and Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer's Champion, March 4- 18, 2017 in the Opera House. Both operas explore the theme of social justice which is often associated with John F. Kennedy and are presented as part of JFKC, the Kennedy Center's season-long celebration of President Kennedy's centennial. Using many of the same designers and scenic elements, the directors of each opera have worked collaboratively to create two distinct worlds in each new production to showcase the issues of Justice, Courage, and Freedom at the heart of these two compelling stories. An additional special event will continue the exploration of these themes: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will headline Justice at the Opera on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Opera House. (more...)

North Carolina Opera's Artistic And Music Director To Step DownNorth Carolina Opera's Artistic And Music Director To Step Down
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

North Carolina Opera's Artistic & Music Director Timothy Myers is stepping down from his post at the end of September. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces 2017-2018 SeasonSan Francisco Opera Announces 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced plans for the 2017-18 repertory season. The Company's 95th season will open Friday, September 8 with a gala performance of Giacomo Puccini'sTurandot led by Maestro Luisotti and an international cast starring Martina Serafin, Maria Agresta and Brian Jagde. (more...)

John Holiday is the 2017 Winner of The Marian Anderson Vocal AwardJohn Holiday is the 2017 Winner of The Marian Anderson Vocal Award
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced that countertenor John Holiday is the 2017 winner of the Marian Anderson Vocal Award. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017-18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek's holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. HGO will present its first performances in a quarter century of two iconic works: Richard Strauss's revenge-filled Elektra with virtuoso sopranoChristine Goerke in the tempestuous title role and 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson in her role debut as Chrysothemis, under the baton of HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers; and Bellini's grand-scale tragedy Norma showcasing the debut of stellar dramatic soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the notoriously difficult title role, with 2015 Tucker winner and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces 2017-18 SeasonHouston Grand Opera Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017-18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek 's holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. (more...)

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces Washington National Opera: CHAMPIONWorks & Process at the Guggenheim Announces Washington National Opera: CHAMPION
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:30pm, Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents excerpts from Champion by five-time Grammy award-winning musician and playwright Terence Blanchard, who tells the true story of Emile Griffith in his haunting and visually stunning 'opera in jazz.' The work, which blew critics away when it premiered in 2013, explores the life of the closeted gay boxer whose knockout of a homophobic rival in the early 1960s let to unexpected tragedy. Washington National Opera Artistic Director Francesca Zambello will moderate a discussion with Blanchard, Deynce Graves and other members of the cast following performance excerpts. (more...)

Seattle Opera Expands Programs, Performances in 2017/18Seattle Opera Expands Programs, Performances in 2017/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Opera is for everyone-and so is Seattle Opera's 2017/18 season! There's a new bilingual performance for elementary-school students, new performance venues such as Georgetown Steam Plant, a new mainstage collaboration with ACT Theatre and Seattle Symphony leaders, and even an outdoor performance offered free of charge. Regardless of background or socioeconomic status, this season offers ways for a broad audience to be able to experience opera; it's an open invitation for the Pacific Northwest.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek - Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Swims to Columbus This WinterPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek - Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID Swims to Columbus This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

Take a trip under the sea with The 5th Avenue Theatre's production of Disney's The Little Mermaid! This fun-filled, timeless tale will play January 31-February 5 at the Ohio Theatre. Disney's The Little Mermaid is sure to charm audiences of all ages. BroadwayWorld as a sneak peek at the cast in action below! (more...)

San Francisco Opera Chorus And Dance Manager Jim Meyer Awarded Opera MedalSan Francisco Opera Chorus And Dance Manager Jim Meyer Awarded Opera Medal
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

At the conclusion of last night's final performance of Verdi's Aida, San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock presented the Company's Chorus and Dance Manager and member of the Opera Chorus, Jim Meyer, with the San Francisco Opera Medal, the Company's highest honor. (more...)

Washington National Opera Presents 2017 American Opera Initiative Festival, 1/13Washington National Opera Presents 2017 American Opera Initiative Festival, 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) presents the fifth season of its acclaimed American Opera Initiative, a comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. (more...)

The Goldman Sonnenfeldt Auditorium to Present PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY 12/5The Goldman Sonnenfeldt Auditorium to Present PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

'PREformances with Allison Charney" December 5th Concert to feature violinist Laura Goldberg, composer Moshe Knoll, soprano, Indira Mahajan, mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy and Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDAPhoto Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA(Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking and bold vision for Verdi's enduring classic will feature soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Brian Jagdein their role debuts as the lovers at the heart of the opera, the enslaved princess Aida and the Egyptian war hero Radames. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking and bold vision for Verdi's enduring classic will feature soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Brian Jagde in their role debuts as the lovers at the heart of the opera, the enslaved princess Aida and the Egyptian war hero Radames. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk is Amneris, the daughter of the king who desires Radames' love, baritone George Gagnidze portrays Aida's vengeful father, Amonasro, and bass Raymond Aceto is Ramfis. The international cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Company Music DirectorNicola Luisotti. Resident Conductor Jordi Bernącer will conduct the final performance on December 6.Ian Robertson is Chorus Director. (more...)

BWW's Guide to Disney's Upcoming Live-Action Musical Movie Remakes!BWW's Guide to Disney's Upcoming Live-Action Musical Movie Remakes!
by Caryn Robbins - Nov 5, 2016

With so many upcoming projects in the works, BWW has put together a guide to what's in store from the House of Mouse and its uber-talented creative teams! (more...)

BWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the StopsBWW Review: Houston Grand Opera's FAUST Pulls Out All the Stops
by Gary Laird - Nov 2, 2016

HGO's production of Gounod's FAUST puts the 'grand' in grand opera. The current production has all the bells and whistles - a timeless story, a top-notch cast, the costumes, sets and lighting of an all-out extravaganza. In short, it has everything the word 'opera' conjures up. And it's at the Wortham, all for you. (more...)

Goldberg, Mahajan & William-Olsson Set for PREformances with Allison Charney Next MonthGoldberg, Mahajan & William-Olsson Set for PREformances with Allison Charney Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Over the last eight seasons audiences of “PREformances with Allison Charney” relish the opportunity to experience the unexpected. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Announces New Music StaffFlorida Grand Opera Announces New Music Staff
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is pleased to announce the promotion and addition of new members to its music staff. Katherine Kozak, continuing in the position of Chorus Master at Florida Grand Opera and celebrating 20 years in the opera industry, will be promoted to also serve as Head Coach of the company's Young Artist Program. Howard Lubin will serve as Senior Coach, and Paul Schwartz and Paul Kovacovic will fill the roles of staff accompanists. (more...)

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