Manhattan School of Music Unveils 2018-19 Centennial Performance SeasonManhattan School of Music Unveils 2018-19 Centennial Performance Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2018

Renowned music conservatory Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is celebrating its Centennial during the 2018-19 season with performances and events that draw inspiration from its rich 100-year history of music-making and education. (more...)

BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA'S FLORENCIA EN LA AMAZONAS at San Diego Civic CenterBWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA'S FLORENCIA EN LA AMAZONAS at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - Mar 23, 2018

The San Diego Opera's production of Daniel Catan's Florencia en el Amazonas was premiered Saturday at San Diego's Civic Center. Much has been made of the influence the magical realism of Nobel-Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez had on Marcela Fuentes-Berain's libretto, but most of the magic is in Catan's music. In this production, the voices and staging added another helping of enchantment. What little magical realism there is in the libretto, compared to Marquez's inventive, often disorienting novels, was largely lost in the mix. (more...)

BWW Interview: Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el AmazonasBWW Interview: Elaine Alvarez of San Diego Opera's Production of Florencia en el Amazonas
by Ron Bierman - Mar 17, 2018

I spoke recently with Elaine Alvarez who will be singing the lead role this weekend in the San Diego Opera's production of Florencia en el Amazonas by Mexican composer Daniel Catan and librettist Marcela Fuentes-Berain. Alvarez told me that when she got a call from the San Diego Opera's General Director David Bennett, 'I was at a train station in France, and it was cold. I started jumping up and down! And he was like, 'Do you think you're going to be ready to sing this? Is this in line now with where your voice is.' And I'm like, a hundred percent! Yes! Yes! Yes!' Spanish was her first language, Florencia appealed to her Latin heritage, and she knew her voice was ready. She'd sung Beatrice in Catan's earlier opera Rappaccini's Daughter and was delighted with the opportunity to make her San Diego debut with another of his works. (more...)

BWW Previews: San Diego Opera Announces 2017-18 Season
by Erica Miner - May 2, 2017

General Director David Bennett's first complete season (more...)

2014 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition to Launch National Recital Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2015

Soprano Michelle Bradley and pianist Michael Gaertner, winners of the 2014 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition, will perform a program of lieder, spirituals, and other works by Beethoven, Strauss, Duparc, Faure, Poulenc, Bachelet, and H.T. Burleigh in recital appearances this May in Santa Barbara, Dallas, and New York City. (more...)

Dallas Opera Expands Titus Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2014

The Dallas Opera has announced a partnership with the Music Academy of the West located in Santa Barbara, California, that will allow patrons from across North Texas to experience the artistry of the winners of the annual Marilyn Horne Song Competition as an added dimension of the popular Robert E. and Jean Ann Titus Art Song Recital Series. The Music Academy of the West is one the nation's premier summer training programs for gifted young classical musicians. (more...)

Thomas Hampson Gives Master Class and Webcast at Manhattan School of Music Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Thomas Hampson will be at Manhattan School of Music today, March 19th to give a vocal master class. This master class, a free event and open to the public, takes place at 4:00 p.m. in the School's Greenfield Recital Hall, and will be streamed live by going to http://dl.msmnyc.edu/live. The master class will be given in collaboration with MSM's world renowned Distance Learning and Recording Arts Department, headed by Christianne Orto, Dean of Distance Learning and Recording Arts at Manhattan School of Music. (more...)

Thomas Hampson to Give Master Class and Webcast at Manhattan School of Music, 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

Thomas Hampson will be at Manhattan School of Music on Wednesday, March 19th to give a vocal master class. This master class, a free event and open to the public, takes place at 4:00 p.m. in the School's Greenfield Recital Hall, and will be streamed live by going to http://dl.msmnyc.edu/live. The master class will be given in collaboration with MSM's world renowned Distance Learning and Recording Arts Department, headed by Christianne Orto, Dean of Distance Learning and Recording Arts at Manhattan School of Music. (more...)

John Brancy and Mario Antonio Marra Present World Premiere of FORCE at Hahn Hall Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

Acclaimed young baritone John Brancy and pianist Mario Antonio Marra, winners of the 2013 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition, will perform the world premiere of Force by up-and-coming composer Chris Kapica, as well as the famous Schumann song cycle Dichterliebe, works by Dvorak, and a trio of American standards at 7:30 pm in Hahn Hall tonight, March 4. (more...)

John Brancy and Mario Antonio Marra to Present World Premiere of FORCE at Hahn Hall, 3/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

Acclaimed young baritone John Brancy and pianist Mario Antonio Marra, winners of the 2013 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition, will perform the world premiere of Force by up-and-coming composer Chris Kapica, as well as the famous Schumann song cycle Dichterliebe, works by Dvorak, and a trio of American standards at 7:30 pm in Hahn Hall on Tuesday, March 4. Following the recital, world-renowned mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne will conduct a question-and-answer session with the performers on stage. (more...)

