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Montego Glover and More to Star in The Old Globe's THE ROYALE; Cast & Creatives Set!Montego Glover and More to Star in The Old Globe's THE ROYALE; Cast & Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Marco Ramirez's ('Orange is the New Black,' 'Sons of Anarchy') wildly theatrical new play The Royale, directed by two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk Award-nominated Rachel Chavkin. Founding Artistic Director of New York's the TEAM, Chavkin most recently won accolades for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Post Critics's Picks, and Top Ten of 2012 and 2013). The Royale will run October 4 to November 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run October 4 - 8. Opening night is Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

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...)

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...)

Erica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Denver, 10/25Erica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Denver, 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Following a sold-out summer European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano, and Clayton G. Williams, baritone, will perform their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for Denver audiences. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Open 2014-15 Season with ISAAC'S EYE, Running 9/2-12/7Writers Theatre to Open 2014-15 Season with ISAAC'S EYE, Running 9/2-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's opener to its 2014/15 season: the Midwest Premiere of Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. The show runs September 2 - December 7, 2014 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, September 10, 2014 and Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7:30pm. (more...)

Montego Glover and More to Star in The Old Globe's THE ROYALE; Cast & Creatives Set!Montego Glover and More to Star in The Old Globe's THE ROYALE; Cast & Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the full cast and creative team for Marco Ramirez's ('Orange is the New Black,' 'Sons of Anarchy') wildly theatrical new play The Royale, directed by two-time Obie Award-winning and Drama Desk Award-nominated Rachel Chavkin. Founding Artistic Director of New York's the TEAM, Chavkin most recently won accolades for Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (The New York Times, Time Out New York, and New York Post Critics's Picks, and Top Ten of 2012 and 2013). The Royale will run October 4 to November 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run October 4 - 8. Opening night is Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Welcomes Efrain Solis to Cast of LA CENERENTOLASan Francisco Opera Welcomes Efrain Solis to Cast of LA CENERENTOLA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2014

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella), running November 9-26, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

New York Choral Society to Present CHRISTMAS AROUND NEW YORK, 12/10 & 12/14New York Choral Society to Present CHRISTMAS AROUND NEW YORK, 12/10 & 12/14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

The New York Choral Society (NYCS), under the direction of Music Director David Hayes, is taking Christmas Around New York, a festive and unique Christmas program, to new audiences across New York City. (more...)

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY to Present 'Christmas Around New York'NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY to Present 'Christmas Around New York'
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2014

The New York Choral Society (NYCS), under the direction of Music Director David Hayes, is taking Christmas Around New York, a festive and unique Christmas program, to new audiences across New York City. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Denver, TodayErica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Denver, Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2014

Following a sold-out summer European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano, and Clayton G. Williams, baritone, will perform their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for Denver audiences. (more...)

SF Opera Presents LA CENERENTOLA (CINDERELLA) Opening TodaySF Opera Presents LA CENERENTOLA (CINDERELLA) Opening Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola (Cinderella) in six performances November 9-26. French mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes makes her San Francisco Opera debut in the title role of Angelina (Cinderella), the gentle servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. (more...)

Juilliard Opera Season to Premiere with IL TURCO IN  ITALIA, 11/19Juilliard Opera Season to Premiere with IL TURCO IN ITALIA, 11/19
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2014

NEW YORK –– The Juilliard Opera season opens with a production of Gioachino Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), a drama buffo in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani. Juilliard alumnaSperanza Scappucci conducts the Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in her conducting debut at Juilliard in the production directed by John Giampietro. Performances take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m., in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera's production of Il Turco in Italia are $30 and available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Juilliard students may attend for free; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets at $15 at the Juilliard Box Office. (more...)

Writers Theatre Extends ISAAC'S EYE Through 12/21Writers Theatre Extends ISAAC'S EYE Through 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce an extension of the Midwest Premiere of Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. The show, which began performances on September 2, will now play through December 21, 2014, at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave, Glencoe. (more...)

