Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 12/15/2013 - 12/22/2013

Below are BWWOperaWorld.com's most popular articles from 12/15/2013 - 12/22/2013. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from the past week!

1) BWW Reviews: Jeanine Tesori's Opera, THE LION, THE UNICORN, AND ME, Debuts at Kennedy Center and Charms Audience
by Jennifer Perry - December 16, 2013

Fun for the whole family, this is a solid offering by the Washington National Opera. (more...)


2) Houston Grand Opera to Launch 2014 With Three World Premieres, American Premiere and More
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2013

The opening months of 2014 bring into focus the strengths of Houston Grand Opera (HGO), which launches the new year with an extraordinary line-up. This comprises the world premieres of three important new commissions -Ricky Ian Gordon's A Coffin in Egypt, named one of the twelve "must-see opera events of the season" (Opera News), and two works exploring Houston's Vietnamese and Indian communities, courtesy of HGO's award-winning Song of Houston project; the hotly anticipated American premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's long-suppressed Holocaust opera, The Passenger, in the production that took Europe by storm; the first American presentation of a visionary and groundbreaking treatment of Das Rheingold by Catalan's La Fura dels Baus; a new HGO production of Carmen from Broadway sensation Rob Ashford; a revival of Rigoletto; and a restaged production of Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music, which boasts designs by fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi. As the Houston Press recently noted, "Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers is thinking bigger than ever." (more...)


3) Joyce DiDonato and David Hyde Pierce to Host Ninth Annual Opera News Awards, 4/13
by BWW News Desk - December 18, 2013

Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce will take a star turn together when they co-host the Ninth Annual Opera News Awards, set to take place on Sunday, April 13, 2014, in the Grand Ballroom of The Plaza Hotel in New York City. They will be joined by a distinguished line-up of presenters - Luca Pisaroni, Susan Graham, Renata Scotto, Eva Wagner-Pasquier and Francesca Zambello - who will pay tribute to five superb artists who have made an invaluable contribution to the art form: the late director Patrice Chereau, tenor Juan Diego Florez, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig,bass-baritone James Morris, and soprano Nina Stemme. First introduced in 2005, the Opera News Awards gala dinner, which features the hosts and presenters speaking about the awardees and introducing video performance clips, has become one of the most anticipated opera events of the season: an evening of celebration, appreciation, reuniting and celebrity-spotting that is without parallel in the industry. (more...)


4) LA Opera Presents LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, 3/15-4/6
by BWW News Desk - December 19, 2013

(Los Angeles) December 19, 2013 - General Director Placido Domingo announced updated details for LA Opera's first production of Lucia di Lammermoor since 2003. Conducted by Music Director James Conlon and directed by Elkhana Pulitzer in her LA Opera debut, the new production stars Albina Shagimuratova in the title role as the dagger-wielding Scottish lass and Saimir Pirgu as her secret lover, Edgardo. Lucia di Lammermoor will open on Saturday, March 15, 2014, and run for a total of six performances through April 6 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. (more...)


5) Leon Botstein and ASO Present Richard Strauss's 'Sex Opera' at Carnegie Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 15, 2013

Whatever else you think of Richard Strauss, you can't accuse him of picking easy subjects. While Die Frau Ohne Schattenremains one of the most elusive of opera plots, Elektra among the most bloodthirsty and Salome among the most disturbing, it is the rarely-heard one-act Feuersnot that proved a step too far to Strauss's own audiences. But then what did he expect? The plot revolves around lust and sex - and the fact that it has always been regarded as possibly semi-autobiographical no doubt didn't help his cause. Yet the opera is fascinating enough that the world premiere was conducted by Gustav Mahler. (more...)


6) The Canadian Opera Company Opens Winter Season With COSI FAN TUTTE, 1/18-2/21
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2013

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company opens its 2013/2014 winter season with Cosi fan tutte (or The School for Lovers), Mozart's wry comedy about romantic love, fidelity and temptation. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES, the COC's Cosi fan tutte comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for 10 performances on January 18, 24, 29, February 1, 6, 7*, 9, 15, 18, 21, 2014. (more...)


7) Canadian Opera Company to Open 2013-14 Winter Season with COSI FAN TUTTE, Begin. 1/18
by BWW News Desk - December 16, 2013

The Canadian Opera Company opens its 2013/2014 winter season with Cosi fan tutte (or The School for Lovers), Mozart's wry comedy about romantic love, fidelity and temptation. Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES, the COC's Cosi fan tutte comes to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for 10 performances on January 18, 24, 29, February 1, 6, 7*, 9, 15, 18, 21, 2014. (more...)


8) Announcing CCM's Spring 2014 Performance Schedule - Nearly 150 Shows
by BWW News Desk - December 19, 2013

The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) is delighted to announce its spring schedule of major events. The largest single source of performing arts events in the state of Ohio, CCM presents nearly 150 major public performances from Jan. 12 through May 18, ranging from faculty and guest artist concerts to fully supported opera, musical theatre, drama and dance productions. (more...)


9) Gotham Chamber Opera to Present Two Shows at Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2/26-27
by BWW News Desk - December 20, 2013

Met Museum Presents and Gotham Chamber Opera presents a double bill co-produced with and staged at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, consisting of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Monteverdi, and a newly commissioned work, I Have No Stories to Tell You, by Gotham Chamber Opera Composer-In-Residence Lembit Beecher, on February 26 and February 27, 2014 at 7pm at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), NYC. Tickets, including admission to the museum, are $175, and can be purchased at http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-performances/gotham-opera-1.aspx?eid=4162. (more...)


10) Tucker Award-Winner Ailyn Perez Makes U.S. Solo Recital Debut Tonight at the KimMel Center
by BWW News Desk - December 17, 2013

Today, December 17 marks a major career milestone for Ailyn Perez, the 'lyric soprano who truly seems to have it all' (Opera News), when she makes her U.S. solo professional recital debut at Philadelphia's KimMel Center. Joined by 'superb' pianist Ken Noda (New York Times), the Richard Tucker and Placido Domingo Award-winner will perform arias from Manon and songs by Reynaldo Hahn, Manuel De Falla, and Fernando Obradors - all of which are featured on her recent, celebrated Opus Arte album debut, Poeme d'un jour - together with signature arias from La traviata and Le nozze di Figaro. Presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the event represents something of a homecoming for the American soprano, for it was at Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts that she first launched her career. (more...)




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