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American Lyric Theater, in partnership with MasterVoices, Presents THE HALLOWEEN TREE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

American Lyric Theater (ALT) and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, in partnership with MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), presents The Halloween Tree on October 30, 2016 at 3pm in the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th Street, New York City.  Based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel that explores the origins of Halloween, composer Theo Popov and librettist Tony Asaro take us on an epic journey as a group of children search for their friend Pipkin, who has mysteriously disappeared on Halloween night. (more...)

TeenTix Announces Nominees of 2016 Teeny Awards
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

For the eighth year, Seattle's TeenTix, an arts access and engagement program for teenagers, has announced the nominees for its annual Teeny Awards. Like a Teen Choice Awards for local arts events and organizations, the Teeny Awards aim to empower teen arts audiences and to recognize those organizations that have done an especially good job of welcoming young people over the past year. (more...)

Pablo Heras-Casado To Return To New York Philharmonic To Conduct Bartok's DANCE SUITE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Pablo Heras-Casado will return to the New York Philharmonic to conduct Bartok's Dance Suite; Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, with Concertmaster Frank Huang as soloist; and Dvo?ak's Symphony No. 7, Thursday, October 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 28 at 11:00 a.m.; Saturday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Seattle Opera Presents Hansel And Gretel With a Twist
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

You can never be too grown-up for the magic of a Brother's Grimm fairy tale. That's very clear from Seattle Opera's upcoming Hansel and Gretel, which comes from the vivid imagination of French stage director Laurent Pelly. This edgy version of Engelbert Humperdinck's masterpiece presents a thrilling quest ending not in a gingerbread house, but in a supermarket with a checkout lady from hell! (more...)

IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD to Transfer to Trafalgar Studios This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Transferring from its critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre earlier this year where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards including Best New Play, Best Male Performance, and Best Director, the world premiere production of It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson opens at Trafalgar Studio 2, for a strictly limited four week limited season. (more...)

Utah Symphony Presents Two Halloween-Themed Concerts, Inspired by Swashbucklers and Superheroes
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Swashbucklers and superheroes have reason to celebrate Halloween in style this year with the Utah Symphony's pair of entertainment concerts in the month of October. Tickets start at $12 for "Spooktacular on the Seven Seas!" and $21 for "Superheroes!" and can be purchased at www.utahsymphony.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

Austin Opera Names Annie Burridge As New General Director
by Frank Benge - Oct 29, 2016

Austin Opera Oct. 24 announced the appointment of Annie Burridge as General Director of Austin Opera. Currently the Managing Director of Opera Philadelphia, an opera company recognized for its groundbreaking audience engagement and programming model, Ms. Burridge will assume her new position in November 2016, with a 5-year contract through October 2021. The announcement was made today by Elisabeth Juen Waltz, Chairman of the Austin Opera Board of Trustees and Jon Nash, President of the Austin Opera Board of Trustees. Ms. Burridge's nomination was confirmed at a special Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, October 24th. (more...)

Sydney Symphony Orchestra brings 'Summertime' to Sydney with PORGY AND BESS
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

In a magnificent finale to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 2016 season, Chief Conductor David Robertson will reveal his latest Opera in the Concert Hall presentation - arguably the greatest American opera of all time: The Gershwins®' Porgy and Bess ® by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin.  (more...)

Kasper Holten's 'The Flying Dutchman' to be Livestreamed from the Finnish National Opera and Ballet
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) will be streaming the opera The Flying Dutchman and the ballet Alice in Wonderland live from the Finnish National Opera and Ballet on the Yle Klassinen website. (more...)

Cincinnati May Festival Announces Acclaimed Artist Juanjo Mena will Serve Principal Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Following an extensive, global search, the Cincinnati May Festival announced Juanjo Mena as the Principal Conductor for three years starting in the 2017-18 season. He will lead two performances at the 2018 May Festival and begins duties as the Principal Conductor Designate immediately. (more...)

Cincinnati May Festival Names New Principal Conductor
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Following an extensive, global search, the Cincinnati May Festival announced Juanjo Mena as the Principal Conductor for three years starting in the 2017-18 season. He will lead two performances at the 2018 May Festival and begins duties as the Principal Conductor Designate immediately. (more...)

