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The Washington National Opera Presents M&M'S Opera in the Outfield with Performance of THE MAGIC FLUTE, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates its sixth season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with title sponsor Mars, Incorporated for the M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Mozart's beloved classic The Magic Flute on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Sung in English and featuring a colorful kaleidoscope of sets and costumes by Japanese- American artist Jun Kaneko, The Magic Flute is a perfect opera for the entire family. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pregame” activities, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available in the stands, while access to the outfield will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis when gates open at 5 p.m. More information, including a chance to RSVP to win prizes, is available at OperaintheOutfield.org. (more...)

Cincinnati Symphony to Close 'One City, One Symphony' Project with Free Concert Recording
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra announces that as part of the culmination of its second annual One City, One Symphony project, it has released the live recording from the November 14 & 16 concerts, available as a free download on the CSO's website. (more...)

Washington National Opera Presents an English-Language Production of THE MAGIC FLUTE, 5/3-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2013-2014 season with a new English-language production of one of the most beloved and family-friendly operas in the repertory: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, May 3-18 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. The eye-popping new production features set and costume design by Japanese- American artist Jun Kaneko in his WNO debut, and will be sung in a new English version by WNO dramaturg Kelley Rourke. The opening-night performance on May 3 will be simulcast free to thousands of fans at Nationals Park as part of M&M'S® Opera in the Outfield. A special (more...)

New York Festival of Song's 2013-14 Edition of 'NYFOS Next' Concludes with HAROLD MELTZER Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 01, 2014

Tonight, April 1 at 7:30pm at Opera America's National Opera Center, New York Festival of Song concludes its 2013-14 edition of NYFOS Next-the series for new song in which composers curate and host an hour of contemporary song-with celebrated composer HAROLD MELTZER. (more...)

Lyric's Rising Stars in Concert to Showcase Ryan Opera Center Members, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

On Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m., the talented singers and pianist of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center 2013-14 ensemble will perform with members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra in works of Adams, Bizet, Copland, Donizetti, Gershwin, Gounod, Handel, Lehár, Massenet, Mozart, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Walton. Rising Stars in Concert is offered in celebration of an extraordinarily successful year of study and performance for these up-and-coming artists. (more...)

NYFOS Presents PORT OF CALL: AN ITINERARY OF SONG Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

New York Festival of Song marks its sixth annual residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with PORTS OF CALL: AN ITINERARY OF SONG, to be performed tonight, March 18 and Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 7:00PM at Opera America's National Opera Center in New York, NY. (more...)

Barbara Cook, Marilyn Horne, Hal Prince and More Set for NYFOS Gala, Celebrating Leonard Bernstein, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

New York Festival of Song announces 'Remembering Lenny', A Gala Celebration of Leonard Bernstein (Founding Advisor NYFOS). NYFOS Artistic Directors and pianists STEVEN BLIER and MICHAEL BARRETT host an extraordinary lineup of special guests. (more...)

The New York Festival of Song Presents REMEMBERING LENNY, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG announces its star-studded 2014 spring gala, Remembering Lenny, celebrating the life of Leonard Bernstein with a performance on Monday, April 28 at 6:30PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, followed by supper at the '21' Club. (more...)

New York Festival of Song's 2013-14 Edition of NYFOS Next Concludes with HAROLD MELTZER, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

On Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30pm at Opera America's National Opera Center, New York Festival of Song concludes its 2013-14 edition of NYFOS Next-the series for new song in which composers curate and host an hour of contemporary song-with celebrated composer HAROLD MELTZER. (more...)

NYFOS Presents PORT OF CALL: AN ITINERARY OF SONG, 3/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

New York Festival of Song marks its sixth annual residency at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with PORTS OF CALL: AN ITINERARY OF SONG, to be performed on Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday March 19, 2014 at 7:00PM at Opera America's National Opera Center in New York, NY. (more...)

