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Stephanie Blythe

First Nighter: Stravinsky's 'Rake's Progress' Back at the Met

David Finkle | Posted 05.03.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Jonathan Miller's 1997 production of The Rake's Progress, revived at the Metropolitan Opera House for the first time since 2003, and around for only two additional performances, eschews the look.

New on CD: As Long As There Are Songs by Stephanie Blythe

Sean Martinfield | Posted 02.10.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

As a fan of non-amplified solo recitals, the sound environment of this recording is like sitting in down-center Orchestra in a world class concert hall and having eye-to-eye contact with an artist whose big guns vocals penetrate clear to the soul.

Götterdämmerung in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.29.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

None of the Ring operas are easy to conduct, and Götterdämmerung is perhaps most difficult of all. The music is vast, sprawling, and all too often it is in the service of some of Wagner's weakest dramaturgy.

Die Walkure in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

Die Walküre is an opera about solemn contracts and behavior that is arbitrary and capricious. It is an opera about lust, and an opera in which love is punished.

Das Rheingold in Seattle

Ivan Katz | Posted 10.27.2013 | Arts
Ivan Katz

When the announcement was made that Speight Jenkins, the General Director of the Seattle Opera, was to retire at the end of the 2013-2014 season, it became evident that the 2013 run of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen would be his last.

First Nighter: Stephanie Blythe Does the Late, Great Kate Smith Proud, Zia Zadora Does Herself In

David Finkle | Posted 04.13.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

During much of the 20th century, mezzo soprano (some say contralto) Kate Smith (1907-1986) had millions of ardent popular music fans. Two among them were mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe and myself.

The Case for Obstructed-View Seats

David Browning | Posted 02.02.2013 | Arts
David Browning

For any opera to defy the Met's attempts at complete destruction and yet allow me to leave humming its beautiful melodies instead of fuming about the production is remarkable.

Aida Redeemed! Here's Why...

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.11.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK — In 1872, a dissatisfied opera-goer who had attended a performance of Verdi's "Aida" in Parma, Italy, wrote to the composer asking for...

OPERA: CultureZohn (Singing in the Streets)

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-09-27-rheingoldbox.jpgThe Metropolitan Opera offers proof that the double dealing, back-stabbing, larger-than-life emotion of Wagner rivals any of our great governmental dramas.

Woodstock for Wagnerians

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

In Seattle, as in Bayreuth, Germany, you get your Wagner in a highly concentrated dose. Woodstock for Wagnerians... without the mud.