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Northern Sky Theater Announces Virtual Season While Adjusting The Recent Schedule Photo Northern Sky Theater Announces Virtual Season While Adjusting The Recent Schedule
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2020

While they await definitive plans for their potential fall season, Northern Sky Theater in Door County, Wisconsin announces a three-pronged virtual season to continue its mission of developing original work, employing its artists, and reaching out to its audience.

BWW Review: Berlioz's DAMNATION DE FAUST - Erato Photo BWW Review: Berlioz's DAMNATION DE FAUST - Erato
by George Weinhouse - Feb 20, 2020

A gorgeous new recoding of Berlioz's DAMNATION DE FAUST, on the Erato label, has come my way and it is well-worth investigating.  The work has entered the public consciousness with the recent revival by the Metropolitan Opera in late January and early February.   

Baritone Will Liverman & Pianist Jonathan King to Release New Album WHITHER MUST I WA Photo Baritone Will Liverman & Pianist Jonathan King to Release New Album WHITHER MUST I WANDER
by TV News Desk - Dec 12, 2019

On Friday, January 10, 2020, baritone Will Liverman and pianist Jonathan King release their debut album Whither Must I Wander on Odradek Records. Whither Must I Wander is an exquisite recital of songs on the theme of travel by composers by Ralph Vaughan Williams, J. Frederick Keel, Herbert Howells, Aaron Copland, Steven Mark Kohn, Nikolai Medtner, and Robert Schumann. 

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra to Play Lyndon in First US Tour Photo Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra to Play Lyndon in First US Tour
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2019

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra is on its very first United States tour, and KCP Presents will bring the 80-piece orchestra to Lyndon Institute on February 13th at 7pm. The show will be the first time since 1979 that an entire symphony has performed locally.

BWW Review: 19: THE MUSICAL at The Hill Center Photo BWW Review: 19: THE MUSICAL at The Hill Center
by Rachael Goldberg - Jan 20, 2019

Creators Jennifer Schwed and Doug Bradshaw teamed up with composer Charlie Barnett to produce a musical that is sweet, earnest, smart, and sensitive. It may be a lofty goal to hope that '19: The Musical' achieves 'Hamilton'-like heights, but, much like the women it portrays, it's certainly up to the task and should not be underestimated.

Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra Comes to MPAC Photo Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra Comes to MPAC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2019

The Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra's debut North American tour will stop at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Sunday, February 17 at 3 pm. Tickets are $39-$69.

Bard College Appoints Renowned Opera Singer Stephanie Blythe New Director Of Graduate Photo Bard College Appoints Renowned Opera Singer Stephanie Blythe New Director Of Graduate Vocal Arts Program
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2018

Bard College announces the appointment of celebrated opera singer and recitalist Stephanie Blythe as artistic director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program (VAP) beginning in July 2019. One of the most highly respected and critically acclaimed artists of her generation, mezzo-soprano Blythe possesses a repertoire ranging from Handel to Wagner and from German lieder to contemporary and classic American song. Blythe has performed on many of the world's great stages, such as Carnegie Hall; the Metropolitan Opera; Covent Garden; Paris National Opera; and San Francisco, Chicago Lyric, and Seattle Operas. She was named Musical America's Vocalist of the Year, received an Opera News Award, and won the Richard Tucker Award. Blythe recently released her first crossover recording on the Innova label with pianist Craig Terry.

BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at the Civic Center Theater Photo BWW Review: SAN DIEGO OPERA: THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO at the Civic Center Theater
by Ron Bierman - Oct 27, 2018

The San Diego Opera's production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro featured expressive singing, clever attractive sets, beautiful costumes, and strong comedic and dramatic acting. The work is generally called a comic opera, but as director Stephen Lawless pointed out during my interview with him, 'There are tears behind the laughter.' The difficult political and social issues hiding behind laughter came from the Beaumarchais play on which the opera was based, and Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte had to make light of them or risk censorship. The play's depiction of royal abuses probably contributed to the start of the French Revolution. Napoleon went so far as to say the it was, 'the Revolution already put into action.'

BWW Interview: Stephen Lawless, Director of San Diego OPERA'S Civic Center Production Photo BWW Interview: Stephen Lawless, Director of San Diego OPERA'S Civic Center Production of THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
by Ron Bierman - Oct 17, 2018

Stephen Lawless will be directing the San Diego Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro this week. I met with him in the opera company's rehearsal room recently to discuss that, how he came to be a director, and his views of a director's responsibilities.

New York's Sacred Music In A Sacred Space Kicks Off Season With I WISH IT SO Photo New York's Sacred Music In A Sacred Space Kicks Off Season With I WISH IT SO
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2018

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space begins its 2018-2019 Season by welcoming patrons into the intimate Wallace Hall at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (980 Park Avenue) for a Caritas Concert.

