BWW Review: BREAKING THE WAVES at Home Computer Screens BWW Review: BREAKING THE WAVES at Home Computer Screens
by Maria Nockin - May 31, 2020

On May 29, 2020, Opera Philadelphia presented the digital premiere of Royce Vavrek and Missy Mazzoli's Breaking the Waves, a story based on the 1996 international film of the same name directed by Lars von Trier. Winner of the Music Critics Association of North America 2017 award for Best New Opera, the story took place in the 1970s at a seaside settlement in the Scottish Highlands. (more...)

BREAKING THE WAVES to Receive Broadcast Premiere as Part of DIGITAL FESTIVAL O BREAKING THE WAVES to Receive Broadcast Premiere as Part of DIGITAL FESTIVAL O
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2020

Opera Philadelphia's adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing, Oscar-nominated 1996 film Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016. It has since earned the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA)'s inaugural Best New Opera Award, an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere. (more...)

OPERA America Invites Artists, Administrators and More to A TOAST TO 50 YEARS OPERA America Invites Artists, Administrators and More to A TOAST TO 50 YEARS
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2020

OPERA America is inviting artists, administrators, trustees, and audiences to 'A Toast to 50 Years,' a celebration of opera's progress and of OPERA America's 50th Anniversary, taking place today, Friday, May 15, from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. EDT. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: 107 Opera Singers, a Conductor plus Tech Magic Bring Some LIGHT from Moravec, Campbell and OPERA America BWW Exclusive: 107 Opera Singers, a Conductor plus Tech Magic Bring Some LIGHT from Moravec, Campbell and OPERA America
by Richard Sasanow - May 13, 2020

Here's a look at how 'Light Shall Lift Us; Singers Unite in Song' (for OPERA America), a video project featuring 107 opera singers in “a song of hope and solidarity” by Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell, came together to help raise up the spirits of their communities as we deal with COVID-19. It went 'live' on May 14 at 1:30 pm EST. (more...)

National Sawdust to Launch Live@NationalSawdust, A Free Digital Platform National Sawdust to Launch Live@NationalSawdust, A Free Digital Platform
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2020

National Sawdust, the non-profit arts institution based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will launch Live@NationalSawdust, a free digital platform that will release weekly videos of concerts from the past five seasons, as well as professional development programming, and will include fundraising efforts for the institution and the artists involved. (more...)

Celeste Headlee Joins Opera On Tap's New Brew At Barbes April 3 Celeste Headlee Joins Opera On Tap's New Brew At Barbes April 3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2020

Black, Brown, Beige and Every Other Shade Renowned author, journalist, and singer Celeste Headlee joins Opera on Tap's New Brew at Barbes in an evening of classical song by a diverse array of composers of color. (more...)

Eve Gigliotti Will Headline a Workshop Of UNTITLED (INSPIRED BY FILM STILLS) With FERUS Festival Eve Gigliotti Will Headline a Workshop Of UNTITLED (INSPIRED BY FILM STILLS) With FERUS Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020

Mezzo-Soprano Eve Gigliotti stars in a reading of Untitled (inspired by Film Stills), a series of four operatic monodramas exploring the stages of transformation and identity in a woman's life. (more...)

January 2020 Shows Announced At National Sawdust January 2020 Shows Announced At National Sawdust
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2019

See full details for January 2020 performances at National Sawdust (more...)

National Sawdust Announces FERUS Festival 2020 National Sawdust Announces FERUS Festival 2020
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2019

National Sawdust, the music incubator and venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, announces the return of the annual FERUS Festival (January 10-17), featuring presentations from National Sawdust Artists-In-Residence and more. This annual showcase of untamed voices will present the latest in cutting-edge new music and multimedia, with an emphasis on performances that push the envelope. Each year the festival is a showcase for all that National Sawdust stands for as a music venue and nonprofit. (more...)

American Symphony Orchestra Opens Its Season At Carnegie Hall With Elgar's THE KINGDOM American Symphony Orchestra Opens Its Season At Carnegie Hall With Elgar's THE KINGDOM
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2019

The 58th season of American Symphony Orchestra's Vanguard series at Carnegie Hall will open on October 31 with Music Director Leon Botstein leading the ASO in a performance of Edward Elgar's great choral work, The Kingdom, the second of Elgar's incomplete trilogy of oratorios. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Casting Update For Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET San Francisco Opera Announces Casting Update For Gounod's ROMEO & JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2019

