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

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 7:54 PM

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 Serail, The Abduction from the Seraglio, l that opened on Friday) to the bleak, devastating palace in Mycenae (where Richard Strauss' Elektra unfolds in a...

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Dogeball: I Due Foscari at Teatro alla Scala

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 2:03 PM

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Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi, Anna Pirozzi, and Chiara Isotton

It is far from unheard of for a specific singer to champion a forgotten piece and bring it back into the performance circuit. Maria Callas, for example, brought Anna Bolena into the 20th...

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Magic Virtues: "Don Pasquale" at the Metropolitan Opera

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 9:17 PM

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 Roberto Devereux, all starring Sondra Radvanovsky), the sappy L'Elisir D'Amore, and, most likely to be overlooked because of its mere 5 performances, Don Pasquale,...

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

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 12:10 PM

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 Martínez, a singer curiously absent from the Met, in a prima donna role, the Metropolitan Opera was jam-packed for the premiere of Madama Butterfly on...

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War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 6:10 PM

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 Opera, the three queens at the centerpieces of Donizetti's Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn), Maria Stuarda (Queen Elizabeth OR Mary Stuart, depending on what angle you...

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Languages of Love and Loss: Bel Canto at Chicago Lyric Opera

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2016 | 8:32 PM

For whatever reason, humankind has an obsession with being trapped in close quarters and the bonds that emerge as a result. An opera based on Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel, a film about a group of dinner guests who find themselves inexplicably trapped in a solon, is set to premiere...

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Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 9:46 AM

I think Tosca is harder to pull off than we give it credit for. The piece is so full of dramatic potential and the music is some of Giacomo Puccini's most atmospheric and inspired, but to fully convey that, you need three singing actors at the top of their game,...

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

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 10:05 PM

Richard Wagner was the person who championed the term gesamkunstwerk, a unification of all the artistic mediums by way of the theatre. In a world where performances that are uniformly strong across every discipline are few and far between, the Met's current staging of Alban Berg's Lulu, in a new...

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The Royal Treatment: Elektra with the Boston Orchestra Symphony at Carnegie Hall

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 4:12 PM

In a galvanizing, hair-raising performance, the Boston Symphony Orchestra arrived at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday night a hundred strong and with a vengeance that could only be befitting of one character and the opera that was named for her: Richard Strauss' Elektra.

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Summer Lovin': Written on Skin at the Mostly Mozart Festival

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2015 | 11:40 AM

It is the most successful opera written within the past decade and it was the hottest ticket at this summer's Mostly Mozart Festival: George Benjamin's Written on Skin. Receiving its official American premiere in the original production by Katie Mitchell, Written on Skin came with hype and high expectations from...

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Nuns 'n Roses: Dialogues des Carmélites at Caramoor

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 9:21 AM

On July 25th, the Caramoor Festival presented the second and final of its Bel Canto at Caramoor operas for the 2015 season, Francis Poulenc's 1956 opera and love letter to the Catholic Church, Dialogues des Carmelites. The opera, performed like a play set to music without formal arias or ensembles,...

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

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 6:28 PM

In few places could you find something so quintessentially Italian as characters described as "listening every evening, hidden behind a pot of basil," or when a character is defeated in a duel and, "The blood gurgled foaming in his throat, and he could not even utter: 'Ah, mamma mia!'".

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Sight But No Vision: 'Iolanta' and 'Bluebeard's Castle' at the Met

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 5:21 PM

Double bills are a common phenomenon in the opera world. The most famous two are the pairing of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and the best pairings of operas offer either a stark contrast between the pieces -- highlighting what makes each piece different and worthy of viewing in a new light --...

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Parts of Their World: Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera in Review

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:15 PM

The Met is frequently criticized as a repertory house, unadventurous and conservative in its programming and casting. There are definitely aspects of that which are true (And were particularly prevalent during Joseph Volpe's management.), but during Volpe's management, the Met championed a very select number of non-standard repertory operas. Among...

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NYCO Says, "Ta-Ta": New York City Opera's Final Performance of Anna Nicole in Review

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:16 PM

There were tears from the cast during the curtain calls after Saturday, September 28th, New York City Opera presentation of Anna Nicole. Not only because it was the final performance of the run, but mostly because this co-presentation with Brooklyn Academy is the final production that New York City Opera,...

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Bells are Ringing: Les vêpres siciliennes at Caramoor

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 2:10 PM

Blood, sweat and tears are essential to making opera happen. However, on Saturday, July 6, it was the audience that contributed the sweat.

On Saturday, Caramoor presented Verdi's Les vêpres siciliennes as the first part of their 2013 Bel Canto at Caramoor series. At Caramoor, there has been a...

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The Music of Jane Austen

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 3:24 PM

When the name Jane Austen comes to mind, your next thought might not be music. However, the Jane Austen Society of North America is presenting two concerts this week as part of its 2012 General Annual Meeting.

The first concert it is presenting is:
Friday, October 5

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The Met Season Analysis Part 4: What to Expect From March to May

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 6:50 PM

Bow to the Met Season! It is your leader!

I told you I would be back, and I have returned with my final round of predictions for the forthcoming Metropolitan Opera Season, succeeding Parts 1, 2 and 3. Please enjoy.

Parsifal and Don Carlo...

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The Met Season Analysis Part 3: What to Expect From January to February

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 6:34 PM

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First there was Part 1, then there was Part 2, and now, here's Part 3 of my Met season predictions! I'll channel my inner psychic and we'll get this show on the road!

Les Troyens, Barber of Seville, Turandot, and...

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The Met Season Analysis Part 2: What to Expect From November to December

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Recently we had Part One of what the Met season will probably look like. We observed the time from Opening Night to the beginning of November. Now, Opera Teen has returned with what to expect from the Met from November to December. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy...

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