THE PEARL FISHERS, THE SNOW QUEEN and More Set for Tulsa Opera's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Tulsa Opera announces a thrilling lineup of four productions for the 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

Plácido Domingo Selects Six Sings for LA Opera's Young Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

General Director Plácido Domingo announced today that he has selected six singers to join LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program in the 2016/17 season. The artists were chosen from 650 applicants, 300 live auditions and, ultimately, 28 final candidates. The finalists auditioned in April for a panel led by Mr. Domingo that included Music Director James Conlon, President and CEO Christopher Koelsch and Senior Director of Artistic Planning Joshua Winograde, who directs the program, along with Nino Sanikidze, head coach for the program.  (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 5/22/2016 - 5/29/2016
by BWW - May 29, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 5/22/2016 - 5/29/2016. (more...)

On Site Opera Announces Cast Update for THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

On Site Opera (OSO) announces today that soprano Jeni Houser has been added to the cast of the North American premiere of Marcos Portugal's The Marriage of Figaro (1799). (more...)

The 2016 MAY FESTIVAL to Conclude This Weekend at Music Hall
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The 2016 May Festival, which celebrates and concludes Music Director James Conlon's 37-year tenure, ends Friday and Saturday, May 27-28 with grand scale performances at Music Hall. These will be the final performances at Music Hall prior to its closing for renovation. On Friday, May 27 at 8 p.m., Mr. Conlon leads Dvo?ak's deeply personal cantata, Stabat Mater, a work was written during a time of deep grief for the composer following the death of his children. This rarely-performed work is full of symbolism, following a journey of mourning to hope of Paradise. At the invitation of James Levine, Mr. Conlon made his May Festival debut in 1978 conducting Stabat Mater (the following year he began his storied tenure as Music Director). Joining the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival Chorus will be soloists Julianna DiGiacomo (soprano), Elizabeth DeShong (mezzo-soprano), Anthony Dean Griffey (tenor) and Kristinn Sigmundsson (baritone). (more...)

BWW Review: THE DA PONTE PROJECT: MAKING MOZART Brings Operatic History Superbly Alive
by Barry Lenny - May 18, 2016

The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi Fan Tutte, were the result of the collaboration Mozart and da Ponte. (more...)

Opera San Jose Names New Resident Singers for 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Opera San José is pleased to announce it has added four new singers to its resident company, bringing the total number of members to six for the 2016-17 season. The new singers are soprano Sylvia Lee, soprano Ksenia Popova, baritone Brian James Meyer, and bass-baritone Colin Ramsey. (more...)

BWW Previews: SHOT! A WORLD PREMIERE presented by NICKEL CITY OPERA AT SHEA'S BUFFALO THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - May 16, 2016

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

San Francisco Opera's Summer 2016 Season Opens with U.S. Premiere of Bizet's CARMEN
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2016

San Francisco Opera's Summer 2016 Season at the War Memorial Opera House opens May 27 with Georges Bizet's Carmen. Opera's ultimate femme fatale returns in a bold staging by the daring Catalan opera and theater director Calixto Bieito in his U.S. opera debut. Mezzo-sopranos Irene Roberts and Ginger Costa-Jackson star in the passionate title role. In a casting change announced today, tenor Brian Jagde, originally scheduled to star as Don Jose in six of Carmen's eleven performances running through July 3, will now sing the role for all performances except May 28, which will be sung by Adam Diegel. Jagde and Diegel replace tenor Maxim Aksenov, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. San Francisco Opera also returns to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, for a free live simulcast of Carmen on July 2. (more...)

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

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

Jason C. Tramm to Conduct Palmetto Opera's 'Great Voices from Broadway to Opera' in Columbia, SC
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Great stories give voice to great music -  and the musical connection between Broadway and Opera has long fascinated and entertained audiences. In 1900 the theatrical success of David Belasco's play “Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan” led to Giacomo Puccini's 1904  grand opera “Madama Butterfly,”  which re-emerged in 1988 as David Henry Hwang's  Broadway hit and Tony Award winning  play “M. Butterfly. “  When Jonathan Larson's musical “Rent” opened in 1996 to rave reviews, audiences and critics loved the homage to Puccini's “La Boehme.” (more...)

