Texas Native Michael Mayes Leads RIGOLETTO at Houston Grand OperaTexas Native Michael Mayes Leads RIGOLETTO at Houston Grand Opera
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2019

Baritone Michael Mayes steps in to sing the title role in Verdi's Rigoletto at Houston Grand Opera. He performs the opening night performance on 18, and two additional performances on October 20 and 26. The Boston Musical Intelligencer lauded his debut in the role in 2014 with Boston Lyric Opera: 'His baritone, powerful yet fully controlled, shifted seamlessly in color between expressions of terror, pleading, and angry vengeance.' He returns to the role later this season with Nashville Opera. (more...)

The Horizon Theatre Announces THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIMEThe Horizon Theatre Announces THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2019

Horizon Theatre Company is continuing its outstanding 35th Anniversary Season with one of the most critically acclaimed plays of the past decade, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awards including 'Best Play,' the show brings Mark Haddon's beloved best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.  Horizon Theatre Company's Atlanta premiere starts performances September 20, 2019 (Press Opening September 27, 2019) and runs until October 27, 2019 at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points/Inman Park (1083 Austin Avenue N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307)  Atlanta. This show is a co-production between Horizon Theatre Company and Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, Georgia. This production will move to Aurora for a run from January 9 through February 9, 2020. The play is sponsored in part by The Marcus Autism Center, a subsidiary of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Osiason Educational Foundation. (more...)

BLO's PAGLIACCI Rolls Into Boston's North End To Open 2019/20 SeasonBLO's PAGLIACCI Rolls Into Boston's North End To Open 2019/20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) opens the 2019/20 Season with its first production of Ruggero Leoncavallo's indelible and enduringly popular 1892 Italian opera, PAGLIACCI, running September 27 to October 6, 2019 and starring tenor Rafael Rojas (in BLO's Werther and La Traviata, 1998, and Madama Butterfly, 2000) as Canio, and soprano Lauren Michelle making her company debut as Nedda.   (more...)

BWW Review: WOZZECK at Des Moines Metro Opera: A Thought Provoking Work of ArtBWW Review: WOZZECK at Des Moines Metro Opera: A Thought Provoking Work of Art
by DC Felton - Jul 7, 2019

Every so often, a production comes around that leaves you pondering about the show when it is done. For me, it's usually a jarring show that asks the audience to think about how we see things in the world, and if the way we see things can be adjusted or not. Des Moines Metro Opera's (DMMO) production of 'WOZZECK' was a production that will leave you thinking about a topic that is very prevalent in our world today, mental illness. This production deals with a character that is dealing with insanity. What this production does well is having the idea of insanity prevalent in multiple aspects of the show. (more...)

Atlanta Opera Celebrates Record-Breaking 2018-19 SeasonAtlanta Opera Celebrates Record-Breaking 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2019

The Atlanta Opera broke new records this season. Even before its final presentation Francesca Zambello's new take on La traviata, which closed this past weekend 2018-19 was already guaranteed to be the company's highest-grossing season of the past decade, highlighted by last fall's West Side Story, the highest-selling production in the Atlanta Opera's 39-year history (Opera News). (more...)

MADAME BUTTERFLY Leads Off Nashville Opera's 2019-20 SeasonMADAME BUTTERFLY Leads Off Nashville Opera's 2019-20 Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 25, 2019

Puccini's Madame Butterfly will launch Nashville Opera's 2019-20 season, which is described as "a compelling mix of beloved favorites and important 20th century works." (more...)

Boston Lyric Opera Announces 2019 SeasonBoston Lyric Opera Announces 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019

Proving the enduring vibrancy and relevancy of the art form (while celebrating a milestone for its leader), Boston Lyric Opera's 2019/20 Season of new productions spans three centuries of composers -- focusing on works that reflect the highs and lows of power and politics, bringing passionate opera installations to new neighborhoods, and introducing audiences to rising stars from diverse backgrounds. Among the season highlights, Russian-born soprano Elena Stikhina returns to BLO, where she made her 2017 American debut, to sing the lead role in NORMA. Stanford Calderwood General & Artistic Director Esther Nelson marks her 10th programming season, which the company will commemorate throughout the year. (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Announces 2019-20 SeasonThe Atlanta Opera Announces 2019-20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2019

"Dangerous liaisons" is the overarching theme of The Atlanta Opera's landmark 40th anniversary season. From Puccini's Cio-Cio San to Rodriguez's Frida Kahlo, most of the featured protagonists share a propensity for self-destructive relationships that threaten to bring about their downfall. (more...)

MOR Premieres New Tom Cipullo OperaMOR Premieres New Tom Cipullo Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2019

On May 19, 2019 in Seattle, and four days later in San Francisco, Music of Remembrance (MOR) will present the premiere of The Parting, a new opera it has commissioned from Tom Cipullo with a libretto by poet David Mason. MOR will unveil this stunning new work as part of its program on Sunday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets are $55 and available online at www.benaroyahall.org. They will bring the same program to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $60-$75 and available online at www.musicofremembrance.org. (more...)

