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Winners of the 44th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for Singers Are AnnouncedWinners of the 44th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for Singers Are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2015

The winners of the 44th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place in a front of a capacity audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. (more...)

Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12Larry Marshall, Michael James Leslie & More Set for KC Rep's HAIR: Retrospective, 3/20-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Eric Rosen announced today the casting for HAIR: Retrospection, under his direction. (more...)

Ailyn Perez Set for Metropolitan Opera's CARMEN TonightAilyn Perez Set for Metropolitan Opera's CARMEN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2015

Ailyn Pérez will sing the role of Micaëla in this evening's performance of Bizet's Carmen, replacing Hei-Kyung Hong, who is ill. (more...)

Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2015

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is preparing to whisk audiences away to the Latin Quarter of Paris for the blockbuster opera of the season: Giacomo Puccini's 1896 masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, based on Henri Murger's newspaper serial-turned-novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème. (more...)

AN AFTERNOON WITH AUDRA MCDONALD Set for This Spring at NJPACAN AFTERNOON WITH AUDRA MCDONALD Set for This Spring at NJPAC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an afternoon with six-time Tony Award and two Grammys winner Audra McDonald Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3PM in Prudential Hall. (more...)

Justin Guarini, Zak Resnick, Jason Tam & More Set for BRAVE NEW WORLD Musical LabJustin Guarini, Zak Resnick, Jason Tam & More Set for BRAVE NEW WORLD Musical Lab
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

The Sheryl Kaller helmed musical adaption of the Aldous Huxley classic BRAVE NEW WORLD will present two presentations onFebruary 23rd at 3PM and February 24th at noon following the culmination of a two week experimental AEA Lab. (more...)

Guest Blog: EVERYBODY SAY YEAH: TUTS Unites with Cyndi Lauper's True Colors FundGuest Blog: EVERYBODY SAY YEAH: TUTS Unites with Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund
by Guest Blogger: Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Feb 19, 2015

Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) in conjunction with Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund hosted an open house to LGBT teens who have experienced homelessness and housing instability. These teens came from Covenant House, Legacy and Fresh Start Community Center to receive 'the complete musical theatre experience.' (more...)

Mercury to Welcome Laura Claycomb & David DanielsMercury to Welcome Laura Claycomb & David Daniels
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Appearing for the first time in concert together, Grammy Award winning coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb and renowned counter-tenor David Daniels join Mercury for a blockbuster evening of arias and duets by Handel and Monteverdi. Mercury Musical Director Antoine Plante says, “What a pleasure it is to work with such wonderful artists. I'm really pleased to present great music performed by two international stars and our exceptional orchestra.” To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.mercuryhouston.org or call 713.533.0080. Photos and bios available upon request. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HGO's MAGIC FLUTE Hits Every NoteBWW Reviews: HGO's MAGIC FLUTE Hits Every Note
by Guest Blogger: Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Feb 17, 2015

I am taken back to the first Opera I saw as a kid and the pomp and circumstance with wearing a tux and walking to the lavish theatre; this was when I fell in love with classical music. Often times we hear opera and other classical art forms are inaccessible to the people, but Houston Grand Opera's English translation of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die Zauberflote) proved that opera isn't a stuffy, highbrow art form for the bourgeois. THE MAGIC FLUTE premiered on September 30, 1791 at Emanuel Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, and Mozart conducted the orchestra. The MAGIC FLUTE often referenced as a singspiel, is an opus with spoken dialogue which lends itself to the elements of classical musical theatre. The heart of this new work was an excerpt from the oriental genie tales collected by poet Christoph Martin Wieland but transitioned to have Masonic elements from the novel Sethos by Abbe Jean Terrasson. (more...)

Broadway Legend Audra McDonald to Open UH's Madison Artist Series in MarchBroadway Legend Audra McDonald to Open UH's Madison Artist Series in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Audra McDonald has earned Tonys, Grammys and other accolades for her work on stage and screen. Soon, the multitalented performer will add another accomplishment to her extensive resume. (more...)

