BWW Review: LA BOHEME Opens Santa Fe Opera's 2019 SeasonBWW Review: LA BOHEME Opens Santa Fe Opera's 2019 Season
by Maria Nockin - Jul 1, 2019

On June 28, 2019, Santa Fe Opera opened its 63rd Season with Giacomo Puccini's tale of poverty-stricken young lovers in nineteenth century Paris. Stage Director Mary Birnbaum told the tale in a straight forward manner but with with an occasional twist that fomented conversation among audience members during the intermission and after the final act.  (more...)


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The Santa Fe Opera Announces Casting Update For LA BOHEME Opening June 28The Santa Fe Opera Announces Casting Update For LA BOHEME Opening June 28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2019

The Santa Fe Opera announces a casting update for La boh me, which opens the season on Friday, June 28. Nicaraguan-American soprano Gabriella Reyes will assume the role of Musetta, replacing Kirsten MacKinnon, who has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Reyes is a 2017 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions grand finalist and recently made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the High Priestess in Aida, followed by performances as First Lady in The Magic Flute and Nella in Gianni Schicchi. After Reyes's Santa Fe Opera debut, she will be heard as Li in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Marko Nikodijevi and Marina Abramovic's 7 Deaths of Maria Callas. (more...)

Portland Opera Announces 2019/20 SeasonPortland Opera Announces 2019/20 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2019

Portland Opera is pleased to announce programming for the company's 56th season, which will open on October 25, 2019. The season will launch with one of the most powerful operas of all time, Puccini's Madama Butterfly, starring internationally acclaimed soprano Hiromi Omura in the title role. In February, the company will present An American Quartet: Four One-Act Operas in an intimate evening in the Hampton Opera Center's black box theatre. These one-acts feature Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone, Samuel Barber's A Hand of Bridge, Douglas Moore's Gallantry, and Lee Hoiby's Bon Appetit! The season will continue with a rare presentation of Vivaldi's opera Bajazet in March, which will be a special collaboration with the Portland Baroque Orchestra. In the spring, Portland Opera will present its annual Big Night concert and Leoncavallo's verismo masterpiece, Pagliacci. The 2019/20 season will close with the Portland Opera premiere of Jake Heggie's familial drama, Three Decembers.   (more...)

BWW Review: Art Imitates Life in LA BOHEME at Opera PhiladelphiaBWW Review: Art Imitates Life in LA BOHEME at Opera Philadelphia
by Alyssa Biederman - Apr 28, 2019

In front of projections of impressionist art and a set reminiscent of a still life painting, a simple story of romance, loss, poverty, and creation plays out. Opera Philadelphia's re-imagining of La Boheme takes the classic tale to a new level. (more...)

Richard Tucker Music Foundation Names Lisette Oropesa as Winner of 2019 Richard Tucker AwardRichard Tucker Music Foundation Names Lisette Oropesa as Winner of 2019 Richard Tucker Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019

The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Lisette Oropesa has been named as the winner of the 2019 Richard Tucker Award. The soprano already headlines major productions worldwide, and after her recent house debuts in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor at the Teatro Real Madrid and Royal Opera House, The Guardiandeclared: “The Cuban American soprano is sensationally good. She makes the stratospheric vocal fireworks … sound easy; indeed, her every note is part of a convincing portrayal of a complex character.” Widely referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera,” the Tucker Award carries the foundation's most substantial cash prize of $50,000, and is conferred each year by a panel of opera industry professionals on an American singer at the threshold of a significant international career. Past winners include such luminaries as Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Matthew Polenzani, and Deborah Voigt. Oropesa will be inducted into this who's who of American opera at the foundation's annual gala, a perennial highlight of the opera season, on Sunday, October 27, at Carnegie Hall. (more...)

Dallas Opera Celebrates Puccini In March Mini-FestDallas Opera Celebrates Puccini In March Mini-Fest
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2019

The Dallas Opera presents a month-long mini-fest during the month of March, in celebration of one of the greatest and most influential composers in the history of opera: Giacomo Puccini. (more...)

Seattle Opera Unveils 2019/20 SeasonSeattle Opera Unveils 2019/20 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2019

With a mix of new and traditional takes on opera, Seattle Opera unveils a 2019/20 Season that offers something for everyone. Audiences will experience new-to-Seattle productions of Rigoletto, Cinderella, and Eugene Onegin; the company premiere of Charlie Parker's Yardbird; and the return of a beloved classic, La boh me. (more...)

