The self-congratulating 10-year speech given by the Metropolitan Opera’s manager at the Opera America convention has gone down like cement trainers at the company he manages. Insiders at the Met have analysed the speech and one of them compiled the following factual and perceptual contradictions. You can watch the full speech here. Peter Gelb’s Opera America […]
"La Fille Mal Gardée" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 25, 2016 matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill The Widow Simone's first entrance in Frederick Ashton's "La Fille Mal Gardée" is...Show More Summary
"La Fille Mal Gardée" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 24, 2016 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill There was much to crow about in ABT's revival of Sir Frederick Ashton's "La Fille Mal Gardée", including the fact that after 13 long years ABT is finally dancing it again. Show More Summary
Norman Lebrecht: “Twenty years ago, the Met was running at 90 per cent. Twenty years earlier, you could not buy or beg a seat most nights, such was the crush of seasonal subscribers and the force of their loyalty. So what has gone wrong? And, critically — for this is a crisis — what can […]
Misty Copeland has gone from living in a motel to dancing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House. Literally. In June 2015, Misty Copeland became the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. Still, she strives for more. At 33, the prima ballerina has amassed innumerable accolades, […]
In my monthly essay in Standpoint, I bring some new information on the depths of the Metropolitan Opera’s decline, and some analysis of the causes. Example: Almost anywhere in America and most countries around the world you can now watch live opera from the Met in a local multiplex for the price of a family […]
American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 16, 2016 by Leigh Witchel copyright © 2016 by Leigh Witchel You could quibble that American Ballet Theatre’s gala wasn’t very American, but with the debutShow More Summary
"Symphony #9", "Chamber Symphony", "Piano Concerto #1" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 11, 2016, matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill ABT continued its admirable commitment to its...Show More Summary
Irene Jordan, who opened the 1947 Met season as Lakmé before upgrading to coloratura soprano, has died in Dalton MA at the great age of 97. Before she even won her Met debut she was spotted by NBC and awarded her own weekly show, Songs by Irene. Leonard Bernstein nominated her in 1961 as one of […]
"Sylvia" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 11, 2016, matinee by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill After the veritable flood of guest stars appearing the last few seasons, ABT's focus on its own dancers is a welcome change. Show More Summary
Zachary Woolfe: “From its next music director, the Met should want a personal, passionate vision for the repertory as much as an exciting persona and technical chops. … But for better or (I think) worse, he would not arrive at the Met with an agenda, particularly in modern and contemporary music. … Mr. Nézet-Séguin would […]
The archives of the Metropolitan Opera can seem like some kind of pharaonic tomb, packed as they are with theatrical treasures.
"Sylvia" American Ballet Theatre Metropolitan Opera House New York, NY May 9, 2016 by Mary Cargill copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill "Sylvia", with its luscious Delibes music, gloriously traditional sets and delicate and inventive Ashton...Show More Summary
Our writers share ideas for filling the Metropolitan Opera House and lifting its sagging box office.
Anna Netrebko withdrew just last week from upcoming Norma productions at both the Metropolitan Opera (opening night, 2017-18) and the Royal Opera (fall, 2016-17). Now the Met has announced what will happen instead. Presumably the ROH, Dallas Opera, and Vienna State Opera (just wait) have done the same. Show More Summary
The Metropolitan Opera has released Sonya Yoncheva from La Bohème to sing Norma in London in September, in place of Anna Netrebko who says her voice is unsuited to the role. ROH Director of Opera Kasper Holten: ‘A huge thank you to the Met for releasing the brilliant soprano Sonya Yoncheva from her scheduled performances there […]
As one of the leading lights in contemporary classical music, Esa-Pekka Salonen is in an enviable position where he can pick and choose at will. The 57-year-old Finn is in New York conducting the Metropolitan Opera's triumphant production...Show More Summary
Francesco Anile had no time to get into costume.
With James Levine suffering health problems, the Metropolitan Opera names David Robertson and Sebastian Weigle as replacements for some performances.
“The Metropolitan Opera, which has been cutting costs in recent years to address its serious fiscal challenges, got a measure of good news on Wednesday when Standard & Poor’s affirmed the company’s ‘A’ credit rating and revised its outlook to stable from negative.”