I did not know Oleg Bryjak or Maria Radner. These are two of the victims who perished in the recent Germanwings plane crash. They were opera singers doing what we all do -- traveling to or from engagements.
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.
Every one of the Rose Theater's 1,100 seats was filled for a opera concert produced by NYCO Renaissance, an effort to revive the defunct New York City...
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...
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.
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.
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.
While formality is definitely the order of the day, showing up in a tuxedo or a ball gown isn't worth the inconvenience of traveling with a set of clothes you're not going to be wearing repeatedly.
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.
The quality of all ingredients was striking; the room deserved to be fuller, even on a dark, freezing February night.
In a way, artists are prepared to make excellent parents because they are used to finding creative solutions to financial hurdles, something most parents have to do many times in their child's lives, regardless of their occupation.
Everybody has at least one love affair he or she would like to forget. Hoffmann, the hapless poet hero of Les Contes d'Hoffmann, has four that haunt h...
It's not just the ballet companies that are producing "Nutcracker" either. In response to the work's popularity, companies presenting many other styles of dance have tried their hand at interpreting Tschaikovsky's 1892 score.
These has been a lot of ink about Cuba in the last few weeks ...about immigrants in rafts, Cuban doctors treating Ebola patients, the Summit of the Americas and of course, Lifting of the Embargo!
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.
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.