The Cecilia Chorus of New York Appears in Concert May 3 at Carnegie HallThe Cecilia Chorus of New York Appears in Concert May 3 at Carnegie Hall
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2019

The Cecilia Chorus of New York, Mark Shapiro, Music Director will present Brahms, Elgar and The Brothers Balliett, on May 3 at 8:00 PM at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, 57th St. and 7th Ave. in Manhattan. (more...)

Five Singers Named Winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council AuditionsFive Singers Named Winners of the 2019 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2019

After a months-long series of auditions involving more than 1,000 singers at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named five singers as the winners of the 65th annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize. (more...)

Nine Opera Singers Advance To Final Round Of 2019 Met National Council AuditionsNine Opera Singers Advance To Final Round Of 2019 Met National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2019

Following yesterday's highly competitive semifinal competition, nine singers will advance to the final phase of the 65th annual Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, America's largest vocal competition. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000, while the remaining finalists will receive prizes of $7,500. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces 21 Semifinalists In Its National Council AuditionsMetropolitan Opera Announces 21 Semifinalists In Its National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019

Twenty-one young opera singers who have won regional auditions around the United States will compete in the semifinal round of the country's leading vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, on Sunday, March 24. The closed semifinal competition, held on the Met stage before a panel of judges, will determine the select group of finalists who will advance to the final round of the competition-the Grand Finals, which is open to the public and will be held on the Met stage on Sunday, March 31. (more...)

Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center's March Concerts Include Winter Festival's Russian Panorama, Hungarian Fire And Seven Last WordsChamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center's March Concerts Include Winter Festival's Russian Panorama, Hungarian Fire And Seven Last Words
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2019

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's season-long focus on the music of Russia comes to a highpoint in March with its annual Winter Festival, Russian Panorama, which will present four programs filled with Russian works composed between 1832 and 1979 (Mar. 10, 15, 19 & 24). The Festival's broad survey of repertoire will range from the age of the tsars to beyond the Soviet era, comprising works by Balakirev, Borodin, Glinka, Glazunov, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Taneyev, and Tchaikovsky. Among the many superlative artists taking part in these concerts are acclaimed pianists Anne-Marie McDermottand Wu Han, violinists Chad Hoopes and Arnaud Sussmann, violist Matthew Lipman, and the legendary Borodin String Quartet, returning to CMS with its interpretation of quartets by several Russian composers, including its namesake, Borodin. Returning lecturer Michael Parloff will inaugurate the Winter Festival's Russian journey with an overview of the country's rich musical tapestry on March 5. (more...)

BWW Overview: A Look-Back at Opera's Many-Colored Dream Coat of Performance Highs in 2018BWW Overview: A Look-Back at Opera's Many-Colored Dream Coat of Performance Highs in 2018
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 27, 2018

Well, it's that time of the year again--time for a look-back on what was worth making note of during the calendar year that's about to come to an end. It's from a totally personal, subjective point of view, of course, but frankly that's the way opera-lovers always seem to like it, n'est-ce pas? The productions worth noting come from places big, small and in-between, from composers old as the hills to freshly minted or somewhere in between (likewise the performers), from traditional or boldly modern to simply stand up and sing. (more...)

Chamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center Begins Winter/Spring Season Next MonthChamber Music Society Of Lincoln Center Begins Winter/Spring Season Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2018

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center starts its 2019 winter/spring season in Alice Tully Hall with two exciting performances. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, a Meet the Music!concert for families based on Paul Goble's haunting tale of a Native American girl who understands horses on a mystical level, will be presented on January 13. Led by series creator and host Bruce Adolphe, the performance features flutist Sooyun Kim, clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, cellist Mihai Marica, pianist David Kaplan, percussionist Eduardo Leandro, and a free instrumental petting zoo in the lobby for kids. It will be followed by Esteemed Ensemble, which reunites close friends and colleagues pianist Wu Han, violinist Daniel Hope, violist Paul Neubauer, and cellist David Finckel,performing piano quartet classics by Suk, Brahms, and Dvo?ak on January 27 and 29. (more...)

BWW OperaView: OPERA America's National Opera Week Begins Oct. 26, Chaired by Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo GreenBWW OperaView: OPERA America's National Opera Week Begins Oct. 26, Chaired by Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 26, 2018

While many people from the current generation don't know the Marx Brothers, the comic geniuses of stage, film and early television, probably even fewer are familiar with one of their masterworks, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA. Filled with the sound of music, it also is brimming with laughs and general silliness. What the film does not provide, however, is to show how opera can change lives--but OPERA America's 10th annual National Opera Week, from Oct. 26-Nov. 4, is attempting to change that perception. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for AIDAMetropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2018

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Metropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: AIDAMetropolitan Opera Cast Change Advisory: AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2018

Yonghoon Lee will sing Radamès in tonight's performance of Verdi's Aida, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who is ill. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for LA BOHEMEMetropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change for LA BOHEME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2018

Ryan Speedo Green will sing Colline in tonight's performance of Puccini's La Boheme, replacing Matthew Rose, who is ill. (more...)

