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On Site Opera Presents U.S. Premiere of LA MERE COUPABLE
by BWW News Desk - April 5, 2017

Known for staging “the ultimate in intimate productions” (The New York Times), On Site Opera (OSO) presents the U.S. premiere and new site-specific production of Darius Milhaud's La mère coupable (The Guilty Mother). For the premiere, OSO partners with the Darius Milhaud Society and the award-winning International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). The site-specific production celebrates the 125th birthday of Milhaud and is dedicated to Katharine Warne, composer and founder of the Darius Milhaud Society. La mère coupable also marks the completion of OSO's three-year Figaro Project, in which the company is staging lesser-known operatic adaptations of French playwright Beaumarchais' (1732-1799) famed trilogy of Figaro plays.
Opera Diva Renee Fleming to Give Her Final Swan Song
by BWW News Desk - April 5, 2017

BroadwayWorld reported in 2014 that opera diva, Renee Fleming said in an interview at the time, that she 'may stop singing in 3 years.'  Three years later, Fleming, who's starring in Richard Strauss's 'Der Rosenkavalier' at the Met, will give her final performance on the afternoon of Saturday, May 13.
BWW Review: AIDA Gushes at The Metropolitan Opera
by Matt Hanson - April 4, 2017

There is a fragile eeriness to the opening measures of Aida (1871), as the composition by Verdi continues to draw all ears forward, especially as magnetically conducted by Daniele Rustioni for the 1,158th performance of the classic at The Metropolitan Opera.
Photo Flash: First Look at Renee Fleming and Elina Garanca in Strauss's DER ROSENKAVALIER at The Met
by BWW News Desk - April 4, 2017

The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and El?na Garan?a as Octavian star in Strauss's grandest opera, Der Rosenkavalier, April 13-May 13. In his new production, Robert Carsen, the director behind the Met's recent Falstaff, places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera's subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask, in a staging that also stars Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs. Sebastian Weigle conducts the sparklingly perfect score.
Review Roundup: NYC Opera's LA CAMPANA SOMMERSA
by BWW News Desk - April 3, 2017

New York City Opera continued the season with a rare production of Ottorino Respighi's 1927 opera La Campana Sommersa (The Sunken Bell).
Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change For CYRANO DE BERGERAC
by BWW News Desk - April 2, 2017

Jennifer Rowley will sing the role of Roxane in all performances of Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Met this season, replacing Patricia Racette, who has withdrawn from the run due to an abdominal hernia.
Kaija Saariaho's 'L'Amour de Loin' Airs on Great Performances at the Met, 4/2
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2017

Kaija Saariaho's L'Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”), one of the most highly praised operas of recent years, airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, April 2 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera at 12:30 p.m.)
THREE WAY Opera Has NY Premiere at BAM Fisher, 6/15-18
by BWW News Desk - March 30, 2017

Three Way, a trio of comic one-act operas for eight singers and chamber orchestra by Robert Paterson, with libretto by David Cote, has its New York premiere at BAM Fisher (Fishman Space) with a four-performance engagement June 15-18, 2017. Co-produced by Nashville Opera and American Opera Projects, the work had its world premiere January 27-29 in Nashville.
WQXR and Met Opera Star Anthony Roth Costanzojoin Presents THE OPERA PARTY
by BWW News Desk - March 29, 2017

This spring in The Greene Space, WQXR and Met Opera star Anthony Roth Costanzojoin forces to present The Opera Party, a new event series featuring world-class opera performances, engaging banter, unique physical environments, and culinary spectacle by celebrated chefs that will enchant opera aficionados and novices alike.
VIDEO: Sneak Peek at Rainy Park Opera Company's 'Tinder Opera'
by Stage Tube - March 29, 2017

The Rainy Park Opera Company is producing operas for the modern day generation, such as The Bachelor Opera and The Tinder Opera. 
On Site Opera Announces New Executive Director, Piper Gunnarson
by BWW News Desk - March 23, 2017

On Site Opera is excited to announce the appointment of its new Executive Director, Piper Gunnarson. A seasoned nonprofit arts administrator, Piper has extensive experience in theater administration for organizations spanning all manifestations of the art form, including classical plays, new work, musicals, and children's theater. 
BWW Review: An Off-Night in Seville with an Unexciting FIDELIO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - March 27, 2017

Beethoven's only opera, FIDELIO, was the last of three operas this season at the Met to take place in Seville, after CARMEN and BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. Third time definitely wasn't the charm.
Harry Bicket Conducts Handel's 'Ariodante' at Carnegie Hall, 4/30
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2017

On Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m., Harry Bicketconducts Handel's Ariodante at Carnegie Hall with acclaimed baroque orchestra The English Concert. In this concert presentation of Handel's brilliantly melodic work, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato performs the title role joined by sopranos Christiane Karg (Ginevra) and Joélle Harvey (Dalinda), contralto Sonia Prina (Polinesso), tenors David Portillo(Lurcanio) and Tyson Miller (Odoardo), with bass-baritone Matthew Brook (King of Scotland).
Review Roundup: Metropolitan Opera's National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2017

Some of today's greatest singers got their start in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions including Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Lawrence Brownlee, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Eric Owens, and Frederica von Stade.
ROMEO ET JULIETTE To Premiere On Great Performances At The Met, 4/16
by BWW News Desk - March 21, 2017

The Met's new production by director Bartlett Sher also features Virginie Verrez as Stéphano, Elliot Madore as Mercutio, and Mikhail Petrenko as Frère Laurent. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.
Review Roundup: LoftOpera Production of Rossini's OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - March 20, 2017

LoftOpera opened Rossini's OTHELLO on March 16 in Brooklyn.
2017 Winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are Announced
by BWW News Desk - March 20, 2017

After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named six young singers as the winners of the nation's most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera's biggest stars.
Tenor Michael Schade To Join Schwalbe And Partners
by BWW News Desk - March 20, 2017

Hailed as one of the world's leading tenors, German-Canadian tenor Michael Schadeperforms on every major opera stage and in the most prestigious concert halls of the world. His art form embraces a wide repertoire of performances in opera, recital, concert, and recording.

IMG Artist Alyson Cambridge to Make Guest Appearance at Opera on Tap's Playground Operas Benefit, 3/21
by BWW News Desk - March 17, 2017

IMG Artist Alyson Cambridge will make a special guest appearance at Opera on Tap's Playground Operas benefit next Tuesday evening March 21st at Minton's of West Harlem.  The event will be hosted by WQXR's Terrance McKnight and begins at 6pm. Details and tickets are available at the following link:
Susanna Phillips and Eric Owens Star in L'AMOUR DE LOIN at Great Performances at the Met, 4/2
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2017

Susanna Phillips stars as Clémence, the Countess of Tripoli, opposite Eric Owens as Jaufré Rudel, a troubadour on a quest to find his perfect love, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries messages back and forth between them.  
LoftOpera Returns With Eight Performances Of Works By Vivaldi And Pegrolesi, 6/16-7/8
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2017

 LoftOpera returns to The Muse—Brooklyn's premier circus school—for eight staged concert performances of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater together with Vivaldi selections, replacing the previously announced June production of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. Performances are on June 16, 17, 23, 24, and 30, and July 1, 7 and 8 at 8:00 p.m.
American Opera Projects Presents COMPOSERS & THE VOICE Beginning In Fall
by BWW News Desk - March 16, 2017

American Opera Projects (AOP) announces the return of its popular Composers & the Voice program for its 2017-19 seasons. Created and led by Composers & the Voice Artistic Director Steven Osgood, eight composers and librettists will be selected for two-year fellowships to learn the fundamentals of writing for the voice and opera stage.
Nine Young Opera Singers Advance To Final Round of Met's National Council Auditions
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2017

Following yesterday's highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera's 2017 National Council Auditions, America's most prestigious vocal competition.
Metropolitan Opera Announces Casting Update for 50th Anniversary Gala, 5/7
by BWW News Desk - March 15, 2017

In addition to the previously announced artists appearing at the Met's 50th Anniversary at Lincoln Center Gala on May 7, singers slated to appear include Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Calleja, Dwayne Croft, David Daniels, Yusif Eyvazov, Vittorio Grigolo, Christopher Job, Latonia Moore, Yunpeng Wang, and Dolora Zajick.
BWW Opera Showstopper: With One Aria, Elza van den Heever Steals the Met's IDOMENEO
by Richard Sasanow - March 13, 2017

No one can accuse the Met of skimping when it put together its current revival of Mozart's opera seria IDOMENEO. Yes, the production's 35 years old, but with this cast, it hardly mattered: tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, elegant and Mozartian to the nth degree, the suave and poignant mezzo Alice Coote as his son, Idamante, and the pristine, gorgeous soprano Nadine Sierra as Ilia, the captured Trojan princess, under Music Director Emeritus James Levine. But it was the fourth of the leading players, the full-bodied lyric soprano Elza van den Heever, as Elettra, who blew the roof off.

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