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@FZambello - 9/4/15 03:50pm Very excited to bring the RING to DC and for the opening of Luisa Miller in San Francisco. https://t.co/vMJIF3nOQc


@FZambello - 8/27/15 07:42am Sad the season has ended. it has been a wonderful successful time and I am grateful to our company and audiences... http://t.co/XbUIktupax


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Washington National Opera Announces Full Schedule for American Opera InitiativeWashington National Opera Announces Full Schedule for American Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

WASHINGTON)—Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced details for the fourth 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. Three pairings of new opera composers and librettists—Christopher Weiss and John de los Santos, David Clay Mettens and Joshua McGuire, and Sarah Hutchings and Mark Sonnenblick—will premiere new one-act operas, each based on a contemporary American story, in a semi-staged concert performance on December 2, 2015 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Composer Luna Pearl Woolf and librettist Caitlin Vincent, an alumnus of the program's second season, will present their new hour-long work Better Gods—based on the life of Queen Lili'uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii—on January 8 and 9, 2016 in the Terrace Theater. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Washington National Opera (WNO) opens its 2015-2016 season with a newto-Washington staging of Georges Bizet's popular classic Carmen, September 19 to October 3 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Starring two French mezzo-sopranos-Clementine Margaine and Geraldine Chauvet- in the title role, this production also showcases two stars of flamenco dance, principal dancers Timo Nuñez (Fox's So You Think You Can Dance) and Fanny Ara. The production is staged by American director E. Loren Meeker and the WNO Orchestra is led by American conductor Evan Rogister. A special performance on Friday, October 2 features casting by current singers and alumni of WNO's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Adds Three World Premieres, & More to New Season RosterHouston Grand Opera Adds Three World Premieres, & More to New Season Roster
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Houston, August 17, 2015—Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 2015–16 season showcases the vibrant and diverse artistic mix that marks HGO as a leading 21st-century American opera company: Wagner's Siegfried, the third installment of La Fura dels Baus's imaginative Ring cycle featuring a new generation of Wagnerians; the world premiere of Prince of Players by eminent American composer Carlisle Floyd, the Lynn Wyatt Great Artist for 2015–16; Dvoák's fairy tale rarity Rusalka; a holiday revival of family favorite The Little Prince from the award-winning composer Rachel Portman and librettist Nicholas Wright; a new production of The Marriage of Figaro; a new-to-Houston Eugene Onegin; a beloved core production, Tosca; and the Houston debut of Broadway sensation Rob Ashford's take on the classic musical Carousel. Through its community collaboration program HGOco, the company will present two additional world premieres: O Columbia, a chamber opera by composer Gregory Spears and librettist Royce Vavrek that examines the past, present, and future of the American spirit of exploration; and The Root of the Wind is Water, a chamber opera by composer David Hanlon and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann about the impact of hurricanes on the Texas Gulf coast. (more...)

Wedow, Abell, Polianichko and Allen to Conduct Lyric Opera of Kansas City's 2015-16 SeasonWedow, Abell, Polianichko and Allen to Conduct Lyric Opera of Kansas City's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the four conductors for the 2015-2016 season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Gary Thor Wedow (pictured, left, Mozart's Don Giovanni), and David Charles Abell (Bizet's Carmen) will be returning to the Lyric Opera. Alexander Polianichko (Dvorák's Rusalka) and Christopher Allen (Donizetti's The Elixir of Love) will be making their Lyric Opera debut. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This FallSan Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street receives its highly anticipated San Francisco Opera premiere in a production featuring a cast of notable operatic stars and performed with Sondheim's original score for the lyric stage. (more...)

Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt!Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Deborah Voigt! On the heels of a sell-out for 'Deborah Voigt: Voight Lessons', this past weekend at The Art House in Provincetown, MA, we want to celebrate 'Debbie's' birthday, where we found out, on this day, that she's teaching at Glimmerglass. 'Mark Cortale Presents' has his Broadway Series at The Art House in Provincetown for the 2015 Summer Season, where the show was standing room only. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLERSan Francisco Opera to Open 93rd Season This Fall with Gala Performance of LUISA MILLER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

San Francisco Opera celebrates the opening of its 93rd Season on Friday, September 11, 2015 with a gala performance of Verdi's Luisa Miller, conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti and featuring an international cast, led by soprano Leah Crocetto, tenor Michael Fabiano and baritone Vitaliy Bilyy. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's CATO IN UTICAPhoto Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's CATO IN UTICA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  – The Glimmerglass Festival opened its third production of the 2015 season with Vivaldi's setting of Metastasio's poetic depiction of Cato the Younger. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's CANDIDEPhoto Flash: First Look at Glimmerglass Festival's CANDIDE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y.  – The Glimmerglass Festival opened the last of its four productions on Sunday with Bernstein's take on Candide. As philosophical as it is satirical, the productiontransports Voltaire's novella and its Enlightenment-era ideas to the stage, and features classic tunes such as “The Best of All Possible Worlds,” “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make our Garden Grow.” (more...)

