Schimmel Center to Welcome Soprano Heidi Melton for 'VOCE' Series, 5/17Schimmel Center to Welcome Soprano Heidi Melton for 'VOCE' Series, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2015

On Sunday, May 17 at 3pm, Schimmel Center at Pace University will present an afternoon with the dramatic soprano, Heidi Melton, accompanied by pianist John Parr. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents Giovanni Paisiello's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13On Site Opera Presents Giovanni Paisiello's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

This summer, On Site Opera(OSO) will present a new production that exemplifies the company's mission to stage operas in non-traditional locations ideally suited to the stories they tell. OSO will offer an immersive site-specific staging of Giovanni Paisiello's The Barber of Seville at the opulent Fabbri Mansion (House of the Redeemer) on New York City's Upper East Side. Conducted by the company's newly appointed Music Director,Geoffrey McDonald and directed by OSO's Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn, the production will be updated to the early decades of the twentieth century (when the Fabbri Mansion was built) and staged in themansion's outdoor courtyard and library. (more...)

The Utopia Opera Presents ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, 6/5-13The Utopia Opera Presents ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, 6/5-13
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

On June 5, 6, 12, & 13 at 7:30pm, Utopia Opera presents Richard Strauss' ground-breaking and thrilling Ariadne auf Naxos in a staged production performed with an 18-piece orchestra at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue). Utopia founder and artistic director,William Remmers, conducts while the acclaimed Benjamin Spierman (Indianapolis Opera, Dayton Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, Bronx Opera) directs; costume stylings are by Eric Lamp. 18-piece orchestral reduction by Christopher Fecteau. (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...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces Guest Conductor Juanjo Mena for BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 5/29Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Announces Guest Conductor Juanjo Mena for BNY Mellon Grand Classics, 5/29
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Elevate your senses and your heart rate with a BNY Mellon Grand Classics concert that takes you from high above the quiet world to a pulse-pounding turn on the dance floor on May 29 and 31 at Heinz Hall. (more...)

Reagle Music Theatre to Present GUYS AND DOLLS, 6/11-21Reagle Music Theatre to Present GUYS AND DOLLS, 6/11-21
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston will open its 47th consecutive summer season with the Broadway favorite, Guys and Dolls, from June 11-21, 2015 at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452). Set in Damon Runyon's jubilant, shimmering New York City, this Tony Award-winning musical about gangsters, showgirls, and mission workers stars Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett as Sky Masterson (Broadway's Chicago, PBS's Kiss Me, Kate) and opera singer Mara Bonde as Sarah Brown (The Boston Pops). Broadway veteran David Hugo (LES MISERABLES) returns to direct Frank Loesser's romantic comedy that demonstrates the great lengths to which a guy will go when he truly falls in love with a 'doll.' Reagle Music Theatre is the long-running regional theater company known for casting Broadway stars alongside regional talent. Individual tickets range from $35 to $63; season subscriptions and group tickets are available at a discount. Tickets can be purchased at www.reaglemusictheatre.com, by calling 781-891-5600, or at the theater box office. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Receives NEA GrantGotham Chamber Opera Receives NEA Grant
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

Through it's grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. (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...)

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

New York, NY (March 4, 2015) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo will sing their first Met performances of the title character in Massenet's Manon and her devoted lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the first revival of Laurent Pelly's 2012 Met staging, also starring Russell Braun as Manon's cousin, Lescaut, and Nicolas Testé as the Chevalier's father, the Comte des Grieux. The opera opens March 9 and plays six performances through March 28. (more...)

Curtis Opera Theatre Presents ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, TodayCurtis Opera Theatre Presents ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

MARCH 4, 2015 When the wealthiest man in Vienna hosts a lavish night of music and fireworks, the entertainment is in no short supply—and neither is the drama—in Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos. The Curtis Opera Theatre, in association with Opera Philadelphia and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, presents three sold-out performances March 4, 6, and 8 in the Perelman Theater at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. (more...)

On Site Opera to Launch 'The Figaro Project' with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13On Site Opera to Launch 'The Figaro Project' with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

On Site Opera has garnered considerable acclaim for its immersive, site-specific productions since stage director Eric Einhorn founded it just three years ago. (more...)

