Joan Sutherland News

Director 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 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...)

CAUSE CELEB- An Indoor Picnic and Cabaret Celebrating 70 Years of the Actors' Benevolent Fund, Sept 7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

Get together a group, bring a picnic basket and join many of the entertainment industry's finest for a sparkling night of cabaret at Cause Celeb - An Indoor Picnic and Cabaret on Sunday, 7 September at The Opera Centre, Surry Hills. (more...)

Dallas Opera Single Tickets On Sale July 14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Now is the time to prepare to scale a new summit in North Texas arts and entertainment! Single tickets for Dallas Opera's 2014-2015 "Heights of Passion" Season, presented by Texas Instruments, and popular TDO Family Performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will go on sale to the general public Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Announces Single Tickets for the 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season to Go On-Sale 7/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Now is the time to prepare to scale a new summit in North Texas arts and entertainment! Single tickets for Dallas Opera's 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season, presented by Texas Instruments, and popular TDO Family Performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center will go on sale to the general publicMonday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. (more...)

Ian Derrer Appointed as New Artistic Administrator of Dallas Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

DALLAS, JUNE 25, 2014 – In the wake of Jonathan Pell's decision to step down after thirty years of distinguished service to The Dallas Opera, General Director & CEO Keith Cerny is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Artistic Administrator, Ian Derrer. (more...)

The Dallas Opera and the San Diego Opera to Co-Produce GREAT SCOTT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The Dallas Opera proudly welcomes a co-producer, San Diego Opera, to the first major project in fourteen years by critically acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick) and Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (Master Class). (more...)

The Dallas Opera and the San Diego Opera to Co-Produce GREAT SCOTT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2014

The Dallas Opera proudly welcomes a co-producer, San Diego Opera, to the first major project in fourteen years by critically acclaimed American composer Jake Heggie (Moby-Dick) and Tony Award-winning playwright and librettist Terrence McNally (Master Class). (more...)

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Celebrates 70th Birthday in Gala Recital at Festival Theatre, May 18
by BWW News Desk - May 07, 2014

One of New Zealand's most loved artists, songstress Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will celebrate her 70th Birthday year in a gala recital in the Festival Theatre on 18 May. (more...)

OUR GLAD, MEMORIES OF GLADYS MONCRIEFF Set for Glen Street Theatre, 3 June
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 2014

What Joan Sutherland was to grand opera, Gladys Moncrieff was to the golden age of operetta and musical comedy. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Soprano Olga Peretyatko Debuts in I PURITANI at the Met, But, Oh, That High F from Tenor Lawrence Brownlee
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 28, 2014

One of the thrilling things about live opera performance is that it's like watching a tightrope walker, particularly when it's one with as many high notes and such florid writing as in Bellini's I PURITANI. Only daredevils need apply. That was the atmosphere when Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko made her Met debut last week. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko Makes Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her Met debut as Elvira in a revival of Bellini's I Puritani, with Met stars Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in their respective company role debuts as Arturo and Riccardo. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that also includes Michele Pertusi as Elvira's father, Giorgio, in a revival of the bel canto opera opening tonight, April 17. (more...)

Australia's THE KING AND I Begins Tonight in Brisbane
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini today announced additional cast members for their 2014 production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Broadway musical The King and I. (more...)

Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes to Star in Opera Australia's THE KING AND I from Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini and leading Australian theatre producer John Frost today announced the principal cast for Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic Broadway musical The King and I. Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes will co-star in the Tony Award-winning Australian production, which is being revived next year by the Gordon Frost Organisation and Opera Australia. (more...)

Producer John Frost Oam to Receive 2014 JC Williamson Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that revered theatre producer John Frost has been named the 2014 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD recipient. (more...)

Producer John Frost Announced as 2014 Recipient of JC Williamson Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that revered theatre producer John Frost has been named the 2014 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD recipient. The JC WILLIAMSON AWARD is the foremost honour that the Australian live entertainment industry can bestow. The award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Australian live entertainment and performing arts industry and shaped the future of our industry for the better. (more...)

Theatre Producer John Frost Honored with 2014 JC Williamson Award; Ceremony Set for QPAC, May 19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Live Performance Australia (LPA) has today announced that revered theatre producer John Frost has been named the 2014 JC WILLIAMSON AWARD recipient. (more...)

BWW Reviews: What a Difference a Cast Makes, with Damrau and Camarena, in LA SONNAMBULA at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 26, 2014

It's always reassuring when a change of cast--in this case soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Javier Camarena in wonderful performances--transforms a truly terrible production into an exciting night at the opera. But that's exactly what happened with the revival of Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the Met last week. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko to Make Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI, Beg. 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her Met debut as Elvira in a revival of Bellini's I Puritani, with Met stars Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in their respective company role debuts as Arturo and Riccardo. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that also includes Michele Pertusi as Elvira's father, Giorgio, in a revival of the bel canto opera opening April 17. The Met performances will be the first time the husband-and-wife pairing of Mariotti and Peretyatko have performed I Puritani together. The opera will be seen in a revival of Sandro Sequi's 1976 production, which has served as a showcase for such formidable stars as Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Edita Gruberova, and Anna Netrebko. (more...)

Crowded Fire Theater Stages SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE, Now thru 4/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

The Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) 2014 season begins with the World Premiere of Amelia Roper's She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange, her first play to be produced in the Americas. She Rode Horses... opens with a press night on Monday March 24 (previews today, March 20-23) running through April 12 at the Thick House in San Francisco's Potrero Hill. (more...)

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