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Roberto De Biasio and Gwyn Hughes Jones Join Met Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

Roberto De Biasio and Gwyn Hughes Jones will sing Pinkerton in the initial performances of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Met this spring, replacing Massimo Giordano, who has withdrawn due to illness. De Biasio will sing Pinkerton on February 19, 22, and 27, and Hughes Jones will sing the role on March 2 and 5. (more...)

RACHMANINOFF: A PHILHARMONIC FESTIVAL, Featuring Daniil Trifonov, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

The New York Philharmonic will present Rachmaninoff: A Philharmonic Festival, tonight, November 10-28, 2015, featuring 24-year-old Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performing three of the composer's piano concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini over the course of three consecutive all-Rachmaninoff programs, each led by a different conductor: Cristian Macelaru (in his Philharmonic debut), Neeme Jarvi, and Ludovic Morlot. (more...)

BWW Opera Review: Few Sparks from Opera Orchestra in Donizetti's Formulaic PARISINA D'ESTE
by Richard Sasanow - May 9, 2016

Those of us with long enough memories can recall some exciting nights at Opera Orchestra of New York's concerts at Carnegie Hall, with Eve Queler at the helm. It's reputed that Donizetti's PARISINA D'ESTE made quite a stir with Montserrat Caballe in the spotlight in 1974--but anyone expecting history to repeat itself when Queler mounted the opera for Angela Meade at the Rose Theatre last week was wildly disappointed. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for NORMA, LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Due to Anna Netrebko's recent decision not to add the title role in Bellini's Norma to her repertory, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera, Covent Garden-where she was scheduled to debut the role-as well as the Vienna State Opera and Dallas Opera have announced several related cast changes. (more...)

BWW Opera Review: Vertical Player Repertory Disinters Pacini's MALVINA DI SCOZIA
by Richard Sasanow - May 16, 2016

As part of the New York Opera Fest, Brooklyn's scrappy Vertical Player Repertory ventured into Manhattan's Christ and St. Stephen's Church near Lincoln Center, bringing with it a true rarity: Giovanni Pacini's bel canto-ish MALVINA DI SCOZIA, which dates from 1851. And while it was good to hear a work that competed in its day with the operas of Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti (not to mention the up-and-coming Verdi), “rarity” isn't necessarily synonymous with “ready for prime time,” even in Vertical's spirited production. (more...)

by Michael Rabice - May 16, 2016

Out of a sense of homegrown spirit and pride, Nickel City Opera enlisted the 27 time ASCAP award winning composer, Persis Vehar to set a libretto to music based on the assassination of President William McKinley at the 1901 Pan American Exposition by Polish-American dissident and self proclaimed anarchist Leon Czolgosz. Commissioned by Dr. Judith Wolf and written by librettist Gabrielle Vehar, 'SHOT!' dramatizes the events before, during and after President McKinley's death providing the flavor of Buffalo in 1901 including actual songs that were written about the Pan American Exposition and its' relationship to Buffalo. (more...)

New Rochelle Opera to Present IL TROVATORE
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

New Rochelle Opera, Weschester's longest running opera company, will present its first ever staged production of Giuseppe Verdi's Il Trovatore from June 23-26, 2016 in the Frank J. Auriana Theatre at the Ursuline School, 1345 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. Company co-founder and artistic director Camille Coppola will direct the local premiere, with orchestra and chorus conducted by Gregory Ortega. The production will feature the use of English supertitles to translate the Italian text. (more...)

On Site Opera's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO to Run 6/14-17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Just four years into its existence, On Site Opera (OSO) has established itself as one of New York City's most imaginative, nimble opera companies by doing more than simply staging musically and dramatically rich works outside of the opera house. (more...)

BWW Review: Winter Opera's IL TROVATORE Goes In High Melodrama
by Steve Callahan - Mar 4, 2016

High passion and sheer unrestrained melodrama overflow in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore,' the current offering by Winter Opera St. Louis. And the voices are glorious! Once again Winter Opera has assembled a sterling group of singers. Caruso once said that all it takes for a successful performance of 'Trovatore' is the four greatest singers in the world. I'm not sure if the judges' ballots are all in yet, but the singers of the four principal roles in this production would seem to be right up there among the finalists. (more...)

