BWW Review: COSI FAN TUTTE at KC Lyric OperaBWW Review: COSI FAN TUTTE at KC Lyric Opera
by Kelly Luck - Mar 17, 2019

Kansas City Lyric Opera's 2018-2019 season continues with a production of Mozart's comic opera. (more...)

NYOA Presents the Fourth Annual New York Opera Fest
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2019

With over 20 companies presenting more than 25 events throughout the city, the Fest will once again prove how opera can be fresh, vital, and relevant, exploring contemporary themes of gender roles, LGBTQ rights, toxic masculinity, political satire, global warming, and more. (more...)

Lyric Opera Of KC Continues Season with COSI FAN TUTTELyric Opera Of KC Continues Season with COSI FAN TUTTE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2019

Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 2018-2019 season with Mozart's sophisticated comedy Cosi fan tutte March 16, 20, 22 and 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.  (more...)

Palm Beach Opera Announces 19-20 Season, Includes New Delray Beach Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2019

Palm Beach Opera revealed the 2019-2020 season at its annual season reveal event on Feb. 4, announcing three mainstage operas and an added production starring the company's artists in residence to be performed in Delray Beach. (more...)

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2019-20 Season Repertory And CastingSan 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...)

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...)

Camille A. Brown &The Haas Brothers To Be Honored At National YoungArts Foundation Backyard BallCamille A. Brown &The Haas Brothers To Be Honored At National YoungArts Foundation Backyard Ball
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2018

On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) will honor prolific choreographer and bold visionary Camille A. Brown (1997 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), and singular interdisciplinary designers Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers, with the 2019 Arison Alumni Award and Arison Award, respectively. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2019 Adler FellowsSan Francisco Opera Center Announces 2019 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the 12 recipients of the 2019 Adler Fellowship. Selected from participants of the Merola Opera Program, the ten singers and two pianist/apprentice coaches begin their fellowships in January 2019. The multi-year performance-oriented residency offers advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Since its inception in 1977, the prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 180 young artists, introducing many budding stars to the international opera stage and launching active careers throughout the world as performers, production artists, arts professionals and educators. (more...)

BWW Review: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI at Santa Fe Opera
by Maria Nockin - Jul 26, 2018

Daniela Mack is Isabella, an Italian pilot, who makes an emergency landing in Algiers and is captured by its ruler, the Bey. He wants an Italian girl for a wife but she loves Lindoro, the Bey's Italian slave. L'ITALIANA has lots of good bel canto singing and plenty of comedy to keep you smiling all evening. There are three more performances, Aug 3, 9 and 17. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Wraps its Season with CARMENOpera Philadelphia Wraps its Season with CARMEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2018

On the heels of its tremendously successful twelve-day immersive O17 festival last fall, as well as a stunning production of George Benjamin's phenomenal critical sensation Written on Skin earlier this spring, Opera Philadelphia closes out its season with one of the world's most popular operas, Bizet's masterpiece, Carmen. In the title role is mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who opened Opera Philadelphia's 2017-2018 season with a "vocally formidable" (Philadelphia Inquirer) and "brilliant" performance (Opera News) in the title role of the world premiere of Elizabeth Cree. Directed by Paul Curran, who led 2015's acclaimed La traviata, this new production of Carmen will enliven the Academy of Music for five performances, April 27-May 6. (more...)

Michigan Opera Theatre Announces 2018-19 Opera Season, Celebrates Literary MasterworksMichigan Opera Theatre Announces 2018-19 Opera Season, Celebrates Literary Masterworks
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

Michigan Opera Theatre CEO and President Wayne S. Brown and Principal Conductor Stephen Lord today announced the company's 2018-19 opera season.  MOT's 48th opera season will be the second under Lord's artistic leadership and celebrates masterworks of literature turned opera, with "Eugene Onegin" (Pyotr Tchaikovsky), "Candide" (Leonard Bernstein) and "The Grapes of Wrath" (Ricky Ian Gordon/Michael Korie). The season also includes a staple of the opera repertoire, "The Barber of Seville" (Gioachino Rossini) and a fairytale opera, "Hansel and Gretel" (Engelbert Humperdinck). The season begins Sept. 29 with a gala concert featuring opera superstar Renee Fleming.   (more...)

