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Original Cast, Creatives Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Tonight at SubCultureOriginal Cast, Creatives Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Tonight at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Original ensemble members, Michael Winther, Kimberly Grigsby, Shane Shanahan are joined by cellist, Peter Sachon as they reunite with Pulitzer prize-winning lyricist, Mark Campbell and many of the composers for a special one-night-only concert event, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Songs from an Unmade Bed, the critically acclaimed, theatrical song cycle originally produced off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop in 2005. (more...)

Talya Lieberman, Edward Nelson and Allen Perriello Set for Schwabacher Debut Recitals, 5/3Talya Lieberman, Edward Nelson and Allen Perriello Set for Schwabacher Debut Recitals, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

Soprano Talya Lieberman and baritone Edward Nelson, joined on piano by former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow Allen Perriello end the 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals on Sunday, May 3 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary. The Merola Opera Program alumni will present an eclectic program showcasing works by Nico Muhly, Francis Poulenc, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert and Kurt Weill. Also on the program, will be works of popular German lieder as well as poems by noted American female poets set to music by American composers. (more...)

Florentine Opera Company Names 2015-16 Lineup of Studio ArtistsFlorentine Opera Company Names 2015-16 Lineup of Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

The results of the company's largest Young Artist Audition for the 2015-2016 residency program are in – The Florentine Opera Company announces the 2015-2016 lineup of Florentine Opera Studio Artists along with the next season of the @ The Center Series. (more...)

Opera Parallèle Announces Schedule for 2015-2016 SeasonOpera Parallèle Announces Schedule for 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2015

San Francisco, CA, April 9, 2015 – Opera Parallèle has announced its 2015--2016 season, which will feature its first collaboration with SFJAZZ, a new production of Peter Maxwell Davies' riveting and mysterious The Lighthouse, and the world premiere of a new children's opera by Chris Pratorius. Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ will present their first collaboration: a new, fully staged production of Champion: An Opera in Jazz by Terence Blanchard, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director, with eight performances to be given February 19-28, 2016 at SFJAZZ Center. Based on the life of African-American boxing champion Emile Griffith (1938-2013), the production marks both Opera Parallèle's first foray into an operatic jazz idiom and SFJAZZ's first opera. The complete schedule of performances will be announced and tickets go on sale to the general public mid-July, 2015. For more information, visit www.operaparallele.org and www.sfjazz.org. Peter Maxwell Davies' three-character opera, The Lighthouse, based on the mysterious and unsolved disappearance of three people off the Scottish coast in 1900 will be given a new production April 29-May 1, 2016 at Z Space in San Francisco. The season will open with the world premiere of a new children's opera by Chris Pratorius entitled Amazing Grace, featuring San Francisco fourth graders and soloists, November 12-14, 2015, at a venue to be announced. For more information about the Opera Parallèle season, visit www.operaparallele.org . (more...)

Patti LuPone Tactfully Silences Rowdy Audience Member at 54 Below PerformancePatti LuPone Tactfully Silences Rowdy Audience Member at 54 Below Performance
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Broadway legend Patti LuPone was not afraid to call out a rude audience member during her recent performance at New York's 54 Below. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Billy Eichner & More Set for BRIDGET EVERETT GETS F*CKED BY ARS NOVA TonightPatti LuPone, Billy Eichner & More Set for BRIDGET EVERETT GETS F*CKED BY ARS NOVA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

Ars Nova has announced the lineup for Bridget Everett Gets F*cked by Ars Nova, a one-night-only blow-out concert celebrating everyone's favorite badass b*tch, alt-cabaret priestess and Ars Nova All Star, Bridget Everett. In addition to Everett herself, the benefit concert, directed by Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Rock Bottom), will feature tributes, roasts and send-up performances from Grammy and Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone and actor, comedian and Emmy-nominee Billy Eichner. Comedians, drag queens and entertainers aplenty round out the lineup, including Jim Andralis, DJ Jonjon Battles, Justin Vivian Bond, John Early, Cole Escola, Dan Finnerty, Murray Hill, Champagne Jerry, DJ Sammy Jo, Larry Krone, Erin Markey, Molly Pope, Marc Shaiman, Sweetie, The Tender Moments (Matt Ray, Mike Jackson, Carmine Covelli and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz), Chris Tyler, Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad (VIDS); plus a few fun surprises. (more...)

BWW Interview: New SD Opera General Director Cannot Curb His EnthusiasmBWW Interview: New SD Opera General Director Cannot Curb His Enthusiasm
by Erica Miner - Apr 7, 2015

On March 12, 2015, San Diego Opera announced that Bennett would be taking the reins of the company (more...)

American Opera Projects to Select Composers, Librettists for Two Years of Free TrainingAmerican Opera Projects to Select Composers, Librettists for Two Years of Free Training
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2015

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces the return of its popular Composers & the Voice program for its 2015-17 seasons. (more...)

Patti LuPone Returns to 54 Below Tonight in THE LADY WITH THE TORCHPatti LuPone Returns to 54 Below Tonight in THE LADY WITH THE TORCH
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, in her acclaimed concert, 'The Lady with The Torch,' tonight, April 2nd, through the 14th, 2015. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council WinnersThe Metropolitan Opera Announces 2015 National Council Winners
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2015

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, five young singers have been named the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. (more...)