Juilliard Opera Season Premieres with IL TURCO IN ITALIA TonightJuilliard Opera Season Premieres with IL TURCO IN ITALIA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2014

NEW YORK –– The Juilliard Opera season opens with a production of Gioachino Rossini's Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), a drama buffo in two acts with a libretto by Felice Romani. Juilliard alumnaSperanza Scappucci conducts the Juilliard singers and the Juilliard Orchestra in her conducting debut at Juilliard in the production directed by John Giampietro. Performances take place tonight, November 19, 2014 and Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2 p.m., in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Tickets for Juilliard Opera's production of Il Turco in Italia are $30 and available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Juilliard students may attend for free; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets at $15 at the Juilliard Box Office. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey & Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Lake CharlesErica Papillion-Posey & Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Lake Charles
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2014

Following a sold-out summer European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano and Clayton G. Williams, baritone will perform their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for the people of Lake Charles, Louisiana. (more...)

A Lucky Winner to Gain Backstage Access with Dido, Aeneas and More, TodayA Lucky Winner to Gain Backstage Access with Dido, Aeneas and More, Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2014

Three winners and their guest will be given a backstage pass to meet Dido and Aeneas at intermission. The fun will continue as Bluebeard and Judith make their way to meet the winners at the end of the evening. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey Set for  Jazz in the Arts Black Tie Dinner Gala and Silent Auction, 12/21Erica Papillion-Posey Set for Jazz in the Arts Black Tie Dinner Gala and Silent Auction, 12/21
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Mezzo-soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey described as “…a living tribute and testimony to the memory of the great Ms. Marian Anderson, the legendary opera superstar and African-American trailblazer [Denver Weekly News] will return to roots performing jazz in her native Louisiana this December. (more...)

A Lucky Winner to Gain Backstage Access with Dido, Aeneas and More, 11/12A Lucky Winner to Gain Backstage Access with Dido, Aeneas and More, 11/12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2014

Three winners and their guest will be given a backstage pass to meet Dido and Aeneas at intermission. The fun will continue as Bluebeard and Judith make their way to meet the winners at the end of the evening. (more...)

Writers Theatre Premieres DAYS LIKE TODAY, Now thru 7/13Writers Theatre Premieres DAYS LIKE TODAY, Now thru 7/13
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's World Premiere production of Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Tommy Rapley. The production runs today, May 6-July 13, 2014 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The press opening is May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD, A COFFIN IN EGYPT and More Set for Spring 2014 at Houston Grand OperaDAS RHEINGOLD, A COFFIN IN EGYPT and More Set for Spring 2014 at Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

The new year has already brought notable success for Houston Grand Opera (HGO), where the hotly anticipated American premiere of the long-lost Holocaust opera The Passenger-hailed by the Associated Press as 'the latest coup for a company known for producing new works'-took the national and local press by storm, and where the company's Rigoletto revival was pronounced 'glorious' (Theater Jones). These accolades come at an exciting time for the company, which continues this season's extraordinary line-up with the launch of the first American presentation of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Das Rheingold by La Fura dels Baus; the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's A Coffin in Egypt, named one of the twelve 'must-see opera events of the season' (Opera News); a new HGO production of Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford; and Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which boasts designs by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. (more...)

Alan Gilbert To Conduct NY Premiere of Requiem at Carnegie Hall, 5/5Alan Gilbert To Conduct NY Premiere of Requiem at Carnegie Hall, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Josee Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Requiem with baritone Jacques Imbrailo, the Westminster Symphonic Choir directed by Joe Miller, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker. (more...)

Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Premiere of Christopher Rouse's REQUIEM at 'Spring For Music' at Carnegie Hall, 5/5Alan Gilbert to Conduct NY Premiere of Christopher Rouse's REQUIEM at 'Spring For Music' at Carnegie Hall, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in the New York Premiere of The Marie-Josee Kravis Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse's Requiem with baritone Jacques Imbrailo, the Westminster Symphonic Choir directed by Joe Miller, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker. The concert, Monday, May 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., will open the Spring For Music festival at Carnegie Hall, for which North American orchestras are invited to present one-night-only performances of unusual programming. (more...)

