Richard Tucker News

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello to Return for Recital with the Dallas Opera 9/14 at the Eisemann
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

The Dallas Opera is delighted to bring the hottest young couple in opera back to North Texas for a ravishing recital in a fabulous new venue for TDO: the Eisemann Center. These acclaimed American artists, soprano Ailyn Pérez (Don Giovanni) and tenor Stephen Costello (Moby-Dick) will perform selections from their newly released Warner Classics CD, Love Duets. (more...)

Opera Singer Maria Callas Complete Studio Recordings Now Remastered
by Sarah Bellet - Jul 14, 2014

Warner Classics presents the most ambitious and extensive project ever undertaken in the name of the Maria Callas catalogue: a groundbreaking remastered edition of her complete recordings. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Big Voices, Not Big Names, Reign at the Met Summer Recital Series Opener in Central Park
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 27, 2014

I'd call it “love at first sight” (or, more properly, “first hearing”), but this wasn't the first time I'd heard mezzo Jamie Barton. And I certainly hope it won't be the last. Her performances at opening of this year's Summer Recital Series from the Metropolitan Opera at Central Park's SummerStage in New York, on June 23, were sensational. She grabbed the audience by the lapels and refused to let go. (more...)

Free Lunchtime Summer Concert Series & Yoga Returns to Upper West Side
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

The highly-anticipated Free Lunchtime Summer Concert Series is back to make afternoons more festive in Lincoln Square this July and August. The favorite outdoor concerts at Richard Tucker Park will feature several new - along with a few returning - musical performers. Locals, visitors, music enthusiasts, and yogis are all encouraged to grab lunch and make their way to the park for complimentary refreshments from local eatery P.J. Clarke's, and live music by top musicians from MTA's Music Under New York, NYC's eclectic "underground" scene! (more...)

Ailyn Pérez & Stephen Costello Release “Love Duets”
by BWW News Desk - Jun 03, 2014

After debuting at number three on the UK Classical Chart last month, Love Duets is due for U.S. digital release today (Tuesday, June 3), with the CD release to follow on June 10. (more...)

Angela Meade's Summer 2014 Includes Festivals Across the U.S., 'WILLIAM TELL' in Edinburgh
by BWW News Desk - Jun 02, 2014

Angela Meade – fresh from Metropolitan Opera triumphs as Bellini's Norma and as Alice Ford in Falstaff (the latter seen worldwide in the Met's Live in HD series) – has a busy summer ahead. The soprano, whose honors include the Richard Tucker and Beverly Sills Artist Awards, will perform at festivals across the U.S. from June through August. She launches her summer season as soprano soloist in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop (June 5-8) before taking on the title role of Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia in her return to the Caramoor International Music Festival (July 12, 18). The Washington State native also headlines two festivals in Oregon: she sings Violetta in Verdi's La traviata for the gala opening concert of the Astoria Music Festival (June 14), and the title role of Bellini's Norma for Portland's SummerFest (Aug 8). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Deal or No Deal, Dutch National Opera's FAUST Is Damned
by Richard Sasanow - May 27, 2014

Even with its visions of damnation and redemption, Gounod's FAUST, with libretto by Barbier and Carre, is pretty tame stuff. In the wrong hands, it can be dull as well. Well, you can't accuse the Dutch National Opera's new production--by Barcelona's Alex Ollé and the theatre company La Fura dels Baus--of being “dull,” with its prosthetic breasts, Barbie doll chorus and simulated sex. (more...)

BWW Reviews: From Kaufmann and Florez to Beczala and Camarena, It's the Year of the Tenor
by Richard Sasanow - May 13, 2014

“The party's over,” wrote Betty Comden & Adolph Green in BELLS ARE RINGING. “It's time to call it a day.” The opera season at the Metropolitan said its farewells to 2013-2014 on May 10 with a bel canto doubleheader of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (a shot heard round the world via radio and The Met's LIVE IN HD) and Bellini's IL PURITANI--not a bad swan song, considering the singing talent involved. (more...)

Soprano Angela Meade to Make European House and Role Debuts in Frankfurt Opera's EDGAR and Torino's WILLIAM TELL, 2/16-18 & 5/7-18
by BWW News Desk - May 06, 2014

This month, the first of two major house and role debuts takes Angela Meade – whose numerous honors include Richard Tucker and Beverly Sills Artist Awards – to Europe. For her first appearances at the Frankfurt Opera, the soprano sings her first Fidelia in concert performances of Puccini's Edgar (Feb 16 & 18), before making her Italian debut with her first Mathilde in a new Graham Vick production of Rossini's William Tell at the Teatro Regio di Torino (May 7-18) that will tour to Carnegie Hall next season. These European debuts follow on the heels of Meade's success in New York, where she recently headlined Bellini's Norma and showed off her comic chops in Verdi's Falstaff, both at the Metropolitan Opera, and the latter seen worldwide in the Met's Live in HD series. She also performed at a special Richard Tucker Centennial Gala, broadcast Live from Lincoln Center on PBS-TV. (more...)

