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BWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDEBWW Reviews: Here, There, Everywhere - All Over Town with PRETTY YENDE
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 20, 2014

Pretty Yende--a name that in itself brings certain expectations as well as smiles--burst on the New York opera scene at the start of 2013, in a baptism by fire. At just 27, the South African soprano from Piet Retief, Mpumalanga memorably stepped into one of the lead roles in the revival of Rossini's LE COMTE ORY (opposite, no less, star tenor Juan Diego Florez) on short notice. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher HallBWW Reviews: Cancellations Galore Don't Put a Damper on the Richard Tucker Gala at Avery Fisher Hall
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 17, 2014

Soprano Anna Netrebko was AWOL. Tenor Marcello Giordani wasn't there. Mezzo Isabel Leonard didn't make it either. At least tenor Richard Tucker (1913-1975) had the best excuse for not being at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday evening. But, as they say “the show must go on”--and the annual gala of The Richard Tucker Foundation certainly did, despite all the cancellations. Celebrating the famed singer, as well as showcasing the newly anointed winner of its top award, tenor Michael Fabiano, the evening was filled with many pleasures. (more...)

Joy In Singing to Present 2014 Artist Award Recital for Tami Petty, 10/29Joy In Singing to Present 2014 Artist Award Recital for Tami Petty, 10/29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Joy In Singing proudly presents the debut recital of soprano Tami Petty, winner of its 2014 Artist Award, on Wednesday, October 29th at 8 at Merkin Concert Hall. (more...)

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia Announces Appointment of Conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director and Chief ConductorThe PKF – Prague Philharmonia Announces Appointment of Conductor Emmanuel Villaume as Music Director and Chief Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015. (more...)

Emmanuel Villaume Appointed New Director of Prague PhilharmonicEmmanuel Villaume Appointed New Director of Prague Philharmonic
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

PRAGUE (Czech Republic), OCTOBER 15, 2014 —The PKF – Prague Philharmonia is pleased to announce the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015. (more...)

Emmanuel Villaume Named Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKFEmmanuel Villaume Named Music Director and Chief Conductor of PKF
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2014

Prague Philharmonia has announced the appointment of internationally renowned conductor Emmanuel Villaume to the position of Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF - Prague Philharmonia for a three-year term, effective September 1, 2015. (more...)

Amanda Majeski & Ryan McKinny to Perform at The Morgan, 11/9Amanda Majeski & Ryan McKinny to Perform at The Morgan, 11/9
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Soprano Amanda Majeski is a 2009 George London Award winner who just made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the Met's season-opening presentation of Le nozze di Figaro, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny is a 2011 George London Award winner who this past summer sang the roles of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire with the Los Angeles Opera and Billy Bigelow in Carousel at Glimmerglass Opera. Together, they will open the 2014-15 season of the George London Foundation for Singers with a joint recital at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library and Museum on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at 4:30 PM, with pianist Ken Noda. The event is Mr. McKinny's New York recital debut. (more...)

LA CENERENTOLA, DIDO AND AENEAS and THE LONG WALK Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer SeasonLA CENERENTOLA, DIDO AND AENEAS and THE LONG WALK Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 - July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Saratoga Springs, New York. (more...)

New York Choral Society to Perform in the 2014 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, 10/12New York Choral Society to Perform in the 2014 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

New York, NY - On Sunday, October 12th at 6:30 pm, the New York Choral Society (NYCS) returns to Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for its twenty-first performance as guest artist at the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, one of the most highly anticipated events of the opera season. Tenor Michael Fabiano, 2014 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award and widely considered one of the greatest young tenors in the world today, will join such luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Joseph Calleja, Marcello Giordani, Ildar Abdrazakov, and previous Tucker Award laureates Angela Meade, Isabel Leonard, and Stephen Costello in a star-studded program of favorite arias and ensembles led by Emmanuel Villaume, Music Director of the Dallas Opera. Like last year's gala, which celebrated the centennial of legendary tenor Richard Tucker, the concert offers a unique opportunity to hear what the New York Times styled 'a dream team of opera singers,' and will be recorded for later broadcast on Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. (more...)

BWW Interviews: FIGARO's Isabel Leonard -- The Girl, the Boy and the VoiceBWW Interviews: FIGARO's Isabel Leonard -- The Girl, the Boy and the Voice
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 29, 2014

'Cherubino is crazy in some ways, in good ways,' says Isabel Leonard, who is singing the role of the young male page in the Almaviva household in the Metropolitan Opera's new Richard Eyre production of LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. 'He sees everything in Technicolor, eyes wide open, taking everything in, not missing a second that he could possibly enjoy in his life.”' (more...)

