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Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is an operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Karl Haffner and Richard Genée.

Puccini's Classic 'Tosca' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET Today
by TV News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met today, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

Sarasota Opera Hosts Exhibition from the Rome Opera House, HOMAGE TO GIUSEPPE VERDI, Now thru 3/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2014

Sarasota Opera is thrilled to announce it will be host to an exhibition from the Rome Opera House entitled 'Homage to Giuseppe Verdi; Celebrating the Bicentennial of his Birth' today, March 8 - March 25, 2014. (more...)

Puccini's Classic 'Tosca' Set for GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET, 3/9
by TV News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Puccini's enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles, returns to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, March 9 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

More Than LBJ! Meet the Full Company of ALL THE WAY, Opening Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 5, 2014

All the Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, starring BREAKING BAD's Bryan Cranston, is currently in previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production officially opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 for a strictly limited engagement. The play is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where All the Way began its theatrical life. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast of ALL THE WAY, plus watch interviews with the company below! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Anchorage - Week of 3/30/2014
by BWW - Mar 30, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/30/2014 for Anchorage (more...)

RCO to Present 'Happy Birthday Bill' Concert at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Across the globe the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth will be commemorated in many ways. In Paris a week-long conference will occur. In London anew indoor Jacobean theatre within the complex of Shakespeare's Globe opens. And here in New York the Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) marks its 15th season by celebrating the anniversary with a Happy Birthday Bill performance on April 26 at The Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. The concert is FREE for students and children. (more...)

The Toronto Operetta Theatre Presents THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE, 5/1-4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The Toronto Operetta Theatre closes its 2013-2014 season with the Canadian Premiere of THE COUSIN FROM NOWHERE (Der Vetter aus Dingsda), written in 1921 by the German composerEduard Knneke when Berlin was hopping mad and crazed by world music. Conducted by Jrgen Petrenko, the performances are fully staged with orchestra at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts on May 1, 2, 3, 4 (mat). Our COUSIN FROM NOWHERE performances will be the icing on the cake for our current season, said TOT General Director Guillermo Silva-Marin. It's a very special work, a chamber operetta really, written by a Berliner who incorporated American and Latin dance rhythms into a lyric framework. The performances are supported by a generous grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces 2014-2015 Season, Which Includes TOSCA, THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Sarasota Opera has announced its 2014 2015 Fall and Winter season, one of the grandest seasons in the company's history. Highlights include the return of some of Sarasota Opera's most popular productions, acclaimed artists, and the Sarasota Opera premieres of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel as well as the Verdi masterpiece Don Carlos in its original form. (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S 9TH SYMPHONY, Now thru 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart open the 2014 Beethoven Festival with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 today, March 21-23, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Meet the Full Cast of Roundabout's CABARET, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 20, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Tony winning musical Cabaret, starring Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming and Golden Globe-winner Michelle Williams, begins previews tomorrow, Friday March 21. Cabaret officially opens on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). This is a 24-week limited engagement. Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch a TV spot for the production below! (more...)

Jason Graae Brings New One-Man Show to Feinstein's at the Nikko Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein announced that Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award winner, Jason Graae, will bring his new one-man show, 49 Shades of Graae, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only - tonight, March 20 (8 p.m.) (more...)

Cleveland Orchestra and Lakewood Community Join Forces for Neighborhood Residency
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

The Cleveland Orchestra and the Lakewood community are joining together to present The Cleveland Orchestra at home in Lakewood, a neighborhood residency that began on February 17, 2014, when Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell visited the Lakewood High School Chamber Orchestra to assist in preparation for an Ohio Music Educators Association State Ensemble Adjudicated Event. The four-month residency of educational programs and performances for all ages culminates in an intensive week of free events from May 17-24, 2014. The centerpiece of the Orchestra's activities in Lakewood will be a public Cleveland Orchestra concert led by Music Director Franz Welser-Most at Lakewood Civic Auditorium on Saturday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. A delayed broadcast of the concert will be presented by WVIZ/PBS ideastream, and a live broadcast of the concert will air on WCLV 104.9 ideastream. Tickets will be distributed throughout Lakewood beginning on Saturday, April 26. (See list of distribution locations below.) The television broadcast will feature a composite of community collaborations, musical performances, and joint events and activities throughout Lakewood. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Arianda at Her Best in TALES FROM RED VIENNA
by Michael Dale - Mar 19, 2014

Nina Arianda is outstanding in David Grimm's drama of a woman surviving post-war Vienna. (more...)

