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Messiah "Fully Loaded:" Kent Tritle Brings it Home

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 12.23.2014 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Young tenor, Mingjie Lei, a product of the prestigious Curtis Opera Theatre, displayed the voice and confidence of the up and coming Bel-Canto tenor that he is. His tones were bright, without an edge, sort of a soothing balm to the ears.

At Home at the Met

Alice Carey | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Alice Carey

Along came Macbeth, an opera I'd never seen, and I had to go. As I settled into my seat, everything seemed comfortably the same. But as the house lights dimmed and the crystal chandeliers rose upward, my heart rose with them.

When Silence Gives the Opera Meaning

Henriette Lazaridis | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts
Henriette Lazaridis

It's a marvel to me that the moment I would consider the opera's most powerful -- indeed, the moment in which the underlying seriousness of this seemingly comic fluff reveals itself -- comes in silence.

A Masterful "Die Meistersinger" With Levine As Masterconductor

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 12.03.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The world of grand opera is generally not known for its comedies, and few are quite as grand, funny or poignant as the Metropolitan Opera's magnificen...

Yes, The Storied Met Opera Just Ended Its Season With A $22 Million Deficit

AP | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera says it has ended its 2014 fiscal year with a $22 million shortfall in its budget. But the opera...

A Fun-Filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" With Leonard and Maltman

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few operas can provide an evening of such pure delight as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and few productions of Rossini's comic gem are as much fun as the o...

And the Banned Play On

Glen Roven | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Glen Roven

So far this season at the Met I have seen three sensational shows, The Marriage of Figaro, The Death of Klinghoffer and most recently Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

Keystone State She-roes

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 11.10.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

My travel last week took me to Pennsylvania, The Keystone State. Many strong and accomplished women are affiliated with this state that was one of the 13 original colonies

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo -- A Stunning Debut in 'Partenope' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 12.24.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's current production of Handel's 1730 comedy, Partenope -- now transported to a high-toned Parisian salon in the 1920s -- is an intoxicating whirlwind of fresh air.

Big Names Plan Protest Of Controversial Opera

AP | VERENA DOBNIK | Posted 12.19.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani joined demonstrators outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday for an emotional protest against a music...

Kelli O'Hara Found a Life in Music, Now Gives it Back

Steve Schonberg | Posted 11.29.2014 | Arts
Steve Schonberg

Five-time TONY nominee, Kelli O'Hara has had a busy year and it's not going to calm down any time soon.

'Downton Abbey' Meets Mozart At The Met Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.26.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

All's well that ends well, Shakespeare observed, and the summer of the Metropolitan Opera's discontent could not have ended any better than with its smashing new production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

If 'Macbeth' Were A 1940s Gangster Opera...

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.25.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Raw lust for power dominates the Met Opera's stirring modernistic production of Verdi's Macbeth, which returned to the house last night with Anna Netr...

Demonstrators Protest Met Opera Over 'Anti-Semitic' Opera

AP | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Demonstrators marked the start of the Metropolitan Opera's season on Monday evening by protesting the planned production of "The Dea...

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

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.16.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.05.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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...