Jennifer Koh with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra Performs the Premiere of THE SINGING ROOMS, 4/29Jennifer Koh with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra Performs the Premiere of THE SINGING ROOMS, 4/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Violinist Jennifer Koh, known for her commanding, laser-focused performances and commitment to new repertoire, plays the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon's The Singing Rooms, a large scale work for violin, chorus and orchestra with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra conducted by David Hayes at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Perform at Michigan Lay Organization's Annual A.M.E. ConferenceErica Papillion-Posey and Clayton G. Williams to Perform at Michigan Lay Organization's Annual A.M.E. Conference
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Following a sold-out European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano and Clayton G. Williams, baritone will perform selections from their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for Michigan audiences. (more...)

Central City Opera to Present THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 8/2-10Central City Opera to Present THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 8/2-10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Audiences of all ages can hum along to their favorite songs like 'Edelweiss,' 'My Favorite Things' 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' and title song 'The Sound of Music' when Central City Opera (CCO) brings to Denver one of the most popular Broadway productions of all time, The Sound of Music. Rodgers and Hammerstein II's Tony Award winning musical, which was also an Academy Award winning movie, is Central City Opera's final production for the 2014 Festival. The Sound of Music will be performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex for seven performances only from August 2 through August 10. Directed by Ken Cazan, who also directed CCO's critically acclaimed production of Dead Man Walking this summer, The Sound of Music will be performed in English with a full live orchestra. Single tickets range from $30 to $106. (more...)

The Washington National Opera Announces the Roster for the 13th Season of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist ProgramThe Washington National Opera Announces the Roster for the 13th Season of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced the roster of emerging artists and renowned vocal coaches engaged for the 13th season of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Under the leadership of program director Michael Heaston, the Domingo- Cafritz Young Artist Program continues to increase its number of performances throughout the season and expand its training regimen to include mentorship by its returning Artist in Residence, the acclaimed American soprano Deborah Voigt. Additional faculty members include voice teachers Diana Soviero and William Stone; guest vocal coaches Be?ne?dicte Jourdois, Kathleen Kelly, and Danielle Orlando; career consultants Ken Benson and Matthew Epstein; and guest drama coaches Peter Kazaras and Alan Paul, among others. The new class of young artists will participate in several world premiere productions during the 2014-2015 season as part of (more...)

BWW Previews: CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY Ensemble Members Rock MozartBWW Previews: CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY Ensemble Members Rock Mozart
by Catherine Kustanczy - Feb 6, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio was created in 1980 as a vehicle for training Canada's next generation of opera stars. Its current members will take to the stage of the Four Seasons Centre on February 7th, replacing regular cast members in Atom Egoyan's production of the Mozart opera Cosi fan tutte for one night only. Two current members of the Ensemble say to expect something very different and special. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Launches New RING Cycle and MoreHouston Grand Opera Launches New RING Cycle and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2014

The critical response to Houston's American premiere production of The Passenger was overwhelming. Classical Voice America proclaimed the opera “a masterpiece,” and the Chicago Tribune found it an “engrossing, thought-provoking experience” that “deserves [a place] in the regular repertory.” Houston's production impressed the Houston Chronicle as one “that unites commanding performances and vivid, fast-paced staging,” while the Wall Street Journalcommended the way “conductor Patrick Summers shaped the evening with enormous care.” As for the performers, “top to bottom, the cast is excellent,” asserted the Dallas Morning News. Melody Moore “gave Marta's anguish lyricism and strength” (Wall Street Journal), “Michelle Breedt's instrument seemed ideally suited to the role of Liese” (Classical Voice America), and “Kelly Kaduce was mesmerizing” as Katya (Wall Street Journal). The Toronto Star concluded: (more...)