Opera Australia's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Coming to Riverside Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

?As part of the 2016 national tour, Riverside Theatres will present Opera Australia's brand new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro this August. (more...)

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

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

Lyric Opera of KC Names New Resident Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced the selection of the inaugural class of the Resident Artists Program. They include: soprano April Martin, mezzo-soprano Samantha Gossard, tenor Casey Candebat, baritone John Viscardi and pianist Kyle Naig. They will perform in various roles throughout the 2016-17 season on the mainstage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts as well as at community outreach and education events. The artists were selected after a rigorous national audition of more than 100 singers. Led by Vinson Cole, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance faculty member and one of the leading artists of his generation, Resident Artists Program signals the creation of the first-ever Resident Company for the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. (more...)

BWW NEWS: 2016 HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS Announced Across Australia
by Jade Kops - Jun 21, 2016

BWW Sydney attended the announcement of the 2016 HELPMANN AWARDS NOMINATIONS at Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf 2 Theatre. (more...)

Houston Symphony Continues Free 2016 Summer Symphony Nights Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

?The Houston Symphony's 2016 ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights concert series at Miller Outdoor Theatre continues with The Firebird at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 and Prokofiev's Fifth at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. (more...)

Summer Stages: No Rest for the Opera Crowd in the Northeast This Summer
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 21, 2016

Although the solstice doesn't officially appear for another week or so, the summer opera clock is already ticking. There's a plethora of performances going on all over New York City, in addition to interesting, entertaining and fascinating productions that are just a hop, skip and jump away. Among them: Lincoln Center's Lincoln Center Festival and Mostly Mozart and On Site Opera's West Village venue, to the more bucolic realms of Bard SummerScape in Dutchess County (NY) for Mascagni and Caramoor in Katonah (NY) for Rossini and Beethoven. (more...)

Opera at the Ballpark to Feature Georges Bizet's CARMEN, 7/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

San Francisco Opera partners with the San Francisco Giants and presenting sponsor Taube Philanthropies for Opera at the Ballpark-a free live simulcast of Georges Bizet's Carmen-on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Baseball fans, opera lovers and tens of thousands from the Bay Area community will have the chance to experience a live performance of one of opera's most beloved and tuneful works while seated on the field or in the stands of San Francisco's AT&T Park. Register now for early entry to ensure best seating at sfopera.com/simulcast. (more...)

Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

Steep Theatre Company Sets 16th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Steep Theatre Company has announced the programming for its upcoming 16th season, which continues the company's tradition of presenting bold plays from today's most exciting playwrights, brought to life by fearlessly honest ensembles and visionary directors. Season 16 will feature a world premiere from Chicago playwright Alex Lubischer, a U.S. premiere from Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett, a U.S. premiere from rising English playwright Cordelia Lynn, and a Midwest premiere from California-based playwright Lauren Yee. Steep Ensemble Members and Jeff Award-winning directors Robin Witt and Jonathan Berry will helm two of the productions, to be joined by two guest directors.  (more...)

BWW Review: On Site Opera's FIGARO a Charming Diversion that's Not Mozart
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 20, 2016

“Bride's side or groom's? I'm Count Almaviva,” said the elegant actor as we entered what, we are told, is the Count's summer palace. “Bride's side or groom's?” says the seductive brunette in a bath towel, stepping out of the tub. She introduces herself as the Countess, Rosina. Upstairs, downstairs, in my lady's chamber (and the atrium), we are cordially invited to the world of The Marriage of Figaro--the name of the event as well as the opera--joining the Jack of all trades and the lovely Susanna, compliments of the ever-creative On Site Opera. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends 'DEATH OF A STREETCAR'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Writers Theatre, under leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a second two-week extension of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody created by Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen, written by Tim Sniffen and directed by Stuart Carden and Michael Halberstam. Due to demand, the production now runs through August 14, 2016, as the inaugural production of the Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre's new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

The Glimmerglass Festival Announces 2017 Lineup - William Burden, Theodore Chapin, Stephen Schwartz, David Sedaris and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2016

The Glimmerglass Festival, which presents four mainstage productions of opera and musical theater as well as many events every summer, has released the details of its 2017 schedule. (more...)