Richard Strauss's ARABELLA Returns to The Met, 4/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Richard Strauss's Arabella will return to the Met April 3 for its first company performances since 2001, conducted by Philippe Auguin and featuring a principal cast of rising stars and artists new to the Met. Swedish soprano Malin Bystrm, who made a notable Met debut in Gounod's Faust two seasons ago, will take the central role of the charming and much-courted Arabella. German baritone Michael Volle, a leading exponent of dramatic baritone roles in Europe, makes his Met debut as Mandryka, the suitor who offers Arabella security and devotion. Three additional European stars, German soprano Juliane Banse and tenor Roberto Sacc and Austrian bass-baritone Martin Winkler, make their respective Met debuts as Arabella's sister, Zdenka; Matteo, the young man Zdenka pines for despite his infatuation with her sister; and Waldner, the sisters' destitute father. Arabella will be performed in a revival of Otto Schenk's 1983 production. Erin Wall, the Canadian soprano who sang Helena in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Met earlier this season, will star as Arabella in the April 24 performance. (more...)

George London Foundation to Welcome Christine Brewer and Dominic Armstrong, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

One of America's most beloved sopranos, Christine Brewer, who won a George London Award in 1991, and 2013 George London Award winner Dominic Armstrong, called a 'clarion-voiced tenor' by The New York Times, will share the stage for the third and final event in the season's George London Foundation Recital Series. Pianist Craig Rutenberg joins the singers for the recital on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 4:30 PM at The Morgan Library & Museum. (more...)

VOW Workshop Set for Marymount Manhattan College, Now thru 2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

VOW is an inaugural and extremely ambitious musical theatre workshop being presented by the Marymount Manhattan College Musical Theatre Program (Pat Hoag Simon, Coordinator for Musical Theatre) and The Directory Of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers (David Sisco, Founder & Curator) that opens wide the creative process of the Broadway musical theatre industry to twenty very fortunate musical theatre students currently enrolled in Marymount Manhattan College's progressive Musical Theatre Program. (more...)

Vancouver Opera Unveils Bold, New Look and Feel
by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 31, 2014

Vancouver Opera unveils its bold, new look and feel - the first major rebranding of the company since 1985. The fresh contemporary look is part of the company's new long-term strategy aimed at broadening and deepening its connection with the communities it serves, while building a new generation of operagoers. (more...)

HGO Awards 1st Place to D'Ana Lombard in the 26th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has announced the winners for the 26th Annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers that took place the evening of January 30 at the Wortham Theater Center's Cullen Theater in front of a capacity crowd. (more...)

Opera Theatre of the Rockies Announces Their 16th Season, A SEASON OF EXOTIC SPLENDOR
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Opera Theatre of the Rockies is excited to announce their 16th Season A Season of Exotic Splendor featuring two full-scale productions that will transport audiences to mystical lands of passion, romance and drama. The season will also include the expanded 2014 Vocal Arts Festival. (more...)

Paul Nadler to Conduct Metropolitan Opera's DIE FLEDERMAUS, 2/3 & 5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Nadler, a member of the Met's music staff, has conducted 49 performances with the company since his debut in 1989. Later this season, he will conduct the February 15 performance of Dvo?k's Rusalka. He has led Met performances of Verdi's Rigoletto, Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida, Don Carlo, and La Traviata; Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Wagner's Tannhuser; Giordano's Andrea Chnier; Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, Le Rossignol, and Oedipus Rex; Bizet's Carmen; Beethoven's Fidelio; Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Gounod's Romo et Juliette; and Mozart's Die Zauberflte. (more...)

Shostakovich's Dark Comedy The Nose Featuring Tony Winner Paulo Szot on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Sunday, February 23 at 12 noon on PBS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Pavel Smelkov conducts the first Met revival of Kentridge's acclaimed 2010 staging (more...)

