by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

In its 9th summer season, Russian Opera Workshop presents Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (June 25, 26 & 27), and The Maid of Orleans (July 30, 31 and August 1). Other events include a series of master classes and concerts of Russian Romances. (more...)

Soprano Lisette Oropesa Wins The Met's 2019 Beverly Sills Artist AwardSoprano Lisette Oropesa Wins The Met's 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera has named soprano Lisette Oropesa as the winner of the 14th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award. The $50,000 award is given to extraordinarily gifted singers with rising Met careers. Given in honor of the legendary American soprano Beverly Sills, the award was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met's Board of Directors. (more...)

Five Singers Named Winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council AuditionsFive Singers Named Winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2019

After a months-long series of auditions involving more than 1,000 singers at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named five singers as the winners of the 65th annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize. (more...)

Nine Opera Singers Advance To Final Round Of 2019 Met National Council AuditionsNine Opera Singers Advance To Final Round Of 2019 Met National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019

Following yesterday's highly competitive semifinal competition, nine singers will advance to the final phase of the 65th annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, America's largest vocal competition. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000, while the remaining finalists will receive prizes of $7,500. (more...)

Angela Meade Internationally Renowned Soprano To Perform Concert During The 2019 Fort Worth Opera FestivalAngela Meade Internationally Renowned Soprano To Perform Concert During The 2019 Fort Worth Opera Festival
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019

The McCammon Voice Competition in collaboration with Fort Worth Opera is pleased to present Angela Meade in recital on Monday, May 6 at 7:00 pm at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Auditorium. This intimate concert marks the eagerly-anticipated return of this world-renowned soprano to Fort Worth after winning first prize in the 2005 McCammon Voice Competition. Ms. Meade will be accompanied on piano by Fort Worth Opera Artistic Director and Conductor, Joe Illick. The evening's diverse program will consist of celebrated arias and art songs by Bellini, Meyerbeer, Korngold, and Strauss. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces 21 Semifinalists In Its National Council AuditionsMetropolitan Opera Announces 21 Semifinalists In Its National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

Twenty-one young opera singers who have won regional auditions around the United States will compete in the semifinal round of the country's leading vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, on Sunday, March 24. The closed semifinal competition, held on the Met stage before a panel of judges, will determine the select group of finalists who will advance to the final round of the competition-the Grand Finals, which is open to the public and will be held on the Met stage on Sunday, March 31. (more...)

BWW Overview: A Look-Back at Opera's Many-Colored Dream Coat of Performance Highs in 2018BWW Overview: A Look-Back at Opera's Many-Colored Dream Coat of Performance Highs in 2018
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 27, 2018

Well, it's that time of the year again--time for a look-back on what was worth making note of during the calendar year that's about to come to an end. It's from a totally personal, subjective point of view, of course, but frankly that's the way opera-lovers always seem to like it, n'est-ce pas? The productions worth noting come from places big, small and in-between, from composers old as the hills to freshly minted or somewhere in between (likewise the performers), from traditional or boldly modern to simply stand up and sing. (more...)

BWW Review: Seattle Opera Celebrates New Civic HomeBWW Review: Seattle Opera Celebrates New Civic Home
by Erica Miner - Dec 21, 2018

The brand-new, state-of-the-art rehearsal, storage and administrative building is now ready for use by the opera company (more...)

BWW Interview: Angela Meade Returns to her Native Land for 'Il Trovatore'BWW Interview: Angela Meade Returns to her Native Land for 'Il Trovatore'
by Erica Miner - Dec 10, 2018

Washington state is justifiably proud to call Angela Meade a native. The star soprano has been a prizewinner in more than 50 top competitions (more...)

BWW Interview: Tenor Javier Camarena - High Cs and 'High Fives' at the MetBWW Interview: Tenor Javier Camarena - High Cs and 'High Fives' at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 5, 2018

Tenor Javier Camarena--who completes his run as Nadir, the love-struck tenor lead in Bizet's LES PECHEURS DE PERLES (THE PEARL FISHERS) this Saturday--isn't finished wow-ing Met audiences for the season. Not by a long shot. He's back in February to throw off those nine High Cs in “Ah, mes amis!” the show-stopping aria--that toast to love and camaraderie--in Donizetti's LA FILLE DU REGIMENT (DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT) that Luciano Pavarotti made famous for modern opera audiences. (more...)

Seattle Opera Presents IL TROVATORESeattle Opera Presents IL TROVATORE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

When Verdi sat down to compose Il trovatore, he had no idea that he was creating opera's version of Game of Thrones. But this is how stage director Dan Wallace Miller describes this tale of revenge, which opens at McCaw Hall in January 2019. Similar to a certain TV show, Il trovatore is dark and brutal-the most merciless of all nineteenth-century operas. And yet, it's also a crowd-pleaser, one known for lengthy applause during the middle of performances. Why? Miller says it's all about the music. (more...)

