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Gerry Connolly Joins ANYTHING GOES as 'The Captain' in Melbourne and BrisbaneGerry Connolly Joins ANYTHING GOES as 'The Captain' in Melbourne and Brisbane
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM today announced that actor, comedian and impressionist Gerry Connolly would join the cast of their upcoming production of Anything Goes to play the Captain of the S.S. American during the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons. Due to his increased radio and television commitments, Alan Jones needs to remain located in Sydney so has had to withdraw from the Melbourne and Brisbane seasons, but will join the company to play the Captain during the Sydney Opera House season. (more...)

Colt Coeur Commissions Original Play from Amelia Roper for 2015-16 SeasonColt Coeur Commissions Original Play from Amelia Roper for 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

Thanks to the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Brooklyn-based theatre company Colt Coeur (Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Everything is Ours, by Nikole Beckwith) has commissioned playwright Amelia Roper to create an original play over the next year, with an eye towards production in the company's 2015-2016 season. (more...)

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Annie Golden to Lead UNDERLAND at 59E59 TheatersORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Annie Golden to Lead UNDERLAND at 59E59 Theaters
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

59E59 Theaters welcomes terraNOVA Collective with the NY premiere of UNDERLAND, written by Alexandra Collier and directed by Mia Rovegno. UNDERLAND begins performances on Friday, April 3 for a limited engagement through Saturday, April 25. Press opening is Saturday, April 11 at 8:15 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7:15 PM; Friday & Saturday at 8:15 PM; and Sunday at 3:15 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). Tickets are $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. (more...)

Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13Dallas Opera to Present LA BOHEME, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2015

DALLAS, FEBRUARY 20, 2015 – The Dallas Opera is preparing to whisk audiences away to the Latin Quarter of Paris for the blockbuster opera of the season: Giacomo Puccini's 1896 masterpiece, LA BOHÈME, based on Henri Murger's newspaper serial-turned-novel, Scènes de la vie de bohème. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Australia's FAUST Is A Fantastic Dance with The DevilBWW Reviews: Opera Australia's FAUST Is A Fantastic Dance with The Devil
by Jade Kops - Feb 20, 2015

Opera Australia's new interpretation of FAUST is a delicious mix of hedonism, debauchery, desire and despair. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HGO's MAGIC FLUTE Hits Every NoteBWW Reviews: HGO's MAGIC FLUTE Hits Every Note
by Guest Blogger: Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Feb 17, 2015

I am taken back to the first Opera I saw as a kid and the pomp and circumstance with wearing a tux and walking to the lavish theatre; this was when I fell in love with classical music. Often times we hear opera and other classical art forms are inaccessible to the people, but Houston Grand Opera's English translation of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die Zauberflote) proved that opera isn't a stuffy, highbrow art form for the bourgeois. THE MAGIC FLUTE premiered on September 30, 1791 at Emanuel Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, and Mozart conducted the orchestra. The MAGIC FLUTE often referenced as a singspiel, is an opus with spoken dialogue which lends itself to the elements of classical musical theatre. The heart of this new work was an excerpt from the oriental genie tales collected by poet Christoph Martin Wieland but transitioned to have Masonic elements from the novel Sethos by Abbe Jean Terrasson. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Netrebko and Beczala A Potent Duo in IOLANTA Debut at the MetBWW Reviews: Netrebko and Beczala A Potent Duo in IOLANTA Debut at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 4, 2015

I don't know when the next time the Met is planning to bring back Tchaikovsky's final opera, IOLANTA (libretto by his brother Modest) into its repertory, but they should, and quickly. And if you have the opportunity, run to see it as fast as you can. It's not often that the Met puts on a opera and production so compelling and glorious to watch and hear. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Retiring SDO Conductor Karen Keltner Reveals Future PlansBWW Interviews: Retiring SDO Conductor Karen Keltner Reveals Future Plans
by Erica Miner - Feb 2, 2015

her panoply of experiences with famous directors, conductors, and opera luminaries like Dame Joan Sutherland (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Australia's Presents Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY With Pared Back SimplicityBWW Reviews: Opera Australia's Presents Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY With Pared Back Simplicity
by Jade Kops - Jan 27, 2015

Moffatt Oxenbould's (Director) staging of MADAMA BUTTERFLY is revived by Matthew Barclay (Revival Director) to share this doomed love story with new audiences. Whilst other operas presented by Opera Australia in their 2015 season have been re-imaginings, changing locations and eras, MADAMA BUTTERFLY has been left in its early 1900's time-period and house on a hill in Nagasaki setting. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Australia Proves Puccini's Tale Of Love and Death Is Timeless With Their Restaging of TOSCABWW Reviews: Opera Australia Proves Puccini's Tale Of Love and Death Is Timeless With Their Restaging of TOSCA
by Jade Kops - Jan 14, 2015

Opera Australia brings Puccini's classic TOSCA to life with John Bell's (Director) resetting which takes the story from the Neapolitan occupied Rome of 1800 during the French Revolutionary wars to Nazi occupied Rome 1943 during World War II. (more...)

