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Bass Baritone Christian Van Horn -- A Busy Season at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.16.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Christian Van Horn is Oroveso in San Francisco Opera's new production of Bellini's Norma. The bel canto gem opened the 2014/15 Season on September 5, making Christian's resounding bass-baritone the first voice to be heard in the Company's 92nd Season.

Sondra Radvanovsky and Jamie Barton Shine in New Production of Norma at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.10.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The production elements are not heaven sent. The set designs of David Korins are clever, but confusing and cluttered. The Kong-size doors, the ready abundance of knives, spears and scythes, keep the eyes very busy and the questions coming.

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...

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel - Part 2

John Mauceri | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Carlo Bergonzi was one of the "other" tenors when I was a teenager going to the Metropolitan Opera. Like Nicolai Gedda, Bergonzi was a tenor's tenor. He did not send off fireworks like a Tucker or a Corelli. He did not summon the deep wells of sadness that Vickers could. He was simply perfect.

Elaine Stritch, Carlo Bergonzi, Mary Rodgers and Lorin Maazel (Part 1)

John Mauceri | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
John Mauceri

Within the past month we have read with sadness of the deaths of four important artists who seemingly have little in common: composer and author Mary Rodgers Guettel, internationally famous American conductor Lorin Maazel, Broadway and cabaret star Elaine Stritch, and the legendary operatic tenor Carlo Bergonzi. They do actually have one thing in common: me.

Famed Italian Tenor Dies

AP | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts

MILAN (AP) — Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, considered one of the most authoritative interpreters of Verdi's operas, has died at the age of 90. The ...

To the Met, From the Heart

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I suppose it takes a highly specialized village to make the Metropolitan Opera work on all cylinders. New York has already lost one opera company. We do not need to lose another.

11 Of The World's Most Fantastic Opera Houses That Are Worth A Visit (PHOTOS)

JustLuxe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Travel
JustLuxe

Whether your taste is modern or Baroque, these are some opera houses you definitely need to visit on your next trip around the world.

More Concerning The Death of Klinghoffer

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Abraham H. Foxman

The fact that some have taken to twitter to make anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks in the wake of the Met's announcement shows how this opera still has the potential to bring out manifestations of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes.

Dave Jamieson

How The Metropolitan Opera Could Go Dark This Summer

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.23.2014 | Arts

Before the Metropolitan Opera began airing in high definition in theaters in 2006, Margot Therre's job in the opera's scenic department was a bit simp...

The Importance of Being Collaborative

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

The established model of presenting new works to audiences is changing and the audiences are changing dramatically too. An entire generation of composers and performers are taking the presentation of their works into their own hands.

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...

Is Opera Dead? Is the Met Next?

Adria Firestone | Posted 05.25.2014 | Arts
Adria Firestone

The audience that can afford to pay $280 for an opening night ticket is a microscopic percentage of this planet's population. Ticket prices on Broadway are high too. But a family comes to NYC to have a spectacular night out. There isn't that same attitude about opera.

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

Opera Teen | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Opera Teen

Sometimes, very rarely, pretty is good enough. It may not fly for any standard-rep piece, but it works to an extent here, and it works well.

PAST IS PROLOGUE--WITHER RUSSIA?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Whoever would believe that New York's The Metropolitan Opera would break new ground with contemporary social commentary in presenting a new Opera? ...

On the Future of Wagnerism: Do New Revelations About Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

What's to be done about someone whose art is or seems to be so great, but whose prejudices were unquestionably contributory to great evil? How do you continue to appreciate art once aware of the enormity it was accessory to?

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.

Why I Love Opera and You Should Too

Henriette Lazaridis Power | Posted 04.10.2014 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis Power

You sit there, looking around the opera house, maybe, or maybe even getting a little sleepy, or thinking of something else, and then it hits you -- beauty --and you're slammed into something that I can't quite explain.

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...

First Nighter: The Gotham Chamber Opera's Top-Notch "La descente d'Orphée aux enfers"

David Finkle | Posted 03.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Much of the intense charm of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers (Opheus's Descent into Hell)--receiving an intensely charming...

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.

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.

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem -- San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by Emilio Sagi, the production is a fine blend of Commedia dell'Arte Lite and drawing room humor played outside.

Theater: Patron Saint A Holy Mess; Goerke Casts Big Shadow At Met

Michael Giltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

We could talk about the confusing, ambitious but misguided mess that is Marlane Meyer's play The Patron Saint Of Sea Monsters. Or we could talk about the actors that all manage to find some humor and heart throughout this disorienting show.