Verismo Opera's LA GIOCONDA Coming to bergenPAC with International Cast
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera debuts Amilcare Ponchielli's magnificent work, LA GIOCONDA, replete with complex plots and intrigue, on Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Tenor Matthew Polenzani - Boy Toy of the Tudor Queens
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 22, 2016

Tenor Matthew Polenzani--he of the refined singing, elegant deportment and serious nature--is having a great season at the Met, with major roles in a pair of new productions. First, he was Nadir, whose love for the priestess Leila (Diana Damrau) tempts her to give up her vows in Bizet's LES PECHEURS DE PERLES (THE PEARL FISHERS). Now he's working his mojo on no less than Elisabetta (Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England), in the new production of Donizetti's ROBERTO DEVEREUX at the Met, premiering March 24. (more...)

Theater of Nations' SHUKSHIN'S STORIES & TAMARA GVERDTSITELI Set for Cherry Orchard Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

The Cherry Orchard Festival (, promoting cultural diversity globally, is back for the fourth year with two unique programs, each showcasing the best of international artistry and talent.  TheTheater of Nations' Shukshin's Stories, based on the famous stories of Vasily Shukshin and directed byAlvis Hermanis (Il Trovatore featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko; Brodsky / Baryshnikov withMikhail Baryshnikov) will play 4 performances at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street): June 8th at 8pm, June 9th at 8pm, June 10th at 8pm and June 11th at 8pm. Tickets, priced at $55-$150 are available through the City Center website (, in person at the City Center box office or by calling212-581-1212. (more...)

Placido Domingo to Play Title Role in the Met Opera's SIMON BOCCANEGRA
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2016

Beginning April 1, Met Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi's SIMON BOCCANEGRA, with Plácido Domingo starring in the title role. (more...)

Opera San Jose to Present Previn's A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Faithfully following Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play, André Previn's opera tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a fading though still attractive Southern belle whose poise is a persona she presents to shield others, but most of all herself, from her delusions of grandeur. Moving into her sister's cramped apartment, and creating all the wrong kinds of sparks with her crude and cruel brother-in-law, the dark truths about Blanche's past begin to emerge, and her world comes apart at the seams in a downward spiral. (more...)

Sondra Radvanovsky to Star as Queen Elizabeth I in Met Opera's ROBERTO DEVEREUX
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Sondra Radvanovsky completes her season-long quest to sing the leading roles in all three operas in Donizetti's Tudor queens trilogy on March 24, when she stars as Queen Elizabeth I in the Met premiere of Roberto Devereux. Radvanovsky gave acclaimed performances as Anne Boleyn in Anna Bolena and Mary, Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda earlier this season. Her performances in Roberto Devereux will make her the first singer since Beverly Sills in the 1970s to perform all three roles in a single New York season. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2016 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Lawrence Edelson, Artistic and General Director of Opera Saratoga, announced the program for the 2016 Summer Festival, which will run from May 28 through July 17, 2016. The season will feature three new productions at The Spa Little Theater in Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York, along with a diverse slate of recitals and concerts at multiple locations in Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Albany. (more...)

Opera Saratoga Sets 2017 Summer Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. (more...)

New York City Opera to Present FLORENCIA EN EL AMAZONAS, 6/22-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

New York City Opera concludes its 2016 season with the New York premiere of Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Cata?n. Performances are June 22, 23, 25, and 26 in Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall. New York City Opera inaugurates O?pera en Espan?ol, a landmark initiative of productions of opera in the Spanish language, Baroque to the contemporary, from Spain and Latin America, as well as zarzuela. O?pera en Espan?ol introduces the opera-loving public to a neglected but significant repertoire and aims to expand City Opera's reach to new and Spanish-speaking audiences. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Update for MANON LESCAUT
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

In order to conserve her vocal energies in a season that has included numerous performances of demanding repertory, Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from three of her eight scheduled performances of the title role in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Met next season. In her place, Kristine Opolais—who starred in the premiere of the Met's new staging earlier this year—will sing the role of Manon Lescaut on November 21, December 7, and December 10.  (more...)

LITTLE 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, 1/30-31
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...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Updates for MANON LESCAUT & PAGLIACCI
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performances in this season's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut due to illness. (more...)

