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Found on the Web: Zoe Madonna's Rubin Institute reviews. (She was the winner of the $10,000 prize.) Suby Raman graphs gender in US orchestras. Suby Raman's Ten Graphs to Explain the Metropolitan Opera.

Met Opera ends season with $22M deficit

New York City's Metropolitan Opera says it has ended its 2014 fiscal year with a $22 million shortfall in its budget. But the opera company said in a statement Thursday that steps including new... To view the full story, click the title link.

Let the shortfall! When it crumbles we will stand tall, face it all together

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

"In a fiscal year that challenged the nation’s largest performing arts organization to find a more sustainable financial model for the future, the Metropolitan Opera incurred an estimated $22 million budget shortfall for the 2013-14 season."

Picketing Verdi

Virgil Thomson on the 1952 protests against Don Carlo at the Met: Just for pleasure, and also to impress a visitor from Europe, your announcer dropped in last Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera for a performance of Verdi’s Don.....

Met Opera: A Fun-Filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" With Leonard and Maltman

Few operas can provide an evening of such pure delight as Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and few productions of Rossini's comic gem are as much fun as the one now on the boards at the Metropolitan Opera, with a smashing Isabel Leonard as Rosina...Show More Summary

Opera Review: Do Not Skip Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

Does the Metropolitan Opera not know when it has a winner? Graham Vick’s 1994 production of Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, one of the 20th century’s greatest operas, has spent the past 20 years in mothballs, except for a brief airing-out in 2000. Now it’s finally rocketed out of storage in... More »

Opera is dead, in one chart

Opera is officially dead. Or maybe not completely dead, but at best ekeing out a zombie-like existence in a state of undeath. As proof, I submit this fascinating chart of Metropolitan Opera performances, which shows that for decades the Met has rarely performed any operas composed in the preceding 50 years. The chart shows that opera […]

In Defense of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' and Art That Takes Risks

Its not easy to get New Yorkers to care about the opera. On October 20, though, 400 people gathered outside the Metropolitan Opera in Manhattan to protest the opening of John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer. The opera is based on the...Show More Summary

Labor disputes at the Metropolitan Opera resolved (and other August stories)

3 weeks agoArts : Createquity

The show will go on at the Metropolitan Opera, thanks to a labor agreement that, among other things, allows an independent analyst to monitor the opera's fiscal health on behalf of its employees - and could have widespread impact within...Show More Summary

Max Blumenthal on Aftermath of Israel’s Assault on Gaza, Plus Protesters Invoking Holocaust Imagery at the Opera

At New York City’s Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera staged the opening performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.” It is based on the story of Palestinian militants who hijacked a ship and demanded the release of 50 Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in 1985. Show More Summary

Editorial: Scenes of the crime

After the opening night of “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Metropolitan Opera head Peter Gelb asserted that protests were driven by propaganda, because many of his critics had never seen the work.

Twitter chat: Is censorship ever justified?

A young protester holds up a sign referring to censorship in schools in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, on Oct. 3. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters A new production by the Metropolitan Opera in New York, “The Death of Klinghoffer”, tells the story...Show More Summary

An exciting night at the opera: ‘Klinghoffer’ opening dominated by protest and heavy police presence

Claire Paddock reports from the opening night of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Anger’s aweigh

4 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

It was a night a-tingle with excitement at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Le veau d’or

4 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City opened with a performance of Gounod's Faust.

When ‘Springtime for Hitler’ Became Serious Opera

Is Mel Brooks smiling? Brooks’ 1968 comedy “The Producers” dealt with an outrageous, fictitious Broadway musical called “Springtime for Hitler” that trivialized Nazism and became a surprise hit. The New York Metropolitan Opera is now presenting “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which tries to explain the point of view of PLF members who hijacked the cruise [...]Show More Summary

Metropolitan Opera Joins the Jihadists

It’s a sign of how far America has been corrupted by political correctness, subjectivism in ethics, and relativism in the arts that a shoddy opera that romanticizes murdering terrorists can be put on by a major cultural institution, the Metropolitan Opera of New York City. I am not an aficionado of heavy weight opera. I […]

The verdict(s) on “Klinghoffer:” a review roundup

I am still in the process of reading all of the critical responses that have appeared so far to the “Death of Klinghoffer” at the Metropolitan Opera, and I know more will follow. I am compiling all the links here in part simply as a service to myself, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who is interested in the discussion. Show More Summary

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: Aida

From the Met: George Gagnidze will sing the role of Amonasro in five performances of Verdi’s Aida this season, replacing the originally announced Andrzej Dobber, who has withdrawn from the performances. Gagnidze will sing Amonasro on December 26 and 29 and January 2, 5, and 10 matinee. Show More Summary

Metropolitan Opera Cast Change: Carmen

Aleksandrs Antonenko is ill, and rather than calling in the regular cover, they've got Brandon Jovanovich singing Don Jose tonight's performance of Carmen. Jovanovich is currently rehearsing for Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.

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