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BWW Review: Radvanovsky Tears Up the Stage in MARIA STUARDA at the MetBWW Review: Radvanovsky Tears Up the Stage in MARIA STUARDA at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 9, 2016

With MARIA STUARDA at the Met, we're back for the second installment of Donizetti's so-called Tudor Trilogy, with ANNA BOLENA (Anne Boleyn) already off to the gallows and ROBERTO DEVEREUX (with Bette Davis and Errol Flynn, it was “Elizabeth and Essex”) still to come. It's the first time the Met is doing all three operas, with the singular soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Anna, Maria and Elisabetta (in DEVEREUX, next month). Her Anna was grand, but her Maria was even better. (more...)

Voting for the 22nd SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDDS Closes TodayVoting for the 22nd SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDDS Closes Today
by TV News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Balloting for this year's Actor® recipients will close at noon tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 29 (PT). The results will be tallied by Integrity Voting Systems, the SAG Awards' official teller, and sealed until the envelopes are opened onstage by the presenters at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30. (more...)

Taye Diggs, Helen Mirren & More Join SAG AWARDS' Presenter LineupTaye Diggs, Helen Mirren & More Join SAG AWARDS' Presenter Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

Patricia Arquette, Abraham Attah, Jason Bateman, Bryan Cranston, Taye Diggs, Jon Hamm, Keegan?Michael Key, Diane Lane, Julia Louis?Dreyfus, Helen Mirren, Pedro Pascal, Jeremy Renner and J.K. Simmons will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (more...)

Tony Hale to Toast the Opening of the 22nd SAG AWARDS Red Carpet Roll OutTony Hale to Toast the Opening of the 22nd SAG AWARDS Red Carpet Roll Out
by TV News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Six-time Actor® nominee Tony Hale ('Veep,” 'Arrested Development.') will join Vitalie Taittinger, Champagne Taittinger Artistic Director, to open the red carpet for the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (more...)

BWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOTBWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOT
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 25, 2016

Sometimes, the Metropolitan Opera seems like an endless Puccini festival. It's particularly apparent this season, when top dogs LA BOHEME, TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY are joined by TURANDOT and MANON LESCAUT, which are not second drawer, though certainly less popular than the first three. (Let's see how that descriptor applies to the latter when Jonas Kaufmann steps on stage for the new production of LESCAUT.) (more...)

Ken Howard & JoBeth Williams to Announce SAG Stunt Ensemble Honorees; Nominees AnnouncedKen Howard & JoBeth Williams to Announce SAG Stunt Ensemble Honorees; Nominees Announced
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard and SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams will announce the honorees for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2016

The Met's acclaimed new production of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been staged by the company in a century, will be transmitted on Live in HD for the first time on Saturday, January 16 at 12:55pm ET. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock, Bizet's sweeping romance tells the story of a beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite Matthew Polenzanias Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, and Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad. Highlights of the score include 'Au fond du temple saint,' perhaps the best-known duet for two male voices in the operatic repertory. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia to Present East Coast Premiere of COLD MOUNTAIN, 2/5Opera Philadelphia to Present East Coast Premiere of COLD MOUNTAIN, 2/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

It is almost Mountain time in Philadelphia! Cold Mountain, the first opera by Philadelphia-based, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, makes its East Coast Premiere with five performances at the Academy of Music, February 5-14, 2016. (more...)


by Richard Sasanow - Jan 4, 2016

No more carping about out-of-tune singing (for the rest of 2015). No more bemoaning opera directors who don't seem to like the art of opera (for the next five minutes). No more worrying whether traditional opera will go the way of all flesh (for the next few days, at least). It's time to give up on my Scrooge tendencies and be thankful for the gifts that opera gave me, in and around New York this past year, alphabetically speaking. (more...)

Actors and Artists Unite to End Alzheimer's National Team Raises Over $150,000Actors and Artists Unite to End Alzheimer's National Team Raises Over $150,000
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

And- they did it! The Actors and Artists Unite to end Alzheimer's National Team has raised over $150,000 for the Walk to end Alzheimer's since their first walk in 2011! (more...)

Nadine Sierra and More to Join Zeljko Lucic in RIGOLETTO at the Met This DecemberNadine Sierra and More to Join Zeljko Lucic in RIGOLETTO at the Met This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

On Wednesday, December 2, Verdi's RIGOLETTO returns to the Met with a new cast of principals stepping into the 1960s Las Vegas setting of Michael Mayer's acclaimed production. (more...)

