Rising Opera Stars Kick Off Season With Merola Schwabacher Summer Concert Rising Opera Stars Kick Off Season With Merola Schwabacher Summer Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2019

San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program, one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, commences its 62nd season with a showcase of the program's rising stars in the Schwabacher Summer Concert. A jaded courtesan longing for true love, star-crossed lovers, a comic marriage, a deal with the devil, and brothers separated at birth all take the stage as Merola's talented young artists bring some of opera's most exciting moments to life by performing scenes from La rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die schweigsame Frau, Faust, and Il trovatore. (more...)

Odyssey Opera Ends Season With LA BELLE HELENE Odyssey Opera Ends Season With LA BELLE HELENE
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

One of the nation's most adventurous opera companies, Odyssey Opera, presents the fully staged production of La belle Hélène (The Beautiful Helen) by Jacques Offenbach with libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy. This final performance of Odyssey Opera's sixth season is the last of three works performed in 2019 inspired by one of the most enigmatic figures in ancient history, Helen of Troy. Directed by Frank Kelley, this performance will be sung in English with mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson (Met Opera, San Francisco Opera) playing the lead role of Helen of Troy, and orchestra and chorus conducted by Gil Rose. (more...)

AFTER DARK; OR, A DRAMA OF LONDON LIFE Comes to the Finborough Theatre AFTER DARK; OR, A DRAMA OF LONDON LIFE Comes to the Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

Written in 1868, the year that the Finborough Theatre's building was constructed, The first London production in over 120 years of Dion Boucicault's rip-roaring Victorian melodrama, After Dark; or, A Drama of London Life, directed by the multi-award-winning Phil Willmott, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 (Press Nights: Wednesday, 19 June 2019 and Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces 2019 Season For Opera and Classic Movies Series Sarasota Opera Announces 2019 Season For Opera and Classic Movies Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2019 season of "HD at the Opera House" and "Classic Movies at the Opera House."  The "HD at the Opera House" series will open on Sunday, May 19th and run through October 6th. (more...)

BWW Review: CALLAS IN CONCERT at University of Southern California's  Bovard Auditorium BWW Review: CALLAS IN CONCERT at University of Southern California's Bovard Auditorium
by Maria Nockin - Apr 14, 2019

Maria Callas was a unique opera singer with an instantly recognizable voice. As a result, today's opera fans still have a desire to hear her recordings and to try to know what her performances were like. On April 13, 2019, Los Angeles Opera, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and BASE HOLOGRAM presented Callas in Concert at the 1200-seat Bovard Auditorium on the campus of the University of Southern California. (more...)

Vancouver Opera Announces Full Festival Program Vancouver Opera Announces Full Festival Program
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2019

For the third edition of its annual Festival presented by BMO, Vancouver Opera has curated nine days of voice, music, theatre and visual arts for the curious of all ages. (more...)

BWW Review: Washington National Opera's FAUST is a Devilishly Good Time BWW Review: Washington National Opera's FAUST is a Devilishly Good Time
by Sam Abney - Mar 20, 2019

Few works have inspired such a long-lasting legacy as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust. The Faustian bargain has become a common expression for metaphorically selling one's soul in order to obtain their goals. Of course, the metaphor is much less metaphorical in von Goethe's work and, subsequently, the Charles Gounod opera which stems from this German classic. Gounod's opera isn't always perfect, but the Washington National Opera's new production which opened at the Kennedy Center on Saturday evening breathes enough life into this classic that you'll likely not notice the over three hours you've spent watching the drama unfold. (more...)

Odyssey Opera Presents Boston Premiere Of THE EGYPTIAN HELEN Odyssey Opera Presents Boston Premiere Of THE EGYPTIAN HELEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019

One of the nation's most adventurous opera companies, Odyssey Opera, presents the Boston premiere of Richard Strauss's little-known opera Die agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. As part of Odyssey Opera's sixth season, this marks the second of three works to be performed in 2019 inspired by one of the most enigmatic figures in ancient history, Helen of Troy. The challenging title role of Helen will be played by soprano Kirsten Chambers (Met Opera). With orchestra and chorus conducted by Gil Rose, this two-act concert performance will be sung in German with English subtitles. (more...)

Odyssey Opera Presents the Boston Premiere of THE EGYPTIAN HELEN Odyssey Opera Presents the Boston Premiere of THE EGYPTIAN HELEN
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2019

One of the nation's most adventurous opera companies, Odyssey Opera, presents the Boston premiere of Richard Strauss's little-known opera Die agyptische Helena (The Egyptian Helen) with libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal. As part of Odyssey Opera's sixth season, this marks the second of three works to be performed in 2019 inspired by one of the most enigmatic figures in ancient history, Helen of Troy. The challenging title role of Helen will be played by soprano Kirsten Chambers (Met Opera). With orchestra and chorus conducted by Gil Rose, this two-act concert performance will be sung in German with English subtitles. (more...)

Cincinnati Opera's Patty Beggs To Retire In 2020 Cincinnati Opera's Patty Beggs To Retire In 2020
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

Cincinnati Opera today announced news of a major transition to come in 2020: Patricia K. Beggs, The Harry Fath General Director and CEO, will retire at the close of the company's 100th anniversary season, after 35 years at the company. A national search for a new general director will begin immediately, to ensure a smooth transition. (more...)

