VIDEO: Get A First Look At LA BOHEME at The Met OperaVIDEO: 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 StageFranco 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: Double, Double, Netrebko's Got No Trouble with MACBETH's Lady, in a Take-Charge PerformanceBWW Review: Double, Double, Netrebko's Got No Trouble with MACBETH's Lady, in a Take-Charge Performance
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 11, 2019

Five years ago, Anna Netrebko unveiled her take on Verdi's Lady Macbeth at the Met and wowed audiences from here to eternity. But since the first week of the Met season, she's brought her sexy, ebullient and take-no-prisoners Lady Macbeth back and showed that she's even better than ever--singing the pant (and the spots) off the role. (more...)

Review Roundup: What Did Critics Think of Metropolitan Opera's MACBETHReview Roundup: What Did Critics Think of Metropolitan Opera's MACBETH
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2019

Following a controversy surrounding Plácido Domingo and his last minute departure, the Met Opera's production of Verdi's Macbeth opened this week. Find out what the critics had to say! (more...)

VIDEO: The Met Announces Live In HD 2019/20 SeriesVIDEO: The Met Announces Live In HD 2019/20 Series
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2019

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 14th season on October 12, with the Met's production of Puccini's Turandot, starring Christine Goerke in the title role, led by the Met's Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Guild's 85th Annual Diamond Jubilee To Honor Martina Arroyo & Teresa StratasMetropolitan Opera Guild's 85th Annual Diamond Jubilee To Honor Martina Arroyo & Teresa Stratas
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera Guild today announced that the honorees of its “Diamond Jubilee” celebration will be luminaries Martina Arroyo and Teresa Stratas.  The Guild's 85th Annual Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, November 20th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.  Special remarks by Stephanie Blythe and musical tributes by Ailyn Pérez and Matthew Polenzani will be performed during the event. (more...)

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Will Present 2019 Gala Concert Featuring Lisette Oropesa At Carnegie HallRichard Tucker Music Foundation Will Present 2019 Gala Concert Featuring Lisette Oropesa At Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2019

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation presents one of the most highly anticipated events of the opera season, the 2019 Richard Tucker Gala, on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 6:00pm in Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's CARMENPhoto Flash: First Look at San Francisco Opera's CARMEN
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2019

San Francisco Opera's 2019 Summer Season opens with Georges Bizet'sCarmen June 5-29 at the War Memorial Opera House. Presented in American director Francesca Zambello's acclaimed staging, which has been mounted by Opera Australia, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Norwegian National Opera, the opera features American mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges in her first professional performances of the title role and American tenor Matthew Polenzani assuming the role of Don Jose for the first time. Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Micaela and American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the bullfighter, Escamillo. In his first opera engagement with the Company, conductor James Gaffigan leads the cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra. (more...)

George London Foundation For Singers Presents 2019-20 SeasonGeorge London Foundation For Singers Presents 2019-20 Season
by Sarah Hookey - May 8, 2019

The 2019-20 season of events presented by the George London Foundation for Singers continues this legacy with two duo recitals featuring four George London Award winners, and the esteemed George London Foundation Competition. (more...)

Soprano Lisette Oropesa Wins The Met's 2019 Beverly Sills Artist AwardSoprano Lisette Oropesa Wins The Met's 2019 Beverly Sills Artist Award
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019

The Metropolitan Opera has named soprano Lisette Oropesa as the winner of the 14th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award. The $50,000 award is given to extraordinarily gifted singers with rising Met careers. Given in honor of the legendary American soprano Beverly Sills, the award was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met's Board of Directors. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Presents Georges Bizet's CARMEN At War Memorial Opera HouseSan Francisco Opera Presents Georges Bizet's CARMEN At War Memorial Opera House
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2019

San Francisco Opera's 2019 Summer Season opens with Georges Bizet's Carmen June 5 29 at the War Memorial Opera House. Presented in American director Francesca Zambello's acclaimed staging, which has been mounted by Opera Australia, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and Norwegian National Opera, the opera features American mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges in her first professional performances of the title role and American tenor Matthew Polenzani assuming the role of Don Jos for the first time. Romanian soprano Anita Hartig makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Mica la and American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen is the bullfighter, Escamillo. In his first opera engagement with the Company, conductor James Gaffigan leads the cast and San Francisco Opera Orchestra. (more...)

2019 Richard Tucker Award Goes To Lisette Oropesa2019 Richard Tucker Award Goes To Lisette Oropesa
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2019

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Lisette Oropesa has been named as the winner of the 2019 Richard Tucker Award. The soprano already headlines major productions worldwide, and after her recent house debuts in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real Madrid and Royal Opera House, The Guardian declared: "The Cuban American soprano is sensationally good. She makes the stratospheric vocal fireworks … sound easy; indeed, her every note is part of a convincing portrayal of a complex character." Widely referred to as the "Heisman Trophy of Opera," the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a significant international career. (more...)