THE PEARL FISHERS, THE SNOW QUEEN and More Set for Tulsa Opera's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Tulsa Opera announces a thrilling lineup of four productions for the 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents RHODA AND THE FOSSIL HUNT, Premieres In Fall 2017
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) announces the world premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, a new site-specific opera for family audiences with music by John Musto and libretto by Eric Einhorn. Co-commissioned and co-produced with Lyric Opera of Chicago's Lyric Unlimited and Pittsburgh Opera, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt is based on the real-life experiences of Rhoda Knight Kalt and her trips to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with her grandfather Charles R. Knight, the famous naturalist artist who was commissioned to create paintings and sculptures of prehistoric creatures – many still on display at the AMNH today. (more...)

On Site Opera's RHODA AND THE FOSSIL HUNT to Premiere Next Fall at American Museum of Natural History
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Known for staging 'the ultimate in intimate productions' (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) announces the world premiere of Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt, a new site-specific opera for family audiences with music by John Musto and libretto by Eric Einhorn. (more...)

American Lyric Theater Presents THE HALLOWEEN TREE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

American Lyric Theater (ALT) and Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, in partnership with MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), presents The Halloween Tree on October 30, 2016 at 3pm in the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th Street, New York City.  Based on Ray Bradbury's classic novel that explores the origins of Halloween, composer Theo Popov and librettist Tony Asaro take us on an epic journey as a group of children search for their friend Pipkin, who has mysteriously disappeared on Halloween night. Conductor: Adam Turner. Featuring Mark S. Doss as Moundshroud; with Emma Grimsley, Shirin Eskandani, Spencer Viator, Brian Wallin, Michael Kelly, and Jarrett Porter with members of MasterVoices.   (more...)

Katonah Museum of Art to Honor Theatre, Opera & Film Director Julie Taymor
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Award-winning director, playwright, and costume designer Julie Taymor will receive the Himmel Award (2016) in recognition of her outstanding achievements in the worlds of theatre, film, and opera. The Himmel Award and Lecture will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016, 5 PM. The event will start with conversation between the Museum's Executive Director, Darsie Alexander and Julie Taymor. An optional VIP wine reception with the awardee will follow. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present All-New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 59th season with the Lyric Opera debut co-production of Mozart's masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro November 5, 9, 11 and 13 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City to Present All-New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 59th season with the Lyric Opera debut co-production of Mozart's masterpiece The Marriage of Figaro November 5, 9, 11 and 13 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

BWW Review: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN Vanishes Too Quickly from Austin, TX
by Amy Bradley - Nov 17, 2016

Presented during The Austin's Opera's 30th anniversary season, THE Flying Dutchman commands the historic Long Center's stage with a diverse, collective cast and belting operatic sequences. The origins of the story of The Flying Dutchman are rather skewed between timelines. The story first appeared in Travels in various parts Europe, Asia, and Africa in 1790 by John MacDonald, and again when Richard Wagner's operatic rendition came to life in 1843, after being adapted from an episode of Heinrich Heine's satirical novel The Memoirs of Mister von Schnabelewopski. More modernly, the story of The Flying Dutchman is told through the highly loved film series, The Pirates of The Carribean. Regardless of the interpretations by creative minds, one fact remains true - The Flying Dutchman refers to a ghostly ship destined to sail the seas for all eternity. Richard Wagner's rendition, sure to please both critics and audiences alike, is bringing this haunted tale to life with the reputation of precision that precedes The Austin Opera. (more...)

IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD to Transfer to Trafalgar Studios This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Transferring from its critically acclaimed sell-out run at the Finborough Theatre earlier this year where it was nominated for seven OffWestEnd Awards including Best New Play, Best Male Performance, and Best Director, the world premiere production of It Is Easy To Be Dead by Neil McPherson opens at Trafalgar Studio 2, for a strictly limited four week limited season. (more...)

Opera San José Announces New 2017-18 Resident Company
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Opera San Jose is pleased to announce its new resident company for the 2017-18 season. The new company includes soprano Amanda Kingston, soprano Katherine Gunnink, former guest artist and tenor Mason Gates, tenor Dane Suarez and baritone Trevor Neal. (more...)

