BWW Review: LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Royal Opera HouseBWW Review: LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Royal Opera House
by Flora Seymour - Mar 22, 2019

Not since a memorable La traviata in 2008 have superstars Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann appeared together at the Royal Opera House. Small wonder, then, that their pairing as fate-thwarted lovers Leonora and Don Alvaro in Verdi's sprawling tragedy La Forza del Destino sent the Royal Opera House booking system into meltdown, with tickets soon appearing on external sites for four-figure sums. No sooner had that excitement subsided than the usual rumours started circulating: one or other of the stars would pull out – both have form. And when Kaufmann failed to appear for the dress rehearsal the doom-mongers' chatter gained volume. (more...)

Ridgefield to Screen the Met's LA FILLE DU REGIMENTRidgefield to Screen the Met's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2019

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks -- including the show-stopping tenor aria "Ah! Mes amis," with its nine high Cs-- in an Encore in HD presentation of The Metropolitan Opera production of the comic French opera La Fille Du Regiment on Sunday, March 17 at 12pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse. (more...)

Players Screen LA FILLE DU REGIMENT From The MET OperaPlayers Screen LA FILLE DU REGIMENT From The MET Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

On Saturday, March 2 at 1:00pm the Peterborough Players present, Live from the Metropolitan Opera, a screening of Donizetti's La Fille du Regiment. (more...)

Ridgefield Playhouse to Screen the Met's LA FILLE DU REGIMENTRidgefield Playhouse to Screen the Met's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks -- including the show-stopping tenor aria "Ah! Mes amis," with its nine high C's-- in an Encore in HD presentation of The Metropolitan Opera production of the comic French opera La Fille Du Regiment on Sunday, March 17 at 12pm at The Ridgefield Playhouse. (more...)

BWW Review: A Yummy FILLE DU REGIMENT Thanks to Yende and Camarena (and Don't Forget Donizetti)BWW Review: A Yummy FILLE DU REGIMENT Thanks to Yende and Camarena (and Don't Forget Donizetti)
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 13, 2019

I've already cheered tenor Javier Camarena's Herculean take on “Ah, mes amis!” in the Met's current FILLE DU REGIMENT--with 1 ½ dozen high Cs, including an encore--but there's more than the tenor in Met's current revival of the Donizetti gem to make the season suddenly seem grand. He and soprano Pretty Yende have made a potent comic once before--in Rossini's BARBIERE--but FILLE is something altogether different. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kathleen Turner Makes Her Operatic Debut in LA FILLE DU REGIMENTPhoto Flash: Kathleen Turner Makes Her Operatic Debut in LA FILLE DU REGIMENT
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera presents Donizetti's comedy La Fille du Régiment, with performances February 7 to March 2, 2019. Pretty Yende stars as Marie, the young canteen girl of the local regiment. Javier Camarena is the boy with whom she falls in love, Tonio, whose show-stopping aria “Ah! mes amis” is famous for its remarkable nine high Cs. Stephanie Blythe is the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield, and Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro share the role of the comical sergeant Sulpice (more...)

Donizetti's Comic Romp LA FILLE DU REGIMENT Returns to the Met February 7Donizetti's Comic Romp LA FILLE DU REGIMENT Returns to the Met February 7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera presents Donizetti's comedy La Fille du Régiment, with performances February 7 to March 2, 2019. Pretty Yende stars as Marie, the young canteen girl of the local regiment. Javier Camarena is the boy with whom she falls in love, Tonio, whose show-stopping aria “Ah! mes amis” is famous for its remarkable nine high Cs. Stephanie Blythe is the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield, and Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro share the role of the comical sergeant Sulpice. (more...)

Kathleen Turner To Perform In Donizetti's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT At The MetKathleen Turner To Perform In Donizetti's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT At The Met
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2018

Kathleen Turner will join the cast of Donizetti's comedy La Fille du Régiment at the Metropolitan Opera February 7–March 2, in the non-singing role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. She will perform alongside Pretty Yende in the role of Marie, and Javier Camarena as Tonio. Stephanie Blythe will play the Marquise of Berkenfield, with Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro sharing the role of Sergeant Sulpice. Laurent Pelly's staging will be conducted by Enrique Mazzola. (more...)


