BWW Reviews: When It Comes to Desdemona, LoftOpera Shows the Rossini OTELLO Outdoes Verdi
by Richard Sasanow - Mar 20, 2017

I must admit that I entered LoftOpera's performance of Rossini's take on OTELLO with some trepidation. Besides having a particular affection for the Verdi version, my experience with 'alternate universe' adaptations of famous operas has been iffy at best. But this OTELLO, predating Verdi by over 70 years, seemed a horse of a different color--with LoftOpera making a strong musical case for it, especially in his treatment of Desdemona, Otello's beloved, sung sensationally by soprano Cecilia Lopez. (more...)

BWW Opera Review: A Captivating BEAST from the Center for Contemporary Opera
by Richard Sasanow - May 19, 2016

Under the umbrella of the New York Opera Fest, The Center for Contemporary Opera presented an hour's worth of excerpts from THE WILD BEAST OF THE BUNGALOW, an episodic opera still in development by composer Rachel J. Peters and (the omnipresent) librettist Royce Vavrek. It was, frankly, spellbinding. (more...)

Crested Butte Music Festival to Host Opera In Paradise, 7/15-26
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Now it its 19th season, Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) continues its bold new approach in presenting music that is elevating, entertaining and transforming. Opera In Paradise (July 15-26), one of four 'mini' festivals taking place during the Festival, is no exception, as some of the biggest names on the opera world, along with top-tier emerging talent through CBMF's acclaimed training program, the Crested Butte Opera Studio, join the Festival for a six-week residency. (more...)

Hermann Baumer, Barry Banks and More Set for Crested Butte Music Festival's 2014 OPERA IN PARADISE, Now thru 7/27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

The 18th annual Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) announces a superb lineup of performances and world-class artists for Opera In Paradise, running from today, July 12 - 27, 2014. Opera lovers will experience the power and passion of opera in intimate settings from Home Soirees in beautiful mountain residences to fully staged productions of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Verdi's Rigoletto at Center for the Arts Crested Butte. (more...)

Hermann Baumer, Barry Banks and More Set for Crested Butte Music Festival's 2014 OPERA IN PARADISE, 7/12-27
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The 18th annual Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) announces a superb lineup of performances and world-class artists for Opera In Paradise, running from July 12 - 27, 2014. Opera lovers will experience the power and passion of opera in intimate settings from Home Soirees in beautiful mountain residences to fully staged productions of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Verdi's Rigoletto at Center for the Arts Crested Butte. (more...)

New Museum Announces Spring 2014 R&D Season: Work by Jeanine Oleson and Brooke O'Harra & More
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Organized by the New Museum's Department of Education and Public Engagement, R&D (Research and Development) Seasons connect various projects across multiple platforms around a new organizing theme each fall and spring. The spring 2014 R&D Season theme is VOICE. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Drama League Theatre Center Celebrates Grand Opening!
by Jessica Fallon Gordon - May 28, 2013

The Drama League opened it doors at their new space on May 23rd with a ribbon cutting hosted by Judith Light. The focal point of The DramaLeague Theater Center is the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio Lab, a brand-new laboratory/development space for theater artists to create and hone work for future productions. It will also act as a flexible multi-purpose space for a variety of programming including educational opportunities, audience-focused series and special events. This will allow the Drama League to better serve the entire New York theater community - directors, audience, playwrights and actors. The Drama League Theater Center will offer artist residencies, play readings, open rehearsals, developmental workshops, lectures, classes, seminars, discussions, conferences, theatre-focused social gatherings and more. (more...)

The Drama League Opens Drama League Theater Center Today
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2013

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) will officially dedicate its new home, The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), a new, state-of-the-art facility located on the lobby level of the historic former AT&T Building, in the heart of TriBeCa's arts district. Featuring over 100 annual public performances, workshops, classes, and more, The Drama League Theater Center and its programs bring together world-class theater artists, emerging talents, and New York theatergoers all under one roof, serving an estimated 15,000 artists and audience members each year. (more...)

The Drama League Will Open The Drama League Theater Center, 5/23
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2013

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) will officially dedicate its new home, The Drama League Theater Center (32 Avenue of the Americas), a new, state-of-the-art facility located on the lobby level of the historic former AT&T Building, in the heart of TriBeCa's arts district. Featuring over 100 annual public performances, workshops, classes, and more, The Drama League Theater Center and its programs bring together world-class theater artists, emerging talents, and New York theatergoers all under one roof, serving an estimated 15,000 artists and audience members each year. (more...)

