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ABBA - The Music to Feature the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, 9/27ABBA - The Music to Feature the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Experience ABBA – The Music with renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo and the Richmond Symphony on September 27, 2014 – 8pm at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage. Don't miss your chance to hear ABBA's greatest hits like “Take a Chance on Me,” “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen” in an evening of fantastic live music performed with the full sound of a symphony orchestra. (more...)

Tobias Kehrer to Make Met Debut, Replacing Franz-Josef Selig in Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLöTE; Production Opens 10/6Tobias Kehrer to Make Met Debut, Replacing Franz-Josef Selig in Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLöTE; Production Opens 10/6
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

German bass Tobias Kehrer will make his Met debut this season as Sarastro in six performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. The performances—on October 21, 25 matinee, 27, 31, November 3, 8 matinee—will be Kehrer's American debut. He replaces Franz-Josef Selig, who has withdrawn for health reasons. (more...)

Jacques Lacombe to Conduct NJSO in CARMINA BURANA and More, 10/10-12Jacques Lacombe to Conduct NJSO in CARMINA BURANA and More, 10/10-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra open the NJSO's 2014-15 concert season October 10-12 with Orff's Carmina Burana in Newark, New Brunswick and Morristown. The concert opens with New Jersey composer George Antheil's McKonkey's Ferry as part of both the NJSO's New Jersey Roots Project and NJ350--a celebration of the Garden State's 350th anniversary in 2014. Debussy's Nocturnes rounds out the opening program. (more...)

Mozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE Opens 10/6 at the MetMozart's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE Opens 10/6 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

Mozart's final opera, Die Zauberflöte, returns to the Met October 6 for its first full-length performances in German in five seasons. Julie Taymor's imaginative production will be conducted by Adam Fischer and star English tenor Toby Spence as the hero Tamino; South African soprano Pretty Yende as the princess Pamina in her first Met performances since her star-making 2013 company debut; Macedonian soprano Ana Durlovski in her Met debut as Pamina's mother, the terrifying Queen of the Night; Austrian baritone Markus Werba as Papageno, the hapless birdcatcher who is caught up in Tamino's quest; American bass-baritone Ryan McKinny as the mysterious Speaker of the Temple; and German bass René Pape as the Queen of the Night's nemesis, Sarastro. (more...)

San Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler FellowsSan Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2015 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. (more...)

Conductor Fabio Luisi Guides Zurich Opera, Metropolitan Opera and More in 2014-15Conductor Fabio Luisi Guides Zurich Opera, Metropolitan Opera and More in 2014-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winning conductor Fabio Luisi continues to dominate the international stage in 2014-15. In his third season as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, where the programming reflects ever more clearly his unique artistic vision, the preeminent Italian conductor leads new productions of Martinu's seldom-staged Juliette and Bellini's bel canto masterpiece I Capuleti e i Montecchi; revivals of Norma, Ariadne Auf Naxos, and Die Frau ohne Schatten; and a trio of Viennese-themed programs with the Philharmonia Zurich. Embarking on his fourth season as Principal Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera, he looks forward to premiering important new stagings of Cavalleria rusticana, I Pagliacci, and The Merry Widow, as well as directing a star-studded revival of Macbeth. (more...)

Seattle Opera's Free Season Kickoff Set for 9/21Seattle Opera's Free Season Kickoff Set for 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Come see what's new and exciting at Seattle Opera this Sunday, Sept. 21 as the company kicks off its 2014/15 season with a free community event from noon to 5:30 p.m. at McCaw Hall. With an exciting roster of upcoming productions—Don Giovanni, Tosca, Semele, and Ariadne Auf Naxos—and a new General Director, Aidan Lang, attendees will have much to learn and enjoy at this look behind the curtain. Additionally, unlike past Seattle Opera events geared specifically toward families, the Season Kickoff will allow arts-loving adults the chance to explore and even play. (more...)

