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Houston Grand Opera to Honor Houston Ship Channel's Centennial in Song, 12/10Houston Grand Opera to Honor Houston Ship Channel's Centennial in Song, 12/10
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

Houston, November 25, 2014—Houston Grand Opera's community collaboration initiative, HGOco, will present an original song cycle,On This Muddy Water: Voices from the Houston Ship Channel, in a series of free concerts beginning December 10, 2014. Presented in conjunction with the Houston Arts Alliance's Folklore and Traditional Arts Program's exhibition Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel, the songs will give voice to the men and women who make up the Houston Ship Channel's immense workforce. Composed by D. J. Sparr to a libretto by Janine Joseph and performed by mezzo-soprano Lauren Pastorek and baritone Heath Martin, On This Muddy Water will capture and explore stories from the history and tradition of the port through words and song. The concerts will take place on December 10, 17, January 7, and 21 at 5:30 p.m., with a reception following the December 10world premiere, all at the Julia Ideson Library. Each concert will be preceded by a brief conversation with a member of the Ship Channel community. (more...)

Ailyn Perez to Make Met Debut in CARMEN Next YearAilyn Perez to Make Met Debut in CARMEN Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

On February 6, Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her house debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in a star-studded production of Bizet's Carmen. This marks a major milestone for the American soprano, and comes at a key moment in her burgeoning career. Having achieved star status in Europe with a string of successes at the opera houses of London, Vienna, Milan, Berlin, and Moscow - her title role performance in Verdi's La Traviata this past spring at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden made history with the company's first live streaming of a complete opera, and she made her debut at La Scala opposite Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra - Pérez recently scored twin triumphs closer to home. This past summer, her Warner Classics album debut, Love Duets, was an 'irresistible' (Gramophone) Billboard bestseller, and earlier this fall she took Houston by storm in her house and role debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello, where she supplied 'white hot passion...in spades' (Houston Press). (more...)

Opera Paralléle to Premiere New Seaon with DEAD MAN WALKING, 2/20/15Opera Paralléle to Premiere New Seaon with DEAD MAN WALKING, 2/20/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2014

San Francisco, November 24, 2014 – Acclaimed contemporary opera company Opera Parallèle will open its 2015 season with the premiere of a new production of Jake Heggie's landmark work Dead Man Walking—marking the 15th anniversary of one of the most widely performed operas of the 21st century—in three performances Friday and Saturday, February 20 and 21, 2015 at 8 pm and Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2 pm at YBCA Theater in San Francisco. Based on Sister Helen Prejean's memoir and passionate statement against capital punishment of the same title, Dead Man Walking plumbs the depths of human emotion, resilience, fortitude, hope, and redemption, making it an ideal subject for the operatic stage and for Opera Parallèle's brand of story-telling, exploring the human experience in provocative and intense stagings. The premiere will be followed by the Company taking to the road for the first time to present a concert version of Dead Man Walking at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA, March 7 and 8, 2015. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Hosts Book Signing and Children's Book Drive Tied to World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/3, 12/5-21The Houston Grand Opera Hosts Book Signing and Children's Book Drive Tied to World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 12/3, 12/5-21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2014

Houston Grand Opera will partner with Houston organizations for a public book signing with esteemed English actor, director, and author Simon Callow; and for a children's book drive during the run of the company's world premiere production ofA Christmas Carol this December. (more...)

The Houston Ballet Presents Free Wortham Theater Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, 11/26The Houston Ballet Presents Free Wortham Theater Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

On Wednesday, November 26 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, the holiday season will officially begin as hundreds of Houston children celebrate at the 27th annual Wortham Theater Center Tree Lighting Ceremony - a joyous festival held in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center downtown. This event is FREE and open to the public. (more...)

Houston Ballet to Kick Off Holiday Season with Wortham Theater Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, 11/26Houston Ballet to Kick Off Holiday Season with Wortham Theater Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, 11/26
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

On Wednesday, November 26 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM, the holiday season will officially begin as hundreds of Houston children celebrate at the 27th annual Wortham Theater Center Tree Lighting Ceremony -- a joyous festival held in the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center downtown. This event is FREE and open to the public. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera to Hold #GivingTuesday Fundraiser, 12/2Houston Grand Opera to Hold #GivingTuesday Fundraiser, 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Houston, November 7, 2014—Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will hold a special fundraising day on Tuesday, December 2, as part of#GivingTuesday, an international movement to create a day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. The program celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. It was launched in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation, and has been adopted by organizations around the globe. HGO is one of the first performing arts groups in the U.S. to hold its own #GivingTuesday campaign. (more...)