3Arts Awards Chicago Artists, $25,000 Cash Grants3Arts Awards Chicago Artists, $25,000 Cash Grants
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2018

3Arts, the Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization, is honored to award 20 Chicago artists with unrestricted grants at the 11th annual 3Arts Awards Celebration, taking place tonight, November 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The celebration will honor the ten annual 3Arts Awards recipients along with ten recipients of Make a Wave-an unprecedented artist-to-artist giving initiative. (more...)

3Arts Awards 20 Chicago Artists with Unrestricted Cash Grants3Arts Awards 20 Chicago Artists with Unrestricted Cash Grants
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2018

3Arts, the Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization, is honored to award 20 Chicago artists with unrestricted grants at the 11th annual 3Arts Awards Celebration, taking place Monday, November 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The celebration will honor the ten annual 3Arts Awards recipients along with ten recipients of Make a Wave-an unprecedented artist-to-artist giving initiative. (more...)

Sopranos Nicole Cabell And Alyson Cambridge Sing Duets On 'Sisters In Song'  From Cedille RecordsSopranos Nicole Cabell And Alyson Cambridge Sing Duets On 'Sisters In Song' From Cedille Records
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2018

Nicole Cabell and Alyson Cambridge, celebrated American sopranos and close friends, record together for the first time on 'Sisters in Song,' a new Cedille Records album of opera duets and specially commissioned duet arrangements of classical songs, African-American spirituals, and a folk tune, accompanied by the Lake Forest Symphony conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic. (more...)

Seattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang To Leave For Welsh National OperaSeattle Opera General Director Aidan Lang To Leave For Welsh National Opera
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2018

Seattle Opera announced today that General Director Aidan Lang will leave the company to become General Director of Welsh National Opera. The third General Director of Seattle Opera, Lang departs at the close of the 2018/19 season following a five-year tenure. Under Lang's leadership, Seattle Opera has: increased its audiences, particularly, young people, created a new civic home for opera at Seattle Center, introduced new chamber opera productions in locations around the city, and made organizational strides toward racial equity. (more...)

Brooklyn Art Song Society Opens 9th Season With The Songs of Charles IvesBrooklyn Art Song Society Opens 9th Season With The Songs of Charles Ives
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2018

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George London Foundation For Singers Announces 2018-19 SeasonGeorge London Foundation For Singers Announces 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2018

The George London Foundation for Singers has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971. The foundation and the George London Awards (the prize of the foundation's annual competition) are named for the legendary Canadian-American bass-baritone, one of the greatest opera singers of 20th century, who devoted much of his time and energy in his later years to the support and nurturing of young opera singers. (more...)

George London Foundation Announces Singers for 2018-19 SeasonGeorge London Foundation Announces Singers for 2018-19 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

The George London Foundation for Singers has been honoring, supporting, and presenting the finest young opera singers in the U.S. and Canada since 1971. The foundation and the George London Awards (the prize of the foundation's annual competition) are named for the legendary Canadian-American bass-baritone, one of the greatest opera singers of 20th century, who devoted much of his time and energy in his later years to the support and nurturing of young opera singers. (more...)

THE MAGIC FLUTE to Bring Tuneful, Mystical Journey to Milwaukee in 2018THE MAGIC FLUTE to Bring Tuneful, Mystical Journey to Milwaukee in 2018
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2018

Mozart's operatic fantasy delights audiences with its tuneful and mystical journey. (more...)

Lyric Opera Hosts EMPOWER an Original Opera from EmpowerYouthLyric Opera Hosts EMPOWER an Original Opera from EmpowerYouth
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Urban League's collaborative program, EmpowerYouth! Igniting Creativity through the Arts, is excited to present Empower, an original opera developed with local African-American high-school students. Tickets are $10-20 and are available here for the one-night-only performance, which will take place Thursday, May 31 at 7:00pm at the Lyric Opera House.  (more...)

Dallas Opera Appoints General Director And CEO DesignateDallas Opera Appoints General Director And CEO Designate
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018

The Dallas Opera is both pleased and proud to announce that, after an international search supported by Arts Consulting Group, TDO has hired Kentucky Opera General Director Ian Derrer to become the eighth general director in its history, effective this July. (more...)

Florentine Opera To Perform A Family-Friendly Production Of THE MAGIC FLUTEFlorentine Opera To Perform A Family-Friendly Production Of THE MAGIC FLUTE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018

Milwaukee families can enjoy an opera classic with the Florentine Opera at The Magic Flute, May 11 and 13 in Uihlein Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Originally written in German, this Florentine production will be performed in English to be accessible to audiences of all ages. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces 2018-2019 SeasonOpera Philadelphia Announces 2018-2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018

When Opera Philadelphia's inaugural Festival O launched the present season, the opera world responded with a standing ovation, welcoming it as 'one of the most enjoyable additions to the fall calendar in years' (more...)

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