NYFOS to Present WARSAW SERENADE Tonight in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (Steven Blier, Artistic Director • Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director) concludes its 2013-14 Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center with WARSAW SERENADE. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Presents Special Performance of COSI FAN TUTTE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2014

Tonight, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the spotlight shines on the rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio when they take to the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. They present their own special performance of Mozart's wry romantic comedy, Così fan tutte. This production is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES and all tickets to the Ensemble Studio performance are accessibly priced at $25 or $55. (more...)

NYFOS NEXT Series Opens With MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Tonight, January 28, 2014 at 7:30pm at Opera America's National Opera Center, New York Festival of Song opens the 2013-14 edition of its forward-looking NYFOS Next series with MARK ADAMO & FRIENDS. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Houston Grand Opera's US Premiere of THE PASSENGER is Brilliant
by David Clarke - Jan 20, 2014

Houston Grand Opera is kicking off 2014 with the most harrowing and exhausting evening of opera I have ever experienced, and as an audience member I couldn't be more thrilled. If you're simply looking for entertainment, you'll be better off seeing RIGOLETTO (the other opera being performed in repertory with THE PASSENGER this January at Houston Grand Opera). However, if you're searching for a cerebral, gripping, and altogether emotional experience, then Houston Grand Opera's (HGO) US Premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Alexander Medvedev's THE PASSENGER delivers everything you're wanting and so much more. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera to Present U.S. Premiere of THE PASSENGER, 1/18/14
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

On January 18, 2014, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) presents the American premiere of The Passenger (1968), a powerful Holocaust opera by exiled Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. Based on a novel by Auschwitz survivor Zofia Posmysz, The Passenger was recognized as "a perfect masterpiece" by Shostakovich but was censored by the Soviet establishment and never performed in Weinberg's lifetime. It premiered at the 2010 Bregenz Festival, and its subsequent UK premiere at the English National Opera took place only thanks to award-winning British director David Pountney, whose staging inspired the Telegraph to write: "Risky though it may be to label a first production 'definitive,' it is hard to imagine it ever being done better." Now HGO brings the same production across the Atlantic, complete with mezzo-soprano Michelle Breedt, who "excelled" (New York Times) in the leading role at two European premieres. All five of The Passenger's first American performances (Jan 18-Feb 2) will be led byPatrick Summers, HGO's artistic and music director. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Presents American Premier of Weinberg's Holocaust Opera, THE PASSENGER, 1/18 - 2/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

On January 18, 2014, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) presents the American premiere of The Passenger (1968), a powerful Holocaust opera by exiled Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Welcomes Four New Performers for 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes four talented new Canadian artists for the 2014/2015 season. Soprano Karine Boucher, tenor Jean-Philippe Fortier-Lazure and bass-baritone Iain MacNeil were among the nine finalists featured in the third annual Ensemble Studio Competition in November 2013. Boucher, Fortier-Lazure andMacNeil were top prize winners at the competitive vocal showcase which was the feature event of the COC's inaugural Ensemble Studio Competition Gala, Centre Stage, an evening dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the next generation of opera stars. In addition to the three opera singers, the 14/15 Ensemble Studio welcomes pianist Jennifer Szeto. (more...)

NYFOS to Present WARSAW SERENADE, 2/18 in NYC; 2/16 in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (Steven Blier, Artistic Director • Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director) concludes its 2013-14 Mainstage series at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center with WARSAW SERENADE. (more...)

NYFOS and Juilliard Present THE LAND WHERE THE GOOD SONGS GO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2014

The New York Festival of Song marks its ninth annual co-presentation with Juilliard's Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts with a program celebrating the longtime partnership between P.G. Wodehouse and composer Jerome Kern: THE LAND WHERE THE GOOD SONGS GO, to be performed tonight, January 15, 2014 at 8:00PM in the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at The Juilliard School. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Presents a Special Performance of COSI FAN TUTTE, 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 08, 2014

On Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., the spotlight shines on the rising stars of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio when they take to the mainstage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. They present their own special performance of Mozart's wry romantic comedy, Così fan tutte. This production is sung in Italian with English SURTITLES and all tickets to the Ensemble Studio performance are accessibly priced at $25 or $55. (more...)

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