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

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

Emma Matthews is MELBA at Hayes Theatre Co
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Dame Nellie Melba was the most celebrated singer of her generation. Lauded on more than three continents as a phenomenon, her life was the stuff that dreams are made of, but her journey to the top was not always untroubled. (more...)

Italian Opera, Bel Canto and Future of Conducting in Safe Hands with Carlo Rizzi
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Ranking among today's leading conductors, Carlo Rizzi's vast repertoire ranges from the foundation works of the operatic and symphonic canon to rarities by Bellini, Cimarosa and Donizetti. He is in high demand as a guest artist at the world's most prestigious venues and festivals, not least for the insight and integrity of his musicianship and the visceral energy and psychological depths of his interpretations. (more...)

Photo Flash: RIGOLETTO Opens Tonight at San Francisco Opera
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2017

San Francisco Opera's 2017 Summer Season opens Wednesday, May 31, with Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto at the War Memorial Opera House. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

RIGOLETTO Opens San Francisco Opera Summer Season at the War Memorial Opera House
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017

San Francisco Opera's 2017 Summer Season opens Wednesday, May 31, with Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

Stephen Costello Headlines Met's Free Summer Recital Series
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2017

Following a string of engagements in Russia and Armenia, Stephen Costello – star of back-to-back productions at the Metropolitan Opera earlier this year – returns New York to headline the company's free annual summer recital series in the city's parks. At Central Park SummerStage (June 12) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (June 14), the Tucker Award-winning tenor joins fellow Met stars soprano Susanna Phillips and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong for a program of favorite arias and duets, accompanied by pianist Dan Saunders. As Opera News noted in a recent “Spotlight” double-page spread, “the all-American tenor” is now “at the top of his game.” (more...)

New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera to Launch 29th Annual International Vocal Competition
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Artistic Director Lucine Amara invites vocalists of all ages worldwide to apply now to the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's (Verismo Opera) 29th Annual International Vocal Competition. (more...)

Michigan Opera Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Studio Artists
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017

Michigan Opera Theatre is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artists. The roster includes tenor, Michael Day; soprano, Monica Dewey; baritone, Harry Greenleaf; bass-baritone, Erik Van Heyningen; and returning Studio Artist mezzo-soprano, Briana Elyse Hunter. (more...)

Legendary Pianist Byron Janis Releases First Album of Three Volume Series
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2017

Piano legend Byron Janis releases Byron Janis Live on Tour, an album of never before released live recordings of performances by the internationally celebrated pianist. (more...)

Union Avenue Opera Prepares for 23rd Festival Season, Featuring ALBERT HERRING, CAROUSEL & HANSEL UND GRETEL
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2017

Over 30 artists will make their Union Avenue Opera [UAO] debut during its 23rd Festival Season this summer. (more...)

BWW Interview: Brenda Rae of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Santa Fe Opera
by Maria Nockin - May 2, 2017

Brenda Rae, a fast rising opera star in Europe, is now spreading her wings across the United States. She has a sound reminiscent of molten silver, a wide range, and a great deal of flexibility. At Santa Fe this summer she will sing Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, a romantic, bel canto opera about a real Scotswoman who lost her reason when forced to marry a man she did not love. (more...)

Florida Grand Opera Plans Its Most Ambitious Season Yet
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2017

Under the leadership of General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis, Florida Grand Opera's 2017-18 season continues the upward trajectory of the past few seasons. The company will offer an exciting mix of works, from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries, in compelling productions cast with some of the finest international singers available. The theme of the season is 'Divas to Die For'—a quartet of operas that portray four women in peril who take emotionally fraught journeys and emerge from them changed forever. (more...)

Noted Pianist Michael Fennelly to Perform in Morris Choral Society's 5/20 Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Jason Tramm and the Morris Choral Society welcome acclaimed pianist Michael Fennelly who will perform Beethoven's exquisite 'Choral Fantasy, Op. 80' this Saturday May 20th at the Dorothy Young Concert Hall at Drew University. Mr. Fennelly will perform the famed concerto which Beethoven himself premiered in 1808 in in lieu of Italian pianist Cristiana Pegoraro, who is indisposed. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Celebrates 60th Anniversary at Miller Outdoor Theatre with THE ELIXIR OF LOVE
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) marks the sixth decade of making the art of opera accessible to all audiences at Miller Outdoor Theatre with two free, fully staged performances of Donizetti's The Elixir of Love on May 19 and 20, starting at 8 p.m. A magic elixir gives a love-struck young man the extra dose of confidence he needs to thwart a rival and win the woman of his dreams, but the elixir creates just as many problems as it solves. The bright, sunny production is set on the Amalfi Coast in the 1950s-complete with Vespas and a hot air balloon. With beautiful melodies and a hilarious story, it's the perfect entry point to the world of opera for the young and the young-at-heart.    (more...)

