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Classical Action to Continue 12th Annual Michael Palm Series with Quartet, 2/27Classical Action to Continue 12th Annual Michael Palm Series with Quartet, 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS continues the 2015-16 Michael Palm Series of house concerts in New York City on Saturday, February 27, 2016, with a performance featuring a stellar quartet of vocalists: bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, soprano Anita Hartig, baritone Mariusz Kwiecien, and tenor Matthew Polenzani. Held at the magnificent Tribeca loft of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon, the event begins at 6:30pm with wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by the concert at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased online at classicalaction.org or by calling 212-997-7717. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 1/10/2016 - 1/17/2016Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 1/10/2016 - 1/17/2016
by BWW - Jan 17, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 1/10/2016 - 1/17/2016. (more...)

BWW Review: PERLES of Wonder from Damrau and Polenzani at the MetBWW Review: PERLES of Wonder from Damrau and Polenzani at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 13, 2016

One more BOHEME? Yet another TOSCA? How about BARBIERE redux? Sometimes the standard repertoire of opera companies seems too standard. That's why it was good to hear that the Met was mounting Bizet's LES PECHEURS DE PERLES for the first time in a century, as a showcase for one of its top divas, Diana Damrau with tenor Matthew Polenzani, one of the company's secret treasures. (more...)

Met Live's THE PEARL FISHERS to be Screened at Peterborough PlayersMet Live's THE PEARL FISHERS to be Screened at Peterborough Players
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2016

The runaway sleeper hit of this year's Metropolitan Opera season comes to Peterborough, New Hampshire this Saturday, January 16th at 1:00pm. The Met Live's production of Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles ("The Pearl Fishers") will be shown LIVE from New York on the Players' big hi-def digital screen. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2016

The Met's acclaimed new production of Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been staged by the company in a century, will be transmitted on Live in HD for the first time on Saturday, January 16 at 12:55pm ET. Conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and directed by Penny Woolcock, Bizet's sweeping romance tells the story of a beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Diana Damrau leads the cast as the priestess Leïla, opposite Matthew Polenzanias Nadir, Mariusz Kwiecien as Zurga, and Nicolas Testé as the high priest Nourabad. Highlights of the score include 'Au fond du temple saint,' perhaps the best-known duet for two male voices in the operatic repertory. (more...)

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

A new production of Bizet's LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been seen at the Met in nearly a century, opens in a new production this New Year's Eve. (more...)

The Dallas Opera to Present Frederica von Stade in Concert, 1/31The Dallas Opera to Present Frederica von Stade in Concert, 1/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

 DALLAS, TX, December 8, 2015 – The Dallas Opera will present opera legend Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano, for another magnificent performance in The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series. The one-time-only recital will be presented Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at City Performance Hall (a 749-seat venue located at 2520 Flora Street in the Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201). Also featured at the exclusive event will be Jake Heggie, composer (Great Scott, Moby-Dick) and accomplished pianist, who has had a long-standing artistic collaboration with Miss von Stade. (more...)

Frederica Von Stade & Jake Heggie Set for Dallas Opera's Titus Art Song SeriesFrederica Von Stade & Jake Heggie Set for Dallas Opera's Titus Art Song Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

The Dallas Opera will present opera legend Frederica von Stade, mezzo-soprano, for another magnificent performance in The Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series. The one-time-only recital will be presented Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at City Performance Hall (a 749-seat venue located at 2520 Flora Street in the Arts District, Dallas, TX 75201). Also featured at the exclusive event will be Jake Heggie, composer (Great Scott, Moby-Dick) and accomplished pianist, who has had a long-standing artistic collaboration with Miss von Stade. (more...)

George London Foundation to Present Erin Wall & Steven LaBrie in Recital, 10/18George London Foundation to Present Erin Wall & Steven LaBrie in Recital, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

Canadian soprano Erin Wall, who in August was featured in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra's performance of Mahler's “Symphony of a Thousand” led by Andris Nelsons, and American baritone Steven LaBrie, a 2013 George London Encouragement Award winner who has sung Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin with Jessica Lang Dance at BAM and Jacob's Pillow, are the two artists who will open the 2015-16 season of the George London Foundation for Singers.  (more...)

