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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...)

Riverside Opera Company Opens Holiday Season with 'poPera' Concert TonightRiverside Opera Company Opens Holiday Season with 'poPera' Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2014

The Riverside Opera Company opens the holiday season tonight, 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...)

Pacific Symphony to Perform HANDEL'S MESSIAH, 12/14Pacific Symphony to Perform HANDEL'S MESSIAH, 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2014

Orange County, Calif.—Nov. 21, 2014—Rejoice in the inspired melodies and theatrical mastery of “Handel's Glorious Messiah” when Pacific Symphony performs the Baroque masterpiece as a festive prelude to Christmas and the celebration of Christ's birth. A holiday tradition across the world, “Messiah” has been performed for more than 250 years, but with each new conductor, orchestra and soloists, it becomes a fresh and newly invigorating experience. Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini leads the Symphony along with Pacific Chorale and a host of globally distinguished soloists including soprano Katherine Whyte, mezzo-soprano Claire Shackleton, tenor Steven Tharp and baritone Richard Zeller. Full of exciting choral writing, thundering timpani and blazing trumpets, “Messiah” energizes its audience and leaves them singing, “Hallelujah!” Handel's popular oratorio takes place at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25-$99. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Center Presents THE FUTURE IS NOW: ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT, 12/04San Francisco Opera Center Presents THE FUTURE IS NOW: ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT, 12/04
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2014 Adler Fellowship season, The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, on Thursday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco. (more...)

Met Guild Salutes Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon TodayMet Guild Salutes Jessye Norman With BRAVA, JESSYE! Luncheon Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Today, 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...)

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...)

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

Utopia Opera Presents L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI This WeekendUtopia Opera Presents L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Today and tomorrow, 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...)

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...)

Bernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere of FOLK SONGS Set for the Miller Theatre TonightBernard Rands with Anthony Roth Costanzo, ICE and NY Premiere of FOLK SONGS Set for the Miller Theatre Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 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) tonight, November 13, 2014 at 8 pm at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). (more...)

The Miller Theatre Continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with BERNARD RANDS, TodayThe Miller Theatre Continues the 2014-15 Composer Portraits Series with BERNARD RANDS, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 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 Today, 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...)

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...)

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...)

Wagner's TANNHAUSER Opens Next Month at Lyric Opera of ChicagoWagner's TANNHAUSER Opens Next Month at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Richard Wagner's majestic Tannhäuser conducted by Sir Andrew Davis in a new-to-Chicago production by Tim Albery. It opens on Monday, February 9 with seven performances through Friday, March 6. Performance dates are Feb. 9, 14, 18, 26, Mar. 2, and 6 at 6pm; and Feb. 22 at 1pm. (Note earlier curtain times.) Tannhäuser will be sung in German with projected English translations. (more...)

Vittorio Grigolo to Sing Title Role in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN at the Met, Beginning 1/12Vittorio Grigolo to Sing Title Role in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN at the Met, Beginning 1/12
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2015

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann will return to the Met stage January 12, with Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo in his first company performances of the title role, a poet whose attempts at romance are repeatedly thwarted. (more...)

Marcy Stonikas to Sing 'TOSCA' This Saturday for Seattle OperaMarcy Stonikas to Sing 'TOSCA' This Saturday for Seattle Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2015

American soprano Marcy Stonikas will sing the role of Tosca at Seattle Opera's final performance of Puccini's masterpiece on Saturday, January 24. Lithuanian soprano Ausrine Stundyte, who sang on opening night and Wednesday, January 14, has withdrawn from the production after not recovering from a cold. Stundyte was originally scheduled to share the role with Mary Elizabeth Williams, who sang her own scheduled performance on January 11 as well as Stundyte's performances on January 17 and 21. Williams will also sing the Friday, January 23 performance, as scheduled. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company Announces Full 2015-2016 SeasonCanadian Opera Company Announces Full 2015-2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2015

Toronto – The world premiere of a new Canadian work was one of the many operatic highlights revealed today at the public launch of the Canadian Opera Company's 2015/2016season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The COC's 65th season is once again comprised entirely of company productions, four of which are new to Toronto audiences, and features the COC's first mainstage world premiere since 1999, COC premieres of opera rarities and the revival of classic masterpieces. (more...)

