OPERA NEWS COVERAGE


Washington National Opera Receives $1.1 Million Gift from Former Chorister Washington National Opera Receives $1.1 Million Gift from Former Chorister
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

Washington National Opera (WNO) is grateful to announce the receipt of an unexpected $1.1 million donation from Clifford D. Thomson, a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus for 30 years.... (more...)
The Martha Cardona Opera Presents LA TRAVIATA The Martha Cardona Opera Presents LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

La Traviata is one of the cornerstones of operatic repertory, filled with catchy arias and duets, many which are recognizable from popular culture. Pair this opera with The Martha Cardona Opera -whose mission is to bring this art form to those who have yet to experience a live operatic performance, ... (more...)
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met VIDEO: Get A First Look At Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

In the video below, watch as Roberto Alagna sings an excerpt from Samson's Act III aria in the final dress rehearsal. ... (more...)
VIDEO: Get The Inside Scoop On Carnegie Hall's Opening Night, Set To Feature Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald & More! VIDEO: Get The Inside Scoop On Carnegie Hall's Opening Night, Set To Feature Renee Fleming, Audra McDonald & More!
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

This is a Carnegie Hall Opening Night you will never forget. A pair of vocal superstars-Renee Fleming and Audra McDonald-join Perspectives artist Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for an evening of favorites from opera and music theater. To add to the festive occasion, there's exh... (more...)
Washington Concert Opera Announces 2018/2019 Season Washington Concert Opera Announces 2018/2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2018

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) is excited to announce its 2018-2019 lineup, a season that celebrates strong women and the return of beloved opera stars. WCO kicks off the year with their second annual Opera Outside at Washington D.C.'s Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park on Oct 27th, followed by performanc... (more...)
The Verdi Chorus 35th Anniversary Season Ends with PASSIONE! OPERA! The Verdi Chorus 35th Anniversary Season Ends with PASSIONE! OPERA!
by BWW News Desk - September 21, 2018

The Verdi Chorus 35th anniversary season culminates with its Fall 2018 concert Passione! Opera! for two performances only at the First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica on November 10 and 11 led by Founding Artistic Director Anne Marie Ketchum.   As the only choral group in Southern California... (more...)
BWW Review: In Any Language, the London-Thoron HATUEY Brings Fire to Kasser Theatre at Montclair State BWW Review: In Any Language, the London-Thoron HATUEY Brings Fire to Kasser Theatre at Montclair State
by Richard Sasanow - September 21, 2018

'A Ukrainian Jew walked into a bar in Havana....' Wait, haven't I heard this one before? Not by a longshot. HATUEY: MEMORY OF FIRE, the opera by Frank London and Elise Thoron, performed in Yiddish, English and Spanish, is a unique work that ambitiously crosses many creative lines in a work inspired ... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: La Clemenza Di Tito Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: La Clemenza Di Tito
by BWW News Desk - September 21, 2018

Emily D'Angelo will sing Annio in all performances of Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito, replacing Paula Murrihy, who has withdrawn for personal reasons.... (more...)
Portland Opera Launches 2018/19 Season With LA TRAVIATA Portland Opera Launches 2018/19 Season With LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2018

Portland Opera is thrilled to begin the 2018/19 season with Verdi's La Traviata.  A crown jewel of grand opera, La Traviata tells the story of the brilliant and beautiful Parisian courtesan Violetta Valery as she falls in love with Alfredo Germont. Haunted by her reputation and illness, Violetta nav... (more...)
Cecily Brown's Exhibition, Triumph Of The Vanities, Opens At The Met Opera, 9/24 Cecily Brown's Exhibition, Triumph Of The Vanities, Opens At The Met Opera, 9/24
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera's visual arts initiative, Gallery Met, will open a new, season-long show by Cecily Brown on September 24. The British-born artist's new works, inspired by the Met's new season and the house itself, will be exhibited in various public spaces throughout the building.... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Presents New Production Of Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA San Francisco Opera Presents New Production Of Giacomo Puccini's TOSCA
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2018

San Francisco Opera unveils a new production of Giacomo Puccini's Tosca on Wednesday, October 3, with a cast led by Italian soprano Carmen Giannattasio in her Company and role debuts as Tosca, tenor Brian Jagde as Cavaradossi and baritone Scott Hendricks as Baron Scarpia with conductor Leo Hussain l... (more...)
Pittsburgh Opera Presents HANSEL & GRETEL Based On The Beloved Fairy Tale Pittsburgh Opera Presents HANSEL & GRETEL Based On The Beloved Fairy Tale
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2018

Pittsburgh Opera continues our 80th season with Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel & Gretel. ... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Lab Pops-Up At The Great Northern, Today San Francisco Opera Lab Pops-Up At The Great Northern, Today
by BWW News Desk - September 20, 2018

On September 20, SF Opera Lab pops up at The Great Northern in San Francisco for 'Battle of the Divas,' an epic head-to-head vocal battle. The Queen of the Night will officiate this vocal showdown between two teams of dueling divas and divos, with the audience helping her decide who will be triumpha... (more...)
BWW Interview: Lembit Beecher SWINGS at Opera Philadelphia Festival BWW Interview: Lembit Beecher SWINGS at Opera Philadelphia Festival
by Richard Sasanow - September 19, 2018

