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BWW Reviews: Jovial BARBIERE with Isabel Leonard Cuts the Mustard at the MetBWW Reviews: Jovial BARBIERE with Isabel Leonard Cuts the Mustard at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 2, 2014

Bartlett Sher's production of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA is one of the best of the Gelb years at the Met, with its sliding-doors set by Michael Yeargan and luscious costumes by Catherine Zuber. It was great when it opened with an all-star cast--headed Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez and Peter Mattei--and remains sturdy even when some of the casting is a little wobbly. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDEBWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDE
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 20, 2014

Pretty Yende--a name that in itself brings certain expectations as well as smiles--burst on the New York opera scene at the start of 2013, in a baptism by fire. At just 27, the South African soprano from Piet Retief, Mpumalanga memorably stepped into one of the lead roles in the revival of Rossini's LE COMTE ORY (opposite, no less, star tenor Juan Diego Florez) on short notice. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLAPhoto Flash: First Look at Joyce DiDonato & Juan Diego Florez in Great Performances' LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2014

Joyce DiDonato sings the title role in Rossini's Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola's stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro's tutor, Alidoro, onGreat Performances at the Met Sunday, September 7 at 12 p.m. on PBS. (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.) Check out a first look at the performance below! (more...)

NJSO and Princeton University to Host Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, 7/15-19NJSO and Princeton University to Host Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, 7/15-19
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Princeton University Department of Music announce the four composers of the inaugural NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a multi-faceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers. The Institute is a collaboration between the NJSO and the Princeton University Department of Music and is generously funded in part by the Edward T. Cone Foundation. (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...)

Joshua Bell Joins Jacques Lacombe and the NJSO TonightJoshua Bell Joins Jacques Lacombe and the NJSO Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) present Bell & Lacombe, a one-performance-only program tonight, May 9, at 8 pm in NJPAC's Prudential Hall. The Grammy Award-winning violinist performs Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Ravel's Tzigane on a program that includes Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. NJSO Music Director Jacques Lacombe conducts. (more...)

NJSO Hosts 'Today Night Out' LGBT Event Tonight Featuring Brahms and MoreNJSO Hosts 'Today Night Out' LGBT Event Tonight Featuring Brahms and More
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Saturday Night Out-an LGBT event-on tonight, May 3, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The NJSO will host a post-concert champagne and dessert reception for ticketholders who are LGBT community members and friends. The event follows the success of the Orchestra's Friday Night Out LGBT event at NJPAC in April 2013. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Tenor's a Cinderella, the Mezzo's Charming and the Met's CENERENTOLA is a DreamBWW Reviews: The Tenor's a Cinderella, the Mezzo's Charming and the Met's CENERENTOLA is a Dream
by Richard Sasanow - May 2, 2014

When the Met's production of LA CENERENTOLA, Rossini's version of the Cinderella story. arrives in movie theatres around the world next week, the star for many will be tenor Juan Diego Florez as the prince. But he didn't make it to the first three performances of the opera this season in New York--not that we got short-changed in the matter. Mezzo Joyce DiDonato was there in the title role, as scheduled, with her wonderfully sung, deeply felt portrayal and, as the prince, was Javier Camarena, the Met's own Cinderella man. (more...)

New Jersey Symphony Presents BRAHMS' FIRST SYMPHONY This WeekendNew Jersey Symphony Presents BRAHMS' FIRST SYMPHONY This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Brahms' First Symphony in concerts this weekend, May 1-4 in Englewood, Princeton and Newark. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill joins the Orchestra for Richard Danielpour's Clarinet Concerto, an NJSO co-commission written for McGill. On Saturday, May 3, the NJSO hosts Saturday Night Out-a post-concert champagne and dessert reception for ticketholders who are LGBT community members and friends-at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. (more...)

Joshua Bell to Join Jacques Lacombe and the NJSO for One Night Only, 5/9Joshua Bell to Join Jacques Lacombe and the NJSO for One Night Only, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) and New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) present Bell & Lacombe, a one-performance-only program on Friday, May 9, at 8 pm in NJPAC's Prudential Hall. The Grammy Award-winning violinist performs Sibelius' Violin Concerto and Ravel's Tzigane on a program that includes Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1. NJSO Music Director Jacques Lacombe conducts. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE & ROSSINI LA CENERENTOLA this SpringRidgefield 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...)

