Metropolitan Opera

Straussathon 2013: Die Frau Ohne Schatten and Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera

First, I’d like to apologize for the extended absence. I don’t think I’ve ever taken this long to update, and I’m sorry about that. School is intense this year, and I’ll try to keep a more regular pace. With 2013 being the bicentennials of both Verdi and Wagner, you’d expect Wagner to get top billing […]

Opening Night at the Met: Post-Performance Wrap Up

Opening night at the Met for the 2014-2014 season has finally come to a close. If this is a bellwether for the rest of the season, then we’re going to have a fantastic eight months. Alexei Tanovitski was only ALRIGHT as Prince Gremin. While all the notes were there and he has some great low […]

Opening Night at the Met: Intermission #2

Act 2 of Onegin just finished and it’s easy to hear the marked improvement in Kweicien’s voice. There’s more action in this act, and he’s delivering the drama. Monsieur Triquet’s aria was appealing, but the comedic wobble got to be a little much at times. Piotr Beczala gave a beautifully sung and emotionally charged performance […]

Opening Night at the Met: Intermission #1

The night has gotten off to a fantastic start. Netrebko is in great form tonight, and she’s obviously at home in her native language. Her pronunciation is perfection. Notably, Oksana Volkova is fantastic, spinning out a mixture of chest voice and beautiful, clear singing. Her first aria was pulled off well, but her breath control […]

Opening Night at the Met: Pre-Performance Post

The performance is about to start! During the pre-performance coverage, Alice Coote and Nico Muhly talked to people like Fiona Shaw emphasizes how much Tchaikovsky must have understood Pushkin and how he incorporated it into his opera. They also talked about how the set is traditional looking, but it’s still suggestive of the location. Costumes […]

OPENING NIGHT AT THE MET!: Everything You Need to Know

It’s finally here! After an inappropriately long time of waiting (The opera season in New York is substantially shorter than in most European houses.), Opening Night, one of my favorite days of the year, has arrived! This must-see production of Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” stars Anna Netrebko as Tatjana, Mariusz Kweicien as Eugene Onegin, Piotr Beczala […]

Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part 4: What to Expect from mid-March Through the End of the Season

Here is the final round (You can find rounds 1,2, &3 ) of Met predictions just in time for the Met Opening Night tomorrow! As per tradition, I’ll liveblog tomorrow’s performance. In the afternoon, I’ll put out a list of ways you can enjoy the Met Opening Night with some opinions in advance. I’ll post […]

Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part 3: What to Expect from mid-January to mid-March

After rounds one and two, I’m back again for the third round of Met season predictions. These will run from mid-January to mid-March. Rusalka: It’s sad, but true. Renee Fleming is slowly saying goodbye to the operatic stage. The Met is the house she is very much at home at, and it’s the place where […]

Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part 2: What to Expect from November to mid-January

I had Part 1 earlier this week, and I’m back now with the second session of Met Season Predictions. Let’s pick up where we left off in mid-November. Rigoletto: The Met’s neon Rigoletto returns for another season since its first presentation last season. Dimiri Hvorostovsky sings Rigoletto opposite Aleksandra Kurzak’s Gilda. Kurzak recently announced her […]

The Met 2013-2014 Season Analysis Part One: What to Expect from September to November

With this blog, you get a lot of “opera”, and a moderate amount of “teen”. Tonight, you get a big helping of both, because it’s officially one week until opening night at the Met and this is only my first round of season predictions. Or those who don’t know, I chunk the Met season into […]

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