Paul Appleby, Andrew Garland Will Join Julia Bullock in VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS IN RECITALPaul Appleby, Andrew Garland Will Join Julia Bullock in VOCE: RISING OPERA STARS IN RECITAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Joseph Kaiser will no longer be participating in the Sunday, September 21st performance of Voce: Rising Opera Stars in Recital. Paul Appleby (tenor) and Andrew Garland (baritone) will be joining Julia Bullock (soprano) and pianist, Steven Blier for the afternoon featuring French and American repertories. (more...)

RAM SLAM YOUR STORY, HENRY VI PART 2 and More Set for Suffolk University's 2014-15 Season at the Modern TheatreRAM SLAM YOUR STORY, HENRY VI PART 2 and More Set for Suffolk University's 2014-15 Season at the Modern Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2014

The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University announces the programming lineup for its 2014-2015 season, featuring conversation, film, and new and classic plays. (more...)

Met Guild to Salute Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon, 11/21Met 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...)

The Miller Theatre Continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with BERNARD RANDS, 11/13The Miller Theatre Continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with BERNARD RANDS, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2014

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits series with BERNARD RANDS. 80th Birthday tribute features Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, International Contemporary Ensemble, Christian Knapp, conductor and the New York premiere of Rands' Folk Songs (2014). On Thursday, November 13, 2014, 8:00 p.m. at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $25-$35 • Students with valid ID: $12-$18 (more...)

Christian Thielemann dirigiert ARIADNE AUF NAXOS an der Wiener StaatsoperChristian Thielemann dirigiert ARIADNE AUF NAXOS an der Wiener Staatsoper
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Am Sonntag, 12. Oktober 2014 kehrt Christian Thielemann ans Dirigentenpult der Wiener Staatsoper zuru?ck und leitet erstmals Richard Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos am Haus. (more...)

Bernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere of FOLK SONGS Set for the Miller Theatre, 11/13Bernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere of FOLK SONGS Set for the Miller Theatre, 11/13
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits series with Bernard Rands. The 80th Birthday tribute features Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor, the International Contemporary Ensemble - Christian Knapp, conductor, and the New York premiere of Rands' FOLK SONGS (2014) on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8 pm at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). (more...)

LA CENERENTOLA, DIDO AND AENEAS and THE LONG WALK Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer SeasonLA CENERENTOLA, DIDO AND AENEAS and THE LONG WALK Set for Opera Saratoga's 2015 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

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...)

The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, 10/30-11/8The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, 10/30-11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The Dallas Opera's explosive second production of the 2014-2015 "Heights of Passion" Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in theMargot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District. (more...)

James Conlon to Lead LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Beginning 11/10 at the MetJames Conlon to Lead LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Beginning 11/10 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Beginning November 10, the Met will present a rare revival of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Shostakovich's controversial 1934 opera about an adulteress whose forbidden romance leads to murder and devastation. This season's performances will be conducted by James Conlon, who also led the work's Met premiere in 1994; it has only been revived once by the company, in 2000. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek will sing her first Met performances of the central role, Katerina Ismailova, which she has sung to acclaim at numerous leading opera houses around the world. American tenor Brandon Jovanovich sings the role of Sergei, Katerina's lover. The revival of Graham Vick's 1994 production will also star Raymond Very as Zinovy Ismailov, Katerina's ineffectual husband, and Anatoli Kotscherga as her brutal father-in-law, Boris. Dutch tenor Frank van Aken will sing Sergei in the November 21 performance. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Stage Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, 11/9-26San Francisco Opera to Stage Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, 11/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) in six performances November 9-26. (more...)

The Richmond Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS, 10/25The Richmond Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2014

Join us at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage on Saturday, October 25 at 11am for the world famous production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs. The concert features a lively exchange of letters between young Christoph and his uncle discussing the “madman” (Beethoven) who has moved into the upstairs apartment of Christoph's Vienna home. Audiences will be captivated by more than twenty-five excerpts of the master's music, including the Moonlight Sonata, Fur Elise, and the great Fifth and Ninth Symphonies. (more...)

