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by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

San Francisco, CA, August 28, 2015 – As part of its unique annual Hands-on-Opera education and youth performance program, Opera Parallčle (OP) will present the world premiere of Amazing Grace, by OP composer-in-residence Christopher Pratorius. Based on the children's book of the same name by Mary Hoffman and with a libretto by Opera Parallčle's Brian Staufenbiel and Roma Olvera, three free performances will be presented November 12 & 14at the African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco. The fully staged and costumed production will be developed during an innovative eight-week residency with fourth and fifth grade students at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic School in Oakland, assisted by the Opera Parallčle creative team and professional singers. The production will be directed by Krista Wigle, and conducted by David Gordon. Performances will be given Thursday, November 12, at 6 pm and Saturday, November 14, at 11 am and 1 pm at the African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton Street (at Webster) in San Francisco. Admission is free; past Hands-on-Opera performances have filled up quickly, so audience members are encouraged to arrive early. For more information, visit www.operaparallele.org . (more...)

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...)

NJ Symphony to Honor Marilyn Horne at Opening Celebration, 9/25NJ Symphony to Honor Marilyn Horne at Opening Celebration, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2015

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra honors luminary opera singer Marilyn Horne at its Opening Night Celebration on Friday, September 25, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. (more...)

Steven LaBrie and Ben Heppner Sign on for George London Foundation for Singers' 2015-16 SeasonSteven LaBrie and Ben Heppner Sign on for George London Foundation for Singers' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

?The 2015-16 season marks two milestones for the George London Foundation for Singers, which has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971:  the 45th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition, which gives George London Awards to young singers each year; and the 20th year of its acclaimed recital series, which presents pairs of singers, both established stars and recent George London Award winners, at The Morgan Library & Museum. (more...)

Dallas Opera to Launch New Season with Host of Opening Night EventsDallas Opera to Launch New Season with Host of Opening Night Events
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

DALLAS, July 27, 2015 – It's the biggest night of the year as The Dallas Operapresents FIRST NIGHT—the extraordinary kick-off of the 2015-2016 “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” Season.  (more...)

GREAT SCOTT, Wolfgang Puck and More Set for The Dallas Opera's FIRST NIGHT Lineup, 10/30GREAT SCOTT, Wolfgang Puck and More Set for The Dallas Opera's FIRST NIGHT Lineup, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

It's the biggest night of the year as The Dallas Opera presents FIRST NIGHT -- the extraordinary kick-off of the 2015-2016 “SEEKING THE HUMAN ELEMENT” Season. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera to Premiere O COLUMBIA, 9/23Houston Grand Opera to Premiere O COLUMBIA, 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Houston, July 21, 2015— Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of O Columbia, a chamber opera created by an acclaimed team of artists: composer Gregory Spears, librettist Royce Vavrek, stage director Kevin Newbury, and conductor Timothy Myers—on September 23 and 24 at 8:00 p.m. at the Bayou Music Center. O Columbia examines the past, present, and future of the American spirit of exploration and celebrates the identity of America's frontiersmen and women. O Columbia will be HGO's 57th world premiere. (more...)

FOOLERIE Adds 7/26 Performance at NYMFFOOLERIE Adds 7/26 Performance at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in association with The Foolish Company has announced the extension of Foolerie a Shakespearean Musical Comedy with book, music, and lyrics by Santino DeAngelo. Before their first performance on July 22nd, brisk ticket sales and sold out shows have prompted an additional performance of Foolerie to be staged on Sunday, July 26th at 4pm. (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...)

FOOLERIE to Play NYMF, 7/22-27FOOLERIE to Play NYMF, 7/22-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2015

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in association with The Foolish Company presents Foolerie a Shakespearean Musical Comedy with book, music, and lyrics by Santino DeAngelo. Tralen Doler directs a cast of nine, including Geoff Belliston, Ryan Breslin* (Bway: Newsies, Book of Mormon), Diego Diaz, Ian Fairlee*, Ian Knauer* (Bway: Mamma Mia!, By Jeeves, State Fair), Patrick Massey, Olivia Polci, Chandler Reeves, and Patrick Richwood (Film: 'Pretty Woman,' 'Armageddon,' 'Runaway Bride'). Foolerie is being staged at PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd Street (bet. 10th & 11th Avenues) in NYC for five performances from Wednesday, July 22 through Monday, July 27, 2015. *Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. (more...)

Six Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas OperaSix Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

 The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the names of the six distinguished professionals selected to participate in the inaugural session of the Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera: (more...)

Summer Stages: Summertime and the Opera is Easy in the NortheastSummer Stages: Summertime and the Opera is Easy in the Northeast
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 1, 2015

The new opera season doesn't start till September at the earliest. What's an opera fan to do until the Met's curtain goes up on September 21? Well, with a little bit of effort, opera in New York and the surrounding states during the summer months can offer quite a bit. (more...)

American Boychoir School to Host Celebration Benefit, Reception & Auction TomorrowAmerican Boychoir School to Host Celebration Benefit, Reception & Auction Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Several important events in the life of the American Boychoir School will occur over one exciting weekend in mid-May. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Matthew Zelle Names EVP at Park Avenue ArtistsMatthew Zelle Names EVP at Park Avenue Artists
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

Matthew Zelle has joined the executive team at Park Avenue Artists, the distinctive artist-management company. Zelle will hold the title of Executive Vice President at Park Avenue Artists (PAA), co-founded in 2011 by David Lai and Ross Michaels, who share the title of President. (more...)

SFCM to Honor Terry Riley at CommencementSFCM to Honor Terry Riley at Commencement
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music will grant Terry Riley, one of America's most influential living composers and a former Conservatory student, the honorary degree of Doctor of Music at this year's commencement ceremonies. With his landmark minimalist work In C, Riley pioneered a compositional style that has influenced everything from chamber and orchestral music to rock and roll. An artist who continues to inspire new generations of musicians, Riley was honored at SFCM last January with a concert of premieres written for his 80th birthday and at the recent Switchboard Music Festival with a rendition of In C rewritten as a tribute and performed by numerous Conservatory alumni. Riley will help send off the class of 2015 in ceremonies held at 10:30 a.m. on May 22 in the Conservatory's Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall. (more...)

Accompanists' Guild of SA 2015 Festival Set for JulyAccompanists' Guild of SA 2015 Festival Set for July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

From 1 to 5 July 2015, the Accompanists' Guild of SA will welcome back Malcolm Martineau to Adelaide. (more...)

Ailyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' CouncilAilyn Perez Boards Metropolitan Opera Guild's Artists' Council
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Guild has announced that soprano Ailyn Pérez has joined the organization's Artists' Council. Comprised of a distinguished group of Met artists from both past and present, all of whom share the Guild's mission to support the Metropolitan Opera and enhance the public's appreciation of the art form, the Artists' Council serves in an advisory capacity to the Guild board and staff, and, when possible, works actively on its programs. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 15th. 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for April 15th. 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Apr 15, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Lyric's 'Carousel' and the 'Sound Of Music' movie keep R&H front and center, plus 'Show Boat' from San Francisco and 'The Wiz,' 'Rocky Horror' and 'Grease' coming on television. COT has Ricky Ian Gordon, the Royal George has Louis Prima, more 'First Date' and 'Ordinary Days,' 'On Your Feet' and Broadway In Chicago's summer concert get set, and more! (more...)

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