Robert Lepage News

Canadian Stage to Launch INTERMISSION, A New Event Series for the Culturally Curious, 5/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Canadian Stage today announced details for INTERMISSION, a new event series that combines multiple art forms to create an immersive cultural experience. Taking place once a month from May to July 2014, the series builds on the success of the company's Berkeley Street Block Parties, which have included a 90s-themed dance party with special guest Jason Priestley and a post-show karaoke night with the cast of Venus in Fur. INTERMISSION continues Canadian Stage's tradition of animating the historic Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) with a variety of performances including live music, contemporary art, tasty refreshments and interactive experiences. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko Makes Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her Met debut as Elvira in a revival of Bellini's I Puritani, with Met stars Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in their respective company role debuts as Arturo and Riccardo. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that also includes Michele Pertusi as Elvira's father, Giorgio, in a revival of the bel canto opera opening tonight, April 17. (more...)

Anita Rachvelishvili Joins Canadian Opera Company's DON QUICHOTTE; Leonardo Capalbo to Lead ROBERTO DEVEREUX
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company welcomes Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili to the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte as well as American tenor Leonardo Capalbo to the title role of Roberto Devereux, when both productions take to the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this spring. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Announces Cast Changes for DON QUICHOTTE and ROBERTO DEVEREUX
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company welcomes Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili to the role of Dulcinée in Don Quichotte as well as American tenor Leonardo Capalbo to the title role of Roberto Devereux, when both productions take to the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this spring. (more...)

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Names Alexandra Damiani as Artistic Director, Crystal Pite as Associate Choreographer
by BWW News Desk - Apr 07, 2014

Nancy Laurie, Founder and Board President of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, announced the appointment of Alexandra Damiani as the company's new Artistic Director effective immediately. Damiani has worked with Cedar Lake since 2005 as Ballet Master and Rehearsal Director of the 16-member troupe. Crystal Pite will join Cedar Lake as Associate Choreographer contributing a minimum of two works over the next three years. (more...)

Canadian Stage to Present North American Premiere of OPUS, 11/12-16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Canadian Stage will present the North American premiere of Opus by Australia's Circa, a dazzling show featuring 14 acrobats tumbling, spinning and flying to the sounds of Shostakovich's string quartets, played on stage by the Debussy String Quartet. Having recently finished a run at the Barbican (UK), Opus was praised with a 5-star review from The Daily Telegraph calling the show 'astonishing to watch: graceful, bombastic, profound. You just gasp, gasp and gasp again.' (more...)

The Theatre Centre Presents CABARET BRISE-JOUR, Now thru 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

he Theatre Centre presents Cabaret brise-jour, created by Quebec-based L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO), from today, Mar. 25 to 29. The second production presented at The Theatre Centre's new venue and permanent home at 1115 Queen St. W., Cabaret brise-jour retraces the controversial path taken by exiled musician Kurt Weill throughout his career, infusing his songs with everything from punk rock to hip hop and recreating his impressive musical world of 1928 to 1949 on stage. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko to Make Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI, Beg. 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her Met debut as Elvira in a revival of Bellini's I Puritani, with Met stars Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in their respective company role debuts as Arturo and Riccardo. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that also includes Michele Pertusi as Elvira's father, Giorgio, in a revival of the bel canto opera opening April 17. The Met performances will be the first time the husband-and-wife pairing of Mariotti and Peretyatko have performed I Puritani together. The opera will be seen in a revival of Sandro Sequi's 1976 production, which has served as a showcase for such formidable stars as Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Edita Gruberova, and Anna Netrebko. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Presents DON QUICHOTTE with Ferruccio Furlanetto, 5/9-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

The greatest operatic bass in the world today, Ferruccio Furlanetto, makes his Canadian debut this spring in the Canadian Opera Company premiere of the operatic tale of literature's famous dreamer, Don Quichotte by Jules Massenet. Known for an intensely moving portrayal of the title character, Furlanetto stars in this musically lush and romantic homage to Cervantes' iconic hero, Don Quixote. Don Quichotte is sung in French with English SURTITLES, and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on May 9, 11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ADELAIDE FESTIVAL 2014: NEEDLES AND OPIUM Triumphs in its Australian Première
by Barry Lenny - Mar 16, 2014

The Adelaide Festival had many excellent productions to offer but, for me, this was the stand out performance for this year. (more...)

Photo Flash: Exclusive Photo Coverage of the CANADIAN SCREEN AWARDS
by Alan Henry - Mar 10, 2014

The Canadian Screen Awards honour outstanding achievement in the Canadian television, film and digital media industries and are administered by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. Each year, the awards bring together, over the course of several award galas, more than 3000 craftspeople, producers, and decision-makers from across Canada to honour, celebrate and promote the talent and accomplishments of the Canadian film industry. (more...)

Northlight Theatre Brings CHAPATTI to Galway Arts Festival, July 2014; Debuts in Chicago, Now thru April 13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 07, 2014

Chicago-Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces a forthcoming artistic exchange with Ireland through the co-production of Chapatti, a new work developed through Northlight's Interplay program. The co-production of Chapatti will premiere at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, today, March 7-April 13, 2014, and will open at the Galway Arts Festival in July 2014. Chapatti, by acclaimed Irish playwright Christian O' Reilly, will be directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones and will feature John Mahoney and Penny Slusher. (more...)