Olga Peretyatko to Release ARABESQUE, 2/18
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

On February 18, Sony Classical (USA) will release Arabesque, soprano Olga Peretyatko's second album on the label. Her new CD coincides with a 2013-14 season that not only showcases the young star in important European debutsincluding Berlin and Milanit also offers an opportunity to hear her eagerly anticipated Metropolitan Opera debut when she returns to New York in the spring. Olga Peretyatko's MET debut in I Puritani this coming April follows her acclaimed 2011 BAM appearances in Robert Lepage's production of The Nightingale, which the Financial Times cited as soaring with effortless charm as the coloratura Nightingale. Bloomberg News noted that she was greeted with a thunderous ovation, and The New York Times called her sweet-voiced and technically agile. Ms Peretyatko possesses a dazzling technique, a touching sensibility, a vocal richness, and a strong personality that the new recording highlights brilliantly. (more...)

VOW Workshop Set for Marymount Manhattan College, 1/31-2/1
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

VOW is an inaugural and extremely ambitious musical theatre workshop being presented by the Marymount Manhattan College Musical Theatre Program (Pat Hoag Simon, Coordinator for Musical Theatre) and The Directory Of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers (David Sisco, Founder & Curator) that opens wide the creative process of the Broadway musical theatre industry to twenty very fortunate musical theatre students currently enrolled in Marymount Manhattan College's progressive Musical Theatre Program. (more...)

North Carolina Opera Presents Puccini's LA BOHEME Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2014

North Carolina Opera, under the leadership of General Director Eric Mitchko and Artistic Director & Principal Conductor Timothy Myers, presents Puccini's La bohme in Memorial Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh tonight, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.and Sun., Jan. 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Opens 2014 Winter Festival Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2014

Following the critical success of last fall's production of Die Fledermaus, Sarasota Opera will open its 2014 Winter Festival Season today, February 8, 2014 marking the company's 55th consecutive season of bringing grand opera to the Florida gulf coast. (more...)

Dramatists Guild of America Teams with Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker for DG Conservatory, 2/11
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

For the first DG Conservatory of the new year, the Dramatists Guild is thrilled to team up with the writers who created Behind the Music-al, Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. The event will take place at the Dramatists Guild's New York office, in the Frederick Loewe Room, 1501 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th Streets), Suite 710. This free seminar is opening a limited number of seats to the public and reservations are required. (more...)

Sarasota Opera to Host Exhibition from the Rome Opera House, HOMAGE TO GIUSEPPE VERDI, 3/8-25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

Sarasota Opera is thrilled to announce it will be host to an exhibition from the Rome Opera House entitled 'Homage to Giuseppe Verdi; Celebrating the Bicentennial of his Birth' March 8 - March 25, 2014. The exhibition, underwritten by Piero and Rachele Rivolta, tells the story of the most famous performances of Verdi's operas, and of the great performers, singers, set designers, and costume designers who have kept the legend of Giuseppe Verdi alive. (more...)

THE ENCHANTED ISLAND to Return to the Met, Feb 26
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2014

The Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, a hit when it premiered at the Met in 2011, returns for its first revival on February 26. New cast members Susan Graham (Sycorax) and Andriana Chuchman (Miranda) join many of the principal singers who appeared in the work's world premiere: David Daniels as Prospero, Plcido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Ferdinand, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. The four mismatched Athenian lovers will be sung by Elizabeth DeShong, who sang Hermia in the world premiere, joined by new cast members Janai Brugger (Helena), Andrew Stenson (Demetrius), and Nicholas Pallesen (Lysander) completing the quartet of Athenian lovers. (more...)

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Presents BEETHOVEN'S 9TH SYMPHONY, 3/21-23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart open the 2014 Beethoven Festival with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 on March 21-23, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. The program features the MSO Chorus, soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo- soprano Kelley O'Connor, tenor Thomas Cooley, and baritone Christopher Maltman. The performances open with John Adams's The Wound-Dresser, a setting of Walt Whitman's Civil War prose. (more...)