San Francisco Opera today announced a cast change for Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet (Roméo et Juliette), which opens the Company's 97th season on September 6, 2019 and runs for seven performances through October 1 at the War Memorial Opera House. Samoan-born New Zealand tenor Pene Pati, originally scheduled to sing Romeo on October 1, will perform the role in all performances, replacing Bryan Hymel who has withdrawn for personal reasons. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Opens 97th Season With ROMEO AND JULIET San Francisco Opera Opens 97th Season With ROMEO AND JULIET
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2019

San Francisco Opera inaugurates its 97th season on Friday, September 6 with Charles Gounod's romantic Romeo and Juliet (Roméo et Juliette) and two season-opening benefit eventsa?"Opera Ball 2019: The Capulets' Masked Ball and BRAVO! CLUB's Opening Night Gala. The Company's opening weekend also includes Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd in director Michael Grandage's acclaimed production opening on September 7; and on September 8 San Francisco Chronicle Presents Opera in the Park, the annual free concert tradition celebrating the opening of the opera season. (more...)

Washington Concert Opera Announces 2019/2020 Season Washington Concert Opera Announces 2019/2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019

Washington Concert Opera (WCO) announces its 2019-2020 lineup, a season that champions rare works and celebrates award-winning voices. The season will start in November with Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet. Then in April they will present Giuseppe Verdi's Simon Boccanegra, a truly stunning work that has not been heard in D.C. since 1998. In addition to these GWU Lisner Auditorium performances, the season will feature a third annual Opera Outside series at Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park. (more...)

BWW Showstopper: Ride 'Em, Valkyries, in Part Two of the Met's RING CYCLE BWW Showstopper: Ride 'Em, Valkyries, in Part Two of the Met's RING CYCLE
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 27, 2019

There's lots to enjoy in the Met's revival of DIE WALKURE, the second part of Richard Wagner's great tetralogy, DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN, better known simply as Wagner's Ring Cycle, which had its first performance of the season on Monday night--all five hours of it!--under the pulsating control of Philippe Jordan and the Met orchestra in full throttle. The thrills started with the entrance of soprano Christine Goerke as Brunnhilde, tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva Marie Westbroek as the incestuous Siegmund and Sieglinde, the clarion mezzo Jamie Barton as Fricka, goddess of marriage. For sheer pleasure and delight, however, there's nothing that beats the best-known section of the opera, “The Ride of the Valkyries,” which opens Act III. (more...)

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2019-20 Season Repertory And Casting San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock Announces 2019-20 Season Repertory And Casting
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2019

San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock today announced repertory and casting for the Company's 97th Season, opening Friday, September 6, 2019, with a gala performance of Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet (Rom o et Juliette) starring tenor Bryan Hymel and soprano Nadine Sierra in Op ra de Monte-Carlo Director Jean-Louis Grinda's production. In keeping with the Company's time-honored tradition, the new season will be inaugurated with San Francisco Opera Guild's elegant, signature benefit and celebration, Opera Ball 2019. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy and More Perform Hillary Clinton Speeches in Concert Film on Inauguration Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2017

A selection of the brightest stars of classical music and Broadway will participate in a filmed concert performance of two of Hillary Clinton's watershed speeches, both of which have been set to music by the composer and conductor Glen Roven. (more...)

Chilina Kennedy and More Perform Hillary Clinton Speeches in Concert Film on Inauguration Day
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

A selection of the brightest stars of classical music and Broadway will participate in a filmed concert performance of two of Hillary Clinton's watershed speeches, both of which have been set to music by the composer and conductor Glen Roven. (more...)

BWW Review: Pointer-Counterpoint " City Opera's CANDIDE vs. Prototype's BREAKING THE WAVES
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 10, 2017

When I saw that New York City Opera was doing Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE at the same time as New York's Prototype Festival--with Missy Mazzoli's BREAKING THE WAVES opening the festival of opera-theatre and music-theatre on the same night—I thought that it was great counter-programming. After all, what could be further from Mazzoli's brilliant but grim gem than Bernstein's comic masterpiece--proving there's more than one way to skin a music theatre piece? (more...)

PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now Festival Begins This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Beth Morrison Projects and HERE's fifth annual PROTOTYPE: Opera/Theatre/Now festival begins this week, running January 5-15! (more...)

BWW Preview: Mazzoli-Vavrek WAVES Gets Second Break, at New York's Prototype Festival in January
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 27, 2016

For a new opera to have its second major showing less than four months after its premiere is unheard of—but then BREAKING THE WAVES, based on the Lars Von Trier film of the same name, isn't just any opera. This triumph by composer Missy Mazzoli, librettist Royce Vavrek, and direction by James Darrah—with a star-making turn by soprano Kiera Duffy in the central role of Bess—debuted at Opera Philadelphia last September and is having its New York premiere on January 6-9, 2017, over the first weekend of the Prototype Festival at NYU's Skirball Center. (more...)

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