Revival of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Opens at the Met Opera, 11/18Revival of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Opens at the Met Opera, 11/18
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

A revival of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia will open at the Met November 18, withLawrence Brownlee as the lovestruck Count Almaviva; Isabel Leonard as Rosina, the feisty ward who captures his heart; andChristopher Maltman in his first Met performances of Figaro, the title barber whose skills extend far beyond hair-cutting.Michele Mariotti conducts the performance, which also stars Maurizio Muraro as Dr. Bartolo and Paata Burchuladze as Don Basilio. Bartlett Sher's acclaimed staging premiered at the Met in 2006. The November 22 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries around the world. (more...)

Juanjo Mena to Make New York Philharmonic Debut in 2015Juanjo Mena to Make New York Philharmonic Debut in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2014

Juanjo Mena will make his New York Philharmonic debut conducting an all-Russian program featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnole; Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1, with pianist Daniil Trifonov as soloist; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, Pathe?tique, Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 2, 2015, at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, January 3 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, January 6 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad BoyBWW Interviews: Brandon Jovanovich Finds the Humanity in LADY MACBETH's Bad Boy
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 13, 2014

“To be blunt, Sergei is not a nice guy,” says tenor Brandon Jovanovich, talking about his current role at the Metropolitan Opera in Dmitri Shostakovich's LADY MACBETH OF MTENSEK. “He's the kind of fellow who's jovial and friendly one minute…and then you hear he's robbed a store. He uses and abuses people--we all know someone like that, don't we?” he adds, laughing. (more...)

Riverside Opera Company to Open Holiday Season with 'poPera' Concert, 11/29Riverside Opera Company to Open Holiday Season with 'poPera' Concert, 11/29
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

The Riverside Opera Company opens the holiday season on Saturday, November 29, 8 p.m. at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden with poPera from Nessun Dorma to 'Let it Go' from Disney's Frozen is a Home for the Holidays musical feast. (more...)

Utopia Opera Presents L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, 11/14-15Utopia Opera Presents L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, 11/14-15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2014

On November 14 and 15 at 7:30pm, Utopia Opera presents the comedic gem, L'Italiana in Algeri by Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) in a fully-staged production with supertitles performed with a 17-piece orchestra at the Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (695 Park Avenue). (more...)

Olga Peretyatko to Make Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI, Beg. 4/17Olga Peretyatko to Make Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI, Beg. 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her Met debut as Elvira in a revival of Bellini's I Puritani, with Met stars Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in their respective company role debuts as Arturo and Riccardo. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that also includes Michele Pertusi as Elvira's father, Giorgio, in a revival of the bel canto opera opening April 17. The Met performances will be the first time the husband-and-wife pairing of Mariotti and Peretyatko have performed I Puritani together. The opera will be seen in a revival of Sandro Sequi's 1976 production, which has served as a showcase for such formidable stars as Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, Edita Gruberova, and Anna Netrebko. (more...)

Unexpected Opera to Bring New Series - OPERA NAKED THE CHAT SHOW to St. James Studio, April-July 2014Unexpected Opera to Bring New Series - OPERA NAKED THE CHAT SHOW to St. James Studio, April-July 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Following on from the successful run of Opera Naked at the St. James Studio last year, Unexpected Opera presents a new series - Opera Naked the chat show - a series of zesty operatic cabaret shows, spiked with comedy. (more...)

Welcome Moss Hart Back to Broadway - Meet the Full Cast of Lincoln Center's ACT ONE, Beginning Tomorrow!Welcome Moss Hart Back to Broadway - Meet the Full Cast of Lincoln Center's ACT ONE, Beginning Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 19, 2014

Lincoln Center Theater presents Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart. The production is scheduled to begin previews tomorrow night, March 20 and will open on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus check out the latest TV spot for the production! (more...)