Theater at Monmouth to Present THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

Pierre Beaumarchais' The Barber of Seville opens at Theater at Monmouth Friday, July 15th at 7:30 p.m. The play which inspired the famous opera is lush, lively, and a bit naughty, complete with ingenious characters that will tickle your funny bone and dazzle your senses. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 7/24/2016 - 7/31/2016
by BWW - Jul 31, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 7/24/2016 - 7/31/2016. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/30/2016
by - Jul 30, 2016

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/30/2016. (more...)

Washington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2016

Minnesota Opera today announced that Head of Music Robert Ainsley has accepted the position as the new Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month, at Washington National Opera. (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The critically acclaimed production of Green Day's hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance for one night only on Thursday 8 September 2016. Following the huge success of last year's event, audience members are encouraged to 'ROCK OUT' with the cast, following the musical's return to its London home at the Arts Theatre in July. (more...)

Cast Announced for Beth Steel's LABYRINTH at Hampstead Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Jul 26, 2016

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Beth Steel's LABYRINTH, a Hampstead Theatre commission. Directed by Anna Ledwich, this compelling new thriller explores the fallout from one the most catastrophic economic crises of modern history, which brought Latin America to its knees for decades. The play runs 1 September-8 October, with press night on 7 September. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces Upcoming Season Schedule; Tickets on Sale, 8/1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2016

Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 1, for Opera Philadelphia's 2016-2017 Season, including two September productions: the World Premiere of Breaking the Waves, composer Missy Mazzoli's opera inspired by Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated 1996 film; and Puccini's grand Turandot starring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Tickets are also available for a series of special fall events surrounding these productions, including lectures, recitals, film screenings, brunches, backstage tours, and social events. Opera fans can also choose their seats for two spring productions at the Academy of Music: Rossini's Tancredi (February 2017), featuring star mezzo Stephanie Blythe's highly anticipated first appearance in the title role; and a new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (April–May 2017). (more...)

BWW Feature: HELPMANN AWARDS 2016: ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING at Sydney Lyric Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Jul 25, 2016

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BWW NEWS: 2016 HELPMANN AWARDS
by Jade Kops - Jul 24, 2016

*Please Refresh Browser To Stay Updated* BWW Sydney will be attending the 16th Annual HELPMAN AWARDS being presented by Live Performance Australia (LPA) at Sydney Lyric Theatre on Monday 25th July. *Please Refresh Browser To Stay Updated* (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 7/17/2016 - 7/24/2016
by BWW - Jul 24, 2016

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 7/17/2016 - 7/24/2016. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting, Schedule for Upcoming Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Sarasota Opera – Thrilling music, exciting new voices, and compelling theater will launch Sarasota Opera into its 58th Season of presenting grand opera on the south Florida gulf coast, the first season in 28 years to not include any operas by Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Tickets for 2016-2017 Season Go on Sale Aug. 1
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 1, for Opera Philadelphia's 2016-2017 Season, including two September productions: the World Premiere of Breaking the Waves, composer Missy Mazzoli's opera inspired by Lars von Trier's searing Oscar-nominated 1996 film; and Puccini's grand Turandot starring soprano Christine Goerke in the title role. Tickets are also available for a series of special fall events surrounding these productions, including lectures, recitals, film screenings, brunches, backstage tours, and social events. Opera fans can also choose their seats for two spring productions at the Academy of Music: Rossini's Tancredi (February 2017), featuring star mezzo Stephanie Blythe's highly anticipated first appearance in the title role; and a new production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro (April–May 2017). (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces Casting for 2016/2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Thrilling music, exciting new voices, and compelling theater will launch Sarasota Opera into its 58th Season of presenting grand opera on the south Florida gulf coast, the first season in 28 years to not include any operas by Giuseppe Verdi. (more...)

10th Anniversary Programme Announced For GRIMEBORN Festival
by Edward Baker - Jul 19, 2016

Grimeborn is back for its 10th anniversary year. Sixteen innovative new versions of classic operas, unknown, rarely-seen and long-forgotten works, brand new pieces from the most exciting up-and-coming composers, musicians and companies. Since 2007, Grimeborn has introduced new audiences to opera and given emerging artists the platform to showcase and develop their talent. It has consistently challenged the perception that opera is inaccessible and elitist. (more...)

