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 Simon Keenlyside Stars in His First Met Performances of the Title Role in  Mozart's DON GIOVANNI Simon Keenlyside Stars in His First Met Performances of the Title Role in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the opening performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, starring Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the title role, which he has sung to acclaim with numerous leading opera houses. The principal cast, all of whom are making Met role debuts, also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Bystromas Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, andKwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. The October 22 matinee, with this cast, will be transmitted worldwide as part of the 11th season of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world. (more...)

Susan Graham Sings Octavian with BSO, New Dead Man Walking, Met Gala & More in 2016-17Susan Graham Sings Octavian with BSO, New Dead Man Walking, Met Gala & More in 2016-17
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Following her summer role debut in Santa Fe as Clairon in Richard Strauss's Capriccio, Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham - hailed by Gramophone as 'America's favorite mezzo' - launched the 2016-17 season with Renée Fleming and Michael Tilson Thomas performing Rossini songs in the San Francisco Symphony's opening night gala. (more...)

San Francisco Presents Donzetti's DON PASQUALE, 9/28San Francisco Presents Donzetti's DON PASQUALE, 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

San Francisco Opera's 2016-17 Season continues with Donizetti'sDon Pasquale in six performances from September 28-October 15, 2016. After a 32-year absence from the Company's repertory, the sparkling comedy of cruel games and young love returns in Laurent Pelly's fanciful staging, which is a co-production with Santa Fe Opera and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Maestro Giuseppe Finzi conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Chorus and a cast including bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro in the title role, soprano Heidi Stober as Norina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee in his Company debut as Ernesto and baritones Lucas Meachem and Edward Nelson as Dr. Malatesta. (more...)

Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX Coming to THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/28Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX Coming to THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met, 8/28
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Roberto Devereux comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Sunday, August 28 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera on Sunday, September 4 at 12:30 p.m.) (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

The New York Philharmonic's box office opens today, August 9, 2016, for the 2016-17 season. (more...)

Concert Updates for Carnegie Hall Performances in May/June 2017Concert Updates for Carnegie Hall Performances in May/June 2017
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

As previously announced, Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the three MET Orchestra at Carnegie Hall concerts scheduled for May and June 2017, replacing the originally announced James Levine. The programs have been revised to place a greater emphasis on the vocal works of Mahler. Additions to the programs include mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill and tenor Stuart Skelton, who will be singing Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, and mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, who will be singing Mahler's Kindertotenlieder. (more...)

BWW Review: An Evening with the Divine Mr. M(ozart) at Lincoln CenterBWW Review: An Evening with the Divine Mr. M(ozart) at Lincoln Center
by Richard Sasanow - Jul 29, 2016

The opening program for this year's Mostly Mozart Festival—the 50th--at David Geffen Hall may not have offered any new insights into the mind of the genius composer or uncovered any long-lost masterpiece not heard in 200 years. On the other hand, it was filled with wonderful music, inspired singing and total bliss for the audience, in a program that flew by, all in the name of Mozart. (more...)

21C Media Group Previews 2016-17 of Opera, Choral and Vocal Music21C Media Group Previews 2016-17 of Opera, Choral and Vocal Music
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

21C MEDIA GROUP just released its season preview of opera, vocal and choral music for 2016-17. Scroll down for details! (more...)

Warner Theatre Announces Its 2016-17 Met Opera Live in HD SeasonWarner Theatre Announces Its 2016-17 Met Opera Live in HD Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

The Warner Theatre is excited to announce its 2016-17 Met Opera: Live in HD Season, featuring 10 operas, 5 new to the series, and 2 encores, streaming live from the Met. A complimentary pre-opera lecture will be offered to all ticketholders in the Nancy Marine Studio Lobby for 45 minutes of pre-opera information and entertainment, 2 hours before broadcast. Full and Half Season Subscriptions are available. (more...)

