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San Francisco Opera Presents Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, Now thru 9/21San Francisco Opera Presents Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, Now thru 9/21
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents the Company premiere of Carlisle Floyd's two-act opera Susannah today, September 6 at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

98.7WFMT Broadcasts the Lyric Opera's 2014-15 Season, Beginning Today98.7WFMT Broadcasts the Lyric Opera's 2014-15 Season, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2014

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts kick off the 2014-15 season today, Sept. 6 with the live broadcast of the 'Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park' free concert on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com. The classical station's afternoon drive host Suzanne Nance and Lyric's dramaturg Roger Pines will serve as host and commentator respectively of this season's Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Opens 2014 Season with Bellini's NORMA TonightSan Francisco Opera Opens 2014 Season with Bellini's NORMA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

San Francisco Opera's 2014-15 Season opens tonight, September 5, 2014 with a dramatic new production of Vincenzo Bellini's bel canto masterpiece Norma, starring American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in one of opera's most dazzling and demanding roles. American mezzo-soprano Daveda Karanas is the young priestess Adalgisa; Italian tenor Marco Berti is Pollione; and American bass-baritone Christian Van Horn is Oroveso. Music Director Nicola Luisotti conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Director Kevin Newbury and set designer David Korins return to San Francisco Opera to premiere this vivid, large-scale new co-production with Toronto's Canadian Opera Company, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Norma runs for seven performances through September 30. (more...)

Andrea Bocelli Releases Simultaneous Recordings This FallAndrea Bocelli Releases Simultaneous Recordings This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ On October 21, Andrea Bocelli simultaneously releases two new packages representing the varied and impressive musical gifts of one of the world's most celebrated tenors. (more...)

Russell Thomas to Replace Marco Berti in San Francisco Opera's NORMA, 9/14-30Russell Thomas to Replace Marco Berti in San Francisco Opera's NORMA, 9/14-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for the Company's current production of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma. American tenor Russell Thomas will sing the role of Pollione for the remaining five performances of the opera on September 14m, 19, 23, 27 and 30, 2014. Mr. Thomas replaces Italian tenor Marco Berti, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. (more...)

San Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler FellowsSan Francsico Opera Center Announces 2015 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2014

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald announced today the twelve recipients of the 2015 Adler Fellowship, a multi-year performance-oriented residency offering advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching, and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the young artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present Exhibit at Civic Opera House, 9/27Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present Exhibit at Civic Opera House, 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago is proud to present the all-new exhibition DON GIOVANNI: Past to Present at the Civic Opera House. The exhibit will open onSaturday, September 27, coinciding with opening night of Lyric's new production ofDon Giovanni, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, Lyric's music director, and directed by Robert Falls, artistic director of the Goodman Theatre. (more...)

Craig Revel Horwood to Don Drag as Miss Hannigan in New ANNIE UK National TourCraig Revel Horwood to Don Drag as Miss Hannigan in New ANNIE UK National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2014

Craig Revel Horwood will hit the road in the upcoming UK tour of ANNIE - as orphanage caretaker Miss Hannigan, it was announced today. This marks the first time the role has been played drag in any major production. (more...)

Anna Netrebko Leads MACBETH, Opening Tonight at The MetAnna Netrebko Leads MACBETH, Opening Tonight at The Met
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Anna Netrebko sings her first North American performances of the charismatic villainess of Verdi's Macbeth this season, in starry cast that also includes Željko Lu?i? as Macbeth, Joseph Calleja as Macduff, and René Pape as Banquo. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will lead all seven performances of the opera, which opens tonight, September 24 in a revival of noted Shakespeare director Adrian Noble's 2007 production. The October 11 matinee performance will launch the ninth season of the Met's Live in HD series when it is transmitted worldwide to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 68 countries around the world. (more...)

Opera San Jose to Stage THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, 11/15-30Opera San Jose to Stage THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, 11/15-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Opera San José (OSJ) continues its season with Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers. This sparkling and fast-paced opera weaves a madcap story full of twists and turns into a comic adventure to a land of magnificent palaces, swashbuckling pirates and lavish harems. The Italian Girl in Algiers will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Six performances are scheduled from November 15 through 30 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present Verdi's IL TROVATORE, 10/27-11/29Lyric Opera of Chicago to Present Verdi's IL TROVATORE, 10/27-11/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Verdi's Il Trovatore in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Sir David McVicar, conducted by Asher Fisch. It opens on Monday, October 27 with 8 performances through Saturday, November 29. Performance dates are Oct. 27, Nov. 12, 15, 18, 21, and 29 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 5 and 9 at 2pm. (more...)

