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Star Soprano Pretty Yende to Release New Album 'Dreams' on Sony Classical Star Soprano Pretty Yende to Release New Album 'Dreams' on Sony Classical
by BWW News Desk - September 18, 2017

From rural South Africa to operatic stardom, soprano Pretty Yende continues her meteoric rise through the world of opera with the release of her second album, Dreams, on Sony Classical, available October 27, 2017.... (more...)
Royal Opera House Muscat 2017-18 Season Opens with Verdi's AIDA Royal Opera House Muscat 2017-18 Season Opens with Verdi's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - September 12, 2017

The Royal Opera House Muscat has selected Aida, a grand masterpiece opera by Giuseppe Verdi, one of the greatest composers of all time, to inaugurate its wonderful new 2017-18 Season.... (more...)
BWW Review: With Meade and PIRATA, Crutchfield's Bel Canto at Caramoor Goes Out with a Bang BWW Review: With Meade and PIRATA, Crutchfield's Bel Canto at Caramoor Goes Out with a Bang
by Richard Sasanow - July 11, 2017

Chemistry in an opera performance is a funny thing. It's not always easy to explain why it's there, but you know when it isn't. But when it works, it works—and, boy, the Caramoor Festival's concert staging of Bellini's IL PIRATA on Saturday was on fire, with Angela Meade as the star soprano and Will... (more...)
BWW Interview: Walking the Tightrope with Angela Meade in Bellini's IL PIRATA at Caramoor BWW Interview: Walking the Tightrope with Angela Meade in Bellini's IL PIRATA at Caramoor
by Richard Sasanow - July 07, 2017

Being an opera singer is a little like walking a tightrope without a net--no matter who you're singing with, you're out there on stage, alone, for the crowd to cheer but, also for everyone to hear each glitch or misstep in your singing. Soprano Angela Meade--who's starring as Imogene in Caramoor's c... (more...)
BWW Review: NY OperaFest Shows COQ and BUTTERFLY as Works that Don't Go Away  -  They Get DayGlo-ed and Deconconstructed BWW Review: NY OperaFest Shows COQ and BUTTERFLY as Works that Don't Go Away - They Get DayGlo-ed and Deconconstructed
by Richard Sasanow - May 26, 2017

There's lots going on in the world of opera in New York City, as shown by the gamut of offerings under the umbrella of the ongoing New York OperaFest, co-organized by the New York Opera Alliance and Opera America. In the last week, the New Opera NYC gave us a cockeyed look at Rimsky-Korsakov's LE CO... (more...)
Cast Change Announced for San Francisco Opera's DON GIOVANNI Cast Change Announced for San Francisco Opera's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

San Francisco Opera's 2017 Summer Season will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the War Memorial Opera House beginning Sunday, June 4 through Friday, June 30 for eight performances. In a cast change announced today, Uruguayan bass-baritone Erwin Schrott and American bass Erik Anstine... (more...)
Italian Opera, Bel Canto and Future of Conducting in Safe Hands with Carlo Rizzi Italian Opera, Bel Canto and Future of Conducting in Safe Hands with Carlo Rizzi
by BWW News Desk - May 05, 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 ... (more...)
Roberto Alagna to Star in CYRANO DE BERGERAC at the Met Opera, 5/2 Roberto Alagna to Star in CYRANO DE BERGERAC at the Met Opera, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - April 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. America... (more...)
Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvaov Star in Concert With the LA Opera, 5/4 Anna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvaov Star in Concert With the LA Opera, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - April 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...)
Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts First Wagner Opera at the Met, 4/25 Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conducts First Wagner Opera at the Met, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - April 13, 2017

Future Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Wagner opera with the company, Der Fliegende Holländer, beginning April 25. The opera, which has not been seen at the Met since 2010, featuresMichael Volle as the Dutchman, the ghostly sailor damned to sail the seas in search of the l... (more...)
Diana Damrau to Release New Album 'Meyerbeer: GRAND OPERA' on Erato, 5/5 Diana Damrau to Release New Album 'Meyerbeer: GRAND OPERA' on Erato, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - April 12, 2017

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864) was in many ways the most successful operatic composer of his era. A rival to Rossini in the 1820s, he went on to become synonymous with the extravagant splendours of Parisian grand opéra and a major influence on French composers and the two titans of Romantic opera, Ve... (more...)
Sarasota Opera Announces 2017 HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Series Sarasota Opera Announces 2017 HD AT THE OPERA HOUSE Series
by BWW News Desk - April 07, 2017

