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Opera Responds to Pulse Tragedy with ONE VOICE ORLANDO Benefit on 9/11Opera Responds to Pulse Tragedy with ONE VOICE ORLANDO Benefit on 9/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

For one night only, on Sunday September 11, 2016 at 8 p.m., One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song will be performed in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando, FL. (more...)

Pittsburgh Opera Announces Shows In 2016-2017Pittsburgh Opera Announces Shows In 2016-2017
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

 Pittsburgh Opera announces its 2016-2017 season. The season includes the very first world premiere in our 78 year history and two Pennsylvania premieres. The season will encompass four operas produced at the Benedum Center and two Resident Artist operas - the annual production at Pittsburgh CAPA Theater and the Second Stage Project at Pittsburgh Opera Headquarters. (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera InitiativeWashington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced full programming details for the fifth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. For the first time, all of the program's world premiere operas will be presented during an American Opera Initiative Festival weekend, January 13-15, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. (more...)

Opera Orlando Responds to the Pulse Nightclub TragedyOpera Orlando Responds to the Pulse Nightclub Tragedy
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

For one night only, on Sunday September 11, 2016 at 8 p.m., One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song will be performed in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando, FL. The benefit concert will feature some of opera's brightest national stars and musicians from throughout Florida. Internationally-renowned David Charles Abell will conduct and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes will be one of the evening's hosts. Tickets are $25-$125 and will be available beginning August 19 at www.operaorlando.org or by calling 844-513-2014.                  (more...)

Opera Orlando Brings Together Opera Stars to Help Orlando Victims in ONE VOICE ORLANDO Concert, 9/11Opera Orlando Brings Together Opera Stars to Help Orlando Victims in ONE VOICE ORLANDO Concert, 9/11
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

For one night only, on Sunday September 11, 2016 at 8 p.m., One Voice Orlando: A Celebration in Song will be performed in the Walt Disney Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando, FL. The benefit concert will feature some of opera's brightest national stars and musicians from throughout Florida. Internationally-renownedDavid Charles Abell will conduct and legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes will be one of the evening's hosts. Tickets are $25-$125 and will be available beginning August 19 at www.operaorlando.org or by calling 844-513-2014.   More info HERE.         (more...)

Composer Robert Paterson Celebrates World Premiere of THREE WAY, New Recordings and More in 2016-17Composer Robert Paterson Celebrates World Premiere of THREE WAY, New Recordings and More in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The 2016-17 season is an exceptional year for Robert Paterson, the New York-based composer whose music has been praised for its elegance, wit, rhythmic vitality, and wonderful sense of color that 'often seems to shimmer.' He will have the first evening-length, fully-staged opera production of his career: Three Way, a trio of comic operas with libretto by David Cote 'about craving and connection,' co-produced by Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects, will have its world premiere in Nashville and its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera 2016/2017 Season UpdateHouston Grand Opera 2016/2017 Season Update
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Houston Grand Opera will present four pinnacles of the operatic repertoire during the company's 2016-17 season, which also features the highly anticipated world premiere of It's a Wonderful Life by composer Jake Heggie with libretto by Gene Scheer, and much-loved comedies by Donizetti and Mozart. Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers will lead Gotterdammerung, the final installment of Wagner's epic Ring cycle, featuring a new generation of leading Wagnerians includingSimon O'Neill as Siegfried and Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde. HGO will bring back its popular production of Gounod's Faust, with the HGO debut of international star tenor Michael Fabiano in the title role partnered by Houston favorite Ana Maria Martinez as Marguerite, along with the role debut of prominent bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Mephistopheles. The company will celebrate the 30thanniversary of HGO's world premiere of John Adams's pivotal Nixon in China by presenting James Robinson's production, of which HGO is a co-producer, with HGO Studio alumnus Scott Hendricks as Richard Nixon and soprano Andriana Chuchman as his wife, Pat. Patrick Summers will conduct Verdi'sthrilling Requiem, which critics at the time termed "an opera in ecclesiastical robes," with soloists Angela Meade, soprano, in her HGO debut; Sasha Cooke, alto; Alexey Dolgov, tenor; and Peixin Chen, bass; and the HGO Orchestra and Chorus. HGO's 62nd season will open with a whimsical production of Donizetti's buoyant The Elixir of Love, featuring tenor Dimitri Pittas as Nemorino and HGO Studio alumna Nicole Heaston as Adina and led by the eminent English conductor Jane Glover, HGO's 2016-17 Lynn Wyatt Great Artist, in her first HGO appearance. Mozart's zany yet deeply emotive comedy TheAbduction from the Seraglio-featuring Russian coloratura soprano and HGO Studio alumna Albina Shagimuratova as Konstanze and leading American tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Belmonte in HGO's inventive 2002 co-production-will close the main-stage season.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Newly Appointed Director of HGOco Carleen Graham Talks Her Plans for the FutureBWW Interview: Newly Appointed Director of HGOco Carleen Graham Talks Her Plans for the Future
by Katricia Lang - Jul 15, 2016

On August 22, award-winning opera educator, administrator, researcher and stage director Carleen Graham assumes the position of Director of HGOco, the Houston Grand Opera's community outreach program. (more...)

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by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

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Central City Opera's 2016 Summer Festival to Feature Two One-Act PiecesCentral City Opera's 2016 Summer Festival to Feature Two One-Act Pieces
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Central City Opera complements its two mainstage productions this summer with two one-act operas-Mozart's The Impresario and John Musto's Later the Same Evening-performed in smaller venues in Central City and in creative spaces in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. Both of these shorter operas are performed by members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. (more...)