The 2016 MAY FESTIVAL to Conclude This Weekend at Music Hall
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The 2016 May Festival, which celebrates and concludes Music Director James Conlon's 37-year tenure, ends Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 with grand scale performances at Music Hall. These will be the final performances at Music Hall prior to its closing for renovation. On Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m., Mr. Conlon leads Dvo?ak's deeply personal cantata, Stabat Mater, a work was written during a time of deep grief for the composer following the death of his children. This rarely-performed work is full of symbolism, following a journey of mourning to hope of Paradise. At the invitation of James Levine, Mr. Conlon made his May Festival debut in 1978 conducting Stabat Mater (the following year he began his storied tenure as Music Director). Joining the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus will be soloists Julianna DiGiacomo (soprano), Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (baritone). (more...)

George London Foundation Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Upon the conclusion of the 20th year of its celebrated recital series, which was marked with a gala in April featuring some of opera's most prominent American and Canadian stars, the Foundation announces its 2016-17 season of events. (more...)

George London Foundation Presents Amber Wagner & Reginald Smith, Jr., in Recital 4/2
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Soprano Amber Wagner, a 2010 George London Award Winner, and baritone Reginald Smith, Jr., who won his George London Award in 2015, make their New York recital debuts at the final program in the George London Foundation Recital Series, and the final event in the foundation's season, on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at 4:00 pm. Alan Darling is the recital's pianist; a reception with the artists follows the concert. (more...)

San Francisco Symphony Announce 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) today announced plans for the 2017-18 season, comprising more than 200 concerts in eleven months presented at Davies Symphony Hall. The Orchestra's 106th season is highlighted by musical touchstones that are trademarks of MTT's artistic vision for the Orchestra. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents Mozart's THE SECRET GARDENER, 5/11-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Known for staging 'the ultimate in intimate productions' (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) presents a trio of exciting new site-specific opera productions in 2017, beginning May 11-13 with Mozart's rarely-performed early opera The Secret Gardener (La finta giardiniera) at the West Side Community Garden. (more...)

BWW Interview: Oliver von Dohnányi Leads the Way to a New Seattle KATYA
by Erica Miner - Mar 6, 2017

Dohnanyi shares details about his astonishing musical background and training, and his thoughts about Czech opera (more...)

Philharmonica Orchestra of New York Announces Winners Of Orchestral Film Competition
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is now the world's first orchestra to host its own film competition in search of talented filmmakers to create original films to accompany its performances. (more...)

Philharmonia Orchestra of NY Presents SYMPHONIC STORYBOARDS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) is now the world's first orchestra to host its own film competition in search of talented filmmakers to create original films to accompany its performances. The winners' films, inspired by the music of Richard Wagner, will be screened during PONY's Symphonic Storyboards concerts at Jazz at Lincoln Center March 21-22, under the baton of principal conductor Atsushi Yamada. Hailed as “among the most progressive modern orchestras,” PONY is an ensemble of some of New York's finest musicians, dedicated to reinventing classical music performance with spectacular visuals and lighting. (more...)

Neil McPherson's IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD Premieres at Finborough Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Jun 9, 2016

Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the world premiere of IT IS EASY TO BE DEAD by award-winning playwright Neil McPherson opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Wednesday, 15 June 2016. Born in Aberdeen, Charles Sorley was studying in Germany when the First World War broke out and was briefly imprisoned as an enemy alien. He was one of the first to join the army in 1914. Killed in action a year later at the age of 20, his poems are among the most ambivalent, profound and moving war poetry ever written. (more...)

The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup - William Burden, Theodore Chapin, Stephen Schwartz, David Sedaris and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater as well as many events every summer, has released the details of its 2017 schedule. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting, Schedule for Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Sarasota Opera – Thrilling music, exciting new voices, and compelling theater will launch Sarasota Opera into its 58th Season of presenting grand opera on the south Florida gulf coast, the first season in 28 years to not include any operas by Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting for 2016/2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Thrilling music, exciting new voices, and compelling theater will launch Sarasota Opera into its 58th Season of presenting grand opera on the south Florida gulf coast, the first season in 28 years to not include any operas by Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

Patricia Racette to Lead LA Opera's SALOME, 2/18 - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017

General Director Plácido Domingo announced complete casting details for LA Opera's upcoming presentation of Richard Strauss's Salome, to be conducted by Music Director James Conlon. A revival of the production originally staged by Sir Peter Hall during the company's inaugural season, Salome will star soprano Patricia Racette in the title role, her fifth leading role in Los Angeles. Performances will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012) from February 18 through March 19. (more...)