43rd Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for Opera Singers Announces Winners43rd Annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for Opera Singers Announces Winners
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2014

The winners of the 43rd annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place in a front of a capacity audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. (more...)

Lucy Crowe to Make New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall, 4/9Lucy Crowe to Make New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall, 4/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

Carnegie Hall presents lyric soprano Lucy Crowe in her New York recital debut on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall. Joined by pianist Anna Tilbrook, Ms. Crowe performs a wide variety of repertoire, with song cycles to include Alban Berg's Sieben fruhe Lieder and William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table-six pieces celebrating the sights and sounds of London. Additional program highlights include a performance of Sibelius's vocally demanding tone poem, Luonnotar, Op. 70, inspired by the Kalevala, a 19th-century Finnish epic poem, and well-known lieder by Schubert. The British-born singer will also perform traditional selections from Folk Songs from the British Isles, including 'Sally Gardens,' and 'The Ash Grove,' arranged by Benjamin Britten, as well as songs by English composers Michael Head, Ivor Gurney, Thomas Dunhill, and Frank Bridge. (more...)

DAS RHEINGOLD, A COFFIN IN EGYPT and More Set for Spring 2014 at Houston Grand OperaDAS RHEINGOLD, A COFFIN IN EGYPT and More Set for Spring 2014 at Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

The new year has already brought notable success for Houston Grand Opera (HGO), where the hotly anticipated American premiere of the long-lost Holocaust opera The Passenger-hailed by the Associated Press as 'the latest coup for a company known for producing new works'-took the national and local press by storm, and where the company's Rigoletto revival was pronounced 'glorious' (Theater Jones). These accolades come at an exciting time for the company, which continues this season's extraordinary line-up with the launch of the first American presentation of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Das Rheingold by La Fura dels Baus; the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon's A Coffin in Egypt, named one of the twelve 'must-see opera events of the season' (Opera News); a new HGO production of Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford; and Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which boasts designs by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. (more...)

Long Beach Opera to Present the Southern California Debut of THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, 3/16-22Long Beach Opera to Present the Southern California Debut of THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, 3/16-22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Perhaps the most controversial opera of the 20th century makes its Southern California debut when Long Beach Opera (LBO) stages John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer on March 16 and March 22 at the Terrace Theater in downtown Long Beach. This powerful and unsettling work chronicles the 1985 hijacking of the Mediterranean cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of disabled Jewish-American passenger, Leon Klinghoffer. LBO's production is a partner presentation of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 'Minimalist Jukebox' Festival. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces Ana María Martínez and Eric Owens as Ambassadors for the Lyric Unlimited InitiativeLyric Opera of Chicago Announces Ana María Martínez and Eric Owens as Ambassadors for the Lyric Unlimited Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Lyric Opera of Chicago is pleased to announce that soprano Ana María Martínezand bass-baritone Eric Owens will serve as the inaugural Community Ambassadors as part of the Lyric Unlimited initiative. These two artists will strengthen and actively participate in new, ongoing, and future Lyric Unlimited programs that serve and engage schools and the larger community, including the Vocal Partnership Program, Youth Opera Council, Teen Opera Circle, Lyric's ongoing relationship with Latino communities, and other collaborative community events. Martínez and Owens are starring in Lyric's new production of Rusalka, which opens on Saturday, February 22 and runs through March 16. (more...)

Austin Shakespeare Hosts Talk Back After Every Performance of OTHELLO, Beg. TonightAustin Shakespeare Hosts Talk Back After Every Performance of OTHELLO, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

To enhance the audience experience, after every performance of Austin Shakespeare's Othello, we will have a 'Talk Back' with actors, director and on selected days special speakers. (more...)

Austin Shakespeare to Host Talk Back After Every Performance of OTHELLO, Beg. 2/13Austin Shakespeare to Host Talk Back After Every Performance of OTHELLO, Beg. 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

To enhance the audience experience, after every performance of Austin Shakespeare's Othello, we will have a "Talk Back" with actors, director and on selected days special speakers. (more...)

