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Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre to Bring NOT ABOUT HEROES to Little RockMetropolitan Ensemble Theatre to Bring NOT ABOUT HEROES to Little Rock
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2017

Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre has announced that their production of Not About Heroes has been selected to perform at the ACANSA Arts Festival in Little Rock, AR, September 21 and 22, 2017. (more...)

Transgender Opera AS ONE to Open Des Moines Metro Opera's 46th SeasonTransgender Opera AS ONE to Open Des Moines Metro Opera's 46th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2017

Des Moines Metro Opera opens its 46th Season on November 17 with As One, a one-act chamber opera for two voices and string quartet with music by Laura Kaminsky and libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Kansas City Kicks Off 60th Anniversary 2017-2018 Season with EUGENE ONEGINLyric Opera of Kansas City Kicks Off 60th Anniversary 2017-2018 Season with EUGENE ONEGIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2017

Lyric Opera of Kansas City opens its 60th Anniversary season with Tchaikovsky's compelling masterpiece, Eugene Onegin (oh-nyeh-gin with hard 'g') Sept. 30, Oct. 4, 6 and 8 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Russian with English subtitles.   (more...)

Photo Flash:  Flying Bridge Theatre and Seabright Productions present NOT ABOUT HEROESPhoto Flash: Flying Bridge Theatre and Seabright Productions present NOT ABOUT HEROES
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

Not About Heroes premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 35 years ago. This extraordinary play is set at Craiglockhart Hospital in 1917, where two poets bonded over a mutual hatred of war and love of poetry. When staged by the same director at Theatr Clwyd, the production won Best Actor at the Wales Theatre Awards for Daniel Llewelyn Williams, who reprises his role as Sassoon alongsideIestyn Arwel as Owen. (more...)

Hershey Felder to Helm Nathan Gunn's FLYING SOLO at San Diego REPHershey Felder to Helm Nathan Gunn's FLYING SOLO at San Diego REP
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2017

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP), has announced a special addition to its 2017-18 season, Nathan Gunn, FLYING SOLO, written and directed by Hershey Felder. (more...)

National Theatre, Royal Court Stars to Join Alan MacKenzie in SCRIBBLE at Edinburgh FringeNational Theatre, Royal Court Stars to Join Alan MacKenzie in SCRIBBLE at Edinburgh Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2017

Twenty-three performers who have performed with organisations and venues including the National Theatre and Royal Court in London, the English National Opera, National Theatre of Scotland, Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre and Traverse Theatre will be taking to the stage to perform the supporting role during the month-long Festival Fringe run of Scribble, winner of the Assembly Roxy Theatre award, opposite Alan MacKenzie in the lead role of Ross. (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces 2017-18 Domingo-Cafritz Young ArtistsWashington National Opera Announces 2017-18 Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) announces the roster of emerging artists engaged for the 16th season of its Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, which begins in September. (more...)

BWW Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATFBWW Review: Confronting the Paradoxes of Faith in EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL at CATF
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jul 16, 2017

I do not read Marcantel as indicting religion as such; she shows us how much groundedness and understanding faith gives. Every faith needs, and has, its own 'Ordnung,' but in order to live fully and well, Marcantel seems to be saying, believers will always need to transcend it. And then, as the play hints, believers will also need to return to it. Every faith journey will thus be a work in progress, forever. (more...)

Opera Saratoga presents a New Production of THE CRADLE WILL ROCK 7/9-16Opera Saratoga presents a New Production of THE CRADLE WILL ROCK 7/9-16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2017

Opera Saratoga presents a new production of Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock, directed and choreographed by Lawrence Edelson, and conducted by noted Maestro John Mauceri (company debut), who has been responsible for many significant operatic restorations, including Blitzstein's Regina. (more...)

Opera Saratoga 2017 Summer Festival presents THE CRADLE WILL ROCKOpera Saratoga 2017 Summer Festival presents THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Casting Announced for Opera Saratoga's 2017 Summer Festival Season, Featuring BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and MoreCasting Announced for Opera Saratoga's 2017 Summer Festival Season, Featuring BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and More
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Opera Saratoga's Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson announced today complete casting for the three exciting new productions that will comprise the company's 2017 Summer Festival, which will build on the company's commitment to producing masterpieces from the operatic cannon, important American works, and works in which dance plays an integral role. In addition, a wide variety of free and ticketed concert events will be presented from May 28th through July 16th at venues throughout the region. (more...)

