Rufus Wainwright News

Opera Star, Deborah Voigt Launches New Memoir, CALL ME DEBBIE - and More!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

The 2014-15 season sees one of Deborah Voigt's most personal projects come to fruition, with the HarperCollins publication of her candid, funny, and soul-baring memoir Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva. She also returns to the opera house, reprising her star turn in Francesca Zambello's Salome for her Dallas Opera debut; making her title role debut in a new staging of The Merry Widow at Michigan Opera Theater; and undertaking the roles of Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser at the Hamburg State Opera – her first time singing both roles in the same production. To launch her new appointment as WQXR's inaugural Susan W. Rose Artist-in-Residence, Voigt co-hosts the opening-night broadcast of Carnegie Hall Live, joining WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon to present the Berlin Philharmonic, Sir Simon Rattle and Anne-Sophie Mutter live in concert from the New York venue. She herself headlines the season-opening concert of the Las Vegas Philharmonic and season-closing events at both the Pacific Symphony and the USM Symphony, which she joins for “An Evening with Deborah Voigt.” Meanwhile, as returning Artist-in-Residence at the Washington National Opera, the beloved soprano continues mentoring young singers in the company's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program throughout the season. (more...)

Rachael Yamagata's New Album Funding Campaign Reaches 79% of Goal
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2014

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata has teamed up with Pledge Music for the second time, inviting her fans to join her through the entire process of making her new record and touring. (more...)

Berliner Ensemble, Robert Wilson, and Rufus Wainwright to Bring SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS to BAM, 10/7-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

The Bard is more modern and alive than ever in visionary Robert Wilson's Shakespeare's Sonnets, a contemporary take on 25 specially chosen sonnets from Shakespeare's canon. Set to a sweeping score composed by the renowned Rufus Wainwright, a genre-bending mix of medieval German Minnesang, classical, pop, and cabaret rock is performed by Bertolt Brecht's historic Berliner Ensemble. The sonnets were pared down and selected by Berliner dramaturge Jutta Ferbers who deftly adapted these captivating poems that were not originally intended for the theater. The production was first staged in Berlin in 2009 for the fourth centennial of the publishing of the sonnets. The production's world premiere was in April 2009 in Berlin and still runs in the Berliner Ensemble's repertory. (more...)

Judy Collins to Make Segerstrom Center Debut, 12/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Grammy Award-winning artist Judy Collins makes her Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut in her Holidays and Hits concert on December 6 in the Rene?e and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. It will be an evening of beloved holiday songs and music from her five-decade career that has produced such legendary interpretations as 'Both Sides Now,' 'Send in the Clowns' and 'Amazing Grace.' The New York Times states, 'Watching Ms. Collins perform ... is like studying a jewel that reveals new facets as it is slowly turned into the light.' Joining her will be the Passenger String Quartet. (more...)

Rufus Wainwright to Play Ridgefield Playhouse, 10/19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Grammy nominee Rufus Wainwright has established himself as one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation. In his Best of Rufus Wainwright concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, October 19, at 8 p.m., he'll bring together a variety of genres including, pop, opera, baroque, rock, classical and ragtime into his own unique style. (more...)

Met Guild to Salute Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon, 11/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

On Friday, November 21, the Metropolitan Opera Guild's 80th Annual Luncheon presents "Brava, Jessye!" to salute the legendary Jessye Norman, who recently wrote about her life in a memoir titled Stand Up Straight and Sing! (more...)

Feinstein's at the Nikko to Welcome Pink Martini's Storm Large, 10/18-19
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2014

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein are proud to welcome Storm Large of Pink Martini fame to Feinstein's at the Nikko for two performances only -- Saturday, October 18 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, October 19 (7 p.m.). Storm Large reunites with her loyal and fearless band, Le Bonheur, for a new record that captures their unique energy. (more...)

Rachael Yamagata Announces North American Headlining Tour This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2014

This fall acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata will hit the road for an extensive run of headlining live dates in North America. (more...)

