Superstar bass-baritone, Eric Owens, has returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to perform the role of King Phillip II in Opera Philadelphia’s new production of "Don Carlo," Verdi’s grand opera of passion and political intrigue.
Soprano sweetheart Renée Fleming will be hosting "American Voices," a performance documentary that celebrates the best in American signing, on Thirteen’s "Great Performances" series. The 90-minute performance documentary offers an overview of the Kennedy Center's weekend-long American Voices festival, created and hosted by Renée Fleming in November 2013. This year's festival features stars and musicians from an array of different backgrounds, including Sara Bareilles, Kim Burrell, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, Sutton Foster, Josh Groban, Alison Krauss, Norm Lewis, Eric Owens and Dianne Reeves. This event comes on the heels of Fleming’s performance of "Silver Bells" with Kelli O’Hara, which some felt fell flat of Fleming's normal performances, a mixed review of her rendition of the national anthem at Super Bowl XLVIII and an interesting interaction with Kiss at this year’s Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Despite the criticism, Fleming moves along with "American Voices," which allows camera crews to follow vocal masters, industry titans and emerging artist as they gather at the Kennedy Center to celebrate, explore and debate the legacy, landscape and future of American singing. The documentary will feature highlights from the festival's unique performances and educational events. Also featured are performances from the festival’s concert finale with Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Kurt Elling and Norm Lewis backed by the National Symphony Orchestra led by NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke.
Soprano Susanna Phillips and bass-baritone Eric Owens will sing a program of favorite Schubert songs in a special Mother’s Day concert at Symphony Center in Chicago on May 11.
Lyric Opera of Chicago's 60th anniversary season will feature three new productions of Mozart’s 'Don Giovanni,' Donizetti’s 'Anna Bolena' and Puccini’s 'Tosca,' as well as the Lyric premiere of 'The Passenger' by Mieczysław Weinberg.
Anthony Freud, general director of Lyric Opera of Chicago, announced that the company will present a new production of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), starting in 2016.
The Metropolitan Opera Guild welcomed James Levine back to his Metropolitan Opera post during a lunch held at the Waldorf-Astoria on November 11. Metropolitan Opera patrons and several generations of Met singers gathered to say "Welcome home, Jimmy!" at this special event.
Making both his Tanglewood and BSO debut (and putting an end, finally, to all the who-will-take-the-cursed-podium speculation), this Italian protégé of one Zubin Mehta is set to lead this Saturday's performance of Verdi's 'Requiem' at the Koussevitzky Music Shed.