BWW Review: All Puccini, All the Time at the Met with LA BOHEME and TURANDOT
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 25, 2016

Sometimes, the Metropolitan Opera seems like an endless Puccini festival. It's particularly apparent this season, when top dogs LA BOHEME, TOSCA and MADAMA BUTTERFLY are joined by TURANDOT and MANON LESCAUT, which are not second drawer, though certainly less popular than the first three. (Let's see how that descriptor applies to the latter when Jonas Kaufmann steps on stage for the new production of LESCAUT.) (more...)

Sondra Radvanovsky to Lead MARIA STUARDA at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Sondra Radvanovsky sings the second of the three Queens in Donizetti's 'Tudor trilogy' when she stars as the devout, doomed Mary, Queen of Scots in Maria Stuarda, opening January 29. Maria Stuarda tells the story of the political and personal rivalry between two queens: Mary, Queen of Scots and her cousin and rival, Queen Elizabeth I. Radvanovsky is the first soprano in Met history who will sing the lead roles in all three Donizetti Queen operas in the course of a single New York season, a feat famously accomplished by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera in the 1970s. (more...)

Met 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...)

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by BWW - Feb 7, 2016

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Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Update for IL TROVATORE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Antonello Palombi will sing Manrico in tonight's performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore, replacing Marcello Giordani, who is ill. (more...)

Three 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...)

Top 10 Theatres in France - Théâtre du Châtelet, Vingtième Théâtre, L'Olympia and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 19, 2016

We go around our Broadway World to feature France as our newest International spotlight. Below, we round up the top 10 theatre companies in France. Check out the list below! (more...)

Kaija Saariaho's L'AMOUR DE LOIN Will Be First Woman-Composed Opera At The Met Since 1903
by Michael Dale - Feb 19, 2016

The 2000 opera by the Finnish composer is inspired by the he legend of 12th Century troubadour Jaufre Rudel. (more...)

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by BWW - Dec 27, 2015

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Dolora Zajick to Receive Opera Index Distinguished Achievement Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 26, 2015

On Sunday, January 17, Opera Index will present its 37th Distinguished Achievement Award to Dolora Zajick, a true dramatic mezzo-soprano, acclaimed by The New York Times as “a mezzo in a class by herself,” at a gala evening beginning at 6 p.m. at JW Marriott Essex House, 160 Central Park South. (more...)

Met Opera Announces IL TROVATORE Cast Update
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore-February 3, 6, 9, and 13 matinee-due to his ongoing treatment for a brain tumor. (more...)

LES 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...)

Anna Netrebko Leads Starry Cast in Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' on PBS's GREAT PERFORMANCES, 1/24
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Verdi's dramatic and tuneful favorite Il Trovatore kicks off the new season ofTHIRTEEN'S Great Performances at the Met Friday, January 22 at 9 p.m. on PBS, and repeated Sunday, January 24 at 12 p.m. (Check local listings.) (more...)

Patricia Racette to Receive Merola Distinguished Alumni Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

The Merola Opera Program is pleased to recognize Merola 1988 alumna Patricia Racette with the Merola Distinguished Alumni Award in a ceremony on Monday, January 7, 2016, in San Francisco. The ceremony is an invitation-only event for members of Merola's Gold Circle and above. Those wishing to join Merola may find information at (more...)

Patricia Racette to Receive the Merola Opera Program Distinguished Alumni Award
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

The Merola Opera Program is pleased to recognize Merola 1988 alumna Patricia Racette with the Merola Distinguished Alumni Award in a ceremony on Monday, January 7, 2016, in San Francisco. (more...)

San 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...)

Passion and Betrayal Comes to Canadian Opera Company in Bellini's NORMA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

Searing drama and epic lyricism open the Canadian Opera Company's 2016/2017 season with a new production of Bellini's Norma.  (more...)

