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Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16Riverside Opera Company to Present FROM OPERA TO SINATRA, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

The Riverside Opera Company performs 'From Opera to Sinatra' a PoPera Concert that features winners from live auditions judged by former metropolitan opera singers. The program was compiled from songs the performers sang best. under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia on Saturday, May 16, 8 p.m. at The Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony to Conclude All-Beethoven Program with THE IMMORTAL, 6/5Pittsburgh Symphony to Conclude All-Beethoven Program with THE IMMORTAL, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Revel in two of Beethoven's most notable and majestic works during the Pittsburgh Symphony's BNY Mellon Grand Classics: BeethovenFest: The Immortal June 5-7. It features the composer's violin concerto and Symphony No. 9, with its famous “Ode to Joy.”  (more...)

BWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the MetBWW Reviews: CAV/PAG, Those Verismo Twins, Still Tied at the Hip at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - May 15, 2015

It was 'out with the old, in with the new' for another of the Franco Zeffirelli productions that were once the Metropolitan Opera's bread and butter, designed for audiences to cheer for the scenery even when the cast might not have been top drawer. This time, the victims of changing times (and administrations) were the twin bill of Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Leoncavallo's PAGLIACCI. (more...)

LAMet to Present Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA this Summer, 6/6LAMet to Present Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA this Summer, 6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2015

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera (LAMet), a local community company that offers grand opera in intimate settings and at prices almost anyone can afford, will present Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, AIDA, on four dates in June.  On Saturday June 6th at 7pm and Sunday, June 7th at 2:30pm, the opera will be performed at Cantwell Auditorium at Saint Monica's Church in Santa Monica.  On Saturday June 13th at 3pm and Sunday June 14th at 3pm, performances will take place at All Souls Chapel at Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. (more...)

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera to Present Verdi's AIDA in JuneLos Angeles Metropolitan Opera to Present Verdi's AIDA in June
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera (LAMet), a local community company that offers grand opera in intimate settings and at prices almost anyone can afford, will present Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, AIDA, on four dates in June.  On Saturday June 6th at 7pm and Sunday, June 7th at 2:30pm, the opera will be performed at Cantwell Auditorium at Saint Monica's Church in Santa Monica.  On Saturday June 13th at 3pm and Sunday June 14th at 3pm, performances will take place at All Souls Chapel at Good Samaritan Hospital in downtown Los Angeles. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14Opera Philadelphia Presents Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Laura Osnes & Steven Pasquale-Led CAROUSEL Among Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-15 Radio BroadcastsLaura Osnes & Steven Pasquale-Led CAROUSEL Among Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2014-15 Radio Broadcasts
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

Beginning on Saturday, May 16, and continuing every Saturday through July 11, The Lyric Opera Broadcasts of the 2014-15 Lyric Opera of Chicago season will be rebroadcast internationally by The WFMT Radio Network and heard locally on 98.7WFMT. (more...)

MADAMA BUTTERFLY to Launch OPERA San Antonio's 2015-16 SeasonMADAMA BUTTERFLY to Launch OPERA San Antonio's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2015

OPERA San Antonio's Board of Directors and Chairman Mel Weingart today announced the slate for OPERA San Antonio's second season as the Resident Opera Company of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Yonghoon Lee to Continue in CARMEN at the Met This Saturday; Jonas Kaufmann Still IllYonghoon Lee to Continue in CARMEN at the Met This Saturday; Jonas Kaufmann Still Ill
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet's Carmen this Saturday, March 7 matinee, as he is still ill with the flu and unable to travel to New York. Yonghoon Lee, who substituted for Kaufmann at last evening's performance, has agreed to sing Don José on Saturday. (more...)

Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo to Headline Met's MANON, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2015

New York, NY (March 4, 2015) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo will sing their first Met performances of the title character in Massenet's Manon and her devoted lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the first revival of Laurent Pelly's 2012 Met staging, also starring Russell Braun as Manon's cousin, Lescaut, and Nicolas Testé as the Chevalier's father, the Comte des Grieux. The opera opens March 9 and plays six performances through March 28. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5Opera Philadelphia to Premiere Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, 6/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was “a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years” (NPR). The Grammy Award-winning bebop legend is the subject of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD, the first world premiere in almost four decades for Opera Philadelphia, recognized by Opera News as “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.” The new chamber opera was created for American tenor Lawrence Brownlee, a nominee for the 2015 International Opera Male Singer of the Year Award, by composer Daniel Schnyder, whose “thrilling classical-tinged jazz blend…constantly pushes the envelope” (Jazz Times), to a libretto by award-winning poet and playwright Bridgette Wimberly. Directed by Ron Daniels under the leadership of Music Director Corrado Rovaris, Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD premieres in Opera Philadelphia's Aurora Series for Chamber Opera, crowning the company's 40th Anniversary Season with a five-performance run in the Kimmel Center's intimate Perelman Theater (June 5–14). Tickets are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215.893.1018 or operaphila.org. (more...)

Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14Mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges to Compete for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2015

CHICAGO - American mezzo-soprano J'nai Bridges is one of 20 international finalists for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015 competition. Bridges, a third-year member of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, is currently portraying Vlasta in Lyric's mainstage premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg's The Passenger. (more...)

Andrea Bocelli to Perform in Bangkok With Guests Katharine McPhee, Jackie Evancho, and MoreAndrea Bocelli to Perform in Bangkok With Guests Katharine McPhee, Jackie Evancho, and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2015

Opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform during the “MahaNakhon Presents A Magical Night with Andrea Bocelli: The World's Most Beloved Tenor” concert, at the Royal Paragon Hall of Siam Paragon, on April 26 at 8pm. (more...)

Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30Verdi's DON CARLO to Return to the Met Opera, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

Verdi's sweeping historical tragedy Don Carlo will return to the Met stage March 30for an eight-performance revival conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the dynamic maestro who led the 2010 Met premiere ofNicholas Hytner's critically acclaimed production. Yonghoon Lee will reprise his portrayal of the conflicted title hero, withFerruccio Furlanetto as his father and rival, the imposing Philip II; Barbara Frittoli as his lover, Elisabeth de Valois;Ekaterina Gubanova as Elisabeth's tormented lady-in-waiting, Princess Eboli; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Rodrigo, Don Carlo's friend and ally; and James Morris as the menacing Grand Inquisitor. (more...)

Yonghoon Lee Set for Met Opera's CARMEN, 3/4Yonghoon Lee Set for Met Opera's CARMEN, 3/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Jonas Kaufmann has canceled his performance as Don José in Bizet's Carmen for this Wednesday, March 4, because he is suffering from the flu and was unable to travel to New York as scheduled on Sunday. He hopes to recover in time to fly here later this week and perform as schedule on Saturday, March 7 matinee. In his place, Yonghoon Lee, who will be singing the title role in Verdi's Don Carlo later this month, has agreed to sing Don José on Wednesday. (more...)

Angela Meade to Return as Elvira in Verdi's ERNANI at the Met, 3/20-4/11Angela Meade to Return as Elvira in Verdi's ERNANI at the Met, 3/20-4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

Soprano Angela Meade - fresh from her New York Philharmonic debut in Verdi's Requiem earlier this year - returns to the Metropolitan Opera to reprise her signature role of Elvira in Verdi's Ernani from March 20 to April 11. (more...)

Houston Symphony Orchestra to Perform VERDI'S REQUIEM, 3/20Houston Symphony Orchestra to Perform VERDI'S REQUIEM, 3/20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2015

HOUSTON (March 9, 2015) – Houston Symphony Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada will lead the orchestra, the Houston Symphony Chorus and vocal soloists on March 20-22 in Verdi's Requiem, a towering masterpiece by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi featuring dramatic operatic moments, brilliant symphonic writing and virtuosic solo performances. (more...)

