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Premieres by Rachel Bonds, Jason Kim and The Bengsons Set for Ars Nova's 2017-18 LineupPremieres by Rachel Bonds, Jason Kim and The Bengsons Set for Ars Nova's 2017-18 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Ars Nova, under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Managing Director Renee Blinkwolt, has announced 18 months of boundary-pushing world premiere productions, all commissioned and developed by Ars Nova at their West 54th Street home. (more...)

Opera Colorado's STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME Features Holocaust Love StoryOpera Colorado's STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME Features Holocaust Love Story
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Opera Colorado has announced their 2017 - 2018 season, which continues to enrich and diversify the scope of its programming with their second world premiere in two years, while also staging enduring works from the classic repertoire. The three-production season will feature the world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me, a WWII romance based on a true story, with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort; Giacomo Puccini's beloved classic La Boheme; and Giuseppe Verdi's masterful comic opera Falstaff. In 2017 - 2018 Opera Colorado will also continue to explore performing in diverse venues throughout the community, staging Steal a Pencil for Me at the Elaine Wolf Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, MACC at the JCC. (more...)

Opera Colorado Announces 2017-18 SeasonOpera Colorado Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Opera Colorado has announced their 2017 - 2018 season, which continues to enrich and diversify the scope of its programming with their second world premiere in two years, while also staging enduring works from the classic repertoire. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Seattle Opera's AS ONE: A Transgender Story Told Through OperaSTAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Seattle Opera's AS ONE: A Transgender Story Told Through Opera
by Stage Tube - Nov 11, 2016

This fall, Seattleites can hear opera in a Central-District venue that once housed performances by Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. But the location isn't the only new thing about Seattle Opera's As One,which will be presented in the historic Washington Hall. As One, a chamber opera with only two singers, tells the story of Hannah, a transwoman, and her journey to self-understanding. The opera is meant to be both an experience, and a vehicle for meaningful conversation.  BroadwayWorld brings you a sneak peek below! (more...)

BWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIABWW Interview, Part II: Composer Kevin Puts, Soprano Renee Fleming and Developing LETTERS FROM GEORGIA
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 11, 2016

Since writing his first opera, SILENT NIGHT--the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner for Music--with librettist Mark Campbell, composer Kevin Puts he has done two other operas, also with Campbell. This time around, he has a different collaborator: famed American artist Georgia O'Keeffe, whose correspondence provides the text of his song cycle, LETTERS FROM GEORGIA, commissioned for opera superstar Renee Fleming by the Eastman School of Music. It makes its New York debut on November 14. (more...)

Christopher Cerrone to Host Show of New Song & Poetry at National Sawdust for NYFOS NextChristopher Cerrone to Host Show of New Song & Poetry at National Sawdust for NYFOS Next
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

NYFOS Next-the "invaluable contemporary-music series" from the 'indefatigable art-song devotees' (The New Yorker) at New York Festival of Song-continues Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. at National Sawdust with a showcase of new music and poetry explored by CHRISTOPHER CERRONE & FRIENDS.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes With Michigan Native Chad Johnson in Michigan Opera's SILENT NIGHTSTAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes With Michigan Native Chad Johnson in Michigan Opera's SILENT NIGHT
by Stage Tube - Nov 10, 2016

Michigan native Chad Johnson shares his experience performing in Michigan Opera Theatre's, 'Silent Night,' Nov. 12-20, 2016 at the Detroit Opera House. Check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in AtlantaBWW Review: War Is Hell but the Puts-Campbell SILENT NIGHT Is a Wonder in Atlanta
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 9, 2016

If “satire is what closes on Saturday night” (according to the great playwright and wit George S. Kaufman), then contemporary opera is usually not far behind. That is, unless it's Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's prize-winning SILENT NIGHT, which actually opened on Saturday night (this past weekend) at Atlanta's Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, in a moving new production by the company's General and Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun that doesn't go for the heart strings but gets there anyway. (more...)

BWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: DISNEY'S THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum Theatre
by Linda Hodges - Nov 7, 2016

Disney's The Lion King, in all its magic and majesty, roared into San Francisco's Orpheum Theater and will be here now through December 31. If you're one for keeping a bucket list of must-see things to do and see before you 'exit stage left,' then this show is surely one for the list. Directed and loved into being by Julie Taymor, who infuses her creation with rich multicultural beauty, soul-stirring African harmonies and life-sized almost living, breathing animal puppets, Lion King will capture your heart as it surrounds your senses with magic, wonder, awe and grace. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum TheatreBWW Review: THE LION KING at San Francisco Orpheum Theatre
by Linda Hodges - Nov 7, 2016

Disney's The Lion King, in all its magic and majesty, roared into San Francisco's Orpheum Theater and will be here now through December 31. If you're one for keeping a bucket list of must-see things to do and see before you 'exit stage left,' then this show is surely one for the list. Directed and loved into being by Julie Taymor, who infuses her creation with rich multicultural beauty, soul-stirring African harmonies and life-sized almost living, breathing animal puppets, Lion King will capture your heart as it surrounds your senses with magic, wonder, awe and grace. (more...)

NYFOS Next Moves to National Sawdust, Opens with Gabriela Lena FrankNYFOS Next Moves to National Sawdust, Opens with Gabriela Lena Frank
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

A new season of NYFOS Next opens Today, November 2 at 7:00 p.m. at National Sawdust with GABRIELA LENA FRANK. Frank curates and hosts an hour-long evening of her vocal works and those of her friends and colleagues Avner Dorman and Derek Bermel. (more...)

BlumShapiro Places in the Top Two of Five Categories in Connecticut...BlumShapiro Places in the Top Two of Five Categories in Connecticut...
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

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Lauren Worsham, Mary Testa and More Open NYFOS Season with RODGERS, RODGERS & GUETTEL TonightLauren Worsham, Mary Testa and More Open NYFOS Season with RODGERS, RODGERS & GUETTEL Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

New York Festival of Song opens its 2016-17 Mainstage season at Merkin Concert Hall with two evenings devoted to the Rodgers family-Richard, Mary, and Adam Guettel (with rare unpublished songs by both Guettel and his mother Mary). (more...)

BWW Interview: Composer Kevin Puts, the Pulitzer Prize and Atlanta Opera's SILENT NIGHTBWW Interview: Composer Kevin Puts, the Pulitzer Prize and Atlanta Opera's SILENT NIGHT
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 31, 2016

"Art isn't easy," Stephen Sondheim wrote famously in SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Some artists, however, make it look simpler than others--like composer Kevin Puts, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for SILENT NIGHT, with Mark Campbell's libretto, for his first try at the notoriously difficult art form. (The Southeast premiere is opening at Atlanta Opera on November 5.) Easy? Well, looks can be deceiving. (more...)

BWW Interview: Seattle's AS ONE Tells Transgender Story Through OperaBWW Interview: Seattle's AS ONE Tells Transgender Story Through Opera
by Erica Miner - Oct 27, 2016

West coast premiere of a thoroughly contemporary work in a historical venue that recently has been con temporized (more...)

Pulitzer-Winning Librettist to Speak at Sarasota Opera This MonthPulitzer-Winning Librettist to Speak at Sarasota Opera This Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Sarasota Opera and the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood, FL will collaborate once again on a series of talks to be held at the Sarasota Opera House. (more...)

PREMIERES' INNER VOICES 2016 Will Be Filmed for NYPL for the Performing Arts ArchivePREMIERES' INNER VOICES 2016 Will Be Filmed for NYPL for the Performing Arts Archive
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

PREMIERES, the New York-based music theater organization whose mission is 'to bring new music theater to light,' is sharing the success of this season's Inner Voices, the biannual series of solo works featuring new teams of playwrights and composers, now playing through October 29th at The TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street - between 8th & 9th Avenues). Recently announced as a Critic's Pick by The New York Times, this year's program will be filmed by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on Film and Tape Archive on Monday, October 24th. (more...)

MasterVoices to Present New York Premiere of 27 at New York City CenterMasterVoices to Present New York Premiere of 27 at New York City Center
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. (more...)

Mike Albo Returns to Dixon Place This OctoberMike Albo Returns to Dixon Place This October
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Dixon Place's (Ellie Covan, Founding & Artistic Director) recent commission SPERMHOOD returns by popular demand and begins performances Tuesday, October 11th 7:30 pm. Based on his Amazon Kindle bestseller, Spermhood: Diary of a Donor, writer and performer Mike Albo,  comes back to Dixon Place with his hilarious account of the year he spent donating sperm for his friends. (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...)

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