Anna Netrebko to Lead MACBETH, Opening Sept 24 at The MetAnna Netrebko to Lead MACBETH, Opening Sept 24 at The Met
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2014

Anna Netrebko sings her first North American performances of the charismatic villainess of Verdi's Macbeth this season, in starry cast that also includes Željko Lu?i? as Macbeth, Joseph Calleja as Macduff, and René Pape as Banquo. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will lead all seven performances of the opera, which opens September 24 in a revival of noted Shakespeare director Adrian Noble's 2007 production. The October 11 matinee performance will launch the ninth season of the Met's Live in HD series when it is transmitted worldwide to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 68 countries around the world. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERAPhoto Flash: First Look at Thomas Hampson, Heidi Stober, Dolora Zajick and More in SFO's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO (September 16, 2014)—San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) for seven performances October 4 through 22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. The illustrious cast features Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas as the unwisely flirtatious and cavalier King Gustavus III; soprano Julianna Di Giacomo as Amelia, the object of the king's affection; preeminent American baritone Thomas Hampson as Count Anckarström, with Brian Mulligan singing two performances of the role; soprano Heidi Stober as Oscar; and riveting mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as the fortune teller Madame Arvidson. A compelling tale of love, betrayal and revenge, Verdi's magnificent drama is presented in San Francisco Opera's classic production, conducted by Music Director Nicola Luisotti and directed by Jose Maria Condemi. (more...)

Spiro Malas to Star as 'Benoit' in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26Spiro Malas to Star as 'Benoit' in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2014

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the only grand opera company in Bergen County, New Jersey, concludes its 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, with Giacomo Puccini's La Bohème. Artistic Director Lucine Amara announced the cast that will perform Puccini's renowned, romantic score on Sundays, October 19 and 26, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. (more...)

Russell Thomas to Replace Marco Berti in San Francisco Opera's NORMA, 9/14-30Russell Thomas to Replace Marco Berti in San Francisco Opera's NORMA, 9/14-30
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for the Company's current production of Vincenzo Bellini's Norma. American tenor Russell Thomas will sing the role of Pollione for the remaining five performances of the opera on September 14m, 19, 23, 27 and 30, 2014. Mr. Thomas replaces Italian tenor Marco Berti, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. (more...)

Excerpts from TOSCA, CAROUSEL and More Set for Lyric Opera Chorus's 2014-15 Season Preview Concerts, 9/12 & 11/22Excerpts from TOSCA, CAROUSEL and More Set for Lyric Opera Chorus's 2014-15 Season Preview Concerts, 9/12 & 11/22
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

This fall, the Lyric Opera Chorus will give two special concerts that will feature the world-class ensemble performing operatic excerpts from Lyric's 60th-anniversary season. Led by Chorus Master Michael Black, the Chorus will perform at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church (North Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place) tonight, September 12 at 7 pm and at Evanston's Alice Millar Chapel (1870 N. Sheridan Rd.) on Saturday, November 22 at 3 pm. (more...)

Atlanta Opera Chorus Presents Program Representing 300 Years of Repertoire, Now thru 9/16Atlanta Opera Chorus Presents Program Representing 300 Years of Repertoire, Now thru 9/16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2014

In celebration of Chorus Master Walter Huff's 25 years with the company, The Atlanta Opera presents a concert of masterpieces spanning 300 years of operatic choral repertoire, including well-known selections by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Britten, and Glass, among others. Each performance features the powerfully moving voice of the acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus, conducted by Maestro Huff and accompanied by pianist Brian Eads. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, 10/30-11/8The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, 10/30-11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The Dallas Opera's explosive second production of the 2014-2015 "Heights of Passion" Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in theMargot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District. (more...)

Verismo Opera to Round Out 25th Anniversary Season with LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26Verismo Opera to Round Out 25th Anniversary Season with LA BOHEME, 10/19 & 26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2014

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, the only grand opera company in Bergen County, New Jersey, concludes its 25th anniversary season, Vive la France, with Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites the public to see Puccini's renowned, romantic score on Sundays, October 19 and 26, 3:00 p.m., at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, in Englewood, New Jersey. (more...)

Julianna Di Giacomo Stars in SF Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning TonightJulianna Di Giacomo Stars in SF Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2014

San Francisco Opera previously announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented today, October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8The Dallas Opera Presents SALOME, Now thru 11/8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

The Dallas Opera's explosive second production of the 2014-2015 'Heights of Passion' Season is SALOME by Richard Strauss (whose libretto was based on Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Oscar Wilde's play). SALOME, generally regarded as one of the masterpieces of the Late Romantic Era, opens tonight, October 30, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in theMargot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center located in the Dallas Arts District. (more...)

