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Susan Graham to Headline at HGO, Met and Chatelet, Join BSO at Carnegie and More in 2013-14
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2013

Susan Graham - winner of a Grammy, an Opera News Award, Musical America's Vocalist of the Year, and hailed by the New York Times as 'an artist to treasure' - returns for another compelling season, highlighted by three role debuts. As Houston Grand Opera's 2013-14 Lynn Wyatt Great Artist, she undertakes Prince Orlofsky in the company's first staging of Die Fledermaus in 30 years. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: James Levine Receives Standing Ovation for Return to the Met in 'Così fan tutte'
by Stage Tube - Sep 27, 2013

Music Director James Levine returns to the Met podium after a two-year absence, greeted by a standing ovation to conducts Mozart's 'Così fan tutte' on September 24, 2013. Check out the video below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hail to the Chief! James Levine Leads COSI FAN TUTTE in Return to the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 26, 2013

Not many opera performances start with a standing ovation before a single note is sung, but the season's first COSI FAN TUTTE on September 24 was one of those rare occasions. It marked the return of conductor James Levine after a two-year absence, leading the performance from a motorized chair at a specially constructed podium. He had the orchestra—and the audience—in the palm of his hand. (more...)

James Levine Returns to the Met with Season Opener of Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

After an absence of more than two years, Music Director James Levine returned to the Met podium in triumph last night, leading the season premiere of Mozart's Così fan tutte. Entering the orchestra pit, the maestro was greeted by a minute-long standing ovation and cheers from the packed house before launching into the performance. Levine, who had been sidelined by health issues, made his comeback with the Met Orchestra in concert at Carnegie Hall last May, but this was his first appearance at the opera house since the end of the 2010–11 season. “[He] led his beloved musicians like a man rejuvenated,” the Associated Press says. “This was prime Levine: a lithe, energetic, transparent account of Mozart's miraculous score, brisk but not rushed, polished and profound. His energy seemed never to flag throughout the long evening.” (more...)

The Met Live in HD to Bring EUGENE ONEGIN to Ridgefield Playhouse, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2013

The grand incomparable spectacle of opera returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse this fall with an impressive lineup broadcast from the Met Live in HD. First up is Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, starring diva Anna Netrebko with Mariusz Kwiecie, on Saturday, October 5, at 12:55 p.m. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD 2013-14 Season to Kick Off 10/5 with EUGENE ONEGIN
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2013

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters, will reach its widest-ever global audience in its eighth season, which begins on October 5 with a new production of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. Met Music Director James Levine makes his highly-anticipated return to the screen with Verdi's Falstaff on December 14 and the first Live in HD performance of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte on April 26. The Live in HD series, the world's largest provider of alternative content, reaches more than 1,900 theaters in 64 countries, and offers subtitles in nine languages, including Swedish for the first time this season. To accommodate audience demand in Europe, more than 85 cinemas have been added to the HD network in Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. (more...)

The Met Live in HD's EUGENE ONEGIN and THE NOSE to Screen at Ridgefield Playhouse, 10/5 & 28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2013

The grand incomparable spectacle of opera returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse this fall with an impressive lineup broadcast from the Met Live in HD. Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin stars diva Anna Netrebko with Mariusz Kwiecien on Saturday, October 5, at 12:55 p.m. On Monday, October 28, at 6:30 p.m., William Kentridge storms the Met in Shostakovich's The Nose. (more...)

