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Two Met gift shop sales staff release a cooler aria

Anastasia & Tais are opera students, aged 23, who met while working at the gift shop of the Metropolitan Opera.  They’ve recorded their own take on The Flower Duet from Lakme, based on vibes from the Brooklyn indie scene. See what you think. Click here for audio.  

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This week “Trove Thursday” brings a rare in-house recording of a visit to the Metropolitan Opera House by the Staatsoper Hamburg presenting Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with a deluxe cast

James Levine gets candid about Parkinson’s

The music director of the Metropolitan Opera keeps much of his life under wraps, including the fairly open secret that he has been suffering for several years from Parkinson’s Disease. The tremors have been noticeable. But when Peter Gelb suggested that now was the time to make way for a younger man Levine, 72, took […]

Opera Review: The Met’s Spring of Donizetti Starts Off Strong With Maria Stuarda

This a banner year for Donizetti at the Metropolitan Opera, propelled by soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s ambition to perform all three of his Tudor queens (Anne Boleyn; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Elizabeth I) in a single season. That urge to turn opera into an extreme sport seems misplaced, or did... More »

Turandot - Metropolitan Opera HD Live at the Chelsea Cinema

Puccini Turandot closing scene - Metropolitan Opera New York Puccini Turandot; Nina Stemme, Marco Berti, Anita Hartig, dir: Franco Zeff i relli, cond: Paolo Carignani; The Metropolitan Opera HD Live at the Chelsea Cinema Reviewed byShow More Summary

Robert Tuggle, 83, Longtime Archivist Of The Metropolitan Opera

In his 34 years in the position, he oversaw the creation of an exhaustive database of the opera house’s entire performance history, “replacing record books and rows of index cards in a windowless subbasement office of the opera house adjoining a storeroom that houses rare documents and costumes. Mr. Tuggle persuaded the Met to make […]

Former Met tenor now drives a school bus

‘There is quality in Mr. Bologna’s voice,’ wrote Bernard Holland in the New York Times when Philip Bologna was among 11 winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council’s 1984 Auditions. Philip was getting parts around the country at the time, but not enough to feed a family. It was reported that ‘he supports his wife and two […]

Broadway Ticket Holders Kept From The Room Where It Happens By Blizzard

“This weekend’s closings were striking for their last-minute nature — at the Metropolitan Opera, audiences were already in their seats for Puccini’s ‘La Bohème,’ while on Broadway, actors were backstage and audiences were on their w...

Sad news: Met archivist has died

We are very sorry to learn of the sudden death on Friday of Robert Tuggle, Director of Archives at the Metropolitan Opera for more than 34 years. He was 82. Before reaching the Met, Bob worked in the education department of the Metropolitan Opera Guild, starting in 1957 when he was 24 years old. He knew […]

Breaking: Met advice to operagoers blocked by blizzards

Just up on the Metropolitan Opera page: We are experiencing very high call volume right now, but if you have tickets for one of today’s performances and are unable to attend, please call us at 212-362-6000 at any point in the next week and we will reschedule your tickets for a future date, pending availability. […]

Robert Tuggle

Robert Tuggle Metropolitan Opera Photo Linked from the Met home page I just got the sad news that Robert Tuggle, Director of Archives at the Metropolitan Opera since 1982, died yesterday. The Met has a news flash up about this; there...Show More Summary

Lincoln Center does the holidays

The three square blocks where the Metropolitan Opera House presides is actually the hub of Lincoln Center, with five different indoor performance venues, a film center and a handy park that hosts open-air concerts in summertime and tented events in winter. Show More Summary

Metropolitan Opera House has its first jazz concert in 1944

2 weeks agoNews : NY Daily News

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts Esquire Jazz Concert, which included Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.

Sad news: Chief Met Opera negotiator has died

The American Guild of Musical Artists has announced the death of Alan Gordon, a union official whose firmness and patience with the Metropolitan Opera and its general manager Peter Gelb averted a lockout in the summer of 2014. Message from Jimmy Odom, President of #AGMA: It is with great regret and deep sorrow that I must […]

Why Doesn’t The Metropolitan Opera Perform On Sundays?

“Peter Gelb, the company’s general manager, who has broached the idea of performing on some Sundays to attract bigger audiences, said in a recent interview that he had not yet been able to reach the necessary agreements with members of the Met’s work force to make it happen.”

The rarity of black faces, not ‘Otello’ in blackface, should be issue in opera

Last month, New York’s Metropolitan Opera made news with its decision not to put dark makeup on the face of Aleksandrs Antonenko, the tenor singing the titular role in “Otello,” in its opening-night production. “Getting rid of Otello’s blackface was long overdue,” Anthony Tommasini said in the New York Times. Show More Summary

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