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BWW Interview: Barnes-Storming in THE WAKE WORLD of Composer David Hertzberg BWW Interview: Barnes-Storming in THE WAKE WORLD of Composer David Hertzberg
by Richard Sasanow - September 15, 2017

The last of the new operas at the center of Opera Philadelphia's O17 opera fest is THE WAKE WORLD, a chamber piece written by composer/librettist David Hertzberg and directed by RB Schlather. It opens on Monday September 18 at the Barnes collection--the great museum in central Philadelphia--and prom... (more...)
San Francisco Opera Appoints of Lisa Bullard Director of Marketing San Francisco Opera Appoints of Lisa Bullard Director of Marketing
by BWW News Desk - August 04, 2017

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock announced today the appointment of Lisa Bullard from The Philadelphia Orchestra as the Company's new director of marketing. Bullard will succeed Marcia Lazer, who retired in July after eleven years with the Company and a distinguished career in a... (more...)
OPERA America Awards Opera Grants for Female Composers OPERA America Awards Opera Grants for Female Composers
by BWW News Desk - July 31, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce the latest recipients of Commissioning Grants from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program, made possible through the generosity of the Virginia B. Toulmin Fo... (more...)
Composer/Librettist Fellowships Awarded for Two-Year Opera Training Composer/Librettist Fellowships Awarded for Two-Year Opera Training
by BWW News Desk - July 20, 2017

AOP (American Opera Projects) and Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood have selected six composers and three librettists to receive fellowships for its upcoming ninth season of Composers & the Voice. The 2017-2019 season will train, and present new works from, composers Matthew Brow... (more...)
Participants Selected for OPERA America's 2017 Leadership Intensive Program Participants Selected for OPERA America's 2017 Leadership Intensive Program
by BWW News Desk - July 19, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that 13 participants from the United States, Canada and Latin America have been selected for its 2017 Leadership Intensive program. These future industry leaders we... (more...)
Five Talents Join Metropolitan Opera's Young Artists Development Program Five Talents Join Metropolitan Opera's Young Artists Development Program
by BWW News Desk - July 13, 2017

Beginning in the 2017-18 season, the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program welcomes five new young artists into the acclaimed program established by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine in 1980. Along with the returning nine participants, the program will train a new g... (more...)
Resident Ensemble of Professional Opera Singers Selected for AOP Training Program Resident Ensemble of Professional Opera Singers Selected for AOP Training Program
by BWW News Desk - July 12, 2017

AOP (American Opera Projects) announces the six singers who will become its Resident Ensemble for the upcoming ninth season of its Composers & the Voice training program. Comprised of one each of the basic operatic/vocal categories, the singers for the 2017-18 season will be Coloratura Soprano Tooka... (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...)
10 Named for Opera CT's Live July 20 'American Opera Idol' Sing-Off 10 Named for Opera CT's Live July 20 'American Opera Idol' Sing-Off
by BWW News Desk - July 05, 2017

Opera Connecticut has revealed the names of the 10 Finalists to 'sing off' for the title of 'American Opera Idol 2017' on Thursday evening, July 20 at 7 p.m. in the Pond House Café in West Hartford's Elizabeth Park. Advance purchase of audience tickets is strongly recommended: go to www.operaconnect... (more...)
New Members Elected to OPERA America's Board of Directors New Members Elected to OPERA America's Board of Directors
by BWW News Desk - June 22, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that seven members have been elected to the organization's Board of Directors. Elections took place during OPERA America's recent Annual Business Meeting, held duri... (more...)
MCANA's Inaugural Best New Award Goes to BREAKING THE WAVES MCANA's Inaugural Best New Award Goes to BREAKING THE WAVES
by BWW News Desk - June 20, 2017

The Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA) is pleased to announce that its inaugural Award for Best New Opera has been given to composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek for Breaking the Waves, which received its premiere on September 22, 2016 by Opera Philadelphia in conjunctio... (more...)
BWW Interview: Kevin Newbury of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS at Santa Fe Opera BWW Interview: Kevin Newbury of THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS at Santa Fe Opera
by Maria Nockin - June 07, 2017

Kevin Newbury is a theatre, opera and film director who has staged over sixty original productions for numerous opera companies, festivals, and symphonies. Especially committed to developing new material, he has directed more than two-dozen world premieres of operas and plays. His staging of Mason B... (more...)
BWW Preview: ELIZABETH CREE is a Tale from a New York Crypt Headed for Philadelphia Opera Festival BWW Preview: ELIZABETH CREE is a Tale from a New York Crypt Headed for Philadelphia Opera Festival
by Richard Sasanow - June 05, 2017

