Joyce DiDonato News

Paquito D'Rivera to Lead Worksop, Concert for Young Jazz Musicians, 5/12-16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

From May 12 to 16, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute will present a workshop for young jazz instrumentalists led by renowned Latin jazz artist Paquito D'Rivera. The prolific composer, conductor, clarinetist, and saxophonist teams up with members of his ensemble to mentor these young jazz musicians during an intensive weeklong workshop, co-designed by acclaimed bassist and educator Oscar Stagnaro, that culminates with a concert in Zankel Hall on Friday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. During the concert, the young musicians will perform music composed by D'Rivera and other Latin jazz works alongside D'Rivera himself, Stagnaro, and other members of the Paquito D'Rivera Ensemble including pianist Alex Brown, percussionist Pernell Satuemino, trumpeter Diego Urcola, and drummer Mark Walker. See below for program information. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2014: The Full List Of Winners And Nominees!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 13, 2014

The Olivier Awards 2014 are presented this evening - keep an eye on this page, updating live, for the results. Established in 1976, the Laurence Olivier Awards celebrate the world-class status of London's theatre and are Britain's most prestigious stage honours. (more...)

Merola Opera Program to Offer Student Membership Program; Deadline to Apply is 4/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Students can apply to experience a summer of free opera! 2014 Merola Opera Program Student Membership Program will provide Bay Area high school and college students with free tickets to our summer operas, master classes and events in San Francisco this June, July and August. Each membership receives two tickets - one for the member and one for a guest. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Comes to Bing Concert Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

This month, Deborah Voigt embarks on a spring recital tour that will place the superstar soprano on both coasts for a program of songs by Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Ben Moore, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky. She said of the recital repertoire: 'It gives me a chance to show a side of my personality that doesn't come out when I'm singing all these very serious heroines' (South Florida Classical Review). Joined by her long-time collaborative pianist, Brian Zeger, artistic director of the vocal arts department at Juilliard, Voigt launches her new tour at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California, on April 8. She makes her debut at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall on April 11, and on April 13 she sings at the new Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus. Voigt continues the tour on the East Coast with a return engagement in the 75th anniversary season of Boston's popular Celebrity Series, and on May 10 she returns to the Met to host the 'Live in HD' broadcast of Rossini's La Cenerentola. (more...)

Tenor Michael Fabiano Wins 2014 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has announced that Michael Fabiano - 'the tenor that we have all been waiting for' (San Francisco Classical Voice) - is the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE & ROSSINI LA CENERENTOLA this Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The spectacular operas that grace the stage of the Met in New York come to The Ridgefield Playhouse through the power of high-definition broadcasts with exciting advantages: Exclusive behind-the scenes interviews with the stars and close-ups that capture the emotions of the cast. On Saturday, April 26, at 12:55 p.m., Music Director James Levine makes his long-awaited return to the Met podium to conduct Mozart's beloved opera, Cosi Fan Tutte, about testing the ties of love. The cast is filled with youthful Met stars: Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Rodion Pogossov and Danielle de Niese. Rossini's La Cenerentola will be Live in HD on Saturday, May 10, at 12:55 p.m., starring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, singing her first Met performance of the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Florez, as her Prince Charming. A peerless pair of Rossini virtuosos, it's a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez. Alessandro Corbelli and Luca Pisaroni complete the cast, with Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leading the effervescent score. (more...)

Joyce DiDonato to Star in Her First Met Performances of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, Beg. 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 09, 2014

Mezzo-soprano star Joyce DiDonato will sing her first Met performances of one of her signature roles, the winsome heroine of Rossini's adaptation of the Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning April 21. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD Presents LA BOHÈME Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 05, 2014

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli's breathtaking production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Italian star tenor Vittorio Grigolo makes his Live in HDdebut as the passionate poet Rodolfo, and Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her highly anticipated Met debut as his fragile lover, Mimì. Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello in this performance, led by Italian conductorStefano Ranzani. Featuring a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris, this broadcast marks 15 million viewers for the Live in HD series, which now reaches 66 countries worldwide. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Coming to Bing Concert Hall, 4/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

This month, Deborah Voigt embarks on a spring recital tour that will place the superstar soprano on both coasts for a program of songs by Amy Beach, Leonard Bernstein, William Bolcom, Ben Moore, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky. She said of the recital repertoire: 'It gives me a chance to show a side of my personality that doesn't come out when I'm singing all these very serious heroines' (South Florida Classical Review). Joined by her long-time collaborative pianist, Brian Zeger, artistic director of the vocal arts department at Juilliard, Voigt launches her new tour at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California, on April 8. She makes her debut at Stanford University's Bing Concert Hall on April 11, and on April 13 she sings at the new Green Music Center on the Sonoma State University campus. Voigt continues the tour on the East Coast with a return engagement in the 75th anniversary season of Boston's popular Celebrity Series, and on May 10 she returns to the Met to host the 'Live in HD' broadcast of Rossini's La Cenerentola. (more...)