Angela Meade Rings in the New Year with a Trio of ConcertsAngela Meade Rings in the New Year with a Trio of Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Soprano Angela Meade, the youngest singer ever featured on the cover of the “Diva Issue” of Opera News (November 2014), launches 2015 with a trio of high-profile events in January. She makes her eagerly awaited debut with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert in three performances of Verdi's Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall (Jan 15-17). Later in the month audiences have the opportunity to hear her star turn in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert on aLive From Lincoln Center broadcast. “Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century”, which was taped last October, airs on PBS on Friday, January 23, 2015. This weekend Meade is performing in a more intimate New York setting at the Morgan Library (Jan 11) where she shares the bill of a George London Recital with baritone Nicholas Pallesen, a fellow winner of the George London prize. (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...)

San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8San Francisco Opera and Merola Opera's 'Schwabacher Debut Recitals' Series to Launch 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2015

San Francisco Opera Center and the Merola Opera Program present the 33rd season of the Schwabacher Debut Recitals, beginning February 8, 2015 with soprano Erin Johnson and pianist Sun Ha Yoon at Temple Emanu-El's Martin Meyer Sanctuary in San Francisco. (more...)

TOSCA, AIDA, MERRY WIDOW and MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Set for Utah Opera's 2015-16 SeasonTOSCA, AIDA, MERRY WIDOW and MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Set for Utah Opera's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2015

Utah OperaArtistic Director Christopher McBeth today announced Utah Opera's 2015-16 season. The company's 38th season will feature four productions between October 2015 and May 2016 that encompass some of opera's greatest tales of love and sacrifice. (more...)

IOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the MetIOLANTA & BLUEBEARD'S CASTLE Double-Bill Opens 1/26 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2015

Beginning January 26, the Met will present a double-bill of two rarely performed one-act operas: Tchaikovsky's romantic fairy tale Iolanta, with Anna Netrebko in the title role of a blind princess and Piotr Beczala as Count Vaudémont, a knight who loves her; and Bartók's harrowing Bluebeard's Castle, with Nadja Michael as a bride who discovers the terrifying truth about her new husband, sung by Mikhail Petrenko. Valery Gergiev returns to the Met to conduct both operas, which will be presented in a production by acclaimed Polish director Mariusz Treli?ski in his Met debut. This season's performances will be the company premiere of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky's final opera, and the Met's first-ever staged performances of Bluebeard's Castle in the original Hungarian. The February 14 matinee performance will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 69 countries around the world. (more...)

BWW Interview: Malcolm MacKenzie Dishes about Opera, Voice Acting and Benedict CumberbatchBWW Interview: Malcolm MacKenzie Dishes about Opera, Voice Acting and Benedict Cumberbatch
by Erica Miner - Jan 16, 2015

MacKenzie is a familiar presence to SDO fans (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...)

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...)

Marin Alsop to Conduct BSO & Jamie Barton in Mahler's THIRD SYMPHONY, 1/29-31Marin Alsop to Conduct BSO & Jamie Barton in Mahler's THIRD SYMPHONY, 1/29-31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2015

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Music Director Marin Alsop and the BSO present Mahler's epic Third Symphony on Thursday, January 29 at 8 p.m. and Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. The vocal soloist for the fourth and fifth movements is American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World winner. The Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women's Chorus and Peabody's Children's Chorus join Marin Alsop, Ms. Barton and the BSO on this program. Please see below for complete program details. (more...)

Baritone Quinn Kelsey Receives Tenth Annual Beverly Sills Artist AwardBaritone Quinn Kelsey Receives Tenth Annual Beverly Sills Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2015

Baritone Quinn Kelsey has been named the recipient of the tenth 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. (more...)

LA Opera to Present GREAT OPERA CHORUSES at Valley Performing Arts Center, 3/14LA Opera to Present GREAT OPERA CHORUSES at Valley Performing Arts Center, 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

LA Opera will present two free ?Great Opera Choruses concerts on March 14, with Resident Conductor Grant Gershon leading the LA Opera Chorus. (more...)

George Cleve to Conduct THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera San Jose This SpringGeorge Cleve to Conduct THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera San Jose This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Opera San José concludes its 31st season with Mozart's The Magic Flute. (more...)

