Four Short Operas Based On The Stonewall Riots Come to Shubert Theatre at NYUFour Short Operas Based On The Stonewall Riots Come to Shubert Theatre at NYU
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

Four half-hour long mini-operas inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a watershed moment in LGBTQ civil rights, will have their world premiere at NYU's Shubert Theatre on May 18, 2019 and within the modern-day Stonewall Inn itself on May 19 and 20. The mini-opera performances will conclude NYU's Stonewall at 50 Series, a collection of panels, performances, events, and discussions commemorating the riots and their legacy. (more...)

World Premiere of Video Game Opera PERMADEATH Comes to BostonWorld Premiere of Video Game Opera PERMADEATH Comes to Boston
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2018

The world premiere of the video game opera PermaDeath, written by creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and composed by Dan Visconti, the composer of Opera Philadelphia's recent Andy Warhol-themed ANDY: A Popera, takes place at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater from September 27-29.  (more...)

World Premiere of Video Game Opera PERMADEATH Comes to BostonWorld Premiere of Video Game Opera PERMADEATH Comes to Boston
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2018

The world premiere of the video game opera PermaDeath, written by creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs and composed by Dan Visconti, the composer of Opera Philadelphia's recent Andy Warhol-themed ANDY: A Popera, takes place at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater from September 27-29.  (more...)

BWW Review: DINNER Now Being Served at NYU's Opera Lab and American Opera ProjectsBWW Review: DINNER Now Being Served at NYU's Opera Lab and American Opera Projects
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 2, 2018

What's left to say about Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party"--that milestone of 20th century feminist art now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum--that hasn't already been said? Actually, quite a bit, according to the students from the Opera Lab of NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (GMTWP), who have taken a handful of the pieces and used them--and the work as a whole--as inspiration for a series of short operas, under the guidance of the Lab's co-directors, Randall Eng and Sam Helfrich. (more...)

Tickets On Sale Today For Cerise Jacobs Video Game OperaTickets On Sale Today For Cerise Jacobs Video Game Opera
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2018

Cerise Jacobs (photo credit: James Daniel­­­) ; Dan Visconti (photo credit: SnoStudios Photography) Tickets go on sale today for the latest brainchild of creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs, the video game opera PermaDeath. Hailed by Opera magazine as “intrepid and artistically ambitious,” Jacobs is quickly establishing a body of original operatic work that blends two of her great passions, myth and technology, in compelling and relevant contemporary stories. PermaDeath, her most technologically sophisticated work to date, premieres at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater from September 27-29. (more...)

NYU Tisch, the Brooklyn Museum, and American Opera Projects to Present Feminist Mini-OperasNYU Tisch, the Brooklyn Museum, and American Opera Projects to Present Feminist Mini-Operas
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2018

The Dinner Party Operas, a showcase of eleven original mini-operas inspired by Judy Chicago's iconic feminist installation The Dinner Party, a multi-media work housed in the Brooklyn Museum, will be presented this May in New York City by the NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (GMTWP), the Brooklyn Museum, the NYU Tisch Department of Design for Stage & Film and American Opera Projects (AOP). Six of the operas will be performed on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at NYU Tisch's GMTWP Black Box Theatre, located in Manhattan at 715 Broadway, between Washington and Waverly places, on the second floor. The remaining five operas will be performed on Sunday, May 27 at 2:00 p.m. at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Each under 15-minutes long, the operas were written and composed by students in the NYU Tisch GMTWP Opera Lab and will be performed by professional opera singers with piano accompaniment. The Dinner Party Operas is free with advance registration (May 23) or museum admission (May 27) and open to the public. To reserve tickets for the May 23 performance at NYU, email tisch.ipa@nyu.edu. Complete info at www.aopopera.org. (more...)

Librettist Cerise Jacobs Collaborates With Visual Art And Technical Virtuosos On PERMADEATHLibrettist Cerise Jacobs Collaborates With Visual Art And Technical Virtuosos On PERMADEATH
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

The latest undertaking for the “intrepid and artistically ambitious” (Opera magazine) creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs is the upcoming video game opera PermaDeath, premiering at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater on September 27-29 of this year. (more...)

Librettist Cerise Jacobs Announces PERMADEATH Video Game OperaLibrettist Cerise Jacobs Announces PERMADEATH Video Game Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2018

Creator and librettist Cerise Jacobs – hailed by Opera magazine as “intrepid and artistically ambitious” – is quickly establishing a body of original operatic work that blends two of her great passions, myth and technology, in compelling and relevant contemporary stories. Her latest venture, premiering at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater on September 27-29 of this year, is the video game opera PermaDeath, co-written with her son Pirate Epstein, founder of the video game company SqueePlay and a former New England Halo champion. Composed by Dan Visconti, perhaps best known in the opera world as the composer of Opera Philadelphia's recent Andy Warhol-themed ANDY: A Popera, the opera is directed by New York-based opera director Sam Helfrich, who helmed the first performances in New York of Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös's Angels in America at New York City Opera last year. PermaDeath is produced by White Snake Projects, headed by Boston producer and Artistic Director of TEDxCambridge Georgia Lyman, with Jacobs as Executive Producer. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present Haydn's THE CREATION Through Modern-Day LensPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present Haydn's THE CREATION Through Modern-Day Lens
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2017

Opera and theater director Sam Helfrich joins Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for the third in a series of collaborations bringing to life great musical masterpieces through a provocative and modern-day lens. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present Haydn's THE CREATION Through Modern-Day LensPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Present Haydn's THE CREATION Through Modern-Day Lens
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2017

Opera and theater director Sam Helfrich joins Music Director Manfred Honeck, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh for the third in a series of collaborations bringing to life great musical masterpieces through a provocative and modern-day lens. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate 10 Years of Manfred Honeck as Music DirectorPittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to Celebrate 10 Years of Manfred Honeck as Music Director
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2017

The 2017-2018 season marks Maestro Manfred Honeck's 10th Anniversary with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the season, there will be many opportunities to celebrate this milestone. Please visit pittsburghsymphony.org/Manfred for more information on these programs and events. (more...)

