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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...)

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...)

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 30, 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...)

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...)

ABBA - The Music Features the Richmond Symphony Orchestra TonightABBA - The Music Features the Richmond Symphony Orchestra Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

Experience ABBA - The Music with renowned Swedish cover band Waterloo and the Richmond Symphony tonight, 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...)

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...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Now thru 10/5Opera Philadelphia Presents THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Now thru 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 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, today, Sept. 26 through Oct. 5, with a FREE HD broadcast on a giant screen at Independence National Historical Park on Saturday, Sept. 27. (more...)

The Washington National Opera Presents FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON, Now thru 9/28The Washington National Opera Presents FLORENCIA IN THE AMAZON, Now thru 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 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, today, September 20-28 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. (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...)

The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 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 tonight, 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...)

Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30Verdi's AIDA Returns to the Metropolitan Opera, 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Verdi's Egyptian tragedy Aida, one of the most-performed operas in company history, will return to the Met stage October 30 for a 16-performance revival with rotating casts of acclaimed artists and rising stars. The initial performances will star Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, who made a notable Met debut in the role in 2012, as Aida; Olga Borodina in one of her best-known portrayals as the jealous princess Amneris; Marcello Giordani as the war hero Radamès, a role he first sang at the Met in 2012; Željko Lu?i? in his first-ever Met performances as Amonasro, Aida's father; Ukrainian bass Dmitri Belosselskiy in his Met role debut as the high priest Ramfis; and American bass Soloman Howard in his Met debut as the King. Italian tenor Antonello Palombi will make his Met debut as Radamès on November 22. (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...)

The Richmond Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS TodayThe Richmond Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

Join us at the Carpenter Theatre at Richmond CenterStage today, 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...)

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...)

Jacques Lacombe Conducts NJSO in CARMINA BURANA and More This WeekendJacques Lacombe Conducts NJSO in CARMINA BURANA and More This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2014

Music Director Jacques Lacombe and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra open the NJSO's 2014-15 concert season this weekend, 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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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...)

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