BWW Review: The Met's 'Ratpack' RIGOLETTO and the Art of Making OperaBWW Review: The Met's 'Ratpack' RIGOLETTO and the Art of Making Opera
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 23, 2015

The Met's production of Verdi's great opera RIGOLETTO, is often referred to as the 'Ratpack' version--because it is set in the Las Vegas days of Frank Sinatra and his high-living cronies. From its debut, it was a huge success for the company and with good cause. It was brilliantly conceived and sung, even though the title role seemed fuzzier than it usually is in the standard setting. But how would it stand up, season after season, I wondered, when the novelty wore off? The good news is that the production (excitingly designed by Christine Jones) not only remains effective and entertaining, but, in a key way, it is even better than at the premiere nearly three years ago. (more...)

BWW Review: A LULU of an Evening at the Met with Soprano Petersen in the New Kentridge ProductionBWW Review: A LULU of an Evening at the Met with Soprano Petersen in the New Kentridge Production
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 16, 2015

Who or what is Lulu, the eponymous character in Alban Berg's landmark opera? Is she saint or sinner? Femme fatale or victim? Put-upon or mistress of her own fate? Whatever else she might be, she is fabulous in the hands of German soprano Marlis Petersen, as the center of William Kentridge's vibrant, thrilling new production at the Met. (more...)

BWW Review: The Diva Out-Divas the Diva in the Met's TOSCABWW Review: The Diva Out-Divas the Diva in the Met's TOSCA
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 9, 2015

The title character in Puccini's TOSCA is the quintessential diva--a grand performer ('goddess' in Italian) who thinks the world revolves around her, particularly when it comers to her lover, painter Mario Cavaradossi. The same might be said for soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who used to be a top attraction at the Met, until cancellations and other prima donna-ish actions saw her fall from favor, despite her fine singing and acting skills. Well, she came back for two performances of her well-traveled (and -received) Floria Tosca and the result was, well, disappointing. (more...)

All Eyes On: CHITA! CHITA! CHITA! and More CHITA! Don't Miss Tonight on PBS; Richard Jay-Alexander Weighs-InAll Eyes On: CHITA! CHITA! CHITA! and More CHITA! Don't Miss Tonight on PBS; Richard Jay-Alexander Weighs-In
by Richard Jay-Alexander - Nov 6, 2015

For those of us who love Theatre and the Performing Arts, PBS has been THE HOLY GRAIL, for as long as I can remember. (more...)

Joan Copeland Discusses Brother Arthur Miller at The LambsJoan Copeland Discusses Brother Arthur Miller at The Lambs
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

?Marking the 100th birthday of playwright Arthur Miller, Joan Copeland reminisced about her brother at The Lambs, America's first professional theatrical club, and was the only event in NYC featuring a relative of Miller. (more...)

BWW Review: Sondra Radvanovsky Thrills in Met ANNA BOLENABWW Review: Sondra Radvanovsky Thrills in Met ANNA BOLENA
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 12, 2015

The Met came late to the trio of Donizetti operas about British queens, when it finally mounted ANNA BOLENA mounted for Anna Netrebko in 2011. This was long after Beverly Sills made her deal with the devil, trading her voice for the cover of Time Magazine, by singing Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I at New York City Opera. The Met is finally getting around to mounting its own take on the operas this season (the so-called Tudor Trilogy) not for Netrebko but for American Sondra Radvanovsky. As Anna, she delivers a thrilling, go-for-broke performance. (more...)

BWW Interview: Seattle Opera Captures Exotic, Dangerous World in 'Pearl Fishers'BWW Interview: Seattle Opera Captures Exotic, Dangerous World in 'Pearl Fishers'
by Erica Miner - Oct 9, 2015

Opera boasts some of the composer's most sensuous and compelling music (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2015

The Live in HD season continues on Saturday, October 17 with Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher's acclaimed new production of Verdi's late masterpiece based on Shakespeare's tragic drama of jealousy and deceit, Otello. Dynamic conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads Aleksandrs Antonenko in his first Met performances of the tormented Moor of Venice, with Sonya Yoncheva in her role debut as his innocent wife, Desdemona. The staging, also featuring Željko Lu?i? as Otello's sinister rival, Iago; Dimitri Pittas as Cassio; and Günther Groissböck as Lodovico, also marks the Met debut of set designer Es Devlin, whose previous designs include the 2014 revival of Machinal on Broadway and numerous opera productions for Covent Garden, La Scala, and other leading companies. (more...)

BWW Review: Yoncheva as Desdemona Shines in New Verdi OTELLO at the MetBWW Review: Yoncheva as Desdemona Shines in New Verdi OTELLO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 7, 2015

When Verdi and Boito were writing their operatic version of Shakespeare's OTHELLO, they were competing with the already-successful (though less faithful) version written by Rossini and thought about calling their opera IAGO. After seeing Bartlett Sher's new production of the Verdi OTELLO, I wondered whether it might have been renamed DESDEMONA--because soprano Sonya Yoncheva gave the opera's most devastating and gorgeous performance. (more...)

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