Last week, Moody’s Investor Services delivered yet another piece of yet another piece of bad news for the Metropolitan Opera.
On this day in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera offered the first of its Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts.
Metropolitan Diary: A Christmas wish for the old Schrafft's, the Pan Am Building, opera without the subtitles and a quiet, uncrowded St. Patrick's.
Renee Fleming is set to make her Broadway debut. She’s been on stage before, as she’s been involved in performances on the Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera stages, but her Broadway debut is a huge deal for the Grammy winner. According to Billboard Fleming will appear in Joe DiPietro’s comedy Living on Love. Show More Summary
Following a year of financial struggles and labor strife, the Metropolitan Opera Association saw its credit rating downgraded one notch by Moody's Investors Services on Monday. The bonds were put... To view the full story, click the title link.
I've been going to the opera since I was a girl, at both the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Center. But few years ago I stopped going to the Met, I didn't know why. Though I continued to listen to the Met's Saturday live radio broadcasts. Show More Summary
This week, Vulture will be publishing our critics' year-end lists. 1. Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Metropolitan Opera The Met had a rough year: the threat of a strike, conflict over the allegedly terrorist-loving The Death of Klinghoffer, and a nauseating deficit ($22 million!). But once the curtain goes up, such trivial... More »
On this day in 1940, sponsorship of the Metropolitan Opera's Saturday afternoon broadcasts by The Texas Company (Texaco) began with Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro.
The world of grand opera is generally not known for its comedies, and few are quite as grand, funny or poignant as the Metropolitan Opera's magnificent production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnburg, which returned to the house last night...Show More Summary
Almost exactly twenty years after her auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut as the Fiakermilli in Arabella and a year following what she has claims was her final appearance on the operatic stage, Natalie Dessay returned Sunday afternoon to Lincoln Center—to sing opera. Show More Summary
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.
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.
"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."
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.....
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
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 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 […]
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
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
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