VIDEO: Preview THE MET LIVE IN HD 2017-18 Season VIDEO: Preview THE MET LIVE IN HD 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2018

Tickets go on sale today for the Met's Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning Live in HD series' 2017-18 season, which begins on October 7 with the company's new production of Bellini's Norma. (more...)

Rossini's 'Semiramide' Starring Angela Meade And Elizabeth DeShong Comes to PBS 7/8 Rossini's 'Semiramide' Starring Angela Meade And Elizabeth DeShong Comes to PBS 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met continues Sunday, July 8 on PBS (check local listings) with a rare Met performance of Rossini's masterpiece Semiramide, starring Angela Meade as the titular Queen of Babylon and Elizabeth DeShong as the warrior Arsace. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Green complete the all-star bel canto cast.   (more...)

GREAT PERFORMANCES Season 12 Continues Sunday, July 8 on PBS with Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE GREAT PERFORMANCES Season 12 Continues Sunday, July 8 on PBS with Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE
by TV News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met continues Sunday, July 8 on PBS (check local listings) with a rare Met performance of Rossini's masterpiece Semiramide, starring Angela Meade as the titular Queen of Babylon and Elizabeth DeShong as the warrior Arsace. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Greencomplete the all-star bel canto cast. (more...)

UMS Announces 2018-19 Season UMS Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2018

The University Musical Society (UMS), under the leadership of President Matthew VanBesien, today announces its 140th season in 2018-19 with an initial slate of 40 performances and events. One of the country's most acclaimed performing arts presenters, UMS honors its past by showcasing respected ensembles and performers with whom it has enjoyed rich relationships, and fully embraces the future as initiator, incubator, and accelerator for innovative new works and projects. This potent combination infuses the anniversary season with dynamic and diverse voices and perspectives featuring artists at the top of their game - celebrating the canon, taking risks, moving genres in new directions, disrupting stereotypes, and surprising audiences. (more...)

Edinburgh International Festival Announces 2018 Programme Edinburgh International Festival Announces 2018 Programme
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Today the Edinburgh International Festival unveils its 2018 programme. The International Festival runs Friday 3 to Monday 27 August. The event welcomes 2,750 artists from 31 nations to perform in Scotland's capital city and attracts visitors from all over the world, with audiences expected to travel from over 80 nations to be part of Edinburgh's global celebration of culture. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Semiramide Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: Semiramide
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

Gareth Morrell will replace Maurizio Benini as conductor for Rossini's Semiramide at the Met on Saturday March 3, 2018, at 8.00pm. The British conductor led the opera on February 24th and 28th, 2018. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Annouced Cast Change Advisory for SEMIRAMIDE Metropolitan Opera Annouced Cast Change Advisory for SEMIRAMIDE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

Robert McPherson will sing the role of Idreno in Rossini's Semiramide for tonight's performance, February 28 at 7.30pm, replacing Javier Camarena who is ill. The American tenor also replaced Camarena on Saturday February 24, 2018. (more...)

Players to Screen Met Opera's SEMIRAMIDE Players to Screen Met Opera's SEMIRAMIDE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2018

The Peterborough Players will present a live screening of the Metropolitan Opera's Semiramde on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get A First Look at SEMIRAMIDE at the Met Photo Flash: Get A First Look at SEMIRAMIDE at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance-its first in nearly 25 years-with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. (more...)

Review Roundup: SEMIRAMIDE at the Met - What Did The Critics Have To Say? Review Roundup: SEMIRAMIDE at the Met - What Did The Critics Have To Say?
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2018

This masterpiece of dazzling vocal fireworks makes a rare Met appearance-its first in nearly 25 years-with Maurizio Benini on the podium. The all-star bel canto cast features Angela Meade in the title role of the murderous Queen of Babylon, who squares off in breathtaking duets with Arsace, a trouser role sung by Elizabeth DeShong. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Ryan Speedo Green complete the stellar cast. (more...)

Gareth Morrell Will Replace Maurizio Benini as Conductor of the Met's SEMIRAMIDE Tomorrow and Wednesday Gareth Morrell Will Replace Maurizio Benini as Conductor of the Met's SEMIRAMIDE Tomorrow and Wednesday
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2018

Gareth Morrell will replace Maurizio Benini as conductor for performances of Rossini's Semiramide on Saturday February 24 at 8.00pm and Wednesday February 28th at 7.30pm, 2018. (more...)

The Ridgefield Playhouse to Show Encore Performance of the Met Opera's Production of Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE The Ridgefield Playhouse to Show Encore Performance of the Met Opera's Production of Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Travel back to ancient Babylon when Assur, a prince descend­ed from Baal, brings offerings to the temple in hopes that Queen Semiramide will choose him as successor to her late husband. But, with a flash of lightning, the sacred altar flame goes out… (more...)

BWW Review: Meade Fearlessly Outruns Dazzlingly Difficult SEMIRAMIDE at the Met BWW Review: Meade Fearlessly Outruns Dazzlingly Difficult SEMIRAMIDE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 21, 2018

A lot of risk, fast rotations in perfect unison, a precarious balance point. No, I'm not talking about doing a twizzle in Olympic ice-dancing--but starring in SEMIRAMIDE by Gioacchino Rossini, a man who believed there was no such thing as too many runs, roulades and high notes. Neither did soprano Angela Meade, who fearlessly stars in the Met's current run of this dazzlingly difficult piece. (more...)

Angela Meade and Elizabeth DeShong Star In Rossini Rarity, SEMIRAMIDE Angela Meade and Elizabeth DeShong Star In Rossini Rarity, SEMIRAMIDE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2018

Rossini's Semiramide is presented at the Met for the first time in 25 years, with eight performances beginning February 19, 2018, led by Maurizio Benini. The cast, comprised of artists considered by many to be amongst the world's leading bel canto singers, includes Angela Meade in the title role, Elizabeth DeShong as Arsace, Javier Camarena as Idreno, Ildar Abdrazakov as King Assur and Ryan Speedo Green as the High Priest Oroe. On March 10, 2018, the production will be transmitted to cinemas throughout the world as part of the Met's Live in HD series. (more...)

Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE Comes to the Warner Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE Comes to the Warner
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2018

The Warner Theatre's Met Opera Live in HD Season continues in the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre on Saturday, March 10 at 12:55 pm with Rossini's SEMIRAMIDE. A complimentary 45 minute pre-opera lecture by Nunzio DeFilippis will be offered in the Studio Lobby at 10:55 am. (more...)

BWW Feature: Intellectual Masturbation (or, The Classical Music Grammy Nominations) BWW Feature: Intellectual Masturbation (or, The Classical Music Grammy Nominations)
by Cole Grissom - Nov 30, 2017

The Grammy nominations are here! It's such a fun awards show, chock-full of accolades for mediocre pop songs sung by artists with nodules bigger than my fist-a true example of folks living the American Dream. Each year I hope for the best, thinking that, maybe, the nominating committee, or the performers, will surprise me-flipping the script on my shockingly low expectations. This year, to see if they'd accomplished that feat, I headed over to the Grammy's website to peruse the list of nominees. (more...)

TSO's MESSIAH Receives Two 2018 GRAMMY Nominations! TSO's MESSIAH Receives Two 2018 GRAMMY Nominations!
by Taylor Long - Nov 28, 2017

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's recording of Handel's MESSIAH received two 2018 GRAMMY Awards Nominations - Best Choral Performance & Producer of the Year, Classical. (more...)

BWW Review: ALCINA at Washington National Opera BWW 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 ALCINA Washington 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 ALCINA Washington 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...)

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