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First Nighter: The Met's New 'Wozzeck' with Matthias Goerne Confidently Stepping In

David Finkle | Posted 05.07.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

The first performance of the new Wozzeck production at the Metropolitan Opera House turned into one of those show-must-go-on episodes that turn up not...

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?

With a Little Help From an American Horror Storyteller, Mary Fahl Raises Her Voice to a Supernatural Level

Michael Bialas | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Mary Fahl didn't need to become a vampire to achieve pop culture immortality. Famed author Anne Rice gave it to the enduring singer-songwriter by sink...

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...

First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top

David Finkle | Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

It's hard to think that anyone simply listening to the Metropolitan Opera's new production as conducted by Daniele Gatti wouldn't be transported the instant the composer's moody prelude begins.

MET OPERA: A 'Rigoletto' In Las Vegas

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If the fleshpots of Las Vegas remind you of the ducal palace in Mantua, or vice versa, then the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rigoletto was m...

Creative Arts Managers

Michael Kaiser | Posted 12.15.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

While I still believe the best arts managers are those who come to solutions that are based on their organizations' unique situations, there are many arts managers who do not bring that level of creativity to their work.

Mallika Rao

Comparing Million Dollar Salaries At The Met

HuffingtonPost.com | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.19.2012 | Home

In today's opera news, the legendary music director of the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine, reportedly made $2.1 million in 2010, up 39 percent from ...

The Artist Vs. The Critic

Howard Sherman | Posted 07.24.2012 | Home
Howard Sherman

Artists writing to newspapers to complain about reviews is hardly a new phenomenon. However, in my experience, it's an impotent gesture at best and a counterproductive one at worst.

How 'The Ring' Was Staged

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 04.04.2012 | Home

When Richard Wagner wrote his Ring Cycle, did he dream of a giant steel machine twisting and sliding on stage? Probably not. But the Metropolitan O...

Director David Gelb Talks About Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.02.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Jiro Dreams of Sushi focuses on Jiro Ono, unassuming and routine-driven despite being proclaimed the greatest sushi chef in the world.

Amy Lee

The Mash-Up Of The Opera World

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home

Famous singers, a score that plays like a mash-up of greatest hits and a plot that takes two famous romances and mixes them together -- no, it's not t...

Boardwalk Empires, Mockingbirds, Concertos & Rocket Science: Conversations with The Jayhawks, Bela Fleck and Vince Giordano

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.22.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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Amy Lee

The Met Brings Opera To The Movies

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 10.29.2011 | Home

Richard Nixon is watching ballet in Beijing with Chairman Mao as wife Pat Nixon looks on with her hands clasped to her face. A young girl is beaten un...

Metropolitan Opera RACKING UP Expenses

New York Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Opera lovers are buzzing that the enormous cost of the upcoming productions of Wagner's "Ring Cycle" could bankrupt the Metropolitan Opera, which ran ...

OPERA: CultureZohn (Singing in the Streets)

Patricia Zohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Patricia Zohn

2010-09-27-rheingoldbox.jpgThe Metropolitan Opera offers proof that the double dealing, back-stabbing, larger-than-life emotion of Wagner rivals any of our great governmental dramas.

Make Nice or I Quit!

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Ivan Katz

When Peter Stein and the Metropolitan Opera attempted to flesh out the back story behind Stein's withdrawal from a new production of Boris Godunov, the formerly mysterious story became utterly incomprehensible.

WATCH: OPERA: Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb Opens Up To HuffPost

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

New York's Metropolitan Opera, run by General Manager Peter Gelb, is at the forefront of bringing opera into the modern era. With their Live in HD pr...

Madness at the Met: Slatkin vs. Gheorgiu, Round Two

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ivan Katz

The Met seems to have embraced the old Hollywood Star System and is now milking it for all its worth.

Things Must Be Really Bad!

Brian Dickie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brian Dickie

The Metropolitan Opera just got a $30 million gift. "It came at a time when the Met is sorely in need of cash," Peter Gelb, the Met's general manag...

Featured Doer: Peter Gelb

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

In a way, Peter Gelb has come full circle. He worked as an usher at the Metropolitan Opera in his teenage years. Nearly four years ago, he was appoint...

Tosca in Times Square, or, the Piazza di Nuova York

Alex Henry | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alex Henry

Having gone just to witness the scene, I stayed for the second and third acts, foraging for some pizza and Pellegrino at one of the intermissions to complete the Italian effect.

Bless This House

Norman MacAfee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Opera, is dark as it undergoes a year of renovation. It is a house of past and perhaps future artistic importance in two art forms.