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San Diego Opera Announces Spring Drive-In Season Featuring THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and  Photo San Diego Opera Announces Spring Drive-In Season Featuring THE BARBER OF SEVILLE and ONE AMAZING NIGHT
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 17, 2021

Inspired by the success from their safe drive-in performances of La bohème in the Fall, which heralded the return of live, in-person, opera to San Diego County since the start of the pandemic, and provided over 300 jobs to many, San Diego Opera has announced a Spring season of safe, socially-distanced, drive-in performances.

Fred Hersch MY COMA DREAMS Available For Free Streaming Beginning This Friday Photo Fred Hersch MY COMA DREAMS Available For Free Streaming Beginning This Friday
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 15, 2020

Iconic pianist and composer Fred Hersch to offer free streaming of acclaimed jazz theater piece My Coma Dreams beginning Friday, July 17, 2020

MY COMA DREAMS Available For Free Streaming Beginning July 17 Photo MY COMA DREAMS Available For Free Streaming Beginning July 17
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 7, 2020

Iconic pianist and composer Fred Hersch to offer free streaming of My Coma Dreams, inspired by Hersch's near-death experience beginning Friday, July 17, 2020

The Dramatists Guild Of America's 'Librettists Initiative' Premieres 'Credit The Libr Photo The Dramatists Guild Of America's 'Librettists Initiative' Premieres 'Credit The Librettist' Film At Opera America's New Works Forum
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2020

The Dramatists Guild Opera Committee's Librettist Initiative premieres the short film a?oeCredit the Librettist: Conversations with Today's Opera Makersa?? at Opera America's New Works Forum on Thursday, January 16 at 10am at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York.

The Dramatists Guild of America's 'Librettists Initiative' to be Featured at Opera Am Photo The Dramatists Guild of America's 'Librettists Initiative' to be Featured at Opera America's New Works Forum
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2020

Opera America will feature a public discussion with The Dramatists Guild's Opera Committee's Librettist Initiative at their New Works Forum on Thursday, January 16 at 10am at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York.

Brooklyn Art Song Society To Present Canteloube's Chant's d'Auvergne Photo Brooklyn Art Song Society To Present Canteloube's Chant's d'Auvergne
by Stephi Wild - Oct 9, 2019

On Friday, November, 1st, Brooklyn Art Song Society presents the second installment of its series Home with a rare complete performance of Joseph Canteloube's magnum opus, Chant's d'Auvergne. Canteloube collected the folk melodies of the Auvergne region and imbued these whimsical, earthy tunes with emotional depth and a rich Straussian harmonic palette. The work will be performed in the original piano version and sung in the French dialect Occitan. Soprano Maria Valdes and mezzo soprano Devony Smith make their BASS debuts, joined by sopranos Marnie Breckenridge and Laura Stricking. Art Historian Patricia Mainardi (CUNY) gives a pre- concert lecture at 7:00PM.

New Opera Workshop Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Award-Winning Composer Photo New Opera Workshop Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Award-Winning Composer
by A.A. Cristi - May 28, 2019

The CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW), a three-week program to refine an in-progress professional opera, celebrates 10 years at the University of Colorado Boulder this summer. Starting on May 28 and running through mid-June, voice students will collaborate directly with award-winning composer Tom Cipullo to workshop and perform his new piece, "Hobson's Choice."

BWW Interview: Alisa Jordheim of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S RIGOLETTO at San Diego Civic Cente Photo BWW Interview: Alisa Jordheim of SAN DIEGO OPERA'S RIGOLETTO at San Diego Civic Center
by Ron Bierman - Jan 28, 2019

Coloratura Alisa Jordheim will be debuting in the role of Gilda with baritone Stephen Powell in a San Diego Opera production of Verdi's Rigoletto. This is the fifth time he's sung the lead. The first time was in a Cincinnati Opera production in which Jordheim had only a few lines as a page. 'I feel like I've graduated. That was in 2011, and I was a graduate student at CCM (the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music). It was a wonderful experience for me just to soak up everything in the rehearsal process. One of my favorite singers, Sarah Coburn, was the Gilda. Just getting to see her portray that character and to work with Stephen was a master class.'

Brooklyn Art Song Society Opens 9th Season With The Songs of Charles Ives Photo Brooklyn Art Song Society Opens 9th Season With The Songs of Charles Ives
by Marianka Swain - Sep 3, 2018

Brooklyn Art Song Society Announces 2018-2019 Season Photo Brooklyn Art Song Society Announces 2018-2019 Season
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 9, 2018

Brooklyn Art Song Society (BASS) is proud to announce its 2018-2019 season beginning in October of 2018. BASS's ninth season features all the innovative programming and world-class performers audiences have come to expect, plus some new surprises. By the numbers, season nine includes 250 songs by nearly 20 composers over 10 concerts, performed by 40 of today's top interpreters of song.