ROMEO AND JULIET in Three Incarnations, Works of Lerner & Loewe and Much More Set for Ravinia's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Ravinia's 2014 season, dubbed 'Summer of Love/Season of Stars,' was announced today by Ravinia President and CEO Welz Kauffman. Brimming with talent and romance, the festival's 2014 schedule brings some the biggest names in the world of music as well as repertoire that explores the theme of great love in its various manifestations. No fewer than three musical incarnations of the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet, will be featured, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Tchaikovsky's Overture-Fantasy (July 27), a suite from Prokofiev's ballet setting of the story (July 16) and the score of West Side Story as the classic film is shown (July 17-18). In other examples of love, soprano Deborah Voigt describes it as 'Something Wonderful' on a Broadway evening (July 13), the legendary Broadway team of Lerner and Loewe will be celebrated (July 20), and Chanticleer even jabs at the battle of the sexes in an evening titled 'She Said/He Said' (July 6). In fact, love lurks, longs and lingers across genres in most of the more than 130 events that Ravinia will present in 2014, its 110th year and its 78th as the summer residence of the CSO. (more...)

Jason Graae to Bring New One-Man Show to Feinstein's at the Nikko, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2014

Hotel Nikko San Francisco and Michael Feinstein announced today that Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award winner, Jason Graae, will bring his new one-man show, 49 Shades of Graae, to Feinstein's at the Nikko for one performance only - Thursday, March 20 (8 p.m.) 49 Shades of Graae is an evening with Broadway juvenile turned Hollywood misfit Jason Graae (pronounced Grah, means Grey in Danish) as he explores the many 'shades' of his life and career. From comedy to tragedy all rolled up in a madcap and heartfelt romp, Jason explores his life of sex, drugs and musical comedy, featuring old and new songs alike, by the people who wrote them. 49 Shades of Graae is directed by Heather Lee with Music Direction by John Boswell. Tickets for Jason Graae range in price from $25 - $35 and are on-sale now and available by calling 866.663.1063 or visiting www.ticketweb.com. (more...)

THE ENCHANTED ISLAND Returns to the Met Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

The Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, a hit when it premiered at the Met in 2011, returns for its first revival tonight, February 26. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE YOUNG WIFE AND DIDO AND AENEAS, King's Head Theatre, February 24 2014
by Gary Naylor - Feb 25, 2014

Gary Naylor sees two operas (for the price of one) with plenty in common (and plenty not) in another highly innovative presentation from OperaUpClose. (more...)

Tenor Michael Fabiano Receives 9th Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

Tenor Michael Fabiano has been named the recipient of the ninth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is designated for extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met. The award, given in honor of Beverly Sills, was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from former Met board member Agnes Varis, who died in 2011. Ms. Varis was also the founding donor of the Met's Rush Ticket program. Fabiano was presented with the award at the Met today by Met General Manager Peter Gelb. (more...)

Carnegie Hall Kicks Off VIENNA: CITY OF DREAMS Festival Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

From today, February 21 to March 16, 2014, Carnegie Hall presents Vienna: City of Dreams, a three-week citywide festival featuring more than 90 events, all inviting audiences to discover the extraordinary artistic legacy of Vienna. The festival features symphonic and operatic masterpieces, chamber music, and lieder, as well as new sounds emerging from this historic cultural capital. In addition to music, Vienna: City of Dreams shines a spotlight on Vienna's visual art, film, architecture, politics, science, and history, creating an extensive look at a city that for centuries has drawn artists, dreamers, and innovators from all corners of the world to its dazzling intellectual and artistic life. (more...)

Juliane Banse Replaces Genia Kuhmeier in Metropolitan Opera's ARABELLA
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Juliane Banse will make her Met debut as Zdenka in this season's performances of Strauss's Arabella, replacing Genia Khmeier, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops Presents VALENTINE ROMANCE This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops presents Valentine Romance this weekend, February 14-16, 2014, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts with guest conductor John Morris Russell, vocalist Lisa Vroman, and members of Danceworks Performance Company (more...)