San Francisco Opera Presents Giacomo Puccini's LA BOHEME 6/10–7/2
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

San Francisco Opera continues its 2017 Summer Season on June 10 at the War Memorial Opera House with Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Coinciding with city-wide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love," this revival of one of the greatest love stories in the operatic repertory will feature a brilliant cast including sopranos Erika Grimaldi, Julie Adams and Ellie Dehn; tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Rodolfo; and baritone Audun Iversen. Carlo Montanaro conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestral and Chorus. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Puccini's LA BOHEME at San Francisco Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

San Francisco Opera continues its 2017 Summer Season on June 10 at the War Memorial Opera House with Giacomo Puccini's La Boheme. Coinciding with city-wide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the "Summer of Love," this revival of one of the greatest love stories in the operatic repertory will feature a brilliant cast including sopranos Erika Grimaldi, Julie Adams and Ellie Dehn; tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz as Rodolfo; and baritone Audun Iversen. Carlo Montanaro conducts the San Francisco Opera Orchestral and Chorus. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the company onstage below! (more...)

Opera Saratoga 2017 Summer Festival presents THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to present Free Live Simulcast of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and presenting sponsor Taube Philanthropies for Opera at the Ballpark, a free live simulcast of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at AT&T Park. Opera lovers, baseball fans and tens of thousands from around the Bay Area will have the opportunity to experience Mozart's masterpiece at the home of the San Francisco Giants while seated on the baseball field or in the stands. Register now for early entry to ensure best seating at sfopera.com/simulcast. (more...)

Casting Announced for Opera Saratoga's 2017 Summer Festival Season, Featuring BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Zachary Nelson, Leah Crocetto, Marjorie Owens and More Set for George London Foundation for Singers' 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2017

The George London Foundation for Singers has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971. (more...)

Carole Demas and Sarah Rice to Celebrate Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt in THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Broadway veterans Carole Demas, who originated the role of Sandy in Grease, and Sarah Rice, who originated the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd, have teamed up to celebrate the music of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, composers of THE FANTASTICKS, 110 IN THE SHADE, I DO! I DO! and more. Demas and Rice have based their show on their 50 years of work and personal relationships with Jones and Schmidt.  (more...)

Announcing the 77th Opera Season in Miami & Fort Lauderdale
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2017

Under the leadership of General Director and CEO Susan T. Danis, Florida Grand Opera's 2017-18 season continues the upward trajectory of the past few seasons. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL Returns To Manchester Palace Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

Funny Girl, which enjoyed critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, returns to Manchester Palace Theatre in August to complete its national tour. Playing opposite Sheridan Smith is Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein. (more...)

Go Jellyfishing for Tickets to SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Starting Monday
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2017

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, June 26 at 10:00am ET for SpongeBob SquarePants on Broadway at The Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway - Broadway at 47th Street). Preview performances begin Monday, November 6th with an official opening on Monday, December 4th. (more...)

Selections from CARMEN, 'SERAGLIO', THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and More Set for Madison Opera's Opera in the Park 2017 Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Madison Opera's Opera in the Park celebrates its sixteenth year on Saturday, July 22 at 8pm in Garner Park on Madison's West Side.  The annual free concert of opera and Broadway favorites closes the company's 2016/17 season and provides an enticing preview of the 2017/18 season. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Awarded NEA Arts Award for EVEREST
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Lyric Opera of Kansas City General Director Deborah Sandler today announced that the organization has been awarded an Art Works award of $30,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the Lyric Opera's 2017 production of Everest by composer Joby Talbot and librettist Gene Scheer, the second production of this important new work since its world premiere at The Dallas Opera in 2015. (more...)

LBO and MOLAA Present FRIDA KAHLO: PAIN AND PASSION, Sneak Peek
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

On June 9, 2017, Long Beach Opera (LBO) and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) will present "Frida Kahlo: Pain and Passion," an evening celebrating the vibrant, colorful life of the renowned Mexican artist. The event will begin at 7:00 PM at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Changes
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2017

Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut in the Met's new production of Puccini's Tosca next season replacing Kristine Opolais, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. The Met looks forward to welcoming Ms. Opolais back in future seasons. The company is grateful to the Vienna State Opera for releasing Ms. Yoncheva from a previous commitment. (more...)

Opera North Announces Key Cast and Creative Team for LA BELLE HELÈNE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

???????Opera North is pleased to announce the principal roles for La belle Helene, one of its three 2017 mainstage productions. Augusta Caso will sing the lead role of Helene, Peter Lake will play Paris and Eric Lindsey will sing Calchas. (more...)

Kelsey Grammer to Star in LA Opera's CANDIDE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2017

Kelsey Grammer will make his LA Opera debut in the company's 2018 production of Candide, composer Leonard Bernstein's 1956 Broadway classic.  (more...)

ORIGAMI, Rocio Molina's FALLEN FROM HEAVEN and More Slated for Dance Umbrella 2017 Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2017

Dance Umbrella has announced the programme for its 2017 festival. London's flagship festival of international dance will take place from 11 - 28 October 2017. Tickets are on sale today! (more...)