Fifteen compelling minutes of a new work doesn't always turn into an opera for all seasons, but a first-look at ELIZABETH CREE—Kevin Puts' and Mark Campbell's latest collaboration--came across with startling originality. Based on Peter Ackrolyd's Victorian-era tale set in London's dangerous Limehous... (more...)
Tenor Anthony Kearns to Return to Lismore Opera Festival in L'ELISIR D'AMORE Tenor Anthony Kearns to Return to Lismore Opera Festival in L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by BWW News Desk - June 02, 2017

World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns returns to the Lismore Opera Festival in the leading tenor role of 'Nemorino' in Gaetano Donizetti's masterpiece, L'elisir d'amore, at the Lismore Castle Gardens in Lismore, Ireland this Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 2017.... (more...)
OPERA America Awards $1.4M in Innovation Grants OPERA America Awards $1.4M in Innovation Grants
by BWW News Desk - June 01, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion of American opera, is pleased to announce the first-ever recipients of Innovation Grants, generously funded by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.... (more...)
Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13 Long Beach Opera Presents AS ONE, 5/13
by BWW News Desk - April 20, 2017

On May 13, 20. & 21, 2017, Long Beach Opera (LBO) will present the highly anticipated Southern California premiere of As One, an inspiring story about identity, authenticity and compassion by composer Laura Kaminsky with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. ... (more...)
BWW Interview: David T. Little on Becoming a Composer, Collaborating with Royce Vavrek and JFK the Opera BWW Interview: David T. Little on Becoming a Composer, Collaborating with Royce Vavrek and JFK the Opera
by Richard Sasanow - April 20, 2017

Last year's premiere of JFK by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek at the Fort Worth Opera caused some big-time foot-stomping in the Lone Star State. New Yorkers will have a taste of the work--which will have its next full-scale production at the Opera de Montreal next January--on April 23 at the Morga... (more...)
BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner
by Richard Sasanow - April 18, 2017

Richard Tucker Music Foundation named soprano Nadine Sierra as winner of 2017 Richard Tucker Award; simultanously, it announced its roster of study and career grant recipients.... (more...)
AJ Glueckert to Replace Jay Hunter Morris in Four Shows at the Met Opera's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER, 4/25 AJ Glueckert to Replace Jay Hunter Morris in Four Shows at the Met Opera's DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER, 4/25
by BWW News Desk - April 18, 2017

AJ Glueckert will make his Met debut as Erik in Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer and will sing the role in the first four performances of the opera at the Met this season on April 25, 29matinee, May 4, and 8. The American tenor replaces the originally announced Jay Hunter Morris, who has withdrawn f... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Concludes Season With New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Opera Philadelphia Concludes Season With New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - April 17, 2017

Opera Philadelphia continues to combine cutting-edge new commissions with fresh takes on the classics. To conclude a 2016-17 season highlighted by the knockout success of its world premiere production of Breaking the Waves, the company turns to iconic Mozartean comedy, with a new co-production of Th... (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...)
Verismo Opera Presents Tenor Giovanni Simone in AIDA, 4/23 Verismo Opera Presents Tenor Giovanni Simone in AIDA, 4/23
by BWW News Desk - April 11, 2017

The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, a nonprofit organization based in Bergen County, New Jersey, announces tenor Giovanni Simone of Fort Lee, New Jersey will perform the Messenger in the company's grand production of Giuseppe Verdi's classic work, AIDA, on April 23, 2017.  The opera will be... (more...)
BWW Opera News: Du Yun's ANGEL'S BONE Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music BWW Opera News: Du Yun's ANGEL'S BONE Wins 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Music
by Richard Sasanow - April 11, 2017

ANGEL'S BONE, by Du Yun with a libretto by Royce Vavrek was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The opera--a bold work that that integrates vocal and instrumental elements and a wide range of styles into a harrowing allegory for human trafficking in the modern world--debuted on January 6, 2016... (more...)
On Site Opera Presents U.S. Premiere of LA MERE COUPABLE On Site Opera Presents U.S. Premiere of LA MERE COUPABLE
by BWW News Desk - April 05, 2017

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) presents the U.S. premiere and new site-specific production of Darius Milhaud's La mère coupable (The Guilty Mother). For the premiere, OSO partners with the Darius Milhaud Society and the award-winnin... (more...)
Opera Philadelphia Presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Opera Philadelphia Presents THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - April 04, 2017

Opera Philadelphia's celebrated 2016-2017 Season comes to a humorous conclusion with a new production of one of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with five performances at the historic Academy of Music from April 28-May 7. The screwball comedy complete with disguises... (more...)