Jamie Barton News

BWW Reviews: Big Voices, Not Big Names, Reign at the Met Summer Recital Series Opener in Central Park
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 27, 2014

I'd call it “love at first sight” (or, more properly, “first hearing”), but this wasn't the first time I'd heard mezzo Jamie Barton. And I certainly hope it won't be the last. Her performances at opening of this year's Summer Recital Series from the Metropolitan Opera at Central Park's SummerStage in New York, on June 23, were sensational. She grabbed the audience by the lapels and refused to let go. (more...)

Nicholas Phan to Headline CANDIDE at Tanglewood, Set for Oregon Bach Festival and More, Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

This summer, Nicholas Phan returns to his roots, joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood to sing the title role in Bernstein's Candide, the work that first inspired him to pursue a career in opera (Aug 16). In his third consecutive residency at the Oregon Bach Festival (June 26–July 10), the tenor takes part in performances of Vespers by Monteverdi and Rachmaninoff; Mozart's Requiem, led by Festival Director Emeritus Helmuth Rilling; an evening of Strauss Lieder; and after proving himself “the standout among the vocal soloists” (New York Times) in Bach's St. Matthew Passion at Carnegie Hall last month, a reconstruction of the Baroque master's St. Mark Passion. Phan also makes his Seattle Chamber Music Festival debut with Vaughan Williams and Brahms (July 18 & 21), and returns to New York's Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 25th anniversary season, to sing Schubert in recital and with members of the American Symphony Orchestra (Aug 8 & 10). (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD and CARMEN to Close Out Houston Grand Opera's Season
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Houston Grand Opera drew the season to a close with hit new productions of Das Rheingold and Carmen that prompted CultureMap Houston to conclude: 'This is, without doubt, the epitome of early twenty-first century opera production. It's where we are going, and it's thrilling.' (more...)

Stephen Costello to Headline ROBERTO DEVEREUX at Carnegie Hall, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

It was in a supporting role at Carnegie Hall with Eve Queler and the Opera Orchestra of New York that Stephen Costello first launched his professional career. Now the Tucker Award-winning tenor makes a hero's return, rejoining the same forces at the storied New York venue to headline a concert performance of Donizetti's Roberto Devereux on June 5. (more...)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) President and CEO Stanley E. Romanstein, Ph.D., Music Director Robert Spano, and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles today announced the ASO's 2014–15 season — the Orchestra's 70th season and Mr. Spano's and Mr. Runnicles's 14th as artistic partners. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is one of America's leading orchestras. It performs great music, presents leading artists, nurtures young talent, and engages music lovers. The 24-week subscription season will feature world-class music of past centuries while paving the way for great music of the future with performances by today's leading composers, soloists, and conductors. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's DAS RHEINGOLD is Full-Throttle Spectacle
by David Clarke - Apr 15, 2014

Houston Grand Opera, which opened a lavish production of DAS RHEINGOLD this past weekend, is proudly kicking off their first Ring Cycle by Richard Wagner. Like any modern production of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Houston Grand Opera is sparing no expense. At Sunday's matinee, the audience leapt to their feet for curtain call and clamored excitedly about this show and what's still to come in the cycle. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera to Present DAS RHEINGOLD Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Tomorrow, April 11, Houston Grand Opera presents Das Rheingold, launching the American debut of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Der Ring des Nibelungen by La Fura dels Baus. As the first staging of Wagner's epic cycle in HGO history, the event marks an important company milestone-one that HGO follows two weeks later with a new take on Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford. These two productions come at a time when HGO has once again been making headlines, not only for the world premiere of A Coffin in Egypt and an acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music, but by successfully appealing to new audiences. 'The most recent NEA survey shows that only 2% of Americans go to the opera each year. Yet HGO is bucking the trend. Since the 2009-10 season it has seen its attendances grow by 24 percent,' reported the Economist last month. As Houston History noted in a recent feature article, 'many arts programs across the nation are shutting down due to financial failure, [but] HGO has succeeded in remaining relevant.' (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Memphis - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 06, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Memphis (more...)