On Site Opera Launches THE FIGARO PROJECT With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AND THE GUILTY MOTHEROn Site Opera Launches THE FIGARO PROJECT With THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO AND THE GUILTY MOTHER
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2015

On Site Opera has garnered considerable acclaim for its immersive, site-specific productions since stage director Eric Einhorn founded it just three years ago. This summer, the company kicks off its most ambitious undertaking to date:The Figaro Project. On Site Opera will offer lesser-known operatic adaptations of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais' (1732-1799) famed trilogy of Figaro plays: The Barber of Seville (1775), The Marriage of Figaro (1784) and The Guilty Mother(1792). The Figaro Project will reacquaint audiences with their favorite Beaumarchais' characters in new and unexpected ways in non-traditional venues across New York City. (more...)

Tapestry Opera to Present M'DEA UNDONETapestry Opera to Present M'DEA UNDONE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Experience the unraveling of mythology's most controversial heroine in a modern wartime context, set against the stunning industrial backdrop of Toronto's reclaimed brick factory, Evergreen Brickworks. TAPESTRY OPERA presents a recreation of the classic myth in the world premiere of M'DEA UNDONE. Written by Dora Award-winning playwright Marjorie Chan and brought to life by the lush orchestral and electronic soundscape of Scottish composer John Harris, M'DEA UNDONE will receive its world premiere in Toronto for a limited engagement May 26-29. (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...)

Alan Gilbert to Conduct JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE, Starring Marion Cotillard, 6/10-13Alan Gilbert to Conduct JOAN OF ARC AT THE STAKE, Starring Marion Cotillard, 6/10-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

The New York Philharmonic will present the U.S. Premiere of director Co?me de Bellescize's staging of Honegger's dramatic oratorio Joan of Arc at the Stake in season-finale performances conducted by Alan Gilbert and starring Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard as Joan of Arc. (more...)

Dallas Opera to Close Season with IOLANTA, 4/10Dallas Opera to Close Season with IOLANTA, 4/10
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

DALLAS, TX, MARCH 19, 2015 – The Dallas Opera 2014-2015 “Heights of Passion” Season closes with a charming and poignant—but rarely performed work—by Russia's greatest composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's 1892 “gem,” IOLANTA (Y?-LAWN-tah), a fairy tale romance with deeply serious undertones set in Medieval France. (more...)

Seattle Opera to Present ARIADNE AUF NAXOSSeattle Opera to Present ARIADNE AUF NAXOS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

The shows must go on! Seattle Opera concludes its 2014/15 season with Richard Strauss' delightful opera-within-an-opera: Ariadne auf Naxos. A rich Seattleite is throwing a dinner party and asks his hired entertainment for the impossible: the capering troupe of comedians must combine their performance with an opera company's rendition of the mythical love and loss of the ancient Greek princess Ariadne. Comedy meets tragedy, and fireworks result! (more...)

Laura Claycomb to Replace Nicole Cabell in Philadelphia Orchestra's Performance at Stern AuditoriumLaura Claycomb to Replace Nicole Cabell in Philadelphia Orchestra's Performance at Stern Auditorium
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

Acclaimed soprano Laura Claycomb has agreed to step in for soprano Nicole Cabell, performing this Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with The Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Maurizio Benini. This concert is the final event in mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato's season-long Perspectives series at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Claycomb will join Ms. DiDonato and tenor Lawrence Brownlee for a program of bel canto arias, ensembles, and orchestral selections. Donizetti's 'Havvi un Dio che in sua clemenza' from Maria di Rohan has been removed from the program. The full updated program is below. Ms. Cabell has cancelled Wednesday's appearance due to illness. (more...)

Heartbeat Opera Presents the ONE ACT FESTIVAL, 3/18-22Heartbeat Opera Presents the ONE ACT FESTIVAL, 3/18-22
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2015

Heartbeat Opera is a new company intent upon re-imagining opera in intimate spaces for a new generation. Employing a minimalism that allows the emotional integrity of the music to shine through, the company's work focuses on the body of the singer and the visceral power of the music. Co-Artistic Directors Louisa Proske and Ethan Heard, who trained together in the Directing program at the Yale School of Drama, are committed to nurturing the actor in every singer they work with. The company creates productions of classics and new pieces that are daring and visceral—productions that manifest the emotional grandeur and theatrical power of opera with minimal means. Heartbeat's one-act festival presentation of György Kurtág's Kafka-Fragments, directed by Heard, and the New York premiere of Jacques Offenbach's Daphnis & Chloé, in a new English translation directed by Proske, marks this young company's debut. Heartbeat Opera's resident music ensemble Cantata Profana, described by The New York Times as “a stylish early music ensemble,” will provide musical accompaniment. (more...)

