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Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Verdi's sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo will return to the Met stage March 30for an eight-performance revival conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic maestro who led the 2010 Met premiere ofNicholas Hytner's critically acclaimed production. Yonghoon Lee will reprise his portrayal of the conflicted title hero, withFerruccio Furlanetto as his father and rival, the imposing Philip II; Barbara Frittoli as his lover, Elisabeth de Valois;Ekaterina Gubanova as Elisabeth's tormented lady-in-waiting, Princess Eboli; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rodrigo, Don Carlo's friend and ally; and James Morris as the menacing Grand Inquisitor. (more...)

Placido Domingo and More Perform in Tribute to New York City Opera Maestro Julius RudelPlacido Domingo and More Perform in Tribute to New York City Opera Maestro Julius Rudel
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

NYCO Renaissance Ltd. has partnered with the Rudel family to celebrate the illustrious career of Maestro Julius Rudel and his invaluable contribution to the New York City Opera as principal conductor and director for 22 years from 1957 to 1979. The beloved musical figure passed away on June 26, 2014 at age 93. The tribute will take place on Monday evening, March 9, 2015 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner Center, Broadway & 60th Street. Scheduled performers include Placido Domingo, whose career developed under the care of Maestro Rudel, as well as mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, countertenor David Daniels, bass-baritone Mark Delavan, soprano Christine Goerke, bass-baritone James Morris, soprano Diana Soviero, and Sting. (more...)

TexARTS Sets Spring Musical Theatre Academy ShowsTexARTS Sets Spring Musical Theatre Academy Shows
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2015

TexARTS will have you doing backflips for the upcoming Musical Theatre Academy productions slated to hit the Kam & James Morris Theatre this spring season! (more...)

John Holiday to Sub for David Daniels at New York City Opera's Gala Concert, 3/9John Holiday to Sub for David Daniels at New York City Opera's Gala Concert, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

John will sing 'Va Tacito: from Giulio Cesare by George Handel. On stage, John will be joining legendary and celebrated artists such as Placido Domingo, Sting, Frederica Von Stade, James Morris, Christine Goerke and Mark Delevan. (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...)

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...)

Simon Keenlyside Withdraws from Metropolitan Opera's DON CARLOSimon Keenlyside Withdraws from Metropolitan Opera's DON CARLO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Luca Salsi will sing the role of Rodrigo in this season's performances of Verdi's Don Carlo, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness. (more...)

BWW Reviews: With Mattei as the Lead and Gilbert at the Helm, GIOVANNI Settles the Score at the MetBWW Reviews: With Mattei as the Lead and Gilbert at the Helm, GIOVANNI Settles the Score at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 9, 2015

I consider Mozart's DON GIOVANNI at the top of my list of favorite operas--the music starts to go through my head without much encouragement and gets stuck there. Yet, it's also one of the most problematic in performance, calling for a large group of A-list singers to do justice to the ripe and sometimes rollicking score--and frequently falling short. Luckily for current audiences at the Met, the cast is headed by Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who already triumphed in Mozart at the Met this season in the new NOZZE DI FIGARO and there are enough other first-rate principals to make it work. (more...)

NYCO Renaissance to Host Gala in Honor of Julius Rudel, 3/9NYCO Renaissance to Host Gala in Honor of Julius Rudel, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 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, on Monday evening, March 9, 2015, at 7 pm. (more...)

The Studebakers Headline TexARTS Cabaret SeriesThe Studebakers Headline TexARTS Cabaret Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

