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The Light in the Piazza: New Productions of 'Cavalleria Rusticana' and 'Pagliacci' at the Met

Opera Teen | Posted 04.16.2015 | Arts
Opera Teen

McVicar's choice to treat the operas as two separate pieces is interesting. Yes, they're two different pieces by two different composers, but they share multiple common themes. Pagliacci's composition was, in fact, inspired by Cavalleria.

Sight But No Vision: 'Iolanta' and 'Bluebeard's Castle' at the Met

Opera Teen | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts
Opera Teen

The result of the Met's new production of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta paired with Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle was an evening as inert as the snow that blanketed Lincoln Center.

Flagstad -- Triumph and Tragedy -- At NYC's Scandinavia House

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 03.03.2015 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

The Scandinavia House is one of the most delightful destinations in NYC. Just cross-town from the touristy Times Square, it sits quietly, yet alluringly at 58 Park Avenue, offering a restaurant, gift shop and the relaxing, clean lines of Scandinavian design. But that is not all this cultural oasis has going for it.

Opera Is Dead?

Alan Fletcher | Posted 02.24.2015 | Arts
Alan Fletcher

Recent catastrophes like the lockouts in Minnesota and Atlanta at least brought to the fore questions about how to fund these organizations, what can be cut and what can't be cut, what one community can manage (rather than a cookie-cutter approach), what a community needs and thus will stretch for.

Astoria Characters: The Bird Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.11.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"The Bird Lady of Astoria," as everyone calls her, has been known to drive her chair all the way to Astoria Park, which is about 5 miles from her apartment. It's no big deal , she says, because the chair can go 15 miles without a recharge.

'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.

My Daughter's Career Choices: Journalist, Doctor, or Pet Photographer

Al DeLuise | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

I blame my grandmother on my mother's side. She's the one that started all this. Sure, she's been dead for nearly 50 years but that doesn't get her off-the-hook. She knows what she did -- she's the one that put the curse on this family's creativity.

Messiah "Fully Loaded:" Kent Tritle Brings it Home

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 02.22.2015 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Young tenor, Mingjie Lei, a product of the prestigious Curtis Opera Theatre, displayed the voice and confidence of the up and coming Bel-Canto tenor that he is. His tones were bright, without an edge, sort of a soothing balm to the ears.

At Home at the Met

Alice Carey | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Alice Carey

Along came Macbeth, an opera I'd never seen, and I had to go. As I settled into my seat, everything seemed comfortably the same. But as the house lights dimmed and the crystal chandeliers rose upward, my heart rose with them.

When Silence Gives the Opera Meaning

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 02.03.2015 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis

It's a marvel to me that the moment I would consider the opera's most powerful -- indeed, the moment in which the underlying seriousness of this seemingly comic fluff reveals itself -- comes in silence.

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...

And the Banned Play On

Glen Roven | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
Glen Roven

So far this season at the Met I have seen three sensational shows, The Marriage of Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer and most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Keystone State She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My travel last week took me to Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. Many strong and accomplished women are affiliated with this state that was one of the 13 original colonies

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

Big Names Plan Protest Of Controversial Opera

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 12.19.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a music...

Kelli O'Hara Found a Life in Music, Now Gives it Back

Steve Schonberg | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Five-time TONY nominee, Kelli O'Hara has had a busy year and it's not going to calm down any time soon.

'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...

Demonstrators Protest Met Opera Over 'Anti-Semitic' Opera

AP | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators marked the start of the Metropolitan Opera's season on Monday evening by protesting the planned production of "The Dea...

Bass Baritone Christian Van Horn -- A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Christian Van Horn is Oroveso in San Francisco Opera's new production of Bellini's Norma. The bel canto gem opened the 2014/15 Season on September 5, making Christian's resounding bass-baritone the first voice to be heard in the Company's 92nd Season.

Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton Shine in New Production of Norma at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.10.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The production elements are not heaven sent. The set designs of David Korins are clever, but confusing and cluttered. The Kong-size doors, the ready abundance of knives, spears and scythes, keep the eyes very busy and the questions coming.

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?