“I was, like many composers, not someone who was immediately in love with the human voice, the operatic voice, in new music,” says Lembit Beecher, whose opinion has definitely changed. He has become a powerful new force in the medium, with his new opera, SKY ON SWINGS, written with librettist Hannah... (more...)
Encompass New Opera Theatre Presents World Premiere Of Anna Christie, With Music By Edward Thomas At Baruch Performing Arts Center Encompass New Opera Theatre Presents World Premiere Of Anna Christie, With Music By Edward Thomas At Baruch Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2018

Encompass New Opera Theatre will present the World Premiere of Anna Christie with music by Edward Thomas, set to a libretto by Joseph Masteroff, with 12 performances beginning on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8pm and running through Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (at 5... (more...)
RTE Partners With ARTE For Exclusive Livestream Of Wexford Festival Opera RTE Partners With ARTE For Exclusive Livestream Of Wexford Festival Opera
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2018

RTE has announced today that it will livestream at this year's Wexford Festival Opera for the first time, as part of its collaboration with European public service channel, ARTE. The collaboration will see Wexford Festival Opera's production of Saverio Mercadante's Il bravo (The Assassin) livestream... (more...)
Michigan Opera Theatre Founder David DiChiera Passes Away of Pancreatic Cancer Michigan Opera Theatre Founder David DiChiera Passes Away of Pancreatic Cancer
by BWW News Desk - September 19, 2018

Dr. David DiChiera, Founder and long-time General Director of Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT), died today at his home in Detroit with his family by his side. He was 83 years old and had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March, 2017.... (more...)
BWW Review: Bullock's Back and the [Other] Met's Got Her BWW Review: Bullock's Back and the [Other] Met's Got Her
by Richard Sasanow - September 18, 2018

Soprano Julia Bullock is at the Met in New York this year--but not necessarily the one that comes to mind when you're thinking about performances by an opera singer. It's the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she kicked off her year as Artist-in-Residence (2018-2019) on Saturday night with “History'... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Lab Pops-Up At The Great Northern, 9/20 San Francisco Opera Lab Pops-Up At The Great Northern, 9/20
by BWW News Desk - September 14, 2018

On September 20, SF Opera Lab pops up at The Great Northern in San Francisco for 'Battle of the Divas,' an epic head-to-head vocal battle. The Queen of the Night will officiate this vocal showdown between two teams of dueling divas and divos, with the audience helping her decide who will be triumpha... (more...)
The Met Reaches an Agreement with Unions to Begin Sunday Matinees The Met Reaches an Agreement with Unions to Begin Sunday Matinees
by BWW News Desk - September 14, 2018

For the first time in the history of the Met, Sunday matinees will become part of the weekly performance schedule, it was announced today as part of the recent agreement with the Met's musicians and chorus that was ratified today.... (more...)
The Atlanta Opera's 2018-19 Season: Love Transcends Death in Ambitious New Mainstage Productions and Innovative Discoveries Series The Atlanta Opera's 2018-19 Season: Love Transcends Death in Ambitious New Mainstage Productions and Innovative Discoveries Series
by BWW News Desk - September 14, 2018

"The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death." So said Oscar Wilde's Salome, anticipating the theme running through all six of the works that make up The Atlanta Opera's 2018-19 season. The six are linked also by their novelty, for under the leadership of Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General &... (more...)
Lyric Opera Of KC Welcomes Jamie Bernstein, Today Lyric Opera Of KC Welcomes Jamie Bernstein, Today
by BWW News Desk - September 13, 2018

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler today announced that Lyric Opera will co-sponsor a FREE special event with the Kansas City Public Library today, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (4801 Main St., KCMO 64112) featuring Jamie Bernst... (more...)
Hadrian Conference Explores Opera's Place In The 21st Century Hadrian Conference Explores Opera's Place In The 21st Century
by BWW News Desk - September 12, 2018

Tickets are now available for Hearing Hadrian: An Opera for Our Time, a conference on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  Just one day after Rufus Wainwright's Hadrian, with libretto by Daniel MacIvor, receives its world premiere, the Canadian Opera Company will host a day-long series of panels and guest spe... (more...)
Pacific Opera Project Partners With Occidental College Glee Club To Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA Pacific Opera Project Partners With Occidental College Glee Club To Present Verdi's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - September 12, 2018

Pacific Opera Project (POP) joins forces with The Occidental College Glee Club for two performances of Giuseppe Verdi's La traviata on October 27 and 28, 2018 at Occidental College's Thorne Hall. Following a wonderful experience together producing The Rake's Progress in 2016, the collaboration allow... (more...)
Lyric Unlimited Announces an Opera for Young People RHODA AND THE FOSSIL HUNT Lyric Unlimited Announces an Opera for Young People RHODA AND THE FOSSIL HUNT
by BWW News Desk - September 12, 2018

Lyric Unlimited, the branch of Lyric Opera devoted to education, community engagement, and new artistic initiatives, is excited to announce its latest opera for young people, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt. Created especially for children 7-12 and their families by composer John Musto and librettist/dire... (more...)