George London Foundation to Welcome Lori Guilbeau & John Relyea in Recital, 3/9George London Foundation to Welcome Lori Guilbeau & John Relyea in Recital, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Renowned bass John Relyea, who is performing in the Metropolitan Opera's current production of Rusalka with Renée Fleming; rising young soprano Lori Guilbeau, a 2010 George London Award winner; and pianist Warren Jones will share the stage for the second event in the season's George London Foundation Recital Series on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 4:30 PM at The Morgan Library & Museum. The series presents pairs of outstanding opera singers, many of whom were winners of a George London prize early in their careers or are recent George London Award recipients. (Watch Lori Guilbeau's George London Award-winning performance of 'Einsam in trüben Tagen' from Wagner's Lohengrin here, available in the George London Foundation website's Media Library.) (more...)

Michael Pennington to Star in KING LEAR at Theatre for a New Audience, Begin. 3/14Michael Pennington to Star in KING LEAR at Theatre for a New Audience, Begin. 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Michael Pennington, two-time Olivier Award nominee, an artist of international stature and one of England's greatest classical actors, will play the title role in William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear directed by Arin Arbus. For the second production in Theatre for a New Audience's inaugural season at its first permanent home, the new Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place in Brooklyn, Mr. Pennington leads a company of 22 actors. King Lear begins previews March 14 for an opening March 27 and a run through May 4. (more...)

Michael Pennington to Star in KING LEAR at Theatre for a New Audience, Begin. 3/14Michael Pennington to Star in KING LEAR at Theatre for a New Audience, Begin. 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2014

Michael Pennington, two-time Olivier Award nominee, an artist of international stature and one of England's greatest classical actors, will play the title role in William Shakespeare's tragedy King Lear directed by Arin Arbus. For the second production in Theatre for a New Audience's inaugural season at its first permanent home, the new Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place in Brooklyn, Mr. Pennington leads a company of 22 actors. King Lear begins previews March 14 for an opening March 27 and a run through May 4. (more...)

NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY to Present 'Christmas Around New York'NEW YORK CHORAL SOCIETY to Present 'Christmas Around New York'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2014

The New York Choral Society (NYCS), under the direction of Music Director David Hayes, is taking Christmas Around New York, a festive and unique Christmas program, to new audiences across New York City. (more...)

New York Choral Society Presents CHRISTMAS AROUND NEW YORK TonightNew York Choral Society Presents CHRISTMAS AROUND NEW YORK Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2014

The New York Choral Society (NYCS), under the direction of Music Director David Hayes, is taking Christmas Around New York, a festive and unique Christmas program, to new audiences across New York City. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey Named Paris Opera Awards Semi-FinalistErica Papillion-Posey Named Paris Opera Awards Semi-Finalist
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2014

Mezzo- Soprano, Erica Papillion-Posey has been selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 Paris Opera Awards. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Open 2014-15 Season with ISAAC'S EYE, Running 9/2-12/7Writers Theatre to Open 2014-15 Season with ISAAC'S EYE, Running 9/2-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's opener to its 2014/15 season: the Midwest Premiere of Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. The show runs September 2 - December 7, 2014 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, September 10, 2014 and Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7:30pm. (more...)

Central City Opera Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Now thru 8/10Central City Opera Presents THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Now thru 8/10
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2014

Audiences of all ages can hum along to their favorite songs like 'Edelweiss,' 'My Favorite Things' 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' and title song 'The Sound of Music' when Central City Opera (CCO) brings to Denver one of the most popular Broadway productions of all time, The Sound of Music. Rodgers and Hammerstein II's Tony Award winning musical, which was also an Academy Award winning movie, is Central City Opera's final production for the 2014 Festival. The Sound of Music will be performed at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in the Denver Performing Arts Complex for seven performances only from today, August 2 through August 10. (more...)

