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The Metropolitan Opera Sings Its Support For France With The French National Anthem

“Inserts with the anthem’s lyrics were placed into the programs, and members of the audience rose to their feet, and some sang along, as the Met’s chorus, principal singers and some members of the company’s staff gathered together on stage and sang ‘La Marseillaise,’ with the Act I set of the church of Sant’Andrea della […]

Lyric Opera's 'Merry Widow' gets rolling in final two acts

Lyric Opera probably didn't need another new production of "The Merry Widow" so soon after its 2009 Gary Griffin staging of the beloved Franz Lehar operetta. Still, with a lavish, relatively new Metropolitan Opera production starring Lyric's creative consultant and resident superstar, soprano Renee...

New York's Met Opera sings French anthem after attacks

last weekArts : Artdaily

New York's Metropolitan Opera led by Placido Domingo on Saturday mourned the victims of the attacks in Paris with an unscheduled performance of the French national anthem. Ahead of a matinee of Puccini's "Tosca," Domingo conducted the orchestra in "La Marseillaise" as the Metropolitan Opera Chorus sang the words in French on stage. Show More Summary

At Metropolitan Opera, Support for Paris Sounds Out With Singing of France’s National Anthem

Led by Plácido Domingo, the opera cast and audience sang "La Marseillaise" on Saturday.

US opera and orchestras honour the Paris victims

The Metropolitan Opera is handing out leaflets of the Marsellaise to all matinee operagoers today, inviting them to join in the singing of the French national anthem before the performance. Good work, Peter Gelb. Placido Domingo conducted. The Atlanta Symphony is dedicating today’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem to the dead and injured in the Paris […]

Allons Enfants de la Patrie

San Francisco City Hall November 13, 2015 And Parterre Box reports that the Metropolitan Opera will play La Marseilliase before today's Tosca performance.

We are all enfants de la Patrie

last weekArts : Parterre Box

La Cieca hears that the Metropolitan Opera will perform "La Marseillaise" before this afternoon's performance of Tosca.

Leonard Bernstein's Batonmaker

Today we learned of the death of Dick Horowitz at the age of 91. You perhaps never heard of him. If you went to the Metropolitan Opera or listened to its broadcasts any time from 1946 until two years ago, you definitely heard Dick Horowitz. Show More Summary

The meaning of blackness in Othello

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Metropolitan opera only just stopped using blackface performers. Yes! White dudes were blacking up to play Othello in 2015 and things needed to be explained to them. In Shakespeare's time, though—before the Atlantic slave trade, before imperialism, before Jim Crow, before civil rights, before inconsiderate cosplay—blackness was different. Show More Summary

‘The Stradivari Of Sticks,’ Baton Maker Richard Horowitz, Dead At 91

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“[He] was a renowned musician in his own right, a retired principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. But in the rarefied artistic circles that were his orbit for more than half a century, he was also known as a maker of conductors’ batons, a fine trade plied by only a handful of people around […]

Is The Met Opera’s Newest Femme Fatale a Gay Icon?

2 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

Lulu, the Metropolitan Opera's newest production, sees a much-married woman kill her husband and her lesbian lover to take the fall.

Top Posts From AJBlogs 11.10.15

2 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

A Great Lulu When the Metropolitan Opera rises to its own standard, no opera house in the world presents more engaging, exciting, or satisfying performances. On November 5 the new production of Alban Berg’s Lulu fulfilled every aspect of the… … read more AJBlog: OperaSleuth Published 2015-11-10 Johnny Costa The recent Rifftides review of pianist Sullivan Fortner’s […]

Opera Review: The Met Gets It All Right in William Kentridge’s Lulu

If the Metropolitan Opera decided to concentrate its entire mission into a single night, that show might look a lot William Kentridge’s production of Lulu. Berg’s 80-year-old opera is both a classic melodrama in need of tender care and a scary war cry of the avant-garde. Ghoulish drama and rich... More »

Met orchestra mourns longest-serving musician

Jason Haaheim, principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera, has posted a notice of the death of his distinguished predecessor, Richard Horowitz. Dick, who served for 66 years, retired in 2012, aged 88. He was the third longest-serving orchestral player on record.

With L.A. Opera's 'Moby-Dick,' call it a success

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

On the cover of its July issue, Opera News dubbed Jake Heggie "U.S. opera's most successful composer." It was an odd pronouncement for the in-house publication of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. As of last summer, neither the Met nor the main companies in America's two other largest cities had performed...

Anne Sofie von Otter set to perform in D.C. in November

She doesn’t sell out the Metropolitan Opera, but she has one of the biggest recording careers of any active opera singer. She doesn’t do arena concerts, but she did make an album with Elvis Costello. Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter isn’t a superstar. She just has one of the most successful careers, and the longest, of any classical singer today.Read full article >>

Metropolitan Opera brings Johan Botha’s ‘Tannhaeuser’ to the world

By Mike Silverman | Associated Press Deep into the third act of Wagner’s “Tannhaeuser,” the title... The post Metropolitan Opera brings Johan Botha’s ‘Tannhaeuser’ to the world appeared first on Chicago Entertainment - Chicago Sun-Times.

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