10 Hairy Legs Announces 2014-2015 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 02, 2014

Randy James' all male dance company, 10 Hairy Legs continues the company's aggressive repertory expansion in its third season exploring the range of the male dancer, adding 8 new works to its already extensive list. (more...)

Pink Martini Coming to Ridgefield Playhouse, 9/25
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

The highly entertaining "little orchestra" known as Pink Martini has been described as a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure featuring a dozen musicians and vocalists who perform a multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout the world. The band is fresh off their eighth studio album, Dream A Little Dream, featuring the powerful voices of co-lead singers China Forbes and Storm Large. They will bring their dynamic stage show to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Thursday, September 25, at 8 p.m. Special guests are The von Trapps, great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria, who will sing with China Forbes. No. 109 Cheese & Wine will serve wine tastings in the lobby at 7:15 p.m. for the reception with local artist Florence Notte, courtesy of Watershed Gallery. Tom Tom's (417 Main St., Ridgefield) will pour a complimentary glass of wine with dinner the night of the show when ticket is presented. This event is part of the Ridgefield Magazine Broadway & Cabaret Series No.?109 Cheese & Wine "Art, Wine and Jazz" Series. (more...)

Loudon Wainwright III to Play Ridgefield Playhouse, 9/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Loudon Wainwright III is a critically acclaimed songwriter who won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album High, Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project. Legendary artists including Johnny Cash and Bonnie Raitt have covered his songs -- from folk, rock, and blues to comedy. Known for his leading role as Captain Calvin Spalding in the TV hit show M*A*S*H (the singing surgeon) and the singer of 'Dead Skunk (in the Middle of the Road)', Loudon will deliver at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, September 12, at 8 p.m. (more...)

Ramsey Lewis, Neil Berg's 100 YEARS OF BROADWAY, Lydia Johnson Dance and More Set for SOPAC's 2014-15 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has announced its 2014-15 performance schedule through February 2015. (more...)

THE BOOK OF MORMON's Gavin Creel to Make Provincetown Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Two-time Tony Award Nominee Gavin Creel will make his long-awaited Provincetown debut with the acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House series on September 5 and 6 at 7:00 PM featuring series host and SiriusXM radio star Seth Rudetsky on the piano. (more...)

Storm Large to Play McCullough Theatre, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Singer, actor, author, and playwright Storm Large is a unique talent whose charms and remarkable voice are quickly creating a buzz within the performing arts world. As the singer in the band Pink Martini, a finalist in the reality show Rock Star Supernova, and as a critically acclaimed performer, Storm Large has taken her voice from rock clubs along the west coast to the Carnegie Hall stage, performing with The Detroit Symphony. (more...)

Renee Fleming's CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK Now Available For Pre-Order, Out 10/14
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 20, 2014

A new holiday collection from world renowned soprano Renee Fleming titled CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK is now available for pre-order. (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett's 'I Can't Give You Anything But Love'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

As fans eagerly await Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett's upcoming album 'Cheek to Cheek' dropping September 23rd, the duo have shared another single from the project. (more...)

Leonard Cohen to Release Album of New Songs 'Popular Problems', 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy. (more...)

Rachael Sage to Release New Studio Album 'Blue Roses' 11/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Rachael Sage announces the release of her new studio album, Blue Roses, out November 4, 2014 on MPress Records. (more...)

Julian Fleisher Sets Fall Shows in New York
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2014

Julian Fleisher, New York City's favorite multi-hyphenate, will return to Joe's Pub this fall in support of his recently released album, Finally. The 10-track album was written and produced by Julian and follows his critically acclaimed Rather Bigalbum. Julian will be mixing material from both of his releases when he hits the stage, once again, at Joe's Pub on September 17. Julian was also asked to host a conversation series with his father, the legendary pianist and Kennedy Center honoree Leon Fleisher at the 92nd St Y this fall. The series includes three intimate conversations with the master, the first taking place on October 26, the second on December 14 and the final conversation will take place on February 8, 2015. The series will explore the elder Fleisher's life and career throug the lens of the music he loves. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse's October Lineup to Include Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan, and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 02, 2014

Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut presents a variety of performances in October, including an appearance from Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Madigan, and more. (more...)

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