Houston Grand Opera News

John Dufffy Institute for New Opera presents World Premiere of KEPTJohn Dufffy Institute for New Opera presents World Premiere of KEPT
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

The Virginia Arts Festival will present the world premiere performances of the new chamber opera Kept: a ghost story at Norfolk's Attucks Theatre May 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 28 at 3 p.m. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces SEEKING THE HUMAN SPIRITHouston Grand Opera Announces SEEKING THE HUMAN SPIRIT
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) today announced plans for Seeking the Human Spirit (STHS), a six-year multidisciplinary initiative designed to highlight the universal spiritual themes raised in opera and to expand and deepen Houstonians' connections to opera and to art. Launching in the fall of 2017, STHS comprises three mainstage operas each season-one of which will be a new work-united by a single theme, and complementary projects by HGO and partner organizations created to enhance and enrich the community's experience of the themes. Some of these activities will be available to the public; others will offer personal access to opera and HGO artists and staff for groups such as hospital patients, women who are rebuilding their lives after homelessness, and young people pursuing interfaith projects.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Actress Jennafer Newberry Talks FREAKY FRIDAY at the AlleyBWW Interview: Actress Jennafer Newberry Talks FREAKY FRIDAY at the Alley
by Audrey Morabito - May 22, 2017

Houston's Alley Theatre will open a new musical comedy, FREAKY FRIDAY, on June 2 to will play through July 2. A co-production by La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, and Alley Theatre, directed by Christopher Ashley, this wild classic has been translated into a contemporary musical comedy based on Mary Rodger's novel of the same name, with music and lyrics by Tom Kitt and   Brian Yorkey of Next to Normal and If/Then. I spoke with Jennifer Newberry, Houston native and avid performer about her performance past growing up in Houston and the striking similarity she has to her character in FREAKY FRIDAY, Gretchen. (more...)

Kids Interactive Theater, GARBAGE ISLAND Returns for Third EpisodeKids Interactive Theater, GARBAGE ISLAND Returns for Third Episode
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Just in time to get you out of the summer heat, Rec Room is pleased to announce GARBAGE ISLAND 3.0, the only original live sketch show for children ages 2 - 6, in Houston. GARBAGE ISLAND premiered in February and ran to sold-out crowds for 4 weeks straight. The response was so fantastic, it returned with a second episode in April, again selling out every show. Houston parents lined up out the door to give their children the opportunity to enjoy the wacky characters and sustainability-themed 30-minute performance, while they enjoyed a break…and a mimosa. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Plans Its Most Ambitious Season YetFlorida Grand Opera Plans Its Most Ambitious Season Yet
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Under the leadership of General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis, Florida Grand Opera's 2017-18 season continues the upward trajectory of the past few seasons. The company will offer an exciting mix of works, from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, in compelling productions cast with some of the finest international singers available. The theme of the season is 'Divas to Die For'—a quartet of operas that portray four women in peril who take emotionally fraught journeys and emerge from them changed forever. (more...)

Ardea Arts Presents Pop-Up Preview Performances of BOUNCE The Basketball OperaArdea Arts Presents Pop-Up Preview Performances of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Ardea Arts announces Pop-up Preview Performances of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, their latest project in development. These will take place throughout New York City on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. (more...)

Ardea Arts to Present Pop-Up Previews of BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERAArdea Arts to Present Pop-Up Previews of BOUNCE THE BASKETBALL OPERA
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Ardea Arts announces Pop-up Preview Performances of BOUNCE The Basketball Opera, their latest project in development. These will take place throughout New York City on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. (more...)

James A. Rocco to Depart the Ordway at the End of the YearJames A. Rocco to Depart the Ordway at the End of the Year
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that James A. Rocco has decided to step down from his role as Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director to pursue his freelance career. After more than a decade of remarkable service to the Ordway, Mr. Rocco's departure date is planned for December 22, 2017. (more...)

Virginia Arts Festival's John Dufffy Institute for New Opera to Present World Premiere of KEPT: A GHOST STORYVirginia Arts Festival's John Dufffy Institute for New Opera to Present World Premiere of KEPT: A GHOST STORY
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Virginia Arts Festival will present the world premiere performances of the new chamber opera Kept: a ghost story at Norfolk's Attucks Theatre May 25 at 7:30 p.m. and May 28 at 3 p.m. (more...)

