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NY City Opera tenor dies, at 75

17 hours agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The tenor Melvyn Poll, who sang at City Opera from 1974 to 1978 after early successes in Germany and Israel, has died in Seattle at the age of 75. He was regional chair for the Metropolitan National Council Auditions and sang often with the Seattle Opera and Seattle Symphony. He also ran a law practice.

Important ruling: Singer is cleared to sue the Met for injuries

It has taken five years, but a mezzo who suffered permanent injuries from a fall on the Metropolitan Opera stage has received court clearance to sue for damages. The Met contested her claim, arguing she was an employee in the pursuit of normal duties. Here’s a summary of a precedential ruling: A New York appellate […]

Opera lover Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes in Met performance at Mazza Gallerie

Hey, isn’t that.?.?. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, taking in a performance of the Metropolitan Opera piped live to the AMC theater at Mazza Gallerie on Saturday? Opera-loving Ginsburg (gold sweater, dramatic orange scarf) was seated between two men, a spy says, during the broadcast of Verdi’s “Nabucco.” The very, ahem, mature […]

SONG PREMIERE: Auditorium Crafts Choir-Like Pop On “It’s Only God, I Swear” (INTERVIEW)

Spencer Berger has been a classically trained musician for most of his life. The LA-based musician began performing at the age of nine as a member of The Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus, singing onstage with legends like Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. Show More Summary

A New Take on Romeo and Juliet’s Ball, Balcony, Bed and Tomb

2 weeks agoNews : NYTimes: News

Bartlett Sher and Gianandrea Noseda discuss their production of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette,” which opens at the Metropolitan Opera on New Year’s Eve.

Birth Of The Concept Of Digital Computer And Hewlett-Packard (HP)

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include Charles Babbage’s idea for the Analytical Engine, the first public screening of films (with paid admission) and the first live HD transmission from the Metropolitan Opera, and the establishment of Hewlett-Packard in a Silicon Valley garage.

In Just Over 100 Years, The Met Has Only Staged Two Operas By Women

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

Since it opened in 1883, The Metropolitan Opera has only presented two operas by women composers. The first, Ethel Smyth’s “Der Wald,” debuted in 1903. The second is running today. Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” is a minimal and mythic tale of unrequited love. Show More Summary

I had a vision of love

last monthArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1918 Puccini’s Il Trittico premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.

Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016

In New York, it was the year of Kaija Saariaho. This fall, both the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic lavished resources on the Finnish composer’s luminous, molten music: the Met by producing her opera “L’Amour de Loin”...Show More Summary

Tchaikovsky for Christmas

The prominent Russian conductor Semyon Bychkov, who has appeared regularly with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera since 2004, has never quite won me over. In his most recent Philharmonic foray, last February, in which...Show More Summary

Conversion narrative

last monthArts : Parterre Box

Blood-and-guts singing is the reason to see Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera this season.

Hvorostovsky Withdraws from Scheduled Opera Appearances

Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the curtain call for the September 25 performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera From the Met:Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming opera engagements, including this spring’s Met performances as the title character in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, due to illness. Show More Summary

After 100 Years in Waiting, Grand Opera Shatters the Gender Glass Ceiling

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L’Amour de Loin runs at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City now through December 29.

Justin Davidson: Shouldn't The Metropolitan Opera Be Doing A Better Job Of New Opera?

"Art demands openness, persistence, and a willingness to tolerate failure. You can’t expect an opera composer to write a great opera if she’s never had the chance to write a mediocre one — or five."

The naked truth

last monthArts : Parterre Box

Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera's 2019-2020 season, according the always intriguing Met Future Wiki.

Shocked, Shcoked

Last week, it transpired that the Metropolitan Opera won't be performing a new opera by Osvaldo Golijov after all. Neither party is saying much about what happened or why the project is being canceled. From Michael Cooper's article:The...Show More Summary

Opera Review: Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin Is Iridescently Beautiful

Sixteen years after its world premiere, Kaija Saariaho’s opera L’amour de loin has finally blown into the Metropolitan Opera like a breeze in a silk emporium, all iridescent flutterings and ravishing mystery. The plot is skeletal, bordering on nonexistent: A French troubadour, Jaufré, hears tell of Clémence, a beautiful lady ... More »

The Story of Ethel Smyth: Composer, Suffragette, and Breaker of Operatic Glass Ceilings

last monthHumor / odd : mental_floss

On December 1, 2016, the Metropolitan Opera premiered an opera composed by a woman. The last time that happened, it was 1903.

What Happened to New Opera at the Met?

When the Metropolitan Opera decided to scrap a planned new work by Osvaldo Golijov, the news seemed both stunning and obvious. An artistic disaster that took a decade to unfold culminated in business as usual: the Met not commissioning a living composer. What else is new? Still, the project’s collapse ... More »

Metropolitan Opera Guild Wants To Have The Mother Of All Rummage Sales

2 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

The Guild "is seeking permission in court to sell off a memorabilia collection - with an estimated value of more than $1 million - that includes a gold cigarette holder that belonged to the bass Ezio Pinza; a jeweled baton owned by the composer Richard Wagner; and a silver, ivory and diamond pen that was […]

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