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Ensemble Galante and Mopoke Theatre Team for DIDO & AENEAS at Queen's TheatreEnsemble Galante and Mopoke Theatre Team for DIDO & AENEAS at Queen's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

In this strictly limited season of three intimate performances, Ensemble Galante joins forces with Mopoke Theatre Productions to present a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell's iconic Dido & Aeneas in Adelaide's historic Queen's Theatre, from October 7 - 9. (more...)

Chicago Opera Theater's THE LOVE POTION to Debut This FallChicago Opera Theater's THE LOVE POTION to Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

For the first time ever, Chicago's iconic Music Box Theatre will host a classical live performance when Chicago Opera Theater (COT) debuts the Chicago premiere of Frank Martin's 1942 'The Love Potion' ('Le Vin Herbe') on September 30. (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera Launches 40 DAYS OF OPERABoston Lyric Opera Launches 40 DAYS OF OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) Stanford Calderwood General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson announced today a multi-platform, regional recognition of the robust opera and vocal music offerings in Greater Boston over the next six weeks, and debuted an online calendar that combines them all as part of the company's "40 Days of Opera" celebration. (more...)

Simon Rattle to Conduct St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys in Concert, 9/18Simon Rattle to Conduct St. Thomas Choir of Men & Boys in Concert, 9/18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

New York, NY - Sir Simon Rattle will conduct The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of St. Luke's in a special benefit concert to include Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Edward Elgar's Serenade for Strings on Sunday, September 18 at 7:00pm. The concert will be the last in a yearlong series of performances that have been offered at St Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in honor of Maestro John Scott who served as Organist and Director of Music for eleven years, and who died unexpectedly in August 2015.  Proceeds from the concert will be used to create a Saint Thomas Choir School scholarship to assist choristers in need which will be established in John Scott's memory. (more...)

Lawrence Opera Theatre Presents Shakespseare 400Lawrence Opera Theatre Presents Shakespseare 400
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Lawrence Opera Theatre's seventh Season honors the Bard (more...)

Long Beach Opera Announces New President of the BoardLong Beach Opera Announces New President of the Board
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek announced Dr. Robert Braun has been selected president of the Long Beach Opera (LBO) Board of Directors, succeeding Sue Bienkowski, long-time board president. He has been on the board for five years, previously serving on both the development committee (chair) and executive committee. (more...)

Peak Performances Sets 2016-17 SeasonPeak Performances Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

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Pacific MusicWorks Sets 2016-17 SeasonPacific MusicWorks Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Pacific MusicWorks (PMW) announces the 2016-2017 Season which includes a new venue, Benaroya Hall, and four unique classical concert productions. Breathtaking, ¡Navidad!, Handel's Tenor and Dido & Aeneas all pull from the 17th thru to the late 19th century music traditions and incorporate a variety of instrumental, operatic and vocal elements. The first concert of the season, Breathtaking will be held at the St. James Cathedral in downtown Seattle. The remainder of the season is at Benaroya Hall with select performances at Meany Hall, Edmonds United Methodist Church and Mercer Island's Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Four concert subscription packages are available online now. Single tickets go on sale September 7, 2016 at www.PacificMusicWorks.org or by phone at (206) 708-6003. Youth ages 5-17 always receive a free ticket with accompanying ticketed adult.  Interviews with the artistic director, Stephen Stubbs are available by request. (more...)

Derek Jacobi and Richard Clifford to Lead World Premiere of MEASURE + DIDO Celebrating ShakespeareDerek Jacobi and Richard Clifford to Lead World Premiere of MEASURE + DIDO Celebrating Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Renowned actor Derek Jacobi stars with actor/director Richard Clifford and the acclaimed early musicians of Washington DC's Folger Consort in the world premiere performances of MEASURE + DIDO, celebrating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's legacy. Presented by NapaShakes and Folger Shakespeare Library, this extraordinary production combines dramatic readings of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure with excerpts from Henry Purcell's chamber opera Dido and Aeneas to create a perfect depiction of the ecstasy and excesses of love. With a cast of 27 including Peter Becker (baritone), Molly Quinn (soprano), and Emily Noel (soprano), don't miss the first performances of this historic pairing of two monumental works, starring one of the world's most respected and beloved actors, before it moves to the Eisenhower Theater at Washington, DC's Kennedy Center in October. (more...)

Lincoln Center Sets 2016 White Light Festival LineupLincoln Center Sets 2016 White Light Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss today announced the schedule for Lincoln Center's seventh White Light Festival, running from October 16 through November 16, 2016. The international multidisciplinary festival, which takes its name from a quotation by the Estonian composer Arvo Part, is an annual exploration of the power of art to illuminate our interior and communal lives. 'I could compare my music to white light which contains all colors. Only a prism can divide the colors and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener.' - Arvo Part (more...)

Long Beach Opera Sets 2017 SeasonLong Beach Opera Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek today announced Long Beach Opera's (LBO) 2017 season. “LBO's  38th season will offer four operas new to Southern California,” said Mitisek. “We'll bring stories that play against the tide of conventions and that are also quintessentially American.  And, we'll work alongside a broad range of collaborators to tell these stories.  As always, to paraphrase Robert Frost, we take the road less travelled, and that makes all the difference. (more...)