Julie Taymor Has Her Eyes on ACROSS THE UNIVERSE for Future Stage Adaptation
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

According to Variety, during a panel on Broadway's THE LION KING, Julie Taymor was asked what film she wants to bring to the stage next. 'Across the Universe,' she said. 'It belongs onstage.' (more...)

Houston Symphony Announces 2017-2018 Season, Names Jimmy Lopez Composer-In-Residence
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2017

The Houston Symphony and Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada announced today details of the 2017-18 season, which marks Orozco-Estrada's fourth year as music director. Highlights of the season include the appointment of Peruvian-born composer Jimmy Lopez as the Houston Symphony's new Composer-in-Residence and the introduction of Ars Electronica Futurelab's musical visualization of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, an immersive concert experience directed by acclaimed choreographer Klaus Obermaier (more...)

Houston Grand Opera's 2017–18 Season Features Long-Awaited Return of Strauss's Elektra and Bellini's Norma
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Houston Grand Opera expands its commitment to broadening the audience for opera with a 2017-18 season that includes the first presentations of Leonard Bernstein's classic musical West Side Story by a major American opera house and the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist Royce Vavrek's holiday opera The House without a Christmas Tree. HGO will present its first performances in a quarter century of two iconic works: Richard Strauss's revenge-filled Elektra with virtuoso sopranoChristine Goerke in the tempestuous title role and 2016 Richard Tucker Award-winner and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson in her role debut as Chrysothemis, under the baton of HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers; and Bellini's grand-scale tragedy Norma showcasing the debut of stellar dramatic soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the notoriously difficult title role, with 2015 Tucker winner and HGO Studio alumna Jamie Barton as Adalgisa. (more...)

Victorian Opera Receives Classical:Next Innovation Award Nomination
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2017

Renowned for its contribution to the development of new Australian opera and music theatre, Victorian Opera has premiered 17 new works in its 11 year history. As a national leader in the commissioning and presentation of new Australian opera, Victorian Opera is extraordinarily proud to receive this international recognition.  (more...)

Opera San Jose Presents 34th Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

Opera San Jose today announced the company's 2017-18 season opening September 19, 2017 with Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, conducted by Peter Grunberg and directed by Brad Dalton, followed by Puccini's La rondine, conducted by Christopher Larkin and directed by Candice Evans. (more...)

George London Foundation to Welcome Paul Appleby & Sarah Mesko in Recital
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Tenor Paul Appleby, the 2011 George London Award winner who, it was recently announced, will be in the cast of the world premiere of John Adams's Girls of the Golden West with San Francisco Opera next season, teams up with mezzo-soprano and 2015 George London Award winner Sarah Mesko and pianist Ken Noda for the season's second event in the George London Foundation Recital Series at The Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 4:00 pm. (more...)

Lisa Chavez To Replace Leann Sandel-Pantaleo In Sarasota Opera's DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES, Sarasota Opera Announces Winter Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

Thrilling music, exciting new voices, and compelling theater will launch Sarasota Opera into its 58th Winter Festival Season on Saturday, February 11th, 2017. This will be the company's first season in 28 years to not include any operas by Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

Patricia Racette to Lead LA Opera's SALOME, 2/18 - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2017

General Director Plácido Domingo announced complete casting details for LA Opera's upcoming presentation of Richard Strauss's Salome, to be conducted by Music Director James Conlon. A revival of the production originally staged by Sir Peter Hall during the company's inaugural season, Salome will star soprano Patricia Racette in the title role, her fifth leading role in Los Angeles. Performances will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012) from February 18 through March 19. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of SALOME Starring Patricia Racette
by Stage Tube - Feb 16, 2017

The iconic production that created a sensation when it was first staged in LA Opera's inaugural season, Salome returns to make its mark on the 21st century, starring Patricia Racette in the role of a lifetime. (more...)