International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26International Opera Awards Finalists Revealed; Winners To Be Announced, April 26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2015

On Wednesday 14 January 2015, at HUSH in Mayfair, the finalists of the International Opera Awards 2015 were announced. These were selected by the jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph. (more...)

Tenor Russell Thomas to Replace Brandon Jovanovich in NY Phil's Verdi Requiem, Conducted by Alan Gilbert, 1/15Tenor Russell Thomas to Replace Brandon Jovanovich in NY Phil's Verdi Requiem, Conducted by Alan Gilbert, 1/15
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Tenor Russell Thomas will replace Brandon Jovanovich, who has withdrawn due to illness, in the New York Philharmonic performances of the Verdi Requiem, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. The performances will also feature soprano Angela Meade (in her Philharmonic debut), mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the New York Choral Artists, directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, January 17 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Washington Concert Opera to Take on Strauss' First Opera GUNTRAM, 3/1Washington Concert Opera to Take on Strauss' First Opera GUNTRAM, 3/1
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Having completed their presentation of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi in September, Washington Concert Opera gears up for its second performance of the season, the rarely performed opera, Guntram, by Richard Strauss. In his 13th season with Washington Concert Opera, Artistic Director and Conductor, Maestro Antony Walker, takes the stage for this highly ambitious presentation. The performance will be presented March 1, 2015 at 6pm on the Lisner Stage at George Washington University. (more...)

Artist Zhang Huan's SEMELE to Bring 450-Year-Old Ming Dynasty Temple to BAM's Stage, 3/4-10Artist Zhang Huan's SEMELE to Bring 450-Year-Old Ming Dynasty Temple to BAM's Stage, 3/4-10
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Semele by George Frideric Handel will be presented by the Canadian Opera Company at BAM's Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave), conducted by Christopher Moulds and directed by Zhang Huan on March 4, 6 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 3 p.m. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Names Finalists for 2015 Concert of AriasHouston Grand Opera Names Finalists for 2015 Concert of Arias
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2015

Houston, TX - February 4, 2015: Houston Grand Opera announced today the finalists for the annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Cullen Theater at the Wortham Theater Center on Thursday, February 5, at 7 p.m. This year's finalists are: (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...)

Met Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara to Celebrate 90th Birthday Next WeekMet Opera's Artistic Director Lucine Amara to Celebrate 90th Birthday Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 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...)

Minnesota Opera Announces 2015-2016 Season - THE SHINING, TOSCA, and More!Minnesota Opera Announces 2015-2016 Season - THE SHINING, TOSCA, and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2015

Minnesota Opera presents five operas in its 2015-2016 season, which includes the highly anticipated world-premiere thriller, The Shining, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Moravec. Other season highlights include Puccini's Tosca, an encore of Mozart's The Magic Flute, Dvo?ák's Rusalka and the first Minnesota Opera production of Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos in three decades. (more...)

Mercury to Welcome Laura Claycomb & David DanielsMercury to Welcome Laura Claycomb & David Daniels
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Appearing for the first time in concert together, Grammy Award winning coloratura soprano Laura Claycomb and renowned counter-tenor David Daniels join Mercury for a blockbuster evening of arias and duets by Handel and Monteverdi. Mercury Musical Director Antoine Plante says, “What a pleasure it is to work with such wonderful artists. I'm really pleased to present great music performed by two international stars and our exceptional orchestra.” To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.mercuryhouston.org or call 713.533.0080. Photos and bios available upon request. (more...)

