Kimmel Center Announces Holiday Programming And Community Service Opportunities This SeasonKimmel Center Announces Holiday Programming And Community Service Opportunities This Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2018

Spend the holiday season on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, with themed programming and family-friendly activities, including: returning favorites spanning rock, Gospel, jazz, and brass; treasured traditions from various Kimmel Center Resident Companies like the Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Philly POPS; and opportunities for holiday community service and city-wide celebrations. (more...)

Labadie Begins First Season With OSL And Opens Its Carnegie Hall Series 10/25Labadie Begins First Season With OSL And Opens Its Carnegie Hall Series 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Oct 2, 2018

Orchestra of St. Luke's Carnegie Hall 32nd-annual series concerts commences this season on October 25 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, marking the official start of Bernard Labadie's tenure as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra. Bernard Labadie and OSL have chosen Haydn as the theme for his inaugural season, showcasing the Ensemble's strong affinity for this composer. Curated with an eye to interesting musical juxtapositions, the series will offer a variety of perspectives on Haydn's music and influence.   (more...)

Bernard Labadie Kicks Off Inaugural Season With Orchestra Of St. Luke's 10/25Bernard Labadie Kicks Off Inaugural Season With Orchestra Of St. Luke's 10/25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

For his inaugural season as Principal Conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke's, Bernard Labadie has curated a three-concert residency at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage-marking the 32nd year of the OSL series at Carnegie Hall-with a focus on the music and influence of Joseph Haydn. The first concert on Thursday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m., which pairs Haydn's "Nelson Mass" with Mozart's Requiem, K. 626 (revised and completed by Robert Levin), marks OSL's first collaboration with La Chapelle de Quebec, the choir founded and directed by Maestro Labadie. Soloists joining the ensembles on stage include soprano Lauren Snouffer, mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, tenor Lothar Odinius, and bass-baritone Philippe Sly. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2018

Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) today announced additional details of its 2018-2019 season-the Orchestra's 44th-including its signature Chamber Music Series, Music in Color, and Free School Concerts celebrating the Jerome Robbins centenary. The previously announced 32nd-annual subscription series presented by Carnegie Hall opening on October 25 will mark the official start of Bernard Labadie's tenure as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra. The series will feature a season-long focus on Haydn, a specialty of both the conductor and the Orchestra. (more...)

Handel + Haydn Society Announces 2018-19 SeasonHandel + Haydn Society Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2018

With 16 Handel and Haydn Society premieres, the first performance of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 by H+H since 1865, and a host of notable guest performers, the Handel and Haydn Society announces its 2018-19 season, the 204th season in its history. (more...)

Orchestra Of St. Luke's Announces 2018-19 Carnegie Hall SeasonOrchestra Of St. Luke's Announces 2018-19 Carnegie Hall Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2018

Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) 2018-2019 Subscription Series presented by Carnegie Hall, will open on October 25, 2018, with Bernard Labadie on the podium for his official debut as Principal Conductor of the Orchestra. Works of Haydn are the thematic thread to this 32nd Carnegie Hall subscription season and the three programs will also feature works by younger contemporaries and 20th-century composers he influenced. The program, for the first of three concerts, pairs two great masterworks of the choral repertoire, Haydn's Mass in D Minor, Hob. XXII: 11, 'Nelson Mass,' and Mozart's Requiem, K. 626.La Chapelle de Quebec, the choir founded and directed by Maestro Labadie, makes its first appearance with OSL, joined by guest soloists German tenor Lothar Odinius, French-Canadian bass-baritone Philippe Sly, and acclaimed American mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.   (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Will Premiere THE PHOENIX in 2018-19 Season; Full Line-Up Announced!Houston Grand Opera Will Premiere THE PHOENIX in 2018-19 Season; Full Line-Up Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present its 2018-19 season in its creative home at Houston's Wortham Theater Center after a year of displacement due to damage to the building from Hurricane Harvey. The 64th season will open October 19, 2018, with HGO's first performances in 20 years of Wagner's romantic ghost story The Flying Dutchman, in a new production featuring baritoneAndrzej Dobber as the Dutchman and the role debut of award-winning American soprano and HGO Studio alumna Rachel Willis-S rensen as Senta. To close the season, the new Kasper Holten production of Mozart's Don Giovanni featuring the HGO debut of baritone Philippe Sly in the title role and the role debut of soprano Ailyn P rez as Donna Anna will be presented in repertory with The Phoenix, a world premiere about the colorful life of Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart's librettist for the masterful Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, and Cos fan tutte. The new work, written by composer Tarik O'Regan and librettist John Caird, will star renowned baritone Thomas Hampson as Lorenzo da Ponte in a belated HGO debut and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni as Da Ponte's son, Lorenzo. HGO will also present a revival of Daniel Cat n's ethereal Florencia en el Amazonas with internationally acclaimed soprano and HGO Studio alumna Ana Mar a Mart nez in the title role; the first HGO presentation of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers with the stellar tenor and baritone pairing of Lawrence Brownlee and Mariusz Kwiecien in the title roles along with soprano Andrea Carroll; and the return of HGO's 2012 production of Puccini's perennial classic La boh me, featuring the role debut of soprano and HGO Studio alumna Nicole Heaston as Mim . (more...)