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Broadway Talent Tapped for 2018/2019 Season at the MetBroadway Talent Tapped for 2018/2019 Season at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2018

Accelerating his arrival as Music Director by two seasons, Yannick Nezet-Seguin will take up the post in time for the start of the Metropolitan Opera's 2018-19 season, it was announced today. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2017/18 Season - JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Leonard Bernstein Tribute and More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017

 A season of superb music and spectacle is now on sale to Lyric subscribers - including three new mainstage opera productions, three new-to-Chicago opera productions, one new musical production, and one new-to-Chicago chamber opera production. (more...)

BWW Review: Audience LOVE-fest for Grigolo in Met's Cartoon-y ELISIR D'AMORE
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 29, 2016

Vittorio Grigolo's fans were out in force last week when he took on the star-tenor role of Nemorino in Donizetti's L'ELISIR D'AMORE (THE ELIXIR OF LOVE) at the Met and it seemed like they'd taken a potion of their own. (more...)

Aleksandra Kurzak & Vittorio Grigolo to Star in Met Opera's L'ELISIR D'AMORE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore returns to the Met stage on March 10 starring Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the two young lovers, Adina and Nemorino. Italian conductor Enrique Mazzola makes his company debut leading performances of Bartlett Sher's 2012 staging. Alessandro Corbelli sings the role of Dulcamara, the loveable con man who sells the “magic elixir” of love, along with Adam Plachetka as the sergeant Belcore, who attempts to court Adina. Mario Chang and Pietro Spagnoli sing the last two performances on April 2 and 7 as Nemorino and Dulcamara respectively. (more...)

Photo Flash: San Francisco Opera's Revival of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2015

San Francisco Opera presents the revival of Gioachino Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (The Barber of Seville) in Spanish director Emilio Sagi's buoyant, colorful staging which the San Francisco Chronicle called 'a winner' when the production premiered in 2013. Scroll down for a look at the stars onstage! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's Revival of Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

San Francisco Opera presents the revival of Gioachino Rossini's IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA (The Barber of Seville) in Spanish director Emilio Sagi's buoyant, colorful staging which the San Francisco Chronicle called 'a winner' when the production premiered in 2013. Scroll down for a look at the stars onstage! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2015

CHICAGO – A whimsical, wildly colorful production of Rossini's delightful opera Cinderella opens this Sunday afternoon at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with eight performances through Friday, October 30. Performance dates are October 4 and 30at 2pm, and October 7, 10, 13, 17, 23, 26 at 7:30pm. The familiar story (with a few different twists) make it a great first opera experience. (more...)

Photo Flash: CINDERELLA to Play the Lyric Opera
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2015

A whimsical, wildly colorful production of Rossini's delightful opera Cinderella opens this Sundayafternoon at Lyric Opera of Chicago, with eight performances through Friday, October 30. Performance dates areOctober 4 and 30 at 2pm, and October 7, 10, 13, 17, 23, 26 at 7:30pm. The familiar story (with a few different twists) makes it a great first opera experience. Check out photos from the show below! (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago to Stage Rossini's CINDERELLA This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Rossini's delightful Cinderella in a new-to-Chicago production this fall. It opens on Sunday, October 4 with eight performances through Friday, October 30. Performance dates are Oct. 7, 10, 13, 17, 23, 26 at 7:30pm; and Oct 4 and 30 at 2pm. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Sets 2015 Summer HD Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera's annual Summer HD Festival, which presents free outdoor screenings of operas on Lincoln Center Plaza each summer, will return with 10 screenings of performances featuring the company's leading artists in a varied selection of operas by Bartók, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi, running on consecutive nights from August 29 through September 7. (more...)

BWW Review: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Presented by LA Opera as Second Part of Figaro Trilogy
by Shari Barrett - Mar 15, 2015

Trevore Ross stages this splendid revival of a production originally created by Spanish director Emilio Sagi for the Teatro Real in Madrid. Thanks to his stellar ensemble who do the lion's share of changing the sets while playing multiple roles, the opera is just as lovely to watch as it is to hear with the entire cast harmonizing spectacularly and playing their parts for all the laughs they can muster. THE BARBER OF SEVILLE is performed in Italian with simultaneous English translations projected over the stage. (more...)

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