Capitol Center for the Arts Sets MET: Live in HD Screenings for 2015-16Capitol Center for the Arts Sets MET: Live in HD Screenings for 2015-16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

The Capitol Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will present 11 productions in next season's Met: Live in HD series, beginning with Verdi's Il Trovatore on Saturday, October 3, at 12:55pm. Single tickets for this series are on sale now for $26 Adults; $22 Seniors/Met/CCA Members; and $15 Students. Season subscriptions are also available at $234 Adults; $198 Seniors/Met/CCA Members; and $135 students. (more...)

Steven LaBrie and Ben Heppner Sign on for George London Foundation for Singers' 2015-16 SeasonSteven LaBrie and Ben Heppner Sign on for George London Foundation for Singers' 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

?The 2015-16 season marks two milestones for the George London Foundation for Singers, which has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971:  the 45th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition, which gives George London Awards to young singers each year; and the 20th year of its acclaimed recital series, which presents pairs of singers, both established stars and recent George London Award winners, at The Morgan Library & Museum. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse Kicks Off Met Opera Summer Encore Series with LA TRAVIATA TonightRidgefield Playhouse Kicks Off Met Opera Summer Encore Series with LA TRAVIATA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Following a successful season presenting The Met Opera Live in HD, three extraordinary productions return to the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse as part of their Summer Encore Series, including the blockbuster hit The Merry Widow. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/19/2015Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 7/19/2015
by BWW - Jul 19, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 7/19/2015 for Connecticut (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Present The Met Opera Summer Encore Series, 7/24Ridgefield Playhouse to Present The Met Opera Summer Encore Series, 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

    Following a successful season presenting The Met Opera Live in HD, three extraordinary productions return to the big screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse as part of their Summer Encore Series, including the blockbuster hit The Merry Widow.  On Friday, July 24, at 7:00 p.m. it's Willy Decker's stunning production of Verdi's La Traviata, starring the riveting singing actress Natalie Dessay as Violetta.  Matthew Polenzani is Alfredo Germont, the young man from a good family who risks everything for Violetta. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sings Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.  On Friday, (more...)

LA TRAVIATA at The Met Coming to a Movie Theater Near You!LA TRAVIATA at The Met Coming to a Movie Theater Near You!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

Visit here to find a theater near you showing this summer encore on July 8.  (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival LineupThe Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera's annual Summer HD Festival, which presents free outdoor screenings of operas on Lincoln Center Plaza each summer, will return with 10 screenings of performances featuring the company's leading artists in a varied selection of operas by Bartók, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi, running on consecutive nights from August 29 through September 7. (more...)

CSO's BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 Made Available for Free Streaming, TodayCSO's BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 Made Available for Free Streaming, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

WHO:  Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, prepared by Chorus Director Duain Wolfe, and soloists soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens (more...)

CSO's BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 Made Available for Free Streaming, 5/7CSO's BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 Made Available for Free Streaming, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

WHO:  Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, prepared by Chorus Director Duain Wolfe, and soloists soprano Camilla Nylund, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Gubanova, tenor Matthew Polenzani, and bass-baritone Eric Owens (more...)

THE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Returns to Theaters This SummerTHE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Returns to Theaters This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera and Fathom Events partner to present "The Met: Live in HD' 2015 Summer Encores," a series of four encore performances from the 2014-2015 Live in HD series in more than 480 U.S. cinemas nationwide through Fathom's Digital Broadcast Network. (more...)

CSO to Stream Performance of BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 9, 5/7CSO to Stream Performance of BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 9, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

CHICAGO—Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's September 2014 performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, which opened the CSO's 2014/15 season, will be available for free on-demand video streaming beginning May 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. Central time. The performance will be available for viewers worldwide at cso.org/Beethoven9, RiccardoMutiMusic.com, on the CSO's social media channels including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. (more...)

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