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2017 season of 'HD at the Opera House'.  This weekly Sunday afternoon series of filmed performances, which debuted in 2014, has allowed Sarasota Opera to expand its programming from the fall and winter season to year-around.... (more...)
Renée Fleming Sings Final Performance in Met Opera's DER ROSENKAVALIER, 4/13-5/1 Renée Fleming Sings Final Performance in Met Opera's DER ROSENKAVALIER, 4/13-5/1
by BWW News Desk - April 06, 2017

Renee Fleming sings her final performances of one of her signature roles as the Marschallin in the Met's new production of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, opening April 13. Robert Carsen directs the new production-the company's first new staging of the piece since 1969-with Sebastian Weigle conducting ... (more...)
Lawrence Brownlee Joins Opera Philadelphia As Artistic Advisor Lawrence Brownlee Joins Opera Philadelphia As Artistic Advisor
by BWW News Desk - April 02, 2017

Opera Philadelphia announced today that Lawrence Brownlee, whose lead performance in the 2015 world premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD kick started the company's “big commitment to new repertoire” (The Wall Street Journal), has joined the company as an Artistic Advisor.... (more...)
Dallas Opera Presents Bellini's NORMA, 4/21-5/7 Dallas Opera Presents Bellini's NORMA, 4/21-5/7
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2017

The Dallas Opera is thrilled to present—for the first time on our stage—Vincenzo Bellini's suspense-filled masterpiece of the bel canto repertoire, NORMA, starring the phenomenal South African-born soprano Elza van den Heever in the title role of a Druid priestess wronged by the man she loves.... (more...)
Tenor Michael Schade To Join Schwalbe And Partners Tenor Michael Schade To Join Schwalbe And Partners
by BWW News Desk - March 20, 2017

Hailed as one of the world's leading tenors, German-Canadian tenor Michael Schadeperforms on every major opera stage and in the most prestigious concert halls of the world. His art form embraces a wide repertoire of performances in opera, recital, concert, and recording.
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Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, May 7 Finalists Announced for International Opera Awards; Ceremony to Take Place, May 7
by BWW News Desk - February 09, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph, 'Once again, it was ... (more...)
The International Opera Awards 2017 Finalists Revealed The International Opera Awards 2017 Finalists Revealed
by BWW News Desk - February 09, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards has just announced the finalists for this year's Awards.... (more...)
The International Opera Awards Announces Finalists The International Opera Awards Announces Finalists
by BWW News Desk - February 03, 2017

With more than 20,000 nominations made, the International Opera Awards is pleased to announce the finalists for this year's Awards. These were selected by an international jury chaired by John Allison, editor of Opera magazine and classical music critic with The Daily Telegraph, 'Once again, it was ... (more...)
Anna Netrebko to Star in Puccini's MANON LESCAUT at the Met, Tonight Anna Netrebko to Star in Puccini's MANON LESCAUT at the Met, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2016

Anna Netrebko will add a new role to her wide-ranging Met repertory tonight through December 3 when she sings her first company performances of the seductive, tragic heroine of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.Marcelo Álvarez makes his role debut as Manon's obsessed lover des Grieux, with Christopher Maltman... (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDA — Opening TONIGHT! Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's AIDA — Opening TONIGHT!
by BWW News Desk - November 05, 2016

San Francisco Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in a new production directed by Francesca Zambello and featuring designs by Los Angeles-based, contemporary visual artist RETNA (Marquis Duriel Lewis). A co-production with Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, this striking ... (more...)
South African Tenor Johan Botha Dies at Age 51 South African Tenor Johan Botha Dies at Age 51
by BWW News Desk - September 08, 2016

Johan Botha, a South African operatic tenor, has passed away at the age of 51 in Vienna.... (more...)
Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon Jonas Kaufmann Launches New Version of 'Godfather' Theme, 'Parla Piu Piano', Now Available on Spotify and Amazon
by BWW News Desk - August 24, 2016

Listen to Jonas Kaufmann's heartfelt version of the Godfather theme 'Parla più piano' - now also available on Spotify & Amazon: https://SonyClassical.lnk.to/JK-ParlaPiuPiano... (more...)
Minnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & More Minnesota Opera Announces Robert Ainsley as New Director of Young Artist Program & More
by BWW News Desk - August 01, 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 M... (more...)
Washington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera Initiative Washington National Opera Names New Director of Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, American Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - 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, at Washington National Opera.... (more...)