Opera Star Deborah Voigt to Make Provincetown Debut, 8/2Opera Star Deborah Voigt to Make Provincetown Debut, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

 The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in "Voigt Lessons" created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM. Music Direction is by Kevin Stites, and the production is Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. "Voigt Lessons" was originally created by the Glimmerglass Opera in 2011. This performance will mark Ms. Voigt's Provincetown debut as part of the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House concert series. For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com  or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

The Cape Playhouse to Continue 89th Season with MY FAIR LADYThe Cape Playhouse to Continue 89th Season with MY FAIR LADY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

The oldest professional summer theater in America, The Cape Playhouse, presents its first-ever Playhouse production of Lerner and Loewe's triumph - My Fair Lady - July 28 through August 8. Tony Nominee Hunter Foster makes his Cape Playhouse directorial debut with the unforgettable story of Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins so that she can pass as a proper lady. Broadway's Ashley Brown and Jeff McCarthy star in what is generally hailed as a masterpiece of musical theatre. Set against the gorgeous scenery and costumes of Edwardian England, My Fair Lady is filled with some of the greatest songs in musical theater history: Wouldn't It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time and I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face. Lorin Latarro choreographs and Nick DeGregorio is the musical director. (more...)

Dallas Opera to Release Single Tickets for SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT, TodayDallas Opera to Release Single Tickets for SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2015

    DALLAS, JULY 13, 2015 - Single tickets for The Dallas Opera's magnificent 2015-2016 “Seeking the Human Element” Season,and popular TDO Family Performances will go on sale to the general public today, July 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. The season, which includes five spectacular operas including two highly-anticipated world premieres, is presented by Texas Instruments. Mainstage performances take place in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, 2403 Flora Street, in the Dallas Arts District. (more...)

Single Tickets to The Dallas Opera's 'Seeking the Human Element' Season on Sale This WeekSingle Tickets to The Dallas Opera's 'Seeking the Human Element' Season on Sale This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

Single tickets for The Dallas Opera's magnificent 2015-2016 "Seeking the Human Element" Season, and popular TDO Family Performances will go on sale to the general public Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)

Broadway in Branson Abruptly Closes THE LITTLE MERMAID Due to Statements of Racism and InequalityBroadway in Branson Abruptly Closes THE LITTLE MERMAID Due to Statements of Racism and Inequality
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Producer with Broadway in Branson, Justin Tranchita, announced that Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, has been cancelled abruptly.  It was scheduled to run through the end of September at The Whitehouse Theatre.   (more...)

2016 Glimmerglass Festival to Feature THE CRUCIBLE, SWEENEY TODD & More2016 Glimmerglass Festival to Feature THE CRUCIBLE, SWEENEY TODD & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival, Central New York's opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2016 season. (more...)

The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More!The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival, Central New York's opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2016 season. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Host STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR Celebration, 7/3Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Host STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR Celebration, 7/3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Baltimore, Md. (June 17, 2015) –Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Assistant Conductor Nicholas Hersh will lead the orchestra in their annual Independence Day celebrations at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. (more...)

San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT Out on DVD/Blu-ray, June 30San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT Out on DVD/Blu-ray, June 30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2015

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's quintessentially American masterpiece Show Boat comes to full life in a new DVD/Blu-ray recording from San Francisco Opera to be released by EuroArts Music International on June 30, 2015. (more...)

San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT Blu-ray Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 6/30San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT Blu-ray Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 6/30
by Pat Cerasaro - May 27, 2015

A new SHOW BOAT sails onto Blu-ray! (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Premiere Marco Tutino's TWO WOMENSan Francisco Opera to Premiere Marco Tutino's TWO WOMEN
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

This moving drama follows a strong-willed widow and her teenage daughter in World War II as they flee from Rome to provincial Ciociaria in a vain attempt to find safety. Starring as Cesira is Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci, who has garnered outstanding reviews throughout Europe and for her rare North American performances. Of a recent recital at Lincoln Center, The New York Times wrote, “The extraordinary Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci has concentrated her career in Europe. Each appearance she makes in America. . . is coveted by opera fans familiar with her intelligent and charismatic artistry.” Antonacci has previously appeared with San Francisco Opera in the title role of Ermione (1992) and as Adalgisa in Norma (1998).  Completing the cast are soprano Sarah Shafer, who created the role of Mary in the Company's 2013 world premiere of The Secret Garden, as Cesira's daughter Rosetta; tenor Dimitri Pittas as Michele, a young intellectual who becomes close to both mother and daughter, making his Company debut in the role; and baritone Mark Delavan as the devious Giovanni. (more...)

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