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Presnts BRAVO PUCCINI An Evening of Solos, Arias and Duets
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

THE OCEAN GROVE CAMP MEETING ASSOCIATION (OGCMA) will close its 2016 season of Great Family Entertainment on Saturday, September 10th with 'BRAVO, PUCCINI: AN EVENING OF OPERATIC SOLOS, ARIAS AND DUETS,' featuring The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea conducted by New Jersey's beloved Father Alphonse Stephenson and narrated by the acclaimed musical educator Edward Perretti. (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera Launches 40th Season With CARMEN Starring Jennifer Johnson Cano, 9/23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) opens its 40th season with Calixto Bieito's bold staging of Georges Bizet's Carmen, the largest production the company has mounted in its four decades. Set in the arid earthiness of post-Franco Spanish North Africa, Carmen is a powerful account of a defiantly free-spirited woman and her obsessive lover. With the familiar story and iconic score that opera buffs and casual opera-goers alike know and love, BLO's Carmen opens September 23 for four performances through October 2. The run marks the company's debut at the Boston Opera House whereCarmen will be the first professional opera produced at the venerable theater since 1991. (more...)

Soprano Tamara Wilson Wins the 2016 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation is thrilled to announce that soprano Tamara Wilson – whose “voice of steely beauty and great power” (Houston Chronicle) has already won international accolades – has been named as winner of the 2016 Richard Tucker Award. Dubbed the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a major international career. Featuring such luminaries as Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe,Lawrence Brownlee, David Daniels, Christine Goerke and Joyce DiDonato, the list of past winners reads like a who's who of American opera. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces Full Schedule for Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

(Boston, MA)--Inspired by the people, artists, and heritage of a great city, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (LO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer  announces its 2016 season of free concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell at the Esplanade.  (more...)

MasterVoices to Open 75th Season with New York Premiere of 27 This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale)will open its 75th anniversary season with Ricky Ian Gordon's 27, with libretto by Royce Vavrek, starring Stephanie Blythe, Heidi Stober,Theo Lebow, Tobias Greenhalgh, and Daniel Brevik, conducted by Ted Sperling, and directed by James Robinson, with Orchestra of St. Luke's on October 20 and 21, 2016at New York City Center. (more...)

Carnegie Hall's 'Link Up' Program Expands Worldwide; Concerts Set for NYC This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

For over 30 years, Link Up-a hands-on curriculum that invites students in grades 3 to 5 to make and explore music-has culminated in springtime, interactive children's concerts for thousands of New York City students who are invited to come together at Carnegie Hall. More recently, Carnegie Hall has also provided this program free-of-charge to over 80 orchestra partners across the United States and abroad, reaching many more thousands of children who join together to make music in their own communities. The Link Up curriculum and concert program was developed by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Announces 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Inspired by the people, artists, and heritage of a great city, the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (LO) under the direction of Music Director Christopher Wilkins, and Executive Director Jo Frances Meyer announces its 2016 season of free concerts at the DCR's Hatch Shell at the Esplanade.  (more...)

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra to Present Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will present Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto from the opening theme to its grand finale on April 28 and 30 at Music Hall. (more...)

Fort Worth Opera Announces Schedule for 2017 Festival Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2016

FORT WORTH, TX – Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today details of the second phase of the company's landmark 10-year initiative Opera of the Americas, as well as the bold and exciting productions scheduled for the 2017 Festival season, running April 15 - May 7. The 2017 FWOpera Festival will include a time-honored classic, Bizet's incendiary tale of tragic seduction, Carmen; a vibrant, contemporary mainstage production unlike anything in FWOpera's repertoire, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna; and the riveting regional premiere of 2015 Frontiers winner, Voir Dire. The Festival will also usher in the fifth year of Fort Worth Opera's critically-acclaimed new works showcase, Frontiers. (more...)

2016 Festival Verdi in Parma and Busseto to be Held in October
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

Tradition, a desire to embrace the new and the ever increasing international profile are the predominant features of the 2016 edition of the Festival Verdi in Parma and Busseto. This year's festival, returning for the month of October (, will be dedicated to the German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller, who has always been a source of inspiration and subject matter for Italian composers throughout time, including above all Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

Festival Verdi 2016 Set for Parma and Busseto
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

Tradition, a desire to embrace the new and the ever increasing international profile are the predominant features of the 2016 edition of the Festival Verdi in Parma and Busseto. This year's festival, returning for the month of October (, will be dedicated to the German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller, who has always been a source of inspiration and subject matter for Italian composers throughout time, including above all Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

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