The Metropolitan Opera has a history of broadcasting performances on the radio stretching – unbelievably – back to 1910. Bits of Tosca and I Pagliacci (with Caruso) reached audiences as far away as New Jersey in January of that year. Needless to say, this is the longest running music programme in radio history. Since 2006 [...]
The first performance of the new Wozzeck production at the Metropolitan Opera House turned into one of those show-must-go-on episodes that turn up not only on the arts pages but also as local news. When that happens, what actually unfolds on stage can get short-changed. Show More Summary
Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I am grateful to Sony for this new release of the Metropolitan Opera’s latest production of Parsifal and I hope I’m not the only one who discovers what a rich experience this opera can be because of it.
The Met is frequently criticized as a repertory house, unadventurous and conservative in its programming and casting. There are definitely aspects of that which are true (And were particularly prevalent during Joseph Volpe's management.), but during Volpe's management, the Met championed a very select number of non-standard repertory operas. Show More Summary
Tenor Michael Fabiano has been named the recipient of the ninth annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera.
"The Metropolitan Opera Guild invites you to join Deborah Voigt on a musical journey to the islands and shores of Croatia and Montenegro."
Whoever would believe that New York's The Metropolitan Opera would break new ground with contemporary social commentary in presenting a new Opera? It hardly can be an accident that the old, but now new again, opera PRINCE IGOR by Borodin...Show More Summary
Robert Rattray, who has long experience in artist management, has been appointed the Metropolitan Opera’s next assistant general manager for artistic affairs.
"Unexpected conflicts and complications have occurred in Mr. Hampson’s schedule as he prepares the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Wozzeck."
At least five current and former opera students from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music have won the regionals and will move on to the semifinals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, March 23 onstage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. They are: Sofia Selowsky, mezzo: Sarah Tucker Slayden, soprano; Amanda Woodbury […]
In a winter dominated by headlines from the Olympics in Russia and nonstop snowstorms in New York, the Metropolitan Opera is offering its own tribute to Russian heritage and a refuge from the weather with a lavish and captivating new...Show More Summary
Assailed as anti-Semitic and pro-Palestinian when it premiered in 1991, John Adams' "The Death of Klinghoffer" has long been an artistic hot potato that many major opera companies have found too controversial to produce.
Here you are, cher public, details of the Met's (to be perfectly frank) not particularly spectacular mid-decade season.
Deborah Hoffman, principal harp at the Met from 1986, died today after suffering from a prolonged and rare lung condition. She was just 53. Daughter of the founder-conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Irwin Hoffman, Deborah won first prize at the 1981 American Harp Society Competition and was a top prizewinner in the Seventh International Harp Competition […]
Putting on opera, especially at the international level, is expensive. Think about it all: you have to pay singers, instrumentalists, conductors, prompters, lighting techs, stagehands, dressers, makeup artists, costumers, costume designers,...Show More Summary
Treat yourself to the beauty and pageantry that is grand opera at the Metropolitan Opera.
Keri-Lynn Wilson, the Canadian-born conductor who is married to the Metropolitan Opera manager, is about to become the first woman to conduct an opera at Tokyo’s New National Theatre. Japan is not quite up to the pace in gender equality. The opera Wilson is conducting is Madam Butterfly. Women today, she tells an interviewer, ‘generally […]
"Revenue for performances in the [Metropolitan] opera house ended up at 69% of total potential box office revenue in the 2012?2013 season (79% of seats were purchased, including discounts)."
Audrey Luna, who earned a master’s degree at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, has won a Grammy for Best Opera Recording. She sings the role of Ariel on the Metropolitan Opera recording of “The Tempest” by Thomas Adès, who is also the conductor, with Simon Keenlyside, Isabel Leonard and Alan Oke. (Jay David Saks, producer, […]