ANNE FRANK, A Musical Opens Off-Broadway This SeptemberANNE FRANK, A Musical Opens Off-Broadway This September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2019

The cast of 'ANNE FRANK, a musical', based on Anne Frank's life will feature 12 artists on stage to recreate Anne Frank's life filled with the touching music and lyrics written by Jean Pierre Hadida. This production marks the U.S Off-Broadway Premiere of this successful French musical which will be performed for the first time in English (adapted by Dylan Hadida). Directed and produced by David Serero, this new Off-Broadway production will take place at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street New York 10016), originally produced by Francine Disegni for Broadway Mad Production, Simon & Michal Kalfon. (more...)

Merola Concludes Season With Dazzling Grand FinaleMerola Concludes Season With Dazzling Grand Finale
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2019

San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program wraps up its Summer Festival with the Merola Grand Finale, a concert at the War Memorial Opera House featuring the 29 young international artists selected from over 800 applicants in the 2019 Merola Opera Program, who will showcase a dazzling array of opera's most exciting arias and ensembles. Conducted by Maestro George Manahan, Music Director of the American Composers Orchestra and Portland Opera, and directed by 2019 Merola Apprentice Stage Director Greg Eldridge, this evening showcases the hard work and extraordinary talent of the Merola artists. The Merola Grand Finale will be performed at 7:30pm, Saturday, August 17 at the War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. For tickets or more information, visit www.merola.org or call (415) 864-3330. (more...)

Rising Opera Stars Kick Off Season With Merola Schwabacher Summer ConcertRising 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...)

Sarasota Opera Announces 2019 Season For Opera and Classic Movies SeriesSarasota 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...)

Merola Opera Program Announces 62nd SeasonMerola Opera Program Announces 62nd Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2019

San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program, one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, launches its 62nd season offering audiences a look at the opera stars of tomorrow. The 2019 Merola Summer Festival announces this year's 29 Merola artists, selected from more than 800 international applicants from as far away as Brazil, South Korea, New Zealand, and Colombia, as well as across the U.S. Along with the announced world premiere of If I Were You (August 1-6) by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, the singers will perform in the Schwabacher Summer Concert (July 11 & 13) and Merola Grand Finale (August 17). The 2019 Merola Summer Festival includes performances in San Francisco at various locations. Individual event tickets and information available at www.merola.org or 415-864-3330. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 Winners and Appoints Ana Maria Martinez As Artistic AdvisorHouston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 Winners and Appoints Ana Maria Martinez As Artistic Advisor
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2019

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced today the winners of the 31st annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, which took place in the Cullen Theater of the Wortham Theater Center. This is the third year the Concert of Arias was streamed live on Facebook, and the second for livestreaming on YouTube. The livestream was hosted by HGO Studio alumna Andrea Carroll. She is currently performing in The Pearl Fishers as Le la and placed first in the 2012 Concert of Arias. The winners were announced during the second portion of the program. (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 FinalistsHouston Grand Opera Announces Concert Of Arias 2019 Finalists
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) has selected the finalists for the 31st annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias, to be presented in the Wortham Theater Center on February 1, 2019, at 7 p.m. A limited number of general admission tickets for the performance are available for purchase here. The program will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube for all to enjoy, inviting viewers to cast their votes for the Online Viewers' Choice Award. (more...)

BWW Review: AIDA at Metropolitan OperaBWW Review: AIDA at Metropolitan Opera
by Peter Danish - Jan 9, 2019

Aida has been called the grandest of grand operas and the production that has graced the Met stage for the last (unbelievably) 30 years still looks absolutely amazing - towering columns, massive sandstone blocks, etc. Oddly, the audience did not applaud the sets (as they have in every other performance of this production I've seen - about 10 times). The big news of the night on Monday was the house debut of American soprano Kristin Lewis, who has made a name for herself across Europe in many Verdi roles. Her Radames was tenor Yonghoon Lee who seems to be the Met's go-to-tenor for the bigger roles these days. Amneris was a spunky young kid named Dolora Zajick - this kid is gonna go places! (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: AIDAMetropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2018

American soprano Kristin Lewis, making her Metropolitan Opera debut, will sing the title role in Verdi's Aida on January 7, 11, 14, and 18, 2019, replacing Sondra Radvanovsky, who has withdrawn for personal reasons. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Issues New Audio Release On iTunesThe Metropolitan Opera Issues New Audio Release On iTunes
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2018

To commemorate the start of Yannick Nézet-Séguin's new position as the Jeanette Lerman Neubauer Music Director, the Met is releasing an audio compilation of performance highlights on iTunes, as well as a series (more...)

BWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL at Dorothy Chandler PavilionBWW Review: HANSEL AND GRETEL at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
by Maria Nockin - Nov 18, 2018

Los Angeles Opera presented the premiere performance of HANSEL AND GRETEL. The opera's original libretto is steeped in nineteenth century culture but Richard Sparks' translation, originally for the 2006 LA presentation of the opera, brought the text up to date and made it most appealing to contemporary children. (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...)

Merola Announces Conductor, Director For First-Ever Commissioned WorkMerola Announces Conductor, Director For First-Ever Commissioned Work
by BWW News Desk - Oct 29, 2018

In 2019, San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program will present the first opera commissioned in the Program's history, the world premiere of If I Were You, by distinguished American composer Jake Heggie and noted librettist Gene Scheer. This ground-breaking work will be presented August 1 - 6, 2019, at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre. Today it was announced the opera will be conducted by Nicole Paiement and directed by Keturah Stickann. Information is available at www.merola.org. Tickets will go on sale in Spring 2019. (more...)

Tucker Gala Brings Host of Opera Stars to Carnegie HallTucker Gala Brings Host of Opera Stars to Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2018

On Sunday, October 21, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert - one of the most highly anticipated operatic events of the season - will bring a galaxy of opera stars to the stage of Carnegie Hall. And opera-lovers around the world unable to make it in person will still have the opportunity to watch the performance live. Thanks to the foundation's partnership with medici.tv, the gala concert will be webcast live (6pm ET/3pm PT), free of charge, both on medici.tv and on medici.tv's Facebook page; the stream will subsequently be available for on-demand viewing for a limited period. In addition, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation continues its collaboration with WQXR 105.9 FM, New York's sole dedicated classical radio station, which will broadcast the performance to listeners in the New York metropolitan region and online at www.wqxr.org on November 10 at 1pm ET/10am PT. (more...)

VIDEO: Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili on The Met's AIDAVIDEO: Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili on The Met's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

In the video below, watch as the two leading ladies of Verdi's 'Aida' - Anna Netrebko and Anita Rachvelishvili, discuss their roles with host Isabel Leonard during the October 6 Live in HD transmission. (more...)

VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of The Stage Lifts In The Met's AIDAVIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of The Stage Lifts In The Met's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2018

In the video below, watch as John Sellars, the company's Assistant General Manager, Production, discusses the use of the Met's stage lifts in 'Aida' with host Isabel Leonard during the October 6 Live in HD transmission. (more...)

Merola Opera Program Announces Advisory Council Featuring Arts LeadersMerola Opera Program Announces Advisory Council Featuring Arts Leaders
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

Concluding its highly successful 61st season, the Merola Opera Program announces the establishment of an Advisory Council, comprised of leaders in  the field of opera performance, young artist training, arts administration, performing arts, and philanthropy. (more...)

Acclaimed Soprano Anna Netrebko to Sing Her First Met AIDAAcclaimed Soprano Anna Netrebko to Sing Her First Met AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess in Verdi's tragedy of ancient Egypt, Aida, opening September 26. Anita Rachvelishvili sings the role of her formidable rival, Amneris, following the Georgian soprano's critically acclaimed portrayal of Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore last season. The cast also features Aleksandrs Antonenko as the warrior Radames, Quinn Kelsey as Aida's father, Amonasro, Dmitry Belosselskiy as the high priest Ramfis, and Ryan Speedo Green as the King, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. The October 6 matinee will be transmitted worldwide, kicking off the Met's new Live in HD series, now reaching more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world. (more...)

Merola Finishes Season with Grand Finale on August 18Merola Finishes Season with Grand Finale on August 18
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2018

San Francisco's acclaimed Merola Opera Program, one of the most prestigious and selective opera training programs in the world, culminates its 2018 Summer Festival with the Merola Grand Finale, featuring the 2018 Merola young artists in a dazzling array of opera's most exciting arias and ensembles. (more...)

INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES FINAL CONCERT at NIGHTINGALE HALL, RENOINSTITUTE FOR YOUNG DRAMATIC VOICES FINAL CONCERT at NIGHTINGALE HALL, RENO
by Maria Nockin - Jul 8, 2018

Dolora Zajick's Institute for Young Dramatic Voices (IYDV) offers free master classes as well as a free concert of songs and arias sung by students with piano accompaniment. All these events are held at Nightingale Hall, 1335 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV, and no tickets are required for any of them. (more...)

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