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Berkeley Rep Appoints New Associate Managing Director Photo Berkeley Rep Appoints New Associate Managing Director
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 15, 2021

Berkeley Rep announced today that it has named Sunshine Deffner as its new Associate Managing Director. Deffner previously worked as the Senior Director of Operations and Education for The California Symphony in Walnut Creek, where she served as an organizational leader for concert operations, artistic administration, program development, strategic partnerships, education programming, and general operations.

'New York Music Month Extended Play' Expanded With New Events for Children and Young  Photo 'New York Music Month Extended Play' Expanded With New Events for Children and Young Adults
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 14, 2021

The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment has announced¬†the addition of a fourth¬†New York Music Month Extended Play event category ‚ÄstYouth Programming.¬†This new category joins Resources for Musicians, NYMM Talks and Performances + Workshops.¬†

Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit to be Hosted by Theatre Communication Photo Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit to be Hosted by Theatre Communications Group
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2021

Theatre Communications Group has announced the inaugural Climate Action and Environmental Justice Summit, hosted online in partnership with Groundwater Arts, HowlRound, and Broadway Green Alliance on Earth Day, April 22, 2021.

Caroline Shaw's WE NEED TO TALK Premieres On April 16 Photo Caroline Shaw's WE NEED TO TALK Premieres On April 16
by Stephi Wild - Apr 7, 2021

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw's complex, layered sound world comes to the Opera Philadelphia Channel on Friday, April 16 with We Need to Talk.

Courtney Bryan's BLESSED Premieres on the Opera Philadelphia Channel Photo Courtney Bryan's BLESSED Premieres on the Opera Philadelphia Channel
by Stephi Wild - Feb 10, 2021

Courtney Bryan's Blessed takes its inspiration from the righteous uprisings of 2020, when the Bible verse from¬†Matthew 5, ‚Äúblessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,‚ÄĚ kept running through her head.

California Shakespeare Theater Announces Shared 47th Season Photo California Shakespeare Theater Announces Shared 47th Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 2, 2021

Responding to the ongoing pandemic and movement for racial equity, California Shakespeare Theater has announced their 2021 Season of Shared Light that will open its outdoor Bruns Amphitheater to community groups, artists, and arts and culture organizations from across the Bay Area.  

Tyshawn Sorey, Courtney Bryan, Angélica Negrón, And Caroline Shaw To Premiere New D Photo Tyshawn Sorey, Courtney Bryan, Angélica Negrón, And Caroline Shaw To Premiere New Digital Works
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 24, 2020

Having commissioned or co-commissioned more than 15 new works since 2011,¬†Opera Philadelphia¬†is recognized as¬†‚Äúone of North America's premiere generators of valid new operas‚Ä̬†(Opera News).¬†With the forthcoming launch of the Opera Philadelphia Channel, a global streaming platform where artists can perform and explore, the company¬†has commissioned four of today's most dynamic composers to create and premiere new works to be streamed on the channel.

Opera Diversifies as it Makes the Shift to Virtual Performances Photo Opera Diversifies as it Makes the Shift to Virtual Performances
by Stephi Wild - Aug 24, 2020

ABC News is exploring the ways in which opera has been able to diversify since making the shift to virtual productions due to the health crisis.

Opera Philadelphia Reinvents Its 2020-2021 Season With the Launch of a Digital Opera  Photo Opera Philadelphia Reinvents Its 2020-2021 Season With the Launch of a Digital Opera Channel
by Stephi Wild - Jul 29, 2020

The company is taking its next step into the future of the art form with the launch of the Opera Philadelphia Channel, a global broadcast platform that will bring a revised 2020-2021 season into opera lovers' homes via their television screens and streaming devices.

BREAKING THE WAVES to Receive Broadcast Premiere as Part of DIGITAL FESTIVAL O Photo BREAKING THE WAVES to Receive Broadcast Premiere as Part of DIGITAL FESTIVAL O
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 21, 2020

Opera Philadelphia's adaptation of Lars von Trier's searing, Oscar-nominated 1996 film Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016. It has since earned the Music Critics Association of North America (MCANA)'s inaugural Best New Opera Award, an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere.

Broadcast Premiere Of SKY ON SWINGS Starring Frederica Von Stade Marks Week 4 Of Digi Photo Broadcast Premiere Of SKY ON SWINGS Starring Frederica Von Stade Marks Week 4 Of Digital Festival O
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 18, 2020

Week 4 of Opera Philadelphia's Digital Festival O features the broadcast premiere of the 2018 chamber opera Sky on Swings, premiering on Friday, May 22, at 8:00 p.m. on YouTube and operaphila.org. Following Friday's digital opening night, the 2018 production will stream on-demand through Monday, August 31.