The Met Sets 2015-16 Season: 25 Operas, 6 Premieres & MoreThe Met Sets 2015-16 Season: 25 Operas, 6 Premieres & More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera's 2015-16 season will present 227 opera performances in a varied repertory, ranging from rarely performed masterpieces to perennial audience favorites. The season features six new productions and 18 revivals, starring the world's greatest singers and conductors, many of them in repertory they have not previously performed with the company. (more...)

Simon Keenlyside Withdraws from Metropolitan Opera's DON CARLOSimon Keenlyside Withdraws from Metropolitan Opera's DON CARLO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Luca Salsi will sing the role of Rodrigo in this season's performances of Verdi's Don Carlo, replacing Simon Keenlyside, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness. (more...)

Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATAQuinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2014

The role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata will be sung by American baritone Quinn Kelsey on January 14 and by Russian baritone Alexei Markov on January 17, 21, and 24, replacing Ludovic Tézier, who is continuing to recover from an illness. (more...)

LA TRAVIATA Returns to the Met, 12/11LA TRAVIATA Returns to the Met, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2014

La Traviata will return to the Met stage December 11 with two rotating casts of stars, all of whom are singing their first company performances of the principal roles. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who made a notable debut as Donna Anna in the 2011 new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, brings her acclaimed Violetta to the Met for the first time in the opening performances, with American tenor Stephen Costello as her impetuous lover Alfredo. Later performances will feature Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva—currently starring in her first-ever staged performances of Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème—as Violetta, opposite Italian tenor Francesco Demuro as Alfredo. The role of Giorgio Germont, Alfredo's father, will be shared by American baritone Quinn Kelsey and French baritone Ludovic Tézier. Marco Armiliato will lead all performances of Verdi's romantic tragedy this season. Willy Decker's acclaimed production had its Met premiere in 2010. (more...)

Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015Met Guild to Honor Licia Albanese & Carlo Bergonzi in 'INCOMPARABLE' in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

Summer saw the passing of two of opera's most iconic figures: Licia Albanese, at the age of 105, and Carlo Bergonzi, at 90. (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...)

Opera Australia Presents in MAZDA OPERA IN THE BOWL TonightOpera Australia Presents in MAZDA OPERA IN THE BOWL Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2014

It's a Saturday evening in summer. You're sitting in a park with family and friends and a fabulous picnic dinner. The picture is completed when the glorious live music begins. Especially when the music is some of the most?loved opera choruses and arias from four leading Opera Australia soloists, the Opera Australia Chorus and Orchestra Victoria. This marvellous combination could only be the annual Mazda Opera in the Bowl tonight 13 December, 2014. (more...)

BSO to Perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 1/2-4BSO to Perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, 1/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2014

Maestro Nicholas McGegan and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will ring in the New Year with a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 on Friday, January 2 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, January 4 at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, January 3 at 8 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore. McGegan will lead the Orchestra in Beethoven's final symphony with the well-known "Ode to Joy," along with Beethoven's rarely performed Opferlied, his King Stephen Overture and Haydn's The Storm. Please see below for complete details. (more...)

Opera San Jose to Continue Season with World Premiere of WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREADOpera San Jose to Continue Season with World Premiere of WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

Opera San José continues its 31st season with the WORLD PREMIERE of Where Angels Fear to Tread by American composer Mark Lanz Weiser, libretto by Roger Brunyate. This bold new opera, based on the novel by E. M. Forster, unveils a collision of cultures that leads to a misunderstanding of horrific consequences, set in motion when a rich English widow marries a middle-class but handsome young Italian against the wishes of her family. Where Angels Fear to Tread will be sung in English with English supertitles. Six performances are scheduled February 7 through 22 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. Tickets are on sale at the Opera San José Box Office, online at operasj.org or by phone at (408) 437-4450. Performances are supported, in part, by a grant from the San José Office of Cultural Affairs. (more...)

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA AND PAGLIACCIE Opens at the Met, 4/14CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA AND PAGLIACCIE Opens at the Met, 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2015

The Met's first new production in 45 years of the enduringly popular verismo double bill, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci, will open April 14. (more...)

JCC Manhattan to Present PREformances with Allison Charney, 4/13JCC Manhattan to Present PREformances with Allison Charney, 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

JCC Manhattan presents PREformances with Allison Charney on Monday, April 13th at 7:30pm. (more...)