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Giancarlo Guerrero Named Music Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2017

The National Forum of Music in Wroclaw, Poland, has announced that Giancarlo Guerrero is to be the Music Director of the Wroclaw Philharmonic starting in the 2017-18 season, succeeding Benjamin Shwartz.  (more...)

LILLIAN HELLMAN'S THE LITTLE FOXES's Jane Greenwood Wins 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2017

Jane Greenwood has won the 2017 Tony Award for Best Costume Design of a Play for LILLIAN HELLMAN'S THE LITTLE FOXES. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Maritza Bostic and Jared Troilo to Lead CAMELOT at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

A love triangle for the ages meets a new adaptation for today in Lerner & Loewe's CAMELOT at Lyric Stage. (more...)

Adelphi Orchestra presents Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA in Concert
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Adelphi Orchestra presents Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA in concert, under the direction of Maestro Jason C. Tramm May 7th (more...)

Jason C. Tramm Leads the Morris Choral Society in the New Jersey premiere of Karl Jenkins' THE PEACEMAKERS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Jason C. Tramm leads the Morris Choral Society in the New Jersey premiere of Karl Jenkins' “The Peacemakers' May 20th at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Drew University (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at New Trailer for LA Opera's TOSCA
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2017

LA Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's thrilling masterpiece, Tosca, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. The final mainstage presentation of the company's 2016/17 season, Tosca is a revival of the production staged by the company in 2013, directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner John Caird. There will be seven performances from April 22 through May 13, taking place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). (more...)

The New School's Mannes School of Music to Celebrate Centennial at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The New School's Mannes School of Music will celebrate its centennial with a concert at Carnegie Hall honoring the school's rich history on Tuesday, April 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. (more...)

Israeli Opera Presents Revenge Campaign LA FORZA DEL DESTINO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2017

The New Israeli Opera will present in a new production 'La forza del destino' by Verdi, conducted by the musical director of the Israeli Opera Daniel Oren, directed by Pier Francesco Maestrini 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. (more...)

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

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

Sheridan Smith to visit Birmingham Hippodrome in Smash-Hit Musical FUNNY GIRL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Following critically acclaimed and record-breaking sold-out runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Savoy Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome is delighted to welcome Sheridan Smith in the UK Tour of Funny Girl from 8 - 13 May 2017 who reprises her highly praised performance of Fanny Brice. (more...)

Mannes School of Music Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary With Concert at Carnegie Hall, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Mannes School of Music's centennial culminates in Mannes' Centennial Celebration, a concert at Carnegie Hall honoring the school's rich history and the next 100 years ahead. This concert features live performances by past and present esteemed alumni, faculty, and students including Michel Camilo, Simone Dinnerstein, Frederica von Stade, Ricky Ian Gordon, the Orion Quartet and the Mannes Orchestra under the baton of music director David Hayes, and many more.  (more...)

2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Soprano Nadine Sierra - who at 28 years old is already establishing herself as a fixture at many of the world's leading opera houses, including those of Paris, Milan, Berlin, and New York - was named today by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation as the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 18, 2017

Richard Tucker Music Foundation named soprano Nadine Sierra as winner of 2017 Richard Tucker Award; simultanously, it announced its roster of study and career grant recipients. (more...)

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvazov Return to LA Opera Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

On May 4, 2017, LA Opera will present soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov in concert with the LA Opera Orchestra, conducted by Jader Bignamini. The concert will take place at 7:30pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (more...)

Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvaov Star in Concert With the LA Opera, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

On May 4, 2017, LA Opera will present soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Yusif Eyvazov in concert with the LA Opera Orchestra, conducted by Jader Bignamini. The concert will take place at 7:30pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (more...)

Roberto Alagna to Star in CYRANO DE BERGERAC at the Met Opera, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

Roberto Alagna adds a new role to his extensive Met repertory with his first performances as the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac, opening May 2. Marco Armiliato conducts the revival of Alfano's rarely performed opera, which will be staged for four performances through Saturday, May 13. American soprano Jennifer Rowley makes her role debut as Roxane, Cyrano's secret love, in a cast that also features Atalla Ayan as Christian and Juan Jesús Rodríguez as de Guiche. (more...)

Riverside Opera Company Presents PoPera 2017
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2017

The Riverside Opera Company (ROC), under the direction of Maestro Alan Aurelia, presents: PoPera 2017, a performance that include operatic fan favorites performed by 8 award winning performers and the Curtis High School Chorus, under the direction of Josh Steinhardt, singing Sam Smith's 'Writings on the Wall' (from Spectre) with the full orchestra Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. at The Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, Staten Island. (more...)

Bryant Park Announces 2017 Summer Lineup, Featuring NYC Opera, Contemporary Dance, Emerging Music, Shakespeare and More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Bryant Park Corporation announces the schedule for performing arts series Bryant Park Presents. Now celebrating its second year, the series aims to be the most accessible venue in New York City to experience a wide range of extraordinary artists in a beautiful outdoor setting. (more...)

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