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OPERA America Awards Building Opera Audiences GrantsOPERA America Awards Building Opera Audiences Grants
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

OPERA America, the national nonprofit service organization for opera, is pleased to announce it has awarded $300,000 in grants to nine opera companies through the third year of its Building Opera Audiences program, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation. This grant program seeks to support the efforts of North American opera companies to build informed, enthusiastic audiences for opera through innovative marketing projects. Fifty-four applications totaling over $2 million in requests were submitted, demonstrating the intense level of audience development activity across North America. (more...)

DCINY to Present Verdi's REQUIEM With 400 Voices at Carnegie Hall, 5/24DCINY to Present Verdi's REQUIEM With 400 Voices at Carnegie Hall, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem, a monumental work for chorus, soloists and orchestra, replete with intense drama and gloriously beautiful melodies. The composer's only large-scale work not written for the stage, the Requiem stands in stature and artistry alongside Verdi's great operatic masterpieces. (more...)

2015 Lotte Lenya Competition Winners Announced!2015 Lotte Lenya Competition Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

In a record-breaking year for the number of prizes and total cash awarded, Lauren Michelle, of Los Angeles, won the $15,000 First Prize in the finals of the 2015 Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and held on April 18, 2015, in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Robin Bailey, of London, U.K., and Jordan Davidson, of Philadelphia, N.Y., both won Second Prizes of $10,000, and two Third Prizes of $7,500 each were awarded to Adam Fieldson, of Lincoln, Neb., and Michael Maliakel, of New York. (more...)

Patti LuPone to be Honored at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's GalaPatti LuPone to be Honored at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation's Gala
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Patti LuPone will receive the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award at The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation's 'Gala in the Great Hall' on Tuesday, May 19th at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. (more...)

Chicago Philharmonic Releases Schedule of Upcoming 2015-16 SeasonChicago Philharmonic Releases Schedule of Upcoming 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2015

Chicago, IL – (April 16, 2015) The Chicago Philharmonic announces its 2015-16 season, Chasing the Sun: Transitions and Transformations. The season explores works written by composers at moments of significant change in their lives or careers. Scott Speck leads the orchestra in his third season as artistic director. “With a beloved masterwork, a virtuoso soloist, and a 21st century composer represented on every concert, the Chicago Philharmonic continues its adventures in direct, urgent, truly relevant music-making,” said Speck. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE to Return This May at Outdoor StagesHouston Grand Opera's THE MAGIC FLUTE to Return This May at Outdoor Stages
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2015

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m. and at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, at 8 p.m. The Magic Flute matches a comic yet wise fairy tale with some of the most stunningly beautiful music ever written. HGO's performances on the outdoor stages offer free admission and access for new audiences to experience the acclaimed production, which the company presented to full houses earlier this season. (more...)

Eli Tokash to Join Collegiate Chorale for US Premiere of THE ROAD TO PROMISEEli Tokash to Join Collegiate Chorale for US Premiere of THE ROAD TO PROMISE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale announces that Eli Tokash will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at www.carnegiehall.org, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh. For more information, visit http://collegiatechorale.org/performances/the-road-of-promise. (more...)

Patti LuPone Tactfully Silences Rowdy Audience Member at 54 Below PerformancePatti LuPone Tactfully Silences Rowdy Audience Member at 54 Below Performance
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Broadway legend Patti LuPone was not afraid to call out a rude audience member during her recent performance at New York's 54 Below. (more...)

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA AND PAGLIACCIE Opens at the Met, 4/14CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA AND PAGLIACCIE Opens at the Met, 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

The Met's first new production in 45 years of the enduringly popular verismo double bill, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, will open April 14. (more...)

Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams & Zoe Winters Will Join Patti LuPone & Michael Urie in LCT's SHOWS FOR DAYSJordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams & Zoe Winters Will Join Patti LuPone & Michael Urie in LCT's SHOWS FOR DAYS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams, and Zoe Winters will join Patti LuPone, Dale Soules, and Michael Urie in its upcoming production of SHOWS FOR DAYS, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, to be directed by Jerry Zaks. The production will begin performances Saturday evening, June 6 and open on Monday, June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents the DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION, 4/18-19The Dallas Opera Presents the DALLAS OPERA GUILD VOCAL COMPETITION, 4/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Nineteen of the best young opera singers in the country will be competing in The Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition presented by The Dallas Opera and The Dallas Opera Guild. The talented performers are competing for thousands of dollars in prize money and prestigious honors including the “People's Choice” award selected by audience ballot. (more...)

New York Philharmonic Set for Residencies in Shanghai, Santa Barbara This SummerNew York Philharmonic Set for Residencies in Shanghai, Santa Barbara This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2015

In the summer of 2015 the New York Philharmonic will undertake its first performance residencies in Shanghai, as part of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership, and at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. (more...)