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Names Lisette Oropesa as Winner of 2019 Richard Tucker AwardRichard Tucker Music Foundation Names Lisette Oropesa as Winner of 2019 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Lisette Oropesa has been named as the winner of the 2019 Richard Tucker Award. The soprano already headlines major productions worldwide, and after her recent house debuts in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real Madrid and Royal Opera House, The Guardiandeclared: “The Cuban American soprano is sensationally good. She makes the stratospheric vocal fireworks … sound easy; indeed, her every note is part of a convincing portrayal of a complex character.” Widely referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a significant international career. Past winners include such luminaries as Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Matthew Polenzani, and Deborah Voigt. Oropesa will be inducted into this who's who of American opera at the foundation's annual gala, a perennial highlight of the opera season, on Sunday, October 27, at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

BWW Review: Mozart's CLEMENZA DI TITO Brings Best Cast of Season to MetBWW Review: Mozart's CLEMENZA DI TITO Brings Best Cast of Season to Met
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 5, 2019

While the cast for the season's revival of Mozart's LA CLEMENZA DI TITO looked good on paper, it didn't even hint at how good the singing was going to be at the Met this week. From top—tenor Matthew Polenzani, elegant and vibrant in the title role (“Se all'impero”), and the great mezzo Joyce DiDonato as Sesto (who delivers the opera's “hit” aria, “Parto, parto,” and more in opulent style)--to bottom, the cast delivered in every way possible. (more...)

La Clemenza Di Tito Returns To The MetLa Clemenza Di Tito Returns To The Met
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2019

Mozart's opera of ancient Rome, La Clemenza di Tito, returns to the Met starring Matthew Polenzani in the title role of the Roman emperor Tito, with Elza van den Heever as the vengeful Vitellia, who plots his assassination. Joyce DiDonato sings the trouser role of Sesto, Tito's most devoted friend, who is also in love with Vitellia. The trio of leading artists is reunited at the Met after their acclaimed performances together in the company's new production of Donizetti's Maria Stuarda in 2013. Emily D'Angelo and Ying Fang sing the roles of the lovers Annio and Servilia, Sesto's friend and sister, respectively, and Christian Van Horn portrays the captain of the Praetorian Guard, Publio. Lothar Koenigs conducts all six performances of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1984 staging, which runs March 30 through April 20, 2019. (more...)

Utah Opera Announces 2019-20 SeasonUtah Opera Announces 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2019

Utah Opera Artistic Director Christopher McBeth has announced the programming, initial casting, and creative teams for the company's 2019-20 season, which comprises four opera productions at the newly renovated Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre. Featuring improved seating and sightlines on the orchestra level, the theatre reopens after a six-month closure for the company's season-opening production of Verdi's La traviata in October 2019. The season continues with composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell's Silent Night in January 2020, Rossini's The Barber of Seville in March 2020, and Massenet's Tha s in May 2020. Silent Night is presented as part of Utah Opera's American Opera Initiative, through which the company champions and commissions American contributions to the art form. Both Silent Night and Tha s are Utah Opera premieres. (more...)

The 2019 George London Awards Present Final Round And Awards, TodayThe 2019 George London Awards Present Final Round And Awards, Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

The 48th annual George London Awards Competition for opera singers final round And Awards Announcement is open to the public - Today, February 22, 2019, At 4:00 Pm, At The Morgan Library & Museum's Gilder Lehrman Hall (more...)

The Met Announces Live In HD 2019/20 SeriesThe Met Announces Live In HD 2019/20 Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2019

The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts, will begin its 14th season on October 12, with the Met's production of Puccini's Turandot, starring Christine Goerke in the title role, led by the Met's Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: RIGOLETTOMetropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: RIGOLETTO
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2019

Bryan Hymel has withdrawn from upcoming performances as the Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto, due to personal reasons. (more...)

San Francisco Opera Announces Casting Updates for 2019 Summer SeasonSan Francisco Opera Announces Casting Updates for 2019 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2019

Beginning June 5 and continuing through the 29th, San Francisco Opera presents a trio of extraordinary lyric works Georges Bizet's Carmen, George Frideric Handel's Orlando and Anton n Dvo k's Rusalka featuring powerful leading women in the title roles. Spanning three centuries and sung in French, Italian and Czech, the 2019 Summer Season repertory will occasion the Company debuts of four conductors, including two women, in productions that are new to the War Memorial Opera House stage. Some casting updates for the repertory were announced today and additional casting of supporting roles will be released at a future date. (more...)

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