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The Tender Land

The setting is the 1930's in the Midwestern United States, at the time of the spring harvest and a high school graduation. Aaron Copland's hauntingly beautiful opera is a coming of age tale exploring themes of loneliness, sexual awakening and affinity with the land.

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016
The Old Globe today announced the remaining productions in its 2017 Summer Season, including a brand-new comedy, Ken Ludwig's Robin Hood!, and a Summer Shakespeare Festival lineup featuring Robert Sean Leonard in the title role of the towering history play Richard II, directed by Erica Schmidt. Shakespeare's exhilarating tragedy Hamlet follows, directed by Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2018
On November 17th, Opera San Jose's 35th season continues with Leoncavallo's tragedy Pagliacci.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019
The Cincinnati May Festival announced program details and artists for the 2020 Festival with nine performances taking place between May 21 and 31, 2020 at Cincinnati Music Hall as well as other locations, and an additional performance on April 5, 2020 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington, Kentucky. Joining the Festival's artistic leadership team of Principal Conductor Juanjo Mena and Director of Choruses Robert Porco is 2020 Artistic Partner John Adams.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017
Celebrated baritone Christiaan Smith will make his Carnegie Hall debut this fall with 'Songs We Know,' presented by Trespass Productions, Saturday, November 18 at 8PM in Weill Recital Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018
Come learn all about the musical instruments that make up an orchestra with Pacific Symphony's "The Wizard's Spellbook" concert this Halloween season! The Symphony takes the stage Oct. 27 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, led by Assistant Conductor and Music Director of Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra, Roger Kalia. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring their wands, broomsticks and cloaks as the orchestra will play the enchanting themes of John William's "Hedwig's Theme" from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Ponchielli's "Dance of the Hours," and the educational and fun "The Conductor's Spellbook," music and story by composer Paul Dooley and narrated by the opera baritone, David Stoneman.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016
After kicking off the season with standing-room-only audiences for their SeptemberFest concerts, Longy School of Music of Bard College embraces new partners and old friends to present a colorful fall lineup. The full schedule is available at www.longy.edu/events. Highlights from the season include:
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2018
San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the 12 recipients of the 2019 Adler Fellowship. Selected from participants of the Merola Opera Program, the ten singers and two pianist/apprentice coaches begin their fellowships in January 2019. The multi-year performance-oriented residency offers advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Since its inception in 1977, the prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 180 young artists, introducing many budding stars to the international opera stage and launching active careers throughout the world as performers, production artists, arts professionals and educators.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2017
San Francisco Opera Center Director Sheri Greenawald today announced the eleven recipients of the 2018 Adler Fellowship. Eight singers, two pianist/apprentice coaches and one director will take part in the program. The multi-year performance-oriented residency offers advanced young artists intensive individual training, coaching and professional seminars, as well as a wide range of performance opportunities. Adler Fellows are selected from the artists who have participated in the Merola Opera Program. The prestigious fellowship has nurtured the development of more than 175 young artists since its inception.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2017
Des Moines Metro Opera's (DMMO) Words and Music at the Carnegie Capital Campaign has raised over $4 million, exceeding its original $3.5 million goal. General and Artistic Director Michael Egel announced the news on November 9 at a donor recognition event to celebrate the campaign's success.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2017
Celebrated baritone Christiaan Smith will make his Carnegie Hall debut this fall with 'Songs We Know,' presented by Trespass Productions, Today, November 18 at 8PM in Weill Recital Hall.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017
Pasadena Symphony's annual Holiday Candlelight concert returns to All Saints Church on Saturday, December 16, 2017. Having sold out for the past six years, the symphony will offer two performances to meet community demand at 4:00pm & 7:00pm.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2017
Celebrated baritone Christiaan Smith will make his Carnegie Hall debut this fall with 'Songs We Know,' presented by Trespass Productions, this Saturday, November 18 at 8PM in Weill Recital Hall. Tickets, priced at $48 to $78, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, www.CarnegieHall.org.
