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'Downton Abbey' Meets Mozart At The Met Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 09.26.2014 | 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.

Famed Italian Soprano Magda Olivero Dies At 104

AP | Posted 09.11.2014 | Arts

MILAN (AP) — Italian soprano Magda Olivero, one of the most prominent interpreters of the Italian verismo operatic tradition whose career spanned 50...

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...

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...

SHUT DOWN?

AP | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — New York City Opera says the company will file for bankruptcy protection and wind down operations after failing to raise enough money...

NYC Opera Fails To Raise $7 Million, Will Probably Suspend Season

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 11.26.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — New York City Opera could be sounding its final note this weekend – at least for a while. The 70-year-old company says it plan...

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, ...

Opera's Shining Star

AP | COLLEEN BARRY | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts

MILAN — Alexander Pereira will arrive at the Milanese opera house La Scala as general manager in 2015 with a unique set of work experience that ...

'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...

Nazi-Themed Opera Canceled After Opening Night

AP | Posted 07.09.2013 | Arts

BERLIN — A modern version of Richard Wagner's "Tannhauser" has been canceled in Germany after the opening-night audience complained about new sc...

Nazi-Themed Opera Causes A Stir In Germany

AP | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts

BERLIN — A modern production of Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhauser" is causing a stir in Germany because of Nazi-themed scenes showing people dy...

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...

Terry Gilliam Heads To The Opera

AP | Posted 07.01.2013 | Arts

LONDON — The English National Opera's 2013-14 season will include a world premiere of Oedipus-inspired opera "Thebans" and the return of Monty P...

NYC Opera Season Comes To An End

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Jacques Offenbach's "La Perichole" struggled to break through and was ultimately suffocated in Christopher Alden's heavy-handed and a...

Opera Sparkles At Brooklyn Academy Of Music

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — There is a moment in Andreas Homoki's staging of "David et Jonathas," where Jonathas sings of his world closing in around him. He is...

Opera Company Returns To City Center

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — The Exodus was the subject of New York City Opera's return to City Center following a 48-year absence. Not the company's exit from L...

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...

'Faust' For The Atomic Age

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.22.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Devil certainly gets his due in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Gounod's Faust, which returned for the first time this season Thursday nigh...

Met Opera Singer Rise Stevens Dies At 99

AP | By DEEPTI HAJELA | Posted 05.21.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- Mezzo-soprano opera star Rise Stevens, who sang with the Metropolitan Opera for more than 20 years spanning the 1940s and 1950s, has died....

All Of Verdi In One Big Box

AP | MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts

Verdi: The Complete Works (75-CD boxed set) Decca. From the ever-popular "Aida" to the obscure "Alzira," all 28 of Giuseppe Verdi's operas have been ...

'Singing Is Something I Cannot Be Without'

AP | By MIKE SILVERMAN | Posted 04.28.2013 | Arts

-- It's midmorning, less than 12 hours after he finished another grueling performance as the tormented Amfortas in Wagner's "Parsifal," and Peter Mat...

Intrigue And Betrayal At The Opera

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.27.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Verdi's Don Carlo, back on stage at the Metropolitan Opera, has more intrigue, double-crossing betrayal, and doomed love triangles than a whole season...

LA Opera Keeps Its Director

AP | Posted 02.21.2013 | Arts

LOS ANGELES -- James Conlon has extended his contract as music director of the Los Angeles Opera through the 2017-18 season. The 62-year-old's new de...