Gianandrea Noseda to Conduct GUGLIELMO TELL at Carnegie Hall, 12/7Gianandrea Noseda to Conduct GUGLIELMO TELL at Carnegie Hall, 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2014

On Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall presents Teatro Regio Torino in a concert performance of Rossini's opera Guglielmo Tell (William Tell) conducted by Gianandrea Noseda and sung in Italian by an outstanding cast that includes baritone Dalibor Jenis in the title role, tenor John Osborn as Arnoldo, and soprano Angela Meade as Matilde. The concert is part of the opera company's first-ever North American tour, with stops in Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Toronto. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents Verdi's FALSTAFF, Now thru 11/1The Canadian Opera Company Presents Verdi's FALSTAFF, Now thru 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 season opens with an opera hailed as the crowning achievement of Verdi's career, Falstaff. This new company production is led by master director Canadian Robert Carsen and COC Music Director Johannes Debus with internationally acclaimed Canadian bass-baritoneGerald Finley making a long-awaited return to the COC in his role debut as the impoverished, loveable knight, Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for seven performances today, October 3 and October 9, 12, 14, 25, 29 and November 1, 2014. (more...)

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

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

James Conlon to Lead LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Beginning 11/10 at the MetJames Conlon to Lead LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, Beginning 11/10 at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

Beginning November 10, the Met will present a rare revival of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Shostakovich's controversial 1934 opera about an adulteress whose forbidden romance leads to murder and devastation. This season's performances will be conducted by James Conlon, who also led the work's Met premiere in 1994; it has only been revived once by the company, in 2000. Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek will sing her first Met performances of the central role, Katerina Ismailova, which she has sung to acclaim at numerous leading opera houses around the world. American tenor Brandon Jovanovich sings the role of Sergei, Katerina's lover. The revival of Graham Vick's 1994 production will also star Raymond Very as Zinovy Ismailov, Katerina's ineffectual husband, and Anatoli Kotscherga as her brutal father-in-law, Boris. Dutch tenor Frank van Aken will sing Sergei in the November 21 performance. (more...)

Verdi's IL TROVATORE Opens 10/27 at Lyric Opera of ChicagoVerdi's IL TROVATORE Opens 10/27 at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Verdi's Il Trovatore in a revival of the acclaimed production from renowned director Sir David McVicar, conducted by Asher Fisch. It opens Monday, October 27 with 8 performances through Saturday, November 29. Performance dates: Oct. 27, Nov. 12, 15, 18, 21, and 29 at 7:30pm; and Nov. 5 and 9 at 2pm. (more...)

Opera Australia to Participate in MAZDA OPERA IN THE BOWL, 13/12Opera Australia to Participate in MAZDA OPERA IN THE BOWL, 13/12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 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 on Saturday 13 December, 2014. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San FranciscoBWW Reviews: MASKED BALL in San Francisco
by Harmony Wheeler - Oct 20, 2014

Verdi was a master at crescendo. In "Masked Ball," the score foreshadows and defines even while characters defy fate. As Count Anckarstrom laments his wife's betrayal in the opera's third act, the harp and violin take turn in old romance and revenge, building to a grand determination. Like Verdi's "Rigoletto" and "Il Trovatore," "A Masked Ball" concludes with a game-changing revelation in answer to an incredible setup. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Presents Puccini's TOSCA, October 23-November 8San Francisco Opera Presents Puccini's TOSCA, October 23-November 8
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents Puccini's Tosca in five performances October 23-November 8. Italian maestro Riccardo Frizza conducts Puccini's masterful melodrama in which a great singer, a rebellious painter and a corrupt police chief engage in a deadly test of wills. (more...)

The Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000The Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

OPERATHON 2014, Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual live-radio marathon fundraiser on 98.7WFMT, celebrated its 35th anniversary by raising more than $550,000 (gross) during its 16-hour broadcast on Saturday, October 11. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000Lyric Opera of Chicago's OPERATHON 2014 Raises Over $550,000
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2014

OPERATHON 2014, Lyric Opera of Chicago's annual live-radio marathon fundraiser on 98.7WFMT, celebrated its 35th anniversary by raising more than $550,000 (gross) during its 16-hour broadcast on Saturday, October 11. (more...)

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky Returns to the LA Opera in Recital TonightSoprano Sondra Radvanovsky Returns to the LA Opera in Recital Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2014

One of the most riveting operatic artists of our time, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will return to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for her first recital appearance with LA Opera, at 7:30pm tonight, November 8, 2014. (more...)

Gulfshore Opera Presents Inaugural SeasonGulfshore Opera Presents Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

Serving Collier, Lee and Charlotte Counties, Gulfshore Opera promises to present the highest quality of opera theater and classical vocal music performances while maximizing accessibility for diverse audiences of all ages. Their Educational Outreach program is committed to community building through a youth development program that empowers at- risk children to strive for excellence through music. (more...)

Bijou Theatre's Opera in Cinema Series to Continue with IL TROVATOREBijou Theatre's Opera in Cinema Series to Continue with IL TROVATORE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The Bijou Theatre presents Il Trovatore, as a part of their Opera in Cinema Series playing on Monday, November 17th at 6:00pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission seating. (more...)

