Pacific Symphony Kicks Off Season with Opening Concerts TonightPacific Symphony Kicks Off Season with Opening Concerts Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2015

Orange County, Calif.—Sept. 4, 2015—Pacific Symphony and Music Director Carl St.Clair open the 2015-16 Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation Classical Series with Beethoven's monumental hymn to human freedom and brotherhood, his Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” featuring the soul-stirring “Ode to Joy.” This magnificent union between symphony orchestra and voices features Pacific Chorale and four world-class opera vocalists, soprano Mary Wilson, mezzo-soprano Milena Kiti?, tenor John Bellemer and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, who sing the dramatic and dynamic solo passages in the fourth movement. The program opens the orchestra's 37th season with a rare opportunity to hear “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland's opera, “The Tender Land,” a choral piece with a similar message of thanksgiving and neighborly love. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 9/27/2015Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 9/27/2015
by BWW - Sep 27, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/27/2015 for St. Paul (more...)

Sondra Radvanovsky to Play Title Role in Met Opera's ANNA BOLENASondra Radvanovsky to Play Title Role in Met Opera's ANNA BOLENA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

This Saturday, September 26, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will begin her season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti's 'Tudor trilogy,' being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. In the first opera, Anna Bolena, Radvanovsky stars as the young queen Anne Boleyn, grasping to hold onto the throne of England. Later this season, Radvanovsky will also star as the devout and doomed Mary, Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda and as the conflicted Elizabeth I in the first-ever Met performances of Roberto Devereux. Radvanovsky will be the first soprano since Beverly Sills in the 1970s to sing the lead roles in all three operas in the course of a single New York season. (more...)

TURANDOT Returns to the Met TonightTURANDOT Returns to the Met Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2015

Puccini's opera set in ancient China, TURANDOT, will return to the Metropolitan Opera for 16 performances beginning tonight, September 23. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 9/20/2015Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 9/20/2015
by BWW - Sep 20, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/20/2015 for St. Paul (more...)

Minnesota Opera Launches '7 Day of Opera' Festival TodayMinnesota Opera Launches '7 Day of Opera' Festival Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2015

Minnesota Opera recently announced the launch of 7 Days of Opera, a festival of free, short, pop-up opera performances that bring opera to unexpected places in the Twin Cities community - malls, zoos, farmers markets, breweries and more. 7 Days of Opera begins today, Sept. 19 and leads into the company's season opener, Richard Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos, opening Saturday, Sept. 26 at Ordway Music Theater. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 9/19/2015
by - Sep 19, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 9/19/2015. (more...)

Photo Flash Exclusive: Inside the Madeline Kahn Tribute at The Metropolitan RoomPhoto Flash Exclusive: Inside the Madeline Kahn Tribute at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2015

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, William V. Madison, author of Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), hosted a musical tribute to the late singing actress as part of Metropolitan Room's GONE TOO SOON series, produced by Joseph Macchia. Directed by three-time MAC Award-winner Peter Napolitano, The Music of Madeline Kahn, with music director Jeff Cubeta on piano, featured friends & colleagues of the comic legend, as well as performers who have been inspired by her. (more...)

Opera Santa Barbara to Stage Film Noir DON GIOVANNIOpera Santa Barbara to Stage Film Noir DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

Opera Santa Barbara will open its 2015-16 season with a uniquely compelling, film noir-inspired production of Mozart's timeless masterpiece Don Giovanni on November 6 and 8. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 6, and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 8, in Santa Barbara's historic Granada Theatre. Ranging in price from $29 to $204, tickets can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 805-899-2222.  (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present TEN: A SEASON OF CREATIVE WOMEN, Now through 5/22Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present TEN: A SEASON OF CREATIVE WOMEN, Now through 5/22
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2015

CHICAGO - Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present a new exhibition TEN: A Season of Creative Women at Lyric, curated by Scott Marr and Michael Schoenig, at the Civic Opera House. The exhibit runs through May 22, 2016, over the course of Lyric's 61st season. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Twelve Recipients of the 2016 Adler FellowshipSan Francisco Opera Announces Twelve Recipients of the 2016 Adler Fellowship
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (October 12, 2015) –– San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2016 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. This prestigious training program has nurtured the development of more than 150 young artists since its inception. (more...)

Minnesota Opera to Bring Back Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE, 11/14Minnesota Opera to Bring Back Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE, 11/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (October 5, 2015) – After breaking box office records in 2014, Mozart's timeless comedy The Magic Flutereturns to Minnesota Opera (November 14 – 22 at the Ordway) in the revolutionary production by Komische Oper Berlin and the British theater group 1927. Fantastical hand-drawn animation, synchronized with live performance, sets a surreal stage upon which its quirky characters, all cleverly based on familiar silent-movie personalities, explore love, truth and the pursuit of enlightenment. This acclaimed production has been seen in just two American cities – Los Angeles and Saint Paul – but has received international praise. Britain's Guardian said, “This production is a joy to watch: an enchanting, big-hearted, supremely lovable piece of whimsical animation and nimble stagecraft.” The New York Times concurred: “... this production stays miraculously fresh, sustaining surprise and delight in its two-and-a-half hours.” Packed with exquisite singing and stage wizardry, Mozart's final opera will enchant young and old alike. (more...)

Toronto's Emily D'Angelo Named Victor in Canadian Opera Company's Vocal CompetitionToronto's Emily D'Angelo Named Victor in Canadian Opera Company's Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

Toronto – Emily D'Angelo of Toronto took home First Prize (the Chair's Prize) at the Canadian Opera Company's annual Ensemble Studio Competition on November 3, 2015 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The competition is the feature event of the COC fundraiser Centre Stage, a highly anticipated annual celebration of the next generation of opera stars. D'Angelo was selected from eight finalists to receive the $5,000 award, supported annually by the Chair of the COC's Board of Directors. Lauren Eberwein of Qualicum Beach, BC won the Second Prize of $3,000, and Bruno Roy of Montreal was awarded the Third Prize of $1,500. Emily D'Angelo was also selected by the audience as the winner of the Audience Choice Award, worth $1,500. (more...)