BWW Interviews: For Mezzo SUSAN GRAHAM, No Warhorses Need ApplyBWW Interviews: For Mezzo SUSAN GRAHAM, No Warhorses Need Apply
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 17, 2014

'I'm not a warhorse kind of singer,' mezzo Susan Graham states matter-of-factly. 'A. I'm a mezzo. B. I'm not a character mezzo. C. I'm not a contralto. The iconic opera repertoire for mezzos, Amneris (AIDA), Azucena (IL TROVATORE), even Eboli (DON CARLO)--those kinds of roles aren't my stock and trade because my voice sits high and has a different timbre.' Well, what then is her milieu? It's the likes of Handel, who composed several of the arias she has been singing this winter at the Met, as one of the stars of THE ENCHANTED ISLAND, a kind of Baroque 'jukebox opera.' But it's also Rodgers & Hammerstein's THE KING & I, which she is doing this June at the Chatelet in Paris. (more...)

Diana Damrau Sings the Title Role in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the Met, Beg. TonightDiana Damrau Sings the Title Role in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the Met, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Diana Damrau will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Amina, the title character in Bellini's bel canto showpiece La Sonnambula. Last season, Damrau made an acclaimed role debut as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata in a sold-out series of performances at the Met. La Sonnambula, which opens tonight, March 14 in a revival of Mary Zimmerman's 2009 production, will be conducted by Marco Armiliato and also star rising Mexican tenor Javier Camarena as Elvino and Italian bass Michele Pertusi as Rodolfo. (more...)

LABA to Present New Strings Attached with Nadav Lev, Mivos Quartet, Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev and More, 6/30LABA to Present New Strings Attached with Nadav Lev, Mivos Quartet, Re'ut Ben-Ze'ev and More, 6/30
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Multi-faceted guitar virtuoso and 2013-14 LABA fellow Nadav Lev brings forth a diverse selection of pieces for guitar and various ensembles, all written for him by some of the most prominent young composers to emerge from Israel. (more...)

Tickets to Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season On Sale 8/13Tickets to Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season On Sale 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 13, for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season, featuring a stellar cast of international opera stars in five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater. Single tickets will be available at operaphila.org or 215-893-1018. (more...)

Single Tickets to Sarasota Opera's 2014-15 Season On Sale 8/1Single Tickets to Sarasota Opera's 2014-15 Season On Sale 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Single tickets will go on sale exclusively ONLINE at www.sarasotaopera.org Friday, August 1st, 2014 for Sarasota Opera's 2014-2015 Fall and Winter Season, one of the grandest seasons in the company's history. Highlights include the return of some of Sarasota Opera's most popular productions, acclaimed artists, and the Sarasota Opera premieres of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel as well as the Verdi masterpiece Don Carlos in the original Paris version. (more...)

Tickets for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season to Go on Sale 8/13Tickets for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season to Go on Sale 8/13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, August 13, for Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season, featuring a stellar cast of international opera stars in five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater. Single tickets will be available at operaphila.org or 215-893-1018. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey Named Paris Opera Awards Semi-FinalistErica Papillion-Posey Named Paris Opera Awards Semi-Finalist
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Mezzo- Soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Paris Opera Awards. (more...)

Single Tickets for Sarasota Opera's 2014-2015 Fall and Winter Season To Go On Sale, 9/2Single Tickets for Sarasota Opera's 2014-2015 Fall and Winter Season To Go On Sale, 9/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Single tickets go on sale at the Sarasota Opera Box Office (61 N. Pineapple Avenue) Tuesday, September 2nd for Sarasota Opera's 2014-2015 Fall and Winter Season, one of the grandest seasons in the company's history. Box office hours are Mondaythrough Friday, 10am – 4pm, and is located at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue in the Pavilion Building at the Sarasota Opera House. Visitwww.sarasotaopera.org for more information. (more...)

The Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and MoreThe Houston Grand Opera Announces 60th Anniversary Season, Featuring World Premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Iain Bell and More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Houston Grand Opera's 2014–15 season, the company's 60th anniversary season, includes the world premiere of A Christmas Carol by Iain Bell—the company's 55th new commission —from award-winning Dickens authority Simon Callow; the continuation of HGO's first Ring cycle, with the American premiere of La Fura dels Baus's groundbreaking take on Die Walküre; the American premieres of Sir Nicholas Hytner's The Magic Flute and Lee Blakeley's Sweeney Todd; a 60th Anniversary Gala Concert featuring mezzo-soprano (and HGO Studio alumna) Joyce DiDonato; and a host of career-shaping role debuts that speak to Patrick Summers's gift for casting. Together with the company's first presentation of John Cox'sOtello, and the returns of Göran Järvefelt's beloved Così fan tutte and Michael Grandage's hit staging of Madame Butterfly, these rich offerings serve once again to illustrate some of the ways that HGO—still the only opera company with two Grammys, two Emmys, and a Tony—epitomizes “one model of what a forward-looking opera company could be” (Greg Sandow, Arts Journal). (more...)

Single Tickets Go on Sale 9/2 for Sarasota Opera's 2014-15 SeasonSingle Tickets Go on Sale 9/2 for Sarasota Opera's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Single tickets go on sale at the Sarasota Opera Box Office (61 N. Pineapple Avenue) Tuesday, September 2nd for Sarasota Opera's 2014-2015 Fall and Winter Season, one of the grandest seasons in the company's history. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, and is located at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue in the Pavilion Building at the Sarasota Opera House. Visit www.sarasotaopera.org for more information. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 9/26-10/5Opera Philadelphia Presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, 9/26-10/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Opera Philadelphia opens its 40th Anniversary Season in grand fashion this September, with a New Production of The Barber of Seville. Rossini's comic masterpiece will be presented in five performances at the Academy of Music, Sept. 26 through Oct. 5, with a FREE HD broadcast on a giant screen at Independence National Historical Park on Saturday, Sept. 27. (more...)

Seattle Opera's Speight Celebration Concert Nets $1 MillionSeattle Opera's Speight Celebration Concert Nets $1 Million
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

With some of the greatest voices in opera gathering together for one night only in a red-carpet affair, Seattle Opera's Speight Celebration Concert and Dinner thrilled more than 2,500 fans at McCaw Hall and raised more than $1 million on Saturday, August 9. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, 9/6-21San Francisco Opera to Present Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, 9/6-21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents the Company premiere of Carlisle Floyd's two-act opera Susannah September 6 at the War Memorial Opera House. Soprano Patricia Racette returns to San Francisco Opera in her role debut as the innocent, strong-willed and falsely accused young woman Susannah Polk. (more...)

The Washington National Opera Presents FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON, 9/20-28The Washington National Opera Presents FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON, 9/20-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) opens its 2014-2015 season with the company premiere of Daniel Cata?n and Marcela Fuentes-Berain's Florencia in the Amazon, September 20-28 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. This modern romantic drama, the first Spanish-language work WNO has presented in a decade, is inspired by the magical realism of Colombian author Gabriel Garci?a Ma?rquez. WNO Artistic Director Francesca Zambello revisits her world premiere production with members of her original creative team to present a fresh take on this contemporary classic. Conductor Carolyn Kuan leads the WNO Orchestra in her WNO debut. (more...)

Joyce DiDonato to Star in Her First Met Performances of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, Beg. 4/21Joyce DiDonato to Star in Her First Met Performances of Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA, Beg. 4/21
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Mezzo-soprano star Joyce DiDonato will sing her first Met performances of one of her signature roles, the winsome heroine of Rossini's adaptation of the Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, beginning April 21. (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Peter Sellars Returns to the Canadian Opera Company with a New Production of HERCULES, Now thru 4/30Peter Sellars Returns to the Canadian Opera Company with a New Production of HERCULES, Now thru 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Internationally renowned director Peter Sellars returns to the Canadian Opera Company this spring with a new company production of Handel's Hercules that propels the Greek myth into the modern day, giving voice to the untold horrors of war and the unspoken complications faced by veterans returning home. The COC premiere of Hercules reunites Sellars with celebrated conductorHarry Bicket and the all-star cast that presented this co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago to unequivocal praise at its debut in Chicago in 2011. Hercules is sung in English with English SURTITLES and runs for seven performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts today, April 5, 11, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, 2014. (more...)