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton Join West End Transfer of THE PAJAMA GAME
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's sparkling production of the Broadway smash hit musical, The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre. Peter Polycarpou and Colin Stinton reprise their roles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Gary Wilmot taking over the role of Vernon Hines from 2 June. They join the previously announced Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier. The Pajama Game opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May, with previews from 2 May, playing until 13 September 2014. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Karen Kamensek - A Young Conductor Who Knows Herself
by Erica Miner - Feb 13, 2014

Conductor Karen Kamensek exudes authority, gives off a distinct overachiever vibe and projects wisdom beyond her years. (more...)

Lyric Opera of KC to Present LA BOHEME at Kauffman Center, 3/15-23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 56th season with Giacomo Puccini's La bohme March 15 , 17, 19, 21 and 23, 2014 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Olga Peretyatko Releases New Album 'Arabesque'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Sony Classical is pleased to announce the release of Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko's newest album, Arabesque, which was recorded with the NDR Sinfonieorchester (more...)

Paul Nadler to Conduct Metropolitan Opera's RUSALKA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2014

Paul Nadler will conduct this evening's performance of Dvork's Rusalka, replacing Yannick Nzet-Sguin, who is ill. As previously announced, Nadler will also conduct the opera's final performance this season on February 15. (more...)

Dramatists Guild of America Teams with Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker for DG Conservatory Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

For the first DG Conservatory of the new year, the Dramatists Guild is thrilled to team up with the writers who created Behind the Music-al, Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker, today, February 11, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Wichita - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Wichita (more...)

LA TRAVIATA at bergenPAC to Feature NJ Residents, 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

When the curtain rises in the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's new production La Traviata, the audience will recognize several familiar faces on the stage. The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera presents its spring production, La Traviata, this Sunday at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC). Last performed by the nonprofit company in 2006, Verismo Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi's opera on April 6, 3:00 p.m., at the bergenPAC, located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Presents Johann Strauss' DIE FLEDERMAUS, 4/26-5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Lyric Opera of Kansas City closes its 56th season with Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus April 26, 30 and May 2 and 4, 2014 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. This will be a new production designed by the Lyric Opera's Director of Design and Technical Production R. Keith Brumley and conducted by Artistic Director Ward Holmquist. Die Fledermauswill be directed by Tomer Zvulun, who has directed at the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. The cast includes soprano Kelly Kaduce as Rosalinde, baritone Liam Bonner as Eisenstein, soprano Anna Christy as Adele, tenor Gordon Gietz as Alfred, mezzo soprano Joyce Castle as Count Orlofsky and baritone John Stephens as Frank. (more...)

THE FOOL'S LEAR Runs 5/5-25 at Phoenix Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

King Lear's fate is sealed in Shakespeare's play: to be tragically reunited with the one daughter he loves. But what would be the fate of his faithful Fool? That question lies at the heart of 'The Fool's Lear,' a new play by Randy Neale, which will have its New York premiere May 5 to 25 as a featured production of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's Tenth Anniversary Spring Rep season at The Wild Project 195 E. 3rd Street (at Ave. B). This new, funny, poignant comedic drama follows the journey of the Fool and his King as they ply a path along side Shakespeare's great tragedy, exploring hilarious and harrowing byways between its scenes. Grant Neale directs and plays The Fool and Craig Smith plays The King in a play which South Carolina critics called a delight and a must-see comic drama. (more...)

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

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

Candid Concert Opera Chicago to Present COSI FAN TUTTE, 5/9-10
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Candid Concert Opera Chicago presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Cos fan tutte. An ingenious mix of poignant drama and hilarious farce, Cos fan tutte follows two young soldiers who disguise their identities to test their lover's fidelity. The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Two performances only, May 9 at the Stan Mansion, 2408 N. Kedzie Avenue and May 10 at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, 5252 W. Devon Avenue. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The production is suitable for all audiences of all ages and is free to the public; $20 suggested donation. For more information visit www.candidconcertopera.org. (more...)

Tenor Michael Fabiano Wins 2014 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation has announced that Michael Fabiano - 'the tenor that we have all been waiting for' (San Francisco Classical Voice) - is the winner of the 2014 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

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