Gerald Cohen & Deborah Brevoort's Opera STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME Premieres in NYC Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2013

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, a new opera with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, will have its premiere in Scarsdale and New York City, NY in late April, 2013. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina Polak, whom the composer has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. (more...)

Gerald Cohen & Deborah Brevoort's Opera STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME Premieres in Scarsdale and NYC This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, a new opera with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, will have its premiere in Scarsdale and New York City, NY, beginning today, April 28. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina Polak, whom the composer has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. (more...)

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME to Premiere in Scarsdale and NYC This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2013

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME will have its premiere in Scarsdale and New York City, NY this weekend. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina, whom Gerald has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. (more...)

STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME to Premiere in Scarsdale and NYC This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2013

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME will have its premiere in Scarsdale and New York City, NY this weekend. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina, whom Gerald has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. (more...)

Gerald Cohen & Deborah Brevoort's Opera STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME to Premiere in Scarsdale and NYC, April 2013
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2013

Based on the book of the same title by Jaap Polak and Ina Soep Polak, STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME, a new opera with music by Gerald Cohen and libretto by Deborah Brevoort, will have its premiere in Scarsdale and New York City, NY in late April, 2013. STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME is a love story set in two concentration camps during World War II. It is based on the true story of Jaap and Ina Polak, whom the composer has known for the last 25 years, and who just celebrated their 100th and 90th birthdays. (more...)

Drama League Theater Center to Open in TriBeCa in Late 2012
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2012

The Drama League (Executive Director, Gabriel Shanks; Artistic Director, Roger T. Danforth) is pleased to officially announce that it will open The Drama League Theater Center, a new, state-of-the-art facility that will bring world-class theater artists, emerging talents, and New York theatergoers together under one roof. (more...)

COSI FAN TUTTE Opens New 'Tech Friendly' Production at Gershwin Hotel Tonight, 8/17
by Jessikah Hackett - Aug 17, 2010

Beginning tonight at the Gershwin Hotel, Mozart's 'Cosi Fan Tutte' receives a high-tech makeover thanks to operamission. The New York Post describes the Mozart makeover as 'part miniseries, part town meeting and part jam session.' (more...)

St. Petersburg Opera Closes COSI FAN TUTTE 1/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2010

For its next fully staged opera, Mozart's 'Cosė fan tutte', St. Petersburg Opera has recruited a trio of local design and directing talents to join Maestro Mark Sforzini in bringing a school for lovers to the stage of the Palladium Theater from January 15-17, 2010. (more...)

St. Petersburg Opera Presents COSI FAN TUTTE, 1/15-1/17
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2010

For its next fully staged opera, Mozart's 'Cosė fan tutte', St. Petersburg Opera has recruited a trio of local design and directing talents to join Maestro Mark Sforzini in bringing a school for lovers to the stage of the Palladium Theater from January 15-17, 2010. (more...)

St. Petersburg Opera Presents 'Evenings with the Maestro: Comedy in Opera', 1/7
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2010

St. Petersburg Opera's popular Evenings with the Maestro series returns with a rollicking exploration of comedy in opera, presented on January 7. Using illustrations from Rossini, Bernstein, and Mozart, Maestro Mark Sforzini will discuss how the musical writing supports the comedic ideas in the story or the libretto. Many composers use clever musical devices to make the characters funny and SPO singers from the cast of the upcoming Cosė fan tutte will demonstrate with arias from various operas. (more...)

St. Petersburg Opera Presents 'Evenings with the Maestro: Comedy in Opera', 1/7
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2009

St. Petersburg Opera's popular Evenings with the Maestro series returns with a rollicking exploration of comedy in opera, presented on January 7. Using illustrations from Rossini, Bernstein, and Mozart, Maestro Mark Sforzini will discuss how the musical writing supports the comedic ideas in the story or the libretto. Many composers use clever musical devices to make the characters funny and SPO singers from the cast of the upcoming Cosė fan tutte will demonstrate with arias from various operas. (more...)

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