Music Academy of the West's 2013 Marilyn Horne Winners to Present World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

The 2013 winners of the Music Academy of the West's Marilyn Horne Song Competition, baritone John Brancy and pianist Mario Antonio Marra, will perform the premiere of Force by up-and-coming composer Chris Kapica, Schumann's Dichterliebe, works by Dvorák, and American standards in a trio of East and West Coast recitals. The first will take place at the Music Academy's Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara, California on Tuesday, March 4, followed by Santa Monica's Broad Stage on Friday, March 7, and the National Opera Center in New York City on Sunday, March 16. The New York recital is part of OPERA America's Emerging Artist Recital Series, a showcase for finalists and prizewinners from the nation's most prestigious young artist programs and competitions. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera to Present Selections from LA HIJA DE RAPPACCINI at Guggenheim-Venice,Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera, in collaboration with Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents selections from Daniel Catán's 1988 opera, La hija de Rappaccini (Rappaccini's Daughter), in A Musical Journey, From Venice to Tuscany and back again 1851-1991 onAugust 26, 2013 at 9pm at the Courtyard at Guggenheim-Venice. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera to Present Selections from LA HIJA DE RAPPACCINI at Guggenheim-Venice, Aug 26
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera, in collaboration with Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents selections from Daniel Catán's 1988 opera, La hija de Rappaccini (Rappaccini's Daughter), in A Musical Journey, From Venice to Tuscany and back again 1851-1991 onAugust 26, 2013 at 9pm at the Courtyard at Guggenheim-Venice. (more...)

John Brancy and Mario Antonio Marra Win 2013 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

Baritone John Brancy and pianist Mario Antonio Marra have been named winners of the 2013 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition, which took place July 20 at the Music Academy's Hahn Hall. Messrs. Brancy and Marra will each receive a cash award of $2,500, and will be presented in recital next year at Hahn Hall, Santa Monica's Broad Stage, and the National Opera Center in New York City. Tenor Andrew Haji was the recipient of an Encouragement Award. Biographies appear below. (more...)

Baritone John Brancy and Pianist Mario Antonio Marra Win Marilyn Horne Song Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2013

Baritone John Brancy and pianist Mario Antonio Marra have been named winners of the 2013 Music Academy of the West Marilyn Horne Song Competition, which took place July 20 at the Music Academy's Hahn Hall. Messrs. Brancy and Marra will each receive a cash award of $2,500, and will be presented in recital next year at Hahn Hall, Santa Monica's Broad Stage, and the National Opera Center in New York City. Tenor Andrew Haji was the recipient of an Encouragement Award. Biographies appear below. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Presents La Hija de Rappaccini Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera presents Daniel Catan's 1988 opera, La hija de Rappaccini (Rappaccini's Daughter), on Mondays, tonight, June 17 and 24, 2013 at 7pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (rain date June 25). Seating is by general admission on the lawn. Blankets and outside food will be permitted. Boxed picnic dinners will also be available for purchase. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Presents La Hija de Rappaccini, 6/17 & 6/24
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera presents Daniel Catan's 1988 opera, La hija de Rappaccini (Rappaccini's Daughter), on Mondays, June 17 and 24, 2013 at 7pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (rain date June 25). Seating is by general admission on the lawn. Blankets and outside food will be permitted. Boxed picnic dinners will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.ticketcentral.com or (212) 279-4200. For more information visit www.gothamchamberopera.org. (more...)

Gotham Chamber Opera Presents LA HIJA DE RAPPACCINI, 6/17 & 24
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2013

Gotham Chamber Opera presents Daniel Catan's 1988 opera, La hija de Rappaccini (Rappaccini's Daughter), on Mondays, June 17 and 24, 2013 at 7pm at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (rain date June 25). Seating is by general admission on the lawn. Blankets and outside food will be permitted. Boxed picnic dinners will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $35 and are available at www.ticketcentral.com or (212) 279-4200. For more information visit www.gothamchamberopera.org. (more...)

2012 Lotte Lenya Competition Judges and Finalists Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2012

Twelve exceptionally talented young singer-actors have made it through two rounds of auditions for the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition and will compete for top prizes of $15,000, $10,000 and $7,500 in the finals, to be held on April 21, 2012, at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker, Broadway and Encores! music director Rob Berman, and Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization President and American Theater Wing Chairman of the Board Theodore S. Chapin will serve as judges. (more...)

Photo Flash: Jose Iturbi Foundation Music Competition
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2010

If there were an International Idol ... The José Iturbi International Music Competition would be it. José Iturbi was recognized as the world's greatest classical pianist during the 1930's - 1970's. He appeared in several Hollywood films of the 1940s, notably playing himself in the 1943 musical, Thousands Cheer and in the 1945 film, Anchors Aweigh. He worked with legendary talents including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Cornel Wilde, and many more. Today, the name José Iturbi has a legacy that still lives through The José Iturbi International Music Competition. It is appropriate that one of the most sought after awards by those who have devoted their lives to music, be dedicated to this remarkable man. (more...)

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