Soprano Deborah Voigt Cancels Tonight's Performance of VOIGT LESSONS for SF Opera Lab
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

San Francisco Opera today announced the sudden cancellation of this evening's performance of American soprano Deborah Voigt in her eponymous show Voigt Lessons, to be presented by SF Opera Lab at the Wilsey Center's Taube Atrium Theater. (more...)

Opera News: Deborah Voigt to Join San Francisco Conservatory of Music, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Internationally revered operatic soprano Deborah Voigthas been appointed to the full-time voice faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). Beginning in the fall of 2016, Voigt, known the world over for her "majestic voice" (WSJ), will bring to SFCM the benefit of singing experience that spans an extraordinary spectrum, from her renowned performances in the operas of Wagner, Strauss, and more, to her celebrated recital appearances and acclaimed presentations of Broadway standards and popular songs. Through private lessons and masterclasses with Voigt, select SFCM voice students will have the unique opportunity to gain insight and training from one of the world's most versatile singers and music's most endearing personalities. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Joins San Francisco Conservatory of Music Faculty
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Internationally revered operatic soprano Deborah Voigt has been appointed to the full-time voice faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM). (more...)

Plácido Domingo Selects Six Sings for LA Opera's Young Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

General Director Plácido Domingo announced today that he has selected six singers to join LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in the 2016/17 season. The artists were chosen from 650 applicants, 300 live auditions and, ultimately, 28 final candidates. The finalists auditioned in April for a panel led by Mr. Domingo that included Music Director James Conlon, President and CEO Christopher Koelsch and Senior Director of Artistic Planning Joshua Winograde, who directs the program, along with Nino Sanikidze, head coach for the program.  (more...)

BWW Review: MACBETH - The Dark Tale Shines Bright at OTSL!
by Steve Callahan - May 31, 2016

Opera Theatre of St. Louis continues its forty-first season with another remarkably fine production-Verdi's Macbeth. (more...)

LA Opera Welcomes New Members to Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

General Director Plácido Domingo announced today that he has selected six singers to join LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in the 2016/17 season. (more...)

On Site Opera Announces Cast Update for THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

On Site Opera (OSO) announces today that soprano Jeni Houser has been added to the cast of the North American premiere of Marcos Portugal's The Marriage of Figaro (1799). (more...)

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...)

George London Foundation Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Upon the conclusion of the 20th year of its celebrated recital series, which was marked with a gala in April featuring some of opera's most prominent American and Canadian stars, the Foundation announces its 2016-17 season of events. (more...)

On Site Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO to Run 6/14-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Just four years into its existence, On Site Opera (OSO) has established itself as one of New York City's most imaginative, nimble opera companies by doing more than simply staging musically and dramatically rich works outside of the opera house. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces 2016–17 HGO Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Houston, March 7, 2016—After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen three new singers and one new pianist/coach for the 2016–17 HGO Studio. The artists are Yelena Dyachek, soprano, the Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award recipient at Concert of Arias 2016; Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano, the second-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2016; Sol Jin, baritone, the Audience Choice Award winner at Concert of Arias 2016; and Peter Walsh, pianist/coach. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development to young singers, pianist/coaches, and conductors who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The HGO Studio received applications from 475 artists; of those, about 275 were heard in auditions in Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. For singers, the audition process culminates in HGO's annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, held this year on February 4. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces 2016–17 HGO Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen three new singers and one new pianist/coach for the 2016-17 HGO Studio. The artists are Yelena Dyachek, soprano, the Ana Maria Martinez Encouragement Award recipient at Concert of Arias 2016;  Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano, the second-place prize winner at Concert of Arias 2016;  Sol Jin, baritone, the Audience Choice Award winner at Concert of Arias 2016; and Peter Walsh, pianist/coach. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development to young singers, pianist/coaches, and conductors who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. The HGO Studio received applications from 475 artists; of those, about 275 were heard in auditions in Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles. For singers, the audition process culminates in HGO's annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers, held this year on February 4. (more...)

Ghost Road Company to Present ASTERION, 3/30-4/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

The critically acclaimed Ghost Road Company will present a fully staged workshop production of its latest original piece, Asterion at the Atwater Village Theatre, March 30 - April 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  Inspired by the Greek myth of the Minotaur, the play explores the inner life of Asterion, a man who has known the dark side of his nature and fights to regain his humanity. Tickets may be purchased online at Ghostroad.org. (more...)

