VIDEO: Get A First Look At LA BOHEME at The Met Opera VIDEO: Get A First Look At LA BOHEME at The Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2019

Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini's classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli's immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties. (more...)

Franco Zeffirelli's Iconic Production Of LA BOHEME Returns To The Met Stage Franco Zeffirelli's Iconic Production Of LA BOHEME Returns To The Met Stage
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera presents Puccini's La Bohème, conducted by Marco Armiliato, with eight initial performances beginning October 25, 2019. Ailyn Pérez returns to the role of the seamstress Mimì; her lover, the poet Rodolfo, is portrayed by Matthew Polenzani in his Met role debut. Olga Kulchynska makes her Met debut as the singer Musetta, while David Bizic sings the role of the painter Marcello. (more...)

BWW Review: OTELLO at the Opera de Monte-Carlo BWW Review: OTELLO at the Opera de Monte-Carlo
by Marieke van den Wall Bake - May 7, 2019

The closing of the Monte-Carlo Opera season of 2018-2019 could not have ended better than with the new production of Verdi's Otello. And Monaco knew it: under the keen direction of Daniele Callegari and based on the play by Shakespeare, the opera was completely sold-out. (more...)

LA BOHÈME and CENDRILLON Return to Lyric Opera of Chicago LA BOHÈME and CENDRILLON Return to Lyric Opera of Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago kicks off 2019 with two acclaimed productions: the return of the new production of Puccini's captivating and tragic love story La boheme, and the Midwest premiere of a beloved production of Massenet's Cendrillon, based on the Cinderella story. La boheme is a quintessentially Italian opera and the plot is forever youthful and eternally fresh. Cendrillon features an enchanting blend of wit, sensitivity, and elegance against the backdrop of a familiar storybook kingdom. (more...)

Photo Flash: Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents LA BOHEME Photo Flash: Lyric Opera of Chicago Presents LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago's new coproduction of Puccini's La boheme opens the company's 64th season tomorrow -- Saturday, October 6, at 6:30pm. There are five performances through October 20 and six additional performance Jan. 10-25 at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. Tickets start at $49 and are available now at  lyricopera.org/Boheme or at 312-827-5600. (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann's Debut As Verdi's Otello Now Available On DVD And Blu-ray From Sony Classical Jonas Kaufmann's Debut As Verdi's Otello Now Available On DVD And Blu-ray From Sony Classical
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2018

On a sweltering night in June 2017, this was unquestionably the hottest ticket in town. Opera lovers thronged to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to hear tenor Jonas Kaufmann, recently acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as “the world's greatest tenor,” make his eagerly anticipated role debut as Otello – Verdi's greatest and most demanding role for tenor voice. (more...)

OTELLO Comes To Monte Carlo Opera Through 4/30 OTELLO Comes To Monte Carlo Opera Through 4/30
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2018

Throughout his great career, Giuseppe Verdi has drunk with the greatest playwrights. But he is an author whom he placed above all others: William Shakespeare, of whom he made from an early age a sort of absolute reference. After Macbeth in 1847 and King Lear, a ghost opera in which he worked in vain for 25 years, Verdi devoted his last years to what will constitute the synthesis of his genius: Otello and Falstaff. These two works are closely related, if only because Verdi collaborates with the same poet, Arrigo Boito, the librettist he had throughout his career called his vows. After years of interminable exchanges between the two men, Otello finally becomes reality. In the aftermath of the creation, Ferruccio Busoni is ecstatic: 'Otello is the highest peak ever achieved by Italian operatic music, both in terms of invention and content, as well as in terms of form and quality. message. When the curtain slowly falls upon the corpses entwined with the Moor and Desdemona, all is said: the vanity of all feeling except love, which alone survives death. (more...)

Etienne Dupuis And Rodion Pogossov To Sing Marcello And Andrzej Filoczyk To Sing Schaunard In La Boheme Etienne Dupuis And Rodion Pogossov To Sing Marcello And Andrzej Filoczyk To Sing Schaunard In La Boheme
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

Italian baritone Alessio Arduini and Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko have both withdrawn from the role of Marcello in The Royal Opera's forthcoming revival of La boheme. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look at The Met's TURNADOT VIDEO: First Look at The Met's TURNADOT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2018

BraoadwayWorld has a first look at Turnadot at The Met. See the video below! (more...)

