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The Met's 'L'Amour de Loin' is Sumptuous and Shimmering

ZEALnyc | Posted 12.23.2016 | Arts

By Joshua Rosenblum, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, December 23, 2016 It's a little late in the game to weigh in on Kaija Saariaho's much lauded opera ...

Millennial Madness -- Deals for Thrifty 'Thirty-somethings' (and under)

ZEALnyc | Posted 11.16.2016 | Arts

By Mercedes Vizcaino, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, November 16, 2016 Living in New York and exploring all the wondrous cultural opportunities the cit...

The Met Turns 50 - Part Three (Finale)

John Mauceri | Posted 11.15.2016 | Arts
John Mauceri

That's what it was like -- and perhaps still is: a delicious, venomous trashing of a serious and magnificent achievement that was not perfect by any means but was also profoundly memorable.

The Met Turns 50 - Part Two

John Mauceri | Posted 11.03.2016 | Arts
John Mauceri

I was not present for the opening of Philharmonic Hall in 1962--I was seventeen--but I did attend performances during its first season. (The Met perfo...

Rock-a-bye, Baby: "Jenůfa" at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 10.30.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

There comes a point in her Act II monologue when the Kostelnicka, the moral guardian of a turn-of-the-century mill town in Moravia and the step-mother...

Metropolitan Opera Cancels Show After Suspicious Powder Sprinkled Into Orchestra Pit

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 10.30.2016 | Crime

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City’s Metropolitan Opera canceled its Saturday afternoon performance of “Guillaume Tell” after an audience member...

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.

Sublime Stemme Opens Metropolitan Opera Season with Wagner

ZEALnyc | Posted 10.06.2016 | Arts

By Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc Editor in Chief, October 6, 2016 This week the Swedish soprano Nina Stemme joined the ranks of Callas, Sutherland, Pavarotti...

Tristan und Isolde in Times Square

Alice Carey | Posted 09.29.2016 | Arts
Alice Carey

Wagner would have loved it...I hope, the great surge of humanity gathered respectfully in Times Square to see opening night of Tristan und Isolde at t...

Met Opera Opens Monday - Season Highlights Here

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.23.2016 | Arts

Soprano Nina Stemme in Met Opera's 'Tristan und Isolde;' photo: Kristian Schuller Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc Editor in Chief, September 23, 2016 Fall is ...

The Metropolitan Opera's General Manager Peter Gelb in an Exclusive Three-part Interview with ZEALnyc

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.20.2016 | Arts

By Mark McLaren, ZEALnyc Editor in Chief, September 20, 2016 Another season is here and New York City performing institutions brace for the challenge...

Classical Music Sizzles this Season -- Read ZEALnyc's Picks for What's HOT!

ZEALnyc | Posted 09.07.2016 | Arts

By ZEALnyc's Contributing Writers: Christopher Johnson, Joshua Rosenblum, Brian Taylor and Jose Andrade, September 7, 2016 While there is hardly a cl...

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...

'The Importance of Being Earnest' (the Opera) Arrives With Tenacity and Laughs

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts

The cast of The Royal Opera production of The Importance of Being Earnest at Jazz at Lincoln Center Rose Hall. Photo: Chris Lee By Mark McLaren, Edit...

Undone by Elektra: Operatic Politics in the Age of Trump

Peter Alexander Meyers | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Peter Alexander Meyers

In our moment -- with the contortion of American civic culture at all levels and in so many ways, with the imminent victory of casual but relentless bigotry sustained by a Trump presidency -- no self-respecting citizen, no audience ideal or real for the opera, should be satisfied with this sort of distraction.

Separated by a Sea: "Die Entfürung aus dem Serail" and a New Production of "Elektra" at the Met

Opera Teen | Posted 04.25.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

There's something in the water over in the Mediterranean. From the sunny shores of Turkey (as seen in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Entfürung aus dem...

Magic Virtues: "Don Pasquale" at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 03.07.2017 | Arts
Opera Teen

There's a lot of Gateano Donizetti being seen at the Metropolitan Opera this season. There's the Tudor Queen cycle (Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda, and Ro...

Spread Your Wings and Fly: Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 02.20.2017 | Arts
Opera Teen

Whether or not it was because of Giacomo Puccini's tuneful and heart-wrenching score, New York Fashion Week, or the first outing of soprano Ana Maria ...

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 02.07.2017 | Arts
Opera Teen

The triptych of Gaetano Donizetti's Tudor Queens is a famously challenging cycle for any diva. Most notably sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Ope...

Philadelphia Orch's Vibrant Holiday Playlist

Lew Whittington | Posted 12.29.2016 | Arts
Lew Whittington

On New Year's Eve, Philadelphia Orchestra musical director Yannick Nézet-Séguin will be back on the podium, with champagne and joined by Met opera star soprano Angela Meade, an alum of the Philly's prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts.

Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 12.18.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

A new production of Tosca by Sir David McVicar is rumored to open on New Year's Eve in 2017. Maybe a new beginning is exactly what Tosca at the Met needs.

Bloodlust: A New Production of 'Lulu' at the Metropolitan Opera

Opera Teen | Posted 11.18.2016 | Arts
Opera Teen

The Met's current staging of Alban Berg's Lulu, in a new production by visual artist William Kentridge in his second outing at the Met, achieves that gesamkunstwerk status and is a standout.

Leonard Bernstein's Batonmaker

John Mauceri | Posted 11.13.2016 | Arts
John Mauceri

Today we learned of the death of Dick Horowitz at the age of 91. You perhaps never heard of him. If you went to the Metropolitan Opera or listened to its broadcasts any time from 1946 until two years ago, you definitely heard Dick Horowitz.