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents MOZART'S GREAT MASS with Masaaki Suzuki, 3/12-14The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Presents MOZART'S GREAT MASS with Masaaki Suzuki, 3/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

One of the world's leading 18th-century music specialists, Japan's Masaaki Suzuki, makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) debut leading the Orchestra in an all-Mozart program, Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. andSaturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Featuring the composer's Don Giovanni Overture and Violin Concerto No. 5, performed by young German violinist Augustin Hadelich, the concert culminates with Mozart's Mass in C minor, otherwise known as the “Great” Mass. Please see below for complete program details. (more...)

Meredith Monk Continues Season-Long Carnegie Hall Residency This SpringMeredith Monk Continues Season-Long Carnegie Hall Residency This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Carnegie Hall presents acclaimed composer and singer Meredith Monk in four concerts this winter and spring, continuing her season-long residency as holder of the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair. (more...)

BSO to Perform All-Mozart Program, 3/12-14BSO to Perform All-Mozart Program, 3/12-14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

One of the world's leading 18th-century music specialists, Japan's Masaaki Suzuki, makes his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) debut leading the Orchestra in an all-Mozart program, Thursday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, and Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Featuring the composer's Don Giovanni Overture and Violin Concerto No. 5, performed by young German violinist Augustin Hadelich, the concert culminates with Mozart's Mass in C minor, otherwise known as the 'Great' Mass. Please see below for complete program details. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Nicole Heaston Talks HGO's THE MAGIC FLUTEBWW Interviews: Nicole Heaston Talks HGO's THE MAGIC FLUTE
by Katricia Lang - Feb 5, 2015

I found myself rapt when Chicago-born soprano Nicole Heaston spoke. She was warm, passionate and driven about her art, and generous and unguarded with her thoughts and opinions. Heaston is Pamina to David Portillo's Tamino in Houston Grand Opera's production of THE MAGIC FLUTE. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Names Finalists for 2015 Concert of AriasHouston Grand Opera Names Finalists for 2015 Concert of Arias
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Houston, TX – February 4, 2015: Houston Grand Opera announced today the finalists for the annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center on Thursday, February 5, at 7 p.m. This year's finalists are: (more...)

Lyric Unlimited to Premiere Klezmer Opera THE PROPERTY, 2/25Lyric Unlimited to Premiere Klezmer Opera THE PROPERTY, 2/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

Lyric Unlimited presents the world premiere of The Property, a klezmer opera by composer Wlad Marhulets and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann. It opens Wednesday, February 25, with five performances through Thursday, March 5. World premiere presentations of The Property are presented in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood Feb. 25, 26, 27, with additional performances at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in suburban Skokie Mar. 4-5. (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...)

Pacific Symphony Partners with Bowers Museum for FEAST FOR THE SENSES, 2/7Pacific Symphony Partners with Bowers Museum for FEAST FOR THE SENSES, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Jan. 28, 2015—Pacific Symphony, in partnership with Bowers Museum, presents “A Feast for the Senses,” an enchanting evening of Chinese music, dining and discovery surrounding the Bowers' current special exhibition, “China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui.” An upscale and one-of-a-kind experience, guests are treated to a fusion of music and history as Symphony musicians are interwoven between mysterious artifacts, performing music curated by Chinese American composer Huang Ruo and featuring world-renowned pipa player Zhou Yi. The ancient jades, cast bronzes and life-size statues of the exhibition were found in Sanxingdui and date to about 1200 B.C. The “Lost Civilization” has been termed “the ninth wonder of the world” and is claimed by scholars to be one of the greatest archaeological finds ever unearthed. After seeing the museum's collections and enjoying a reception of music and art, guests enter the John. M. Lee Court to hear a performance of music by Huang Ro, as well as taste an authentic Sichuan Province-inspired dinner and dessert presented by Bowers' award-winning restaurant, Tangata. This event is sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation as part of its New California Arts Fund initiative. (more...)

Pacific Symphony, Bowers Museum Team for A FEAST FOR THE SENSES, 2/7Pacific Symphony, Bowers Museum Team for A FEAST FOR THE SENSES, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Pacific Symphony, in partnership with Bowers Museum, presents 'A Feast for the Senses,' an enchanting evening of Chinese music, dining and discovery surrounding the Bowers' current special exhibition, 'China's Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui.' (more...)

San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco. (more...)

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