World Premiere of DIDO THE QUEEN to Open in June at The Flamboyan TheaterWorld Premiere of DIDO THE QUEEN to Open in June at The Flamboyan Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

Longtime artistic collaborators, Willa Bassen (Librettist and Dramaturg) and Nick Robertson (Director and Orchestrator) present the world premiere of Dido the Queen - A Folk Opera.  This bluegrass inspired, puppet infused adaptation of Purcell's Dido & Aeneas has been specifically created for high school audiences by Bassen and Robertson from June 17–19 with five performances at the Flamboyan Theater at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center (107 Suffolk St).  Performance schedule varies, please see calendar below.  Ticket prices are $15 and can be purchased in advance by visiting www.BrownPaperTickets.com.  (Service charges will apply.) Dido the Queen - A Folk Opera runs 75 minutes, no intermission. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, Victoria Clark & More Celebrate MasterVoices at 2016 Spring BenefitPhoto Flash: Kelli O'Hara, Matthew Morrison, Victoria Clark & More Celebrate MasterVoices at 2016 Spring Benefit
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

MasterVoices raised more than $220,000 to fund the company's Artistic and Education Programs at its 2016 Spring Benefit which featured Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate starring Kelli O'Hara, Victoria Clark, Elliot Madore, Anna Christy, and Sarah Mesko, with a World Premiere prologue by Michael John LaChiusa, directed and choreographed by Doug Varone, and conducted by Ted Sperling at Le Parker Meridien and New York City Center on April 28, 2016. BroadwayWorld brings you look inside the big night below! (more...)

BWW Opera Review: MASTERVOICES Strikes a Masterful Chord with Dido and AeneasBWW Opera Review: MASTERVOICES Strikes a Masterful Chord with Dido and Aeneas
by Christina Pandolfi - May 2, 2016

A heavenly aura flooded through the regal New York City Center this past Thursday night at the MasterVoices premiere of Henry Purcell & Nahum Tate's baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas. With a full orchestra, the MasterVoices choir, and the Doug Varone and Dancers company, this unique production created a majestic escape of light, sound, and movement for audience-goers. But the crème de la crème was the other-worldly talents of lead vocalists Kelli O' Hara & Victoria Clark, both geniuses in their own right, as they created the perfect balance of good and evil, sweet and sinful through every note. (more...)

MasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens TonightMasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) continues the 2015-2016 season with Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's tempestuous Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, tonight, April 28, 2016 at 7pm and tomorrow, April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Ballet Academy East's Pre-Professional Division to Present World Premieres, RevivalsBallet Academy East's Pre-Professional Division to Present World Premieres, Revivals
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

In an annual rite of passage, the talented students of Ballet Academy East's Pre-Professional Division delight audiences with both new works and beloved ballets in four performances May 20-22. The production features five works by three choreographers presented at Gerald W. Lynch Theater: Coppélia Act III, de l'innocence, Sans Nuages, TO BE CONTINUED…, and Gossec's Gavotte. (more...)

MasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Next WeekMasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

A friendly reminder! MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) continues the 2015-2016 season with Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's tempestuous Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, on April 28, 2016 at 7pm and April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Early Music Vancouver Sets 2016-17 SeasonEarly Music Vancouver Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Early Music Vancouver (EMV)  announces its Vancouver Bach Festival and 2016/17 Season, bringing a staggering list of events to venues in and around Vancouver. This year, concert-goers are invited to revel in the genius of Bach, discover a brilliant but disregarded composer who surmounted adversity (Le Mozart Noir), and enjoy an up-close-and-personal encounter with one of the world's greatest choral ensembles - Stile Antico. EMV' s programming offers an opportunity to travel back through time and hear masterpieces illuminated by an in-depth knowledge of the specific musical culture, instruments and style in which they were written. (more...)

Orchestra of St. Luke to Welcome Susan Graham and Nicholas McGeganOrchestra of St. Luke to Welcome Susan Graham and Nicholas McGegan
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Orchestra of St. Luke's welcomes superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, as soloist on its final Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series concert of the season. Lauded "America's favorite mezzo," Graham will sing Britten's Phaedra and three works by Purcell in her only Carnegie Hall appearance this season.  (more...)

Violinist Robert Mealy to Lead Juilliard415 in 'TERPSICHORE' at Alice Tully HallViolinist Robert Mealy to Lead Juilliard415 in 'TERPSICHORE' at Alice Tully Hall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Violinist Robert Mealy, director of Juilliard Historical Performance, leads Juilliard's period-instrument ensemble Juilliard415 in a program featuring Baroque dance entitled'Terpsichore: A Baroque Dance Mix,' on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. Joining Juilliard415 will be professional Baroque dancers: Caroline Copeland, Carlos Fittante, Alexis Silver, and Andrew Trego, in period choreography reconstructed by Caroline Copeland and Carlos Fittante, and students from Juilliard Dance: Alysia Johnson, Eoin Robinson, My'kal Stromile, and Peter Farrow, in modern choreography by Peter Farrow. (more...)

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