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.
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 […]
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 […]
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
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.
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.
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
On this day in 1918 Puccini’s Il Trittico premiered at the Metropolitan Opera.
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
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
Blood-and-guts singing is the reason to see Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera this season.
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
L’Amour de Loin runs at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City now through December 29.
"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."
Highlights of the Metropolitan Opera's 2019-2020 season, according the always intriguing Met Future Wiki.
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
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 »
On December 1, 2016, the Metropolitan Opera premiered an opera composed by a woman. The last time that happened, it was 1903.
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 »
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 […]