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Interview: David Portillo of CONCERT: DAVID PORTILLO AND WARREN JONES at Song Source Festival
by Jared Fessler - Aug 3, 2022

Song Source Festival presents their feature recital with international acclaimed musicians David Portillo and Warren Jones. Both heard in previous festivals, these two artists combine for an unforgettable evening of song and celebration of the individual with music by Mozart, Beethoven's An die ferne Geliebte, Schumann, Turina, Guastavino, and Ginastera. Sure to be unvergesslich and inolvidable!

Opera San José Names Semi-Finalists for Irene Dalis Vocal Competition
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 9, 2022

This May, Opera San José will play host to the nation’s next generation of opera stars during its Irene Dalis Vocal Competition, named for the internationally-acclaimed mezzo-soprano who founded Opera San José.

BWW Feature: FREE ONLINE OPERA/RECITAL JUNE 19-26 at Home Computer Screens
by Maria Nockin - Jun 19, 2020

Currently, on the Los Angeles Opera website you can hear Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville.' Music Director James Conlon conducts baritone Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Rosina, and tenor René Barbera as Count Almaviva.

Baritone Rolando Panerai Has Died At Age 94
by Alan Henry - Oct 31, 2019

The San Francisco Opera announced the recent passing of Rolando Panerai, a baritone best known for his vast Italian repertory and his sensational recordings alongside such legends as Maria Callas.

Hungarian State Opera Orchestra Announces 2019/2020 Concert Season
by Julie Musbach - Sep 19, 2019

The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra is the oldest theatre orchestra in Hungary. Due to the vast selection of performances offered by the Opera, it is the most employed Hungarian symphony orchestra. Its roots reach back as far as 1838, when Ferenc Erkel, the father of the Hungarian national opera as a genre organised an opera orchestra for the Hungarian Theatre of Pest. The orchestra moved into their present home, the Opera House after its inauguration in 1884 and was presided over by notable principal music directors including Gustav Mahler. 

BWW Interview: Christina Scheppelmann, Part 2: On New Operas, Cultural Exchange -- and Wagner
by Erica Miner - Apr 1, 2019

The second and third repetition is ultimately what will establish a piece as an addition to the repertoire...

2018 Richard Tucker Award Goes To Christian Van Horn
by Stephi Wild - Apr 9, 2018

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Christian Van Horn – “one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone” (Opera News) – has been named as the winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award.

Six Young Opera Singers Win $10,000 Prize From the 2018 George London Awards
by Stephi Wild - Feb 17, 2018

The winners of the 47th annual George London Foundation Awards Competition for young American and Canadian opera singers were announced at the conclusion of the competition's final round this evening, which took place before an enthusiastic audience at Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

George London Foundation Presents Heidi Melton & Kyle van Schoonhoven in Recital
by Julie Musbach - Feb 6, 2018

Soprano Heidi Melton is the 2009 George London-Kirsten Flagstad Award winner who in February sings the role of Sieglinde in the New York Philharmonic's concert performance of Act I of Wagner's Die Walküre led by Jaap van Zweden, and tenor Kyle van Schoonhoven is the winner of the Nicolai Gedda Memorial Award at the 2017 George London competition as well as a 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner. These two young rising stars join pianist Craig Rutenberg to perform a joint recital, the final event of the George London Foundation's 2017-18 season, on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 4:00 pm, at the Morgan Library and Museum's Gilder Lehrman Hall.

Mozart Requiem Comes to Walnut Creek This March
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 1, 2018

California Symphony presents two performances of MOZART REQUIEM at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek on Saturday March 17th at 8pm and Sunday March 18th at 4pm. This is the third of three concert sets in the Symphony's 2017-18 season to offer patrons a Saturday evening option in Walnut Creek, catering to rising demand for professional grade performances within easy reach of discerning East Bay consumers of culture and the arts.  Diablo Regional Arts Association is the presenting sponsor of the California Symphony's Saturday night concert series, with media support provided by BARTable.

The 2018 George London Awards Public Finals Round Is Friday, 2/16
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 8, 2018

On Friday, February 16, 2018, 16 of the best young American and Canadian opera singers will perform with pianist Craig Rutenberg before a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience at The Morgan Library & Museum. At the event's conclusion, six of them will be named this year's winners of the George London Award, an honor that has been conferred upon hundreds of the best young singers since 1971. The award, currently a $10,000 prize, is named for the legendary Canadian-American bass-baritone, one of the greatest opera singers of 20th century.

San Francisco Opera Center Announces 2018 Adler Fellows
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 21, 2017

San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the eleven recipients of the 2018 Adler Fellowship. Eight singers, two pianist/apprentice coaches and one director will take part in the program. The multi-year performance-oriented residency offers advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 175 young artists since its inception.

Photo Flash: San Francisco Opera Stages Reimagined MANON
by Julie Musbach - Nov 4, 2017

San Francisco Opera presents six performances of Jules Massenet's Manon at the War Memorial Opera HouseNovember 4 22.

Marjorie Owens & Quinn Kelsey Set for George London Foundation Recital at Morgan Library
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2017

The 2009 winner of the George London-Leonie Rysanek Award and American opera's latest Rigoletto: Marjorie Owens, soprano, and Quinn Kelsey, baritone, with Myra Huang, piano, will offer the second event in the season's George London Foundation Recital Series at The Morgan Library & Museum on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 4:00 pm.

San Francisco Opera Presents New Production of Massenet's MANON
by Julie Musbach - Oct 21, 2017

San Francisco Opera presents six performances of Jules Massenet's Manon at the War Memorial Opera House November 4 22. One of the composer's most enduring and sensuous works, Manon returns to the Company's repertory after a 19-year hiatus in a new production by French director Vincent Boussard, which is a co-production with Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Israeli Opera.

LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN to Return to The Metropolitan Opera This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2017

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann returns to the Met Opera on September 26 with tenor Vittorio Grigolo reprising the title role of the tortured poet.

LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN to Return to The Metropolitan Opera This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2017

Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann returns to the Met Opera on September 26 with tenor Vittorio Grigolo reprising the title role of the tortured poet.

2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced
by Christina Mancuso - Mar 20, 2017

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named six young singers as the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera's biggest stars.

Nine Young Opera Singers Advance To Final Round of Met's National Council Auditions
by Molly Tracy - Mar 15, 2017

Following yesterday's highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera's 2017 National Council Auditions, America's most prestigious vocal competition.

San Francisco Symphony To Celebrate Composer John Adam's Birthday With Three Weekend Celebration, 2/10-25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2017

The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) honors John Adams's 70th birthday in a special three-weekend celebration of his music, February 10-25.


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