Six Women Conductors to Showcase Talent with The Dallas Opera This DecemberSix Women Conductors to Showcase Talent with The Dallas Opera This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

The Dallas Opera is thrilled to present six women conductors of international stature making music with The Dallas Opera Orchestra and a host of outstanding young artists in one great evening designed to showcase the work of the inaugural Linda and Mitch Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera. (more...)

Opera Naples Welcomes Dennis Hanthorn as General DirectorOpera Naples Welcomes Dennis Hanthorn as General Director
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2015

The Board of Opera Naples is pleased to announce that Dennis Hanthorn has been appointed General Director of Opera Naples, effective November 15, 2015. The announcement comes following a six month international executive search guided by Arts Consulting Group, resulting in over 70 applications. (more...)

Minnesota Opera Brings Back Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE TonightMinnesota Opera Brings Back Mozart's MAGIC FLUTE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2015

After breaking box office records in 2014, Mozart's timeless comedy The Magic Flutereturns to Minnesota Opera (tonight, November 14 - 22 at the Ordway) in the revolutionary production by Komische Oper Berlin and the British theater group 1927. (more...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Schedule - Handel's MESSIAH, CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE and More!Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Announces Holiday Schedule - Handel's MESSIAH, CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) celebrates the 2015 holiday season with a wide variety of concert programming, from the traditional annual performances of Handel's Messiah with the Concert Artists of Baltimore to a one-of-a-kind experience that pairs world-class acrobats and gymnasts with music by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, in an exciting program titled Cirque de la Symphonie. (more...)

Oakland Symphony to Present LOST ROMANTICS, TodayOakland Symphony to Present LOST ROMANTICS, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

Oakland, CA, September 8, 2015 – Music Director a Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony continue their 2015/2016 seastoday, November 13, at 8 pm at the Paramount Theatre with a program entitled Lost Romantics.The evening will feature the debut of 2015 James Toland Voice Competition winner Brent Turner, tenor, and the return of gifted young pianist Llewellyn Werner-Sanchez. The program includes the rarely performed 1895 Symphony No. 3 of “lost” Romantic composer Victor Bendix and Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mr. Sanchez Werner—who was featured in 2015 on the Symphony's Notes from Mexico concert. Mr. Turner will perform Lehar's Freunde, das Leben is lebenswert from Giuditta and Dein ist mein ganzes Herz from Das Land des Lachelns, and Offenbach's Au mont Ida, trois Déesses from La Belle Hélène. Completing the program will be the Bach/Stokowski Toccata and Fugue in D minor, which served as the opening work in Disney's groundbreaking and visionary 1940 film Fantasia, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. No-host drinks and a pre-concert talk will begin at 7 pm and there will be free lobby entertainment and informal intermission talks with orchestra musicians at the foot of the stage. The concert is sponsored in part by The Grubb Co.  Tickets, priced $15-$70, may be purchased online at www.OaklandSymphony.org or by phone at 510-444-0802.  (more...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LITTLE WOMEN to Make Company Premiere at Madison Opera This FebruaryLITTLE WOMEN to Make Company Premiere at Madison Opera This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

Madison Opera presents the company premiere of Mark Adamo's LITTLE WOMEN on Friday, February 5 and Sunday, February 7 in the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center for the Arts. (more...)

Leading Soloists to Join LA Master Chorale for Verdi's REQUIEM, 1/30-31Leading Soloists to Join LA Master Chorale for Verdi's REQUIEM, 1/30-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

The Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two performances of Verdi's towering Requiem, a work National Public Radio calls a "thrilling opera in disguise," with acclaimed guest soloists Amber Wagner, soprano, Michelle DeYoung, mezzo soprano, Issachah Savage, tenor, and Morris Robinson, bass, on Saturday, January 30, 2 pm, and Sunday, January 31, 2016, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  A stunningly theatrical staple of the choral repertoire, Verdi's work is a tumultuous, tortured, terrifying spectacle that has thrilled audiences since its debut in 1874.   (more...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marilyn Horne to Lead Series of Master Classes & Recitals at Carnegie Hall in JanuaryMarilyn Horne to Lead Series of Master Classes & Recitals at Carnegie Hall in January
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

From January 19 to 23, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI) presents The Song Continues, an annual series led by renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, exploring song repertoire through master classes and concerts with the goal of encouraging, supporting, and preserving the art of the vocal recital. The series concludes with the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration, a recital featuring special guest artist soprano Nina Stemme on Saturday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. The evening's concert also features performances by soprano Julia Bullock, mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, tenor Andrew Haji, bass-baritone Evan Hughes, and pianists John Arida, Keun-A Lee, Ken Noda, and Jennifer Szeto. Complete program information is listed below. (more...)

LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916LES PECHEURS DE PERLES to Return to the Met Stage for the First Time Since 1916
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2015

A new production of Bizet's LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES (The Pearl Fishers), a rarity by the composer of Carmen that has not been seen at the Met in nearly a century, opens in a new production this New Year's Eve. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Conclude 2015 Adler Fellowship Season with 'THE FUTURE IS NOW' Gala, 12/12San Francisco Opera to Conclude 2015 Adler Fellowship Season with 'THE FUTURE IS NOW' Gala, 12/12
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center presents the culminating concert of the 2015 Adler Fellowship season, The Future Is Now: Adler Fellows Gala Concert, on Saturday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. (more...)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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