Grammy-Nominated Soprano Malinda Haslett To Lead USM Voice Department Fall 2018 Photo Grammy-Nominated Soprano Malinda Haslett To Lead USM Voice Department Fall 2018
by Julie Musbach - May 7, 2018

Grammy-nominated soprano, Malinda Haslett, will join University of Southern Maine's School of Music as division leader of the Voice Department, beginning in Fall 2018. A former staff member at the Metropolitan Opera, Haslett is currently vocal division director of the Silicon Valley Chamber Music Festival.

OPERA America Awards $225,000 In Grants To Develop New American Operas Photo OPERA America Awards $225,000 In Grants To Develop New American Operas
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 13, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. These grants provide vital financial support to opera companies developing new American opera and music-theater works.

New Works by Jeanine Tesori, Sarah Ruhl and More Receive OPERA America Grants Photo New Works by Jeanine Tesori, Sarah Ruhl and More Receive OPERA America Grants
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2017

OPERA America, the national service organization for opera and the nation's leading champion for American opera, is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to 11 opera companies through the Repertoire Development Grants program, supported by The Opera Fund. These grants provide vital financial support to opera companies developing new American opera and music-theater works.

5BMF to Present Finale of THE FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, VOLUME II at National Sawdust Photo 5BMF to Present Finale of THE FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, VOLUME II at National Sawdust
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017

On Today, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm, preceded by a 7:00pm Composer/Poet chat, Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the Brooklyn premiere and grand finale performance of the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II with expanded casting at National Sawdust. The project, which premiered in Manhattan and Queens earlier this year in honor of 5BMF's 10th anniversary season, features 20 new commissions inspired by New York City places, people and poetry from twenty composers, and includes solo songs, duets and ensemble works scored for various combinations of voice, piano and cello. The Five Borough Songbook, Volume II received its Staten Island premiere on September 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church and its Bronx premiere on September 17 at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture.

5BMF to Present Finale of THE FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, VOLUME II at National Sawdust Photo 5BMF to Present Finale of THE FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, VOLUME II at National Sawdust
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 1, 2017

On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30pm, preceded by a 7:00pm Composer/Poet chat, Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the Brooklyn premiere and grand finale performance of the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II with expanded casting at National Sawdust. The project, which premiered in Manhattan and Queens earlier this year in honor of 5BMF's 10th anniversary season, features 20 new commissions inspired by New York City places, people and poetry from twenty composers, and includes solo songs, duets and ensemble works scored for various combinations of voice, piano and cello. The Five Borough Songbook, Volume II received its Staten Island premiere on September 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church and its Bronx premiere on September 17 at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture.

Florentine Opera to Release Fourth Original Recording, 9/8 Photo Florentine Opera to Release Fourth Original Recording, 9/8
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2017

Robert Aldridge and Herschel Garfein's Sister Carrie, the latest world-premiere recording of by the Grammy Award-winning Florentine Opera, will be released by the Naxos label for worldwide distribution on Friday, September 8, 2017.

5BMF Presents Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island Premieres of FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, V Photo 5BMF Presents Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island Premieres of FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, Volume II
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 23, 2017

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the Staten Island, Bronx, and Brooklyn premieres of the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II, completing the Songbook's journey across all five boroughs of New York City, which began during 5BMF's tenth anniversary season.

Five Boroughs Music Festival Season Features Concerts by Rolston Quartet, Lorelei Ens Photo Five Boroughs Music Festival Season Features Concerts by Rolston Quartet, Lorelei Ensemble, ICE, UpBeat NYC, and TENET
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 3, 2017

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) announces programming for its 2017-2018 season, continuing its mission of bringing affordable, world-class performances of traditional and contemporary chamber music to all five boroughs of New York City.

Resident Ensemble of Professional Opera Singers Selected for AOP Training Program
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 12, 2017

AOP (American Opera Projects) announces the six singers who will become its Resident Ensemble for the upcoming ninth season of its Composers & the Voice training program. Comprised of one each of the basic operatic/vocal categories, the singers for the 2017-18 season will be Coloratura Soprano Tookah Sapper, Lyric Soprano Jennifer Goode Cooper, Mezzo-Soprano Blythe Gaissert, Tenor Blake Friedman, Baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco and Bass Adrian Rosas.

Five Boroughs Music Festival Presents World Premiere of FIVE BOROUGH SONGBOOK, VOLUME II
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 15, 2016

Five Boroughs Music Festival (5BMF) presents the world premiere of the Five Borough Songbook, Volume II on Saturday, February 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, featuring twenty brand new works from twenty different composers, commissioned by 5BMF in honor of its tenth anniversary season. The Songbook, inspired by New York City places, poetry, and themes, is performed by soprano Marnie Breckenridge, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor William Ferguson, baritone Sidney Outlaw, pianists Jocelyn Dueck and Erika Switzer, and cellist Kivie Cahn-Lipman. An additional performance is held on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Flushing Town Hall in Queens. 

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