BWW Review: Finally, Netrebko Gives Us a Gala Opening at the Met, with Spectacular AIDABWW Review: Finally, Netrebko Gives Us a Gala Opening at the Met, with Spectacular AIDA
by Richard Sasanow - Sep 29, 2018

The synopsis of Verdi's AIDA, with Ghislanzoni's smart libretto, places it in 'Egypt, during the reign of the pharaohs.' For the first performance of the opera this season, on Wednesday, they should have changed that to 'during the reign of soprano Anna Netrebko,' because she owned the stage from the moment she entered. (more...)

Rialto Theatre Presents A Screen of Verdi's AIDARialto Theatre Presents A Screen of Verdi's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2018

The Metropolitan Opera's award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts in 70 countries on 6 continents will begin its 13th season with Verdi's grand production of Aida, starring one of the world's most acclaimed sopranos, Anna Netrebko. It is worth mentioning that the Rialto Theater introduced the program The Met: Live in HD to Cyprus on December 2012, again with the classic masterpiece of Verdi Aida. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Launches 65th Annual Competition For Young SingersMetropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Launches 65th Annual Competition For Young Singers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

Young opera singers from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and for the first time, Mexico, will compete for $15,000 cash prizes and the opportunity to launch major operatic careers, when the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions launches its 65th annual auditions program this fall. Over 1,000 singers between the ages of 20 and 30 will participate in the program, the longest-running singing competition in the country. Finalists will perform on the stage of the Met at the Grand Finals Concert on Sunday, March 31, 2019. (more...)

WNO Presents Ryan Speedo Green In RecitalWNO Presents Ryan Speedo Green In Recital
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2018

Named for the groundbreaking African American contralto, the Marian Anderson Vocal Award recognizes a young American singer in opera, oratorio, or recital repertoire with outstanding promise for a significant career. Washington National Opera (WNO) named bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as the 2018 recipient earlier this year and is pleased to present him in concert on Thursday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. Tickets are $39. (more...)

Acclaimed Soprano Anna Netrebko to Sing Her First Met AIDAAcclaimed Soprano Anna Netrebko to Sing Her First Met AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 11, 2018

Anna Netrebko makes her Met role debut in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess in Verdi's tragedy of ancient Egypt, Aida, opening September 26. Anita Rachvelishvili sings the role of her formidable rival, Amneris, following the Georgian soprano's critically acclaimed portrayal of Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore last season. The cast also features Aleksandrs Antonenko as the warrior Radames, Quinn Kelsey as Aida's father, Amonasro, Dmitry Belosselskiy as the high priest Ramfis, and Ryan Speedo Green as the King, under the baton of Nicola Luisotti. The October 6 matinee will be transmitted worldwide, kicking off the Met's new Live in HD series, now reaching more than 2,000 movie theaters in 73 countries around the world. (more...)

The Met: Live in HD 2018-19 Season at the Warner Opens With Verdi's AIDAThe Met: Live in HD 2018-19 Season at the Warner Opens With Verdi's AIDA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2018

The 2018-19 season of The Met: Live in HD will open at the Warner Theatre with Verdi's AIDA on Saturday, October 6 at 12:55 pm in the Nancy Marine Studio. The 2018-19 season is sponsored by Viron Rondo Osteria. A complimentary 45 minute pre-opera lecture by Dr. Marguerite Mullee will be offered in the Studio Theatre Lobby two hours before the broadcast, sponsored by Mitchell Auto Group. In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. The cast also features tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko as Radames, Quinn Kelsey as Amonasro, Dmitry Belosselskiy as Ramfis and Ryan Speedo Green as The King. Nicola Luisotti will take the podium for the Met's monumental production. (more...)

BWW Review: I Like MOZART. Does That Make Me a Bad Person?BWW Review: I Like MOZART. Does That Make Me a Bad Person?
by Richard Sasanow - Aug 16, 2018

Lincoln Center's MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL is over for the season and finished up with a program that was an oddity because it wasn't mostly Mozart (or no Mozart) but all Mozart. Well, hooray for the 18th century. I was happy to be back in the bosom of the festival's namesake. Does that make me a bad person? (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 7/7/2018
by - Jul 7, 2018

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 7/7/2018. (more...)

Rossini's 'Semiramide' Starring Angela Meade And Elizabeth DeShong Comes to PBS 7/8Rossini's 'Semiramide' Starring Angela Meade And Elizabeth DeShong Comes to PBS 7/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018

Season 12 of Great Performances at the Met continues Sunday, July 8 on PBS (check local listings) with a rare Met performance of Rossini's masterpiece Semiramide, starring Angela Meade as the titular Queen of Babylon and Elizabeth DeShong as the warrior Arsace. Javier Camarena, Ildar Abdrazakov and Ryan Speedo Green complete the all-star bel canto cast.   (more...)

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