Joseph Tawadros to Perform with Australian Chamber Orchestra, 9-23 FebJoseph Tawadros to Perform with Australian Chamber Orchestra, 9-23 Feb
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

East meets West in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, 9 - 23 February, with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, featuring Joseph Tawadros. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Opera Australia's LA BOHÈME Is a Moving and Powerful Interpretation Of This Timeless StoryBWW Reviews: Opera Australia's LA BOHÈME Is a Moving and Powerful Interpretation Of This Timeless Story
by Jade Kops - Jan 4, 2015

Opera Australia presents a powerful, emotion charged re-imagining of Puccini's LA BOHÈME which proves once again that this love story remains relevant, regardless of which century it is set. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE Gets A Modern Makeover For ChildrenBWW Reviews: Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE Gets A Modern Makeover For Children
by Jade Kops - Jan 3, 2015

Opera Australia brings back Julie Taymor's modern interpretation of THE MAGIC FLUTE, for the 2015 Summer Season. Translated to English by J D McClatchy, this version, originally created for the Metropolitan Opera of New York in 2005 gives the 18th Century story of the education of mankind a modern pantomime treatment. (more...)

Sydney Opera House Announces Performance Cancellations Due to SiegeSydney Opera House Announces Performance Cancellations Due to Siege
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

In light of the situation in the CBD today, the Sydney Opera House has decided to cancel tonight's performances. This is to minimise pressure on transport networks and to provide as much notice as possible to staff and patrons. (more...)

Donizetti's ANNA BOLENA Starring Sondra Radvanovsky Opens TodayDonizetti's ANNA BOLENA Starring Sondra Radvanovsky Opens Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Tudor tragedy ?Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) in a new production conducted by Patrick Summers and directed by Kevin Newbury. It opens on Saturday, December 6 with 8 performances through Friday, January 16. Performance dates are Dec. 6, 9, 15, Jan. 7, 10, and 16 at 7:30pm; and Dec. 12 and 21 at 2pm. (more...)

ANNA BOLENA, Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Opens Tonight at the LyricANNA BOLENA, Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Opens Tonight at the Lyric
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Tudor tragedy Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) in a new production by Kevin Newbury conducted by Patrick Summers. It opens tonight, December 6 with 8 performances through Friday, January 16. (more...)

Met Guild Salutes Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon TodayMet Guild Salutes Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Today, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild's 80th Annual Luncheon presents 'Brava, Jessye!' to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing! (more...)

ANNA BOLENA, Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, to Open 12/6 at the LyricANNA BOLENA, Starring Sondra Radvanovsky, to Open 12/6 at the Lyric
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents the Tudor tragedy Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848) in a new production by Kevin Newbury conducted by Patrick Summers. It opens on Saturday, December 6 with 8 performances through Friday, January 16. Performance dates are Dec. 6, 9, 15, Jan. 7, 10, and 16 at 7:30pm; and Dec. 12 and 21at 2pm. (more...)

Opera Australia's Community Choirs Perform Concert TonightOpera Australia's Community Choirs Perform Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2014

Five hundred amateur singers in 15 choirs from Spanish, Vietnamese, Italian, Arabic, French, Chinese, Portuguese, German and Korean communities around Sydney, will join together and perform as one tonight 1 November - the culmination of Opera Australia's Community Choirs project for 2014. (more...)

The Sydney Opera Presents THE KING AND I, Now Thru TodayThe Sydney Opera Presents THE KING AND I, Now Thru Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Audiences and critics alike are loving Australian actress and four-time Gold Logie winner Lisa McCune, who plays English governess Anna Leonowens, alongside, internationally acclaimed opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes as the King of Siam. This is the second big success for these two performers, after the national tour of South Pacific in 2012-13, also presented by Opera Australia and John Frost. (more...)

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