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Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Discusses Talent with ZEALnyc

ZEALnyc | Posted 08.11.2016 | Arts

The final installment in a three-part series, ZEALnyc speaks with Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb about his ten years at the Met. Mark ...

Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Discusses Artistic Risks and HD Broadcasts with ZEALnyc

ZEALnyc | Posted 08.09.2016 | Arts

The second in a three-part series, ZEALnyc speaks with Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb about his ten years at the Met. Mark McLaren, ZE...

Met Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Discusses Opera's Challenges with ZEALnyc

ZEALnyc | Posted 08.05.2016 | Arts

Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb. Photo: Dario Acosta/Metropolitan Opera The first in a three-part series, ZEALnyc speaks with Metropoli...

A Lustrous 'Pearl Fishers' To Ring In The New Year

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.03.2017 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It has taken the Met Opera 100 years to get Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles back on the stage, but the new production the company unveiled in a gala New Year's Eve premiere is such a spectacular success, beautifully sung and acted by a splendid cast and chorus, it should secure the opera a place in the repertory for years to come.

A Sparkling "Barber of Seville" For The Holidays

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.22.2016 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

There are few if any sure-fire hits in the theater. In opera about the closest one can come to a slam-dunk is The Barber of Seville, and the Met Opera's holiday staging of Rossini's comic masterpiece is a delicious confection that is at once sweet and light and immensely satisfying.

Met Opera: Petersen Wows in a Sexy New "Lulu"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.10.2016 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Opera thrives on femmes fatales, and there are none in all the repertory quite as fatale as Lulu, the titular siren of Alban Berg's unfinished final work which the Metropolitan Opera has returned to the stage in a dazzling new production by William Kentridge.

Met Opera: A Rousing 'Trovatore' With A Stellar Cast

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.30.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few operas can be as emotionally rousing as Il Trovatore, and with the stellar cast the Metropolitan Opera has put together for this season's revival ...

Met Opera: Love Wins Again in Puccini's 'Turandot'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.24.2016 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Love can conquer all, and if there are any lingering doubts about it the Metropolitan Opera's fabulous production of Puccini's Turandot, which returned to the stage last night with a solid cast, should erase them.

A New Season Of Opera Begins At The Met

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.22.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The glitter belonged strictly to New York's glitterati last night as the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a stark and simple yet often powerf...

Isabel Leonard Chats About Her Debut This Week in Washington National Opera's Cinderella

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.08.2016 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Isabel Leonard is a singer whose voice appeals to the heart as well as the ear. Some critics have called her lower register "amber-hued," but I hear a pure, silvery sheen from the bottom of her range to the top and a luminous timbre that fits soprano roles as perfectly as the lyric mezzo repertoire.

Verdi's 'Ballo In Maschera' Beautifully Sung And Played

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The principals for this season's Ballo are the same that sang the premiere of the current production in 2012 with one main exception -- Beczala taking over the role of King Gustavo III of Sweden. And with Levine now conducting the always splendid Met Orchestra, the evening is a musical joy.

Shagimuratova Goes Brilliantly Mad In 'Lucia di Lammermoor'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.17.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Russian soprano captivated a first night audience with her bravura performance as the doomed Scottish lass, culminating in a heart-stopping Mad Scene that can take its place among those of the storied singers who have made the role a signature of their virtuosity.

Met Opera: Damrau and Grigolo Juggle Love and Money in Massenet's 'Manon'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The story of Manon Lescaut is the classic saga of a young woman torn between love and money. It has inspired several operas and the Met returned its p...

Met Opera: 'Hoffmann' Redux Via Levine and Polenzani

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.06.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

As always with James Levine in the pit, a night at the opera is something special, and the Metropolitan Opera's second round of performances of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann with a new cast led by the tenor Matthew Polenzani is no exception.

Making Credible Drama From An Incredible Romantic Tale

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.19.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is always a special occasion when the Metropolitan Opera stages a premiere and its first production of Rossini's melodious and stirring La Donna del Lago boasts the exquisite Joyce DiDonato in the title role and Juan Diego Florez as the Scottish king who is captivated by her.

'50 Shades Of Grey' In The Hungarian Countryside

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.30.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

At first thought, the heroines of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle wouldn't seem to have a lot in common. But as the Metropolitan...

A New 'Merry Widow' With Renee Fleming In Widow's Weeds

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.03.2015 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is hard to imagine a merrier widow than Renee Fleming, and she swirls through the Metropolitan Opera's sumptuous new production of Franz Lehar's popular operetta The Merry Widow with the ease of a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it.

A Masterful "Die Meistersinger" With Levine As Masterconductor

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The world of grand opera is generally not known for its comedies, and few are quite as grand, funny or poignant as the Metropolitan Opera's magnificen...

A Fun-Filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" With Leonard and Maltman

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few operas can provide an evening of such pure delight as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and few productions of Rossini's comic gem are as much fun as the o...

A Fiery and Doomed "Carmen" Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few operas can match Bizet's Carmen for passion, jealousy, revenge, and ultimate tragedy, set to stirring and glorious music, and the Met Opera's sweeping production by Richard Eyre brings it all vividly to life.

'Downton Abbey' Meets Mozart At The Met Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

All's well that ends well, Shakespeare observed, and the summer of the Metropolitan Opera's discontent could not have ended any better than with its smashing new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

If 'Macbeth' Were A 1940s Gangster Opera...

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Raw lust for power dominates the Met Opera's stirring modernistic production of Verdi's Macbeth, which returned to the house last night with Anna Netr...

Settling at the Met

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.02.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Anyone who cares about the arts must be happy that this great institution will open its new season this month. But did the remarkable firestorm surrounding these negotiations do enough to stabilize the Metropolitan Opera?

Met Opera on Strike

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.30.2014 | New York
Jeff Danziger

Met Opera on Strike

Mallika Rao

'I Have Not Had A Christmas With My Family For 15 Years' | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.31.2014 | Arts

Amid bitter negotiations, employees of one of the world's most famous opera houses are contemplating taking their talents elsewhere at the end of the ...