PropertyGuru Attracts S$175M Investment to Accelerate Growth in Southeast AsiaPropertyGuru Attracts S$175M Investment to Accelerate Growth in Southeast Asia
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2015

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SIMPLY SOWETO ENCHA, 'CATHY AND HEATHCLIFF' and More Set for Birmingham Fest 2015SIMPLY SOWETO ENCHA, 'CATHY AND HEATHCLIFF' and More Set for Birmingham Fest 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

Birmingham Fest is back for a third year, and the lineup at the Old Joint Stock Theatre is bigger and better than ever! (more...)

Six Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas OperaSix Women Selected to Participate in the Inaugural Season of The Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2015

 The Dallas Opera is proud to announce the names of the six distinguished professionals selected to participate in the inaugural session of the Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera: (more...)

The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More!The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2016 Season - LA BOHEME, SWEENEY TODD and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival, Central New York's opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2016 season. (more...)

2016 Glimmerglass Festival to Feature THE CRUCIBLE, SWEENEY TODD & More2016 Glimmerglass Festival to Feature THE CRUCIBLE, SWEENEY TODD & More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival, Central New York's opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2016 season. (more...)

Düsseldorf Opera House Announces Dates for 2015/16 SeasonDüsseldorf Opera House Announces Dates for 2015/16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

Ten premieres, including six new productions and one world premiere for young audiences, await opera fans at the “Deutsche Oper am Rhein,” Düsseldorf's Opera House and one of the premier venues in Germany. (more...)

Southern Rep Theatre to Host 4th Annual WORK HARD PLAY HARD, 6/22Southern Rep Theatre to Host 4th Annual WORK HARD PLAY HARD, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Southern Rep has announced that it will host its annual WORK HARD PLAY HARD from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Il Posto (4607 Dryades Street). WORK HARD PLAY HARD will feature live music, food, an open bar, and a silent auction/raffle of donated items and services from local artists and businesses, with all proceeds benefitting the job creation, professional development and artistic empowerment efforts that are part of Southern Rep's 'New Play Development' mission: 6X6: THE PLAY SLAM, and 3X3: THE ONE ACTS. Tickets are $10 at the door. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Host STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR Celebration, 7/3Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Host STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR Celebration, 7/3
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2015

Baltimore, Md. (June 17, 2015) –Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Assistant Conductor Nicholas Hersh will lead the orchestra in their annual Independence Day celebrations at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh's SummerFest to Feature World Premiere, & MoreOpera Theatre of Pittsburgh's SummerFest to Feature World Premiere, & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2015

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 6, 2015) — The world premiere A NEW KIND OF FALLOUT is showcased in Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's fourth SummerFest season. Inspired by environmentalist Rachel Carson (a native of Springdale, Pa.), the new opera features music by acclaimed New York-based composer Gilda Lyons and a libretto by award-winning Pittsburgh playwright Tammy Ryan.  (more...)

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre to Present Annual Mini-Festival of Opera, 7/31Summer Opera Lyric Theatre to Present Annual Mini-Festival of Opera, 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

Toronto, July 6, 2015… Summer Opera Lyric Theatre continues its 29 year tradition as the only performance haven for opera lovers in late summer.  Since 1986, Guillermo Silva Marin has led aspiring young artists through an intensive 8 week course of study concentrating on character development in opera through text and music.  These weeks have culminated in a series of performances showcasing the young artists at the Robert Gill Theatre, University of Toronto. The only summer course of its kind in the Greater Toronto Area, alumni include Kristina Szabo, David Pomeroy, Nora Sourouzian, Joseph Kaiser, Keith Klassen and Joshua Hopkins. (more...)

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to Feature Four Concerts This AugustCooperstown Summer Music Festival to Feature Four Concerts This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

?Virtuosic string trios performed by international award-winning artists,  a dynamic ensemble that asks the audience to choose what they play, and a concert of masterworks all composed in 1924 are featured this August at the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. (more...)

