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San Francisco Opera Welcomes Efrain Solis to Cast of LA CENERENTOLASan Francisco Opera Welcomes Efrain Solis to Cast of LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella), running November 9-26, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Verdi's Egyptian tragedy Aida, one of the most-performed operas in company history, will return to the Met stage October 30 for a 16-performance revival with rotating casts of acclaimed artists and rising stars. The initial performances will star Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who made a notable Met debut in the role in 2012, as Aida; Olga Borodina in one of her best-known portrayals as the jealous princess Amneris; Marcello Giordani as the war hero Radamès, a role he first sang at the Met in 2012; Željko Lu?i? in his first-ever Met performances as Amonasro, Aida's father; Ukrainian bass Dmitri Belosselskiy in his Met role debut as the high priest Ramfis; and American bass Soloman Howard in his Met debut as the King. Italian tenor Antonello Palombi will make his Met debut as Radamès on November 22. (more...)

John Tiffany-Helmed LET THE RIGHT ONE IN to Make American Debut at St. Ann's Warehouse This WinterJohn Tiffany-Helmed LET THE RIGHT ONE IN to Make American Debut at St. Ann's Warehouse This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

St. Ann's Warehouse welcomes back the National Theatre of Scotland, director John Tiffany and associate director Steven Hoggett for the American Premiere of Let the Right One In, which Jack Thorne adapted for the stage from John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel and screenplay, and which garnered tremendous acclaim on London's West End earlier this year. (more...)

FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Returns to The LA Opera, 11/22-12/20FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS Returns to The LA Opera, 11/22-12/20
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

General Director Plácido Domingo has announced final details for LA Opera's first revival of Florencia en el Amazonas, an enchanting and romantic opera by composer Daniel Catán. Co-commissioned by LA Opera in 1995, the opera returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for six performances from November 22 through December 20, 2014. In the exquisitely beautiful opera, inspired by the fiction of Gabriel García Márquez, a steamboat passage along the fabled Amazon becomes a poignant voyage of discovery for all seven travelers on board. (more...)

Ailyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's OtelloAilyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her hotly anticipated Houston Grand Opera debut this Friday (Oct 24), in what also marks her role debut as Desdemona in Otello. Under the baton of Patrick Summers, Houston's artistic and music director, she stars opposite Simon O'Neill as Otello and Marco Vratogna as Iago in the company's staging of John Cox's hit production of the Shakespearean tragedy, which runs through November 7. (more...)

Poet And Librettist J. D. Mcclatchy to Preview New Opera at Kray Hall in Poets House, 11/8Poet And Librettist J. D. Mcclatchy to Preview New Opera at Kray Hall in Poets House, 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

AOP (American Opera Projects) and Poets House present a discussion with award-winning poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy followed by a reading of his latest opera libretto The Leopard, based on the acclaimed novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and directed by James Robinson. The discussion will be joined by The Leopard's composer Michael Dellaira and will feature a performance of music from the opera-in-development and a mid-event reception with the artists. The event will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 3 pm at Kray Hall in Poets House (10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282 in Battery Park City). Tickets are $10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House members and can be purchased at operaprojects.org. (more...)

Brandon Jovanovich to Play 'Don Jose' in CARMEN at the Met TonightBrandon Jovanovich to Play 'Don Jose' in CARMEN at the Met Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2014

Brandon Jovanovich has agreed at short notice to step into the role of Don José in this evening's performance of Carmen, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. Jovanovich is currently rehearsing for next month's revival of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Met. He sang the October 13 performance of Carmen substituting for Antonenko as well. (more...)

Gregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next MonthGregory Haney, Marc Kudisch, Telly Leung & More to Workshop New Musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL in NYC Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2014

?The new musical THE NINE FATHERS OF ARIEL is currently undergoing a New York workshop, concluding with invited rehearsals for industry members on November 6 and 7. (more...)

Houston Symphony to Kick Off Family Series with AFRICAN SAFARI Concert, Featuring Music from THE LION KING, 11/1Houston Symphony to Kick Off Family Series with AFRICAN SAFARI Concert, Featuring Music from THE LION KING, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

On November 1, embark on the first concert of the Houston Symphony's Family Concert Series as Associate Conductor and audience favorite Robert Franz leads the orchestra in a program entitled African Safari with Music from The Lion King. (more...)

Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21Tenor Jay Hunter Morris to Sing World Premiere of The Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

Jay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This WinterJay Hunter Morris Replaces Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's A CHRISTMAS CAROL World Premiere This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2014

American tenor Jay Hunter Morris will replace Anthony Dean Griffey in Houston Grand Opera's world premiere production of A Christmas Carol, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. Mr. Griffey has withdrawn for health reasons. The 90-minute opera, commissioned by HGO from composer Iain Bell and librettist Simon Callow, is written for a single singer performing the role of The Narrator. A Christmas Carol runs from December 5 through 21, 2014, at the Wortham Theater Center, and is suitable for ages 12 and up. (more...)

Tenor Norman Reinhardt Joins the Houston Grand Opera's COSÌ FAN TUTTE as FerrandoTenor Norman Reinhardt Joins the Houston Grand Opera's COSÌ FAN TUTTE as Ferrando
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Tenor Norman Reinhardt will sing the role of Ferrando in Houston Grand Opera's production of Così fan tutte, it was announced today by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. He replaces Stephen Costello, who has withdrawn due to illness. Mr. Reinhardt is in Houston to perform the role of Cassio in Verdi's Otello and will play Ferrando concurrently. Otello opens October 24, and Cosi fan tutte opens October 31. (more...)

MAMA DRAMA to Play Metropolitan Room, 10/25MAMA DRAMA to Play Metropolitan Room, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

Mama Drama will play the Metropolitan Room on Saturday, October 25 at 1:00pm. The Metropolitan Room is located at 34 West 22 St. Tickets are $25 and can be purchase by phone at 212-206-0440, or online at www.metropolitanroom.com. (more...)

RGENERATION to Play Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, 4-8 NovRGENERATION to Play Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, 4-8 Nov
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Pat Barker's Booker-nominated novel, REGENERATION, has been adapted for the stage by Olivier Award-winning playwright Nicholas Wright (His Dark Materials, Vincent in Brixton), it opened at Royal & Derngate, Northampton on 29 August 2014 prior to a national tour. The production plays Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 4 - 8 November 2014. (more...)

Brandon Jovanovich in for Aleksandrs Antonenko at Tonight's CARMEN at Metropolitan OperaBrandon Jovanovich in for Aleksandrs Antonenko at Tonight's CARMEN at Metropolitan Opera
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Brandon Jovanovich has agreed at short notice to step into the role of Don José in this evening's performance of Carmen, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. Jovanovich is currently at the Met rehearsing for next month's revival of Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. (more...)

Amanda Majeski & Ryan McKinny to Perform at The Morgan, 11/9Amanda Majeski & Ryan McKinny to Perform at The Morgan, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Soprano Amanda Majeski is a 2009 George London Award winner who just made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the Met's season-opening presentation of Le nozze di Figaro, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny is a 2011 George London Award winner who this past summer sang the roles of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with the Los Angeles Opera and Billy Bigelow in Carousel at Glimmerglass Opera. Together, they will open the 2014-15 season of the George London Foundation for Singers with a joint recital at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library and Museum on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 4:30 PM, with pianist Ken Noda. The event is Mr. McKinny's New York recital debut. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS at Kauffman Center, 11/8-16Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS at Kauffman Center, 11/8-16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 57th season with Gioachino Rossini's hilarious opera, The Italian Girl in Algiers, November 8-16, 2014 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English and Italian titles. (more...)

LA CENERENTOLA, DIDO AND AENEAS and THE LONG WALK Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer SeasonLA CENERENTOLA, DIDO AND AENEAS and THE LONG WALK Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 - July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Saratoga Springs, New York. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Presents EL PASADO NUNCA SE TERMINA, 5/13-17The Houston Grand Opera Presents EL PASADO NUNCA SE TERMINA, 5/13-17
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished, an opera featuring the internationally renowned ensemble Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitla?n, on May 13, 16, and 17, 2015 in the Wortham Theater Center, it was announced by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and Managing Director Perryn Leech. HGO's 2010 mounting of the world's first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon, with Mariachi Vargas, not only captivated audiences in Houston, but went on to hit runs in Paris, San Diego, Chicago, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. HGO brought Cruzar back to Houston in 2013 for three sold-out performances. Now the company will present a second mariachi opera from the same creative team of Jose? “Pepe” Marti?nez and Leonard Foglia, fresh from its March 2015 world premiere at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Set on a Mexican hacienda in 1910, just prior to the Mexican Revolution, the story traces how the country's cultural conflicts and nationalistic struggles shape one family across generations. El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished will be sung in Spanish and English with projected translations. (more...)

Verismo Opera to Round Out 25th Anniversary Season with LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26Verismo Opera to Round Out 25th Anniversary Season with LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the only grand opera company in Bergen County, New Jersey, concludes its 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, with Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites the public to see Puccini's renowned, romantic score on Sundays, October 19 and 26, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. (more...)

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