Houston Grand Opera News

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Presents REGENERATION: TRIUMPH OF MUSIC AND ART, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

The Holocaust Museum Houston joins with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, October 19 to present an evening of music and discussion regarding the failed attempts to repress the creative spirit of Jewish artists during the era of Nazi Germany. The event includes an informative discussion about the work of degenerate artists in the areas of art, theater, film, fashion and music. The ROCO Wind Trio will then perform several selections from some of these composers during an event titled Regeneration: The Triumph of Music and Art. (more...)

Broadway-Bound CAN-CAN Begins Tonight at Paper Mill
by BWW News Desk - Oct 01, 2014

Paper Mill Playhouse will open its 2014-2015 season with a Broadway-bound, world-class revival of Can-Can starring Kate Baldwin as Pistache and Jason Danieley as Aristide. Can-Can will play the Millburn, New Jersey, theater from tonight, October 1 through October 26, 2014. The official press opening night is Sunday, October 5, at 7:00pm. (more...)

Nat Chandler and Teri Dale Hansen to Bring MANCINI AND MOONLIGHT to Colorado State, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Broadway stars Nat Chandler (Scarlet Pimpernel, The Phantom of The Opera) and Teri Dale Hansen (Boys from Syracuse, Show Boat) will be appearing with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra (under conductor Dr. Jacob Chi) in MANCINI AND MOONLIGHT Saturday, October 4th at 7:30pm in Hoag Recital Hall on the campus of Colorado State University -- Pueblo. (more...)

Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE Opens 10/6 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Mozart's final opera, Die Zauberflöte, returns to the Met October 6 for its first full-length performances in German in five seasons. Julie Taymor's imaginative production will be conducted by Adam Fischer and star English tenor Toby Spence as the hero Tamino; South African soprano Pretty Yende as the princess Pamina in her first Met performances since her star-making 2013 company debut; Macedonian soprano Ana Durlovski in her Met debut as Pamina's mother, the terrifying Queen of the Night; Austrian baritone Markus Werba as Papageno, the hapless birdcatcher who is caught up in Tamino's quest; American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the mysterious Speaker of the Temple; and German bass René Pape as the Queen of the Night's nemesis, Sarastro. (more...)

San Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2015 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. (more...)

THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS to Play at Rice University, 11/14-22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Disguised lovers, tricky servants, and well-meaning parents cross and double-cross one another in Carlo Goldoni's 18th century slapstick filled, comic gem. The characters' search for a happy ending depends entirely on the wily servant Truffaldino, who is constantly on the lookout for a decent meal. Truffaldino's attempt to double his wages by being the servant to two masters unravels with delicious mayhem. (more...)

Spiro Malas to Star as 'Benoit' in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 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 Bohème. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announced the cast that will perform 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...)

Opera Parallèle Announces 2014-2015 Season, Featuring DEAD MAN WALKING and HEART OF DARKNESS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

Founder and Artistic Director Nicole Paiement has announced details of Opera Parallèle's 2014--2015 season, which will feature the premiere of a new production of Jake Heggie's acclaimed Dead Man Walking--marking the 15th anniversary of one of the most widely performed operas of the 21st century--and the U.S. premiere of vibrant composer Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness. Both operas, based on significant literary works, plumb the depths of human emotion, resilience, fortitude, hope and redemption, making them ideal subjects for the operatic stage and for Opera Parallèle's brand of story-telling and rich exploration of the human experience in provocative and intense stagings. Both original Opera Parallèle productions will be led by Paiement on the podium, with production design and direction by Opera Parallèle Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel and members of the creative team responsible for OP's acclaimed productions of Orphée, The Great Gatsby, Ainadamar, and Trouble in Tahiti. (more...)

The Met Opera to Open 2014-15 Season With New Production of Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera will open its 130th season on Monday, September 22 with a new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and directed by Richard Eyre. (more...)