Lisa O'Hare and Richard E. Grant to 'Dance All Night' in MY FAIR LADY at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that film star Richard E. Grant and Broadway standout Lisa O'Hare will star as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle in Lyric Opera's grand-scale production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's My Fair Lady, April 28-May 21, 2017 (press opening April 29). (more...)

Fort Worth Opera Announces Details of Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2017

Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today details of the company's full line-up of thrilling productions scheduled to take the stage during the 2018 season, running April 27 – May 13. In 2018, the company will offer opera lovers an entirely new Festival experience with the first production of Richard Wagner's magnificent fantasy opera Das Rheingold; Gaetano Donizetti's hysterical bel canto gem, Don Pasquale; and composer Astor Piazzolla's genre-defying tango opera, María de Buenos Aires. The Festival will also usher in the sixth year of Fort Worth Opera's critically-lauded new works showcase, Frontiers, featuring eight unpublished operas from some of the most talented composers and librettists in the 21st-century. (more...)

On Site Opera Presents U.S. Premiere of LA MERE COUPABLE
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) presents the U.S. premiere and new site-specific production of Darius Milhaud's La mère coupable (The Guilty Mother). For the premiere, OSO partners with the Darius Milhaud Society and the award-winning International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The site-specific production celebrates the 125th birthday of Milhaud and is dedicated to Katharine Warne, composer and founder of the Darius Milhaud Society. La mère coupable also marks the completion of OSO's three-year Figaro Project, in which the company is staging lesser-known operatic adaptations of French playwright Beaumarchais' (1732-1799) famed trilogy of Figaro plays. (more...)

BWW Review: Wagner's HOLLANDER Flies Under Nezet-Seguin, with Volle and Wagner, at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 28, 2017

The audience was there to be thrilled on Tuesday, when the Met's new Music Director, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, took on Wagner's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER (THE Flying Dutchman) and they weren't disappointed. It was a musically glorious performance with the Met orchestra in peak form under its new maestro, the company's great chorus both charming and energetic, and the cast of principals marvelous, led by baritone Michael Volle in the title role and soprano Amber Wagner as Senta. (more...)

Review Roundup: Did Met Opera's 'Der Fliegende Hollander' Soar?
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

The Met Opera opened Richard Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer on April 25th.  New Met star Michael Volle sings the title role of the ghostly sailor damned to wander the seas in search of the love that will set him free, under the baton of the exciting Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Amber Wagner is Senta, whose love he seeks. The powerhouse cast also includes Dolora Zajick, Ben Bliss, Franz-Josef Selig, and AJ Glueckert as Erik. (more...)

Alan Gilbert Winds Down His Final Weeks With the NY Phil in Wagner's DAS RHEINGOLD Concert, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

In the third of Alan Gilbert's final four subscription weeks as New York Philharmonic Music Director, he will lead an enhanced concert production of Wagner's Das Rheingold. Soloists include bass-baritone Eric Owens as Wotan, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Fricka (in her New York Philharmonic debut), baritone Christopher Purves as Alberich (debut), tenor Russell Thomas as Loge, mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor as Erda, bass Morris Robinson as Fasolt (debut), bass Stephen Milling as Fafner (debut), soprano Rachel Willis-Sorensen as Freia (debut), tenor Brian Jagde as Froh (debut), bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as Donner (debut), tenor Peter Bronder as Mime (debut), soprano Jennifer Zetlan as Woglinde, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano as Wellgunde, and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford as Flosshilde. The enhanced concert production will be directed by Louisa Muller with costume design - featuring character-based treatment of modern concert attire - by David C. Woolard. The performances will take place Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. (more...)

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts First Wagner Opera at the Met, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Wagner opera with the company, Der Fliegende Holländer, beginning April 25. The opera, which has not been seen at the Met since 2010, featuresMichael Volle as the Dutchman, the ghostly sailor damned to sail the seas in search of the love that will set him free. Amber Wagner sings the role of Senta, opposite Jay Hunter Morris as the huntsman Erik. The cast also features Dolora Zajick as Senta's nurse Mary with Ben Bliss as the Steersman and Franz-Josef Selig as Senta's father Daland.  (more...)

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