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Sergei Danilian to Present ARDANI 25 DANCE GALA at New York City CenterSergei Danilian to Present ARDANI 25 DANCE GALA at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Instead of the usual gala fare -- bits of firecracker variations and pieces of ballet classics -- Sergei Danilian's 'Ardani 25 Dance Gala' at New York City Center, August 19 and 20, is classic Danilian. The intrepid impresario, who has never side-stepped risk, will celebrate Ardani Artists's quarter century of producing in the United States and abroad with a trio of U.S. premieres, two by young, unknown, but up-and-coming Russian choreographers, and one by American Ballet Theatre principal Marcelo Gomes. (more...)

Segerstrom Center for the Arts Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebration with Tour de Force III Dance SpectacularSegerstrom Center for the Arts Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Celebration with Tour de Force III Dance Spectacular
by Louisa Brady - Jun 16, 2016

Segerstrom Center for the Arts begins its 30th Anniversary celebration with another one-night-only star-studded evening of dance: Tour de Force III. The performance will be the first event to represent the array and diversity of the Center's artistic programming, in this case, 30 years of presenting the greatest ballet companies and the world's most celebrated dancers. Tour de Force III will be on Saturday, August 27 in Segerstrom Hall. Produced in collaboration with Ardani Artists, the program will include four Center premieres: Clay by Vladimir Varnava, Zeitgeist by Alastair Marriott, Tristesse by Marcelo Gomes and Le Divertissement du Roi by Maxim Petrov. The international cast includes Diana Vishneva, Joaquin de Luz, Marcelo Gomes, Denis Matvienko, Marcelino Sambe?, Friedemann Vogel and Edward Watson, as well as members of the The Royal Ballet, Mariinsky Ballet and the National Ballet of Canada. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Subscription Sale for Next SeasonLyric Opera of Chicago Announces Subscription Sale for Next Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

CHICAGO - Subscriptions go on sale February 1 at 10:00am for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 62nd season. Next season offers world-renowned artists, nine tremendous new-to-Chicago productions, and the start of Wagner's famed Ring cycle, Das Rheingold. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, Rob Ashford-Helmed CARMEN & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016-17 SeasonMY FAIR LADY, Rob Ashford-Helmed CARMEN & More Set for Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago's general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis confirmed today the repertoire and casting for the company's 2016/17 season - the second season that they have fully planned together.   (more...)

BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera's GOTTERDAMMERUNG Brings Home the Gold!BWW Review: Union Avenue Opera's GOTTERDAMMERUNG Brings Home the Gold!
by Steve Callahan - Aug 25, 2015

They've done it! Little Union Avenue Opera and its leader Scott Schoonover bring home the gold! They have triumphed over that colossus of all operatic colossi-Wagner's Ring Cycle! They entered the battle wielding the magic sword of talent and determination and, just like Siegfried, they have conquered this giant, this dragon of an opus and forced it to yield a pure golden 'Ring'! Their current production of 'Gotterdammerung', the final work in Wagner's vast tetralogy, is a showcase for some magnificent voices. Wagner would be pleased. (more...)

Danny Glover to Host YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra Concert for Global Peace at Carnegie HallDanny Glover to Host YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra Concert for Global Peace at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

YPHIL - International Philharmonic Orchestra brings together 100 young talented musicians from 74 countries to represent their countries through music in Seven Epic Concerts, which will conclude with a concert for Global Peace on Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall during United Nations week. (more...)

The Royal Opera House Announces 2015-2016 Season, Featuring MORGEN UND ABEND, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, and MoreThe Royal Opera House Announces 2015-2016 Season, Featuring MORGEN UND ABEND, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

The 2015/16 Royal Opera House Season has been announced. The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and visiting companies will stage more than sixty works during 2015/16 and twelve productions from Covent Garden - six operas and six ballets - will be relayed live to more than 1,500 cinemas in 35 countries as part of the ROH Cinema Season. (more...)

Birmingham Opera Company Holds BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show TonightBirmingham Opera Company Holds BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

To accompany Birmingham Opera Company's new production of Michael Tippett's opera The Ice Break(from 3 April), the company is also organizing 'BREAKING THE ICE', a series of events designed to encourage discussion around the relationship of art to society. What responsibility does the artist have to society and vice versa? (more...)

Birmingham Opera Company to Hold BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show, 4/9Birmingham Opera Company to Hold BREAKING THE ICE Symposium After Show, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

To accompany Birmingham Opera Company's new production of Michael Tippett's opera The Ice Break(from 3 April), the company is also organizing 'BREAKING THE ICE', a series of events designed to encourage discussion around the relationship of art to society. What responsibility does the artist have to society and vice versa? (more...)

Corinthia Hotel London Names Opera as its New Artist-in-Residence ProgramCorinthia Hotel London Names Opera as its New Artist-in-Residence Program
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Corinthia Hotel London has announced that its fourth annual Artist in Residence program is opera. Also announced today is the prestigious panel of judges who will choose a winning idea from a range of British artist applications. The selected artist will be awarded a month residency at the hotel, over which time they will develop and realize their vision. The finished project will launch in September. 'We are especially proud of the fact that one of the key objectives of the Artist in Residence program is to support up and coming British talent,' said Renaud Gregoire, General Manager, Corinthia London. (more...)

