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BWW Review: An Off-Night in Seville with an Unexciting FIDELIO at the MetBWW Review: An Off-Night in Seville with an Unexciting FIDELIO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 27, 2017

Beethoven's only opera, FIDELIO, was the last of three operas this season at the Met to take place in Seville, after CARMEN and BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. Third time definitely wasn't the charm. (more...)

Orchestra of St. Luke's to Honor Pablo Heras-Casado and David Bury 4/12Orchestra of St. Luke's to Honor Pablo Heras-Casado and David Bury 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2017

The Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) will honor its Principal Conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado, and the Chairman of The Bay & Paul Foundations, David Bury, at its annual Gift of Music Gala on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at The Plaza Hotel. The event will feature a special performance by 2016 Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard with Pablo Heras-Casado and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and will be hosted by mezzo-soprano and OSL board member Susan Graham. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Conducts Final Weeks with the NY PhilharmonicAlan Gilbert Conducts Final Weeks with the NY Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Music Director Alan Gilbert begins his final weeks by leading the New York Philharmonic in Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. The program juxtaposes the tragedy and optimism of human experience through Schoenberg's depiction of the horror of the Holocaust and the message of hope, brotherhood, and joy in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw will feature Gabriel Ebert as narrator (in his Philharmonic debut) and the men of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. Beethoven's Ninth Symphony will feature soprano Camilla Tilling, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (debut), tenor Joseph Kaiser (debut), bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. The performances will take place Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. The program will be presented without intermission. (more...)

Tenor Todd Wilander, Countertenor Jeffrey Mandelbaum and the ARK Trio Take the Stage in PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY 4/3 in NYCTenor Todd Wilander, Countertenor Jeffrey Mandelbaum and the ARK Trio Take the Stage in PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY 4/3 in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

On Monday April 3rd, at 12:30 PM, the New York classical music series "PREformances with Allison Charney" will present Metropolitan Opera stars' tenor Todd Wilander and countertenor Jeffrey Mandelbaum in a scintillating concert of arias and duets from masterworks by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi.  The program will also feature contemporary classical compositions for voice, cello and piano by Michael Ching and Moshe Knoll, performed by musicians of the ARK Trio, soprano Allison Charney, cellist Kajsa William-Olsson and pianist Reiko Uchida. Also featured will be PREformances collaborative pianist Craig Ketter. The concert takes place at the JCC Manhattan, home to the intimate 150 seat Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Auditorium and the Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas. (more...)

Tenor Michael Schade To Join Schwalbe And PartnersTenor Michael Schade To Join Schwalbe And Partners
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

Hailed as one of the world's leading tenors, German-Canadian tenor Michael Schadeperforms on every major opera stage and in the most prestigious concert halls of the world. His art form embraces a wide repertoire of performances in opera, recital, concert, and recording.? (more...)

Stage & Screen Stars Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan and Jeffrey Schecter Join MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLANDStage & Screen Stars Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan and Jeffrey Schecter Join MasterVoices' BABES IN TOYLAND
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The production will be conducted by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling and will feature previously announced stars Kelli O'Hara, Bill Irwin, Lauren Worsham, Christopher Fitzgerald - with Jonathan Freeman, Chris Sullivan, and Jeffrey Schecter just joining the lineup - alongside 130 singers of MasterVoices, with Orchestra of St. Luke's. (more...)

Pretty Yende To Perform With MET OrchestraPretty Yende To Perform With MET Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Pretty Yende, currently starring at the Met in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, will perform with the MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on June 5, 2018. The concert, directed by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine, will feature Yende as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Exsultate, jubilate and in Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G. The latter piece replaces the previously announced Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E Minor. (more...)

Michelle Dorrance, Bill Irwin, Chris Jackson, Tiler Peck and More Set for DEMO: SONG & DANCE at The Kennedy CenterMichelle Dorrance, Bill Irwin, Chris Jackson, Tiler Peck and More Set for DEMO: SONG & DANCE at The Kennedy Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

After paying tribute to artistic inspirations during Fall 2016's DEMO, Damian Woetzel continues to unite artists from across fields around a common theme in performance on April 3, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. This installment of the multi-genre series brings together acclaimed artists for a special one-night performance to celebrate the combination of song and dance. (more...)

Ravina Announces 2017 Summer SeasonRavina Announces 2017 Summer Season
by Kevin Pollack - Mar 15, 2017

James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, Susanna Malkki, Kent Nagano, a "virtual" Esa-Pekka Salonen, and three conductors making Chicago Symphony Orchestra debuts take the podium.  (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Casting Update for 50th Anniversary Gala, 5/7Metropolitan Opera Announces Casting Update for 50th Anniversary Gala, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

In addition to the previously announced artists appearing at the Met's 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center Gala on May 7, singers slated to appear include Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Dwayne Croft, David Daniels, Yusif Eyvazov, Vittorio Grigolo, Christopher Job, Latonia Moore, Yunpeng Wang, and Dolora Zajick. (more...)