Houston Grand Opera Announces 2018 19 SeasonHouston Grand Opera Announces 2018 19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2018

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present its 2018 19 season in its creative home at Houston's Wortham Theater Center after a year of displacement due to damage to the building from Hurricane Harvey. (more...)

Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates Bernstein At 100Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates Bernstein At 100
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2018

The Tucson Desert Song Festival's (TDSF) sixth season opens tomorrow (Jan. 16) and will run through February, 4th. The festival will celebrate the life and music of Leonard Bernstein, the iconic conductor, composer, pianist and educator Over the coming weeks TDSF, in partnership with Tucson's leading arts organizations, will present events honoring Bernstein at 100. The festival will provide a rich and unusual context in which to experience Bernstein's work. Highlights include a fully-staged production of Bernstein's comic operetta Candide (in partnership with Arizona Opera); Trouble in Tahiti (in partnership with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra) featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and bass-baritone Kelly Markgraf; Mass, in a chamber version (in partnership with True Concord Voices & Orchestra) featuring Jubilant Sykes; the Kaddish symphony, narrated by Jamie Bernstein, and an evening with Broadway star Chita Rivera. (more...)

BWW Review: New TROYENS Recording with DiDonato, Spyres and Lemieux is a Horse of a Different ColorBWW 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. (more...)

Warner Classics/Erato to Release Berlioz's LES TROYENS Featuring Joyce DiDonatoWarner 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. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

What is the importance of classical music in today's world? This is a concern of Kent Nagano's, in his 12th year at the helm of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. And that question is at the source of the programming offered by the OSM for its 2017-2018 season, with the 375th anniversary of the city of Montréal well under way. Each week, Maison symphonique will resound to the sound of the Orchestra, with over 100 concerts being presented there. (more...)

Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Announces 2017 Detailed Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Under the leadership of General Manager Bernard Foccroulle, the 69th season of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence will present an exceptional collection of artists from around the globe in five major opera productions and 16 recital, chamber music and orchestral concerts from July 3 through 22, plus more than 60 events from the Academie du Festival d'Aix. (more...)

The OSM garners its First ECHO Klassik Award for L'AIGLON
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal is proud to announce that its complete recorded performance of L'Aiglon has won the ECHO Klassik, Germany's most esteemed classical music award, in the category "Opera recording (20th/21st century music)." The world premiere recording of this lyric drama by Honegger and Ibert marks the renewal of a historic partnership between the OSM and the prestigious Decca record company. (more...)

Toronto Symphony Rings in the New Year with the Mozart@260 Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) rings in the new year in style, celebrating one of the most prolific and beloved composers ever with its annual Mozart Festival. The Mozart@260 Festival -- curated by Quebec-based conductor Bernard Labadie -- includes the famous Symphony No. 40 as part of the popular What Makes It Great? series, a splendid program featuring the Jupiter Symphony and more, and a gripping semi-staged production of the Requiem. The TSO then presents Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, and welcomes back Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan for a second time this season. (more...)

Toronto Symphony to Ring in the New Year with the Mozart@260 Festival
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) rings in the new year in style, celebrating one of the most prolific and beloved composers ever with its annual Mozart Festival. The Mozart@260 Festival -- curated by Quebec-based conductor Bernard Labadie -- includes the famous Symphony No. 40 as part of the popular What Makes It Great? series, a splendid program featuring the Jupiter Symphony and more, and a gripping semi-staged production of the Requiem. The TSO then presents Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, and welcomes back Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan for a second time this season. (more...)

SWEENEY TODD, THE MAGIC FLUTE, CRAMEN and More Set for San Francisco Opera's 2015-16 Season; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 10, 2015

San Francisco Opera General Director David Gockley and Music Director Nicola Luisotti today announced the Company's 2015-16 season repertory and roster of international and critically acclaimed guest artists, conductors and creative teams scheduled to appear at the War Memorial Opera House. (more...)

The Merola Opera Program to Stage DON PASQUALE, Starring James Ioelu and Amina Edris, Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2015

The Merola Opera Program presents Donizetti's Don Pasquale, led by conductor Warren Jones and director Nic Muni, in two performances Thursday, August 6 at 7:30pm and Today, August 8 at 2pm at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. (more...)

Merola Opera Program Performs DON PASQUALE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

The Merola Opera Program presents Donizetti's Don Pasquale, led by conductor Warren Jones and director Nic Muni, in two performances tonight, August 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 8 at 2pm at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. (more...)

The Merola Opera Program to Stage DON PASQUALE, Starring James Ioelu and Amina Edris, 8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

The Merola Opera Program presents Donizetti's Don Pasquale, led by conductor Warren Jones and director Nic Muni, in two performances Thursday, August 6 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 8 at 2pm at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. (more...)

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