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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, 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...)

BWW Reviews: Sorcery from DiDonato and English Concert at Carnegie Hall in Handel's ALCINABWW Reviews: Sorcery from DiDonato and English Concert at Carnegie Hall in Handel's ALCINA
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 31, 2014

The great mezzo Joyce DiDonato stripped for her art at Sunday's wonderful performance of Handel's ALCINA with the English Concert under conductor Harry Bicket. For the first act, when she was still at the height of her powers as a sorceress, she came out in a gorgeous black and gray gown with the puffy sleeves she favors. Act II, she lost the sleeves but not the attitude, as her power waned. For the final act, powerless, she lost her petticoat and showed some leg. Oh yes: She sounded glorious all the while. (more...)

Opera Australia to Host New Year's Eve Bash at Sydney Opera HouseOpera Australia to Host New Year's Eve Bash at Sydney Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

In response to overwhelming demand, Opera Australia will this year host a second sensational dinner party for guests attending its New Year's Eve celebrations at Sydney Opera House. Tickets are now on sale as part of NYE packages - the ultimate black tie event to celebrate the New Year. (more...)

Opera Australia's Community Choirs Perform Concert, 11/1Opera Australia's Community Choirs Perform Concert, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 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 on Saturday 1 November - the culmination of Opera Australia's Community Choirs project for 2014. (more...)

The Sydney Opera Presents THE KING AND I, Now Thru 11/1The Sydney Opera Presents THE KING AND I, Now Thru 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 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...)

BWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher HallBWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 17, 2014

Soprano Anna Netrebko was AWOL. Tenor Marcello Giordani wasn't there. Mezzo Isabel Leonard didn't make it either. At least tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975) had the best excuse for not being at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday evening. But, as they say “the show must go on”--and the annual gala of The Richard Tucker Foundation certainly did, despite all the cancellations. Celebrating the famed singer, as well as showcasing the newly anointed winner of its top award, tenor Michael Fabiano, the evening was filled with many pleasures. (more...)

Photo Flash: Tim Minchin Attends MATILDA's Australian LaunchPhoto Flash: Tim Minchin Attends MATILDA's Australian Launch
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

Matilda the Musical's composer and lyricist Tim Minchin recently attended the launch of the Sydney Premiere Season of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Matilda The Musical - check out photos below! (more...)

Tickets Released for Sydney, Australian Production of MATILDA THE MUSICALTickets Released for Sydney, Australian Production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tickets for the Sydney-Australian premiere season to one of the most sought after musicals currently in production -- Matilda The Musical -- will go on sale tomorrow, with travel packages set to whisk visitors into the world of an extraordinary little girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RIGOLETTO By Oh! Is A Beautiful Opera Of LoveBWW Reviews: RIGOLETTO By Oh! Is A Beautiful Opera Of Love
by Katricia Lang - Oct 14, 2014

These characters are awful, foolish people, and I hate them. Let me illustrate. Just for kicks, the Duke of Mantua, with the help of his court jester, Rigoletto, seduces Countess Ceprano, wife of Count Ceprano. After helping the Duke bed the countess, Rigoletto spends a good portion of time mocking Count Ceprano for, I don't know, having a failing marriage? Angry, the Count curses the Duke and his court, and Rigoletto loses his life and everything he loves including his beloved daughter Gilda. (more...)

Met Guild to Salute Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon, 11/21Met Guild to Salute Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon, 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

On Friday, 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...)

Opera Australia Announces ANYTHING GOES Australian Tour CastOpera Australia Announces ANYTHING GOES Australian Tour Cast
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2014

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini AM and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost AM today announced the principal cast for their new production of Cole Porter's smash-hit musical comedy Anything Goes, which will tour Australia in 2015. (more...)

Child Cast Announced for Sydney Production of THE KING AND I; Show to Play Sydney, 9/7Child Cast Announced for Sydney Production of THE KING AND I; Show to Play Sydney, 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini are pleased to announce the 39 children cast in roles for the Sydney season of the Helpmann award winning production, The King and I, playing at the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney from 7 September 2014. (more...)

The Dallas Opera in Partnership with Klyde Warren Park Presents THE 2014 OPENING NIGHT SIMULCAST IN THE PARK, 10/24The Dallas Opera in Partnership with Klyde Warren Park Presents THE 2014 OPENING NIGHT SIMULCAST IN THE PARK, 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Now anyone and everyone can join in the thrill of opening night at the opera! The Dallas Opera and the Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program, with support from the AT&T Performing Arts Center, present an evening of FREE entertainment at Dallas's popular Klyde Warren Park, the second annual “Dallas Opera Opening Night Simulcast in the Park” featuring Mozart's class-conscious romantic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey Named Paris Opera Awards Semi-FinalistErica Papillion-Posey Named Paris Opera Awards Semi-Finalist
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Mezzo- Soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Paris Opera Awards. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Open 2014 Season with Bellini's NORMA, 9/5-30San Francisco Opera to Open 2014 Season with Bellini's NORMA, 9/5-30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

San Francisco Opera's 2014-15 Season opens September 5, 2014 with a dramatic new production of Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto masterpiece Norma, starring American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in one of opera's most dazzling and demanding roles. American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas is the young priestess Adalgisa; Italian tenor Marco Berti is Pollione; and American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn is Oroveso. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Director Kevin Newbury and set designer David Korins return to San Francisco Opera to premiere this vivid, large-scale new co-production with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Norma runs for seven performances through September 30. (more...)

Stanton Welch's La Bayadère Makes Australian Debut, Aug. 28Stanton Welch's La Bayadère Makes Australian Debut, Aug. 28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

One of Bollywood's brightest stars, Australian born Pallavi Sharda will add a touch of Bollywood glamour to the opening night of Stanton Welch's La Bayadère when she joins Melbourne's glitterati for its Australian première this August. (more...)

Director David McVicar Claims Sydney Opera House Conditions are 'Extreme' to Stage DON GIOVANNIDirector David McVicar Claims Sydney Opera House Conditions are 'Extreme' to Stage DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

David McVicar, who is directing a new staging of Don Giovanni, says that the Sydney Opera House's main theatre is inadequate to rehearse. He said: “I think they thought about the outside before they thought about the inside. The problems of the Joan Sutherland [Opera Theatre] are extreme. It's a very quirky space, it is inadequate for opera, it just simply is.” (more...)

Seattle Opera Releases 50th Anniversary BookSeattle Opera Releases 50th Anniversary Book
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Seattle Opera is now half-a-century old! Founded in the aftermath of Seattle's 1962 World's Fair, Seattle Opera has become one of America's most respected opera companies and a powerhouse in Seattle's cultural scene. Now, to mark the company's growth and accomplishments, we are pleased to announce the publication of a stunning new large-format book: 50 Years of Seattle Opera. Written by Melinda Bargreen and published by Marquand Books, a Seattle-based designer and producer of fine art books. Bargreen has reviewed and covered the highs and lows of Seattle Opera on behalf of The Seattle Times for close to 40 of the company's 50 years; she writes with a unique authority on the subject. (more...)

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