Metropolitan Opera's 2014 Summer Recital Series Begins 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's two popular series of free summer events, the Summer Recital Series and the Summer HD Festival, will return in 2014. For the sixth consecutive year, the Met will present operatic recitals in parks in all five boroughs, as well as a ten-day outdoor festival at Lincoln Center featuring encore screenings from the Met's popular Live in HD transmissions. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Memphis - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for Memphis (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD, A COFFIN IN EGYPT and More Set for Spring 2014 at Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

The new year has already brought notable success for Houston Grand Opera (HGO), where the hotly anticipated American premiere of the long-lost Holocaust opera The Passenger-hailed by the Associated Press as 'the latest coup for a company known for producing new works'-took the national and local press by storm, and where the company's Rigoletto revival was pronounced 'glorious' (Theater Jones). These accolades come at an exciting time for the company, which continues this season's extraordinary line-up with the launch of the first American presentation of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Das Rheingold by La Fura dels Baus; the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's A Coffin in Egypt, named one of the twelve 'must-see opera events of the season' (Opera News); a new HGO production of Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford; and Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which boasts designs by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony's 2014-15 Season Features Themes of 'Spirituality and Transcendence'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

Music Director Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) announce the Orchestra's 2014-2015 season, its eighth under the direction of Maestra Alsop. The full schedule and details about each production follow. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Launches New RING Cycle and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

The critical response to Houston's American premiere production of The Passenger was overwhelming. Classical Voice America proclaimed the opera “a masterpiece,” and the Chicago Tribune found it an “engrossing, thought-provoking experience” that “deserves [a place] in the regular repertory.” Houston's production impressed the Houston Chronicle as one “that unites commanding performances and vivid, fast-paced staging,” while the Wall Street Journalcommended the way “conductor Patrick Summers shaped the evening with enormous care.” As for the performers, “top to bottom, the cast is excellent,” asserted the Dallas Morning News. Melody Moore “gave Marta's anguish lyricism and strength” (Wall Street Journal), “Michelle Breedt's instrument seemed ideally suited to the role of Liese” (Classical Voice America), and “Kelly Kaduce was mesmerizing” as Katya (Wall Street Journal). The Toronto Star concluded: (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD, A COFFIN IN EGYPT and More Set for Spring 2014 at Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

The new year has already brought notable success for Houston Grand Opera (HGO), where the hotly anticipated American premiere of the long-lost Holocaust opera The Passenger-hailed by the Associated Press as 'the latest coup for a company known for producing new works'-took the national and local press by storm, and where the company's Rigoletto revival was pronounced 'glorious' (Theater Jones). These accolades come at an exciting time for the company, which continues this season's extraordinary line-up with the launch of the first American presentation of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Das Rheingold by La Fura dels Baus; the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's A Coffin in Egypt, named one of the twelve 'must-see opera events of the season' (Opera News); a new HGO production of Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford; and Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which boasts designs by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. (more...)

Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announce the 2014-2015 BNY Mellon Grand Classics Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

Today, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced the 2014-2015 BNY Mellon Grand Classics season, the orchestra's 119th year since its founding and its seventh season under the leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck. (more...)

HGO Awards 1st Place to D'Ana Lombard in the 26th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has announced the winners for the 26th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers that took place the evening of January 30 at the Wortham Theater Center's Cullen Theater in front of a capacity crowd. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring Lang Lang and Renee Fleming
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced its 2014-2015 season today, which is set to include eight operas, a world premiere new opera, a one night only piano concert with internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang, and special family performances. Lyric's 2014-15 subscription season will offer 68 performances of eight different operas Saturday, September 27, 2014 through Sunday, March 15 , 2015. Lyric will also present 17 performances of a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel in April 2015, continuing the company's American Musical Theater Initiative. (more...)

VOCE AT PACE to Present Nadine Sierra at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

Rising young soprano Nadine Sierra, will take the stage at the Michael Schimmel Center For the Arts on Sunday, February 9 at 3pm as part of Pace's concert series VOCE AT PACE: RISING OPERA STARS. Rising Opera Stars in Recital is supported by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation in honor of Dr. Agnes Varis. It is curated by Matthew Epstein. (more...)

TSO Announces 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Earlier today, TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian announced the 2014/2015 season of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the Orchestra's 93rd season. The 2014/2015 season also marks the beginning of the Maestro's second decade on the podium with the TSO. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Horne of Plenty for Diva's 80th Birthday at Zankel Hall
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 21, 2014

There was a lovefest for the great mezzo Marilyn Horne in New York last week, filled with the music of friends, acquaintances and admirers at Carnegie Hall's sibling, Zankel Hall. (more...)

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