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2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year's honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo,Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters. (more...)

Ailyn Perez to Make Met Debut in CARMEN Next YearAilyn Perez to Make Met Debut in CARMEN Next Year
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2014

On February 6, Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her house debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in a star-studded production of Bizet's Carmen. This marks a major milestone for the American soprano, and comes at a key moment in her burgeoning career. Having achieved star status in Europe with a string of successes at the opera houses of London, Vienna, Milan, Berlin, and Moscow - her title role performance in Verdi's La Traviata this past spring at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden made history with the company's first live streaming of a complete opera, and she made her debut at La Scala opposite Plácido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra - Pérez recently scored twin triumphs closer to home. This past summer, her Warner Classics album debut, Love Duets, was an 'irresistible' (Gramophone) Billboard bestseller, and earlier this fall she took Houston by storm in her house and role debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello, where she supplied 'white hot passion...in spades' (Houston Press). (more...)

Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, from the Grand Staircase of the Met, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt herself. These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met's global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, and later shared with PBS audiences as presentations ofGreat Performances at the Met. (more...)

Ailyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's OtelloAilyn Perez Makes Debuts as Desdemona in Houston Grand Opera's Otello
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Richard Tucker and Plácido Domingo Award-winner Ailyn Pérez makes her hotly anticipated Houston Grand Opera debut this Friday (Oct 24), in what also marks her role debut as Desdemona in Otello. Under the baton of Patrick Summers, Houston's artistic and music director, she stars opposite Simon O'Neill as Otello and Marco Vratogna as Iago in the company's staging of John Cox's hit production of the Shakespearean tragedy, which runs through November 7. (more...)

BWW Reviews: RENE PAPE Recital at the Met a Matter of Life and DeathBWW Reviews: RENE PAPE Recital at the Met a Matter of Life and Death
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 6, 2014

The wonderful German singer Rene Pape made history when he made his recital debut at the Met last week—the first bass to perform a solo program at the house. He showed off his dexterity with languages, singing in German, Russian and English, and his ability to move from art songs to musical comedy, sensitively accompanied by pianist Camillo Radicke. (more...)

Cast Announced for THE RING CYCLE at Birmingham Hippodrome This AutumnCast Announced for THE RING CYCLE at Birmingham Hippodrome This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

During the first week of November, the Mariinsky Theatre returns to the UK for an operatic showcase of Wagner's Ring in Birmingham at the historic Hippodrome and three operas originally written for the Mariinsky including the most recent Levsha (The Left-hander) by Rodion Shchedrin. With a 300-strong troop of musicians, soloists and chorus starting the tour in Cardiff with Prokofiev's Betrothal in a Monastery, Valery Gergiev proceeds to London to present Russia's national epic Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov followed by the UK premiere of The Lefthander, both in concert versions at the Barbican. (more...)

Bizet's CARMEN Opens Tomorrow at the MetBizet's CARMEN Opens Tomorrow at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

Bizet's Carmen will open at the Met September 30 with Anita Rachvelishvili, the Georgian mezzo-soprano who has performed the role to acclaim around the world, reprising her interpretation of the title role. Spanish maestro Pablo Heras-Casado conducts the first eight performances of the run, which will also star Aleksandrs Antonenko as Don José, Anita Hartig as Micaëla, and Massimo Cavalletti and Ildar Abdrazakov as the swaggering toreador Escamillo. The production is by Richard Eyre, who also directed the Met's season-opening new staging of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. The November 1 matinee performance of Carmen will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries around the world. (more...)

Boston Symphony Orchestra Presents Andris Nelsonsnew and More TonightBoston Symphony Orchestra Presents Andris Nelsonsnew and More Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Marking a new era in the 134-year history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons will make his highly anticipated debut as the BSO's new music director tonight, September 27, at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. (more...)

Andris Nelsons Makes Debut as New Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, TodayAndris Nelsons Makes Debut as New Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Marking a new era in the 134-year history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons will make his highly anticipated debut as the BSO's new music director on today, September 27, at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director on September 27, he will be, at age 35, the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra's founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post. (more...)

Anna Netrebko Expands Horizons in 2014-15 with MACBETH at the Met, Role Debuts in Munich & ZurichAnna Netrebko Expands Horizons in 2014-15 with MACBETH at the Met, Role Debuts in Munich & Zurich
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Already the undisputed 'reigning new diva of the 21st century' (Associated Press), Anna Netrebko scored a fresh triumph this past month, winning ECHO Klassik's 'Female Singer of the Year' award for a record-breaking third time. Never content to rest on her laurels, however, the ever-evolving Russian-born soprano continues expanding her horizons in 2014-15. She makes two American role debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, as Verdi's Lady Macbeth in an all-star Macbeth that will be beamed live around the world to launch the company's Live in HD season, and headlining a new staging of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta that will be broadcast Live in HD on Valentine's Day. In Europe, she makes house role debuts in the title roles of a new Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera and Anna Bolena at the Zurich Opera, besides reprising her portrayal of Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera and completing her season's quartet of leading roles as Mimì in La bohème at Covent Garden, where her final performance will again be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide. In concert this season, Netrebko remains the soprano of choice for gala appearances, in the Richard Tucker Gala at New York's Lincoln Center and in Munich and Salzburg, as well as singing a recital in Colorado, 'Verdi and Verismo' arias in Barcelona, selections from Macbeth in Rome, Strauss's Four Last Songs in Paris, and revisiting her acclaimed Iolanta on a European concert tour that culminates at London's Royal Albert Hall. (more...)

