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'IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS' to Explore Great African American Singers with the NY Phil, 10/14-15'IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS' to Explore Great African American Singers with the NY Phil, 10/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Eric Owens will begin his tenure as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence by curating, hosting, and performing in In Their Footsteps: Great African American Singers and Their Legacy, conducted by Thomas Wilkins in his Philharmonic debut. (more...)

Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival to Include U.S. Premiere of WITCHES OF VENICE and MoreOpera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival to Include U.S. Premiere of WITCHES OF VENICE and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2015

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced today the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28th through July 17, 2016. The season will feature three new productions, along with a diverse slate of recitals, concerts and master classes at multiple locations in Saratoga Springs, New York. Included in the lineup is Italian opera, WITCHES OF VENICE, which will make its U.S. premiere next summer as part of the festival. (more...)

The Auditorium Theatre to Present ON STAGE WITH... BRENDAN JAMES, 9/24The Auditorium Theatre to Present ON STAGE WITH... BRENDAN JAMES, 9/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University presents On Stage With…Branden James, an intimate cabaret performance by the "America's Got Talent" finalist. After gracing some of the world's most renowned stages, classically trained singer Branden James makes his return to Chicago this fall, Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. on the Auditorium Theatre's historic stage, 50 E. Congress Parkway. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Names Jordi Bernacer New Resident ConductorSan Francisco Opera Names Jordi Bernacer New Resident Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

San Francisco Opera Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced that Company Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi has stepped down in order to accept a growing demand of international conducting assignments that conflict with his position in San Francisco. The Italian-born Finzi made his debut at the War Memorial Opera House in 2009 and has conducted numerous operas over the past six seasons including Puccini's La Bohème last November, Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's Turandot, Verdi's Aida and La Traviata and family performances of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. (more...)

Atlanta Opera to Open Mainstage Season with LA BOHEMEAtlanta Opera to Open Mainstage Season with LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

The Atlanta Opera presents Puccini's classic, and possibly most famous opera, La bohème. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Open Season with DON GIOVANNI, Begin. 9/26Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Open Season with DON GIOVANNI, Begin. 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Lyric Opera of Kansas City opens its 58th season with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's haunting Don Giovanni September 26 and 30 and October 2 and 4 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English titles. (more...)

Lincoln Center Theater's SHOWS FOR DAYS, Starring Patti LuPone and Michael Urie Closes Off-Broadway TonightLincoln Center Theater's SHOWS FOR DAYS, Starring Patti LuPone and Michael Urie Closes Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents Patti LuPone, Dale Soules, Michael Urie, Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams, and Zoe Winters in Shows For Days, a new play by Douglas Carter Beane, directed by Jerry Zaks. The production opened, June 29 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street), and it closes tonight, August 23. (more...)

Audra McDonald and ABT to Join the LA Phil at The Hollywood Bowl Next MonthAudra McDonald and ABT to Join the LA Phil at The Hollywood Bowl Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Los Angeles is in for a treat next month! Tony and Grammy-winner Audra McDonald comes to the Hollywood Bowl to sing classics from Broadway and the American Songbook with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Bramwell Tovey, Tuesday and Thursday, September 1 and 3, at 8 pm. Audiences on both nights will be entertained by McDonald singing famous tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Mancini and Mercer, and others. The evenings also feature gifted American Ballet Theatre dancers on stage to bring Bernstein's Fancy Free to life performing Jerome Robbins' 1944 choreography. (more...)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Finalist Branden James Coming to Auditorium Theatre, 9/24AMERICA'S GOT TALENT Finalist Branden James Coming to Auditorium Theatre, 9/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University presents On Stage With…Branden James, an intimate cabaret performance by the "America's Got Talent" finalist. After gracing some of the world's most renowned stages, classically trained singer Branden James makes his return to Chicago this fall, Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. on the Auditorium Theatre's historic stage, 50 E. Congress Parkway. (more...)