Excerpts from TOSCA, CAROUSEL and More Set for Lyric Opera Chorus's 2014-15 Season Preview Concerts, 9/12 & TodayExcerpts from TOSCA, CAROUSEL and More Set for Lyric Opera Chorus's 2014-15 Season Preview Concerts, 9/12 & Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

This fall, the Lyric Opera Chorus will give two special concerts that will feature the world-class ensemble performing operatic excerpts from Lyric's 60th-anniversary season. Led by Chorus Master Michael Black, the Chorus will perform at Chicago's Fourth Presbyterian Church (North Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place) on Friday, September 12 at 7 pm and at Evanston's Alice Millar Chapel (1870 N. Sheridan Rd.) today, November 22 at 3 pm. (more...)

Opera San Jose Stages THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Now thru 11/30Opera San Jose Stages THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS, Now thru 11/30
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2014

Opera San José (OSJ) continues its season with Gioachino Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers. This sparkling and fast-paced opera weaves a madcap story full of twists and turns into a comic adventure to a land of magnificent palaces, swashbuckling pirates and lavish harems. The Italian Girl in Algiers will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Six performances are scheduled from November 15 through 30 at the California Theatre, 345 South First Street in downtown San José. (more...)

Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!Deborah Voigt Hosts ENCORES! Great Performances at the Met Featuring Natalie Dessay, Jonas Kaufmann and More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2014

Hosted by soprano Deborah Voigt, from the Grand Staircase of the Met, the special covers a wide range of operatic ground, from heartbreak to hilarity, delivered by such artists as Natalie Dessay, Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, Juan Diego Flórez, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, along with Voigt herself. These extraordinary moments, selected from more than 75 productions, were initially seen as part of the Met's global Live in HD movie-theater transmissions, and later shared with PBS audiences as presentations ofGreat Performances at the Met. (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...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents Verdi's FALSTAFF, 10/3-11/1The Canadian Opera Company Presents Verdi's FALSTAFF, 10/3-11/1
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's 2014/2015 season opens with an opera hailed as the crowning achievement of Verdi's career,Falstaff. This new company production is led by master director Canadian Robert Carsen and COC Music Director Johannes Debus with internationally acclaimed Canadian bass-baritoneGerald Finley making a long-awaited return to the COC in his role debut as the impoverished, loveable knight, Sir John Falstaff. Falstaff is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for seven performances onOctober 3, 9, 12, 14, 25, 29 and November 1, 2014. (more...)

The Canadian Opera Company Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 10/10-31The Canadian Opera Company Presents MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 10/10-31
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's beloved production of Puccini's heartbreaking masterpiece of love, longing and loss, Madama Butterfly, comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts this October. An exquisite production by Canadian theatrical legend Brian Macdonald, designed by Susan Benson with lighting by Michael Whitfield, the COC'sMadama Butterfly has become a Toronto favourite, playing to sold-out audiences at its 1990 premiere and subsequent revivals in 1994, 1998, 2003 and 2009. Madama Butterfly is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and runs for 12 performances on October 10, 11, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31, 2014. (more...)

98.7WFMT to Broadcast the Lyric Opera's 2014-15 Season, Beginning 9/698.7WFMT to Broadcast the Lyric Opera's 2014-15 Season, Beginning 9/6
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts kick off the 2014-15 season on Sat., Sept. 6 with the live broadcast of the “Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park” free concert on 98.7WFMT and wfmt.com. The classical station's afternoon drive host Suzanne Nance and Lyric's dramaturg Roger Pines will serve as host and commentator respectively of this season's Lyric Opera of Chicago Broadcasts. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERAMeet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 17, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA below! (more...)

Julianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This FallJulianna Di Giacomo to Take Over Lead Role in San Francisco Opera's UN BALLO IN MASCHERA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for the Company's revival of Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball), presented October 4 -22, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova, who was to have made her Company debut as Amelia for the first six performances of the run, has withdrawn from the production for health reasons. American soprano Julianna Di Giacomo, originally scheduled to sing Amelia on October 22, will now sing the role for all seven performances. She makes her San Francisco Opera debut and role debut with this production. (more...)

Atlanta Opera Chorus to Present Program Representing 300 Years of Repertoire, 9/12-16Atlanta Opera Chorus to Present Program Representing 300 Years of Repertoire, 9/12-16
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

In celebration of Chorus Master Walter Huff's 25 years with the company, The Atlanta Opera presents a concert of masterpieces spanning 300 years of operatic choral repertoire, including well-known selections by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Britten, and Glass, among others. Each performance features the powerfully moving voice of the acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus, conducted by Maestro Huff and accompanied by pianist Brian Eads. (more...)

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