"Cinderella" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 29, 2015 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill ABT's final week is devoted to Sir Frederick Ashton's "Cinderella", a glorious combination of lyricism, virtuosity and comedy, both high and low. Show More Summary
“Romeo and Juliet” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 20, 2015 by Leigh Witchel © 2015 by Leigh Witchel Misty Copeland and Joseph Gorak are both news; Gorak for his extra-ordinary technique, Copeland even more so for her promotion yesterday as the first African-American principal of American Ballet Theatre. Show More Summary
Swan Lake is always one of the most popular ballets for dance fans. But the whoops and cheers from a packed crowd at the Metropolitan Opera House signaled something more this time. There was palpable... To view the full story, click the title link.
The plutocratic Ann Ziff, chair of the Metropolitan Opera board and Peter Gelb’s biggest fan, has joined the board of Los Angeles Opera. Read into that what you will. Here‘s the straight version.
Ann Ziff, the noted philanthropist and chair of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, is adding another entry to her roster of Los Angeles board positions.
For more than 20 emotional minutes on Saturday night, the audience at the Metropolitan Opera House was applauding on its feet. The standing ovation was for Julie Kent, the veteran ballerina who has danced with the American Ballet Theater for 29 years. Show More Summary
“Schuller began his career in the 1940s as a horn player with the Cincinnati Symphony and Metropolitan Opera, but his love of jazz led him to also become involved in New York’s bebop scene. He played on trumpeter Miles Davis’ seminal “Birth of the Cool” 1949-50 recording session.”
We reported earlier, in a Slipped Disc exclusive, that Russian-born Denis Bouriakov, 33, principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, has accepted the same post at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. We now understand that the Met’s other principal flute, Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, has won the vacant principal seat in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. […]
A tweet from Rupert Christiansen prompts us to take a closer look at the Royal Opera House accounts for the year ended 31 August 2014, the more so in light of Peter Gelb’s inflated salary at the Metropolitan Opera. What we find is that Sir Antonio Pappano took home just under £539,000 ($840k), which is […]
The credit rating of the Metropolitan Opera is going down the drain. The house narrowly averted a shutdown of Gelb’s making. The audience is unhappy. Donations are proving hard to come by. So the board boosted Gelb’s pay to $2.1 million, making him the most expensive opera manager on earth. By our thumbnail calculation, the […]
“La Baydère” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 3, 2015 by Marianne Adams copyright © 2015 by Marianne Adams So much can be said in a span of two hours, particularly in the context of “La Bayadère,” that it is sad when the opportunity is wasted. Show More Summary
"The Sleeping Beauty" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 10, 2015, evening by Mary Cargill copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill At three plus hours, including two shortish intermissions, ABT's new "Sleeping...Show More Summary
"The Sleeping Beauty" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 29, 2015 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill Petipa, the father of classical ballet, choreographed "The Sleeping Beauty" in 1890, and this stupendous work has had a restless history at ABT. Show More Summary
Margaret Juntwait, whose voice was known to millions of listeners whose great pleasure in life is not a night at the opera, but rather an afternoon beside the radio, died June 3 in Saddle River, N.J. She was 58 and, for the past decade, was host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday matinee broadcasts.Read full article >>
“A highly regarded operatic tenor, Mr. Castel was himself a mainstay of the Met’s stable, appearing in nearly 800 performances with the company from the 1970s onward. A well-traveled polyglot, he also had a parallel career as the company’s staff diction coach, a post he held for some three decades before his retirement in 2009.”
“Giselle” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 27, 2015, evening by Mary Cargill copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill Xiomara Reyes, like Paloma Herrera, bade farewell to ABT in a beautifully danced "Giselle". Show More Summary
“Giselle” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 27, 2015, matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2015 by Mary Cargill There were lots of lilies the Wednesday afternoon Paloma Herrera gave her farewell performance in "Giselle", both in the ballet and on the stage afterwards. Show More Summary
We are very sorry to report the death, from ovarian cancer of the vastly popular Margaret Juntwait, presenter of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts for the past decade. Margaret sounded the same, whether on air or off. She was charming, personable, knowledgeable, unpretentious. A former opera singer, she knew her subject inside out. She […]
The host of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.
The Metropolitan Opera's Summer HD Festival will run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 7.