The newest addition to the TexARTS Cabaret Series lineup is The Studebakers, an Austin favorite known for their beautiful vocal blends and swinging harmonies. The Studebakers; made up of members Sharon Maner, Becky Cavanaugh, Jill Montgomery, Randolph Seybold, and Marilyn Rucker; will bring those marvelous melodies from the 1920's, '30's and '40's to the Kam & James Morris Theatre, Saturday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Merola Opera Program Releases Schedule of Summer 2015 Performances & ArtistsMerola Opera Program Releases Schedule of Summer 2015 Performances & Artists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, February 4, 2015 – Twenty-three singers, five apprentice coaches, and one apprentice stage director, representing seven countries, will participate in the 58th season of the Merola Opera Program from June 8 to August 22, San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today. More than 800 artists vied this year for the 29 coveted spots in the highly selective summer opera training program. Nearly one third of this season's artists come from countries outside the United States, including artists from Australia, China, Italy, New Zealand, Russia and South Korea, and the US artists hail from 15 states, including California, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Idaho. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Conducts DON GIOVANNI Led By Baritone Peter Mattei, Tonight!Alan Gilbert Conducts DON GIOVANNI Led By Baritone Peter Mattei, Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, conducts Mozart's Don Giovanni with an internationally renowned cast led by Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost interpreters of the title role. South African soprano Elza van den Heever returns to the Met for the first time since her acclaimed debut two seasons ago as Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. In Don Giovanni, she takes on the demanding role of Donna Anna, who seeks to exact revenge on the infamous rake who has killed her father. British sopranoEmma Bell returns as the lovelorn Donna Elvira and young American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey adds a new role to her Met repertory as the ingenue Zerlina. Russian tenor Dmitry Korchak makes his Met debut as Anna's patient fiance, Don Ottavio, and Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni returns as Don Giovanni's comic sidekick, Leporello, a role that won him plaudits at the 2011 premiere of this production by Michael Grandage. Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka makes his Met debut as Masetto, and veteran James Morris sings the role of the Commendatore, following his triumph as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg earlier this season. Sets and costume designs are by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and choreography by Ben Wright. At the final performance on March 6, Jennifer Check will sing Donna Elvira, and Ievgen Orlov will sing the Commendatore. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Returns to the Met Opera to Lead DON GIOVANNI, Tomorrow!Alan Gilbert Returns to the Met Opera to Lead DON GIOVANNI, Tomorrow!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

Following the final performances in his celebrated Nielsen Project and his triumphant Verdi Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in seven years to conduct ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from February 4 to March 6, leading Mozart's retelling of the Don Juan legend in Michael Grandage's production. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Return to the Met Opera Next Week to Lead DON GIOVANNIAlan Gilbert to Return to the Met Opera Next Week to Lead DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Following the final performances in his celebrated Nielsen Project and his triumphant Verdi Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in seven years to conduct ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from February 4 to March 6, leading Mozart's retelling of the Don Juan legend in Michael Grandage's production. (more...)

44th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition Set for 2/2744th Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition Set for 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2015

Over three days of preliminary auditions on February 23-25, 2015, 90 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will compete to reach the final round of the 44th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition. (more...)

TexARTS to Stage Disney's ALADDIN JR., 1/17-25TexARTS to Stage Disney's ALADDIN JR., 1/17-25
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

TexARTS Association for the Performing and Visual Arts is delighted to present Disney's Aladdin Jr., based on the 1992 animated film. (more...)

Susan Graham to Receive Opera Index AwardSusan Graham to Receive Opera Index Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2014

?On Sunday, January 11, Opera Index will present its 36th Distinguished Achievement Award to Susan Graham, one today's foremost opera stars, at its winter gala in the Grand Salon of the JW Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South, beginning at 6 p.m. with a reception at the Petit Salon. Presenting Ms. Graham with this year's award will be the revered American mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, a previous Distinguished Achievement Award-winner. (more...)

Martin Ganter Set for Metropolitan Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 12/17Martin Ganter Set for Metropolitan Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Martin Gantner will sing the role of Beckmesser in Wednesday evening's performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, replacing Johannes Martin Kränzle, who is ill. Ryan McKinny will sing the role of Kothner, which Gantner was originally scheduled to sing. (more...)

TexARTS Cabaret Series to Present A COOL YULETexARTS Cabaret Series to Present A COOL YULE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The TexARTS Cabaret Series presents A Cool Yule, a celebration of the iconic holiday music made famous by Andy William, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee and current artists such as Sugarland, Brian Setzer, Tony Bennett, Ceelo Green and more! (more...)

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