Corinthia Hotel London Sets Opera as Theme for Artist in Residence 2015Corinthia Hotel London Sets Opera as Theme for Artist in Residence 2015
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Corinthia Hotel London has announced that its fourth annual Artist in Residence programme is opera. Also announced today is the prestigious panel of judges who will choose a winning idea from a range of artist applications. The selected artist will be awarded a month residency at the hotel, over which time they will develop and realise their vision. The finished project will launch in September. A selection of artists have been approached to submit ideas for the project, with one final 'wild card' position still remaining. Corinthia Hotel London's General Manager Renaud Gregoire will select one final applicant from open submissions to join the other artists. (more...)

Corinthia Hotel London Names Opera as Fourth Annual Artist-in-Residence ProgrammeCorinthia Hotel London Names Opera as Fourth Annual Artist-in-Residence Programme
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

Corinthia Hotel London has announced that its fourth annual Artist in Residence programme is opera. Also announced today is the prestigious panel of judges who will choose a winning idea from a range of artist applications. The selected artist will be awarded a month residency at the hotel, over which time they will develop and realise their vision. The finished project will launch in September. A selection of artists have been approached to submit ideas for the project, with one final 'wild card' position still remaining. Corinthia Hotel London's General Manager Renaud Gregoire will select one final applicant from open submissions to join the other artists. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Releases Schedule of Events for 2015-16 SeasonHouston Grand Opera Releases Schedule of Events for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2015

Houston, January 29, 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 Carlisle Floyd's Prince of Players; Dvo?ak'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 and 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 another chamber opera, by composer David Hanlon and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann, about the impact of hurricanes on the Texas Gulf coast. (more...)

International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January 2015, at HUSH in Mayfair, the finalists of the International Opera Awards 2015 were announced. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK is 'Opera Noir' and Utterly Wonderful at the MetBWW Reviews: LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK is 'Opera Noir' and Utterly Wonderful at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 18, 2014

Compared to Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as Katerina Ismailova in LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Met, Barbara Stanwyck and Lana Turner were couple of pikers in their film noir triumphs, “Double Indemnity” and “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” Westbroek kills her father-in-law with rat poison, strangles her husband with her lover's belt and, as the piece de resistence, drowns her lover's new girlfriend, while going under herself. And she has to do it all while effortlessly singing Shostakovich's demanding score. What a dame! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad BoyBWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad Boy
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 13, 2014

“To be blunt, Sergei is not a nice guy,” says tenor Brandon Jovanovich, talking about his current role at the Metropolitan Opera in Dmitri Shostakovich's LADY MACBETH OF MTENSEK. “He's the kind of fellow who's jovial and friendly one minute…and then you hear he's robbed a store. He uses and abuses people--we all know someone like that, don't we?” he adds, laughing. (more...)

JERSEY BOYS Extends Booking Period To Oct 2015JERSEY BOYS Extends Booking Period To Oct 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

JERSEY BOYS, the smash hit musical, is now extending its booking period at the Piccadilly Theatre until 25 October 2015. (more...)

Gianandrea Noseda to Conduct GUGLIELMO TELL at Carnegie Hall, 12/7Gianandrea Noseda to Conduct GUGLIELMO TELL at Carnegie Hall, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

On Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents Teatro Regio Torino in a concert performance of Rossini's opera Guglielmo Tell (William Tell) conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and sung in Italian by an outstanding cast that includes baritone Dalibor Jenis in the title role, tenor John Osborn as Arnoldo, and soprano Angela Meade as Matilde. The concert is part of the opera company's first-ever North American tour, with stops in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto. (more...)

James Conlon to Lead LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Beginning 11/10 at the MetJames Conlon to Lead LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Beginning 11/10 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Beginning November 10, the Met will present a rare revival of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Shostakovich's controversial 1934 opera about an adulteress whose forbidden romance leads to murder and devastation. This season's performances will be conducted by James Conlon, who also led the work's Met premiere in 1994; it has only been revived once by the company, in 2000. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek will sing her first Met performances of the central role, Katerina Ismailova, which she has sung to acclaim at numerous leading opera houses around the world. American tenor Brandon Jovanovich sings the role of Sergei, Katerina's lover. The revival of Graham Vick's 1994 production will also star Raymond Very as Zinovy Ismailov, Katerina's ineffectual husband, and Anatoli Kotscherga as her brutal father-in-law, Boris. Dutch tenor Frank van Aken will sing Sergei in the November 21 performance. (more...)

James Conlon to Conduct LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Met, 11/10-29James Conlon to Conduct LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK at the Met, 11/10-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

Conductor James Conlon leads a rare revival of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera in six performances beginning Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The cast for Graham Vick's production includes soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the title role as Katerina Ismailova, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Sergei, tenor Raymond Very as Zinovy Ismailov, and baritone Anatoli Kotscherga as Boris Ismailov. Tenor Frank van Aken sings the role of Sergei in the November 21 performance. (more...)

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