Atlanta Opera's Company Premiere Of DEAD MAN WALKING Stars Jamie BartonAtlanta Opera's Company Premiere Of DEAD MAN WALKING Stars Jamie Barton
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2018

This winter, The Atlanta Opera presents the company premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Dead Man Walking in an original production "of the very highest level" (Opera News) from General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun. Georgia native Jamie Barton - winner of the Beverly Sills Artist Award, Richard Tucker Award, and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition - makes her eagerly anticipated role debut as Sister Helen Prejean, and Michael Mayes reprises the iconic portrayal of condemned murderer Joseph De Rocher that the composer himself has called "definitive," anchoring an all-star cast that also features Maria Zifchak, Wayne Tigges, Kevin Burdette, and Jay Hunter Morris. Marking the second presentation in Atlanta's mainstage season, the opera will be mounted in four performances led by Kentucky Opera principal conductor Joseph Mechavich at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre (Feb 2-10). (more...)

New Directors Elected to Swift Creek Mill Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2018

A not-for-profit arts organization since 2001, Swift Creek Mill Theatre is governed by a volunteer board of directors. The directors are members of the community that oversee the major changes and direction of the theatre. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Pittsburgh Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLYPhoto Flash: First Look at Pittsburgh Opera's MADAMA BUTTERFLY
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2018

Pittsburgh Opera opens its 80th season with Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Set in early 1900s Japan, Madama Butterfly is often considered the pinnacle of operatic tragedy, and has become one of today's most beloved operas. (more...)

The Atlanta Opera's 2018-19 Season: Love Transcends Death in Ambitious New Mainstage Productions and Innovative Discoveries SeriesThe Atlanta Opera's 2018-19 Season: Love Transcends Death in Ambitious New Mainstage Productions and Innovative Discoveries Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2018

"The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death." So said Oscar Wilde's Salome, anticipating the theme running through all six of the works that make up The Atlanta Opera's 2018-19 season. The six are linked also by their novelty, for under the leadership of Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. General & Artistic Director Tomer Zvulun, Atlanta's new season consists entirely of stagings conceived over the past few years. Created in collaboration with leading opera companies from around the world, four are ambitious mainstage productions: the blockbuster musical West Side Story, 19th-century classics Eugene Onegin and La traviata, and the Southeast premiere of Dead Man Walking, a major 21st-century addition to the canon. Rounding out the season, Charlie Parker's Yardbird and Maria de Buenos Aires will be presented in the Discoveries series, which breaks down barriers between artists and their audience by providing authentic, intimate and immersive experiences in nontraditional spaces. The winner of a "Best of Atlanta" award from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and an International Opera Award nomination, the series represents one of the many innovations behind the company's current wave of extraordinary creative and economic resurgence. (more...)

Photo Flash: Take a Trip to Fleet Street with Atlanta Opera's SWEENEY TODDPhoto Flash: Take a Trip to Fleet Street with Atlanta Opera's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2018

The Atlanta Opera closes its 2017-18 mainstage season with Stephen Sondheim's seminal musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Check out photos of the production below! (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Presents Sondheim's SWEENEY TODDThe Atlanta Opera Presents Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2018

The Atlanta Opera closes its 2017-18 mainstage season with Stephen Sondheim's seminal musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This production of Sweeney Todd remains faithful to the original Broadway show, and features an all-star cast, including Michael Mayes in his role debut as Sweeney Todd, and Maria Zifchak as Mrs. Lovett. Timothy Myers will conduct in a company debut, and Albert Sherman, who has directed Sweeney Todd under the mentorship of Harold Prince, will serve as production director. (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Presents Sondheim's SWEENEY TODDThe Atlanta Opera Presents Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

The Atlanta Opera closes its 2017-18 mainstage season with Stephen Sondheim's seminal musical, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This production of Sweeney Todd remains faithful to the original Broadway show, and features an all-star cast, including Michael Mayes in his role debut as Sweeney Todd, and Maria Zifchak as Mrs. Lovett. Timothy Myers will conduct in a company debut, and Albert Sherman, who has directed Sweeney Todd under the mentorship of Harold Prince, will serve as production director. (more...)

Photo Flash: Pittsburgh Opera Presents MOBY DICKPhoto Flash: Pittsburgh Opera Presents MOBY DICK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2018

As part of Pittsburgh Opera's commitment to bring new, American operas to the Benedum Center stage, we are very proud to announce the Pittsburgh premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's critically acclaimed opera Moby-Dick. (more...)

Atlanta Opera Announces New SeasonAtlanta Opera Announces New Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018

The Atlanta Opera presents its most exciting season to date in 2018-19. The mainstage season will be bookended by two of the greatest blockbusters in the repertoire, as well as the most performed American opera of the 21st century, and Tchaikovsky's timeless masterpiece. The Discoveries series features two distinct styles in a jazz-infused 'Be-Bopera' and a tango opera presented at beloved local venue, the red velvet cabaret Le Maison Rouge. (more...)

Pittsburgh Opera Presents MOBY-DICK, Herman Melville's Tragic Tale About The Price Of ObsessionPittsburgh Opera Presents MOBY-DICK, Herman Melville's Tragic Tale About The Price Of Obsession
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2018

As part of Pittsburgh Opera's commitment to bring new, American operas to the Benedum Center stage, we are very proud to announce the Pittsburgh premiere of Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer's critically acclaimed opera Moby-Dick.   (more...)

BWW Review: EVEREST at Lyric Opera Of Kansas CityBWW Review: EVEREST at Lyric Opera Of Kansas City
by Alan Portner - Nov 13, 2017

Retells the death of 15 climbers in 1996 as they attempt to summit Mt. Everest. (more...)

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