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First Nighter: The Merry Widow at the Met With New Cast Trying

David Finkle | Posted 06.27.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

If there's one thing Susan Stroman's new production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera House isn't, it's merry. Sometimes frenetic, yes, but merry, no -- and in several ways that composer Franz Léhar might not have condoned.

First Nighter: As Opera, Anna Nicole Goes Bust

David Finkle | Posted 11.18.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

In a way you can't fault underfunded New York City Opera general manager and artistic director George Steel for scheduling Anna Nicole, now at BAM, as the opening for what could be the revamped company's swan-song season.

Soprano Deborah Voigt Launches a Rich New Season of Firsts

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Not many divas can move easily between the lofty heights of opera and the gleeful climes of musical theater, but Deborah Voigt hopes to conquer both during the next ten months.