Mark McCullough News

The Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's 2014–15 season, the company's 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell—the company's 55th new commission —from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow; the continuation of HGO's first Ring cycle, with the American premiere of La Fura dels Baus's groundbreaking take on Die Walküre; the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner's The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley's Sweeney Todd; a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring mezzo-soprano (and HGO Studio alumna) Joyce DiDonato; and a host of career-shaping role debuts that speak to Patrick Summers's gift for casting. Together with the company's first presentation of John Cox'sOtello, and the returns of Göran Järvefelt's beloved Così fan tutte and Michael Grandage's hit staging of Madame Butterfly, these rich offerings serve once again to illustrate some of the ways that HGO—still the only opera company with two Grammys, two Emmys, and a Tony—epitomizes “one model of what a forward-looking opera company could be” (Greg Sandow, Arts Journal). (more...)

The Dallas Opera Appoints Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the appointment of Brian Zeger as Chair of the Judges Panel for the 2015 Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition. This season's competition will take place on Saturday, April 18, 2015 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 in the elegant setting of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. (more...)

The Dallas Opera in Partnership with Klyde Warren Park Presents THE 2014 OPENING NIGHT SIMULCAST IN THE PARK, 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Now anyone and everyone can join in the thrill of opening night at the opera! The Dallas Opera and the Sheila and Jody Grant Opera Discovery Program, with support from the AT&T Performing Arts Center, present an evening of FREE entertainment at Dallas's popular Klyde Warren Park, the second annual “Dallas Opera Opening Night Simulcast in the Park” featuring Mozart's class-conscious romantic comedy, The Marriage of Figaro. (more...)

The LA Opera Presents FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, 11/22-12/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

General Director Plácido Domingo has announced final details for LA Opera's first revival of Florencia en el Amazonas, an enchanting and romantic opera by composer Daniel Catán. Co-commissioned by LA Opera in 1995, the opera returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for six performances from November 22 through December 20, 2014. In the exquisitely beautiful opera, inspired by the fiction of Gabriel García Márquez, a steamboat passage along the fabled Amazon becomes a poignant voyage of discovery for all seven travelers on board. (more...)

The Washington National Opera Presents FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON, 9/20-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) opens its 2014-2015 season with the company premiere of Daniel Cata?n and Marcela Fuentes-Berain's Florencia in the Amazon, September 20-28 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. This modern romantic drama, the first Spanish-language work WNO has presented in a decade, is inspired by the magical realism of Colombian author Gabriel Garci?a Ma?rquez. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello revisits her world premiere production with members of her original creative team to present a fresh take on this contemporary classic. Conductor Carolyn Kuan leads the WNO Orchestra in her WNO debut. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Season Kicks Off With FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON, 10/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

It's the place to see and be seen this fall – FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON! The Dallas Opera 2014-15 “Heights of Passion” Season opens with a stunning fashion show featuring styles by world-class Italian designer Roberto Cavalli, as well as, six custom-made gowns created by internationally renowned designers inspired by each of the operas presented this season. The lavish event, co-chaired by Lynn McBee and Nicholas Even, also includes a delectable gourmet luncheon. Elizabeth Kimple is the Chair of the luncheon. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Closes Its 2013-2014 Season with THE PASSENGER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera capped a financially and artistically successful 2013–14 season by presenting Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger —the Polish-Jewish composer's long-suppressed Holocaust opera—to wide acclaim at New York's Park Avenue Armory as part of the Lincoln Center Festival, July 10–13. Earlier this year, HGO gave the American premiere of the work in Houston with the same cast. There was special praise for the production and performances, conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers. New York magazine described David Pountney's staging as “a multi-story set so vivid you can practically smell the machine oil and coal smoke,” while the Financial Times said: “The production, imported from Houston, is imposing in every way.” The New York Times called the cast “flawless,” adding: “The conductor, Patrick Summers, drew a surging, textured, richly detailed performance of this challenging score (lasting three hours) from the inspired musicians of the Houston Grand Opera.” WQXR's Operavore summed up the import of the performances: “The Passenger shows how a Holocaust opera can hold the stage while examining important, complex issues—and could certainly point the way for future composers to deal with such important but delicate subject matter.” (more...)

THE MAGIC FLUTE, MACBETH, CATO IN UTICA and CANDIDE Set for the 2015 Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 07, 2014

The Glimmerglass Festival has announced its 2015 Festival, which will celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. The 2015 Festival will feature Mozart's The Magic Flute, Verdi's Macbeth, Vivaldi's Cato in Utica and Bernstein's Candide. The productions will run in repertory in the Alice Busch Opera Theater on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown July 10 through August 23. These mainstage offerings will be complemented by lectures, concerts and other special events. (more...)

