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Settling at the Met

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Anyone who cares about the arts must be happy that this great institution will open its new season this month. But did the remarkable firestorm surrounding these negotiations do enough to stabilize the Metropolitan Opera?

The Metropolitan Opera Reaches Tentative Labor Deals With Two Unions

AP | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Metropolitan Opera reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions early Monday while negotiations continued...

Met Opera on Strike

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.31.2014 | New York
Jeff Danziger

Met Opera on Strike

Mallika Rao

'I Have Not Had A Christmas With My Family For 15 Years'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.31.2014 | Arts

Amid bitter negotiations, employees of one of the world's most famous opera houses are contemplating taking their talents elsewhere at the end of the ...

Met Opera Cancels Live Transmission Due To Anti-Semitism Concerns

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK, June 17 (Reuters) - New York's Metropolitan Opera announced on Tuesday that it has canceled its plans for a live transmission of the opera...

Opera's Fairy-Tale Couple, in Rossini's 'La Cenerentola'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.22.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

There are few operas that can be quite as much fun as La Cenerentola, Rossini's delightful version of the Cinderella story, and there are few mistreat...

Met Opera: Olga Peretyatko Shines in Bellini's "I Puritani"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its vintage production of Bellini's I Puritani to the stage last night and the fast-rising Russian soprano Olga Perety...

Met Opera: 'Arabella' Returns With Six Bright New Voices

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.04.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Only Strauss could pack quite so much Sturm und Drang into a romantic comedy as he did in Arabella. But the Met's lovely period production, which it r...

A Fresh Look at Doomed Love in Massenet's 'Werther'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The love that burns with the brightest flame is often a love that is fated to fail, and the passion Massenet kindled in his opera Werther is about as ...

A Stunning Revisionist Staging of Borodin's 'Prince Igor'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

In a winter dominated by headlines from the Olympics in Russia and nonstop snowstorms in New York, the Metropolitan Opera is offering its own tribute to Russian heritage and a refuge from the weather with a lavish and captivating new production of Borodin's Prince Igor.

Renee Fleming Melts Hearts Anew in 'Rusalka'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 01.24.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

It is the mark of a true diva to be able to turn any part she undertakes into an interpretation by which all others will be compared. Renee Fleming ow...

Met Opera: Maestri and Levine Team for a Joyful New 'Falstaff'

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 02.06.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The world's favorite fat, foolish lover returned to the Metropolitan Opera stage last night in a new production of Verdi's Falstaff that with the splendid Anbrogio Maestri singing the knightly knave and the incomparable James Levine in the pit is an evening of pure delight.

Met Opera: "Rigoletto" Returns To Las Vegas With Hvorostovsky

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.12.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Michael Mayer's transformation of Verdi's tragic opera from the ducal palace in Mantua, circa 1600, to a Las Vegas casino, circa 1960, is no less spectacular (or eye-rolling, depending on one's tolerance for the unorthodox) than when it premiered in January.

The New 'Tosca' Is Back Onstage And It's Still Shocking

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 10.30.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its controversial production of Puccini's Tosca to the stage last night with Patricia Racette in the title role and Ro...

Met Opera: Levine Returns in Triumph in "Cosi Fan Tutte"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.25.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The most thrilling moment in an evening full of thrills at the Metropolitan Opera's first performance of Cosi Fan Tutte last night came before a single note was played.

An Opening Night Of Champagne, Tchaikovsky, And Protest

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.24.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera opened its new season last night with a champagne gala inside the house, a packed Lincoln Center Plaza to watch on TV outside, ...

Here's Your Preview Of The Upcoming Metropolitan Opera Season

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.20.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

When the curtain rises on the new Metropolitan Opera season Monday night, the roller-coaster ride that has marked Peter Gelb's seven years as general ...

Partially Paralyzed Conductor Returns

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 07.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — James Levine rolled onto the Carnegie Hall stage in his black motorized wheelchair and into a 6-by-6-foot mechanical podium construct...

20/20

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

You know when you see yourself in a photo and think, "Gee I look horrible" and put it away only to find it years later and think, "Wow! I looked pretty good back then?" I had a moment like that a few days ago but it was while listening to the Metropolitan Opera Channel on Sirius.

'A Solid If Unspectacular Successor'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The list of tenors who can sing the title role of Wagner's "Siegfried" is such a short one that any newcomer tackling the part at the...

A Stirring Revival

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 07.06.2013 | Arts

One of the most harrowing final scenes in all of opera is the ending of Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites," when the nuns condemned by the French...

LA FINE

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Magnificent playing by the orchestra, inspired conducting by Fabio Luisi and a rapturous performance of the "Immolation Scene" by Kat...

Stage Malfunctions Make A Mess At The Met

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — It's not just the golden ring that carries a curse. The Metropolitan Opera's production of Wagner's epic seems to as well. On Saturd...

Caesar And A Sexy Cleopatra Take Over The Met

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If anyone still harbors doubts that Handel's operas can be excitingly staged, the Met's smashing new production of Giulio Cesare, which had its gala p...

'I've Been Chomping At The Bit To Do This Opera'

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 06.05.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Music lovers who have seen "The Audition," the documentary about a vocal competition at the Metropolitan Opera, may remember tenor Mi...