Vancouver Opera Presents Leh√°r's THE MERRY WIDOW Photo Vancouver Opera Presents Leh√°r's THE MERRY WIDOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2018

Get ready to indulge in the Viennese torte known as Franz Lehar's comedic operetta The Merry Widow (Die Lustige Witwe). Set in the heart of vibrant fin de siecle Paris, the wealthy widow Hanna Glawari schemes to win the heart of dashingly handsome Count Danilo. A scandalous caper ensues while suitors conspire to obtain the widow's fortune.

The New York Choral Society To Honor Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe At Spring Gala Photo The New York Choral Society To Honor Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe At Spring Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

The New York Choral Society (NYCHORAL) will hold its annual Spring Gala at New York's Metropolitan Club (1 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022) on Thursday evening, April 5, 2018, starting at 6:00 pm. The organization will honor renowned opera singer and recitalist Stephanie Blythe with the NYCHORAL Music Excellence Award for her contributions to the musical profession, as well as Sylvia R. Hoisington who is celebrating her 50th season with the chorus. Produced in partnership with the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, the evening's showcase performance will feature soprano Amanda Majeski and tenor Ben Bliss, both of whom will be participating in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Cosi fan tutte from March 15 to April 9, 2018. Members of the NYCHORAL Chamber Ensemble will also perform. The evening will feature a silent auction of unique items and experiences. The program is as follows:

The New York Choral Society To Honor Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe At Spring Gala A Photo The New York Choral Society To Honor Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe At Spring Gala April 5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

The New York Choral Society (NYCHORAL) will hold its annual Spring Gala at New York's Metropolitan Club (1 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022) on Thursday evening, April 5, 2018, starting at 6:00 pm.

Angela Bassett Joins UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY Photo Angela Bassett Joins UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

Academy Award-nominee, Angela Bassett will join Kathleen Battle as a guest narrator in Battle's program Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey accompanied by pianist Joel Martin and the LA-based choir, The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on Thursday, March 29 at 8:00pm.

Kathleen Battle Takes the Stage in 'Underground Railroad ‚Ä"  A Spiritual Journey' Photo Kathleen Battle Takes the Stage in 'Underground Railroad ‚Ä" A Spiritual Journey'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2018

American soprano Kathleen Battle's luminous voice has been called by The Washington Post "...without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world."  Yet beyond the glory of her singing, in a career filled with countless accolades, honors and major milestones, what has perhaps distinguished her most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering emotional bond between herself, her music and her audience.  On Thursday, March 29 at 8pm, that special bond will be on full display when Ms. Battle makes her debut at The Soraya with Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad-A Spiritual Journey accompanied by pianist Joel Martin and the LA-based choir, The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers.

Winners Announced for the 2018 BAFTA Awards - Complete List! Photo Winners Announced for the 2018 BAFTA Awards - Complete List!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2018

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the winners for THE EE BRITISH ACADEMY FILM AWARDS. The BAFTA Awards ceremony was held today, February 18th, at London's Royal Albert Hall. Among the top winners were 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'The Shape of Water.'

SHAPE OF WATER, DARKEST HOUR, 'THREE BILLBOARDS' Lead 2018 BAFTA Award Nominations; F Photo SHAPE OF WATER, DARKEST HOUR, 'THREE BILLBOARDS' Lead 2018 BAFTA Award Nominations; Full List
by Movies News Desk - Jan 9, 2018

he British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2018. The Shape of Water is nominated in 12 categories. Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri both receive nine nominations

BWW Roundup: It's Almost 'In with the New' But Not Before Some Last 'Hurrahs!' for Op Photo BWW Roundup: It's Almost 'In with the New' But Not Before Some Last 'Hurrahs!' for Opera's 2017
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 27, 2017

It's just about time to wish you all a happy 2018--but I'm not quite ready to put 2017 to rest. Though it won't go into the annals as one of the best years ever, there were quite enough performances and performers that made this year a winner for me, operatically speaking at least, in my corner of the world.

BWW Review: New TROYENS Recording with DiDonato, Spyres and Lemieux is a Horse of a D Photo BWW Review: New TROYENS Recording with DiDonato, Spyres and Lemieux is a Horse of a Different Color
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 6, 2017

Nothing beats sitting in the opera house for the thrill of hearing singers giving their all. But the new recording of Berlioz's LES TROYENS (THE TROJANS), conducted by John Nelson, comes pretty close. Taken from a couple of live concert performances in Strasbourg, France, at the Salle Erasme, with a cast headed by mezzo Joyce DiDonato as Dido (Didon, en francais), tenor Michael Spyres as Aeneas (Enee) and Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Cassandra (Cassandre) plus that famed Trojan horse--brings us all the chills and thrills we could want, short of being there.

Warner Classics/Erato to Release Berlioz's LES TROYENS Featuring Joyce DiDonato Photo Warner Classics/Erato to Release Berlioz's LES TROYENS Featuring Joyce DiDonato
by BWW News Desk - Oct 13, 2017

The recording of the complete, uncut score of Les Troyens is drawn from two concert performances that took place over the Easter weekend in April 2017 in the city of Strasbourg in eastern France.

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