Patti LuPone, Billy Eichner & More Set for Ars Nova's Night Celebrating Bridget EverettPatti LuPone, Billy Eichner & More Set for Ars Nova's Night Celebrating Bridget Everett
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Ars Nova has announced the lineup for Bridget Everett Gets F*cked by Ars Nova, a one-night-only blow-out concert celebrating everyone's favorite badass b*tch, alt-cabaret priestess and Ars Nova All Star, Bridget Everett. In addition to Everett herself, the benefit concert, directed by Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Rock Bottom), will feature tributes, roasts and send-up performances from Grammy and Tony Award-winner Patti LuPone and actor, comedian and Emmy-nominee Billy Eichner. Comedians, drag queens and entertainers aplenty round out the lineup, including Jim Andralis, DJ Jonjon Battles, Justin Vivian Bond, John Early, Cole Escola, Dan Finnerty, Murray Hill, Champagne Jerry, DJ Sammy Jo, Larry Krone, Erin Markey, Molly Pope, Marc Shaiman, Sweetie, The Tender Moments (Matt Ray, Mike Jackson, Carmine Covelli and Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz), Chris Tyler, Varsity Interpretive Dance Squad (VIDS); plus a few fun surprises. (more...)

Julie Adams and John Churchwell Up Next in 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series, 3/29Julie Adams and John Churchwell Up Next in 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

?The 32nd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals continues on Sunday, March 29 at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary with soprano Julie Adams and pianist John Churchwell. Adams and Churchwell will present a program of works by Alfred Bachelet, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninov and Lee Hoiby. (more...)

Opera Parallèle Presents U.S. Premiere of Tarik O'Regan's HEART OF DARKNESS, 5/1-3Opera Parallèle Presents U.S. Premiere of Tarik O'Regan's HEART OF DARKNESS, 5/1-3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2015

Hard on the heels of the highly successful premiere of its acclaimed new production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking in February, Opera Parallèle will present the U.S. premiere of Tarik O'Regan's Heart of Darkness May 1-3 at Z Space in San Francisco. The opera will be staged in an innovative new production overseen by Opera Parallèle Creative Director Brian Staufenbiel, with Artistic Director Nicole Paiement conducting. Performances are Friday, May 1, at 8 pm; Saturday, May 2, at 2 pm and 8 pm; and Sunday, May 3, at 2 pm; Z Space is located at 450 Florida Street in San Francisco. Tickets are priced $30-$85 and may be purchased at www.operaparallele.org . (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Announces The 7 New Members for the 2015–16 HGO Studio ArtistsThe Houston Grand Opera Announces The 7 New Members for the 2015–16 HGO Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

After a worldwide search, Houston Grand Opera has chosen seven new members for the 2015–16 HGO Studioprogram. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensivecareer development to young singers, pianist/coaches, and conductors who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to thefield of opera. The HGO Studio received applications from 500 artists; of those, about 275 were heard in Houston, New York, Philadelphia,Cincinnati, and San Francisco. For singers, the audition process culminates in HGO's annual Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias, held this year on February 5. (more...)

UrbanArias to Present New Opera BLUE VIOLA at Artisphere, 3/20-29UrbanArias to Present New Opera BLUE VIOLA at Artisphere, 3/20-29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

UrbanArias: DC's contemporary opera company presents the world premiere of BLUE VIOLA by composer Peter Hilliard and librettist Matt Boresi. (more...)

Patti LuPone Returns to 54 Below Next MonthPatti LuPone Returns to 54 Below Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, in her acclaimed concert, 'The Lady with The Torch,' April 2 - 14, 2015. (more...)

NYCO Renaissance Hosts Gala in Honor of Julius Rudel TonightNYCO Renaissance Hosts Gala in Honor of Julius Rudel Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

New York City Opera Renaissance will host a Gala Concert and Dinner to celebrate the life of the late Maestro Julius Rudel and his invaluable contribution to the New York City Opera as General Director and Principal Conductor from 1957 to 1979. Maestro Rudel passed away on June 26, 2014 at age 93. The Gala Concert will take place at the Rose Theater in the Time Warner Center, Broadway & 60th Street, New York, NY, this evening, March 9, 2015, at 7 pm. (more...)

BWW Previews:  A New Beginning For NEW YORK CITY OPERA at Rose Theater, Lincoln CenterBWW Previews: A New Beginning For NEW YORK CITY OPERA at Rose Theater, Lincoln Center
by Peter Danish - Mar 6, 2015

New York City Opera was one of the great artistic treasures of New York. It was famously dubbed 'The People's Opera' by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at its founding in 1943 and throughout its nearly 70 year history, the NYCO helped launch the careers of many of the world's greatest opera stars including Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Placido Domingo, Maralin Niska, Carol Vaness, Jose Carreras, Shirley Verrett, Tatiana Troyanos, Jerry Hadley, Catherine Malfitano, Samuel Ramey. Sills later famously served as the company's director and chief ambassador for the art form from 1979-1989. It also sought to produce an innovative choice of repertory, and provide a home for American singers and composers. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for March 4th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Mar 4, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. BIC's fall season schedule, plus Theo's 'JCS,' Woodstock's 'Chaperone,' Kokandy's 'Full Monty' and the Paramount's 'Les Mis.' Also four recent contemporary operas, early and late Sondheim comparisons, this month's 'Option Up,!' and Linda Eder and Jessie Mueller hit the suburbs! (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Audited Financial SeasonSan Francisco Opera Announces Audited Financial Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

The audited financial results for San Francisco Opera's 2013–14 season (FY14) were announced today by San Francisco Opera Association President Keith Geeslin: a deficit of $348,244 on an operating budget of $74,119,493. The Company's 91st season presented eight main stage works at the War Memorial Opera House in addition to numerous concerts, recitals, workshops and community engagement events attracting more than 271,954 individuals. (more...)

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