Adelaide Festival Features Isabella Rossellini, Denis O'Hare, Batsheva Dance & More, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

The 2014 Adelaide Festival presents a program of outstanding music, theatre and dance events, a stellar literary festival and momentous visual arts exhibitions. The 29th Adelaide Festival line-up features 50 events with 29 premieres and 29 festival exclusives over 17 days, from tonight, 28 February to Sunday, 16 March. (more...)

The Theatre Centre to Present CABARET BRISE-JOUR, 3/25-20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

The Theatre Centre presents Cabaret brise-jour, created by Quebec-based L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (LODHO), from Mar. 25 to 29. The second production presented at The Theatre Centre's new venue and permanent home at 1115 Queen St. W., Cabaret brise-jour retraces the controversial path taken by exiled musician Kurt Weill throughout his career, infusing his songs with everything from punk rock to hip hop and recreating his impressive musical world of 1928 to 1949 on stage. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Ana María Martínez and Eric Owens as Ambassadors for the Lyric Unlimited Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago is pleased to announce that soprano Ana María Martínezand bass-baritone Eric Owens will serve as the inaugural Community Ambassadors as part of the Lyric Unlimited initiative. These two artists will strengthen and actively participate in new, ongoing, and future Lyric Unlimited programs that serve and engage schools and the larger community, including the Vocal Partnership Program, Youth Opera Council, Teen Opera Circle, Lyric's ongoing relationship with Latino communities, and other collaborative community events. Martínez and Owens are starring in Lyric's new production of Rusalka, which opens on Saturday, February 22 and runs through March 16. (more...)

THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, LA DONNA DEL LAGO, THE MERRY WIDOW and More Set for The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-15 season will feature 26 operas, three of them company premieres, in six new productions and 18 revivals showcasing the talents of the world's leading singers, conductors, and theater artists. The three operas that will have their first-ever Met performances, each staged by a director making his Met debut, are John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris, opening October 20; Rossini's La Donna del Lago, conducted by Michele Mariotti and directed by Paul Curran, opening February 16, 2015; and Tchaikovsky's one-act opera Iolanta, conducted by Valery Gergiev and directed by Mariusz Treli?ski. Iolanta will be presented in a double bill with a new staging of Bartok's one-act Duke Bluebeard's Castle, also conducted by Gergiev and directed by Treli?ski. (more...)

Northlight Theatre to Bring CHAPATTI to Galway Arts Festival, July 2014; Debuts in Chicago, March 7-April 13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 05, 2014

Chicago-Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces a forthcoming artistic exchange with Ireland through the co-production of Chapatti, a new work developed through Northlight's Interplay program. The co-production of Chapatti will premiere at Northlight Theatre, 9501 Skokie Blvd in Skokie, March 7-April 13, 2014, and will open at the Galway Arts Festival in July 2014. Chapatti, by acclaimed Irish playwright Christian O' Reilly, will be directed by Artistic Director BJ Jones and will feature John Mahoney and Penny Slusher. (more...)

Cirque du Soleil's TOTEM to Offer Free Preview at Santa Monica Pier, 2/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

To thank the Santa Monica community for their incredible support through the years, Cirque du Soleil will be taking over Third Street Promenade on February 6, 2014 for a special thrilling preview of TOTEM, its latest big top production currently performing at the Santa Monica Pier through March 16. Local Red Bull-affiliated BMX athletes and breakdancers will join the TOTEM performers for a special celebration bringing back Cirque du Soleil where it originated from nearly 30 years ago: the street. At 12:30pm on February 6, locals and tourists are invited to gather on Third Street Promenade between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd. to take part in this exclusive free event and encounter the meeting of the lavish artistic feats of TOTEM with the world of street performance. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Set for Metropolitan Opera's WOZZECK, 3/6-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

With James Levine on the podium, and Thomas Hampson in the title role, Deborah Voigt will make her role debut as Marie in Alban Berg's harrowing opera Wozzeck at New York's Metropolitan Opera (March 6 - 22). The revival of this 'arrestingly abstract ' (New York Times) staging of Berg's landmark opera is highly anticipated, pairing two beloved American singers with a conductor - the Met's music director - who is widely regarded as one of the work's most passionate advocates. The fifth and final performance of Wozzeck this season will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 22 in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series on WQXR 105.9 FM and online at www.wqxr.org. In April, Voigt heads out for a four-city recital tour, taking her to three venues in California and a return engagement in the 75th anniversary season of Boston's popular Celebrity Series. On May 14, she returns to the Met to host the 'Live in HD' broadcast of Rossini's La Cenerentola. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko to Release ARABESQUE, 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

On February 18, Sony Classical (USA) will release Arabesque, soprano Olga Peretyatko's second album on the label. Her new CD coincides with a 2013-14 season that not only showcases the young star in important European debuts—including Berlin and Milan—it also offers an opportunity to hear her eagerly anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut when she returns to New York in the spring. Olga Peretyatko's MET debut in I Puritani this coming April follows her acclaimed 2011 BAM appearances in Robert Lepage's production of The Nightingale, which the Financial Times cited as soaring “with effortless charm as the coloratura Nightingale.” Bloomberg News noted that she was “greeted with a thunderous ovation,” and The New York Times called her “sweet-voiced and technically agile.” Ms Peretyatko possesses a dazzling technique, a touching sensibility, a vocal richness, and a strong personality that the new recording highlights brilliantly. (more...)

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