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BWW Review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Met's New RUSALKABWW Review: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered by Met's New RUSALKA
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 10, 2017

Anyone arriving at a performance of the Met's new RUSALKA, in Mary Zimmerman's production, thinking that there's going to be an evening of Disney-type fun from this distant cousin of THE LITTLE MERMAID, will be in for a big disappointment. But for those seeking beautiful music (including one of opera's great arias), a game cast and good singing, RUSALKA, with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role, offers a musically satisfying evening. (more...)

BWW Preview: Guggenheim's Works & Process Looks Inside the Met's New RUSALKABWW Preview: Guggenheim's Works & Process Looks Inside the Met's New RUSALKA
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 2, 2017

“RUSALKA is an operatic fairytale with a strong message about the consequences of over-reaching--an appropriate, cautionary tale for our times,” said Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera's General Manager, introducing a panel at the Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process series that included director Mary Zimmerman and conductor Mark Elder. The new production opens at the Met on February 2--“and that's not an 'alternative fact,'” said Gelb--starring soprano Kristine Opolais as Rusalka, tenor Brandon Jovanovich as the Prince, mezzo Jamie Barton as Jezibaba (the witch), and bass-baritone Eric Owens as the Water Gnome (Rusalka's father). (more...)

Tristan und Isolde on Season Premiere of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 1/29Tristan und Isolde on Season Premiere of GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 1/29
by TV News Desk - Jan 23, 2017

The Met's new production of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle in his first Met performances since his 2010 debut, opens the new season of THIRTEEN'S GREAT PERFORMANCES at the Met (more...)

Ron Fassler's UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS Unveils Teenage Broadway AdventuresRon Fassler's UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS Unveils Teenage Broadway Adventures
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

Both a poignant coming of age memoir and a compulsively readable story of Broadway itself, the new book UP IN THE CHEAP SEATS by actor/writer/director Ron Fassler is his valentine to Broadway, where he pays homage to the men and women who devote their lives to making great theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: Grigolo's No Dime-Store ROMEO Opposite Damrau in Gounod's Opera at the MetBWW Review: Grigolo's No Dime-Store ROMEO Opposite Damrau in Gounod's Opera at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 15, 2017

There's some famous and gorgeous music in Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE—Juliet's waltz, Romeo's “Ah, leve-toi, soleil” and a number of duets —but this is definitely not one of those operas where the title characters can take turns with the showpieces but never look each other in the eye. Luckily, that wasn't the case with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the Met's new Bartlett Sher production, where they lit some fires at Tuesday's performance. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Presents Michael Mayer's RIGOLETTO, 1/20Metropolitan Opera Presents Michael Mayer's RIGOLETTO, 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

Michael Mayer's 2013 production of Verdi's Rigoletto, set in a 1960s Las Vegas casino, returns to the Met January 20. Italian conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi makes his company debut leading Željko Lu?i? in the title role opposite Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering the Great Men We Lost in 2016Photo Flash: Remembering the Great Men We Lost in 2016
by Walter McBride - Jan 2, 2017

As we enter the new year, it is important to remember those we have lost in the preceding twelve months. From actors, to directors, to international pop stars, join us as BroadwayWorld remembers all the great men we lost in 2016. (more...)

Actors and Artists Unite to End Alzheimer's Soars as 45 Teams Raise Over $45,000 in 2016!Actors and Artists Unite to End Alzheimer's Soars as 45 Teams Raise Over $45,000 in 2016!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

In their most successful year yet- 45 Actors and Artists Unite to end Alzheimer's teams walked from Vermont to Florida- from New York to San Francisco and from Chicago to Texas to raise over $45,000 for the Walk to end Alzheimer's sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association. (more...)

BWW Review: Stunning Phillips in Saariaho's Mesmerizing L'AMOUR DE LOIN at the MetBWW Review: Stunning Phillips in Saariaho's Mesmerizing L'AMOUR DE LOIN at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 19, 2016

On paper, it might seem that Kaija Saariaho's L'AMOUR DE LOIN (LOVE FROM AFAR), libretto by Amin Maalouf, couldn't possibly fill a stage the size of the Met's: three characters and a chorus that bobs in and out of the action. Yet, in action, this breathtaking, shimmering piece not only seems at home--particularly in the able hands of soprano Susanna Phillips and the Met orchestra under the  Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki in Robert Lepage's production--but it's hard to imagine hearing it any other way. (more...)

BWW Review: Racette Strips to Essentials as Opera's Ultimate Mean Girl, SALOME, at the MetBWW Review: Racette Strips to Essentials as Opera's Ultimate Mean Girl, SALOME, at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 13, 2016

Despite some fine singing from soprano Patricia Racette (who also went the Full Monty in the title role), the Met's revival of Richard Strauss's SALOME was a little tame--something that it should never be. (more...)

