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Peak Performances Kicks Off Season with Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera Photo Peak Performances Kicks Off Season with Afro-Cuban-Yiddish Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

Peak Performances kicks off its 2018-19 season with the world premiere of Hatuey: Memory of Fire, a rousing Afro-Cuban-Yiddish opera performed in English, Yiddish and Spanish, with music by Frank London, libretto by Elise Thoron, direction by Mary Birnbaum, and choreography by Maija Garcia.

Conductor Michael Christie Leads World Premiere Recording of The (R)evolution of Stev Photo Conductor Michael Christie Leads World Premiere Recording of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Now Available On Pentatone
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

In their astounding new opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell explore the spiritual evolution of one of the most influential men of modern times as he creates a revolutionary new world of technological empowerment, then discovers a larger world within himself.

New York City Opera at Bryant Park Continues with MADAMA BUTTERFLY Photo New York City Opera at Bryant Park Continues with MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2018

The New York City Opera series at Bryant Park Picnics continues with this hour-long presentation of highlights from Giacomo Puccini's classic opera, Madama Butterfly. Offered to the New York public free-of-charge, this presentation is a perfect introduction to opera for newcomers of any age.

Michael Christie Leads World Premiere Of AN AMERICAN SOLDIER With Opera Theatre Of Sa Photo Michael Christie Leads World Premiere Of AN AMERICAN SOLDIER With Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2018

From Sunday, June 3 through Friday, June 22, 2018, conductor Michael Christie will lead the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in the world premiere performances of An American Soldier, the new two-act opera by Huang Ruo and Henry David Hwang, at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road). Tenor Andrew Stenson (Danny Chen), mezzo-soprano Mika Shigematsu (Mother Chen), and soprano Kathleen Kim (Josephine Young) make debuts with OTSL and join bass-baritone Wayne Tigges (Sergeant Aaron Marcum) and director Matthew Ozawa for this production.

Review Roundup: Perez and Domingo in ROMET ET JULIETTE at The Met Photo Review Roundup: Perez and Domingo in ROMET ET JULIETTE at The Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2018

The Met is hosting the return of Bartlett Sher's production of Gounod's sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation of Romet et Juliette, which was a hit of the 2016-17 Met season ('a revelation' declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Charles Castronovo as the star-crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.

Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Netrebko In TOSCA at The Met Photo Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On Netrebko In TOSCA at The Met
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2018

Sir David McVicar's ‚Äúsmashing new production‚ÄĚ is ‚Äúa grand triumph‚ÄĚ (Huffington Post), offering a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Yusif Eyvazov alternate in the role of Tosca's revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with ŇĹeljko Lu?i? and Michael Volle as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume and Bertrand de Billy share conducting duties

New Amsterdam Singers to Premiere New Work Photo New Amsterdam Singers to Premiere New Work
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2018

For the third and final concert of its 50th anniversary season, New Amsterdam Singers, led by Music Director Clara Longstreth, will perform the world premiere of The Wave Rises by Ben Moore, a work commissioned by the chorus as part of its 50-year celebration.

BWW Interview: Leah Crocetto Sings It All Photo BWW Interview: Leah Crocetto Sings It All
by Erica Miner - Apr 12, 2018

The spirited soprano makes her auspicious Seattle Opera debut as the title character in Francesca Zambello's upcoming Aida production

Review Roundup: Rosenkavalier at Carnegie Hall Photo Review Roundup: Rosenkavalier at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2018

Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, set during the reign of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresa, is a bittersweet tale of love lost and found. Sweeping waltzes, unsurpassed ensembles‚ÄĒespecially the gorgeous final trio‚ÄĒand stunning orchestration bring Hugo von Hofmannsthal's witty libretto to life. Rhapsodic, comic, and deeply moving, Der Rosenkavalier is Strauss's crowning operatic achievement.

Broad Stage's Celebrity Opera Series Concludes with Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Gri Photo Broad Stage's Celebrity Opera Series Concludes with Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigòlo
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2018

The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage's 2018 Celebrity Opera Series concludes with the great opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigòlo, joining forces for a concert of thrilling arias and duets on Tuesday, May 1 with world-renowned conductor, Eugene Kohn. Performing together at The Broad Stage for the first time, this is an exclusive pairing of two international icons in concert.

Review Roundup: The English Concert - RINALDO by Handel at Carnegie Hall Photo Review Roundup: The English Concert - RINALDO by Handel at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

Handel knew how to put on a show. With Rinaldo, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, he created a thrilling crowd-pleaser. Rinaldo dazzles with its expressive arias, like the plaintive "Lascia ch'io pianga," one of the most popular soprano arias ever written. Rinaldo's spectacular instrumental writing is unsurpassed, with rousing trumpets, drums, strings, and oboe in the martial aria "Or la tromba" and show-stopping harpsichord pyrotechnics-originally improvised by Handel-in the fiery aria "Vo' far guerra."

