Roberto Alagna News

Soprano Ailyn Perez to Crown 2014-15 with Debuts at The Met and Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Described by Opera News as the “lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all,” Ailyn Pérez takes the stage at leading opera houses on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014-15 for an exciting new season that features house debuts at both the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera, the latter also serving as a role debut for Pérez as Desdemona in Verdi's Otello. (more...)

MetOpera Summer Encore Series to Present ROMEO ET JULIETTE at the Warner Theatre, 9/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Met Opera: Live in HD Summer Encore Series presents a re-broadcasting of Gounod's Romeo et Juliette on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 1 pm. This special screening will be shown in the Warner's Main Theatre on the new 50' screen. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE Live in HD, 8/16
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

When the pavement is sizzling, The Ridgefield Playhouse provides a cool respite to enjoy a show that has music, drama and romance -- Gounod's Romeo et Juliette starring acclaimed soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Robert Alagna, from the Met Live in HD on Saturday, August 16, at 6 p.m. To make the evening even more special, Bernard's (20 West Lane, Ridgefield) is offering a special $45 prix-fixe menu, or a free glass of wine with dinner, the night of this event when tickets are presented; reservations suggested. The Met series is underwritten by Jeanne Cook, Anita and Nicholas Donofrio, Liz and Steven Goldstone, Marilyn and Joe Kreitz, Joanne and John Patrick, Starbucks Coffee, Sabina and Walter Slavin, Taylor Zemo Foundation, The Ridgefield Press and Whistle Stop Bakery with media sponsor WSHU Public Radio Group. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at LA RONDINE, Part of The Met: Live in HD 'Summer Encores' Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

THE MET: LIVE IN HD's 'Summer Encores' series presents Puccini's bittersweet romance LA RONDINE. The production returns with opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 p.m.* (*check local theaters for dates and times). Scroll down for a sneak peek at the production! (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen ROMEO ET JULIETTE, LA FANICULLA DEL WEST & 'THE CURIOUS CASE' in August
by BWW News Desk - Jun 07, 2014

For tickets ($25 adults, $20 seniors and members, $15 students, $18 each for all in the series), call the box office at (203) 438-5795, or order online at The Ridgefield playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT. (more...)

THE MET: LIVE IN HD Summer Encore Series Hits U.S. Cinemas Again this June and July
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2014

Beginning Wednesday, June 18, the Metropolitan Opera and Fathom Events will once again present Summer HD Encores, a series of choice encore performances from the groundbreaking Live in HD series of cinema presentations (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...)

Florida Grand Opera's Ramon Tebar to Go Abroad for His Upcoming Spring/Summer Engagements
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

An internationally sought-after conductor, Florida Grand Opera Music Director Ramon Tebar's engagements take him abroad beginning this month. Following a concert with the Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with soloistssoprano Angela Gheorghiu and tenor Saimir Pirgu in Barcelona, Spain, last week, upcoming international engagements includeCarmen with Brazil's Theatro Muncipal de Sao Paulo and a soon to be announced production with Spain's Festival de Opera de A Coruna. Nationally, he can be heard conducting Madama Butterfly with Cincinnati Opera. In May, with his company, Florida Grand Opera in Miami, he closes the 2013-14 season with a six-performance production of Thais. (more...)

WIENER STAATSOPER live at home: Lohengrin sowie neue Videothek- und Paketangebote fur die Saison 2014/2015
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Am morgigen Samstag, 12. April geht die Premiere von Richard Wagners Lohengrin u?ber die Bu?hne der Wiener Staatsoper. (more...)

BWW Reviews: VITTORIO GRIGOLO--in Concert at the Met--Is Just Warming Up
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 12, 2014

Ever since the Three Tenors--Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras--got together in Rome's Baths of Caracalla in 1990, the world of opera has never been the same. And while the lookout for “the next big thing” has always been part of the opera world, the race to the finish has intensified over the last two decades, with the focus on tenors. Roberto Alagna had the misfortune to be marketed as “the Fourth Tenor” and was never quite up to the billing. Rolando Villazon has had his ups and downs (and ups). Now Vittorio Grigolo steps into the spotlight. (more...)

Puccini's Classic 'Tosca' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Today
by TV News Desk - Mar 09, 2014

Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met today, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

Puccini's Classic 'Tosca' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 3/9
by TV News Desk - Mar 06, 2014

Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

Fünf Vorstellungen der Wiener Staatsoper werden bis Saisonende live in HD übertragen
by BWW News Desk - Mar 05, 2014

WIENER STAATSOPER LIVE ZU HAUSE: Funf Vorstellungen der Wiener Staatsoper * von 'La Boheme' bis 'Das schlaue Fuchslein' * werden bis Saisonende live in HD ubertragen (more...)

by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

Im Marz 2014 werden zwei Vorstellungen live in HD aus der Wiener Staatsoper gestreamt: (more...)

THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, SEUSSICAL, POE and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's 86th Summer Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire have announced the Summer 2014 Theatre Season offering classic works coupled with contemporary plays. (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...)

Sasha Cooke to Perform with Greenwich Village Orchestra, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 03, 2014

On Sunday, February 9 at 3:00pm, The Greenwich Village Orchestra, led by Metropolitan Opera conductor Pierre Vallet, will perform a concert to include excerpts form Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust, Ravel's Sheherazade with Grammy Award-wining mezzo-soprano Sasha Cook, and Brahms' Symphony No. 4. Now in its 27th season, the ensemble performs at Washington Irving Auditorium (40 Irving Place) near Union Square. (more...)

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Spring 2014 Season; Sets A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC as Summer Musical
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire are excited to announce the 2014 spring schedule of events and the 2014 summer season musical. Tickets are available for purchase to members and pass holders on Friday, December 13 and to the general public on Monday, December 16. (more...)

Irina Lungu and Sonya Yoncheva to Replace Aleksandra Kurzak as 'Gilda' in The Met's RIGOLETTO, Nov-Dec 2013
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2013

Two rising young sopranos will make their Met debuts earlier than originally scheduled when they share the role of Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto later this fall, replacing Aleksandra Kurzak, who has withdrawn due to pregnancy. Russian soprano Irina Lungu will sing the role on November 11, 15, and 18, and Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will sing the role on November 21, 27, 30, December 4, and at the December 7 matinee. Kurzak is expecting a baby this winter with her partner, tenor Roberto Alagna. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Love! Sex! Torture! The Met's TOSCA Has Everything (Great Music, Too)
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 04, 2013

Maybe next time around, the Metropolitan Opera's General Manager Peter Gelb will hire film director Quentin Tarantino to do a production of Puccini's TOSCA. With its sordid story, self-involved diva and torture-happy, sex-crazed police chief--based on a Sarah Bernhardt vehicle by Victorien Sardou--this is a story that the director of “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” could sink his teeth into. (more...)

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