Lyric Opera Announces 2018/19 Season Featuring Anna Netrebko, Renee Fleming and More Lyric Opera Announces 2018/19 Season Featuring Anna Netrebko, Renee Fleming and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018

A season filled with unforgettable music, thrilling singers from around the world, and stirring new productions goes on sale via subscription Wednesday, February 7 at 10am.  Seven new and new-to-Chicago productions, including four Lyric premieres, will engage and entertain audiences from October 2018 through June 2019.  (more...)

Jennifer Rowley Takes Over Role of Leonora in The Met's IL TROVATORE Jennifer Rowley Takes Over Role of Leonora in The Met's IL TROVATORE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2018

Jennifer Rowley will sing the role of Leonora in all performances of the Met's production of Verdi's Il Trovatore opening January 22, replacing the originally scheduled Maria Agresta, who is ill. (more...)

The Metropolitan Opera Announces Additional Replacements for James Levine Following Suspension The Metropolitan Opera Announces Additional Replacements for James Levine Following Suspension
by Alexa Criscitiello - Dec 7, 2017

The New York Times recently revealed that the Metropolitan Opera had opened an investigation into claims against conductor James Levine, alleging sexual abuse. (more...)

Puccini Saved The Best For Last- TURANDOT Opens 12/5 Puccini Saved The Best For Last- TURANDOT Opens 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

An icy princess is terrified of love. A mysterious prince solves three riddles and melts her heart while breaking another's. Love triumphs, but it's complicated. Starring Amber Wagner, Stefano La Colla, Maria Agresta/Janai Brugger (more...)

TURANDOT Returns to the Met Conducted by Carlo Rizzi TURANDOT Returns to the Met Conducted by Carlo Rizzi
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2017

Franco Zeffirelli's staging of Puccini's final opera Turandot returns to the Met from October 12 for an initial ten performances through to November 16 starring soprano Oksana Dyka in the title role and tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Cal f. Led by Carlo Rizzi, performances also feature soprano Maria Agresta as Li with bass-baritone James Morris as Timur. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for TURANDOT Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for TURANDOT
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2017

Aleksandrs Antonenko will sing Cal f in Puccini's Turandot from October 12 to November 16 replacing Marcelo lvarez, who is ill. Mr. lvarez is still scheduled to sing Cal f during the spring performances of Turandot. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Casting Update for Puccini's TURANDOT San Francisco Opera Announces Casting Update for Puccini's TURANDOT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2017

San Francisco Opera announced today a casting update for its season-opening production of Giacomo Puccini's Turandot, running from September 8 through 30 at the War Memorial Opera House. American soprano Toni Marie Palmertree will sing Liu, replacing Maria Agresta who has withdrawn due to illness. Originally scheduled to portray Puccini's tragic heroine on September 24 and 30, Palmertree will now perform in all six September performances. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Holds Open Audition for Adult Supernumeraries
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2017

Have you ever dreamed of being on the War Memorial Opera House stage? San Francisco Opera is looking for adult supernumeraries (extras) to appear in the Company's upcoming Fall 2017 Season. An open audition will be held on Monday, July 31 beginning at 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Opera House. No previous experience is required and there is no fee to audition. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Guild Announces Opera Ball 2017 at The Imperial Palace
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2017

San Francisco Opera Guild in collaboration with San Francisco Opera Association today announced details for Opera Ball 2017 at The Imperial Palace, a gala benefit celebrating the opening of the Company's 95th Season on Friday, September 8. (more...)

The Globe's RICHARD II, Royal Opera's OTELLO and More Set for July and August at Fugard Bioscope
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2017

An exciting winter lineup is on the bill at the Fugard Bioscope this July and August. The programme includes screenings of the best of world theatre, opera and ballet productions from companies such as the National Theatre, Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Royal Opera House, to be enjoyed from the comfort of a Fugard Theatre seat. (more...)

Single Tickets for San Francisco Opera's 2017 Fall Season On Sale Monday, 6/26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2017

Single (non-subscription) tickets for San Francisco Opera's 2017 Fall Season at the War Memorial Opera House go on sale Monday, June 26, 2017, at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at sfopera.com; in-person at the San Francisco Opera Box Office, located at 301 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco and open Mondays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and by phone at (415) 864-3330 during Box Office hours. Full and Half Series subscription packages are also available. Tickets for the three cycles of Wagner's Ring during the summer of 2018 are available as complete, four-opera cycles only. (more...)

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