Legendary Soprano Kathleen Battle To Sing Spirituals With Local Choirs Photo Legendary Soprano Kathleen Battle To Sing Spirituals With Local Choirs
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

American soprano Kathleen Battle's luminous voice has been called '…without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world' (The Washington Post ). Yet beyond the glory of her singing, in a career filled with countless accolades, honors and major milestones, what has perhaps distinguished her most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering bond with her audience. Returning to Seattle for the first time in two decades, the legendary opera star takes the stage at the University of Washington's Meany Hall on April 14, 2018, to explore traditional spirituals and the writings of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. She is joined by acclaimed jazz pianist Joel Martin and local choirs The Sound of the Northwest and UW Chamber Singers.

Acclaimed Countertenor John Holiday To Perform In Des Moines Photo Acclaimed Countertenor John Holiday To Perform In Des Moines
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) announces an exciting concert and reception featuring internationally acclaimed countertenor John Holiday on Sunday, April 8 at 7:00pm. Featuring an eclectic mix of opera, jazz and gospel selections, the concert will be held in the sanctuary at Plymouth Church in Des Moines. Scott Arens, DMMO's director of marketing and public relations, will be joining Mr. Holiday at the piano for the performance.

Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of Lucia di Lammermoor at The Met? Photo Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think Of Lucia di Lammermoor at The Met?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2018

The role of the fragile title heroine who teeters between love and madness is shared by sopranos Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti and Pretty Yende, who have each impressed audiences with dazzling bel canto portrayals at the Met. Vittorio Grigolo and Michael Fabiano share the role of her lover in this chilling production by Tony Award-winning director Mary Zimmerman. Roberto Abbado conducts.

Opera Grand Rapids Presents Family-Friendly Comedic Opera THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO Photo Opera Grand Rapids Presents Family-Friendly Comedic Opera THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

Opera Grand Rapids will present a classically-staged production of "The Marriage of Figaro," May 4 and 5, 2018 at DeVos Performance Hall.

Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think of COSI FAN TUTTE At The Met With Kelli O' Photo Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think of COSI FAN TUTTE At The Met With Kelli O'Hara?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

A new production of Cosi Fan Tutte, featuring Broadway's Kelli O'Hara is now open at The Metropolitan Opera! What did the critics have to say? A winning cast comes together for Phelim McDermott's clever vision of Mozart's comedy about the sexes, set in a carnival-esque, funhouse environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island-complete with bearded ladies, fire eaters, and a Ferris wheel. Manipulating the action are the Don Alfonso of Christopher Maltman and the Despina of Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara, with Amanda Majeski, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, and Adam Plachetka as the pairs of young lovers who test each other's faithfulness. David Robertson conducts.

The PSO Announces 2018-2019 Classical Season Photo The PSO Announces 2018-2019 Classical Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2018

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) announces its 2018-2019 season, featuring more concerts than ever before including a six-concert subscription series with new Saturday evening performance options and music ranging from classical Beethoven and Brahms concertos to a celebration of Leonard Bernstein favorites, works by Paganini, Jana?ek, and Stravinsky, and a Dvo?ak symphony. There is a recent piece by Missy Mazzoli and a new work by Derek Bermel, co-commissioned by the PSO. Superstar violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianists Inon Barnatan and Dominic Cheli, soprano Meghan Picerno, and guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger grace the PSO stage. Audience favorites Daniel Rowland and flutist Chelsea Knox make highly anticipated return appearances, and an afternoon of music by Falla is accompanied by flamenco dancing. Presiding over all is conductor and Music Director Rossen Milanov, whose 10-year anniversary celebration with the PSO gets underway in early 2019.

Angela Bassett Joins UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY Photo Angela Bassett Joins UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Academy Award-nominee, Angela Bassett will join Kathleen Battle as a guest narrator in Battle's program Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey accompanied by pianist Joel Martin and the LA-based choir, The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on Thursday, March 29 at 8:00pm.

Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think of ELEKTRA at the Met? Photo Review Roundup: What Did The Critics Think of ELEKTRA at the Met?
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

Christine Goerke sings her first Elektra at the Met in Patrice Ch√©reau's landmark production, a sensation at its Met premiere last spring, which the Wall Street Journal called ‚Äúrevolutionary ‚Ķ a triumph on all fronts.‚ÄĚ Yannick N√©zet-S√©guin conducts Strauss's shattering score, a tour de force for the singers and the orchestra alike.

Kathleen Battle Takes the Stage in 'Underground Railroad ‚Ä"  A Spiritual Journey' Photo Kathleen Battle Takes the Stage in 'Underground Railroad ‚Ä" A Spiritual Journey'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

American soprano Kathleen Battle's luminous voice has been called by The Washington Post "...without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world."  Yet beyond the glory of her singing, in a career filled with countless accolades, honors and major milestones, what has perhaps distinguished her most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering emotional bond between herself, her music and her audience.  On Thursday, March 29 at 8pm, that special bond will be on full display when Ms. Battle makes her debut at The Soraya with Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad-A Spiritual Journey accompanied by pianist Joel Martin and the LA-based choir, The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.

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