WNO's Presents Gounod's FAUST WNO's Presents Gounod's FAUST
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2019

A man who sells his soul for worldly gain finds a perfect home in the Beltway as Washington National Opera stages Charles Gounod's 1859 opera Faust,performed in French with projected English titles. After a 25-year absence from its stage, WNO resurrects the French classic filled with depression, damnation, and demons in the Kennedy Center Opera House. Immortalized by Goethe's dramatic work, Gounod set the legendary German tale of Faust to music with libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carre. The opera follows the aging Dr. Faust who is willing to exchange Heaven's rewards for Earth's mortal pleasures. After a pact with Mephistopheles that restores his youth, Faustpursues the lovely Marguerite only to learn his salvation is tragically bound to others, especially for those he loves most. In the tradition of grand French opera and featuring a storybook aesthetic and memorable music, including Marguerite's "Jewel Song," the Soldiers' Chorus and the final trio, Faust returns for six performances, March 16-30, 2019, with tickets starting at $45. (more...)

Sarasota Opera Announces 2019-2020 Season Sarasota Opera Announces 2019-2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

Sarasota Opera announced its 2019-2020 Fall and Winter Festival Seasons today at a press conference held on the Sarasota Opera House main stage in Sarasota, Florida. Artistic director and principal conductor Victor DeRenzi and executive director Richard Russell presided over the event and were joined by principal artists performing selected arias from the upcoming seasons' works. (more...)

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2019-20 Season Repertory And Casting San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2019-20 Season Repertory And Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock today announced repertory and casting for the Company's 97th Season, opening Friday, September 6, 2019, with a gala performance of Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet (Rom o et Juliette) starring tenor Bryan Hymel and soprano Nadine Sierra in Op ra de Monte-Carlo Director Jean-Louis Grinda's production. In keeping with the Company's time-honored tradition, the new season will be inaugurated with San Francisco Opera Guild's elegant, signature benefit and celebration, Opera Ball 2019. (more...)

Washington Concert Opera Debuts Co-Production With Wolf Trap Opera Frank Martin's LE VIN HERBE Washington Concert Opera Debuts Co-Production With Wolf Trap Opera Frank Martin's LE VIN HERBE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2019

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) is excited to announce its co-presentation of two very special performances of Frank Martin's Le vin herbe at The Barns at Wolf Trap on February 9th and 10th, 2019. (more...)

Odyssey Opera Begins Helen Of Troy Tribute This February Odyssey Opera Begins Helen Of Troy Tribute This February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

One of the nation's most adventurous opera companies, Odyssey Opera, continues its sixth season with the Boston premiere of Paride ed Elena (1770) written by Christoph Willibald Gluck with a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. Ushering in the second half of Odyssey Opera's season, this marks the first of three works to be performed in Winter/Spring 2019 inspired by one of the most enigmatic figures in ancient history, Helen of Troy. Paride ed Elena (Paris and Helen) will feature three leading female roles performed by Mireille Asselin (Elena), Meghan Lindsay (Paride), and Erica Schuller (Amor), with orchestra and chorus conducted by Gil Rose, and stage direction by Crystal Manich (Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera).  The fully-staged, five-act production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. (more...)

Odyssey Opera Begins Helen Of Troy Tribute Odyssey Opera Begins Helen Of Troy Tribute
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2018

One of the nation's most adventurous opera companies, Odyssey Opera, continues its sixth season with the Boston premiere of Paride ed Elena (1770) written by Christoph Willibald Gluck with a libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi. Ushering in the second half of Odyssey Opera's season, this marks the first of three works to be performed in Winter/Spring 2019 inspired by one of the most enigmatic figures in ancient history, Helen of Troy. Paride ed Elena (Paris and Helen) will feature three leading female roles performed by Mireille Asselin (Elena), Meghan Lindsay (Paride), and Erica Schuller (Amor), with orchestra and chorus conducted by Gil Rose, and stage direction by Crystal Manich (Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera). The fully-staged, five-act production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. (more...)

BWW Review: Washington Concert Opera Serves Up a Seductive SAPHO BWW Review: Washington Concert Opera Serves Up a Seductive SAPHO
by Sam Abney - Nov 21, 2018

If you have ever attended an opera and thought 'all of these sets and costumes are so incredibly distracting' then Washington Concert Opera would be right up your alley. Stripping away the grandiose of an opera production, WCO presents their works in their most raw form: with just an orchestra, a chorus, and principles who sing their hearts out. This minimalist style isn't likely to convert opera skeptics, but it is a great way to deepen one's appreciation for the art form. Their most recent presentation of Charles Gounod's first opera, Sapho, benefits from some strong lead performances. It's just a shame that the libretto isn't better. (more...)

The Kennedy Center Presents Ballet Across America, Featuring Dance Theatre Of Harlem And Miami City Ballet The Kennedy Center Presents Ballet Across America, Featuring Dance Theatre Of Harlem And Miami City Ballet
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2018

Exploring the breadth and depth of artistry within American ballet, the Kennedy Center's Ballet Across America series returns May 28-June 2 for seven performances in the Opera House. This season's engagement features deeper looks at companies led by distinguished Artistic Directors Virginia Johnson and Lourdes Lopez with their respective companies, Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) and Miami City Ballet (MCB). Each company will present a full program while a one-night-only celebration on May 31 features a shared program that includes both companies in a world premiere Kennedy Center commission by renowned choreographer Pam Tanowitz. (more...)

Mellon Foundation Expands Funding For Cincinnati Opera, CCM Partnership Mellon Foundation Expands Funding For Cincinnati Opera, CCM Partnership
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018

Cincinnati Opera and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) are pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a new grant of $550,000 to renew funding for Opera Fusion: New Works and support two new initiatives to promote diverse voices in the arts. (more...)

Internationally-Acclaimed Tenor Anthony Kearns To Perform At The 2018 DC's Dancing Stars Gala Internationally-Acclaimed Tenor Anthony Kearns To Perform At The 2018 DC's Dancing Stars Gala
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns of the double-platinum, PBS super-group, The Irish Tenors, will make a celebrity appearance and sing select songs at the DC's Dancing Stars Gala on November 10, 2018, it was officially announced. (more...)

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