Unexpected Opera Brings New Series - OPERA NAKED THE CHAT SHOW to St. James Studio, Now thru July 2014Unexpected Opera Brings New Series - OPERA NAKED THE CHAT SHOW to St. James Studio, Now thru July 2014
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

Following on from the successful run of Opera Naked at the St. James Studio last year, Unexpected Opera presents a new series - Opera Naked the chat show - a series of zesty operatic cabaret shows, spiked with comedy. (more...)

Opera Colorado Announces Upcoming Productions - MADAMA BUTTERFLY, THE MAGIC FLUTE, and MoreOpera Colorado Announces Upcoming Productions - MADAMA BUTTERFLY, THE MAGIC FLUTE, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Opera Colorado announced today that it will present Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly(November 2014), W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute (May 2015), Giuseppe Verdi's Aida (November 2015), and the world premiere of Lori Laitman's The Scarlet Letter (May 2016) starring Elizabeth Futral as Hester Prynne. A vital presence in Denver's cultural ecology, Opera Colorado is the Rocky Mountain region's preeminent grand opera company. The Opera's programming includes mainstage productions, artist development initiatives, and education and community engagement programming. (more...)

Garrett Sorenson to Sing 'Matteo' in the Met's ARABELLA Tomorrow; Roberto Sacca Is IllGarrett Sorenson to Sing 'Matteo' in the Met's ARABELLA Tomorrow; Roberto Sacca Is Ill
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Garrett Sorenson will sing the role of Matteo in tomorrow evening's performance (April 24, 2014) of Strauss's Arabella, replacing Roberto Saccà, who is ill. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions ConcertBWW Reviews: Millennials Approach and Amaze at Met Council Auditions Concert
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 2, 2014

In our age of 20-somethings suffering from arrested development, they say “25 is the new 15.” This certainly was not true at the Met auditions concert (formally, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert, a real mouthful!). At the opera house, Sunday afternoon, the concert showcased nine competitors, all between 24 and 29 but mature artists with poise, acting ability and, yes, voices definitely worth hearing again. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko Makes Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI TonightOlga Peretyatko Makes Met Debut in Bellini's I PURITANI Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Acclaimed Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko will make her Met debut as Elvira in a revival of Bellini's I Puritani, with Met stars Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in their respective company role debuts as Arturo and Riccardo. Michele Mariotti conducts a cast that also includes Michele Pertusi as Elvira's father, Giorgio, in a revival of the bel canto opera opening tonight, April 17. (more...)

Utah Symphony Announces Mighty 5 Open-Air Concert Tour, 8/11-17Utah Symphony Announces Mighty 5 Open-Air Concert Tour, 8/11-17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Utah Symphony led by Music Director Thierry Fischer will tour Utah's red rock country, home to the state's five iconic national parks, in August 2014 with free outdoor performances surrounded by the landscape of Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. Presented by the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, The Mighty 5® Tour represents a collaboration between two of Utah's great treasures, the state's leading arts organization, Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, and the unparalleled natural beauty of Utah's red rock country preserved within the five national parks, collectively known as "The Mighty 5." (more...)

'Ariadne auf Naxos' und 'Der Rosenkavalier' an der Wiener Staatsoper'Ariadne auf Naxos' und 'Der Rosenkavalier' an der Wiener Staatsoper
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Ariadne Auf Naxos am Dienstag, 15. April 2014 bildet den Auftakt zu sechs Mal Richard Strauss in zwei Wochen an der Wiener Staatsoper. (more...)

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