Erica Papillion-Posey & Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to DetroitErica Papillion-Posey & Clayton G. Williams to Bring SOULS OF THE SOIL to Detroit
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

Following a sold-out summer European tour, Erica Papillion-Posey, mezzo-soprano and Clayton G. Williams, baritone will perform their blockbuster concert series, Souls of the Soil, for Detroit audiences. (more...)

San Francisco Opera to Present Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, 9/6-21San Francisco Opera to Present Company Premiere of Carlisle Floyd's SUSANNAH, 9/6-21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

San Francisco Opera presents the Company premiere of Carlisle Floyd's two-act opera Susannah September 6 at the War Memorial Opera House. Soprano Patricia Racette returns to San Francisco Opera in her role debut as the innocent, strong-willed and falsely accused young woman Susannah Polk. (more...)

Lucy Crowe Makes New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall TonightLucy Crowe Makes New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Carnegie Hall presents lyric soprano Lucy Crowe in her New York recital debut tonight, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Recital Hall. Joined by pianist Anna Tilbrook, Ms. Crowe performs a wide variety of repertoire, with song cycles to include Alban Berg's Sieben fruhe Lieder and William Walton's A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table-six pieces celebrating the sights and sounds of London. Additional program highlights include a performance of Sibelius's vocally demanding tone poem, Luonnotar, Op. 70, inspired by the Kalevala, a 19th-century Finnish epic poem, and well-known lieder by Schubert. The British-born singer will also perform traditional selections from Folk Songs from the British Isles, including 'Sally Gardens,' and 'The Ash Grove,' arranged by Benjamin Britten, as well as songs by English composers Michael Head, Ivor Gurney, Thomas Dunhill, and Frank Bridge. (more...)

Jennifer Koh with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra Debuts THE SINGING ROOMS TonightJennifer Koh with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra Debuts THE SINGING ROOMS Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Violinist Jennifer Koh, known for her commanding, laser-focused performances and commitment to new repertoire, plays the New York premiere of Jennifer Higdon's The Singing Rooms, a large scale work for violin, chorus and orchestra with the New York Choral Society and Orchestra conducted by David Hayes at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium tonight, April 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Writers Theatre to Premiere DAYS LIKE TODAY, 5/6-7/13Writers Theatre to Premiere DAYS LIKE TODAY, 5/6-7/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's World Premiere production of Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Tommy Rapley. The production runs May 6-July 13, 2014 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The press opening is May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Ohio State School of Music's Opera Theatre Program to Present THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, 4/17-19Ohio State School of Music's Opera Theatre Program to Present THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA, 4/17-19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

The Ohio State School of Music will perform an Easter-weekend production of Benjamin Britten's two-act chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, and Saturday, April 19, in Roy Bowen Theatre, Drake Performance and Event Center, 1849 Cannon Dr. on campus. The production is directed by A. Scott Parry, director of Ohio State Opera Theatre; conductor is Russel C. Mikkelson. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera to Present DAS RHEINGOLD TomorrowHouston Grand Opera to Present DAS RHEINGOLD Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

Tomorrow, April 11, Houston Grand Opera presents Das Rheingold, launching the American debut of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Der Ring des Nibelungen by La Fura dels Baus. As the first staging of Wagner's epic cycle in HGO history, the event marks an important company milestone-one that HGO follows two weeks later with a new take on Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford. These two productions come at a time when HGO has once again been making headlines, not only for the world premiere of A Coffin in Egypt and an acclaimed revival of A Little Night Music, but by successfully appealing to new audiences. 'The most recent NEA survey shows that only 2% of Americans go to the opera each year. Yet HGO is bucking the trend. Since the 2009-10 season it has seen its attendances grow by 24 percent,' reported the Economist last month. As Houston History noted in a recent feature article, 'many arts programs across the nation are shutting down due to financial failure, [but] HGO has succeeded in remaining relevant.' (more...)

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