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She who gets slapped

5 hours agoArts : Parterre Box

All those who have been in a rage since the news broke this week that the Metropolitan Opera has invited Calixto Bieito to stage Verdi’s La Forza del Destino can relax and embrace the Juilliard Opera’s new Le Nozze di Figaro which opened Friday night.

Met Opera: Verdi's 'Ballo In Maschera' Beautifully Sung And Played

Verdi was no stranger to forbidden love and he captured all its passion and anguish in Un Ballo in Maschera, which the Metropolitan Opera returned to the stage last night with a top-flight cast led by Piotr Beczala and Sondra Radvanovsky...Show More Summary

Met soprano snubs Korea

Hei-Kyung Hong, a regular at the Metropolitan Opera ever since winning its 1982 auditions, has declined a request to become head of Korea National Opera. The company has been in crisis since Regina Han quit after 53 days in February, forced out by a politically inspired media campaign. Hong said she’s under-qualified. KNO is running […]

Calixto Bieito Coming to Met Opera with a New “Forza”

Known for his sometimes shocking productions, Calixto Bieito will direct a new "Forza del Destino" at the Metropolitan Opera in the 2017-2018 season.

The First Black Ballerina At The Metropolitan Opera House

“‘It is opening night at the Metropolitan Opera – the gala performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda. It is the first time in the history of the venerable opera house that it has a black artist on its roster. Let me tell you, my friend, I am just as surprised as anyone else.’ It was 1951, […]

Classical Music Click: A Pivotal Italian Aria

David McVicar’s new production of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci,” at the Metropolitan Opera, may be garnering mixed reviews, but I, for one, don’t plan to stay away. “Pagliacci” is my favorite of the two, and apparently it has brought out some of McVicar’s more effective inspirations. Show More Summary

Opera Review: The Met’s Semi-Dynamic Duo of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, that classic diptych of tuneful weepies, has returned to the Metropolitan Opera in a lopsided new production. One piece is black-and-white, the other polychrome; one stodgy, the other Stooge-y; one grim, the other strenuously entertaining. Serious opera people are constantly apologizing for these enduringly... More »

Bringing Genuine Vaudeville To The Metropolitan Opera

“What’s a vaudeville consultant doing in an opera house? It turns out that not just anyone can choreograph a decent slosh routine, a messy staple of slapstick in which whipped cream, custard or shaving cream is wielded as a projectile, hopefully to comic effect.” So David McVicar decided to make the itinerant clowns of Pagliacci […]

Vaudeville Authenticity at the Metropolitan Opera

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

A double bill of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” at the Met includes vaudeville elements, on which Emil Wolk is an expert.

A Memorable Lunch

At The New Criterion, I have a review of Thursday night’s performance of Don Carlo, the Verdi masterpiece, at the Metropolitan Opera. The next day, I read Andrew Porter’s obit. He was a music critic, a music scholar, and a man of immense learning and experience. Show More Summary

Seven Hours From Call To Stage: Tenor Saves The Show At The Metropolitan Opera

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Asked to fill in for the Joseph Calleja, Michael Fabiano rushed to New York, was fitted for costumes and a few hours later, wowed the audience.”

The woman in Greene

3 weeks agoArts : Parterre Box

Susan Graham (pictured) and Piotr Beczala are the latest additions to the roster of "WQXR Presents Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights," at The Greene Space on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 PM.

First Nighter: "Don Carlo" at the Met Is Grand Opera, "Soldier X" Marches Well at HERE

You don't hear the term "grand opera" much anymore. That's if you hear it at all. But it's going to be revived right now in regards to the opening night performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Don Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera House. Thanks...Show More Summary

Tale of the tape

last monthArts : Parterre Box

As the Deutsche Grammophon producer for the 1972 Metropolitan Opera Carmen recording, I was delighted to read Patrick Mack’s review of its recent re-release on a surround-sound/stereo CD set.

Mais nous voyons à nouveau La Carmencita

last monthArts : Parterre Box

The opening night of the Metropolitan Opera of September 1972 was supposed to be the dawn of a new era.

All futures great and small

last monthArts : Parterre Box

The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists.

The kids are not all right

last monthArts : Parterre Box

“'They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people' goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon."

Separated at birth?

Aidan Turner in Parsifal (photo (c):Metropolitan Opera) Jonas Kaufmann in Poldark

Guest Blog, Jane Remer: The Metropolitan Opera to the Arts Ed Rescue?????

2 months agoArts : Dewey21C

Jane Remer’s Cliff Notes: Problem: The Arts Are Dwindling in Our Schools. Especially opera. Solution: The Metropolitan Opera to the Rescue???  “Here I go again I hear those trumpets blow again All aglow again Taking a chance on love” —Ethel Waters singing in the great movie, Cabin in the Sky I am a passionate opera/music […]

Cincinnati Sympthony Orchestra Extends Contract of Its Music Director

Louis Langrée may be best known to New York audiences as the music director of the Mostly Mozart Festival and Orchestra and a conductor at the Metropolitan Opera.

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