Harriet Harris, Bill Irwin, Kirsten Wyatt & John Bolton to Star in San Francisco Opera's SHOW BOAT; Performances Begin 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat opens San Francisco Opera's Summer Season on June 1 with nine subsequent performances through July 2, 2014. A watershed of American musical theater, Show Boat receives its Company premiere in director Francesca Zambello's new grand-scale "beautifully sung, smartly staged and handsomely designed (Chicago Tribune)" production. A beloved story of life on the Mississippi in the 1880s, Show Boat is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of America's bitter legacy of racism. The score is filled with unforgettable songs such as "Ol' Man River" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man," and the dazzling production features large, colorful sets, sumptuous costumes and exhilarating dance numbers. Of recent performances at Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Chronicle wrote "[This is] a towering work. . . there's a magnificence in its music, its narrative sweep, its deep awareness of something bigger than ourselves." (more...)

Catherine Foster, Nina Stemme, Daniel Brenna and More Set in WNO's THE RING Directed by Francesca Zambello
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced principal casting and performance dates for its first complete presentation of Richard Wagner's four-part Ring cycle. Three full cycles will be presented from April 30 to May 22, 2016 and will be directed by Artistic Director Francesca Zambello and conducted by WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin. (more...)

Frank Wildhorn's EXCALIBUR Concept Album Hits No. 1 on iTunes, Amazon
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Frank Wildhorn's Excalibur (book: Ivan Menchell; lyrics: Robin Lerner; German translation: Nina Schneider) opened to rave reviews in St. Gallen Switzerland on March 15. Today, April 3, was the release of the cast album, which hit no. 1 on both Amazon and iTunes. (more...)

MTC's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR Enters Final Week of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's critically acclaimed world premiere of John Patrick Shanley's OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, starts the final week of its sold out run Tuesday, March 11 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). (more...)

Dallas Opera's DIE TOTE STADT Opens 3/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

The Dallas Opera is proud to present the third production of the company's 2013-2014 “By Love Transformed” Season, Erich Wolfgang Korngold's late-Viennese style masterpiece, DIE TOTE STADT (“The Dead City”) which received an unprecedented two-city world premiere in 1920. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Frank Wildhorn's ARTUS-EXCALIBUR Press Preview in Switzerland!
by Stage Tube - Mar 01, 2014

The Theater St. Gallen presents the world premiere of the musical ARTUS - Excalibur on 15 March 2014. Watch footage from the recent press preview below! (more...)

DER BESUCH DER ALTEN DAME - DAS MUSICAL jetzt im Wiener Raimund Theater
by Marcel Konrath - Feb 20, 2014

DER BESUCH DER ALTEN DAME - DAS MUSICAL, basierend auf dem Theaterstueck von Friedrich Duerrenmatt, wird von den Vereinigten Buehnen Wien zum ersten Mal als grosse Theaterfassung aufgefuehrt. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

Debra Messing, star of Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere Outside Mullingar, the new play by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Doug Hughes, will appear on 'The Today Show' as a live guest today, February 18 at 10:00AM. Locally, the program can be found on NBC (Time Warner Cable channel 4.) (more...)

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR'S Debra Messing to Appear on THE TODAY SHOW, 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Debra Messing, star of Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere Outside Mullingar, the new play by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Doug Hughes, will appear on 'The Today Show' as a live guest on Tuesday, February 18 at 10:00AM. Locally, the program can be found on NBC (Time Warner Cable channel 4.) (more...)

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR's Brian F. O'Byrne and Debra Messing Set for 'The Leonard Lopate Show', 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR cast members Brian F. O'Byrne and Debra Messing will be featured on WNYC's 'The Leonard Lopate Show' tomorrow at 12:40 PM EST. WNYC broadcasts locally on 93.9 FM, 820 AM, or online at (more...)

REBECCA Rights Extended Through December; Producers Eying Winter 2014 Start
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2014

Lead producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza, announced today that REBECCA, the musical based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier, has officially extended its rights through December 31, 2014 and is eyeing a Winter 2014 start. They are now joined by Co Producers Steven Colson, Peter Bezemes and Barbara Sellinger, along with the previously announced co-producers, who all remained committed to the project. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

Debra Messing, star of Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere OUTSIDE MULLINGAR, the new play by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Doug Hughes, will appear on "Live With Kelly and Michael" as a live guest on Tuesday, January 14 at 9:00AM. Locally, the program can be found on ABC (Time Warner Cable channel 7.) (more...)

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