Tickets to Go on Sale 9/14 for 'DIRTY DANCING' in Atlanta This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta has announced that individual tickets for the Atlanta premiere of Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage at the Fox Theatre will go on sale September 14 at 10 a.m. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Launches its 60th Season with Verdi's OTELLO, 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Sep 08, 2014

Join Houston Grand Opera for an evening of celebration as it opens its 60th anniversary season with a dramatic production of Verdi's Otello followed by an evening of entertainment and fundraising at the Opening Night Dinner Celebration at the Wortham Theater Center. Otello is sung by an internationally acclaimed cast, led by Simon O'Neill, Ailyn Pérez, Marco Vratogna, Norman Reinhardt, Victoria Livengood, and Morris Robinson. (more...)

Stephen Costello Set for San Francisco Opera World Premiere, Return to the Met, Debut at Wigmore and More in 2014-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

Stephen Costello looks forward to a number of important firsts in 2014-15. Besides creating the role of Michele in San Francisco Opera's world premiere production of Two Women, the Tucker Award-winning tenor returns to the Metropolitan Opera for a pair of house role debuts, reprising his star turn as Alfredo -- also seen this season at the Vienna State Opera -- in La traviata, and singing Camille in Susan Stroman's new staging of The Merry Widow. He makes his professional role debut as Ferrando in Così fan tutte at Houston Grand Opera, and house debuts at both Austin Lyric Opera, in the title role of a new Roméo et Juliette, and London's Wigmore Hall, where he launches the season with a solo recital in the prestigious Rosenblatt Series. Costello also joins his wife, soprano Ailyn Pérez, for romantic duets from their recent hit album, Love Duets, with the BBC Symphony at London's Barbican Hall, and on a U.S. duo recital tour to the opera houses of Washington, Dallas, San Diego, and Philadelphia. (more...)

Rachel Willis-Sørensen to Make Met Debut, Replacing Amanda Majeski in Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 05, 2014

American soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, who last week won First Prize at the prestigious Operalia competition, will make her Met debut as Countess Almaviva in this December's performances of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Willis-Sørensen will sing the role on December 4, 8, 12, 15, and 20 matinee, replacing the originally announced Amanda Majeski, who now sings the September and October performances of the opera. (more...)

PTC to Present THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, 9/12-27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Pioneer Theatre Company presents the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, September 12 through 27, 2014. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidoro, onGreat Performances at the Met Sunday, September 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) Check out a first look at the performance below! (more...)

American Opera Projects and Lively Works Add Performance to 9/10 Conrad Cummings Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Due to popular demand, American Opera Projects and LivelyWorks have added a second performance of Two Premieres and a Reunion, a special evening of music by composer Conrad Cummings Wednesday September 10th, 2014. The second performance will take place at 9:00 p.m., immediately after the initial 7:30 p.m. performance. Both performances will be held at The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan. (more...)

Rossini's Cinderella Story 'La Cenerentola' Set for PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 9/7
by TV News Desk - Sep 03, 2014

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Florez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidor (more...)

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 11/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

The universally renowned and acclaimed Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan will perform for one night only on Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, located at 615 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Internationally acclaimed as 'the best mariachi in the world,' the group comes to the Center for a rare Orange County appearance. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City's LA TRAVIATA Opens 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Lyric Opera of Kansas City opens its 57th season with Giuseppe Verdi's lush and grand opera, La Traviata, September 27, October 1, 3 and 5, 2014 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English and Italian titles. (more...)

Operalia 2014 Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2014

Last night, after a week of competition that brought 40 young singers from 17 nations to Los Angeles, Placido Domingo announced that Rachel Willis-Sorensen, an American soprano, and Mario Chang, a Guatemalan tenor, took the top prizes tonight in the 22nd edition of Operalia, the World Opera Competition. Hosted by LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the weeklong contest culminated tonight in a Gala Finals Concert-featuring the LA Opera Orchestra conducted by Mr. Domingo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion-which was streamed live on Medici TV. (more...)

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