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2018
Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced the all-female ensemble of its highly anticipated and innovative adaptation of MAC BETH by Erica Schmidt. Set to run May 18 - June 17, 2018 (opening night May 23), tickets to MAC BETH are on sale now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at 206.443.2222 and online at SeattleRep.org. The Rep's production is also a participant in Seattle Celebrates Shakespeare.
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2017
For the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra's final concerts this year the orchestra turns to celebrated American composers including John Williams and Aaron Copland. John Williams' music for the Spielberg-directed film Lincoln reveres and mourns the late president. Copland explores socio-economic variability in his opera, The Tender Land. Although the opera itself was not successful, this suite of extracted music has moved audiences with its beautiful melodies and nostalgic overtones. This program also showcases Charlotte Marckx, the 2017 winner of the BSO's annual Young Artist Concerto Competition in a performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto. Join us as we bring this monumental season to a peaceful and stunning conclusion.
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2017
Michigan Opera Theatre is pleased to announce the 2017-2018 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artists. The roster includes tenor, Michael Day; soprano, Monica Dewey; baritone, Harry Greenleaf; bass-baritone, Erik Van Heyningen; and returning Studio Artist mezzo-soprano, Briana Elyse Hunter.
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017
Hartford Opera Theater is pleased to present THE TENDER LAND with music by Aaron Copland, libretto by Horace Everett, as its main stage production. Directed by Kristy Chambrelli with music direction by Joseph Hodge, THE TENDER LAND tells the story of a young girl, who finds herself on the cusp of adulthood and must choose whether to remain in her small town or experience what the world has to offer.
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017
A common but lamentable occurrence in classical music is the disappearance or mishandling of certain composers and works. For example, Johann Sebastian Bach's music was not in circulation at his death in 1750, and his local legacy was headed toward obscurity.
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017
Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Wesley Schulz have announced the 2017 - 2018 Season, their annual four-concert classical series featuring a star-studded cast of guest performers, masterworks, beloved favorites, original compositions, and special collaborations held at Bainbridge Performing Arts.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017
One of the most legendary musical organizations in the nation, The Apollo Chorus, will conclude its 145th season of masterful musical composition with its highly anticipated Spring Concert: American Masters, featuring the work of musical composer and multiple Emmy Award winner, Jeff Beal. The season finale performances will be Friday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E Chestnut St., Chicago, and Sunday, May 7 at 3 p.m. at Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evanston.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2018
Des Moines Metro Opera (DMMO) announces an exciting concert and reception featuring internationally acclaimed countertenor John Holiday on Sunday, April 8 at 7:00pm. Featuring an eclectic mix of opera, jazz and gospel selections, the concert will be held in the sanctuary at Plymouth Church in Des Moines. Scott Arens, DMMO's director of marketing and public relations, will be joining Mr. Holiday at the piano for the performance.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018
Des Moines Metro Opera's (DMMO) General and Artistic Director, Michael Egel, is pleased to announce the full casting for the Company's 46th Festival Season, which runs from June 22 through July 15, 2018, and offers 17 performances of four different operas.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2019
Kent State University Opera presents Aaron Copland's quintessentially American Opera 'The Tender Land' on Fri., March 15 and Sat., March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 17 at 3 p.m. The cast will be joined by the Kent State University Orchestra in this fully staged production performed in English in Ludwig Recital Hall. The artistic and production team includes Marla Berg, director; Jay White, music director; and Jungho Kim, conductor. Set and lighting design provided by Marcus Dana. Ludwig Recital Hall is at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. Ample free and handicap accessible parking is available.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2019
After an international search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce the three new singers and one new pianists for the 2019 20 HGO Studio. One of the most respected and highly competitive young artist programs in the world, the HGO Studio provides comprehensive career development to young singers, pianist/coaches, and conductors who have demonstrated potential to make major contributions to the field of opera. Seven up-and-coming opera stars remain active in the HGO Studio as well for the 2019 20 season.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017
The New Group presents the world premiere of All the Fine Boys, a new play from writer and director Erica Schmidt, featuring Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. The show opens tonight, March 1, for a limited Off-Broadway engagement playing through March 26 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Ford Foundation Studio Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
The little OPERA theatre of ny will present a FREE concert of scenes from American operas in collaboration with Bronx Opera and operamission on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The concert will showcase the diversity of music and stories written for the opera stage by both native born and immigrant composers and librettists. The concert will take place outdoors on Governors Island in Nolan Park, in front of building 25. The performance is at 5pm and is FREE to the public. (Rain date: Sunday, June 23 at 4pm.)