NYFOS @ North Fork to Showcase Songs from Latin America in Orient & Bellport, 8/22-23NYFOS @ North Fork to Showcase Songs from Latin America in Orient & Bellport, 8/22-23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

New York Festival of Song returns to the peace and natural beauty of the North Fork of Long Island to launch the 2015-16 NYFOS Emerging Artists series with a residency and pair of performances: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 5:00 p.m. at Poquatuck Hall in Orient, NY and Saturday, August 22, 2015, 5:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Bellport, NY. (more...)

Summer Opera Lyric Theatre to Present Mini-Festival, 7/31Summer Opera Lyric Theatre to Present Mini-Festival, 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Ariadne AUF NAXOS, DER VAMPYR and MARTHA are unexpected treats for opera lovers longing for adventure.  In Strauss' opera, the god Bacchus arrives on Ariadne's desert island to rekindle the fires of love in her heart, much to the amusement of the flirty Zerbinetta and her comedian boyfriends! (more...)

Opera Star Deborah Voigt to Make Provincetown Debut, 8/2Opera Star Deborah Voigt to Make Provincetown Debut, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

 The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in "Voigt Lessons" created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM. Music Direction is by Kevin Stites, and the production is Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. "Voigt Lessons" was originally created by the Glimmerglass Opera in 2011. This performance will mark Ms. Voigt's Provincetown debut as part of the critically acclaimed Broadway @ The Art House concert series. For tickets and information visit www.ptownarthouse.com  or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

FESTIVAL51 to Shine Spotlight on Women Writers, 7/31-8/31FESTIVAL51 to Shine Spotlight on Women Writers, 7/31-8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

This is where the new Rhode Island-based theater group Festival51 comes in. Taking their name from the undeniable fact that women make up 51 percent of the population, Festival51 aims to put women playwrights center stage and (literally) change the face of American theater. The brainchild of actress and director Leann Heath and her co-producer actor/director Terry Shea, Festival51, will produce their first annual original play festival focused solely on developing the work of emerging female writers July through August at Mixed Magic Theatre's new venue in the former Lorraine Mills in Pawtucket, RI. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  AWAKE ALL NIGHT Shows Musical Promise at Capital FringeBWW Reviews: AWAKE ALL NIGHT Shows Musical Promise at Capital Fringe
by Jennifer Perry - Jul 12, 2015

This one may not be quite ready for prime time, but the ambitious work has a few things going for it that would suggest there's promise in developing it further. (more...)

Glimmerglass Opens 2015 Season with  THE MAGIC FLUTEGlimmerglass Opens 2015 Season with THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival opened its season July 10 with a new production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. (more...)

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara to Celebrate 90th Birthday Next WeekNew Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara to Celebrate 90th Birthday Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Met Opera luminary Lucine Amara, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, celebrates a milestone on March 1: her 90th birthday and over 70 years performing on the stage. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Graham Company Continues to ThriveBWW Reviews: Graham Company Continues to Thrive
by Lauren Wingenroth - Feb 25, 2015

For the past two weeks, the Martha Graham Dance Company has shared its 89th performance season with The Joyce. Inspired by the theme of 'Shape and Design,' the program blends old and new works that show the continuing relevance and sustainability of this company - an important statement in a moment when many question the next steps for companies like this one. (more...)

SHUFFLE Set for Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, 8/15-16SHUFFLE Set for Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, 8/15-16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2015

 What's on the menu? SHUFFLE Concert, a dynamic six member ensemble, gives audience members numbered menus of music ranging from Baroque and Classical to Broadway and Pop, from Jazz and Americana to Latin, French and Jewish Music. If your number is called, then you choose what SHUFFLE will play next. SHUFFLE brings their unique programming, inspired by the shuffle feature of an MP3 player,  and considerable talent to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival on Saturday, August 15 at 11 am for a Family Concert, and Sunday, August 16 at 7:30 pm. (more...)

Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt!Happy Birthday to Singing Superstar Deborah Voigt!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Deborah Voigt! On the heels of a sell-out for 'Deborah Voigt: Voight Lessons', this past weekend at The Art House in Provincetown, MA, we want to celebrate 'Debbie's' birthday, where we found out, on this day, that she's teaching at Glimmerglass. 'Mark Cortale Presents' has his Broadway Series at The Art House in Provincetown for the 2015 Summer Season, where the show was standing room only. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Presents the World Premiere of PYRAMUS AND THISBE; Plus Rare Opera Classics!Canadian Opera Company Presents the World Premiere of PYRAMUS AND THISBE; Plus Rare Opera Classics!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

Toronto – The world premiere of a new Canadian opera awaits Canadian Opera Company audiences this fall at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. In a new company production, the COC proudly presents Barbara Monk Feldman's first opera, Pyramus and Thisbe (2010), performed with two early Baroque opera classics, Claudio Monteverdi'sLamento d'Arianna (1608) and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda(1624). Pyramus and Thisbe runs for seven performances on October 20, 23, 25, 28,November 5, 7 (two performances), 2015. (more...)

Single Tickets for Opera Santa Barbara's New Season on Sale 8/15Single Tickets for Opera Santa Barbara's New Season on Sale 8/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Single-ticket sales for Opera Santa Barbara's 2015-16 season will begin on Saturday, August 15. Ranging from $29 to $204, tickets can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222. Opera Santa Barbara will open its 22nd season with Mozart's timeless drama Don Giovanni on November 6 and 8, followed by Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece The Elixir of Love on March 4 and 6, and a twin bill consisting of Puccini's compelling one-act operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi on April 22 and 24. Performances will take place at the historic Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This FallSan Francisco Opera to Present SWEENEY TODD for the First Time This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

Stephen Sondheim's macabre musical thriller Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street receives its highly anticipated San Francisco Opera premiere in a production featuring a cast of notable operatic stars and performed with Sondheim's original score for the lyric stage. (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...)

N.C. Symphony to Perform BEST OF BROADWAY, 4/17-18N.C. Symphony to Perform BEST OF BROADWAY, 4/17-18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2015

The North Carolina Symphony continues its 2014-15 Pops Series with three performances that feature unforgettable music from the Broadway stage in "Best of Broadway," on Friday, April 17 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 18, at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, the concerts will take place in Meymandi Concert Hall. Also featured will be vocalists Kathy Voytko, Richard Todd Adams, Ron Remke, and Ted Keegan, singing songs from some of Broadway's greatest composers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, Leonard Bernstein, Meredith Willson, Henry Mancini, and more. (more...)

LA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival SeasonLA CENERENTOLA, THE LONG WALK and More Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Opera Saratoga announces its 2015 Summer Festival season, which will run from July 2 - July 26, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Saratoga Springs, New York.   (more...)

On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13On Site Opera's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE to Run 6/9-13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

This summer, On Site Opera (OSO) will present a new production that exemplifies the company's mission to stage operas in non-traditional locations ideally suited to the stories they tell. OSO will offer an immersive site-specific staging of Giovanni Paisiello's The Barber of Seville at the opulent Fabbri Mansion (House of the Redeemer) on New York City's Upper East Side. Conducted by the company's newly appointed Music Director, Geoffrey McDonald and directed by OSO's Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Eric Einhorn, the production will be updated to the early decades of the twentieth century (when the Fabbri Mansion was built) and staged in themansion's outdoor courtyard and library. (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...)

BWW Review: San Diego Opera Again Proves Itself Worthy of 'Must-See' StatusBWW Review: San Diego Opera Again Proves Itself Worthy of 'Must-See' Status
by Erica Miner - Apr 21, 2015

A display of operatic and symphonic talent rarely seen and heard on one stage (more...)

Revival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the MetRevival of Stravinsky's THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Opens 5/1 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Stravinsky's twentieth-century operatic masterpiece The Rake's Progress will return to the Met stage for a revival of three performances only, opening May 1 and continuing through May 9. Music Director James Levine leads the performances, with rising stars Paul Appleby and Layla Claire in the central roles of the carefree Tom Rakewell and his faithful sweetheart, Anne Trulove; Stephanie Blythe as Baba the Turk, the hot-tempered bearded lady whose life becomes entangled with Tom's; English bass Brindley Sherratt in his Met debut as Anne's father, Trulove; and Gerald Finley as Nick Shadow, the mysterious man who encourages Tom to trade respectability for a life of aimless pleasure. (more...)

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