Met Opera Announces Finalists in Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Following yesterday's highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera's 2016 National Council Auditions, America's most prestigious vocal competition. The selected finalists, chosen by a panel of experts from the classical music industry, will compete on the Met stage on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and the prestigious-and potentially career-launching-title of National Council Auditions Winner. The Grand Finals Concert will feature Antony Walker conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra as each finalist performs two arias. (more...)

American Chamber Ensemble to Bring MUSIC, MARVEL AND MYSTICISM to National Opera Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2016

The critically-acclaimed American Chamber Ensemble will perform Music, Marvel and Mysticism, the second concert of its 50th anniversary season on Saturday, March 12 - 2:00 PM at Marc A. Scorca Hall of The National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan. (more...)

Pacific Opera Project to Present Salieri & Mozart Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

Fresh off their sold out run of The Merry 'Widder', POP looks to shake things up again by recreating a competition that took place between the now infamous rivals W.A. Mozart and Antonio Salieri when they present a double bill of The Impresario and Prima la musica, e poi le parole. (more...)

Five Young Singers Named 2016 Winners of The Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2016

?After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named five 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...)

Kent Tritle to Lead World Premiere of Organ Transcription of Mahler's Symphony No. 8, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

?The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music and Oratorio Society of New York, presents the world premiere of a transcription for organ, vocal soloists, and choruses, of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8, on Thursday, April 7th, at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan. This event follows the two performances of the symphony in its original orchestration at the Cathedral on February 24th and 25th. (more...)

Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Sets 2016 SummerFest Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

Strong women are in the spotlight as Opera Theater of Pittsburgh announces its 2016 SummerFest season of opera, musical theater, concerts and cabarets, June 22-July 24. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2016 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28 through July 17, 2016. The season will feature three new productions at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York, along with a diverse slate of recitals and concerts at multiple locations in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Albany. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

BWW Review: ARIADNE ON NAXOS Balances Wondrously Between Classic Beauty and Parody
by Steve Callahan - Jun 18, 2016

'Ariadne ON NAXOS' balances wondrously between classic beauty and parody. (more...)

Merola Opera Program to Present TRANSFORMATIONS, 7/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

(San Francisco, June 9, 2016) The Merola Opera Program presents Conrad Susa's Transformations, led by conductor Neal Goren and director Roy Rallo, in two performances Thursday, July 21 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, July 23 at 2 pm at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Cast Update for DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

San Francisco Opera announces a principal cast update for Dream of the Red Chamber, the new opera by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and co-librettist David Henry Hwang which receives its world premiere on September 10, 2016, with five additional performances through September 29. Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts, who is currently starring in the title role of Carmen, will now sing the role of Bao Chai, replacing previously announced mezzo-soprano Nian Wang who has determined that the vocal part was not a suitable fit for her voice and has withdrawn from the project. (more...)

CRT Presents Regional Premiere of Agatha Christie's CARDS ON THE TABLE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

For the fourth show in their 45th anniversary summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre presents the regional premiere of the exciting murder mystery 'Cards on the Table' adapted by Leslie Darbon from the novel by Agatha Christie. Performances will run from August 3rd - 13th with evening performances at 7:30 PM.  Matinees are available on August 5th, 9th and 10th at 2:00 PM.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-427-6160 or at the CRT Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street in Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Cast Change for World Premiere of 'Dream of the Red Chamber'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2016

San Francisco Opera announces a principal cast update for Dream of the Red Chamber, the new opera by Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng and co-librettist David Henry Hwang which receives its world premiere on September 10, 2016, with five additional performances through September 29. Japanese-American mezzo-soprano Irene Roberts, who is currently starring in the title role of Carmen, will now sing the role of Bao Chai, replacing previously announced mezzo-soprano Nian Wang who has determined that the vocal part was not a suitable fit for her voice and has withdrawn from the project. (more...)