BWW Preview: Works & Process at Guggenheim Looks at the Met's L'AMOUR DE LOIN, Through December 29BWW Preview: Works & Process at Guggenheim Looks at the Met's L'AMOUR DE LOIN, Through December 29
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 1, 2016

Composer Kaija Saariaho is a woman of few words but potent music, judging by her comments about her acclaimed opera, L'AMOUR DE LOIN, and the excerpts performed at the Guggenheim's Works & Process series several weeks ago, in preparation for the opera's much-anticipated Met debut on Thursday, December 1. (more...)

BWW Review: Stars Align in Met's BOHEME with Opolais, Beczala, Kele and CavallettiBWW Review: Stars Align in Met's BOHEME with Opolais, Beczala, Kele and Cavalletti
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 28, 2016

Take Puccini's LA BOHEME for granted at your peril. Sure, it has more gorgeous music per square inch than just about any other opera in the repertoire, but that doesn't mean that it always falls together, even at the Met. Lucky for those attending the current run of the opera, the stars are in alignment--with Kristine Opolais (Mimi), Piotr Beczala (Rodolfo), Brigitta Kele (Musetta) and Massimo Cavalletti (Marcello) as the stellar central quartet and not a weak link down the line. (more...)

BWW Interview: As BOHEME's Marcello at the Met, Baritone Massimo Cavalletti Is the Real DealBWW Interview: As BOHEME's Marcello at the Met, Baritone Massimo Cavalletti Is the Real Deal
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 23, 2016

When Massimo Cavelletti stepped on stage at the Met on November 16, it was a milestone: His 100th performance as Marcello, the baritone lead in LA BOHEME and part of the quartet at the opera's heart: There's Mimi, the seamstress, the sad soul who dies at the opera's end; Rodolfo, the heartthrob tenor, a poet, in love with her; Musetta, the spitfire who eats men for breakfast; and then there's Marcello, a painter, her lover—and, aah, the linchpin that holds it all together. (more...)

BWW Review: Karita Mattila Steals the Show in Janacek's JENUFA at the MetBWW Review: Karita Mattila Steals the Show in Janacek's JENUFA at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 3, 2016

The opera's called JENUFA, after the unfortunate young woman at the center of its story. But the star of the show at the Met's revival of this soaring musical masterpiece by Janacek is the Kostelnicka of the magnificent Finnish soprano Karita Mattila. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoicesPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoices
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. Get a sneak peek at the production in St. Louis below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoicesPhoto Flash: Sneak Peek at Stephanie Blythe in 27, Making New York Debut with MasterVoices
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. Get a sneak peek at the production in St. Louis below! (more...)

BWW Interview: Gordon plus Vavrek (plus Stein and Toklas) Equal '27'BWW Interview: Gordon plus Vavrek (plus Stein and Toklas) Equal '27'
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 18, 2016

Although '27'--the opera by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek about the lives of Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and their circle of friends--had its world premiere at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) in 2014, its upcoming performances at City Center in New York, on October 20-21, are a debut of a different color. As part of the 75th anniversary season of MasterVoices, formerly The Collegiate Chorale, 27 has had some interesting changes since the performances seen in St. Louis. (more...)

BWW Review: On the Road to ALGIERI with Rossini's L'ITALIANA at the MetBWW Review: On the Road to ALGIERI with Rossini's L'ITALIANA at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 11, 2016

When the Met's production of Rossini's L'ITALIANA IN ALGIERI made its debut in 1973, it must have seemed a welcome laugh riot. Think of it as a kind of Hope-Crosby “Road” picture from the '40s. Flip forward 43 years to last week, and the world has changed much--for better and worse--but “The Road to Algiers” keeps rolling along. Thank heavens for that. (more...)

BWW Review: 1776 THE MUSICAL - A Winning DeclarationBWW Review: 1776 THE MUSICAL - A Winning Declaration
by Lynn Beaver - Oct 10, 2016

Currently playing at The Georgetown Palace Theatre, 1776 THE MUSICAL, has a new concept on the popular, patriotic show that succeeds on every level. Director Clifford Butler has assembled a top notch cast with an added bonus. He chose to blind cast the roles in the musical, making fully half of the traditionally male roles, female. (more...)

BWW Review: The Agony and Ecstasy of the Met's New TRISTAN UND ISOLDEBWW Review: The Agony and Ecstasy of the Met's New TRISTAN UND ISOLDE
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 6, 2016

For the sheer magnitude of its singing, there hasn't been anything like the Met's ecstatic new production of TRISTAN UND ISOLDE--seen a week after it opened the season on September 26--in a very long time. (more...)

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