Laura Benanti & More Join BROADWAY BATTLES BULLYING Lineup, Set for 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

The Michael Morones Foundation today announced additional performers includingLaura Benanti for a one-night only benefit concert entitled Broadway Battles Bullying to take place on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The benefit and silent auction, which will be hosted by Shakina Nayfack, will raise money for the newly created Michael Morones Foundation, which works to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. The benefit concert is presented by an honorary host committee of Broadway, screen, and music veterans including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mary-Louise Parker, Paula Cole, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff, and Julia Murney, who have all generously donated their support to the Michael Morones Foundation. (more...)

Javier Camarena to Sing the Role of Prince Ramiro in the First Three Performances of the Metropolitan Opera's Production of LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Javier Camarena will sing the role of Prince Ramiro in the season's three initial performances of Rossini's La Cenerentola on April 21, 25, and 28, replacing Juan Diego Flórez, who is ill. Flórez is scheduled to return for the three final performances of the opera, on May 2, May 6, and the May 10 matinee, which will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series. (more...)

Original ABBA Members to Perform with MAMMA MIA! Cast at 2014 Olivier Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The Olivier Awards with MasterCard – the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar – has revealed further details of the 2014 awards ceremony to be held on Sunday 13 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 22:15 that evening on ITV in a full highlights package. (more...)

Jill Paice, Dan Fogler, Jennifer Laura Thompson & More Set for BROADWAY BATTLES BULLYING Benefit Concert, 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The Michael Morones Foundation today announced a one-night only benefit concert entitled Broadway Battles Bullying to take place on Monday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The benefit and silent auction will raise money for the newly created Michael Morones Foundation, which works to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. The benefit concert is presented by an honorary host committee of Broadway, screen, and music veterans including Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mary-Louise Parker, Paula Cole, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff, and Julia Murney, who have all generously donated their support to the Michael Morones Foundation. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD Presents LA BOHÈME, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

An exciting young cast stars in Franco Zeffirelli's breathtaking production of La Bohème, the most-performed opera in Met history. Italian star tenor Vittorio Grigolo makes his Live in HDdebut as the passionate poet Rodolfo, and Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her highly anticipated Met debut as his fragile lover, Mimì. Susanna Phillips sings the flirtatious Musetta and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello in this performance, led by Italian conductorStefano Ranzani. Featuring a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris, this broadcast marks 15 million viewers for the Live in HD series, which now reaches 66 countries worldwide. (more...)

McKellen, Stewart, Hilty, Groff, & More to Host BROADWAY BATTLES BULLYING Benefit, 4/14
by Hilary Kelly - Mar 21, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, Megan Hilty, Jonathan Groff, Mary-Louise Parker, and Paula Cole are set to present Broadway Battles Bullying, a benefit concert for the Michael Morones Foundation. (more...)

Pacific Chorale to Present THE RADIO HOUR, 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

The internationally-­acclaimed Pacific Chorale in Orange County, CA will be presenting a new work created by American opera composer Jake Heggie, and the versatilelibrettist Gene Scheer entitled 'THE RADIO HOUR'. The choral opera will be conducted by Pacific Chorale's Artistic Director, John Alexander, and stage-­directed by James R. Taulli. (more...)

Nominations Announced for 2014 Olivier Awards! CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, ONCE, MORMON, MERRILY, Jude Law, Judi Dench & More
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 10, 2014

The nominations for The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard - the most prestigious event in the UK's theatrical calendar - were announced today (Monday, March 10) by Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman with the full list of nominations available below and online at www.olivierawards.com. (more...)

Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Starring Matthew Polenzani, Joyce DiDonato, & Amanda Majeski, Opens Tonight at the Lyric
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

To marry or murder in order to reclaim the throne and family honor? That is the incendiary question propelling Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito at Lyric Opera of Chicago. This tale of politics, power, and high passion opens tonight, March 5 with seven performances through Sunday, March 23. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the new-to-Chicago production by famed director Sir David McVicar starring the internationally acclaimed Matthew Polenzani, Joyce DiDonato, and Amanda Majeski. (more...)

Matthew Polenzani, Joyce DiDonato and Amanda Majeski Star in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Now thru 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a new-to-Chicago production by famed director Sir David McVicar. It opens on Wednesday, March 5 with seven performances through Sunday, March 23. Performance dates are tonight, March 5 and March 8, 11, 14, 17, and 20, all at 7:30 pm, with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday, March 23. (more...)

43rd Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for Opera Singers Announces Winners
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2014

The winners of the 43rd annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place in a front of a capacity audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. (more...)

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