BWW Review: A Devilishly Good Van Horn Steals MEFISTOFELE at the MetBWW Review: A Devilishly Good Van Horn Steals MEFISTOFELE at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 12, 2018

The Met is offering Robert Carsen's 1999 production of Arrigo Boito's MEFISTOFELE to show us what bass-baritone Christian Van Horn--winner of this year's Richard Tucker Award--could do in his first starring role at the house and the answer was: plenty. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kevin Langan on Operatic Idols and Vocal Longevity
by Erica Miner - Apr 13, 2017

Langan has performed with such opera luminaries as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Marilyn Horne (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Discoveries Series Presents MARIA DE BUENOS ARIES, 2/2-2/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The Atlanta Opera's Discoveries series brings Maria de Buenos Aires, a tango opera with music by Astor Piazzolla and texts by Horacio Ferrer, to Atlanta for the first time. (more...)

Martina Arroyo Receives 2013 Kennedy Center Honors on CBS-TV, 12/29
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2013

In recognition of her outstanding lifetime contribution to American culture, Martina Arroyo was saluted as one of five recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors in a star-studded gala celebration held on December 8 that will be broadcast nationwide as a two-hour prime time special on CBS-TV this Sunday, December 29 at 9pm, ET/PT. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as with her fellow honorees (actress Shirley MacLaine and musicians Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel and Carlos Santana), the pre-eminent American soprano was introduced in a speech by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who also narrated a short video about Arroyo. She was then saluted by a musical tribute celebrating her legendary portrayal of the title role in Verdi's Aida. First, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja performed Radames's aria 'Celeste Aida,' and soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sang Aida's aria 'O patria mia.' Then the two star singers were joined by graduates of the Martina Arroyo Foundation's programs-Ryan Speedo Green, Chantelle Grant, Robert Kerr, and Yuriy Yurchuk-as well as the Army Herald Trumpets and the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, to perform the opera's Act II finale. (more...)

Martina Arroyo to Receive Kennedy Center Honors, 12/8
by BWW News Desk - Nov 25, 2013

In recognition of her outstanding lifetime contribution to American culture, Martina Arroyo will be one of five recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, December 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Seated with President and Mrs. Obama, as well as with her fellow Honorees (actress Shirley MacLaine and musicians Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, and Carlos Santana), the pre-eminent American soprano will be saluted with performances and tributes during the star-studded gala celebration that will be broadcast nationwide as a two-hour prime time special on CBS-TV (Dec 29 at 9pm, EST). The honor is a fitting one, for Arroyo has devoted herself to opera over the course of a decades-long career. Since retiring from the stage, where her voice was heralded by the New York Times as "among the most glorious in the world," the Harlem-born soprano has continued to serve the art form through the Martina Arroyo Foundation, the non-profit cultural organization she established ten years ago to provide new generations of talented young singers with the tools to pursue careers in opera and prepare them for the stage. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, 10/24 - Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2013

Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season continues with the sizzling sounds of 20th-century Spain igniting in the hands of Music Director Carl St.Clair as he leads the orchestra into the exotic world of flamenco, guitar and Spanish poetry. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, Now thru 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2013

Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season continues with the sizzling sounds of 20th-century Spain igniting in the hands of Music Director Carl St.Clair as he leads the orchestra into the exotic world of flamenco, guitar and Spanish poetry. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Presents Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, 10/24 - 10/26
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2013

Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season continues with the sizzling sounds of 20th-century Spain igniting in the hands of Music Director Carl St.Clair as he leads the orchestra into the exotic world of flamenco, guitar and Spanish poetry. (more...)

Spectrum Welcomes Pianist Beth Levin Today
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2013

Spectrum presents an afternoon recital with virtuoso pianist Beth Levin today, May 5th at 3. The program features a world premiere by Andrew Rudin, a New York premiere by David Del Tredici and works by Scott Wheeler, Yehudi Wyner, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Michael Rose. (more...)

Spectrum to Welcome Pianist Beth Levin, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2013

Spectrum presents an afternoon recital with virtuoso pianist Beth Levin on Sunday, May 5th at 3. The program features a world premiere by Andrew Rudin, a New York premiere by David Del Tredici and works by Scott Wheeler, Yehudi Wyner, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Michael Rose. (more...)

IU Opera and Ballet Theater Announces 2011-2012 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2011

Four new productions and a collection of classics, including a reprise of Puccini's La Bohème, will take the stage at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during the 2011-2012 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season. (more...)

IU Opera and Ballet Theater Announces 2011-2012 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2011

Four new productions and a collection of classics, including a reprise of Puccini's La Bohème, will take the stage at Bloomington's Musical Arts Center and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater during the 2011-2012 Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater season. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY & More Set For IU Opera & Ballet Theater's 2009-10 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2009

Comedy, tragedy, magic, madness, jealousy, deceit and fantasy all will take center stage at IU Bloomington's Musical Arts Center during Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater's 2009-2010 season. (more...)

The Atlanta Opera Discoveries Series Presents MARIA DE BUENOS ARIES, 2/2-2/6
by Molly Tracy - Jan 1, 2001

The Atlanta Opera's Discoveries series brings Maria de Buenos Aires, a tango opera with music by Astor Piazzolla and texts by Horacio Ferrer, to Atlanta for the first time. (more...)

Pacific Symphony Continues 35th Season with RODRIGO'S CONCIERTO, 10/24-26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 1, 2001

Pacific Symphony's 35th anniversary season continues with the sizzling sounds of 20th-century Spain igniting in the hands of Music Director Carl St.Clair as he leads the orchestra into the exotic world of flamenco, guitar and Spanish poetry. The first Music Unwound concert of the season, the performance spotlights the well-known guitar concerto, Rodrigo's “Concierto de Aranjuez,” performed by renowned Chinese guitarist Xuefei Yang. Hailed for her “feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship… Yang's guitar sings as if she had grown up in the shaded courtyards of Andalusia” (The New York Times). Then, in honor of William Bolcom's 75th birthday, the Symphony performs the Pulitzer-Prize winning composer's “Canciones de Lorca,” a song-cycle based on the language of Spain's revered poet, Frederico García Lorca, which was composed in collaboration with tenor Plácido Domingo. The evocation of Lorca's poetry is sung by multiple prize-winning tenor René Barbera and the music is being recorded for future release. (more...)