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Kelli O'Hara in BABES IN TOYLAND Among MasterVoices' 75th Season Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

New York City's famed MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) - founded in 1941 by legendary conductor Robert Shaw - will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season. (more...)

Cabrillo Festival Announces New Music Director and Conductor Cristian Macelaru
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America's longest running festival dedicated to new music for orchestra, is pleased to appoint Cristian Macelaru as its new Music Director and Conductor. Macelaru takes on the position with immediate effect and conducts his inaugural season in August 2017. He succeeds longtime Music Director and Conductor Marin Alsop, who stepped down after her 25th Anniversary season this August.   (more...)

New Staging of Wagner's TRISTAN UND ISOLDE to Open the Met's 50th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera will open its 132nd season, the 50th anniversary of its iconic Lincoln Center home, on Monday, September 26 with a new production of Wagner's epic tragedy Tristan und Isolde. (more...)

Photo Flash: PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY Launches Eighth Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

For the better part of a decade founder, curator and host soprano Allison Charney has presented one of NYC's most compelling concert series in collaboration with the JCC Manhattan's Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas in New York's Upper West Side. Billed as 'presenting celebrated classical musicians just before they take on the worlds' most prestigious stages' 'PREformances with Allison Charney' does just that, in an intimate concert experience where the relationship between artist and audience is heightened and reimagined. Scroll down for photos from the eighth season kick-off concert! (more...)

Simon Keenlyside Stars in His First Met Performances of the Title Role in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the opening performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, starring Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the title role, which he has sung to acclaim with numerous leading opera houses. The principal cast, all of whom are making Met role debuts, also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Bystromas Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, andKwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. The October 22 matinee, with this cast, will be transmitted worldwide as part of the 11th season of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world. (more...)

Marianna Pizzolato Replaces Elizabeth DeShong in Met Opera Debut as 'Isabella' in L'ITALIANA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Marianna Pizzolato will make her Met debut as Isabella, the title character in L'Italiana in Algeri, which she now sings in all performances of Rossini's comedy at the Met this season. The Italian mezzo-soprano replaces Elizabeth DeShong, who has withdrawn from the run due to illness. (more...)

Simon Keenlyside Stars in His First Met Performances of the Title Role in Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the opening performances of Mozart's Don Giovanni, starring Simon Keenlyside in his first Met performances of the title role, which he has sung to acclaim with numerous leading opera houses. The principal cast, all of whom are making Met role debuts, also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Bystromas Donna Elvira, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Matthew Rose as Masetto, andKwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. The October 22 matinee, with this cast, will be transmitted worldwide as part of the 11th season of the Met's Live in HD series, which now reaches more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world. (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera Launches 40th Season With CARMEN Starring Jennifer Johnson Cano, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 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...)

MasterVoices to Present New York Premiere of 27 at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Season Eight of PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY Begins 9/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

For the better part of a decade founder, curator and host soprano Allison Charney has presented one of NYC's most compelling concert series in collaboration with the JCC Manhattan's Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas in New York's Upper West Side.  Billed as "presenting celebrated classical musicians just before they take on the worlds' most prestigious stages" "PREformances with Allison Charney" does just that, in an intimate concert experience where the relationship between artist and audience is heightened and reimagined. (more...)

Season Eight PREformances with Allison Charney Begins Monday September 26th
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

For the better part of a decade founder, curator and host soprano Allison Charney has presented one of NYC's most compelling concert series in collaboration with the JCC Manhattan's Lambert Center for Arts + Ideas in New York's Upper West Side.  Billed as "presenting celebrated classical musicians just before they take on the worlds' most prestigious stages" "PREformances with Allison Charney" does just that.   (more...)

CSO Presents CHORALE MASTERPIECE with Columbus Symphony Chorus and World-Renowned Guest Vocalists, 10/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, this passionate and spectacular piece touches every emotion from stark terror to soothing beauty to an uplifting sense of spirituality. Although composed as a sacred work, its deep theatricality has led to it being frequently described as "Verdi's greatest opera." To adequately convey the breadth of his vision, Verdi called for the combined forces of a full orchestra, chorus, and four solo vocalists. As such, the Columbus Symphony will be joined by the Columbus Symphony Chorus, soprano Michelle Johnson, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, tenor Evan Johnson, and bass Burak Bilgili. (more...)

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov Return to LA Opera in May
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

General Director Placido Domingo announced today that soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov will return to Los Angeles in concert with the LA Opera Orchestra, conducted by Jader Bignamini. The concert will take place at 7:30pm on May 4, 2017, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Tickets for the concert are currently on sale exclusively to LA Opera subscribers.  (more...)

