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Triumph, protest at Met's 'Iolanta' and 'Bluebeard's Castle'

Premieres of “Iolanta” and “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday brought soaring singing and sour protest.

Met Opera: Love and Obsession in 'Iolanta' and 'Bluebeard's Castle'

At first thought, the heroines of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta and Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle wouldn't seem to have a lot in common. But as the Metropolitan Opera's snow-delayed opening of those two seemingly disparate one-acts showed, both...Show More Summary

When They Cancel a Performance at the Met, There’s a Good Reason

4 days agoArts : ArtsBeat

The weather forecasts were alarming, but in the end it was the decision by city and state officials to shut down virtually all means of transportation in New York City at 11 p.m. that forced officials at the Metropolitan Opera reluctantly to call off Monday night’s planned premiere of its new production of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard's Castle.”

Dud snowstorm wallops Met Opera, Broadway

The Metropolitan Opera may have taken the biggest blow from the Blizzard That Wasn't on Monday because it was forced to cancel a benefit gala that was to take place after a premiere of a new... To view the full story, click the title link.

Most New York Theaters and Concert Halls Will Reopen Tuesday

4 days agoArts : ArtsBeat

The Metropolitan Opera will resume performances, as will most Broadway shows, except for "The Lion King" and "Aladdin." Theaters outside New York were hit harder.

All that jazz

2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1944, the Metropolitan Opera House hosted a jazz concert for the first time.


2 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1910, the first public radio broadcast took place: music from Cavalleria rusticana was sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House.

Soviet mezzo-soprano Yelena Obraztsova dies aged 75

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

Russian mezzo-soprano Yelena Obraztsova, who became one of the best-known stars of Soviet opera abroad, performing to acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala, has died aged 75, her charitable foundation said. Her...Show More Summary

The Met’s The Merry Widow Tries to Put a Fresh Twist on an Airy Classic

It takes so long for the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of The Merry Widow to warm up that it barely reaches the temperature of day-old bathwater before the final dose of foam. How could Franz Lehár’s weightless meringue of charm, wistfulness, melody, and dance yield a performance so clotted and dense?... More »

Met Opera: A New 'Merry Widow' With Renee Fleming In Widow's Weeds

It is hard to imagine a merrier widow than Renee Fleming, and she swirls through the Metropolitan Opera's sumptuous new production of Franz Lehar's popular operetta The Merry Widow with the ease of a woman who knows what she wants and...Show More Summary

'The Merry Widow' uncorked at the Met

“The Merry Widow” uncorked on New Year’s Eve at the Metropolitan Opera is oddly muted in the glee department.

Moody’s blues

last monthArts : 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

last monthArts : 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

2 months 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

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