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Winners of the 2017 George London Awards Are AnnouncedWinners of the 2017 George London Awards Are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The winners of the 46th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place in a front of an audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.  (more...)

Finalists Announced for Friday's George London Awards Competition for SingersFinalists Announced for Friday's George London Awards Competition for Singers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Tomorrow afternoon, 18 young American and Canadian opera singers will perform with pianist Craig Rutenberg before a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at New York's Morgan Library & Museum, hoping to win a George London Award, an honor that has been conferred upon hundreds of the best young singers since 1971. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 SeasonKelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi's towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. Of note, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara is set to return to the Met in Così fan tutte this season. (more...)

Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, May 7Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, May 7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph, 'Once again, it was both a challenge and a pleasure for us to produce these shortlists, and I am very grateful to our distinguished jury. The quality of the nominations—received in record numbers this year—was very high, and I hope our lists prove that for all the difficulties faced by the world's opera companies, opera is in fact in a healthy and vibrant state.' (more...)

The International Opera Awards 2017 Finalists RevealedThe International Opera Awards 2017 Finalists Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards has just announced the finalists for this year's Awards. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2017/18 Season - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Leonard Bernstein Tribute and More!Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2017/18 Season - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Leonard Bernstein Tribute and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

 A season of superb music and spectacle is now on sale to Lyric subscribers - including three new mainstage opera productions, three new-to-Chicago opera productions, one new musical production, and one new-to-Chicago chamber opera production. (more...)

The International Opera Awards Announces FinalistsThe International Opera Awards Announces Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph, 'Once again, it was both a challenge and a pleasure for us to produce these shortlists, and I am very grateful to our distinguished jury. The quality of the nominations-received in record numbers this year-was very high, and I hope our lists prove that for all the difficulties faced by the world's opera companies, opera is in fact in a healthy and vibrant state.' (more...)

Dvorak's RUSALKA To Open At The Met Starring Kristine Opolais, TodayDvorak's RUSALKA To Open At The Met Starring Kristine Opolais, Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Kristine Opolais stars in her first Met performances of her breakthrough role, the title character in Dvo?ak's Rusalka, in a new staging, directed by Mary Zimmerman and conducted by Sir Mark Elder, opening at the Met February 2. (more...)

Chicago Voices Concert Announces Kurt Elling and Lupe FiascoChicago Voices Concert Announces Kurt Elling and Lupe Fiasco
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that world-renowned jazz vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, along with Grammy Award-winning rapper and record producer Lupe Fiasco, have joined the star-studded lineup of performers who will come together for the biggest night in Chicago music. (more...)

Kate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, 2/4Kate Flannery, Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett Join Chicago Voices Concert at Lyric Opera, 2/4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. Flannery, Howard, and Smollett will serve as special guest presenters, while The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir will perform in the celebratory event that pays tribute to the city's diverse vocal heritage. The one-night only concert takes place February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

Stars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES ConcertStars of THE OFFICE, EMPIRE Sign on for the Lyric's CHICAGO VOICES Concert
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

Lyric Opera announced today that Kate Flannery (NBC's The Office), Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett (both from FOX's Empire), and The Voices of Trinity Mass Choir are joining the Chicago Voices Concert line-up. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Opera Stars To Honor Hilary Clinton During Trump InaugurationSTAGE TUBE: Opera Stars To Honor Hilary Clinton During Trump Inauguration
by Stage Tube - Jan 19, 2017

The world's most celebrated artists come together to honor Hillary Clinton on January 20th, 2017. Glen Roven set two of Clinton's speeches to music, and singers like Patricia Racette, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee and Matthew Polenzani raise their voices to bring peace and healing to our country. (more...)


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Who Will Win a 2017 George London Award? The 46th Annual Competition Presents Public Finals 2/17Who Will Win a 2017 George London Award? The 46th Annual Competition Presents Public Finals 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

On Friday, February 17, 2017, 24 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will perform with pianist Craig Rutenberg before a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at The Morgan Library & Museum, hoping to win a George London Award, an honor that has been conferred upon hundreds of the best young singers since 1971. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy and More Perform Hillary Clinton Speeches in Concert Film on Inauguration DayChilina Kennedy and More Perform Hillary Clinton Speeches in Concert Film on Inauguration Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

A selection of the brightest stars of classical music and Broadway will participate in a filmed concert performance of two of Hillary Clinton's watershed speeches, both of which have been set to music by the composer and conductor Glen Roven. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents CHICAGO VOICES CONCERT And EXPERT PANELS & MASTER CLASSES, 2/2-4Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents CHICAGO VOICES CONCERT And EXPERT PANELS & MASTER CLASSES, 2/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Through Lyric's groundbreaking Chicago Voices initiative, the music of Chicago past and present will be in the spotlight in a star-studded weekend of vocal artistry! During the weekend of February 2 - 4, Lyric will present a series of Expert Panels and Master Classes in conjunction with the Chicago Voices Concert, a one-night only, multi-genre concert celebrating Chicago's diverse vocal music heritage with performances by iconic Chicago singers. (more...)

Grammy Award Winner Susan Graham to Perform With Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington National OperaGrammy Award Winner Susan Graham to Perform With Philadelphia Orchestra and Washington National Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

Fresh from a triumphant turn as Didon in Chicago Lyric's production of Berlioz's Les Troyens, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham takes the concert stage this winter, performing selections from Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. (more...)

The Met Opera in HD to Screen Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE at Ridgefield PlayhouseThe Met Opera in HD to Screen Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE at Ridgefield Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

The Ridgefield Playhouse and Craig's Fine Jewelry Live in HD Series brings The Met Opera's annual holiday presentation of Mozart's The Magic Flute to the big screen with two encore performances on Wednesday, December 28 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.  (more...)

Broadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES GalaBroadway Vets Jessie Mueller and Michelle Williams Sign on for Lyric Opera's CHICAGO VOICES Gala
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

Lyric Opera announced today that Tony Award-winning Broadway star Jessie Mueller and gospel and R&B sensation Michelle Williams will join the line-up of performers slated for the Chicago Voices Gala Concert, a special, one-night-only concert on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30pm at Lyric's Civic Opera House. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE MAGIC FLUTE, Opening Tomorrow at the Lyric OperaPhoto Flash: First Look at THE MAGIC FLUTE, Opening Tomorrow at the Lyric Opera
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a new production of The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote), Mozart's enchanting opera about the triumph of good over evil. The Magic Flute opens tomorrow, December 10, with eleven performances through January 27 at Lyric's Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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