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MasterVoices to Open 75th Season with New York Premiere of 27 This FallMasterVoices to Open 75th Season with New York Premiere of 27 This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale)will open its 75th anniversary season with Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, with libretto by Royce Vavrek, starring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober,Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik, conducted by Ted Sperling, and directed by James Robinson, with Orchestra of St. Luke's on October 20 and 21, 2016at New York City Center. (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on BroadwaySimply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

Pittance Chamber Music to Perform Showcase Concert, 6/22Pittance Chamber Music to Perform Showcase Concert, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Pittance Chamber Music presents distinguished artists from the ranks of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Chorus in a program including works by Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Franck, Piazzola and Gernot Wolfgang at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music on June 22 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Mozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the MetMozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which has not been seen on the Met stage in almost a decade, opens April 22 led by James Levine, who recently announced that he would assume the new title of Music Director Emeritus at the conclusion of the Met's current season. (more...)

SBCO to Welcome Italian Pianist Alessio Bax for Season Finale, 5/17SBCO to Welcome Italian Pianist Alessio Bax for Season Finale, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Dazzling Italian pianist Alessio Bax, who has headlined a succession of memorable concerts with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra in recent years, will rejoin the ensemble for a season-ending performance of Beethoven's monumental “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 at the Lobero Theatre on Tuesday, May 17. Also featuring Mendelssohn's satisfying “Reformation” Symphony No. 5, the concert will begin at 7:30 pm, following the orchestra's final “Supper Club” dinner of the season. Ticket sales are underway. (more...)

Jim Schubin and Brian Vu Win Top Prizes in 2016 Lotte Lenya CompetitionJim Schubin and Brian Vu Win Top Prizes in 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Jim Schubin of Plainsboro, NJ, and Brian Vu of Los Angeles, both earned top prizes in the 2016 Lotte Lenya Competition, sponsored by the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music and held on April 16, 2016 in Kilbourn Hall of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. (more...)

John Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman TheatreJohn Dossett & Douglas Sills to Join Patti LuPone & Christine Ebersole in Now-Extended WAR PAINT at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

Goodman Theatre has announced Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally.   (more...)

Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker AwardSoprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe,Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who's who of American opera. (more...)

Albanian Lyric Tenor Saimir Pirgu to Make NYC Debut at Merkin Concert HallAlbanian Lyric Tenor Saimir Pirgu to Make NYC Debut at Merkin Concert Hall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Albanian lyric tenor Saimir Pirgu will make his New York City Merkin Concert Hall recital debut on Saturday, April 9 at 8pm. Performing selections from his recently released album, 'Il Mio Canto,' (Opus Arte), Pirgu will be accompanied by pianist Lucy Arner. (more...)

Tickets Now Available for UK Premiere of DREAMGIRLS, Nov. 19Tickets Now Available for UK Premiere of DREAMGIRLS, Nov. 19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Sonia Friedman Productions announces today that tickets for the long awaited UK premiere of Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls go on sale this week. The brand new production begins preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November with Opening Night on Wednesday 14 December 2016. (more...)

Opera Santa Barbara to Present Puccini's SUOR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHIOpera Santa Barbara to Present Puccini's SUOR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHI
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Opera Santa Barbara's 22nd season will conclude in grand style with a pair of Giacomo Puccini's great one-act operas, the heart-warming Suor Angelica and the comic farce Gianni Schicchi, at the historic Granada Theatre on April 22 and 24. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 22, and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, April 24. Ranging in price from $29 to $204, tickets can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.  (more...)

The New York Choral Society to Present Handel's ISRAEL IN EGYPTThe New York Choral Society to Present Handel's ISRAEL IN EGYPT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

The New York Choral Society will present Handel's biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt under the baton of Music Director David Hayes, on Tuesday evening, May 10th, 2016, 8pm at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. Composed entirely from selected passages from the Bible's Old Testament, Israel in Egypt relates the harshness of the Israelites' captivity in Egypt and their subsequent triumphant escape from the Pharaoh's oppressive regime. Israel in Egypt is atypical in Handel's choral output, as it contains little solo material and is dominated by large-scale virtuosic choruses that exhibit Handel's mastery as a musical storyteller. (more...)