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2019
The Morris Choral Society's Spring Concert “Greatest Hits from Opera and Broadway” led by MCS Music Director Jason Tramm played to a full house and enthusiastic audiences on May 18th and 19th in Morristown, New Jersey.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2019
The little OPERA theatre of ny will present a FREE concert of scenes from American operas in collaboration with Bronx Opera and operamission. The concert will showcase the diversity of music and stories written for the opera stage by both native born and immigrant composers and librettists. The concert will take place outdoors on Governors Island in Nolan Park, in front of building 25. The performance is at 5pm and is FREE to the public. (Rain date: Sunday, June 23 at 4pm.)
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2017
Bainbridge Performaing Arts Center has announced its lineup of events for June, see the full schedule below!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2017
Lyric Unlimited has announced casting for the Chicago premiere of Fellow Travelers. Tenor Jonas Hacker and baritone Joseph Lattanzi will sing the lead roles of Timothy Laughlin and Hawkins Fuller, two men who fall in love during the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington D.C. Devon Guthrie will sing the role of Mary Johnson, Hawkins's assistant and Timothy's confidante.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2019
The Morris Choral Society's Spring Concert 'Greatest Hits from Opera and Broadway' led by MCS Music Director Jason Tramm played to a full house and enthusiastic audiences on May 18th and 19th in Morristown, New Jersey. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2020
San Diego Opera's 2019-2020 mainstage season continues with Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, which opens on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the San Diego Civic Theatre for four performances.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2019
The Kent State University Orchestra presents its fourth subscription series concert of the 2018-2019 season on Sun., Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Joining the orchestra are the student winners of the annual concerto competition: Heather Morrison, undergraduate soprano, and Vicky Hei Man Tong, graduate pianist. Cartwright Hall is at 650 Hilltop Drive in Kent, Ohio. Free parking is available off of Terrace Drive. Advance tickets are available online, in-person and over the phone through the Performing Arts Box Office.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2017
Seattle Opera launches a new chapter in its commitment to training young artists and preparing singers for opera careers with its new Seattle Opera Academy. Presented in collaboration with Seattle Youth Symphony's Marrowstone Music Festival, this three-week intensive training program for singers ages 16-22 will be hosted at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2019
The New York Philharmonic will present Phil the Hall, special $5 concerts conducted by Music Director Jaap van Zweden for New York's first responders, volunteers, and other service professionals. Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, a soprano and composer, will host the concerts, which feature iconic music central to the history of New York and its Philharmonic as well as World Premieres of works created by New York City students participating in the Philharmonic's Very Young Composers program. The Orchestra will be joined by the Westminster Symphonic Choir, directed by Joe Miller. The concerts will take place Thursday, April 4, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 6 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017
The New Group presents the world premiere of All the Fine Boys, a new play from writer and director Erica Schmidt, featuring Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2017
Lyric Opera of Kansas City continues its 59th season with the powerful modern classic, Dead Man Walking, music by Jake Heggie and libretto by Terrence McNally, and based on the novel by Sister Helen Prejean, with performances March 4, 8, 10 and 12 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The production will be sung in English with English titles.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2019
Kent State University Opera presents Aaron Copland's quintessentially American Opera 'The Tender Land' on Fri., March 15 and Sat., March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sun., March 17 at 3 p.m. The cast will be joined by the Kent State University Orchestra in this fully staged production performed in English in Ludwig Recital Hall. The artistic and production team includes Marla Berg, director; Jay White, music director; and Jungho Kim, conductor. Set and lighting design provided by Marcus Dana. Ludwig Recital Hall is at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts. Ample free and handicap accessible parking is available.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2018
Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced today the winners of the 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers that took place at Stude Concert Hall at Rice University. For the second time, the Concert of Arias was streamed live on Facebook, as well as on YouTube for the first time. The livestream was hosted by award-winning soprano and HGO Studio alumna Tamara Wilson. The winners were announced during the second portion of the program.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2017
