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The Met Turns 50 -- Part One

John Mauceri | Posted 10.25.2016 | Arts
John Mauceri

Fifty years ago, on September 16, 1966, 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time, a brand new Metropolitan Opera House opened with the world premiere of Antony and Cleopatra, a 3-act epic opera by Samuel Barber and with a text by William Shakespeare. And I was there.

Carmen In Verona: Fusion Of Cultures And Spectacle

Lina de la Torre | Posted 07.22.2016 | Arts
Lina de la Torre

The opera Carmen centers around the main character, a gypsy woman named Carmen, but it goes beyond the central character. Elements taken from the Spanish and Gypsy cultures along with the very melodic score by Bizet help make it a very cohesive work.

Getting Religion: The Ten Best Films on Faith

John Farr | Posted 05.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

In the final analysis, religion is what we humans have made of it, good and bad. Perhaps that's what makes it such a fascinating subject for film. Here then are my candidates for the top ten films dealing with faith and spirituality.

For Valentine's Day, Ten Movies Sure To Inspire Romance

John Farr | Posted 06.11.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Those wanting to get closer to that more traditional and comforting take on the eternal "boy meets girl" predicament need only look back and revisit the great film romances of the past, movies that reflect those long-vanished ideals.

Is Sharing a Good Thing After All?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There is no doubt that sharing productions allows an opera company to show more new works than when every company builds each of its own productions. But is something lost in this endeavor? I think so.

Peter Gelb and His Met: No Booing Please

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

What occurs to me about the booing is that it might begin to color attitudes towards the Met under Peter Gelb for whom this 2009-10 season is the first with no vestigial ties to Joseph Volpe.

Tosca in Times Square, or, the Piazza di Nuova York

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Henry

Having gone just to witness the scene, I stayed for the second and third acts, foraging for some pizza and Pellegrino at one of the intermissions to complete the Italian effect.