Tickets now on sale for Lincoln Center Festival 2014! This summer’s edition features everything from kabuki theater, to classic and modern opera, world-class ballet with The Bolshio, and even 2013 Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in “The Maids.” More information here: http://bit.ly/1dbP1qT

Tickets now on sale for Lincoln Center Festival 2014! This summer’s edition features everything from kabuki theater, to classic and modern opera, world-class ballet with The Bolshio, and even 2013 Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in “The Maids.” More information here: http://bit.ly/1dbP1qT

Lincoln Center Festival tickets on sale 3/31

Get ready: single tickets for this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival go on sale next Monday, March 31. Full details on this summer’s programming, including The Bolshoi Ballet and Opera, The Houston Grand Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, and more here: http://bit.ly/1dbP1qT

Happy 170th birthday to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer of Sherehazade, Capriccio Espagnol, Flight of the Bumblebee and of course, The Tsar’s Bride, which the Bolshoi Opera will perform at this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival.

Happy 170th birthday to Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, composer of Sherehazade, Capriccio Espagnol, Flight of the Bumblebee and of course, The Tsar’s Bride, which the Bolshoi Opera will perform at this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival.

The Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Olympics featured some of the best of Russia, including pianist Denis Matsuev and dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet and the Mariinsky Ballet, honoring the rich tradition of arts in Russian culture. The Bolshoi Ballet and Opera come to the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival this summer. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/1fxiArI

(Photos: The New York Times)

"The Passenger" debuts in Houston, comes to NY this summer

This past weekend, the Houston Grand Opera gave the US premiere of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera "The Passenger," which will be performed again at this summer’s Lincoln Center Festival. Here’s what the Houston Chronicle had to say about this powerful work:

" ‘The Passenger,’ Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Holocaust opera, depicts not only the human spirit’s strength in the face of cruelty, but also its weakness when it denies the call of conscience. Weinberg’s long-neglected 1960s opera marshals ingenious storytelling and direct, potent music to bring both sides to life.”

Read more about the opera’s Houston premiere here.
> Learn more about the Lincoln Center Festival performance this summer here.

(Photo by Lynn Lane)

Congrats Cate Blanchett

Congratulations to Cate Blanchett, winner of a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama for the Woody Allen film “Blue Jasmine.” She’ll be here at Lincoln Center this summer for the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival production of "The Maids."

Lincoln Center Festival 2014 unveiled! This summer’s Festival, July 7-August 16, will feature performances by artists and ensembles from 11 countries unfolding in six venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus.

Highlights:
For the first time in the celebrated company’s history, the combined forces of the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera, Orchestra, and Chorus will perform in New York with ballet and opera-in-concert repertory that showcases the depth and range of their artistic tradition. Ballets include Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Spartacus. On the opera side, they will offer Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely-performed The Tsar’s Bride.

- The Sydney Theatre Company returns with international stage and screen stars Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, joined by young newcomer Elizabeth Debicki in the U.S. premiere of Benedict Andrews’ production of Jean Genet’s dark, unsettling play, The Maids.

Japan’s leading Kabuki theater company, Heisei Nakamura-za, returns for its third Festival appearance with its definitive production of a classic revenge tale, Kaidan Chibusa No Enoki (The Ghost Tale of the Wet Nurse Tree).

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the renowned Brussels-based danced company, Rosas, founded by dancer/choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, makes its first appearance at Lincoln Center Festival in 15 years.

- As previously announced, the Houston Grand Opera will perform The Passenger,Mieczysław Weinberg’s uncompromising 1968 opera about the Holocaust, will include an enormous, multi-tiered set that takes full advantage of the scale of the Armory’s soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall. The ARC Ensemble will also perform Weinberg’s music in other concerts complementing the opera performances.

> Complete information on the 2014 Lincoln Center Festival can be found here.

Some photo highlights from 2013 at Lincoln Center, including Great Performers, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Midsummer Night Swing, White Light Festival, and Out of Doors. What was your favorite highlight at Lincoln Center in 2013?

Just announced: Lincoln Center Festival and the Park Avenue Armory will co-present The Passenger,Mieczysław Weinberg’s uncompromising 1968 opera about the Holocaust, performed by Houston Grand Opera and directed by David Pountney, in its New York premiere performances July 10, 12 and 13 at Lincoln Center Festival 2014. The limited-engagement performances of this rarely-staged opera (once called a “a perfect masterpiece” by Dmitri Shostakovich), will be presented in the Park Avenue Armory’s massive Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Learn more here. (Photo: Bregenz Festival, 2010)

Some photo highlights of Lincoln Center Festival’s Monkey: Journey to the West, which closes on Sunday, July 28.

(Photos: Stephanie Berger)