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Moody’s blues

2 days agoArts : Parterre Box

Last week, Moody’s Investor Services delivered yet another piece of yet another piece of bad news for the Metropolitan Opera.

Radio days

3 days agoArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1931, the Metropolitan Opera offered the first of its Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts.

Dear Santa, Bring Back the Old New York

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 To Make Her Broadway Debut

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

Metropolitan Opera downgraded by Moody's

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.

At Home at the Met

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

The 10 Best Classical Performances of 2014

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 »

Pump up the volume

3 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

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.

Met Opera: A Masterful "Die Meistersinger" With Levine As Masterconductor

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

Regni Dessay

3 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

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

Worth a Look

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.

Met Opera ends season with $22M deficit

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.

Let the shortfall! When it crumbles we will stand tall, face it all together

last monthArts : Parterre Box

"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."

Picketing Verdi

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.....

Met Opera: A Fun-Filled "Barbiere di Siviglia" With Leonard and Maltman

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

Opera Review: Do Not Skip Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

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 dead, in one chart

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 […]

In Defense of 'The Death of Klinghoffer' and Art That Takes Risks

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

Labor disputes at the Metropolitan Opera resolved (and other August stories)

2 months agoArts : Createquity

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

Max Blumenthal on Aftermath of Israel’s Assault on Gaza, Plus Protesters Invoking Holocaust Imagery at the Opera

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

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