BWW Interview: MEFISTOFELE is a Devil of a Hat-Trick for the Met's Rising Star Christian Van HornBWW Interview: MEFISTOFELE is a Devil of a Hat-Trick for the Met's Rising Star Christian Van Horn
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 19, 2018

I caught up with rising star bass-baritone Christian Van Horn the other day, to find out what the devil was going on with his starring role in the Met's first performance of Arrigo Boito's MEFISTOFELE in almost 20 years. Were you nervous as hell (pun intended) on the first night, I asked Van Horn, winner of this year's prestigious Richard Tucker Award, in your role as the Devil? (more...)

BWW Review: A Devilishly Good Van Horn Steals MEFISTOFELE at the MetBWW Review: A Devilishly Good Van Horn Steals MEFISTOFELE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 12, 2018

The Met is offering Robert Carsen's 1999 production of Arrigo Boito's MEFISTOFELE to show us what bass-baritone Christian Van Horn--winner of this year's Richard Tucker Award--could do in his first starring role at the house and the answer was: plenty. (more...)

MEFISTOFELE Returns To The Met November 8MEFISTOFELE Returns To The Met November 8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2018

A deal with the devil is struck with powerful results in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Arrigo Boito's Mefistofele, with performances November 8 to December 1, 2018. Starring in the diabolical title role is 2018 Richard Tucker Award winner Christian Van Horn, who joins recent Tucker Award winners Angela Meade as the love interest Margherita and Michael Fabiano as the bargain-making Faust. Rounding out the cast is Jennifer Check as Helen of Troy. Not seen on the Met stage in nearly 20 years, Robert Carsen's production is conducted by Carlo Rizzi and Joseph Colaneri. (more...)

Review: Netrebko and the Notorious RBG, Many Others, Make a Truly Gala Tucker Foundation Tribute to Winner Van HornReview: Netrebko and the Notorious RBG, Many Others, Make a Truly Gala Tucker Foundation Tribute to Winner Van Horn
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 24, 2018

Sometimes, it's nice to remember a time when opera was all about wonderful singing, singing and more singing. Sunday's annual concert of the Richard Tucker Foundation--celebrating the current winner of its top prize, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn--was a great salute to this artist in particular but to the form in general. And the presence of opera-loving Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—still doing her best to keep the flame at 85--was the cherry on the sundae. (more...)

Tucker Gala Brings Host of Opera Stars to Carnegie HallTucker Gala Brings Host of Opera Stars to Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

On Sunday, October 21, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert - one of the most highly anticipated operatic events of the season - will bring a galaxy of opera stars to the stage of Carnegie Hall. And opera-lovers around the world unable to make it in person will still have the opportunity to watch the performance live. Thanks to the foundation's partnership with medici.tv, the gala concert will be webcast live (6pm ET/3pm PT), free of charge, both on medici.tv and on medici.tv's Facebook page; the stream will subsequently be available for on-demand viewing for a limited period. In addition, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation continues its collaboration with WQXR 105.9 FM, New York's sole dedicated classical radio station, which will broadcast the performance to listeners in the New York metropolitan region and online at www.wqxr.org on November 10 at 1pm ET/10am PT. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Launches 65th Annual Competition For Young SingersMetropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Launches 65th Annual Competition For Young Singers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Young opera singers from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and for the first time, Mexico, will compete for $15,000 cash prizes and the opportunity to launch major operatic careers, when the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions launches its 65th annual auditions program this fall. Over 1,000 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 will participate in the program, the longest-running singing competition in the country. Finalists will perform on the stage of the Met at the Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (more...)

All-Star Richard Tucker Gala Announced for Oct. 21 at Carnegie HallAll-Star Richard Tucker Gala Announced for Oct. 21 at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2018

Back home at Carnegie Hall for the third year running, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert, one of the most highly anticipated operatic events of the season, will take place on Sunday, October 21. (more...)

Carlo Rizzi's 2018-19 Season Includes Return To The Metropolitan Opera For Tosca, MefistofeleCarlo Rizzi's 2018-19 Season Includes Return To The Metropolitan Opera For Tosca, Mefistofele
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

Metropolitan Maestro Carlo Rizzi's 2018-19 season includes Tosca and Mefistofele at the Met, Falstaff in Tokyo, a new production of Un ballo in maschera at Welsh National Opera and symphonic concerts in Japan, Italy and Spain (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/7/2018
by - Jul 7, 2018

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/7/2018. (more...)

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