TURANDOT Brings Fire And Ice To The Canadian Opera CompanyTURANDOT Brings Fire And Ice To The Canadian Opera Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2019

After a 15-year wait for music lovers, Puccini's Turandot returns to the Canadian Opera Company in a striking new production from visionary director Robert Wilson at the Four Season Centre for the Performing Arts. Princess Turandot has a fierce reputation that precedes her royal name thanks to a high-stakes challenge she has issued: answer her three riddles correctly and win her hand in marriage. Answer incorrectly and pay dearly a?" with your life. As a steady stream of admirers land face-to-face with the executioner, Prince Calaf takes on the deadly game and has a mystery of his own for Turandot to solve. Turandot runs for nine performances on September 28, October 4, 9, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 27, 2019. (more...)

BWW Review: THE THIRTEENTH CHILD at Santa Fe OperaBWW Review: THE THIRTEENTH CHILD at Santa Fe Opera
by Maria Nockin - Jul 28, 2019

On July 27, 2019, Santa Fe Opera added a new work to the operatic canon with its world premiere of THE THIRTEENTH CHILD by Danish composer Poul Ruders and American librettists Becky and David Starobin. The production was  co-commissioned and co-produced by Santa Fe Opera and the Odense Symphony Orchestra. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's CARMENPhoto Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's CARMEN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2019

San Francisco Opera's 2019 Summer Season opens with Georges Bizet'sCarmen June 5-29 at the War Memorial Opera House. Presented in American director Francesca Zambello's acclaimed staging, which has been mounted by Opera Australia, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Norwegian National Opera, the opera features American mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges in her first professional performances of the title role and American tenor Matthew Polenzani assuming the role of Don Jose for the first time. Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Micaela and American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the bullfighter, Escamillo. In his first opera engagement with the Company, conductor James Gaffigan leads the cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra. (more...)

BWW Feature: Santa Fe Opera Announces 2020 SeasonBWW Feature: Santa Fe Opera Announces 2020 Season
by Zoe Burke - May 8, 2019

The Santa Fe Opera's General Director Robert K. Meya today announced repertory and casting for the company's exciting 64th Season in 2020. On the panel joining Meya for the announcement were the President of the Board of Directors Susan G. Marineau, Andrea Fellows Walters, Director of Community Engagement, and Cori Ellison, the company's first, recently appointed Dramaturg. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Presents Georges Bizet's CARMEN At War Memorial Opera HouseSan Francisco Opera Presents Georges Bizet's CARMEN At War Memorial Opera House
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019

San Francisco Opera's 2019 Summer Season opens with Georges Bizet's Carmen June 5 29 at the War Memorial Opera House. Presented in American director Francesca Zambello's acclaimed staging, which has been mounted by Opera Australia, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Norwegian National Opera, the opera features American mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges in her first professional performances of the title role and American tenor Matthew Polenzani assuming the role of Don Jos for the first time. Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Mica la and American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the bullfighter, Escamillo. In his first opera engagement with the Company, conductor James Gaffigan leads the cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Casting Updates for 2019 Summer SeasonSan Francisco Opera Announces Casting Updates for 2019 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

Beginning June 5 and continuing through the 29th, San Francisco Opera presents a trio of extraordinary lyric works Georges Bizet's Carmen, George Frideric Handel's Orlando and Anton n Dvo k's Rusalka featuring powerful leading women in the title roles. Spanning three centuries and sung in French, Italian and Czech, the 2019 Summer Season repertory will occasion the Company debuts of four conductors, including two women, in productions that are new to the War Memorial Opera House stage. Some casting updates for the repertory were announced today and additional casting of supporting roles will be released at a future date. (more...)

Seattle Opera Unveils 2019/20 SeasonSeattle Opera Unveils 2019/20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

With a mix of new and traditional takes on opera, Seattle Opera unveils a 2019/20 Season that offers something for everyone. Audiences will experience new-to-Seattle productions of Rigoletto, Cinderella, and Eugene Onegin; the company premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird; and the return of a beloved classic, La boh me. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look At Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN at the Canadian Opera CompanyVIDEO: First Look At Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN at the Canadian Opera Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presented the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. The opera recounts the epic love story of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young lover, Antinous. Erased by history, their story is reclaimed for the 21st century by its creators in a star-studded production from renowned Canadian director Peter Hinton. Hadrian runs for seven performances through October 27, 2018. (more...)