Brownlee to Star in Opera Philadelphia's CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, 6/5-14Brownlee to Star in Opera Philadelphia's CHARLIE PARKER'S YARDBIRD, 6/5-14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2015

Legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955) was 'a genius who lived fast and died young, revolutionizing an art form in a few short years' (NPR). (more...)

Sherrill Milnes to be Honored by University of South Florida & Cincinnati Opera in MaySherrill Milnes to be Honored by University of South Florida & Cincinnati Opera in May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2015

The first week of May brings two new honors for Sherrill Milnes, the legendary baritone and the most recorded American opera singer of his generation. (more...)

PSO Viva Verdi! Concert to Feature Johnson, Lattimore, Borichevsky, & Russell, 5/17PSO Viva Verdi! Concert to Feature Johnson, Lattimore, Borichevsky, & Russell, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

On Sunday, May 17, at 4 pm at Richardson Auditorium, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) presents Viva Verdi!, an opera extravaganza featuring excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi's most popular works and spotlighting gifted young opera stars Michelle Johnson, soprano; Margaret Lattimore, mezzo; Zach Borichevsky, tenor; and Hugh Russell, baritone. Conducted by PSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, the afternoon's selections from Il Trovatore's complicated story of war, revenge and love, La Traviata's portrayal of a soul-searching courtesan, and Aida's tale of impossible love in an exotic setting will serve as a fitting encore to last season's bicentennial celebration of Verdi's birth. (more...)

DCINY to Present Verdi's REQUIEM With 400 Voices at Carnegie Hall, 5/24DCINY to Present Verdi's REQUIEM With 400 Voices at Carnegie Hall, 5/24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2015

Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents Verdi's Messa da Requiem, a monumental work for chorus, soloists and orchestra, replete with intense drama and gloriously beautiful melodies. The composer's only large-scale work not written for the stage, the Requiem stands in stature and artistry alongside Verdi's great operatic masterpieces. (more...)

James Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the MetJames Levine to Conduct UN BALLO IN MASCHERA at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Met Music Director James Levine will lead a starry revival of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, opening April 23 and continuing for four additional performances through May 9. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  Without Gypsies or Mistaken Identities, Soprano Meade Wins Four-Sided Tug of War in ERNANI at the MetBWW Reviews: Without Gypsies or Mistaken Identities, Soprano Meade Wins Four-Sided Tug of War in ERNANI at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 2, 2015

Nine years before Il Trovatore took the prize for Verdi's most outlandish story line--with gypsies, stolen babies and mistaken identities--there was ERNANI, with a different kind of complicated plot to make your head spin. The Met's current revival of its 1983 production of the opera stars a formidable quartet: soprano Angela Meade, tenor Franceso Meli, bass-baritone Dmitry Belosselskiy and, last but certainly not least, tenor/baritone Placido Domingo. (more...)

Yonghoon Lee to Sub in for Title Role at Verdi's DON CARLO, 4/16Yonghoon Lee to Sub in for Title Role at Verdi's DON CARLO, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Yonghoon Lee will sing the title role in this evening's performance of Verdi's Don Carlo, replacing Ricardo Tamura. As previously scheduled, Lee will sing the role in all remaining Met performances of the opera this season. (more...)

The Royal Opera House Announces 2015-2016 Season, Featuring MORGEN UND ABEND, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, and MoreThe Royal Opera House Announces 2015-2016 Season, Featuring MORGEN UND ABEND, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

The 2015/16 Royal Opera House Season has been announced. The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and visiting companies will stage more than sixty works during 2015/16 and twelve productions from Covent Garden - six operas and six ballets - will be relayed live to more than 1,500 cinemas in 35 countries as part of the ROH Cinema Season. (more...)

Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9Bay Street Theater to Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA, 5/9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts and Divaria Productions are pleased to announce a shortened, LIVE version of Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Saturday, May 9 at 8 pm. The evening will highlight Verdi's most famous opera with the most important numbers linked by compelling narrative. (more...)

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