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Presnts BRAVO PUCCINI An Evening of Solos, Arias and Duets
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2016

THE OCEAN GROVE CAMP MEETING ASSOCIATION (OGCMA) will close its 2016 season of Great Family Entertainment today, 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...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Petersburg - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/09/2016 for St. Petersburg (more...)

Passion and Betrayal Comes to Canadian Opera Company in Bellini's NORMA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2016

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

LA Opera Announces Placido Domingo's Young Artists Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

General Director Placido Domingo announced today that LA Opera will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program with a concert on April 1, 2017. Mr. Domingo will conduct the LA Opera Orchestra in Domingo's Young Artists, a performance featuring current members and distinguished alumni of the program, joined by guest soloist Sondra Radvanovsky, star of the company's spring production of Tosca, in a concert featuring favorite arias, duets and ensembles. (more...)

CSO Presents CHORALE MASTERPIECE with Columbus Symphony Chorus and World-Renowned Guest Vocalists, 10/28-29
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Conducted by CSO Music Director Rossen Milanov, this passionate and spectacular piece touches every emotion from stark terror to soothing beauty to an uplifting sense of spirituality. Although composed as a sacred work, its deep theatricality has led to it being frequently described as "Verdi's greatest opera." To adequately convey the breadth of his vision, Verdi called for the combined forces of a full orchestra, chorus, and four solo vocalists. As such, the Columbus Symphony will be joined by the Columbus Symphony Chorus, soprano Michelle Johnson, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, tenor Evan Johnson, and bass Burak Bilgili. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces 2017 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the thirteen recipients of the 2017 Adler Fellowship. Nine singers, three pianist/apprentice coaches and one director will take part in the program-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. The prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 175 young artists since its inception. (more...)

MasterVoices to Present New York Premiere of 27 at New York City Center
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) will celebrate its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, beginning with the New York premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek's 27, specially adapted for MasterVoices, on October 20 and 21, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Rossini's GUILLAUME TELL to Open at the Met for First Time in 80 Years, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

A new production of Rossini's Guillaume Tell, the composer's final opera, will open at the Met on October 18 in the first company performances of the ambitious historical epic in more than 80 years-and its first-ever Met performances in its original French. The new staging is directed by Pierre Audi, the incoming Artistic Director of the Park Avenue Armory and conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. Rossini's opera tells the story of a Swiss revolutionary on a quest for freedom. Its famous "William Tell Overture" is one of the best-known and most performed pieces in the standard classical repertory, though the opera, which makes considerable demands on its stars, orchestra, and chorus, has rarely been presented in modern times. Gerald Finley will star in the title role, which he has made a specialty of in recent seasons, with Marina Rebeka as the Princess Mathilde;  Bryan Hymel as her suitor Arnold; Maria Zifchak as Tell's wife Hedwige; Janai Brugger as their son Jemmy; Italian bass Marco Spotti in his Met debut as Walter Furst; Kwangchul Youn as Arnold's father Melcthal; and John Relyea as Gesler.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Gordon plus Vavrek (plus Stein and Toklas) Equal '27'
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 18, 2016

Although '27'--the opera by Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek about the lives of Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and their circle of friends--had its world premiere at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL) in 2014, its upcoming performances at City Center in New York, on October 20-21, are a debut of a different color. As part of the 75th anniversary season of MasterVoices, formerly The Collegiate Chorale, 27 has had some interesting changes since the performances seen in St. Louis. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Petersburg - Week of 10/16/2016
by BWW - Oct 16, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/16/2016 for St. Petersburg (more...)

Rossini's GUILLAUME TELL to Open at the Met for First Time in 80 Years, 10/18
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

A new production of Rossini's Guillaume Tell, the composer's final opera, will open at the Met on October 18 in the first company performances of the ambitious historical epic in more than 80 years-and its first-ever Met performances in its original French. The new staging is directed by Pierre Audi, the incoming Artistic Director of the Park Avenue Armory and conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi. Rossini's opera tells the story of a Swiss revolutionary on a quest for freedom. Its famous "William Tell Overture" is one of the best-known and most performed pieces in the standard classical repertory, though the opera, which makes considerable demands on its stars, orchestra, and chorus, has rarely been presented in modern times. Gerald Finley will star in the title role, which he has made a specialty of in recent seasons, with Marina Rebeka as the Princess Mathilde;  Bryan Hymel as her suitor Arnold; Maria Zifchak as Tell's wife Hedwige; Janai Brugger as their son Jemmy; Italian bass Marco Spotti in his Met debut as Walter Furst; Kwangchul Youn as Arnold's father Melcthal; and John Relyea as Gesler.  (more...)