Review Roundup: New York City Opera's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by Review Roundups - Jun 14, 2017

New York City Opera concludes the season with the eagerly anticipated New York premiere of Peter Eotvos's Angels in America, based on the play by Tony Kushner. (more...)

BWW Review: City Opera's ANGELS IN AMERICA Sings in New York Premiere
by Richard Sasanow - Jun 13, 2017

Can an opera's libretto be true to its literary source without being a carbon copy of it? It not only can—it has to be; otherwise, a work like Peter Eotvos's ANGELS IN AMERICA would end up being as long as the four operas of Wagner's Ring Cycle without saying anything new. I knew that Eotvos's work, which had its New York premiere at New York City Opera last weekend, directed by Sam Helfrich, clocked in at around 2 ½ hours, compared to the seven hours of Tony Kushner's two-part epic. How would it compress all those verbal parries, the humor, the politics, the theatricality, and still be ANGELS? (more...)

Dreaming Ahead! ANGELS IN AMERICA Opera to Make New York Debut This June
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

In its 2016 - 2017 season, New York City Opera presented the New York staged premiere of Rachmaninoff's Aleko, the New York premiere of Tobin Stokes's Fallujah, 10 sold-out performances of Bernstein's Candide, the modern-day revival of Respighi's La Campana Sommersa, and the American premiere of Antonio Literes's Baroque rarity Los Elementos. This June, New York City Opera concludes the season with the eagerly anticipated New York premiere of Peter Eotvos's Angels in America, based on the play by Tony Kushner. (more...)

Timely Mini Operas Come to NYU This Saturday
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2017

Operas at the House, a showcase of three original operas inspired by the not-for-profit International House and each no longer than the traditional sit-com, will be performed Saturday, May 13 at 5 p.m. at NYU Tisch's Black Box Theater.  Co-sponsored by the Tisch Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program (GMTWP), International House, the NYU Tisch Department of Design for Stage & Film and American Opera Projects (AOP), Operas at the House is free with advance registration and open to the public.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Pittsburgh Opera Sports New Photos of THE SUMMER KING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera is proud and privileged to present the world premiere of Daniel Sonenberg's opera, The Summer King, the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. (more...)

Photo Flash: Get a First Look at Pittsburgh Opera's THE SUMMER KING
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a first look at THE SUMMER KING from Pittsburgh Opera! Check out the photos below! Pittsburgh Opera is proud and privileged to present the world premiere of Daniel Sonenberg's opera, The Summer King, the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. This very first world premiere in Pittsburgh Opera's distinguished 78 year history hits close to home as Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh's North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Featuring AlFRed Walker in the title role, Denyce Graves, Sean Pannikar, Kenneth Kellogg, Norman Shankle, Jacqueline Echols and many more, led by Maestro AnTony Walker and directed by Sam Helfrich. Sonenberg collaborated on the libretto with Daniel Nester and Mark Campbell provided additional lyrics. The Summer King runs Saturday, April 29th (8pm), Tuesday, May 2nd (7pm), Friday, May 5th (7:30pm) and Sunday, May 7th (3pm) at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Announces 2017-18 Classics and Pops Series - Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, European Tour and More!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announces the 2017-2018 season programming for its BNY Mellon Grand Classics and PNC Pops series. The upcoming season of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics marks its 10th season under the musical leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck and the orchestra's 122nd year since its founding. (more...)

Pittsburgh Symphony Announces Classical Pops Programming For 2017-2018
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announces the 2017-2018 season programming for its BNY Mellon Grand Classics and PNC Pops series. The upcoming season of the BNY Mellon Grand Classics marks its 10th season under the musical leadership of Music Director Manfred Honeck and the orchestra's 122nd year since its founding. (more...)

Pittsburgh Opera Presents World Premiere of THE SUMMER KING
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Pittsburgh Opera is proud and privileged to present the world premiere of Daniel Sonenberg's opera, The Summer King, the story of baseball legend Josh Gibson. This very first world premiere in Pittsburgh Opera's distinguished 78 year history hits close to home as Josh went from the sandlots of Pittsburgh's North Side to the pinnacle of greatness in the Negro Leagues, before ultimately being enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Featuring Alfred Walker in the title role, Denyce Graves, Sean Pannikar, Kenneth Kellogg, Norman Shankle, Jacqueline Echols and many more, led by Maestro Antony Walker and directed by Sam Helfrich. Sonenberg collaborated on the libretto with Daniel Nester and Mark Campbell provided additional lyrics. The Summer King runs Saturday, April 29th (8pm), Tuesday, May 2nd (7pm), Friday, May 5th (7:30pm) and Sunday, May 7th (3pm) at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

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