Sondra Radvanovsky News


by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

General Director Placido Domingo announced today that soprano Diana Damrau and bass-baritone Nicolas Teste will join him and Sondra Radvanovsky for a one-night-only concert on April 1, 2017, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. (more...)

2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named six young singers as the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera's biggest stars. (more...)

Nine Young Opera Singers Advance To Final Round of Met's National Council AuditionsNine Young Opera Singers Advance To Final Round of Met's National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

Following yesterday's highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera's 2017 National Council Auditions, America's most prestigious vocal competition. (more...)

BWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEOBWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEO
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 13, 2017

No one can accuse the Met of skimping when it put together its current revival of Mozart's opera seria IDOMENEO. Yes, the production's 35 years old, but with this cast, it hardly mattered: tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, elegant and Mozartian to the nth degree, the suave and poignant mezzo Alice Coote as his son, Idamante, and the pristine, gorgeous soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia, the captured Trojan princess, under Music Director Emeritus James Levine. But it was the fourth of the leading players, the full-bodied lyric soprano Elza van den Heever, as Elettra, who blew the roof off. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Launches Free Breaking the Waves Audio Stream, 3/29Opera Philadelphia Launches Free Breaking the Waves Audio Stream, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

The runaway success of Opera Philadelphia's world premiere production of Breaking the Waves marked a catalytic moment last fall, “changing many of the people who brought the piece to the stage – and the company itself” (Philadelphia Inquirer). The new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film scored a nomination for the International Opera Award for Best World Premiere, and Opera News declared it “among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced.” Now home audiences the world over can hear the spellbinding production in its entirety at operaphila.org, starting next Wednesday, March 29 at 1pm, when Opera Philadelphia unveils a free on-demand audio stream of the world premiere production that took the opera world by storm, capping an online celebration of Women's History Month. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Launches Free BREAKING THE WAVES Audio StreamOpera Philadelphia Launches Free BREAKING THE WAVES Audio Stream
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

When Opera Philadelphia's new adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated film, Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera "ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct," and Opera News said it "stands among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced." It has since earned an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere and made its New York debut with Beth Morrison Projects' Prototype Festival to continued acclaim. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces 2017-18 Season and FestivalOpera Philadelphia Announces 2017-18 Season and Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Opera Philadelphia's 2017-2018 Season opens with a twelve-day festival that transforms the city into a stage for the future of opera, as six venues come alive with the talents of dozens of spectacular artists in more than 25 performances. The inaugural festival, O17, takes place from September 14-25, and promises opera lovers and newcomers a fresh way to experience the art form. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces 2017-18 Season - Inaugural Festival O17, Three World Premieres, Two Philadelphia Premieres and More!Opera Philadelphia Announces 2017-18 Season - Inaugural Festival O17, Three World Premieres, Two Philadelphia Premieres and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

Opera Philadelphia's 2017-2018 Season opens with a twelve-day festival that transforms the city into a stage for the future of opera, as six venues come alive with the talents of dozens of spectacular artists in more than 25 performances. Hailed as "a bold move aimed at making Philadelphia a compelling stop on the opera-lover circuit" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and "a significant expansion of Opera Philadelphia's seasonal offerings" (Opera News), the inaugural festival, O17, takes place from September 14-25, and promises opera lovers and newcomers a fresh way to experience the art form.   (more...)

Palm Beach Opera Announces 2018 Mainstage Season and GalaPalm Beach Opera Announces 2018 Mainstage Season and Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Palm Beach Opera is thrilled to announce the 2018 mainstage opera season, which will include performances of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca January 26-28, Leonard Bernstein's Candide February 23-25, and Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart March 23-25. All mainstage opera performances will take place at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. (more...)

Winners of the 2017 George London Awards Are AnnouncedWinners of the 2017 George London Awards Are Announced
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

The winners of the 46th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place in a front of an audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.  (more...)

Finalists Announced for Friday's George London Awards Competition for SingersFinalists Announced for Friday's George London Awards Competition for Singers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Tomorrow afternoon, 18 young American and Canadian opera singers will perform with pianist Craig Rutenberg before a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at New York's Morgan Library & Museum, hoping to win a George London Award, an honor that has been conferred upon hundreds of the best young singers since 1971. (more...)

Kelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 SeasonKelli O'Hara, Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce DiDonato Will Highlight Met Opera's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

The Metropolitan Opera's 2017-18 season will feature 220 performances of 26 works, including two Met premieres, one co-commissioned by the company and one an older masterpiece having its first Met performances; a variety of repertory favorites, three in new productions; and performances of Verdi's towering concert work for soloists, orchestra, and chorus, the Requiem. Of note, Broadway star Kelli O'Hara is set to return to the Met in Così fan tutte this season. (more...)

Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, May 7Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, May 7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph, 'Once again, it was both a challenge and a pleasure for us to produce these shortlists, and I am very grateful to our distinguished jury. The quality of the nominations—received in record numbers this year—was very high, and I hope our lists prove that for all the difficulties faced by the world's opera companies, opera is in fact in a healthy and vibrant state.' (more...)

The International Opera Awards 2017 Finalists RevealedThe International Opera Awards 2017 Finalists Revealed
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards has just announced the finalists for this year's Awards. (more...)

The International Opera Awards Announces FinalistsThe International Opera Awards Announces Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph, 'Once again, it was both a challenge and a pleasure for us to produce these shortlists, and I am very grateful to our distinguished jury. The quality of the nominations-received in record numbers this year-was very high, and I hope our lists prove that for all the difficulties faced by the world's opera companies, opera is in fact in a healthy and vibrant state.' (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 SeasonCanadian Opera Company Unveils 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The Canadian Opera Company presents a 2017/2018 season that defies conventions on what opera can be and cements the art form's enduring relevance as a reflection of timeless human relations and universal themes. (more...)

Who Will Win a 2017 George London Award? The 46th Annual Competition Presents Public Finals 2/17Who Will Win a 2017 George London Award? The 46th Annual Competition Presents Public Finals 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

On Friday, February 17, 2017, 24 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will perform with pianist Craig Rutenberg before a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at The Morgan Library & Museum, hoping to win a George London Award, an honor that has been conferred upon hundreds of the best young singers since 1971. (more...)

Lyric Opera Of Chicago Presents New Production of NORMA, 1/28Lyric Opera Of Chicago Presents New Production of NORMA, 1/28
by Molly Tracy - Dec 8, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Bellini's riveting bel canto masterpiece Norma in a new-to-Chicago production. Vocal pyrotechnics and sumptuous music brilliantly tell the tale of forbidden passion, betrayal, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. (more...)

Passion and Betrayal Comes to Canadian Opera Company in Bellini's NORMA This FallPassion and Betrayal Comes to Canadian Opera Company in Bellini's NORMA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

Searing drama and epic lyricism open the Canadian Opera Company's 2016/2017 season with a new production of Bellini's Norma.  (more...)

LA Opera Announces Placido Domingo's Young Artists ConcertLA Opera Announces Placido Domingo's Young Artists Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

General Director Placido Domingo announced today that LA Opera will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program with a concert on April 1, 2017. Mr. Domingo will conduct the LA Opera Orchestra in Domingo's Young Artists, a performance featuring current members and distinguished alumni of the program, joined by guest soloist Sondra Radvanovsky, star of the company's spring production of Tosca, in a concert featuring favorite arias, duets and ensembles. (more...)

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