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“Pirates Of Penzance” Has Just Broken UK Moviecast Box Office Records

“It has so far taken more than £600,000 at the UK box office, from a single screening on May 19, with around 400,000 people watching it. The previous record for an opera was the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow earlier this year, which took £504,000 in total.”

Composer Elliot Goldenthal: American Ballet Theater's Othello and Grounded at the Public Theater

This week's opening of the American Ballet Theater's Othello at the Metropolitan Opera House, a spectacular version of Shakespeare's tragedy about the warrior king who succumbs to the manipulations of an ensign, and murders the love of his life, marks ABT's commitment to newer works. Show More Summary

Breaking: Met grabs harp from Paris Opéra

The wonderful Emmanuel Ceysson, principal harp at the Bastille for the past decade, has won the audition at the Metropolitan Opera for the seat left vacant by the death of Deborah Hoffman in February 2014. He starts in Tannhäuser this September.     Here‘s how he describes the audition process: I loved the fairness of […]

Anniversary Presents

"Les Sylphides", "Jardin aux Lilas", "Rodeo" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 13, 2015 matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill ABT is showing off a number of its early productions in the first week of its spring season in honor of its 75th anniversary. Show More Summary

What He Said.

Metropolitan Opera production photo Over at SF Civic Center, SF Mike has a blog post called Why You Should Buy a Ticket to The Trojans. I'm here to tell you that he is right. If you are reading this blog and you can possibly get to one of the six performances coming up at San Francisco Opera, just buy a ticket. Show More Summary

How to get more out of your music lesson. (Hint: press ‘record’)

Rob Knopper, percussionist of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, writes: Lessons are the cornerstone of your musical education. they’re the most important hour of your entire week. The people you took lessons with are on the first page of your freaking resume and at the end your bio, even if you already play with a top-5 orchestra! Your entire […]

Opera Review: A Brief Return for The Rake’s Progress

Having hauled The Rake’s Progress out of deep storage, the Metropolitan Opera is doing the showbiz equivalent of blinding your math teacher by bouncing sunlight off a watch face. A few quick dazzles and the opera will get tucked back out of sight, leaving the aftershock of brilliance dancing on... More »

Sick list: Beczala drops out of Met live feed

From WQXR: Join us at 1 pm for a live broadcast of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ballroom Dance) from the Metropolitan Opera. Ricardo Tamura plays the self-destructive King Gustavo III of Sweden in this afternoon’s performance, replacing Piotr Beczala, who is ill. Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the woman the King loves. Show More Summary

Gelb bombs at international opera awards

A nameless singer attending Sunday’s awards has been sharing its highs and lows. Her lowest of the low…. this may come as a surprise… was the me-me-me speech by the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera. Read here.

Mezzo Jamie Barton Adds Another Prize To Her List: $50K Richard Tucker Award

4 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“She previously won both the main prize and the song prize at the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, and was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2007 – a lively competition that was featured in Susan Froemke’s film The Audition.”

First Nighter: The Merry Widow at the Met With New Cast Trying

If there's one thing Susan Stroman's new production of The Merry Widow at the Metropolitan Opera House isn't, it's merry. Sometimes frenetic, yes, but merry, no -- and in several ways that composer Franz Léhar might not have condoned. Having...Show More Summary

Doctors to Divas, Stagehands and Opera Lovers at the Met

4 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Several physicians act as the Metropolitan Opera’s doctor on call, each serving once a week in exchange for a free night at the opera and the chance to spend time near singers they admire.

She who gets slapped

last monthArts : Parterre Box

All those who have been in a rage since the news broke this week that the Metropolitan Opera has invited Calixto Bieito to stage Verdi’s La Forza del Destino can relax and embrace the Juilliard Opera’s new Le Nozze di Figaro which opened Friday night.

Met Opera: Verdi's 'Ballo In Maschera' Beautifully Sung And Played

Verdi was no stranger to forbidden love and he captured all its passion and anguish in Un Ballo in Maschera, which the Metropolitan Opera returned to the stage last night with a top-flight cast led by Piotr Beczala and Sondra Radvanovsky...Show More Summary

Met soprano snubs Korea

Hei-Kyung Hong, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera ever since winning its 1982 auditions, has declined a request to become head of Korea National Opera. The company has been in crisis since Regina Han quit after 53 days in February, forced out by a politically inspired media campaign. Hong said she’s under-qualified. KNO is running […]

Calixto Bieito Coming to Met Opera with a New “Forza”

Known for his sometimes shocking productions, Calixto Bieito will direct a new "Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2017-2018 season.

The First Black Ballerina At The Metropolitan Opera House

“‘It is opening night at the Metropolitan Opera – the gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda. It is the first time in the history of the venerable opera house that it has a black artist on its roster. Let me tell you, my friend, I am just as surprised as anyone else.’ It was 1951, […]

Classical Music Click: A Pivotal Italian Aria

David McVicar’s new production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” at the Metropolitan Opera, may be garnering mixed reviews, but I, for one, don’t plan to stay away. “Pagliacci” is my favorite of the two, and apparently it has brought out some of McVicar’s more effective inspirations. Show More Summary

Opera Review: The Met’s Semi-Dynamic Duo of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, that classic diptych of tuneful weepies, has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in a lopsided new production. One piece is black-and-white, the other polychrome; one stodgy, the other Stooge-y; one grim, the other strenuously entertaining. Serious opera people are constantly apologizing for these enduringly... More »

Bringing Genuine Vaudeville To The Metropolitan Opera

“What’s a vaudeville consultant doing in an opera house? It turns out that not just anyone can choreograph a decent slosh routine, a messy staple of slapstick in which whipped cream, custard or shaving cream is wielded as a projectile, hopefully to comic effect.” So David McVicar decided to make the itinerant clowns of Pagliacci […]

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