Handel and Haydn Society Ends 199th Season with Handel's SAMSON Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 02, 2014

H+H Artistic Director Harry Christophers is joined by an international cast of outstanding singers and the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus to close the season with George Frideric Handel's dramatic oratorio, Samson. (more...)

Tenor Paul Appleby Wraps 2013-14 with DEAR THEO Recording, WNO's THE MAGIC FLUTE, May 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2014

American tenor Paul Appleby closes his 2013 -2014 with a strong finish. His latest recording is today's (April 28, 2014) Delos release of the world premiere recording of Dear Theo, a CD of three song cycles by celebrated American composer Ben Moore. In early May, he makes his company debut with the Washington National Opera singing the role of Tamino under the baton of conductor Philippe Augin in the company's spring production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. (more...)

Opera Colorado Announces Upcoming Productions - MADAMA BUTTERFLY, THE MAGIC FLUTE, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Opera Colorado announced today that it will present Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly(November 2014), W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (May 2015), Giuseppe Verdi's Aida (November 2015), and the world premiere of Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter (May 2016) starring Elizabeth Futral as Hester Prynne. A vital presence in Denver's cultural ecology, Opera Colorado is the Rocky Mountain region's preeminent grand opera company. The Opera's programming includes mainstage productions, artist development initiatives, and education and community engagement programming. (more...)

Bard SummerScape 2014 to Present Weber, Schubert and Von Suppe, 7/25-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival in New York's Annandale-on-Hudson has established itself, and this year's immersion in "Schubert and His World" - culminating in the 25th-anniversary season of the Bard Music Festival - is no exception. To enrich its exploration of the roots of Austro-German Romanticism, Bard presents Euryanthe (1823) by Schubert's contemporary Carl Maria von Weber, marking the opera's first American revival in 100 years. Headlined by Ellie Dehn, Bard's original staging is by Kevin Newbury, creator of SummerScape's production of Richard Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae. Euryanthe's five performances (July 25, 27 & 30; August 1 & 3) feature the festival's resident American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director Leon Botstein, who also leads semi-staged performances of Schubert's own seldom-heard opera Fierrabras starring Joseph Kaiser, best known for his leading role in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of The Magic Flute, on August 17, and of a double-bill of rarities - Schubert's one-act Singspiel Die Verschworenen and Franz von Suppe's operetta Franz Schubert - on August 10. (more...)

Manhattan School of Music Names Five Winners in the Annual Ades Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

Last evening (Thursday, April 10), Manhattan School of Music announced the winners of the Alan M. and Joan Taub Ades Vocal Competition, held for a fifth year in the Ades Performance Space at the School. (more...)

Dallas Opera Presents 2014 AT&T Stadium Simulcast of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Dallas Opera, in partnership with AT&T Stadium and with support from our presenting sponsor, The Dallas Foundation, is extremely proud to announce the company's third stadium simulcast—the seventh free Dallas Opera simulcast since 2010. The announcement was made this afternoon at a gathering of prominent arts and sports representatives and attending local media at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Participants included: (more...)

Tenor Michael Fabiano Wins 2014 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has announced that Michael Fabiano - 'the tenor that we have all been waiting for' (San Francisco Classical Voice) - is the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

2014 Dallas Opera Stadium Simulcast to Feature THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Dallas Opera, in partnership with AT&T Stadium and with support from its presenting sponsor, The Dallas Foundation, will present company's third stadium simulcast-the seventh free Dallas Opera simulcast since 2010. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera to Present DAS RHEINGOLD Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Tomorrow, April 11, Houston Grand Opera presents Das Rheingold, launching the American debut of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Der Ring des Nibelungen by La Fura dels Baus. As the first staging of Wagner's epic cycle in HGO history, the event marks an important company milestone-one that HGO follows two weeks later with a new take on Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford. These two productions come at a time when HGO has once again been making headlines, not only for the world premiere of A Coffin in Egypt and an acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music, but by successfully appealing to new audiences. 'The most recent NEA survey shows that only 2% of Americans go to the opera each year. Yet HGO is bucking the trend. Since the 2009-10 season it has seen its attendances grow by 24 percent,' reported the Economist last month. As Houston History noted in a recent feature article, 'many arts programs across the nation are shutting down due to financial failure, [but] HGO has succeeded in remaining relevant.' (more...)

Handel and Haydn Society to End 199th Season with Handel's SAMSON, 5/2 & 4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 08, 2014

H+H Artistic Director Harry Christophers is joined by an international cast of outstanding singers and the Period Instrument Orchestra and Chorus to close the season with George Frideric Handel's dramatic oratorio, Samson. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY with James Valenti, 4/4-15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 04, 2014

Internationally Acclaimed Tenor, James Valenti will be making his triumphant return tothe Metropolitan Opera located at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City as he takes on the role of Lt. Pinkerton inPuccini's "Madama Butterfly" on April 4, 9, 12 and 15. Valenti has been praised by critics for having a voice of Italianate lustre and is part of the long-standing tradition of great Italian tenors. The sought after 6'5 tenor has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence, ardent vocal style and striking good looks. (more...)

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