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BWW Reviews:  Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'BWW Reviews: Opera Theatre of St. Louis delights with 'La boheme'
by Steve Callahan - May 23, 2016

OTSL has opened a delicious 'La boheme'. (more...)

MasterVoices to Open 75th Season with New York Premiere of 27 This FallMasterVoices to Open 75th Season with New York Premiere of 27 This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale)will open its 75th anniversary season with Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, with libretto by Royce Vavrek, starring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober,Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik, conducted by Ted Sperling, and directed by James Robinson, with Orchestra of St. Luke's on October 20 and 21, 2016at New York City Center. (more...)

BWW Review: Lawrence Brownlee Dominates CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD at New York's ApolloBWW Review: Lawrence Brownlee Dominates CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD at New York's Apollo
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 7, 2016

As Charlie “Bird” Parker, the great jazz saxophonist, who is the central character in CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD--the opera that had its New York premiere last week at the famed Apollo Theatre in Harlem--Lawrence Brownlee wonderfully embraced the classical and bebop sides of the score. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present YARDBIRD, 4/1Opera Philadelphia and Apollo Theater to Present YARDBIRD, 4/1
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia announced today that Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, composed by Daniel Schnyder with a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly, will have its New York premiere in a co-production between the two institutions, April 1 and 3, 2016.  The engagement marks the first time opera will be performed on the Apollo Theater stage, and the first time Opera Philadelphia will produce in New York. The opera will also be recorded for broadcast in November 2016 on New York City's classical music station 105.9 WQXR, at wqxr.org, and distributed nationally by the WFMT Radio Network. (more...)

BWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents an OTHELLO for Our TimesBWW Review: Shakespeare Theatre Company Presents an OTHELLO for Our Times
by Jeffrey Walker - Mar 4, 2016

Shakespeare Theatre Company proves once again their place as one of the nation's finest classical theatre companies with a new production of OTHELLO. A careful blend of grand spectacle and intimate relationships, William Shakespeare's mature tragedy leaps off of the stage with passion, wit, and pathos. Starring Pakistani-American Faran Tahir in the title role, this OTHELLO is filtered through the lens of Othello as a Muslim who has adopted Western dress and religion. The concept works and the tragedy still works as one of Shakespeare's best. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Present OTHELLOShakespeare Theatre Company to Present OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

This February, the Shakespeare Theatre Company presents William Shakespeare's Othello, helmed by internationally acclaimed director Ron Daniels and featuring stage and screen performer Faran Tahir in the titular role and Jonno Roberts as Iago. Director Ron Daniels, an honorary associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company, brings his sure hand with Shakespeare to one of the Bard's greatest tragedies. Othello runs at STC's Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from February 23 through March 27. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia's Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD to Receive New York Premiere, 4/1/16Opera Philadelphia's Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD to Receive New York Premiere, 4/1/16
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia announced today that Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD will have its New York premiere in a co-production between the two institutions, April 1 and 3, 2016.  The engagement marks the first time opera will be performed on the Apollo Theater stage, and the first time Opera Philadelphia will play New York.  (more...)

Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD to Receive New York Premiere in April 2016Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD to Receive New York Premiere in April 2016
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2015

The Apollo Theater and Opera Philadelphia announced today that Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD will have its New York premiere in a co-production between the two institutions, April 1 and 3, 2016.  The engagement marks the first time opera will be performed on the Apollo Theater stage, and the first time Opera Philadelphia will play New York.  (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Launch 2015-16 Directors' StudioShakespeare Theatre Company to Launch 2015-16 Directors' Studio
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

In an effort to continue its vision to provide a training ground for the next generation of theatre artists, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has launched its first-ever Directors' Studio, a series of workshops and discussions designed to investigate the craft of theatrical direction created for local, early-career directors. By application, six directors have been selected for the 2015-2016 season's Directors' Studio: Catrin Rowenna Davies, Rick Hammerly, Lee Liebeskind, Carter Lowe, Angela Kay Pirko, and Jason Schlasfstein. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, TodayOpera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was "a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years" (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as "one of the leading instigators of new work in the country." The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose "thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope" (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5-14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, Now thru 6/14Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, Now thru 6/14
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive DirectorGotham Chamber Opera Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces Edward Barnes as the company's new Executive Director, effective June 1, 2015. Mr. Barnes will succeed Gotham's previous executive director, David Bennett, who will become general director of the San Diego Opera. In addition, David Rubeo has been promoted to Associate Director. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Sets 15th Anniversary SeasonGotham Chamber Opera Sets 15th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Gotham Chamber Opera announces its 15th Anniversary Season, which will begin in the fall of 2015 with a 15th Anniversary Celebration Concert (date and venue tba). The season continues in February 2016 with Alessandro Stradella's 1675 San Giovanni Battista (Saint John the Baptist)in a co-production with the Netherlands Nationale ReisOpera, and a concert at (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, NYC, featuring a new work by David Hertzberg, winner of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Music. The season concludes with the New York premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird, a co-production of the Apollo Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera and Opera Philadelphia, at the world famous Apollo Theater in May/June 2016. (more...)

Brownlee to Star in Opera Philadelphia's CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, 6/5-14Brownlee to Star in Opera Philadelphia's CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was 'a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years' (NPR). (more...)

Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Billy Porter Will Lead All-Male TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Full Season Announced!Billy Porter Will Lead All-Male TAMING OF THE SHREW at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Full Season Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2015

With the third and fourth shows of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's current season underway, Artistic Director Michael Kahn announced today the Company's 2015-2016 Season. Kahn has put together a season of contrasts and striking new voices, with international directors and adaptors bringing provocative approaches to the classics to Washington, D.C. (more...)

TAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New AudienceTAMBURLAINE, PARTS I and II Opens this Sunday at Theatre for a New Audience
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Christopher Marlowe's 1587 epic Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, edited and directed by Olivier Award-winner Michael Boyd and starring John Douglas Thompson, opens Sunday, November 16, at 1:00pm at Theatre for a New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place. (more...)

BWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th SeasonBWW Reviews: An Uneven SWEENEY TODD Opens Virginia Opera Company's 40th Season
by Benjamin Tomchik - Oct 15, 2014

When Stephen Powell's Sweeney Todd lunges at the audience in vengeful anger declaring, "No ones in the chair, come on! Come on! Sweeney's waiting, I want you bleeders," It's hard to think of anything more thrilling. And yet, Powell's performance along with a glorious 28 piece orchestra only partially makes-up for the Virginia Opera Company's rather uneven production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. (more...)

59E59 Theaters Hosts US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, Now thru 5/2559E59 Theaters Hosts US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2014

59E59 Theaters will welcome New Perspectives back to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of David Rudkin's THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, directed by Jack McNamara. THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK begins performances tonight, May 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 25. Press opening is Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. (more...)

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