Pursued By Bear Announces FIRST DATE as Fall Show
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Farmer wants a wife, Dating in the Dark...Australia loves a dating TV show, and now Pursued by Bear are giving Melbourne audiences a chance to experience one better - a dating musical. (more...)

Elements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Crowning its year-long tribute to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, Elements Theatre Company presents King Lear under the direction of Danielle Dwyer, CJ. In the striking outdoor setting of the Atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration, the members of Elements Theatre Company bring all of their passionate dedication and expertise to the Bard's riveting portrayal of a kingdom and families torn apart. Press night is Opening night, August 12, 7:00pm guest lecture Dr. Kathryn Moncrief, followed by outdoor performance 8:00pm. (more...)

BWW INTERVIEWS: BWWSydney Chats To Director Michael Gow Ahead Of Opera Australia's Regional Tour of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by Jade Kops - Jul 12, 2016

Opera Australia's 2016 Tour of The Marriage of Figaro brings Mozart's fast paced opera about love, lust, deception and jealousy to audiences in regional areas of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. (more...)

Cast Complete for Rachel Weisz-Led Revival of PLENTY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the first major New York revival of David Hare's PLENTY. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux and featuring the previously announced Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll, the show will begin previews on Tuesday, October 4 and run through Sunday, November 6, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 20. (more...)

Canadian Opera Company to Present Baroque Opera at Its Best with Handel's ARIODANTE
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

The work of George Frideric Handel, a supreme artist of the Baroque era, returns to the Canadian Opera Company stage this fall in the long awaited company premiere of Ariodante. (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera Launches 40 DAYS OF OPERA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2016

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) Stanford Calderwood General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson announced today a multi-platform, regional recognition of the robust opera and vocal music offerings in Greater Boston over the next six weeks, and debuted an online calendar that combines them all as part of the company's "40 Days of Opera" celebration. (more...)

Placido Domingo Stars in LA Opera's Season Opener, MACBETH, 9/17
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

LA Opera's 2016/17 season will open with Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth, opening on September 17, 2016. General Director Placido Domingo will perform the title role for the first time in the United States. The new production will be conducted by Music Director James Conlon and staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak. (more...)

LA Opera Opens 2016/17 Season with Verdi's MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

LA Opera's 2016/17 season will open with Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth, opening on September 17, 2016. General Director Placido Domingo will perform the title role for the first time in the United States. The new production will be conducted by Music Director James Conlon and staged by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak. (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...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Opens in San Jose, 9/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2016

Opera San Jose opens its 2016-17 season with Gaetano Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Donizetti drew inspiration for this opera from Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor. The story revolves around a feud between two families, the Ashtons and the Ravenswoods. Lucia Ashton loves Edgar, master of Ravenswood, whose land her family has taken by force. When Lucia's brother, out of political necessity, forces her into an arranged marriage, there are dire consequences. Donizetti expertly combines the epic story of Lucia with some of the most wonderful melodies from his pen and the most affecting mad scene in theatre. (more...)

Jermyn Street To Stage Revival of A.A. Milne's THE DOVER ROAD
by Marianka Swain - Aug 10, 2016

In the 60th anniversary year of A.A Milne's death and the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh's publication, Close Quarter Productions, in association with Jermyn Street Theatre, today announces a new production of Milne's play THE DOVER ROAD. Nichola McAuliffe directs Stefan Berdnarczyk, Tom Durant-Pritchard, Katrina Gibson, Georgia Maguire, Gareth McLeod, Patrick Ryecart and James Sheldon in the production opening at Jermyn Street Theatre, on Tuesday 6 September running until Saturday 1 October. (more...)

Minnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (July 29, 2016) – Minnesota Opera today announced that Head of Music Robert Ainsley has accepted the position as the new Director of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the American Opera Initiative, effective next month. For the last three years, Rob has served as the Head of Music Staff, Chorus Master and Coach at Minnesota Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. He has worked on several world premiere and American operas at both companies, including Minnesota Opera's The Dream of Valentino, The Manchurian Candidate and The Shining. (more...)

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