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BWW Exclusive: Watch Broadway Veteran Phyllis Somerville in WGN America's OUTSIDERSBWW Exclusive: Watch Broadway Veteran Phyllis Somerville in WGN America's OUTSIDERS
by Stage Tube - Jan 25, 2016

WGN America's new original scripted drama 'Outsiders,' premiering Tuesday, January 26 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT,explores the epic battle of the Farrell Clan, a tight-knit family of renegades who have lived atop the rugged Shay Mountain for over two hundred years, as they fight to defend their land and their way of life from the town below and anyone who would dare to challenge them.Below, we've got an exclusive clip, in which Asa (Joe Anderson) speaks to the leader, Lady Ray (theater vet Phyllis Somerville) about the outside world from which he's just returned. Check it out below! (more...)

WGN America to Debut Scripted Series OUTSIDERS and UNDERGROUND Commercial FreeWGN America to Debut Scripted Series OUTSIDERS and UNDERGROUND Commercial Free
by TV News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

WGN America's highly anticipated scripted dramas 'Outsiders,' premiering Tuesday, January 26 (9:00 pm ET/PT) and 'Underground,' premiering Wednesday, March 9 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT), will air commercial free (more...)


by Richard Sasanow - Jan 4, 2016

No more carping about out-of-tune singing (for the rest of 2015). No more bemoaning opera directors who don't seem to like the art of opera (for the next five minutes). No more worrying whether traditional opera will go the way of all flesh (for the next few days, at least). It's time to give up on my Scrooge tendencies and be thankful for the gifts that opera gave me, in and around New York this past year, alphabetically speaking. (more...)

Opera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDSOpera News Announces Winners for 2016 OPERA NEWS AWARDS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2015

New York, NY (December 10, 2015) – OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 11th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards. This year's honorees — Joseph Calleja, El?na Garan?a, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, and José van Dam — will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on April 10th at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.  (more...)

VIDEO: WGN America Reveals Extended Trailer, Debut Date for OUTSIDERSVIDEO: WGN America Reveals Extended Trailer, Debut Date for OUTSIDERS
by - Nov 16, 2015

WGN America has shared a full-length trailer for its intense and gritty original drama OUTSIDERS and announced the highly anticipated series will premiere Tuesday, January 26 at 9 PM ET/PT. (more...)

BWW Review: Let's Hear It for the Boys, in TANNHAUSER at the MetBWW Review: Let's Hear It for the Boys, in TANNHAUSER at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 21, 2015

Almost 40 years ago, on short notice, the great tenor Jon Vickers (who died this summer at 90) caused a scandal when he pulled out of the premiere of the Met's still-current production of Wagner's 'Tannhauser' because he considered the opera anti-Christian. Well, nothing that exciting happened when tenor Johan Botha took the stage in the title role of the opera last week--merely some wonderful singing. (more...)

VIDEO: WGN Reveals First Look New Series OUTSIDERS, Premiering in 2016VIDEO: WGN Reveals First Look New Series OUTSIDERS, Premiering in 2016
by TV News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

During the season two premiere of WGN America's critically acclaimed series 'Manhattan' lasst night, the network gave viewers a first-look at their upcoming drama, OUTSIDERS (premiering early 2016) with the release of a dramatic first trailer. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

Faced with the demands of rehearsing and performing two large-scale operas simultaneously this fall, Met Music Director James Levine has decided to lighten his workload by removing the new production of Berg's Lulu from his schedule so that he may focus his energies completely on Wagner's epic drama Tannhäuser. (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...)

BWW Interviews: Baritone PETER MATTEI, Don Giovanni and the Fear FactorBWW Interviews: Baritone PETER MATTEI, Don Giovanni and the Fear Factor
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 5, 2015

It has been a very good year in New York for the Mozart of Swedish baritone Peter Mattei. He helped open the season with the Met's new production of LENOZZE DI FIGARO, receiving a splendid reception for his performance as Count Almaviva, which brought new insights to a role that frequently gets lost in the shuffle of the large ensemble. Then came his DON GIOVANNI, which finishes up its run on Friday March 6, aptly called “commanding” by The New York Times. (more...)

