David Krauss, principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera, opens up about the differences and difficulties of playing opera, as opposed to symphonies. Long waits, endless repetitions of the same few pieces and, every now and then, transcendence. ‘Turandot is one of the only opera that feels like the last page of Mahler One.’ The best […]
“Pearce devoted virtually his entire career to two arts organizations that were intimately connected – the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Opera Guild – and over a period of almost forty years his service to both institutions was distinguished, marked by intelligence, acumen and a rare degree of discretion.”
Stewart Pearce, who gave his entire working life to the Metropolitan Opera, has died after a brief illness. He was chief executive of the Met Opera Guild from 2010 to 2015. In his previous role, as assistant operations manager at the Met, he was helpful to many singers. Peter Gelb and James Levine have posted […]
The violinist Nikki Chooi, 27, has been plucked from the offbeat Time for Three ensemble to be joint concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera. Its a trial contract, one year only. Nikki is Canadian. So is the incoming Met music director, Yannick. What was it we were saying the other day about the Canadians coming?
Nine years ago when the ill-fated Kirkland/McKenzie Sleeping Beauty premiered during the Spring season at The Metropolitan Opera House, Sarah Lane was 22-years-old and in the corps de ballet. She had already spectacularly danced the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and...
"The Sleeping Beauty" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 28, 2016 and June 29, 2016, matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill The charming moment when the 16-year-old Aurora celebratesShow More Summary
This weekend’s long read is an absorbing article in Tablet magazine, marking the 60th anniversary of a landmark recital by an American-Jewish tenor in Moscow. Jan Peerce was a star of the Metropolitan Opera, an ambassador of America’s cultural diplomacy. But he made no secret of his Jewish identity and would reach out to Jews […]
From the Metropolitan Opera:In order to conserve her vocal energies in a season that has included numerous performances of demanding repertory, Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from three of her eight scheduled performances of the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut at the Met next season. Show More Summary
American Ballet Theatre “The Sleeping Beauty” Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 27, 2016 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel Don’t you love happy endings? A year ago, Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of “The Sleeping Beauty” looked historically important, but not like a work of living theater. Show More Summary
Terry Teachout writes: Is it time for the Metropolitan Opera to look elsewhere for fresh thinking? Or is the company simply too cost-diseased to thrive in a market where consumer demand for big-ticket opera, the only product that the Met can successfully produce, appears to be inching inexorably downward? I have a sinking feeling that we’re […]
“The Metropolitan Opera has been transmitting performances live for a decade. The National Theater in London jumped on board a few years later. But Broadway, facing both financial and philosophical obstacles, has been slow to join the trend. Now, after years of start-and-stop progress, Broadway is passing a milestone.”
"The Golden Cockerel" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 8, 2016, matinee and June 9, 2016 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill Ballets inspired by the 1905 Russo-Japanese War are rare, but...Show More Summary
"The Perfect American," the controversial Philip Glass opera that recounts the final months in the life of Walt Disney, will get its U.S. premiere next year — not by a major institution like the Metropolitan Opera or Los Angeles Opera, but by a small company with a reputation for taking artistic...
"The Golden Cockerel" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House June 7, 2016 By Carol Pardo Copyright 2016 by Carol Pardo Alexei Ratmansky's "The Golden Cockerel" takes its inspiration from Michel Fokine's ballet of the same name. Show More Summary
“The Golden Cockerel” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, New York June 6, 2016 By Michael Popkin Copyright © 2016 by Michael Popkin Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Golden Cockerel” is a different kind of ballet; its story-telling method is that of a comic book. Show More Summary
"I've always been a pretty adventurous eater." "People are so shocked by my diet," says American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabella Boylston, who's currently performing at the Metropolitan Opera. "They have this idea that ballerinas just don't eat a lot. Show More Summary
“So it finally happened: After years of speculation, the Metropolitan Opera appointed Yannick Nézet-Séguin to replace James Levine as music director. Naturally, the opera world wants to know what that will look like. And they want to know now.” David Patrick Stearns, who dislikes trying to predict the future but knows YNS’s work well, makes […]
“Le Corsaire” American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, New York June 2, 2016 By Michael Popkin Copyright © 2016 by Michael Popkin ? At the start of Thursday night’s “Le Corsaire,” when the three male leads followed each other with solos that got progressively more dramatic, the dancing got more spectacular with each one. Show More Summary
"Le Corsaire" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY June 1, 2016, matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill There are pirates galore in "Le Corsaire", as well as, like Gilbert and Sullivan promise,...Show More Summary
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