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Shagimuratova Goes Brilliantly Mad In 'Lucia di Lammermoor'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 02.17.2015 | 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...

Yes, The Storied Met Opera Just Ended Its Season With A $22 Million Deficit

AP | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera says it has ended its 2014 fiscal year with a $22 million shortfall in its budget. But the opera...

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?

The Metropolitan Opera Reaches Tentative Labor Deals With Two Unions

AP | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions early Monday while negotiations continued...

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Met Opera Cancels Live Transmission Due To Anti-Semitism Concerns

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera announced on Tuesday that it has canceled its plans for a live transmission of the opera...

Opera's Fairy-Tale Couple, in Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.22.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

There are few operas that can be quite as much fun as La Cenerentola, Rossini's delightful version of the Cinderella story, and there are few mistreat...

Met Opera: Olga Peretyatko Shines in Bellini's "I Puritani"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its vintage production of Bellini's I Puritani to the stage last night and the fast-rising Russian soprano Olga Perety...

Met Opera: 'Arabella' Returns With Six Bright New Voices

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.04.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Only Strauss could pack quite so much Sturm und Drang into a romantic comedy as he did in Arabella. But the Met's lovely period production, which it r...

A Fresh Look at Doomed Love in Massenet's 'Werther'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The love that burns with the brightest flame is often a love that is fated to fail, and the passion Massenet kindled in his opera Werther is about as ...

A Stunning Revisionist Staging of Borodin's 'Prince Igor'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

In a winter dominated by headlines from the Olympics in Russia and nonstop snowstorms in New York, the Metropolitan Opera is offering its own tribute to Russian heritage and a refuge from the weather with a lavish and captivating new production of Borodin's Prince Igor.

Renee Fleming Melts Hearts Anew in 'Rusalka'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.24.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is the mark of a true diva to be able to turn any part she undertakes into an interpretation by which all others will be compared. Renee Fleming ow...

Met Opera: Maestri and Levine Team for a Joyful New 'Falstaff'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The world's favorite fat, foolish lover returned to the Metropolitan Opera stage last night in a new production of Verdi's Falstaff that with the splendid Anbrogio Maestri singing the knightly knave and the incomparable James Levine in the pit is an evening of pure delight.

Met Opera: "Rigoletto" Returns To Las Vegas With Hvorostovsky

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.12.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Michael Mayer's transformation of Verdi's tragic opera from the ducal palace in Mantua, circa 1600, to a Las Vegas casino, circa 1960, is no less spectacular (or eye-rolling, depending on one's tolerance for the unorthodox) than when it premiered in January.