City Central Opera Announces Programming for 2016 Summer FestivalCity Central Opera Announces Programming for 2016 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

Mozart's The Impresario—  (July 27 & August 3 in Central City; July 28 in Boulder) John Musto's Later the Same Evening— (July 28 in Colorado Springs; July 30 at the Denver Art Museum; August 5 in Central City Denver, Colo. (July 7, 2016)—Central City Opera complements its two mainstage productions this summer with two one-act operas—Mozart's The Impresario and John Musto's Later the Same Evening—performed in smaller venues in Central City and in creative spaces in Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Denver. Both of these shorter operas are performed by members of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Artists Training Program. (more...)

Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19Fort Worth Opera Extends FRONTIERS Showcase Deadline to 7/19
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today that the submission deadline has been extended for its fifth annual Frontiers showcase. Applications will now be accepted through midnight, July 19, 2016. The company's innovative program will be held during the final week of the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival – April 15, 2017 – May 7, 2017 and coincides with the 2017 Opera America Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth. Launched during the company's 2012-2013 season, Frontiers remains one of the only programs world-wide that seeks out unproduced works by the finest up-and-coming composers and librettists from North, South, and Central America, and has been acclaimed for the opportunities it provides its winners. Composers and librettists whose works are selected as part of the Frontiers showcase gain valuable exposure for their works in a live performance environment while also taking part in unparalleled networking opportunities with industry professionals including artistic directors of other established opera companies, artist managers, classical music publishers, funding organizations, and conductors. (more...)

OPERA America Welcomes New Chairman & Members to Board of DirectorsOPERA America Welcomes New Chairman & Members to Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2016

 OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that Timothy O'Leary, general director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, has been elected the new chairman of OPERA America's board of directors. He has been involved with OPERA America since 2006, when he participated in Leadership Advance, one of the organization's professional development programs. He joined OPERA America's board in 2011. O'Leary was elected chairman at OPERA America's recent annual business meeting — held during Opera Conference 2016 in Montreal — where eight new members were also elected to the board and three current members were re-elected to three-year terms.  (more...)

New York Festival of Song Sets 2016-17 SeasonNew York Festival of Song Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF SONG (Steven Blier, Artistic Director; Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director) has announced its 2016-17 season, including Hot-off-the-press premieres by Adam Guettel, Gabriel Kahane, William Bolcom; A performance of Paul Bowles and James Schuyler's surrealistic and witty Picnic Cantata, a rare, mid-century modern gem;Sumptuous songs of Tchaikovsky and his circle, part of the New York Philharmonic's 'Beloved Friend-Tchaikovsky and his World' Festival; Dazzling comic turns by singer-actors Mary Testa, Lauren Worsham, Hal Cazalet; Two brilliant baritones just entering their prime, American balladeer John Brancy and Russian titan Alexey Lavrov; National Sawdust welcomes the moveable, modern salon NYFOS Next with performances curated by Christopher Cerrone, Gabriela Lena Frank, Kyle Jarrow, Lauren Worsham. (more...)

BREAKING THE WAVES Premiere to Launch Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 SeasonBREAKING THE WAVES Premiere to Launch Opera Philadelphia's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Opera Philadelphia looks forward to launching the 2016-17 season with the world premiere of a new company co-commission, Breaking the Waves (Sep 22-Oct 1). (more...)

Rene Orth Appointed Composer-in-Residence at Opera PhiladelphiaRene Orth Appointed Composer-in-Residence at Opera Philadelphia
by Marianka Swain - Jun 15, 2016

In collaboration with New York's Music-Theatre Group, Opera Philadelphia is proud to announce that Rene Orth has been selected as its sixth Composer-in-Residence. Orth, whose music is 'whimsical, spiky, sometimes show-bizy, always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic' (Musical America), was chosen for the three-season position from a national field of applicants, and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of her skills as an operatic composer. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Kevin Newbury, Contemporary Opera and the World of FELLOW TRAVELERSBWW Interview: Director Kevin Newbury, Contemporary Opera and the World of FELLOW TRAVELERS
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 15, 2016

Although Kevin Newbury has directed operas by some of history's greatest composers--Donizetti and Bellini, Strauss and Mozart among them—he makes no bones about it: He prefers his composers to be living. (Librettists, too, of course) (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Names New Composer in ResidenceOpera Philadelphia Names New Composer in Residence
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer Rene Orth, whose music “is whimsical, spikey, sometimes show-bizy, always dramatic, reflective, rarely predictable, and often electronic” (Musical America), has been selected as its sixth Composer in Residence (CIR). Orth was chosen from a national field of applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of her skills as an operatic composer. (more...)

Long Beach Opera Sets 2017 SeasonLong Beach Opera Sets 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek today announced Long Beach Opera's (LBO) 2017 season. “LBO's  38th season will offer four operas new to Southern California,” said Mitisek. “We'll bring stories that play against the tide of conventions and that are also quintessentially American.  And, we'll work alongside a broad range of collaborators to tell these stories.  As always, to paraphrase Robert Frost, we take the road less travelled, and that makes all the difference. (more...)

AOP Receives Over $100K for Creation of New Operas, Including GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and MoreAOP Receives Over $100K for Creation of New Operas, Including GULLIVER'S TRAVELS and More
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces it is the recipient of several recent grants to support the creation of new operas in partnership with various producing organizations. (more...)

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