Heartbeat Opera Launches ONE ACT FESTIVAL Featuring New Works, 3/18Heartbeat Opera Launches ONE ACT FESTIVAL Featuring New Works, 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 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 andEthan 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...)

Heartbeat Opera's One Act Festival Set for 3/18-22Heartbeat Opera's One Act Festival Set for 3/18-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 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. (more...)

AOP Receives Opera America Grant to Commission Wang Jie's New Opera TO KILL THAT BIRDAOP Receives Opera America Grant to Commission Wang Jie's New Opera TO KILL THAT BIRD
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2015

American Opera Projects (AOP) is proud to announce it is the recipient of an OPERA America Female Commissioning Grant in support of a new double bill chamber opera by composer Wang Jie currently titled To Kill That Bird. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Center Presents THE FUTURE IS NOW: ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT TonightSan Francisco Opera Center Presents THE FUTURE IS NOW: ADLER FELLOWS GALA CONCERT Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2014 Adler Fellowship season, The Future is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, tonight, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in San Francisco. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents New Production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, 1/24-2/21The Canadian Opera Company Presents New Production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI, 1/24-2/21
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 winter season opens with a game-changing new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Internationally acclaimed Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov defies convention with this dark and witty masterpiece inspired by literature's most famous womanizer, Don Juan. His vision is brought to blistering life by a dream cast led by renowned Canadian baritoneRussell Braun and German maestro Michael Hofstetter conducting Mozart's glorious score of irresistible melodies. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM, Don Giovanni runs for 10 performances on January 24, 27, 30,February 1, 3, 6, 12, 14, 18, 21, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

COC to Present Mozart's DON GIOVANNICOC to Present Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 winter season opens with a game-changing new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Internationally acclaimed Russian director Dmitri Tcherniakov defies convention with this dark and witty masterpiece inspired by literature's most famous womanizer, Don Juan. His vision is brought to blistering life by a dream cast led by renowned Canadian baritone Russell Braun and German maestro Michael Hofstetter conducting Mozart's glorious score of irresistible melodies. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM, Don Giovanni runs for 10 performances on January 24, 27, 30, February 1, 3, 6, 12, 14, 18, 21, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Martin Ganter Set for Metropolitan Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 12/17Martin Ganter Set for Metropolitan Opera's DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG, 12/17
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2014

Martin Gantner will sing the role of Beckmesser in Wednesday evening's performance of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, replacing Johannes Martin Kränzle, who is ill. Ryan McKinny will sing the role of Kothner, which Gantner was originally scheduled to sing. (more...)

Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31Renee Fleming to Star in the Met's New Production of THE MERRY WIDOW, Beginning 12/31
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Renée Fleming will add a new role to her extensive repertory when she sings her first-ever performances of Hanna Glawari, the title role in Lehár's The Merry Widow, at the Met this season. Four-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman makes her Met debut as director and choreographer of a new production of the comic operetta, in which a wealthy widow's countrymen launch a romantic plot to keep her -- and her tax dollars -- within their borders. (more...)

Fabio Luisi to Make First Zurich Opera Appearances of the Season in 2015Fabio Luisi to Make First Zurich Opera Appearances of the Season in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

The New Year finds Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi back at the helm of the Zurich Opera. (more...)

Lyric Opera of KC to Continue Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in JanuaryLyric Opera of KC to Continue Season with Vinson Cole & Friends in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2014

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 57th season with a very special event, Vinson Cole & Friends, on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 4pm at the historic Folly Theatre. This benefit for Lyric Opera will include Christine Brewer and Daniel Belcher for an evening of opera classics. All have strong Missouri ties: Daniel Belcher called Kansas City home for several years and performed with Lyric Opera of Kansas City several times. Christine Brewer began her career with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and performed several times with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Vinson Cole, a beloved Kansas City treasure, received his training at University of Missouri-Kansas City and is currently a member of the faculty of their Conservatory of Music and Dance. (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...)

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...)

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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