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John Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman TheatreJohn Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Goodman Theatre has announced Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally.   (more...)

Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker AwardSoprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe,Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who's who of American opera. (more...)

American Composers Forum Announces Recipients of Champion of New Music AwardAmerican Composers Forum Announces Recipients of Champion of New Music Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2016

The American Composers Forum (ACF) Board of Directors has voted to present its 2016 “Champion of New Music” award to four outstanding recipients: Pianist and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble founding member Gilbert Kalish; Opera Parallèle's artistic director, conductor, and founder Nicole Paiement; new music writer, blogger and New Yorker magazine columnist Alex Ross; and conductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue Robert Spano at public ceremonies this year. The “Champion of New Music” award was established by ACF in 2005 as a national mark of recognition to honor individuals or ensembles that have made a significant contribution to the work and livelihoods of contemporary composers. ACF President and CEO John Nuechterlein will present the awards at three events in the coming months: (more...)

New York City Opera to Present NY Premiere of HOPPER'S WIFE This SpringNew York City Opera to Present NY Premiere of HOPPER'S WIFE This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

New York City Opera presents the New York premiere of HOPPER'S WIFE by composer Stewart Wallace, set to a libretto by Michael Korie. (more...)

Oakland Symphony to Conclude Season with Tracy Silverman & More, 5/20Oakland Symphony to Conclude Season with Tracy Silverman & More, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Oakland, March 23, 2016 – The Oakland Symphony, Music Director and Conductor Michael Morgan, the Oakland Symphony Chorus and guest artists Tracy Silverman, electric violin, and soprano Nicole Joseph will conclude the Symphony's 2015-2016 season with a concert of music by John Adams, Stravinsky, Barber and RavelFriday, May 20, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre. Mr. Silverman will perform John Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur for orchestra and electric violin and Ms. Joseph, who was the winner of the 2015 Toland Vocal Arts Competition, will sing Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. Completing the evening will be Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms with the Oakland Symphony Chorus, Lynne Morrow, Director; and Ravel's La Valse. Pre-concert drinks, lobby entertainment and a talk begin at 7 pm and the concert is sponsored by Bell Investment Advisors.Tickets are priced $20-$75 and may be purchased at www.oaklandsymphony.org . (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Renews Offer to Subscribers
Affected by Energy DownturnHouston Grand Opera Renews Offer to Subscribers Affected by Energy Downturn
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Houston, March 22, 2016— Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is extending the company's offer of free renewals for subscription packages to all laid-off employees from the energy industry who are current subscribers. HGO first announced the offer in September 2015 for subscriptions to the current season.  The company recently kicked off subscription sales for the 2016–17season; the offer will now apply to those subscriptions as well.    (more...)

'Don't Monkey' with Patti LuPone's New Show at Symphony Space This Spring'Don't Monkey' with Patti LuPone's New Show at Symphony Space This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Patti LuPone is bringing her no-nonsense Broadway swagger to the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre this spring in a new show titled, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY, as part of Symphony Space's 'Project B-Way/95' series. (more...)

New 2016-17 Season Announced: The Kennedy Center Artfully Celebrates a Kennedy CentennialNew 2016-17 Season Announced: The Kennedy Center Artfully Celebrates a Kennedy Centennial
by Ellen Burns - Mar 14, 2016

On March 8, 2016, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that the upcoming 2016-17 season will honor the late President Kennedy's centennial birthday with an array of partnerships and performances inspired by the ideals that inspired John F. Kennedy himself: Courage, Freedom, Justice, Service and Gratitude. Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter highlighted the responsibility everyone at the Kennedy Center feels to offer a fully inclusive calendar of events that engage the artistic community, the public and society at large in the broad spectrum of the arts. (more...)

Music of Remembrance Presents World Premiere of 'Out of Darkness', A New Opera This MayMusic of Remembrance Presents World Premiere of 'Out of Darkness', A New Opera This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2016

Seattle-based Music of Remembrance (MOR) will present the world premiere of Out of Darkness at 4:00 p.m. on May 22, 2016, at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, and again at 7:30 p.m. on May 25 and 26 at the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. (more...)