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San Francisco Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the War Memorial Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

San Francisco Opera's 2016-17 Season continues with ten performances of Giacomo Puccini's heartbreaking drama Madama Butterfly, November 6 through December 4 at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast will feature the much-anticipated American debut of young Italian tenor Vincenzo Costanzo as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton and return of Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian as the tragic heroine, Cio-Cio-San. Jun Kaneko's colorful and compelling production, last seen in San Francisco during the 2013-14 Season, will be directed by Leslie Swackhamer and Maestro Yves Abel conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (more...)

Opera San José Presents Rossini's Hilarious Comedy THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

The Barber of Seville is one of the most sparkling, effervescent comedies ever created and Opera San Jose is pleased to observe the 200th anniversary of this richly entertaining comedy by making it our second production of the 2016-17 season. This joke-a-minute masterpiece spread across the world like wildfire from its 1816 premiere, and it remains among one of the most popular works for the stage today. Charged with vocal fireworks, Rossini's Barber of Seville received 989 performances in 227 productions at 154 cities across the globe in the past two years alone. It made Rossini world famous and has become the most popular comic opera of all time. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Unveils New Production of Giuseppe Verdi's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA(Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking and bold vision for Verdi's enduring classic will feature soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Brian Jagde in their role debuts as the lovers at the heart of the opera, the enslaved princess Aida and the Egyptian war hero Radames. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk is Amneris, the daughter of the king who desires Radames' love, baritoneGeorge Gagnidze portrays Aida's vengeful father, Amonasro, and bass Raymond Aceto is Ramfis. The international cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Company Music Director Nicola Luisotti. Resident Conductor Jordi Bernacer will conduct the final performance on December 6. Ian Robertson is Chorus Director. (more...)

Opera New Hampshire to Present Puccini's Tosca, Conducted by Jason C. Tramm
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2016

Ever since Tosca, Puccini's "shabby little shocker," premiered at Rome's Teatro Costanizi on January 14, 1900 critics have decided the work, yet begged the question - what gives Tosca its universal appeal? (more...)

Festival Verdi 2016 Set for Parma and Busseto
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 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 (www.festivalverdi.it), 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...)

Patricia Racette to Replace Catherine Naglestad in Metropolitan Opera's SALOME
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Patricia Racette will add a new role to her Met repertory as the title character in all performances of Strauss's Salome this season, replacing the originally announced Catherine Naglestad. Ms. Naglestad was forced to withdraw from the performances, which were to be her Met debut, for medical reasons that will prevent her traveling to America as scheduled. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY—Opening TONIGHT!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2016

San Francisco Opera's 2016–17 Season continues with ten performances of Giacomo Puccini's heartbreaking drama Madama Butterfly, November 6 through December 4 at the War Memorial Opera House. The cast will feature the much-anticipated American debut of young Italian tenor Vincenzo Costanzo as Lt. B.F. Pinkerton and return of Armenian soprano Lianna Haroutounian as the tragic heroine, Cio-Cio-San. Jun Kaneko's colorful and compelling production, last seen in San Francisco during the 2013–14 Season, will be directed by Leslie Swackhamer and Maestro Yves Abel conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDA — Opening TONIGHT!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking and bold vision for Verdi's enduring classic will feature soprano Leah Crocetto and tenor Brian Jagde in their role debuts as the lovers at the heart of the opera, the enslaved princess Aida and the Egyptian war hero Radames. Mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk is Amneris, the daughter of the king who desires Radames' love, baritone George Gagnidze portrays Aida's vengeful father, Amonasro, and bass Raymond Aceto is Ramfis. The international cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra will be conducted by Company Music DirectorNicola Luisotti. Resident Conductor Jordi Bernàcer will conduct the final performance on December 6.Ian Robertson is Chorus Director. (more...)

The Goldman Sonnenfeldt Auditorium to Present PREFORMANCES WITH ALLISON CHARNEY 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

'PREformances with Allison Charney" December 5th Concert to feature violinist Laura Goldberg, composer Moshe Knoll, soprano, Indira Mahajan, mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy and Russian-born American pianist Julia Zilberquit. (more...)

Summer Screenings at Fugard Biscope
by BWW News Desk - Nov 24, 2016

Summer's scorching at the Fugard Bioscope with the hottest screenings of world cinema with theatre, opera and ballet productions to be enjoyed from the comfort of a seat at The Fugard Bioscope. (more...)