Warner Theatre's Met Opera Live Continues with Mozart's IDOMENEOWarner Theatre's Met Opera Live Continues with Mozart's IDOMENEO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The Warner Theatre's 2016-17 Met Opera Live in HD Season continues with Mozart's IDOMENEO in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on Saturday, March 25 at 12:55 pm. A complimentary, 45 minute pre-opera lecture by Dr. Marguerite Mullee will be offered to all ticket holders in the Nancy Marine Studio Lobby at 11:00 am. (more...)

BWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEOBWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEO
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 13, 2017

No one can accuse the Met of skimping when it put together its current revival of Mozart's opera seria IDOMENEO. Yes, the production's 35 years old, but with this cast, it hardly mattered: tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, elegant and Mozartian to the nth degree, the suave and poignant mezzo Alice Coote as his son, Idamante, and the pristine, gorgeous soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia, the captured Trojan princess, under Music Director Emeritus James Levine. But it was the fourth of the leading players, the full-bodied lyric soprano Elza van den Heever, as Elettra, who blew the roof off. (more...)

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents RIMMA PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKYOrlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents RIMMA PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2017

The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents the fourth concert in the FAIRWINDS Classics Series, Rimma Plays Tchaikovsky on Saturday March 18, featuring Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois. Performance is at Bob Carr Theater, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida at 8 p.m. (more...)

MasterVoices to Host Annual Spring Benefit Featuring Kelli O'Hara and Danny BursteinMasterVoices to Host Annual Spring Benefit Featuring Kelli O'Hara and Danny Burstein
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, will hold its annual Spring Benefit in support of its artistic programming and education and outreach initiatives at the Metropolitan Club, 1 E. 60th Street (at Fifth Avenue), on Thursday, March 30, 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: In Met's IDOMENEO, Soprano Nadine Sierra Flies HighBWW Interview: In Met's IDOMENEO, Soprano Nadine Sierra Flies High
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 8, 2017

In our time, IDOMENEO is the earliest of Mozart's operas regularly done, its full title being IDOMENEO, RE DI CRETA OSSIA ILIA E IDAMANTE--or IDOMENEO, KING OF CRETE, OR ILIA AND IDAMANTE. “Ilia” of the extended title is the daughter of Priam, the king of Troy. (“Idamante” is Idomeneo's son.) At the Met starting this week, Ilia is being sung by the skyrocketing young American soprano, Nadine Sierra. (more...)

Maestro Valery Gergiev to Lead Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, 4/3Maestro Valery Gergiev to Lead Munich Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall, 4/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

This April, Principal Conductor Valery Gergievconducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestrain two concerts at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. On Monday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Ravel'sLa valse and Piano Concerto in G Major withPierre-Laurent Aimard, alongside Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, 'Eroica." This concert is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and streamed onwqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It will be heard later this year on radio stations across the country through the WFMT Radio Network. (more...)

Concerts At St. Thomas Opens Spring Season of PASSIONTIDE, 3/24Concerts At St. Thomas Opens Spring Season of PASSIONTIDE, 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

On Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm Concerts at Saint Thomas opens the spring season with a dynamic program for Passiontide. (more...)

Deutsche Grammophon Honors the Vienna Philharmonic's 175th Anniversary with Wiener Philharmoniker 175th Anniversary EditionDeutsche Grammophon Honors the Vienna Philharmonic's 175th Anniversary with Wiener Philharmoniker 175th Anniversary Edition
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Deutsche Grammophon celebrates the 175th anniversary of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the release of Wiener Philharmoniker 175th Anniversary Edition, a deluxe limited edition box set of 44 CDs and one DVD, featuring a selection of the most notable albums the orchestra has released on the label. (more...)

The Met Opera's LA TRAVIATA and IDOMENEO Come to the Big Screen in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/11The Met Opera's LA TRAVIATA and IDOMENEO Come to the Big Screen in HD at The Ridgefield Playhouse, 3/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valery to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo.  Don't miss a LIVE in HD transmission of The Met Opera's La Traviata on Saturday, March 11 at 12:55 p.m. as part of the Craig's Fine Jewelry Live in HD Series.  Violetta, a young and consumptive courtesan is exhausted after years of service, and wants nothing better than to relax and enjoy the time that she has left, free and footloose from men and worries. However, a chance meeting at a party she hosts, with the handsome yet naive Alfredo sees her question her existence and her loneliness without a lover to call her own. She encourages his love. (more...)

New York Philharmonic To Return To BRAVO! Vail, 7/21-28New York Philharmonic To Return To BRAVO! Vail, 7/21-28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

The New York Philharmonic will return to Bravo! Vail in Colorado, celebrating its 30th season, for the Orchestra's 15th annual summer residency, July 21-28, 2017. The residency will include six orchestral concerts that honor the Philharmonic's legacy on the occasion of its 175th anniversary season and the conclusion of Alan Gilbert's tenure as Music Director. (more...)

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