The New Group presents the world premiere of All the Fine Boys, a new play from writer and director Erica Schmidt, featuring Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. Previews begin tonight, February 14, in advance of Official Opening Night on Wednesday, March 1. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays through March 26 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Ford Foundation Studio Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2019
San Diego Opera's 2019-2020 mainstage season continues with Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, which opens on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at the San Diego Civic Theatre for four performances.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016
The New Group announces additional casting for productions coming up in the company's 2016-2017 Season.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2017
Pasadena Symphony's annual Holiday Candlelight concert returns to All Saints Church today, December 16, 2017. Having sold out for the past six years, the symphony will offer two performances to meet community demand at 4:00pm & 7:00pm.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 8, 2017
Get ready for a very 'popular' afternoon of gravity-defying Broadway dance, singing, and acting! Music Theatre Philly, named 'Best of Philly' by Philadelphia Magazine, will be sponsoring a Wicked Broadway Master Class featuring Wicked cast member Lauren Haughton. The intensive behind-the-scenes look at one of Broadway's most popular musicals will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at The Rock School (1101 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2018
Encompass New Opera Theatre will present the world premiere of Anna Christie with music by Edward Thomas set to a libretto by Joseph Masteroff, beginning on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 8pm, running through Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (at 55 Lexington Avenue, entrance on 25th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2017
Led by Music Director Thierry Fischer, the Utah Symphony embarks upon a 1,200-mile tour of Utah from August 29 to September 2, 2017, connecting with rural communities through free outdoor performances and educational activities that pay homage to the state's landscape and the country's Native American heritage. Supported by Signature Sponsor the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, this “Great American Road Trip” tour comprises three full orchestra concerts and two chamber performances at state parks and national monuments. Maestro Fischer conducts symphonic works that complement the natural beauty of Utah, as well as music by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids, who performs in his own work as a wood flute soloist. The tour's educational outreach includes in-school assemblies and pre-concert interactive presentations revolving around the role of wind in music making and the region's natural sciences, while post-concert “star parties,” hosted by local astronomy groups and park rangers, allow visitors to experience and learn about Utah's night sky. Utah Symphony's “Great American Road Trip” tour builds on the successes of the orchestra's 2014 Mighty 5® Tour and its collaboration with KUED on the 2015 Emmy Award-winning documentary National Park Symphony.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2018
Michigan Opera Theatre is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artists. The roster includes the return of tenor Michael Day and baritone Harry Greenleaf. Joining them are soprano Cheyanne Coss, mezzo-soprano Katherine DeYoung and bass Allen Michael Jones.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019
Celebrating an ancient Spring tradition dating back centuries noted conductor Jason Tramm will lead the distinguished Morris Choral Society and guest soloist soprano Susanne Burgess in a concert of unforgettable music written expressly for the chorus by the greatest composers of Opera and Broadway. The concert "Greatest Hits from Opera and Broadway" will take place in two performances Saturday May 18 at 8PM and Sunday May 19 at 3PM at the historic United Methodist Church on the Green in Morristown, New Jersey.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2019
Boston Court Pasadena continues its mission of fostering new musical talent with the 3rd Annual Emerging Artists Series, May 30 June 9, 2019. The series will feature up-and-coming pianists, as well as vocalists who have been through a rigorous mentoring curriculum with some of Los Angeles' most prominent musicians and coaches including Mark Robson, Gloria Cheng, Lisa Sylvester, Vicki Ray, Brent McMunn and Paul Floyd.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2019
"Dreams do come true, if only we wish hard enough," says Peter Pan, and this month it definitely seems that BroadwayHD subscribers will be getting everything they've dreamed about and even more! In April, BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theater, will be adding a number of standout productions to their service including the beloved family favorite Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby, remastered in high definition and available on streaming for the very first time, and an intriguing documentary Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story. In addition, one of the most renown music festivals, the BBC Prom, will be coming to the service with the debut of BBC Prom: Dawn at Dusk and BBC Prom: Rogers and Hammerstein this month as well.