Monty Python Meets Opera in Seattle Opera's COUNT ORY
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

SEATTLE – Seattleites, you've been warned: There's a cheeky bad boy causing a ruckus this summer, and he's headed straight for McCaw Hall! Seattle Opera presents The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory—a brand-new production that packs the punch of a Broadway musical with a nod to the humor and visual style of Monty Python. This Rossini comedy takes place in a medieval French village—while the men are off fighting the Crusades, the ladies are easily enticed by the notoriously naughty Count Ory. Australian Stage Director Lindy Hume and Production Designer Dan Potra have let their imaginations run wild, creating a mashup of medieval France and psychedelic '70s flower power. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio Recruits Seven New Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Toronto –   The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes seven outstanding new artists for the 2016/2017 season: sopranos Danika Lorènand Samantha Pickett, mezzo-sopranos Emily D'Angelo, Lauren Eberwein and Megan Quick, baritone Bruno Roy, and pianist Stéphane Mayer. The seven artists join the Ensemble Studio in August 2016 and become part of an illustrious program that, since its inception in 1980, has launched the careers of over 215 Canadian singers, opera coaches, mainstage directors and conductors. (more...)

Met Opera to Present Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The popular verismo double bill of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci returns to the Met beginning January 21. (more...)

Washington Concert Opera to Present Donizetti's LA FAVORITE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Washington Concert Opera is proud to continue its season of Italian masters with Gaetano Donizetti's LA FAVORITE in its original, rarely performed, French version (with English supertitles). At the height of his career and his creative genius, Donizetti wrote LA FAVORITE - one of the few operas with a mezzo-soprano in the title role. Set amidst the Moorish invasion of medieval Spain, it is filled with the passions of war, love, and sacrifice.  (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Finalists for Concert of Arias Competition, Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Houston, February 2, 2016—Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has chosen the finalists for the 28th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center on today, February 4, at 7 p.m. This year's finalists are: (more...)

Met Opera's DON PASQUALE Opens 3/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Donizetti's comedy Don Pasquale will return to the Met March 4 for a starry revival featuring Ambrogio Maestri in his first-ever performances of the title role, opposite Javier Camarena, who caused a sensation in his 2014 Met appearances in La Cenerentola, as the lovelorn Ernesto. Italian soprano Eleonora Buratto will make her Met debut as the bewitching Norina, opposite Levente Molnár as the two-faced physician, Dr. Malatesta. Maurizio Benini conducts Otto Schenk's 2006 production. (more...)

Three New Productions Slated for Opera Saratoga's 2016 Summer Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28th through July 17, 2016. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Premiere Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

Music director Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, guest vocalists and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh in a BNY Mellon Grand Classics program featuring the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra premiere of Bach's St. John Passion oratorio on March 4 and 6 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

BWW Review: Spectacular Sleepwalking in Bellini's SONNAMBULA at Juilliard Opera
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 17, 2016

It's a shame that Bellini wasn't Donizetti--because the story of LA SONNAMBULA seems to be begging for the full comic treatment and could have been a great companion to L'ELISIR D'AMORE. (I'm not sure how Maria Callas would have felt about changes in one of her great roles.) As it stands, performing the semi-serious work in a concert format--as The Juilliard Opera did last week--is the next best thing, putting the emphasis on the music and the virtuoso singing it calls for and less on the absurd storyline. (more...)

Cast Changes Announced For West End's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by Marianka Swain - Aug 8, 2016

As the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA heads towards its 30th birthday at Her Majesty's Theatre in the West End, Ben Forster continues to star as 'The Phantom' alongside Celinde Schoenmaker as 'Christine Daae' and Nadim Naaman as 'Raoul'. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Announces New Roster of Young Artist Program Take-Ons
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2016

MIAMI – August 2, 2016– Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is pleased to announce the members of its 2016-17 class for its Young Artist Program. These artists, consisting of both new and returning members, were selected from more than 600 singers who auditioned for the coveted program.  (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

Listen to Jonas Kaufmann's heartfelt version of the Godfather theme 'Parla più piano' - now also available on Spotify & Amazon: https://SonyClassical.lnk.to/JK-ParlaPiuPiano (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Present Baroque Opera at Its Best with Handel's ARIODANTE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The work of George Frideric Handel, a supreme artist of the Baroque era, returns to the Canadian Opera Company stage this fall in the long awaited company premiere of Ariodante. (more...)

NYC Playwright Liz Duffy Adams Offers First Look at New Play
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

 The Bridge Initiative and Southwest Shakespeare Company are teaming up to present a world premiere free reading of Asterionby Liz Duffy Adams on Monday, September 5th, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at SSC's rehearsal space, 55 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ, 85301. The play finds Asterion, the half-bull Minotaur of Greek legend, trapped in the labyrinth his sister Ariadne designed, alone except for the ghosts of the young sacrifices he has devoured. Now Ariadne and her borrowed hero, Theseus, are coming to kill him - unless he kills them instead. (more...)