BOSTON WELCOMES ANDRIS NELSONS AS THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR!BOSTON WELCOMES ANDRIS NELSONS AS THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Marking a new era in the 134-year history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons will make his highly anticipated debut as the BSO's new music director on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. at Symphony Hall. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director on September 27, he will be, at age 35, the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra's founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post. (more...)

Sony Masterworks Announces New US Classical ReleasesSony Masterworks Announces New US Classical Releases
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The Last Symphonies: Mozart's Instrumental Oratorium Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2-CD Set Now Available Preview: https://soundcloud.com/nikolaus-harnoncourt/sets/nikolaus-harnoncourt-mozart On The Last Symphonies, Nikolaus Harnoncourt explores his fascinating new interpretation of the composer's last three symphonies; that they are one whole work which he calls Mozart's “Instrumental Oratorium.” Harnoncourt argues that, in terms of structure, the first movement of Symphony No. 39 is the Prelude of the “Instrumental Oratorium,” while the last movement of Symphony No. 41 is the Finale. (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann Releases New Album of Melodies from Germany's Golden EraJonas Kaufmann Releases New Album of Melodies from Germany's Golden Era
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

'I love the tenor hits from the age of the talkies,' says Jonas Kaufmann. 'My grandfather was studying in Berlin at that time, and he used to whistle these songs in the street. Besides that, I've always been fascinated by this 'legendary era' in Germany's cultural history. It was a time of incredible productivity. True, a great many of its hits have survived, but what we know of it today is only the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of wonderful pieces waiting to be rediscovered.' (more...)

The Met's Summer HD Festival Lights Up Lincoln Center Plaza with MOONSTRUCK, EUGENE ONEGIN and MoreThe Met's Summer HD Festival Lights Up Lincoln Center Plaza with MOONSTRUCK, EUGENE ONEGIN and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's popular Summer HD Festival returns to Lincoln Center Plaza with screenings of ten acclaimed productions from the Met's Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series, including four new productions from the 2013-14 season. (more...)

Soprano Ailyn Perez to Crown 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand OperaSoprano Ailyn Perez to Crown 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Described by Opera News as the “lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all,” Ailyn Pérez takes the stage at leading opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014-15 for an exciting new season that features house debuts at both the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, the latter also serving as a role debut for Pérez as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago in the Black for 2013/14 Season with Ticket Sales Increasing 8%Lyric Opera of Chicago in the Black for 2013/14 Season with Ticket Sales Increasing 8%
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced today that the company is reporting a break even operating performance for fiscal year 2014. Lyric has operated in the black for 26 of the past 27 years-a record among the country's not-for-profit music and performing-arts companies. (more...)

Gipfeltreffen der Stars - das Klassik Open Air 2015 in MünchenGipfeltreffen der Stars - das Klassik Open Air 2015 in München
by Iris Moebius - Jun 30, 2014

Es wird ein Gipfeltreffen der Superstars und das Klassik Highlight des Jahres 2015! Am 27. Juni 2015 treten Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Elena Zhidkova und Ildar Abdrazakov zum ersten Mal gemeinsam auf. Das Open Air am Mu?nchner Konigsplatz ist einmalig in Europa! Mehr als 50.000 Zuschauer jubelten Anna Netrebko und ihren hochkaratigen Kollegen bereits in den Jahren 2005, 2009 und 2011 auf dem Konigsplatz zu, als sie eine neue Form etablierte, klassische Musik popular zu prasentieren. (more...)

Opera Australia Announces Sydney Winter Season -RIGOLETTO, OTELLO and MoreOpera Australia Announces Sydney Winter Season -RIGOLETTO, OTELLO and More
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

With tales of deceit and seduction, comedic mishaps, dazzling costumes and some of Australia's favourite artists returning to the stage, the Sydney Winter Season of Opera has something for everyone. (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann to Perform Second Concert in Sydney, August 17Jonas Kaufmann to Perform Second Concert in Sydney, August 17
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Opera Australia is pleased to announce that internationally renowned tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, will perform a second concert in Sydney on Sunday 17 August at Sydney Opera House. This performance will follow Jonas Kaufmann's two other concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. (more...)

BWW Reviews: From Kaufmann and Florez to Beczala and Camarena, It's the Year of the TenorBWW Reviews: From Kaufmann and Florez to Beczala and Camarena, It's the Year of the Tenor
by Richard Sasanow - May 13, 2014

“The party's over,” wrote Betty Comden & Adolph Green in BELLS ARE RINGING. “It's time to call it a day.” The opera season at the Metropolitan said its farewells to 2013-2014 on May 10 with a bel canto doubleheader of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (a shot heard round the world via radio and The Met's LIVE IN HD) and Bellini's IL PURITANI--not a bad swan song, considering the singing talent involved. (more...)

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