Placido Domingo & More Featured on 'Great Voices Sing John Denver'; In Stores Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2013

Legendary music producer, Milt Okun along with composer Lee Holdridge are bringing some of the most famous names in opera to John Denver's famous hit songs on the new album 'Great Voices Sing John Denver'. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hail Caesar! Metropolitan Opera's New GIULIO CESARE Is Victorious
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2013

The groans were audible--no, powerful--when the Metropolitan Opera's General Manager Peter Gelb stepped out in front of the curtain on the second night of the company's new David McVicar production of Handel's GIULIO CESARE. They grew louder as he announced that soprano Natalie Dessay was ill and would not be singing the pivotal role of Cleopatra. But I'd bet that these same operagoers were cheering along with the majority of the audience at the sensational portrayal of the replacement, soprano Danielle de Niese, whose brilliant coloratura took the runs, roulades and trills of this demanding score with ease. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hail Caesar! Metropolitan Opera's New GIULIO CESARE Is Victorious
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 13, 2013

The groans were audible--no, powerful--when the Metropolitan Opera's General Manager Peter Gelb stepped out in front of the curtain on the second night of the company's new David McVicar production of Handel's GIULIO CESARE. They grew louder as he announced that soprano Natalie Dessay was ill and would not be singing the pivotal role of Cleopatra. But I'd bet that these same operagoers were cheering along with the majority of the audience at the sensational portrayal of the replacement, soprano Danielle de Niese, whose brilliant coloratura took the runs, roulades and trills of this demanding score with ease. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change Advisory
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2013

Danielle de Niese will sing the role of Cleopatra in this evening's performance of Handel's Giulio Cesare, replacing Natalie Dessay, who is ill. (more...)

James Levine Returns to the Met to Conduct Three Operas; Full Season Announced Including Nico Muhly, Craig Lucas, Bartlett Sher & More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, including six new productions, of a varied repertory that ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium for the first time in two years, conducting three operas with which he has long been associated: a new production of Verdi's final masterpiece Falstaff, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and Berg's Wozzeck. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be conducting two operas in the 2013-14 season, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera 2013/2014 Season to Feature FALSTAFF, DIE FLEDERMAUS, PRINCE IGOR and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, including six new productions, of a varied repertory that ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium for the first time in two years, conducting three operas with which he has long been associated: a new production of Verdi's final masterpiece Falstaff, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and Berg's Wozzeck. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be conducting two operas in the 2013-14 season, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD's 2013-14 Season to Feature 10 Live Transmissions
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live transmissions to movie theaters, will feature 10 productions in the 2013-14 season, offering a significant portion of the Met season to opera lovers around the world. (more...)

The Met's 2013-14 Season to Feature 26 Operas, With 6 New Productions, Including a U.S. Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, including six new productions, of a varied repertory that ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium for the first time in two years, conducting three operas with which he has long been associated: a new production of Verdi's final masterpiece Falstaff, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and Berg's Wozzeck. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be conducting two operas in the 2013-14 season, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (more...)

Summer HD Festival Returns With Free Screenings of the Met’s Live in HD Productions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2012

The Met's popular Summer HD Festival returns for its fourth year on August 25, with ten free outdoor screenings of acclaimed performances from the Met's award-winning Live in HD series. The festival, which more than 40,000 people attended last year, kicks off with a screening of the Met's recent world premiere hit The Enchanted Island, a Baroque pastiche which stars David Daniels, Joyce DiDonato, and Placido Domingo. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Announces Free Summer Events
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera announced the return of its popular free outdoor series of summer events. For the fourth consecutive year, the Met will present operatic recitals in parks in all five boroughs, as well as a ten-day festival of encore screenings from the Met's popular HD transmissions in Lincoln Center Plaza. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Kicks Off Free Summer Recital Series Tonight, 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera presents the return of its popular free outdoor series of summer events. For the fourth consecutive year, the Met will present operatic recitals in parks in all five boroughs, as well as a ten-day festival of encore screenings from the Met's popular HD transmissions in Lincoln Center Plaza. (more...)

Lyric Opera of Chicago Receives Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2012

Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced today that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is awarding $2 million to the internationally acclaimed company in support of expanded community engagement and new artistic initiatives. (more...)

THE ENCHANTED ISLAND Airs on PBS' 'Great Performances at the Met', Tonight, 5/18
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

The Enchanted Island, a world premiere work that combines Baroque music with a new, English-language libretto featuring characters from Shakespeare's The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a starry cast including Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels, Plácido Domingo, and Luca Pisaroni, will air on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Friday, May 18 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

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