BWW Review: Memorable MOMENTS from Aucoin, Gluck and Costanzo at National SawdustBWW Review: Memorable MOMENTS from Aucoin, Gluck and Costanzo at National Sawdust
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 28, 2016

In THE ORPHIC MOMENT, a “dramatic cantata,” composer-librettist-conductor-poet (phew!) Matthew Aucoin takes an 18th century masterwork, Gluck's ORFEO ED EURYDICE—one of numerous operas based on the Orpheus legend--and knocks it on its ear. (more...)

Nashville Opera Sets 100th ProductionNashville Opera Sets 100th Production
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2016

Nashville Opera presents Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center's Andrew Jackson Hall located at 505 Deaderick Street in Downtown Nashville: Thursday, April 7th at 7 PM and Saturday, April 9th at 8 PM. John Hoomes, Nashville Opera's Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director, directs the production with Maestro Dean Williamson conducting the Nashville Opera Orchestra. Amy Tate Williams, accompanist and chorusmaster, leads the 24-member Nashville Opera Ensemble. John Hoomes will present the popular Opera Insights discussion one-hour prior to curtain on the Orchestra Level and admission is free to all ticket holders. (more...)

'Don't Monkey' with Patti LuPone's New Show at Symphony Space This Spring'Don't Monkey' with Patti LuPone's New Show at Symphony Space This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

Patti LuPone is bringing her no-nonsense Broadway swagger to the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre this spring in a new show titled, DON'T MONKEY WITH BROADWAY, as part of Symphony Space's 'Project B-Way/95' series. (more...)

BWW Review: Musco Center for the Arts Celebrates with a Spectacular Grand OpeningBWW Review: Musco Center for the Arts Celebrates with a Spectacular Grand Opening
by Ellen Dostal - Mar 21, 2016

It was indeed an auspicious occasion at Chapman University on Saturday night where over a thousand guests gathered for the much-anticipated official opening of the Marybelle and Sebastian P. Musco Center for the Arts. The black tie event featured a concert performance by luminaries of the opera world, including Placido Domingo, Deborah Voigt, and Milena Kitic, joined by a number of Chapman alumni, the Chapman University Singers, and Alumni Choir.  (more...)

Placido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRAPlacido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Beginning April 1, Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, with Plácido Domingo starring in the title role. (more...)

Opera San Jose to Present Previn's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIREOpera San Jose to Present Previn's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Faithfully following Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, André Previn's opera tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a fading though still attractive Southern belle whose poise is a persona she presents to shield others, but most of all herself, from her delusions of grandeur. Moving into her sister's cramped apartment, and creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude and cruel brother-in-law, the dark truths about Blanche's past begin to emerge, and her world comes apart at the seams in a downward spiral. (more...)

Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra to Welcome Alan Chapman for Music & DialogueSanta Barbara Chamber Orchestra to Welcome Alan Chapman for Music & Dialogue
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Popular radio host Alan Chapman will join several members of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra for an intimate evening of chamber music and related discussion at the University Club of Santa Barbara on Tuesday, April 5. Featuring a performance of Felix Mendelssohn's brilliant String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87, the program will begin at 7:30 pm. Wine and dessert will be served. Tickets cost $100. (more...)

Aleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMOREAleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore returns to the Met stage on March 10 starring Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the two young lovers, Adina and Nemorino. Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola makes his company debut leading performances of Bartlett Sher's 2012 staging. Alessandro Corbelli sings the role of Dulcamara, the loveable con man who sells the “magic elixir” of love, along with Adam Plachetka as the sergeant Belcore, who attempts to court Adina. Mario Chang and Pietro Spagnoli sing the last two performances on April 2 and 7 as Nemorino and Dulcamara respectively. (more...)

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