Susan Graham Concert at Carnegie Hall CancelledSusan Graham Concert at Carnegie Hall Cancelled
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Carnegie Hall today announced that mezzo-soprano Susan Graham must regrettably cancel her upcoming concert Susan Graham and Friends-which was to have also featured soprano Christine Goerke, baritone Rod Gilfry, and pianist Jake Heggie-scheduled for Thursday, May 12 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage due to personal and professional reasons. "I was meeting obstacles that prevented it from becoming the kind of evening I had originally envisioned," Graham explains. "I am deeply regretful, as I was looking forward to a collaboration with friends old and new, and greatly look forward to the opportunity to reprise the concept soon." (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen three new singers and one new pianist/coach for the 2016-17 HGO Studio. The artists are Yelena Dyachek, soprano, the Ana Maria Martinez Encouragement Award recipient at Concert of Arias 2016;  Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano, the second-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2016;  Sol Jin, baritone, the Audience Choice Award winner at Concert of Arias 2016; and Peter Walsh, pianist/coach. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development to young singers, pianist/coaches, and conductors who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The HGO Studio received applications from 475 artists; of those, about 275 were heard in auditions in Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. For singers, the audition process culminates in HGO's annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, held this year on February 4. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Houston, March 7, 2016—After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen three new singers and one new pianist/coach for the 2016–17 HGO Studio. The artists are Yelena Dyachek, soprano, the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award recipient at Concert of Arias 2016; Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano, the second-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2016; Sol Jin, baritone, the Audience Choice Award winner at Concert of Arias 2016; and Peter Walsh, pianist/coach. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development to young singers, pianist/coaches, and conductors who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The HGO Studio received applications from 475 artists; of those, about 275 were heard in auditions in Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. For singers, the audition process culminates in HGO's annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, held this year on February 4. (more...)

THE KING AND I, Richard Nelson's 'THE GABRIELS,' 'HEDWIG' & More Set for Kennedy Center's 2016-17 SeasonTHE KING AND I, Richard Nelson's 'THE GABRIELS,' 'HEDWIG' & More Set for Kennedy Center's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced programming for the 2016-2017 season for the Center, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera, including its Broadway lineup. (more...)

Breaking News! The Kennedy Center and WNO Announce 2016-17 Season - Partnerships With Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, and Q-Tip and More!Breaking News! The Kennedy Center and WNO Announce 2016-17 Season - Partnerships With Yo-Yo Ma, Renee Fleming, and Q-Tip and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced programming for the 2016–2017 season for the Center, the National Symphony Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. Under President Deborah F. Rutter's continued leadership, the Kennedy Center is re-imagining ways of presenting the arts in the 21st century through interdisciplinary programming, immersive audience engagement, and a focus on artist-centric programming. The 2016–2017 season includes significant and institution-wide initiatives from the yearlong celebration marking the Centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth, to three newly appointed Artistic Partners who will lead these artistic and community initiatives (Yo-Yo Ma, Rene?e Fleming, and Q-Tip), and the support of American programming. With more than 2,000 performances across many artistic genres, the Center continues its tradition as the nation's center for the performing arts, commissioning, producing, and presenting the finest of local, national, and international arts. The 2016–2017 season includes 25 commissioned or co-commissioned works and projects across the Center's full range of artistic disciplines. (more...)

Houston Symphony Announces First Commercial Recording Release Under Andres Orozco-EstradaHouston Symphony Announces First Commercial Recording Release Under Andres Orozco-Estrada
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The Houston Symphony in collaboration with Dutch classical music label, PENTATONE, announced today the international release of the Houston Symphony's recording of Antonin Dvo?ak's Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8, conducted by Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada, his first commercial recording with the orchestra and the first Houston Symphony audio recording since 2011. (more...)

Andres Orozco-Estrada to Conduct Houston Symphony in First Commercial RecordingAndres Orozco-Estrada to Conduct Houston Symphony in First Commercial Recording
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

The Houston Symphony in collaboration with Dutch classical music label, PENTATONE, announced today the international release of the Houston Symphony's recording of Antonin Dvorak's Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 8, conducted by Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada, his first commercial recording with the orchestra and the first Houston Symphony audio recording since 2011. (more...)

Three New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer FestivalThree New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28th through July 17, 2016. (more...)

Kostis Protopapas to Depart Tulsa Opera at the End of 2015-16 SeasonKostis Protopapas to Depart Tulsa Opera at the End of 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

The Tulsa Opera Board of Directors announces that Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas will depart the company at the end of the 2015-16 Season. (more...)

BWW Review: High Art in Small Places, Part II - Von Stade's Bountiful Trip to EGYPT at American SongbookBWW Review: High Art in Small Places, Part II - Von Stade's Bountiful Trip to EGYPT at American Songbook
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 23, 2016

Lincoln Center's American Songbook series doesn't usually cross the road to opera-land, but I'm glad it did, when it presented the Ricky Ian Gordon-Leonard Foglia chamber opera A COFFIN IN EGYPT with mezzo extraordinaire Frederica von Stade last week. Performed in Jazz at Lincoln Center's tiny Appel Room, EGYPT brought us up close and personal to von Stade--and her alter-ego here, 90-year-old Myrtle Bledsoe--and proved she still has “it” as a performer. (more...)

Tony Winner Patti LuPone to Join San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in MarchTony Winner Patti LuPone to Join San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

Today, San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus (SFGMC) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director, announced its spring fundraising event at the home of Ann & Gordon Getty in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, and honoring composer Jake Heggie with a Champion Award. (more...)

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