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On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 07.18.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

What Do Opera Singers Actually Get Paid?

Jennifer Rivera | Posted 07.11.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Rivera

Why do we value our artists so little in the U.S. that we question whether $100,000 per year is too much money to earn for essentially being the backbone of the most well regarded opera house in the country?

Met Opera Cancels Live Transmission Due To Anti-Semitism Concerns

Reuters | Posted 06.17.2014 | 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...

On the Future of Wagnerism, Part 2: Jewish Wagnerites and Wagner Societies

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Part 1 of "On The Future of Wagnerism," "Do New Revelations of Hitler's Taste in Art Cast New Light on Wagner Appreciation?" was published on Huffingt...

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...

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 ...

10 Reasons Why You Should Go to the Opera Right Now

Paula Froelich | Posted 03.22.2014 | New York
Paula Froelich

Every now and then my pal Gus lets me play dress up and invites me to his amazing Parterre level box at the Metropolitan Opera. Inevitably, I almost...

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...

First Nighter: Nico Muhly's "Two Boys" Proves One Plus One Equals Disappointment

David Finkle | Posted 12.22.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

The thing I'm bursting to tell you immediately about Two Boys is that Anne Strawson (Alice Coote), the detective inspector at the center of it, is about as dumb a cop as you'd hope to avoid on a case where you've been victimized.

Journeys: The Father, the Son, & the Power of Music

Jason Walter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Hawaii
Jason Walter

What more can I say? I am in fact the HOT Marketing Director and quite possibly the only HOT Marketing Director in this world! Putting the silliness of acronyms away, Hawaii Opera Theatre (HOT) is where my journey has taken me and it has been nothing short of a ride over the last few months.

On This Day In History...

Posted 10.11.2013 | Black Voices

In 1954, the New York Metropolitan Opera hired Marian Anderson making her the first black singer that the famed opera house signed on. Anderson would ...

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, ...

'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...

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...

A Transitional Decade

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.15.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The leadership of the Metropolitan Opera recently announced that they were lowering most of their ticket prices for next season. At the same time, they announced that it is now clear that their highly successful movie theater broadcasts are cannibalizing ticket sales for their live performances.

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...

'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...

'La Traviata' 160 Years Later

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.15.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Met Opera returned its minimalist and modernistic production of La Traviata to the stage Thursday night with a thrilling Diana Damrau singing Viol...

Opera for the 21st Century

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.21.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Few if any operas have aroused such fierce philosophical and religious debate as Parsifal, Wagner's last great work for the stage, and a new Metropoli...

Your Start-Up Life: Break the Rules, but Do So Brilliantly (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business
Rana Florida

David Stark, President and Creative Director of David Stark Design and Production breaks the rules nearly every day. He makes the point that if creativity is the core driver of his business, its solid foundations and discipline play just as great a role in its success.

Meet The Break-Out Stars Of The Met

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

With every new season at The Metropolitan Opera comes a fresh batch of break-out stars, belting their way to the leading roles of infamous operas like...

Ridiculously Sexy Russian Soprano Kicks Off Met's Season

Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts

Sexy Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is set to headline her second consecutive season opening gala at the Metropolitan Opera tonight. She will debut as ...