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WNO Presents Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's DEAD MAN WALKING and Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer's CHAMPIONWNO Presents Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's DEAD MAN WALKING and Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer's CHAMPION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2016-2017 season with the company premieres of two modern American masterworks of opera: Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Dead Man Walking, February 25-March 11, 2017 in the Opera House, and Terence Blanchard and Michael Cristofer's Champion, March 4- 18, 2017 in the Opera House. Both operas explore the theme of social justice which is often associated with John F. Kennedy and are presented as part of JFKC, the Kennedy Center's season-long celebration of President Kennedy's centennial. Using many of the same designers and scenic elements, the directors of each opera have worked collaboratively to create two distinct worlds in each new production to showcase the issues of Justice, Courage, and Freedom at the heart of these two compelling stories. An additional special event will continue the exploration of these themes: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will headline Justice at the Opera on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Opera House. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director James Robinson Talks HGO's NIXON IN CHINABWW Interview: Director James Robinson Talks HGO's NIXON IN CHINA
by Natalie de la Garza - Jan 27, 2017

Before the 24 hour news cycle and "I am not a crook" became one of the defining pop culture phrases of the '70s, Richard Nixon went to China, the first time a U.S. president ever visited the People's Republic. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 SeasonCanadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Canadian Opera Company presents a 2017/2018 season that defies conventions on what opera can be and cements the art form's enduring relevance as a reflection of timeless human relations and universal themes. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017-18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek's holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. HGO will present its first performances in a quarter century of two iconic works: Richard Strauss's revenge-filled Elektra with virtuoso sopranoChristine Goerke in the tempestuous title role and 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson in her role debut as Chrysothemis, under the baton of HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers; and Bellini's grand-scale tragedy Norma showcasing the debut of stellar dramatic soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the notoriously difficult title role, with 2015 Tucker winner and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. (more...)

LA Opera to Stage Mozart's ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO This WinterLA Opera to Stage Mozart's ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

General Director Placido Domingo announced that LA Opera's next production-Mozart's sparkling comedy The Abduction from the Seraglio, conducted by Music Director James Conlon-will take audiences on a delightful journey aboard the fabled Orient Express, thanks to a cleverly updated staging by director James Robinson. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at LA Opera's THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIOPhoto Flash: First Look at LA Opera's THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2016

General Director Placido Domingo announced that LA Opera's next production-Mozart's sparkling comedy The Abduction from the Seraglio, conducted by Music Director James Conlon-will take audiences on a delightful journey aboard the fabled Orient Express, thanks to a cleverly updated staging by director James Robinson.  BroadwayWorld brings you a first look below! (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Winter Repertory, NIXON IN CHINA, VIVALDIHouston Grand Opera Announces Winter Repertory, NIXON IN CHINA, VIVALDI
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2016

In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams's trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media's role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Marks NIXON IN CHINA 30th AnniversaryHouston Grand Opera Marks NIXON IN CHINA 30th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera's world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams's trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media's role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office. (more...)

Class Act Books Announces November TitlesClass Act Books Announces November Titles
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

This month Class Act Books presents the first entry in a new Science Fiction/Space Opera series and the sixth novel in a continuing series. 'The Story of a Peace-Loving Man' by Toni V. Sweeney, is the first title in the new Adventures of Sinbad series which begins this month. The initial story, asking the question 'How are Conscientious Objectors treated 300 years in the future?' deals with the story of Allan McAllister, a Paxist or Peace-Lover, and what happens when he protests the Earth's involvement in its first intergalactic war. The series, comprising eight novels, will be released monthly by Class Act Books. Covers will be designed by veteran artist, James Robinson. Ms. Sweeney is a long-standing Class Act Books author, having been first published by the company in 2010. She currently has twenty-eight novels under the Class Act Books logo, including several sequels and a trilogy. She was recently named a professional reader by Netgalley, and when not writing, reviews novels for the New York Journal of Books Online and the Paranormal Romance Guild. Last year, her novel 'NEBRASKA: Walk the Shadow Trail' placed second in the Top Ten Best General Novels of 2015 by the Annual Preditors & Editors Readers Poll. She was also voted one of the Top Ten Authors of 2015 by the same poll. She has also been recognized by the Maryland Romance Writers, and the National Writers Association. The Past Returns is Linda J. Burson's sixth venture in the best-selling Marcy series of romantic suspense novels. A former book editor, Ms. Burson is a Class Act Books debut author, having signed with the company late last year. Her novel, 'Rage,' first in the Marcy series, was voted third in the Top Ten Thrillers of 2015 by the Preditors & Editors Readers Poll for that year. Class Act Books came under new ownership in mid-2013 and is now celebrating its third year as a publisher of all fiction genres. It proudly includes many award-winning authors and prize-winning titles in its lists. (more...)

PIPES OF CHRISTMAS Festive Annual Concerts to Return This DecemberPIPES OF CHRISTMAS Festive Annual Concerts to Return This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The Pipes of Christmas annual concerts return for an eighteenth season with performances in New York on Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, and in Summit, New Jersey on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church. (more...)

MasterVoices 2016 Fall Gala Raises More Than $200,000MasterVoices 2016 Fall Gala Raises More Than $200,000
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

MasterVoices raised over $200,000 at its 2016 Fall Galain support of its artistic and outreach programs on October 20. The event featured the New York premiere performance of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's opera 27 starring Metropolitan Opera mezzo Stephanie Blythe as Stein, Heidi Stober, Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik directed by James Robinson and conducted by MasterVoices' Artistic Director Ted Sperling with 150 singers of MasterVoices and Orchestra of St. Luke's. The evening featured Scenic Design by Allen Moyer, Costumes by James Schuette and Lighting by James. F. Ingalls. (more...)

BWW Review: '27' is a Diverting Evening on the Left Bank with Gertrude and Alice B.BWW Review: '27' is a Diverting Evening on the Left Bank with Gertrude and Alice B.
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 24, 2016

In many ways, '27'--the 90-minute the chamber opera about Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas and their circle, composed by Ricky Ian Gordon to a Royce Vavrek libretto--is an old-fashioned love story. It just happens to be about two women who entertained and collected (in all senses) some of the most important visual artists and writers of the first half of the century at a time when Paris was still the hub of the artistic world and 27 rue de Fleurus, the women's home, was its epicenter. (more...)

MasterVoices to Present New York Premiere of 27 at New York City CenterMasterVoices to Present New York Premiere of 27 at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoicesPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoices
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. Get a sneak peek at the production in St. Louis below! (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

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Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoicesPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoices
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. Get a sneak peek at the production in St. Louis below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Gordon plus Vavrek (plus Stein and Toklas) Equal '27'BWW Interview: Gordon plus Vavrek (plus Stein and Toklas) Equal '27'
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 18, 2016

Although '27'--the opera by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek about the lives of Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and their circle of friends--had its world premiere at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) in 2014, its upcoming performances at City Center in New York, on October 20-21, are a debut of a different color. As part of the 75th anniversary season of MasterVoices, formerly The Collegiate Chorale, 27 has had some interesting changes since the performances seen in St. Louis. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2016

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Donizetti's ebullient comedy The Elixir of Love sets a celebratory tone as Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) 62nd season opener on October 21. The colorful production features tenor Dimitri Pittas and soprano Nicole Heaston, as well as the HGO debut of eminent English conductor Jane Glover. Performances run through November 4.   (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

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