Kate Baldwin, Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn to Headline '100 YEARS OF BERNSTEIN' at Lyric Opera of ChicagoKate Baldwin, Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn to Headline '100 YEARS OF BERNSTEIN' at Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Lyric Opera of Chicago announced today that single tickets are on sale now for Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein, a musical event honoring the legendary composer, conductor, and pianist Leonard Bernstein. Celebrating 100 Years of Bernstein is part of Lyric's 2017/18 season, but in anticipation of high demand for this special evening, single tickets are being made available early.  (more...)

Utah Opera Closes 2016-17 Season with Mozart's DON GIOVANNIUtah Opera Closes 2016-17 Season with Mozart's DON GIOVANNI
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

In May 2017, Utah Opera will present Mozart's “Don Giovanni,” a tale of love, seduction, and murder as seen through the stylized lens of a 1950s “film noir” cinematic approach. This production will be performed five times at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre on May 13, 15, 17, 19 at 7:30 PM and May 21 at 2 PM. Tickets, priced from $21-$92, are available for purchase through www.utahopera.org or by calling (801) 533-6683. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at New Trailer for LA Opera's TOSCAVIDEO: First Look at New Trailer for LA Opera's TOSCA
by Stage Tube - Apr 24, 2017

LA Opera presents Giacomo Puccini's thrilling masterpiece, Tosca, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. The final mainstage presentation of the company's 2016/17 season, Tosca is a revival of the production staged by the company in 2013, directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner John Caird. There will be seven performances from April 22 through May 13, taking place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). (more...)

BWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award WinnerBWW Opera News: Soprano Nadine Sierra Named 2017 Richard Tucker Award Winner
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 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...)

2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra2017 Richard Tucker Award Goes to Soprano Nadine Sierra
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

Soprano Nadine Sierra - who at 28 years old is already establishing herself as a fixture at many of the world's leading opera houses, including those of Paris, Milan, Berlin, and New York - was named today by the Richard Tucker Music Foundation as the winner of the 2017 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Concludes Season With New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGAROOpera Philadelphia Concludes Season With New Co-Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by BWW News Desk - Apr 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 The Marriage of Figaro (April 28–May 7). With Jack Mulroney Music Director Corrado Rovaris leading five performances at the historic Academy of Music, celebrated young singers Brandon Cedel, John Chest, Layla Claire, Ying Fang, and Cecelia Hall anchor a stellar cast in the new Stephen Lawless staging that has already proven “as beautiful as it is humorous, as sophisticated as it is raunchy” (Kansas City Star). (more...)

Hershey Felder's NATHAN GUNN, FLYING SOLO to Premiere at Laguna PlayhouseHershey Felder's NATHAN GUNN, FLYING SOLO to Premiere at Laguna Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2017

Laguna Playhouse has announced the final announced production of its 2017-2018 season of shows, written and directed by Hershey Felder, NATHAN GUNN, FLYING SOLO. (more...)

Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $1 Million Campaign Gift from the Lauridsen Family Foundation and $2 Million in Additional Leadership GiftsDes Moines Metro Opera Receives $1 Million Campaign Gift from the Lauridsen Family Foundation and $2 Million in Additional Leadership Gifts
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) recently received a $1 million gift from the Lauridsen Family Foundation in support of the Company's Words & Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign. Other leadership gifts have been received from Charlotte and Fred Hubbell, Nancy Main, Kathleen Picken, Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey, Ardene and Bob Downing, The Laverty Foundation and Cherie and Bob Shreck. The $3.5 million campaign was begun in June of 2016 and in less than a year more than $3 million has been raised.     (more...)

Des Moines Metro Opera Receives $3 Million to Support WORDS & MUSICDes Moines Metro Opera Receives $3 Million to Support WORDS & MUSIC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) recently received a $1 million gift from the Lauridsen Family Foundation in support of the Company's Words & Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign. (more...)

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