Jermyn Street To Stage Revival of A.A. Milne's THE DOVER ROAD
by Marianka Swain - Aug 10, 2016

In the 60th anniversary year of A.A Milne's death and the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh's publication, Close Quarter Productions, in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, today announces a new production of Milne's play THE DOVER ROAD. Nichola McAuliffe directs Stefan Berdnarczyk, Tom Durant-Pritchard, Katrina Gibson, Georgia Maguire, Gareth McLeod, Patrick Ryecart and James Sheldon in the production opening at Jermyn Street Theatre, on Tuesday 6 September running until Saturday 1 October. (more...)

Esa-Pekka Salonen to Conduct ELEKTRA, Starring Nina Stemme, at Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Legendary director Patrice Chéreau's final work, an acclaimed staging of Richard Strauss's tragedy Elektra, comes to the Met April 14 with Esa-Pekka Salonen leading a cast headed by Nina Stemme in her first Met performances of the bloodthirsty princess. (more...)

Kathleen Battle to Return to Metropolitan Opera in November
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle, who starred in more than 220 Met performances over the course of her career, will make her first appearance at the Met in more than 20 years with the recital Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey on Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m. Battle will sing a recital of spirituals inspired by the journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad, the 19th-century network of safe houses that allowed African-Americans to escape from slavery. She will be joined by pianist Joel Martin and by a choir under the direction of James Davis, Jr., Director of Music Ministries and Fine Arts at Harlem's famous Abyssinian Baptist Church. (more...)

Mercury to Conclude 15th Anniversary Season with Beethoven's Ninth
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Artistic Director Antoine Plante and Mercury close out a celebratory 15th Anniversary Season with Beethoven's monumental Ninth Symphony on Saturday, May 14 at 8 PM at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater. Mercury presents this joyful and triumphant masterpiece on period instruments, as audiences would have heard at its premiere in 1824, alongside vocalists Mary Wilson (soprano), Sarah Mesko (alto), Zachary Wilder (tenor) and Tyler Duncan (baritone). Also joining the performance are select members of the Houston Symphony Chorus under the direction of Betsy Cook Weber. This performance is the culmination of Mercury's five-year Beethoven symphony cycle, described as the 'Mount Everest' of the orchestral repertoire. The evening also includes select opera arias by Vivaldi featuring each of the guest soloists. Major support for this concert comes from Houston Arts Alliance; Houston Endowment Inc.; Ting Tsung and Wei Fung Chao Foundation; Phillips66; Texas Commission on the Arts; Hans and Lili Kirchner; and Haynes and Boone, LLP. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.mercuryhouston.org or call 713.533.0080. (more...)

MasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) continues the 2015-2016 season with Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's tempestuous Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, tonight, April 28, 2016 at 7pm and tomorrow, April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Mozart's DIE ENTFUHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL to Open This Week at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which has not been seen on the Met stage in almost a decade, opens April 22 led by James Levine, who recently announced that he would assume the new title of Music Director Emeritus at the conclusion of the Met's current season. (more...)

MasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

A friendly reminder! MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) continues the 2015-2016 season with Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's tempestuous Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, on April 28, 2016 at 7pm and April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

SF Opera Lab to Present VOIGT LESSONS with Deborah Voigt, 5/6-8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

? SF Opera Lab presents the West Coast premiere of Voigt Lessons, starring soprano and musical personality Deborah Voigt with music direction by Kevin Stites, May 6 and 8, 2016 at the Taube Atrium Theater. The intimate and acclaimed one-woman show weaves songs and arias, ranging from music by the Carpenters to Strauss, into a vivid and moving account of the superstar soprano's life and career. (more...)

Metropolis Ensemble to Perform BROWNSTONE in NYC, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

On Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7PM, (Grammy-nominated), Metropolis Ensemble will invite an intimate number of guests to enjoy Brownstone, an experiential treasure hunt of sound, taste, and color inside a five-story Beaux Arts limestone at 991 Fifth Avenue. (more...)

Peter Gelb, Nina Stemme and More Discuss Patrice Chéreau's 'Elektra' at FIAF, 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Metropolitan Opera in association with the International Friends of the International Lyric Art Festival Aix-en-Provence will present the talk Discovering Chéreau'sElektra at the Metropolitan Opera, on Wednesday, April 6 at 7pm at FIAF's Florence Gould Hall. (more...)

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