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

ZEALnyc | Posted 06.16.2016 | Arts
ZEALnyc

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 03.09.2016 | 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 02.22.2016 | 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 02.08.2016 | 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 12.29.2015 | 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 12.18.2015 | 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 11.18.2015 | 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 11.13.2015 | 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.

Lulu-mania Sweeps New York City

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 11.05.2015 | New York
Thomas Gladysz

Lulu, it seems, is everywhere. Frank Wedekind's legendary femme fatale, who's beguiling behavior inspired nearly as many artists as Helen of Troy's beauty launched ships, can be found all over New York City.

Soprano Leah Crocetto -- On 'Luisa Miller' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.24.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera opened its 2015/16 last week with Giuseppi Verdi's Luisa Miller. Leah Crocetto is cast in the title role, tenor Michael Fabiano portrays her conflicted lover, Rodolfo.

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...

CultureZohn: Mid-Century Mozart

Patricia Zohn | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

Peter Gelb: Take note! Though the Met audiences expect their (significant) money's worth, with all the union troubles this year, bringing productions like this one for a "newcomers" series at the Met with reduced prices could be an answer to building new audiences. Just sayin'.

She Makes Beautiful Music

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

America the Beautiful is a beloved patriotic song -- written by a woman! Women have contributed to the field of music as singers, songwriters, composers, and conductors. Match the woman with her accomplishment.

Tavis Smiley: Dance Legend Carmen de Lavallade on Opportunity for Black Ballerinas Then vs. Now

Tavis Smiley | Posted 07.16.2016 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

A fixture in the dance and theater world for over six decades, de Lavallade helped pave the way for current stars like Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince. In the clip below, I ask whether she carries any sentiments of resentment about the lack of opportunity for black dancers when she came up as opposed to today.

Two-time Tony Nom Fitzgerald Is an Angel in Act of God

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I am going to estimate that 95 percent of audience members going into An Act of God believe it is a one-person show starring Jim Parsons as God. (While he doesn't like you to take his name in vein, the show's title does, and therefore I will spare you "G-d.") It is not.

A Time-Out With Isabel Leonard: In 'L'Heure Espagnole' at San Francisco Symphony, 6/4-6

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.01.2016 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard appears with conductor Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony this week in Ravel's one-act comic opera, L'Heure espagnole

Fantasy Ball

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.05.2016 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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

Opera Teen | Posted 06.16.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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...