Review Roundup: Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN at the Canadian Opera CompanyReview Roundup: Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN at the Canadian Opera Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presented the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. The opera recounts the epic love story of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young lover, Antinous. Erased by history, their story is reclaimed for the 21st century by its creators in a star-studded production from renowned Canadian director Peter Hinton. Hadrian runs for seven performances through October 27, 2018. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN at the Canadian Opera CompanyPhoto Flash: Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN at the Canadian Opera Company
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presented the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. The opera recounts the epic love story of Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young lover, Antinous. Erased by history, their story is reclaimed for the 21st century by its creators in a star-studded production from renowned Canadian director Peter Hinton. Hadrian runs for seven performances through October 27, 2018. (more...)

Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN Attracts All-Star CastRufus Wainwright's HADRIAN Attracts All-Star Cast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2018

On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. (more...)

Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN Attracts All-Star CastRufus Wainwright's HADRIAN Attracts All-Star Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2018

On October 13, 2018, the Canadian Opera Company presents the highly anticipated world premiere of Hadrian by composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor. (more...)

2018 Richard Tucker Award Goes To Christian Van Horn2018 Richard Tucker Award Goes To Christian Van Horn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2018

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Christian Van Horn – “one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone” (Opera News) – has been named as the winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award. (more...)

Dallas Opera Appoints General Director And CEO DesignateDallas Opera Appoints General Director And CEO Designate
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

The Dallas Opera is both pleased and proud to announce that, after an international search supported by Arts Consulting Group, TDO has hired Kentucky Opera General Director Ian Derrer to become the eighth general director in its history, effective this July. (more...)

BWW Review: Verdi Reigns at JUILLIARD-MET LINDEMANN ConcertBWW Review: Verdi Reigns at JUILLIARD-MET LINDEMANN Concert
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 28, 2018

When I first heard soprano Hyesang Park and tenor Kang Wang--two of the bright young singers featured in last weekend's Juilliard and the Met's Lindemann Young Artist Program concert--they were leads in a charming production of Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA at the school. On Friday evening, they were two of the stellar performers in “An Evening of Verdi”--extended excerpts from four operas with the Juilliard Orchestra doing a fluid job under Maestro Evan Rogister, who was also particularly attentive to the needs of the singers. (more...)

COC to Host the World Premiere of Rufus Wainwright's HADRIANCOC to Host the World Premiere of Rufus Wainwright's HADRIAN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018

The Canadian Opera Company's 2018/2019 season presents the world premiere of Hadrian, a new opera from composer Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor, which features the highly anticipated COC debuts of international opera stars Thomas Hampson and Karita Mattila. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School Present An Evening Of VerdiThe Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School Present An Evening Of Verdi
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera and The Juilliard School present an 'Evening of Verdi' in their seventh collaboration on Friday, February 23, 2018, at 8pm in Juilliard's Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Evan Rogister, an alumnus of Juilliard and guest conductor at the Met this season, conducts scenes from Verdi's operas with singers from the Met Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and the Juilliard Orchestra. Stephen Wadsworth provides concert stage direction for excerpts from I Lombardi alla prima crociata, Stiffelio, Falstaff, and Rigoletto. (more...)

Le Premier Opera de la Saison DON GIOVANNI Frappe a la Porte du Grand TheatreLe Premier Opera de la Saison DON GIOVANNI Frappe a la Porte du Grand Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2017

Don Giovanni, ce Dom Juan que Moli re qualifiait de grand seigneur m chant homme . Toujours, quand se l ve le rideau sur une nouvelle production de l'extraordinaire op ra de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, se pose la m me question: quel Don Giovanni allons-nous d couvrir? Quel sera le Don Giovanni de Jean-Fran ois Sivadier, dont beaucoup se souviendront des irr sistibles Dame de chez Maxim et Madama Butterfly? (more...)

Five Talents Join Metropolitan Opera's Young Artists Development Program
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2017

Beginning in the 2017-18 season, the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Development Program welcomes five new young artists into the acclaimed program established by Met Music Director Emeritus James Levine in 1980. Along with the returning nine participants, the program will train a new generation of artists, including opera singers, coaches, and pianists. (more...)

The Plaza Hotel Hosts 2017 OPERA NEWS Awards
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2017

More than 400 opera aficionados and performers - including opera stars Harolyn Blackwell, Lauren Flanigan, Ailyn Perez, Diana Soviero, Teresa Stratas and surprise presenter Renee Fleming, were among those who attended the 12th Annual OPERA NEWS Awards at The Plaza Hotel last night. (more...)

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