Gillian Alexy to Co-Star in WGN America's OUTSIDERSGillian Alexy to Co-Star in WGN America's OUTSIDERS
by TV News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

According to Deadline, Gillian Alexy (ROYAL PAINS, THE AMERICANS) has signed on for the female lead in WGN America's upcoming series OUTSIDERS, created by playwright Peter Mattei. (more...)

BWW Reviews: With Mattei as the Lead and Gilbert at the Helm, GIOVANNI Settles the Score at the MetBWW Reviews: With Mattei as the Lead and Gilbert at the Helm, GIOVANNI Settles the Score at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 9, 2015

I consider Mozart's DON GIOVANNI at the top of my list of favorite operas--the music starts to go through my head without much encouragement and gets stuck there. Yet, it's also one of the most problematic in performance, calling for a large group of A-list singers to do justice to the ripe and sometimes rollicking score--and frequently falling short. Luckily for current audiences at the Met, the cast is headed by Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who already triumphed in Mozart at the Met this season in the new NOZZE DI FIGARO and there are enough other first-rate principals to make it work. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Conducts DON GIOVANNI Led By Baritone Peter Mattei, Tonight!Alan Gilbert Conducts DON GIOVANNI Led By Baritone Peter Mattei, Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, conducts Mozart's Don Giovanni with an internationally renowned cast led by Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, who is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost interpreters of the title role. South African soprano Elza van den Heever returns to the Met for the first time since her acclaimed debut two seasons ago as Queen Elizabeth I in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda. In Don Giovanni, she takes on the demanding role of Donna Anna, who seeks to exact revenge on the infamous rake who has killed her father. British sopranoEmma Bell returns as the lovelorn Donna Elvira and young American mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey adds a new role to her Met repertory as the ingenue Zerlina. Russian tenor Dmitry Korchak makes his Met debut as Anna's patient fiance, Don Ottavio, and Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni returns as Don Giovanni's comic sidekick, Leporello, a role that won him plaudits at the 2011 premiere of this production by Michael Grandage. Czech bass-baritone Adam Plachetka makes his Met debut as Masetto, and veteran James Morris sings the role of the Commendatore, following his triumph as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg earlier this season. Sets and costume designs are by Christopher Oram, lighting by Paule Constable, and choreography by Ben Wright. At the final performance on March 6, Jennifer Check will sing Donna Elvira, and Ievgen Orlov will sing the Commendatore. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Returns to the Met Opera Tonight to Lead DON GIOVANNIAlan Gilbert Returns to the Met Opera Tonight to Lead DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Following the final performances in his celebrated Nielsen Project and his triumphant Verdi Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in seven years to conduct ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from tonight, February 4 to March 6, leading Mozart's retelling of the Don Juan legend in Michael Grandage's production. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Returns to the Met Opera to Lead DON GIOVANNI, Tomorrow!Alan Gilbert Returns to the Met Opera to Lead DON GIOVANNI, Tomorrow!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2015

Following the final performances in his celebrated Nielsen Project and his triumphant Verdi Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in seven years to conduct ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from February 4 to March 6, leading Mozart's retelling of the Don Juan legend in Michael Grandage's production. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Return to the Met Opera Next Week to Lead DON GIOVANNIAlan Gilbert to Return to the Met Opera Next Week to Lead DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

Following the final performances in his celebrated Nielsen Project and his triumphant Verdi Requiem with the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in seven years to conduct ten performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, from February 4 to March 6, leading Mozart's retelling of the Don Juan legend in Michael Grandage's production. (more...)

PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES Presents Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon' TonightPBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES Presents Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon' Tonight
by TV News Desk - Jan 16, 2015

?Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met tonight, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon', 1/16PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES to Present Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaroon', 1/16
by TV News Desk - Dec 24, 2014

?Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre's New Production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro' on Great Performances at the Met, 1/16James Levine Conducts Richard Eyre's New Production of 'Le Nozze di Figaro' on Great Performances at the Met, 1/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (more...)

2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees2015 Opera News Awards Announces Five Honorees
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

OPERA NEWS Editor in Chief F. Paul Driscoll today announced the recipients of the 10th Annual Opera News Awards. This year's honorees—Piotr Beczala, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Sondra Radvanosky, Samuel Ramey and Teresa Stratas—will be feted at a black tie gala celebration on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Previous Opera News Award Winners Martina Arroyo,Gerald Finley and Susan Graham are among the presenters. (more...)

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