The Pacific Symphony Presents AN AMERICAN MUSICAL JOURNEY, a Free Concert in Fullerton, 4/26The Pacific Symphony Presents AN AMERICAN MUSICAL JOURNEY, a Free Concert in Fullerton, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2015

A brass quintet from Pacific Symphony is heading to Fullerton to perform a free concert titled “An American Musical Journey” in celebration of Music Director Carl St.Clair's 25th anniversary season. Presented in partnership with the North Orange County Community Concerts, the afternoon of music takes place on Sunday, April 26, at 4 p.m. at Fullerton First United Methodist Church (114 N. Pomona Ave. at Commonwealth). “An American Musical Journey” includes favorites by Gershwin, Bernstein and other American music icons. The brass quintet is led by Principal Trombonist Michael Hoffman and includes Symphony musicians Russell Dicey on horn, Tony Ellis and David Wailes on trumpet, and Fred Greene on tuba. For this concert, admission is free with no reserved seating. The church is providing free child care during the concert, and the audience is invited to stay for a reception and chance to meet the performers. For more information and directions visit www.northocconcerts.org. (more...)

Tale As Old As Time- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Company Takes Shape; Meet the Cast!Tale As Old As Time- BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie Company Takes Shape; Meet the Cast!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2015

There is still some casting that is yet to be announced, but much of the cast has now signed on to take part in the much-anticipated film. Below, get to know the company and the roles that they will be playing! (more...)

Ron Rifkin Joins The Collegiate Chorale's THE ROAD OF PROMISE This MayRon Rifkin Joins The Collegiate Chorale's THE ROAD OF PROMISE This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

The Collegiate Chorale announces that Ron Rifkin will join the cast of the US Premiere of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise on May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. (more...)

Breaking News: Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!Breaking News: Audra McDonald in Talks to Join Live-Action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Movie!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

This just in! According to the Hollywood Reporter, Audra McDonald is in final talks to join the cast of Disney's upcoming remake of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. The six-time Tony winner will take on the role of 'Garderobe,' the wardrobe. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Conduct JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE, Starring Marion Cotillard, 6/10-13Alan Gilbert to Conduct JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE, Starring Marion Cotillard, 6/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The New York Philharmonic will present the U.S. Premiere of director Co?me de Bellescize's staging of Honegger's dramatic oratorio Joan of Arc at the Stake in season-finale performances conducted by Alan Gilbert and starring Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard as Joan of Arc. (more...)

The Mannes Orchestra to Join Forces with New York Choral Society for Performance, 4/8The Mannes Orchestra to Join Forces with New York Choral Society for Performance, 4/8
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

?The Mannes Orchestra, the student orchestral ensemble of Mannes College at The New School, and the New York Choral Society will join forces to perform John Adams' On The Transmigration of Souls and Paul Hindemith's When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, April 8 at Carnegie Hall. David Hayes, who leads both groups, will conduct the performance of these two masterpieces, both of which are inspired by profound historic events and celebrate the strength and resilience of the American spirit. On The Transmigration of Souls will feature the critically acclaimed Young People's Chorus of New York City. When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd will showcase the soloists Abigail Fischer (mezzo-soprano) and Lee Poulis (baritone). (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Open Season with All-Star CANDIDE, 6/11Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Open Season with All-Star CANDIDE, 6/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2015

Baltimore, Md. (March 23, 2015) — For the conclusion of the 2014-2015 season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and Music Director Marin Alsop lead the BSO premiere of Leonard Bernstein's comedic operetta Candide on June 11 at the Music Center at Strathmore, and June 12 through June 14 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The BSO announced today that the semi-staged production of Candide will be directed by Garnett Bruce and features an all-star cast including Peter Sagal, the host of NPR's weekly current events quiz show “Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me,” and Judy Kaye, Tony Award-winning star of The Phantom of the Opera. Rounding out the cast are Keith Jameson, Lauren Snouffer, Joshua Hopkins, Mark Diamond, Marie Lenormand, Stephanie Sadownik, Curtis Bannister, Patrick Cook, Andrew McLaughlin, Melissa Wimbish and Lewis Shaw. (more...)

Review Roundup: Los Angeles Opera's MARRIAGE OF FIGAROReview Roundup: Los Angeles Opera's MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by Review Roundups - Mar 24, 2015

The Los Angeles Opera opened THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. From the breathless opening notes of the overture to the touching final curtain, Mozart's comic masterpiece under the baton of James Conlon brilliantly bucks the conventions of his time to deliver an ageless message of love and forgiveness. (more...)

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