51st Chicago International Film Festival to Honor Howard Shore51st Chicago International Film Festival to Honor Howard Shore
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

The 51st Chicago International Film Festival, presented by Cinema/Chicago, will honor acclaimed composer and orchestrator Howard Shore in recognition of his contributions to film and television with a tribute and award ceremony on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Howard Shore is one of the most versatile, talented, and respected composers and music conductors working today. He has collaborated with such prominent directors as Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Tim Burton, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, and David Cronenberg, among numerous others. Shore's work on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy was recognized with three Academy Awards, two Golden Globes and many other honors. (more...)

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra Enjoys Renaissance Under New LeadershipSanta Barbara Chamber Orchestra Enjoys Renaissance Under New Leadership
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Poised to embark on a new season of outstanding classical music events, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra is enjoying renewed momentum in the form of fiscal vigor, a freshly augmented professional staff, and the growing sense of an organization coming into its own. (more...)

Holsinger Appointed Outreach Program Manager for Santa Barbara Chamber OrchestraHolsinger Appointed Outreach Program Manager for Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Margaret Holsinger, an experienced administrative, customer service, and event planning professional, has been named executive assistant and outreach program manager for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Her appointment was effective August 3. (more...)

Leslie Velez Named Director of Development for Santa Barbara Chamber OrchestraLeslie Velez Named Director of Development for Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

Leslie Velez, an accomplished fundraising and retail sales professional, has been named director of development for the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Her appointment was effective August 3. (more...)

Wedow, Abell, Polianichko and Allen to Conduct Lyric Opera of Kansas City's 2015-16 SeasonWedow, Abell, Polianichko and Allen to Conduct Lyric Opera of Kansas City's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the four conductors for the 2015-2016 season in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Gary Thor Wedow (pictured, left, Mozart's Don Giovanni), and David Charles Abell (Bizet's Carmen) will be returning to the Lyric Opera. Alexander Polianichko (Dvorák's Rusalka) and Christopher Allen (Donizetti's The Elixir of Love) will be making their Lyric Opera debut. (more...)

Single Tickets for Opera Santa Barbara's New Season on Sale 8/15Single Tickets for Opera Santa Barbara's New Season on Sale 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Single-ticket sales for Opera Santa Barbara's 2015-16 season will begin on Saturday, August 15. Ranging from $29 to $204, tickets can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222. Opera Santa Barbara will open its 22nd season with Mozart's timeless drama Don Giovanni on November 6 and 8, followed by Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece The Elixir of Love on March 4 and 6, and a twin bill consisting of Puccini's compelling one-act operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi on April 22 and 24. Performances will take place at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This FallSan Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street receives its highly anticipated San Francisco Opera premiere in a production featuring a cast of notable operatic stars and performed with Sondheim's original score for the lyric stage. (more...)

Liz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This MonthLiz Callaway & Jason Graae to Play The RRazz Room This Month
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The RRazz Room New Hope, 6426 Lower York Road New Hope PA, presents Happily Ever Laughter featuring LIZ CALLAWAY and JASON GRAAE and Alex Rybeck, Musical Director, Saturday, August 15. (more...)

VIDEO: Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Sing LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY Theme SongVIDEO: Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Sing LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY Theme Song
by Sally Henry - Aug 2, 2015

Broadway husband and wife Will Swenson and Audra McDonald recently filmed themselves singing a seemingly random duet- the theme song from the hit '70s show LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY. Check out the fun a capella performance, made for Broadway Sleepout, below! (more...)

Opera Santa Barbara Welcomes New Artistic DirectorOpera Santa Barbara Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

Celebrated conductor Kostis Protopapas, whose engaging podium presence, incisive musicality, and administrative acumen have garnered praise from critics and industry professionals nationwide, has been named artistic director of Opera Santa Barbara. With the appointment, which caps a seven-month international search, Mr. Protopapas becomes just the fourth artistic director in the company's 21-year history. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Valerie Harper, Sally Struthers and More in Ogunquit's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET ITPhoto Flash: First Look at Valerie Harper, Sally Struthers and More in Ogunquit's NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you a first look at Ogunquit Playhouse's stage, screen and television Valerie Harper starring in the role of the wealthy and stylish 'Millicent Winter' in the delightful Nice Work If You Can Get It, on stage July 22, to August 15.  Check out the cast in action below! (more...)

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