BWW Interview: As BOHEME's Marcello at the Met, Baritone Massimo Cavalletti Is the Real Deal
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 23, 2016

When Massimo Cavelletti stepped on stage at the Met on November 16, it was a milestone: His 100th performance as Marcello, the baritone lead in LA BOHEME and part of the quartet at the opera's heart: There's Mimi, the seamstress, the sad soul who dies at the opera's end; Rodolfo, the heartthrob tenor, a poet, in love with her; Musetta, the spitfire who eats men for breakfast; and then there's Marcello, a painter, her lover—and, aah, the linchpin that holds it all together. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Celebrates 50 Years With THE INAUGURAL SEASON: EXTRAORDINARY MET PERFORMANCES FROM 1966-67 Recording
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

In honor of the Metropolitan Opera's 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center, the company has released an exclusive 22-CD compilation of historic performances from the 1966-67 season. The set, called The Inaugural Season: Extraordinary Met Performances From 1966-67, will be available November 18, 2016, in the Met Opera Shop as well as online, and released worldwide on December 16, 2016 distributed through Warner Classics Label Services. (more...)

Jason C. Tramm Conducts Puccini's TOSCA, 11/16
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Jason C. Tramm will conduct a concert version of Tosca, Giacomo Puccini's visionary and dramatic operatic masterpiece on November 16 at the South Orange Performing Art Center. Inspired by the French playwright Victorien Sardou's 1887 widely popular play 'La Tosca' (which stared the great Sarah Bernhardt in the title role) Puccini's exquisite music, propelled the veristic tale of an unlikely heroine into one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas of all time. (more...)

Anna Netrebko to Star in Puccini's MANON LESCAUT at the Met, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

Anna Netrebko will add a new role to her wide-ranging Met repertory tonight through December 3 when she sings her first company performances of the seductive, tragic heroine of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.Marcelo Álvarez makes his role debut as Manon's obsessed lover des Grieux, with Christopher Maltman stars as Manon's brother Lescaut and Brindley Sherratt as Geronte, Manon's older lover. The November 21, December 7, and December 10 performances will star Kristine Opolais as Manon, reprising a role she first sang with the company in last season's premiere of Sir Richard Eyre's staging. Marco Armiliato will conduct all performances of Manon Lescaut at the Met this season. (more...)

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Launches 2016 Summer Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 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...)

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...)

Israeli Opera Presents LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR With the Opera Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Israeli Opera Chorus and More, Jan. 17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

The Israeli Opera will present 'Lucia di Lammermoor' by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, conducted by Daniele Callegari, directed by Emilio Sagi and performed by international and Israeli soloists, The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and The Israeli Opera Chorus conducted by Ethan Schmeisser who will also alternate as the opera's conductor. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes of Israeli Opera's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR With the Opera Orchestra, Israel Symphony, Israeli Opera Chorus and More
by Stage Tube - Jan 16, 2017

The Israeli Opera will present 'Lucia di Lammermoor' by the Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, conducted by Daniele Callegari, directed by Emilio Sagi and performed by international and Israeli soloists, The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion and The Israeli Opera Chorus conducted by Ethan Schmeisser who will also alternate as the opera's conductor.  Check out a behind-the-scenes look below! (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Presents Michael Mayer's RIGOLETTO, 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2017

Michael Mayer's 2013 production of Verdi's Rigoletto, set in a 1960s Las Vegas casino, returns to the Met January 20. Italian conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi makes his company debut leading Željko Lu?i? in the title role opposite Olga Peretyatko as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke. (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...)

BWW Previews: From Bocelli To Broadway! An Evening With CHAD HILLIGUS Is An Exciting Addition For The New Year At McCallum Theatre
by David Green - Dec 31, 2016

The only American ever invited to join Australia's The TEN Tenors, Chad Hilligus makes his McCallum Theatre solo debut on Friday, January 20, at 8:00pm. 'An Evening with Chad Hilligus' features a powerful program highlighting his international career with charming stories and standards from Bocelli to Bennett to Broadway. Chad will be joined by Musical Director Christopher Marlowe, along with international soprano Lauren Jelencovich and other featured guests.  (more...)

The Met To Feature Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE As Part Of 2016 Holiday Presentation, 12/20
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2016

ontinuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met offers a holiday presentation sung in English for families this December and January. This year's production, Mozart's The Magic Flute, opens December 20 and includes reduced ticket prices. (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...)

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