Nadine Sierra Opens Mostly Mozart (July 25) and Paris Opera SeasonsNadine Sierra Opens Mostly Mozart (July 25) and Paris Opera Seasons
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

On the heels of her Tanglewood debut in Carmina Burana with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, fast-rising soprano Nadine Sierra—who, after four major debuts last season alone, is quickly becoming a fixture at important houses around the world—returns to New York to debut at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival on July 25, in an all-star opening night “operatic fantasy” called The Illuminated Heart. After an auspicious debut as Gilda at the Met last season, she returns this fall for a house role debut as Zerlina inDon Giovanni, and in the spring makes both her role and Live in HD debuts as Ilia in Mozart's Idomeneo under the baton of James Levine. Following last season's Paris Opera debut, she opens the 2016-17 season at the Palais Garnier with the role of Flavia in a new production of Cavalli's Eliogabalo. This is one of three Paris Opera productions to feature her this season: she also appears as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Gilda inRigoletto at the Opéra Bastille, where she sang her first Zerlina last season. Other highlights in the new season include a return to Zurich Opera—where she won acclaim for her 2015 house and role debuts as the title character in Lucia di Lammermoor—to sing her first performances as Elvira in Bellini's I Puritani. (more...)

Great Performances at the Met Features Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 8/9Great Performances at the Met Features Kristine Opolais and Roberto Alagna in MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 8/9
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The late Anthony Minghella's critically acclaimed production of Puccini's classic Madama Butterfly comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET on PBS, 8/19Puccini's 'Madama Butterfly' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET on PBS, 8/19
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

The late Anthony Minghella's critically acclaimed production of Puccini's classic Madama Butterfly comes to THIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Friday, August 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Encore The Met Opera in HD's COSSI FAN TUTTE Next WeekRidgefield Playhouse to Encore The Met Opera in HD's COSSI FAN TUTTE Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

AAA Northeast at the Playhouse Live in HD Series brings a summer encore presentation of The Met Opera in HD: Mozart's Cosi fan tutte back to the big screen on Friday, July 22 at 12 p.m.  (more...)

Daniela Mack Replaces Sasha Cooke in Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 OpenerDaniela Mack Replaces Sasha Cooke in Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opener
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Lincoln Center announces an artist update for the 50th season's opening program on July 25 and 26. Due to pregnancy, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has withdrawn from these performances and will be replaced by Daniela Mack, who makes her New York and Mostly Mozart Festival debuts. (more...)

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next MonthLincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival 2016 Opens Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world's major music festivals and a beloved summer New York tradition, opens its milestone 50th anniversary season with a series of events, including concerts featuring some of the world's greatest artists. (more...)

Playhouse Live in HD Series to Continue with THE MET OPERA IN HD: MOZART'S COSI FAN TUTTE , 7/22Playhouse Live in HD Series to Continue with THE MET OPERA IN HD: MOZART'S COSI FAN TUTTE , 7/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

AAA Northeast at the Playhouse Live in HD Series brings a summer encore presentation of The Met Opera in HD: Mozart's Cosi fan tutte back to the big screen on Friday, July 22 at 12 p.m. (more...)

Summer Stages: No Rest for the Opera Crowd in the Northeast This SummerSummer Stages: No Rest for the Opera Crowd in the Northeast This Summer
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 21, 2016

Although the solstice doesn't officially appear for another week or so, the summer opera clock is already ticking. There's a plethora of performances going on all over New York City, in addition to interesting, entertaining and fascinating productions that are just a hop, skip and jump away. Among them: Lincoln Center's Lincoln Center Festival and Mostly Mozart and On Site Opera's West Village venue, to the more bucolic realms of Bard SummerScape in Dutchess County (NY) for Mascagni and Caramoor in Katonah (NY) for Rossini and Beethoven. (more...)

George London Foundation Announces 2016-17 SeasonGeorge London Foundation Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Upon the conclusion of the 20th year of its celebrated recital series, which was marked with a gala in April featuring some of opera's most prominent American and Canadian stars, the Foundation announces its 2016-17 season of events. (more...)

'THE MET: Live in HD' 2016 Summer Encores Series to Bring Top Performances to Select U.S. Theaters'THE MET: Live in HD' 2016 Summer Encores Series to Bring Top Performances to Select U.S. Theaters
by Movies News Desk - May 2, 2016

Fathom Events and The Metropolitan Opera present "The Met: Live in HD' 2016 Summer Encores," a series of four encore performances from past Live in HD seasons in select U.S. cinemas nationwide. (more...)

Esa-Pekka Salonen Will Conduct The MET Orchestra's Season at Carnegie Hall in 2017Esa-Pekka Salonen Will Conduct The MET Orchestra's Season at Carnegie Hall in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Carnegie Hall today announced that conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct all three scheduled concerts next season by The MET Orchestra in May and June 2017. Mr. Salonen steps in for James Levine, whose withdrawal from these programs was announced last week by the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall. (more...)

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