AEA, Broadway League, Met Opera, SAG-AFTRA & More Sign Letter Urging Fiscal Support for NEAAEA, Broadway League, Met Opera, SAG-AFTRA & More Sign Letter Urging Fiscal Support for NEA
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

A diverse group of employers-ranging from the Motion Picture Association of America to the Tulsa Ballet-united with unions representing professionals from across the arts and entertainment industry to support continued full funding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in Fiscal Year 2018. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre Concludes 30th Anniversary Season with WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTIONBristol Riverside Theatre Concludes 30th Anniversary Season with WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Bristol Riverside Theatre concludes its 30th Anniversary season with Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution, running May 9-May 28.  Directed by Susan D. Atkinson, the high-voltage thriller by the Queen of Crime drama features an ensemble of professional actors. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Miller Outdoor Theatre with THE ELIXIR OF LOVEHouston Grand Opera Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Miller Outdoor Theatre with THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) marks the sixth decade of making the art of opera accessible to all audiences at Miller Outdoor Theatre with two free, fully staged performances of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love on May 19 and 20, starting at 8 p.m. A magic elixir gives a love-struck young man the extra dose of confidence he needs to thwart a rival and win the woman of his dreams, but the elixir creates just as many problems as it solves. The bright, sunny production is set on the Amalfi Coast in the 1950s-complete with Vespas and a hot air balloon. With beautiful melodies and a hilarious story, it's the perfect entry point to the world of opera for the young and the young-at-heart.    (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

San Francisco Opera continues its 2017 Summer Season on June 10 at the War Memorial Opera House with Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Coinciding with city-wide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love," this revival of one of the greatest love stories in the operatic repertory will feature a brilliant cast including sopranos Erika Grimaldi, Julie Adams and Ellie Dehn; tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Rodolfo; and baritone Audun Iversen. Carlo Montanaro conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestral and Chorus. (more...)

Ars Lyrica Wraps up its 2016-17 Season with a Fantastical FinaleArs Lyrica Wraps up its 2016-17 Season with a Fantastical Finale
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Performed in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts on May 21st at 6:00 p.m., DON QUIXOTE'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURES winds up the Ars Lyrica 2016/2017 season with a whimsical Baroque program inspired by the figure of the Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha. (more...)

Lawrence Brownlee Named Male Singer of the Year for the 2017 International Opera AwardsLawrence Brownlee Named Male Singer of the Year for the 2017 International Opera Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Lawrence Brownlee has been named Male Singer of the Year for the 2017 International Opera Awards for his achievements throughout 2016. (more...)

Brandon Victor Dixon to Sing at Playwrights Horizons' A CELEBRATION OF SONG GalaBrandon Victor Dixon to Sing at Playwrights Horizons' A CELEBRATION OF SONG Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Acclaimed Off-Broadway theater company Playwrights Horizons will hold its annual Spring Gala on Monday evening, May 8, at the event space 583 Park Avenue. Titled A CELEBRATION OF SONG, the evening will honor three of the company's exceptional alumni writers: Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven at Playwrights), Tony Award nominee Michael Korie (Grey Gardens and Far From Heaven at Playwrights) and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife and Grey Gardens at Playwrights). The Grey Gardens writing team has returned to Broadway with their new musical, War Paint, now playing at The Nederlander Theatre. (more...)

Meredith Monk Presents Work-in-Progress Showings of 'Cellular Songs' This JuneMeredith Monk Presents Work-in-Progress Showings of 'Cellular Songs' This June
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

Meredith Monk and members of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble are set to perform work-in-progress showings of her upcoming music theater piece, Cellular Songs, at artist Jim Hodges' Queenslab, June 8–10. See below for event details. (more...)

BWW OperaView: A Look into the Kennedys, Ghosts and Holocaust Survivors at ALT Alumni Concert at the Morgan LibraryBWW OperaView: A Look into the Kennedys, Ghosts and Holocaust Survivors at ALT Alumni Concert at the Morgan Library
by Richard Sasanow - May 4, 2017

Baritone Joseph Lattanzi and mezzo Laura Krumm didn't originate at the roles of Jack and Jackie Kennedy when JFK--the new opera by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek--premiered in Fort Worth a year ago. But they certainly owned them in the excerpts presented in the most daring of the four excellent works represented in the “ALT Alumni: Composers and Librettists in Concert” at New York's Morgan Library & Museum last week. (more...)

The Florentine Welcomes Three New Artists to Resident EnsembleThe Florentine Welcomes Three New Artists to Resident Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

This email contains The Florentine Opera proudly announces it will expand its successful Studio Artist program to include a summer quartet in 2017, and welcome three new singers to its program for the 2017-18 season. (more...)

SFCM to Present Soprano Patricia Racette with Honorary Doctorate at 2017 CommencementSFCM to Present Soprano Patricia Racette with Honorary Doctorate at 2017 Commencement
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will present internationally renowned soprano Patricia Racette with an honorary doctorate at the institution's annual commencement ceremony on May 19, 2017. Racette, highly sought after for her dramatic interpretations of roles both iconic and new, is known the world over for her lyrical expressivity and dynamism. She has performed on the stages of La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Royal Opera House, among many others. She is also the recipient of the prized Richard Tucker Award and the Opera News Award. (more...)

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