Anna Netrebko Expands Horizons in 2014-15 with MACBETH at the Met, Role Debuts in Munich & ZurichAnna Netrebko Expands Horizons in 2014-15 with MACBETH at the Met, Role Debuts in Munich & Zurich
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Already the undisputed 'reigning new diva of the 21st century' (Associated Press), Anna Netrebko scored a fresh triumph this past month, winning ECHO Klassik's 'Female Singer of the Year' award for a record-breaking third time. Never content to rest on her laurels, however, the ever-evolving Russian-born soprano continues expanding her horizons in 2014-15. She makes two American role debuts at the Metropolitan Opera, as Verdi's Lady Macbeth in an all-star Macbeth that will be beamed live around the world to launch the company's Live in HD season, and headlining a new staging of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta that will be broadcast Live in HD on Valentine's Day. In Europe, she makes house role debuts in the title roles of a new Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera and Anna Bolena at the Zurich Opera, besides reprising her portrayal of Anna Bolena at the Vienna State Opera and completing her season's quartet of leading roles as Mimì in La bohème at Covent Garden, where her final performance will again be broadcast live to cinemas worldwide. In concert this season, Netrebko remains the soprano of choice for gala appearances, in the Richard Tucker Gala at New York's Lincoln Center and in Munich and Salzburg, as well as singing a recital in Colorado, 'Verdi and Verismo' arias in Barcelona, selections from Macbeth in Rome, Strauss's Four Last Songs in Paris, and revisiting her acclaimed Iolanta on a European concert tour that culminates at London's Royal Albert Hall. (more...)

Angela Meade Will Take Manhattan in 2014-15, with NY Phil Debut, Carnegie Concerts, Met Ernani, George London Recital, and Richard Tucker GalaAngela Meade Will Take Manhattan in 2014-15, with NY Phil Debut, Carnegie Concerts, Met Ernani, George London Recital, and Richard Tucker Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Angela Meade - the face of Opera News's forthcoming annual "Diva" issue - dominates the New York cultural scene this season. In concert, the American soprano makes her New York Philharmonic debutunder Alan Gilbert's direction in Verdi's Requiem (Jan 15-17), and gives two performances at Carnegie Hall, first joining the Philadelphia Orchestra for Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony (Oct 31), and then starring in Rossini's William Tell with Italy's Teatro Regio di Torino led by Gianandrea Noseda (Dec 7), in the penultimate stop on their North American tour. (more...)

Paul Appleby, Andrew Garland Will Join Julia Bullock in VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS IN RECITALPaul Appleby, Andrew Garland Will Join Julia Bullock in VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS IN RECITAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joseph Kaiser will no longer be participating in the Sunday, September 21st performance of Voce: Rising Opera Stars in Recital. Paul Appleby (tenor) and Andrew Garland (baritone) will be joining Julia Bullock (soprano) and pianist, Steven Blier for the afternoon featuring French and American repertories. (more...)

Richard Tucker Music Foundation to Host 2014 Gala at Lincoln Center, 10/12Richard Tucker Music Foundation to Host 2014 Gala at Lincoln Center, 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation holds its annual gala, one of the most highly anticipated events of the opera season, on Sunday, October 12 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York's Lincoln Center. (more...)

The Met Opera to Open 2014-15 Season With New Production of Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, 9/22The Met Opera to Open 2014-15 Season With New Production of Mozart's LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, 9/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera will open its 130th season on Monday, September 22 with a new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and directed by Richard Eyre. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Pérez and Costello Heat Up San Diego Opera's StageBWW Reviews: Pérez and Costello Heat Up San Diego Opera's Stage
by Erica Miner - Sep 8, 2014

The 'red hot' Ailyn Perez-Stephen Costello duo, having been likened to rock star couples, rarely perform together. (more...)

Pink House Productions' YOU, ME AND THAT GUY to Open the 2014 Araca ProjectPink House Productions' YOU, ME AND THAT GUY to Open the 2014 Araca Project
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

Pink House Productions announced today the New York City premier of YOU, ME AND THAT GUY, a hilarious 80 minute comedy about a recent college grad who uses the magic of a mystical open mic to heal her relationships with her technology saturated family and friends. Written by Stephen Sanow*, YOU, ME AND THAT GUY will open the 2014 Araca Project. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and MoreThe 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...)

Lincoln Square Restaurants to Reunite for 'Fashion Plate Prix Fixe'Lincoln Square Restaurants to Reunite for 'Fashion Plate Prix Fixe'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Fashion Plate Prix Fixe and Crew Cuts, two delicious, bi-annual programs presented by the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID), return for the first installment of their eighth year during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, which runs from Thursday, September 4 - Thursday, September 11. These two programs showcase the interesting dining scene in the Lincoln Square area and offer Fashion Week attendees and all New Yorkers an opportunity to sample creative menus at a variety of restaurants in a world-class New York City neighborhood at price points for everyone's budget. (more...)

'Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot' Airs on THIRTEEN'S GREAT PERFORMANCES, 8/28'Rejoice With Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot' Airs on THIRTEEN'S GREAT PERFORMANCES, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot join forces for a musical exploration of liturgical and traditional works in new arrangements for both chamber orchestra and klezmer settings on THIRTEEN's Great Performances, airing Thursday, August 28 at 9 p.m. on PBS. (Check local listings.) (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the program Sunday, September 21 at 7 p.m.) (more...)

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