Week 3 Of Digital Festival O Features Broadcast Premiere Of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Photo Week 3 Of Digital Festival O Features Broadcast Premiere Of THE BARBER OF SEVILLE
by Alexa Criscitiello - May 11, 2020

If you are still unable to get to the barber, Opera Philadelphia can at least bring a Barber to you! Week 3 of the company's Digital Festival O features a broadcast of Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville, premiering on Friday, May 15, at 8:00 p.m. on YouTube and operaphila.org. Following Friday's digital opening night, the 2014 production will stream on-demand through Monday, June 29.

California Shakespeare Theater Announces Cancellation Of 2020 Season Photo California Shakespeare Theater Announces Cancellation Of 2020 Season
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 27, 2020

Artistic Director Eric Ting, Managing Director Sarah Williams, and the Board of Directors of California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) have chosen to cancel the 2020 performance season.

California Shakespeare Theater  Announces Cancellation Of 2020 Season Photo California Shakespeare Theater Announces Cancellation Of 2020 Season
by Stephi Wild - Mar 27, 2020

Artistic Director Eric Ting, Managing Director Sarah Williams, and the Board of Directors of California Shakespeare Theater (Cal Shakes) have chosen to cancel the 2020 performance season.

The Dramatists Guild Of America's 'Librettists Initiative' Premieres 'Credit The Libr Photo The Dramatists Guild Of America's 'Librettists Initiative' Premieres 'Credit The Librettist' Film At Opera America's New Works Forum
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2020

The Dramatists Guild Opera Committee's Librettist Initiative premieres the short film a?oeCredit the Librettist: Conversations with Today's Opera Makersa?? at Opera America's New Works Forum on Thursday, January 16 at 10am at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York.

BWW Insight: The Dramatists Guild Wants to Make Sure You 'Credit the Librettist' in C Photo BWW Insight: The Dramatists Guild Wants to Make Sure You 'Credit the Librettist' in Contemporary Opera
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 15, 2020

It may surprise you to learn that Stephen King didn't write 'The Shining' and Sister Helen Prejean didn't write 'Dead Man Walking.' Even more, you may be startled to learn that Herman Melville didn't write 'Moby Dick' and Louisa May Alcott didn't have a hand in 'Little Women.' Well, of course they did--except when it came to turning the works into operas. Then, respectively, Mark Campbell and Terrence McNally took over, as did Gene Scheer and Mark Adamo.

The Dramatists Guild of America's 'Librettists Initiative' to be Featured at Opera Am Photo The Dramatists Guild of America's 'Librettists Initiative' to be Featured at Opera America's New Works Forum
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 9, 2020

Opera America will feature a public discussion with The Dramatists Guild's Opera Committee's Librettist Initiative at their New Works Forum on Thursday, January 16 at 10am at the National Opera Center, 330 7th Avenue, 7th Floor, New York.

Tyshawn Sorey Named Opera Philadelphia's New Composer in Residence Photo Tyshawn Sorey Named Opera Philadelphia's New Composer in Residence
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 21, 2019

Opera Philadelphia welcomes Tyshawn Sorey, ‚Äúa composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas‚ÄĚ (Wall Street Journal), as the company's next Composer in Residence. Sorey, whose residency begins in November 2019, is the first resident in a new phase of the company's renowned program that will give composers more opportunities to explore the opera medium.

Tyshawn Sorey Named Opera Philadelphia's Composer In Residence Photo Tyshawn Sorey Named Opera Philadelphia's Composer In Residence
by Stephi Wild - Nov 21, 2019

Opera Philadelphia welcomes Tyshawn Sorey, 'a composer of radical and seemingly boundless ideas' (The Wall Street Journal), as the company's next Composer in Residence. Sorey, whose residency begins in November 2019, is the first resident in a new phase of the company's renowned program that will give composers more opportunities to explore the opera medium.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is Coming to The Round Barn Theatre Photo BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is Coming to The Round Barn Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 4, 2019

A tale as old as time in this Disney classic that tells the tale of an enchanted prince in the shape of a hideous beast and the intelligent woman who enters his life and must learn to love him if the curse is ever to be broken. Join the Beast, Belle, Gaston, Lefou, Lumiere, and friends as they embark on a grand journey filled with adventure, cheer, and learning to love. With the classic songs, a?oeBe Our Guest,a?? a?oeSomething There,a?? and a?oeBeauty and the Beast,a?? this will be a musical experience the whole family can share and enjoy.

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