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Chicago confirms it’s taking principal flute from the Met

Following our exclusive report four months ago that both principal flutes had resigned from the Metropolitan Opera on the same day – one going to Los Angeles, the other to Chicago – the Chicago Symphony has now officially named Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson as principal flute (see below). Denis Bouriakov is already appearing as principal with […]

The Met’s James Levine Won’t Conduct New “Lulu”

The Metropolitan Opera said Mr. Levine will still conduct Wagner's "Tannhäuser" after stepping out of "Lulu."

Musical Chairs

Two games of musical chairs are currently distracting New York’s classical-music critics. The first concerns the Metropolitan Opera, where, it is said, the Québécois colossus Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, is being seriously considered to succeed James Levine as music director of the storied company.

Met Opera: A Rousing 'Trovatore' With A Stellar Cast

Few operas can be as emotionally rousing as Il Trovatore, and with the stellar cast the Metropolitan Opera has put together for this season's revival of Verdi's grand opus on love, obsession, jealousy, and revenge, the raw passion of the music burns anew. Show More Summary

Don’t axe me why

6 days agoArts : Parterre Box

The Metropolitan Opera’s much vaunted so-called “Tudor Ring” of three royal operas by Donizetti got off to a bumpy start Saturday afternoon with a revival of Anna Bolena that stubbornly refused to cohere either musically or dramatically.

Is the entertainment world finally burying blackface?

last weekNews : The Raw Story

This week, the Metropolitan Opera ended its long-standing practice of having singers who play the ‘Moor’ Othello in Verdi’s opera Otello (Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko in this production), wear blackface, a burnt cork type of makeup to make white men appear as African-Americans or, in this...

Met Opera Crowd Cheers Ailing Russian Baritone

The Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, being treated for a brain tumor, received a tumultuous ovation at his return to the Metropolitan Opera Friday evening in Verdi's "Il Trovatore."

The unanswered question

last weekArts : Parterre Box

There was likely just one big question on the minds of those in attendance Wednesday evening at the Metropolitan Opera and those at home listening on Sirius XM during the season premiere of Franco Zeffirelli’s Turandot which is still known to some die-hard opera lovers as Puccini’s Turandot. Show More Summary

Met Opera breaks blackface tradition in 'Otello'

last weekArts : Artdaily

New York's Metropolitan Opera has broken more than a century of tradition in Verdi's "Otello" with a production whose title character, in a reflection of modern racial sensibilities, does not perform in blackface. The 326th performance...Show More Summary

Just in: Pope delays Anna Netrebko

Message to Metropolitan Opera goers: An Important Notice About Your Met Opera Performance   Dear Ms. X Due to extensive street closures related to the Pope’s visit to New York City, the Met’s performance of Il Trovatore on September 25 will be delayed by 30 minutes, allowing audiences additional time to get to the Met. […]

Drew Barrymore Dishes on the 'Charlie's Angels' Reboot Movie

Drew Barrymore poses for a photo with her husband Will Kopelman while attending the Metropolitan Opera’s season opening gala on Monday (September 21) in New York City. The 40-year-old actress also attended Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards at One World Trade Center that night alongside DJ Hannah Bronfman. Drew recently chatted with Grazia Daily about [...]

Why The Met Is Finally Putting An End To Using 'Blackface'

After 124 years, The Metropolitan Opera is finally getting rid of blackface. Starting Monday, The Met will stop using makeup to darken white actors’ skin in their production of “Otello.” The opera, based on William Shakespeare’s "Othello,” stars a black general as a lead character, but the actor cast to play this role is white. Show More Summary

Opera Review: Otello Is Back, Without Blackface

When an un-darkened Moor marched onstage during the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Otello, he seemed confused, as if he had just crashed the wrong Act I.  “Esultate,” he sang, non-exultingly. For a moment, it looked as though the Met’s season was off to a wobbly start. The chorus milled,... More »

Met Opera: A New 'Otello' To Open A New Season

The glitter belonged strictly to New York's glitterati last night as the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with a stark and simple yet often powerful new production of Otello, Verdi's passionate and masterful rendering of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Show More Summary

A whiter shade of pale

last weekArts : Parterre Box

While the celebrity-studded, expensively-dressed audience gathered for the gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season seemed genuinely enthralled by Monday evening’s performance of Otello, it was more likely swept away by the power of Verdi’s genius than by Bartlett Sher’s puzzling, inert new production.

Jessica Chastain & Alexander Skarsgard Step Out to Support the Metropolitan Opera!

Jessica Chastain and Alexander Skarsgard put on their finest for the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season opening night performance of Othello on Monday evening (September 21) in New York City. The pair were joined at the event by Helen Mirren and her husband Taylor Hackford, Maggie Q and Dylan McDermott, Brooke Shields with her husband Chris [...]

Review: Metropolitan Opera’s New ‘Otello,’ Bold and Tentative

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

The staging by Bartlett Sher has arresting passages and others that seem not fully worked out. But the cast, led by Aleksandrs Antonenko, excels.

ENO’s ex-boss finds new role

John Berry was snapped last night at the Metropolitan Opera, escorting Bette Midler to her seat. photo (c) Slipped Disc Much more fun than filling in Arts Council forms.

Who runs the Met? The musicians send a message to Peter Gelb

From an open letter published today by the Metropolitan Opera Musicians: The Met was able to trim $18M from its budget, the majority of which savings came from “management expenses,” and not from the players, singers, and craftspeople that make the Met the greatest opera house in the world. Our contention all along has been […]

Metropolitan Opera Showcases Portraits Based on ‘Otello’

The show, in the opera house's south lobby, is keyed to a new production of Verdi's opera and the opening of a new season.

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