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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 Bernàcer 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...)

Washington National Opera to Present THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with Special Opening Night Guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!Washington National Opera to Present THE DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT with Special Opening Night Guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2016–2017 season with a new production of Gaetano Donizetti's mashup of slapstick comedy and charming romance—The Daughter of the Regiment, November 12–20, 2016, in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The cast is led by superstar tenor Lawrence Brownlee as the hero Tonio and fast-rising soprano Lisette Oropesa, who starred as Susanna earlier this season in WNO's The Marriage of Figaro, as Marie. While the opera is best known for the vocal acrobatics required of its singers, the high-comedy antics of the non-singing role of The Duchess of Krakenthorp often steal the show. On opening night, November 12, 2016, the role of The Duchess will be performed by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her official Washington National Opera stage debut. The brand-new WNO production is directed by acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer Robert Longbottom, and the WNO Orchestra is led by rising conductor Christopher Allen, both in their WNO debuts. (more...)

National Chorale Presents A GERSHWIN CELEBRATIONNational Chorale Presents A GERSHWIN CELEBRATION
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey, begins its 2016-2017 Season at Lincoln Center with A Gershwin Celebration onFriday, October 21, 2016 at 8pm at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. (more...)

Jennifer Allen and Steven Blanchard Featured in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Seattle; Cast Set!Jennifer Allen and Steven Blanchard Featured in Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID in Seattle; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

A spectacular new production of Disney's The Little Mermaid kicks off at The 5th Avenue Theatre this holiday season. 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 Seattle's own Diana Huey as Ariel and Matthew Kacergis as Prince Eric, with Broadway's Jennifer Allen as Ursula andSteven Blanchard as King Triton. Melvin Abston, Connor Russell and Jamie Torcellini join the cast as Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle. The 5th Avenue's production will go on to play engagements in cities including Orlando, Cincinnati,Atlanta and Louisville, among others. (more...)

National Chorale Presents A GERSHWIN CELEBRATIONNational Chorale Presents A GERSHWIN CELEBRATION
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

National Chorale, New York's premier professional choral company, under the Artistic Direction of Everett McCorvey, begins its 2016-2017 Season at Lincoln Center with A Gershwin Celebration onFriday, October 21, 2016 at 8pm at the David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Unveils New Production of Giuseppe Verdi's AIDASan Francisco Opera Unveils New Production of Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 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, baritoneGeorge 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 Director Nicola Luisotti. Resident Conductor Jordi Bernacer will conduct the final performance on December 6. Ian Robertson is Chorus Director. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Donizetti's ebullient comedy The Elixir of Love sets a celebratory tone as Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 62nd season opener on October 21. The colorful production features tenor Dimitri Pittas and soprano Nicole Heaston, as well as the HGO debut of eminent English conductor Jane Glover. Performances run through November 4.   (more...)

Deborah Voigt In ROSCOE Concert Premiere, WAGNER with Luisi, New Full-Time Position, and 25th Anniversary at the MetDeborah Voigt In ROSCOE Concert Premiere, WAGNER with Luisi, New Full-Time Position, and 25th Anniversary at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

This season marks the silver anniversary of Deborah Voigt's Metropolitan Opera debut, a milestone the Metropolitan Opera Guild looks forward to honoring at its annual luncheon this winter. Over the course of her long and distinguished career, however, the soprano has yet to help create a new opera. That changes this fall, when she stars in the Albany Symphony's orchestral premiere of Roscoe: An American Grand Opera by Evan Mack, who composed it expressly for her voice. (more...)

WNO Announces New Don Giovanni Concert to Replace 'Stars of Tomorrow', 3/17WNO Announces New Don Giovanni Concert to Replace 'Stars of Tomorrow', 3/17
by Molly Tracy - Oct 7, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced a change to its 2016-2017 season programming: Don Giovanni in Concert will replace the previously scheduled Stars of Tomorrow concert on Friday, March 17, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Instead of a traditional showcase featuring arias and scenes from different operas, members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will now present a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart's timeless drama, with the WNO Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie and featuring direction by WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Donizetti's ebullient comedy The Elixir of Love sets a celebratory tone as Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 62nd season opener on October 21. (more...)

Francesca Zambello to Direct San Francisco Opera's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN - Full Cast Announced; Summer 2018Francesca Zambello to Direct San Francisco Opera's DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN - Full Cast Announced; Summer 2018
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock today announced the casting and schedule for the Company's summer 2018 presentations of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung). The four-opera cycle of Das Rheingold,Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung-widely considered the greatest and most ambitious work ever conceived for the lyric stage-will be presented in three complete cycles from June 12 through July 1, 2018.  (more...)

Rebecca Ringle Joins ON THE MARGINS OF THE OPERA COMIQUERebecca Ringle Joins ON THE MARGINS OF THE OPERA COMIQUE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle joins fortepianist Kenneth Merrill in our season opener concert, distilling the public splendor of the opera house for the private intimacy of the recital. (more...)

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