New Production Of CARMEN Closes Academy SeasonNew Production Of CARMEN Closes Academy Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2018

Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who opened Opera Philadelphia's 2017-2018 season with a "vocally formidable" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) and "brilliant" performance (Opera News) in the title role of the new opera Elizabeth Cree, returns this spring to close out the season in the title role of one of the world's most popular operas, Bizet's masterpiece, Carmen. Directed by Paul Curran, who led 2015's acclaimed La traviata, this new production of Carmen will enliven the Academy of Music for five performances, April 27-May 6. (more...)

Seattle Opera Joins City-Wide Shakespeare FestivalSeattle Opera Joins City-Wide Shakespeare Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2018

Seattle Opera teams up with both ACT Theatre and Seattle Symphony for the first time to celebrate Shakespeare in a brand-new production of Berlioz's Beatrice and Benedict. The story, based on Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, delights in the "skirmish of wits" between fiery Beatrice and bombastic Benedict and their failed resolution to avoid falling in love with each other. Their merry-war-turned-love-story has proven catnip to Hollywood-there are two film versions, one directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Joss Whedon, and the other directed by Kenneth Branagh and also starring Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, and Michael Keaton. Now the story is ready for the Seattle Opera treatment. (more...)

BWW Roundup: It's Almost 'In with the New' But Not Before Some Last 'Hurrahs!' for Opera's 2017BWW Roundup: It's Almost 'In with the New' But Not Before Some Last 'Hurrahs!' for Opera's 2017
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 27, 2017

It's just about time to wish you all a happy 2018--but I'm not quite ready to put 2017 to rest. Though it won't go into the annals as one of the best years ever, there were quite enough performances and performers that made this year a winner for me, operatically speaking at least, in my corner of the world. (more...)

Jamie Bernstein Announced as Artist-in-Residence for Tucson Desert Song FestivalJamie Bernstein Announced as Artist-in-Residence for Tucson Desert Song Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2017

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, will serve as the Tucson Desert Song Festival's (TDSF) Artist-in-Residence for 2018. Ms. Bernstein, a narrator, writer and broadcaster, will share insights and memories of her father and his work and will provide context to help understand the complex life and career of Leonard Bernstein. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2018 Adler FellowsSan Francisco Opera Center Announces 2018 Adler Fellows
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the eleven recipients of the 2018 Adler Fellowship. Eight singers, two pianist/apprentice coaches and one director will take part in the program. The multi-year performance-oriented residency offers advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 175 young artists since its inception. (more...)

BWW Review: ALCINA at Washington National OperaBWW Review: ALCINA at Washington National Opera
by Molly Korroch - Nov 10, 2017

Alcina showcases all the best aspects of Handel's skill without getting bogged down by melismatic asides. Every aria has a purpose. Every word moves the plot forward or gives depth to the characters. Indeed, the show moves briskly. (The 'approximately three hour' run time is a bit of an overstatement.) (more...)

Washington National Opera to Present Company Premiere of Handel's ALCINAWashington National Opera to Present Company Premiere of Handel's ALCINA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2017 2018 season with the company premiere of Handel's magical Baroque opera Alcina - starring megawatt soprano Angela Meade in the title role - November 4 19, 2017, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. (more...)

Washington National Opera to Present Company Premiere of Handel's ALCINAWashington National Opera to Present Company Premiere of Handel's ALCINA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2017

Washington National Opera (WNO) continues its 2017 2018 season with the company premiere of Handel's magical Baroque opera Alcina - starring megawatt soprano Angela Meade in the title role - November 4 19, 2017, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: A Whirlwind Named ELIZABETH CREE by Puts and Campbell Blows into Opera PhiladelphiaBWW Review: A Whirlwind Named ELIZABETH CREE by Puts and Campbell Blows into Opera Philadelphia
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 29, 2017

Winston Churchill called Russia 'a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.' Well, Mother Russia had nothing on ELIZABETH CREE, the new chamber opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell, based on Peter Ackroyd's novel--having all those traits plus a brilliant score and a smart libretto that raced forward with cinematic speed. (more...)

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