NJSO to Host 'Saturday Night Out' LGBT Event 5/3 Featuring Brahms and MoreNJSO to Host 'Saturday Night Out' LGBT Event 5/3 Featuring Brahms and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra presents Saturday Night Out-an LGBT event-on Saturday, May 3, at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. The NJSO will host a post-concert champagne and dessert reception for ticketholders who are LGBT community members and friends. The event follows the success of the Orchestra's Friday Night Out LGBT event at NJPAC in April 2013. (more...)

Four Vocal Soloists and Montclair State University Chorale Join NJ Symphony for Verdi's REQUIEM, Now thru 4/6Four Vocal Soloists and Montclair State University Chorale Join NJ Symphony for Verdi's REQUIEM, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Verdi's mammoth Requiem today, April 3-6 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown with soprano Marianne Fiset, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor Russell Thomas, bass Peter Volpe and the Montclair State University Chorale. Thomas returns to NJSO stages after his performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestra in January. The April 5 performance at the State Theatre in New Brunswick is the NJSO's third College Night event of the season. (more...)

New Jersey Symphony to Present BRAHMS' FIRST SYMPHONY, 5/1-4New Jersey Symphony to Present BRAHMS' FIRST SYMPHONY, 5/1-4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Brahms' First Symphony in concerts May 1-4 in Englewood, Princeton and Newark. Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill joins the Orchestra for Richard Danielpour's Clarinet Concerto, an NJSO co-commission written for McGill. On Saturday, May 3, the NJSO hosts Saturday Night Out-a post-concert champagne and dessert reception for ticketholders who are LGBT community members and friends-at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark. (more...)

Original ABBA Members to Perform with MAMMA MIA! Cast at 2014 Olivier AwardsOriginal 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...)

BWW Reviews: What a Difference a Cast Makes, with Damrau and Camarena, in LA SONNAMBULA at the MetBWW 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...)

NJ Symphony Orchestra Launches NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition InstituteNJ Symphony Orchestra Launches NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announces the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a multi-faceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers, presented in collaboration with the Princeton University Department of Music and generously funded in part by the Edward T. Cone Foundation. The Institute will select up to four composers to participate in five days of intense compositional evaluations and consultations July 15-19 on the Princeton University campus; the program will culminate in a live concert performance of the participants' works by the NJSO and Music Director Jacques Lacombe on July 19 at the Richardson Auditorium. (more...)

Four Vocal Soloists and Montclair State University Chorale Join NJ Symphony for Verdi's REQUIEM, 4/3-6Four Vocal Soloists and Montclair State University Chorale Join NJ Symphony for Verdi's REQUIEM, 4/3-6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Verdi's mammoth Requiem April 3-6 in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown with soprano Marianne Fiset, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman, tenor Russell Thomas, bass Peter Volpe and the Montclair State University Chorale. Thomas returns to NJSO stages after his performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestra in January. The April 5 performance at the State Theatre in New Brunswick is the NJSO's third College Night event of the season. (more...)

NJSO WINTER FESTIVAL Presents Strauss' Alpine Symphony with Pianist Pascal Roge, Now thru 1/26NJSO WINTER FESTIVAL Presents Strauss' Alpine Symphony with Pianist Pascal Roge, Now thru 1/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Strauss' towering Alpine Symphony today, January 24-26 in Newark and New Brunswick as part of the Orchestra's 2014 Winter Festival: Earth. (more...)

NJSO WINTER FESTIVAL to Present Strauss' Alpine Symphony with Pianist Pascal Roge, 1/24-26NJSO WINTER FESTIVAL to Present Strauss' Alpine Symphony with Pianist Pascal Roge, 1/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2013

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Jacques Lacombe present Strauss' towering Alpine Symphony January 24-26 in Newark and New Brunswick as part of the Orchestra's 2014 Winter Festival: Earth. The program is the finale of the fourth and final season of the NJSO's multi-year 'Man & Nature' Winter Festival odyssey spotlighting the symbolic power of natural elements that have inspired composers for centuries. (more...)

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