SF Opera Presents LA CENERENTOLA (CINDERELLA) Opening TodaySF Opera Presents LA CENERENTOLA (CINDERELLA) Opening Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) in six performances November 9-26. French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of Angelina (Cinderella), the gentle servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. (more...)

Lyric Unlimited Presents MEMORY AND RECKONING, 2/24-3/15Lyric Unlimited Presents MEMORY AND RECKONING, 2/24-3/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, today announced Memory and Reckoning, a confluence of activities related to the Chicago premiere of Mieczysaw Weinberg's The Passenger, on stage at Lyric February 24 through March 15. This poignant and gripping 20th-century masterpiece portrays the story of the Holocaust from the perspectives of both victim and perpetrator, and was only recently rediscovered after more than 40 years of suppression. (more...)

Juilliard Opera Season to Premiere with IL TURCO IN  ITALIA, 11/19Juilliard Opera Season to Premiere with IL TURCO IN ITALIA, 11/19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

NEW YORK –– The Juilliard Opera season opens with a production of Gioachino Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), a drama buffo in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani. Juilliard alumnaSperanza Scappucci conducts the Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in her conducting debut at Juilliard in the production directed by John Giampietro. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m., in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera's production of Il Turco in Italia are $30 and available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Juilliard students may attend for free; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets at $15 at the Juilliard Box Office. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera's HGOco Presents Veterans Songbook ProjectThe Houston Grand Opera's HGOco Presents Veterans Songbook Project
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's HGOco, the company's community collaboration and education initiative, announced plans to produce a multiyear Veterans Songbook project to honor United States servicemen and servicewomen. Houston's veteran community is on track to become the largest in the United States. This compelling project will feature songs drawn directly from the stories of Houston-based veterans and their loved ones, with themes centered on conflict and courage as well as strength and sacrifice. (more...)

Revival of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Opens at the Met Opera, 11/18Revival of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Opens at the Met Opera, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

A revival of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia will open at the Met November 18, withLawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; Isabel Leonard as Rosina, the feisty ward who captures his heart; andChristopher Maltman in his first Met performances of Figaro, the title barber whose skills extend far beyond hair-cutting.Michele Mariotti conducts the performance, which also stars Maurizio Muraro as Dr. Bartolo and Paata Burchuladze as Don Basilio. Bartlett Sher's acclaimed staging premiered at the Met in 2006. The November 22 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries around the world. (more...)

Audra McDonald Will Return to Carnegie Hall in DecemberAudra McDonald Will Return to Carnegie Hall in December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Six-time Tony Award winner and Musical America's 2014 Musician of the Year Audra McDonald, returns to Carnegie Hall on Friday, December 12 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. (more...)

Francis Patrelle to be Honored at Starburst of Dance Gala, 11/15Francis Patrelle to be Honored at Starburst of Dance Gala, 11/15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

Francis Patrelle, founder of Dances Patrelle will be honored with the Kaatsbaan Award at the Starburst of Dance Gala on November 15, 2014 at the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center. For more information on the gala, visit http://www.kaatsbaan.org/events.html. (more...)

BWW Interview: Victoria Clark Returns to Her PIAZZA Past at Pace University, Preps for GIGI at the Kennedy Center and More!BWW Interview: Victoria Clark Returns to Her PIAZZA Past at Pace University, Preps for GIGI at the Kennedy Center and More!
by Nicole Rosky - Nov 1, 2014

Before Victoria Clark returns to Broadway next season as 'Mamita Alvarez' in Gigi, she heads back to school as the artist in residence at Pace University. Clark directs The Light in the Piazza, the show for which she picked up a Tony Award in 2005, running through November 8 at the Loretto Theatre at The Sheen Center. The Light in the Piazza, by Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, is based on the novella of the same name by Elizabeth Spencer. Taking place in Italy in the late summer of 1953, it is the story of an American woman Margaret Johnson, who travels to Florence with her daughter Clara, who falls in love with a young Florentine man. As details emerge about Clara's past, their trip turns out to be very much a romantic and psychological journey as Margaret must decide what is best for her daughter, her family, and for herself. The winner of six Tony Awards in 2005, The Light in the Piazza has become one of the great classics of the American Musical Theater, with its lush score and cliff-hanger story. Clark took the time out of her busy schedule to update BroadwayWorld on her adventures in directing, revisiting PIAZZA, preparing for GIGI and more. Check out the full interview below! (more...)

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...)

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