Archive | September 2012

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Breaking News! This Just In!

This just in via the Metropolitan Opera’s Twitter: “In this season’s performances of MARIA STUARDA, Leicester will be sung by Matthew Polenzani, replacing Francesco Meli #castchange” He will be replacing tenor Francesco Meli who was originally scheduled to sing the role. The cast list on the website has been updated and I think this would […]

The Results of the Opera Teen Caption Competition!

About a month ago, I tasked you fair readers with providing a humorous caption for the below picture, from I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Caramoor staring Kate Aldrich and Eglise Gutierrez. Now I know I promised to have the results a few weeks ago, but I got bogged down with all the Opening Night […]

Opening Night Closed: A Radio Broadcast of L’Elisir D’Amore in Review

I LOVE Opening Night. There are so many reasons. The music first and foremost, but the vibes, the new hope, everything is palpable no matter where you are. There was so much good music and good music making this evening, it’s hard to fit all into one post. That’s why I’ve been liveblogging and livetweeting […]

Intermission Posts

OH MY GOD THAT WAS FANTASTIC! Act I is finished and it’s been a really exciting performance so far. Polenzani is a real virtuoso, and it shows in this performance. It took a few minutes for everyone to warm up so far, but the best singing so far is by Ambrogio Maestri, who navigated “Udite, […]

Pre-Performance Post

Lemme just say that I love Will and Margret’s banter. So far, to preface the performance, we have heard interviews from: Anna Netrebko: She gave a really interesting idea about her portrayal of Adina, and about how she “Can’t feel love”. Bartlett Sher: He said exactly what you thought he’d say. Debbie Voigt interviewed: Renee […]

OPENING NIGHT OF THE METROPOLITAN OPERA 2012-2013 SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s been a long summer, but we’ve finally got here. Metropolitan Opera Opening Night for the 2012-2013 season, and I couldn’t be more excited! Tonight’s opening performance is a new production of Donizetti’s treasured comedy, L’Elisir D’Amore, directed by Bart Sher. The production stars Anna Netrebko as Adina, who is singing the complete role for […]

The Met Season Analysis Part 4: What to Expect from March to May

I told you I would be back and I have returned with my final round of predictions for the forthcoming Metropolitan Opera Season, succeeding Parts 1, 2 and 3. Please enjoy. Parsifal and Don Carlo continue their runs and Otello jumps in with Krasimira Stoyanova as Desdemona in March. Francesca da Rimini: I cannot express […]

The Met Season Analysis Part 3: What to Expect from January to February

First there was Part 1, then there was Part 2, and now, here’s Part 3 of my Met season predictions! I’ll channel my inner psychic and we’ll get this show on the road! Les Troyens, Barber of Seville, Turandot, and Maria Stuarda all continue their runs in January but look at what gets thrown into […]

The Met Season Analysis Part 2: What to Expect from November to December

Recently we had Part One of what the Met season will probably look like. We observed the time from Opening Night to the beginning of November. Now, Opera Teen has returned with what to expect from the Met from November to December. Please sit back, relax, and enjoy the show(s), and the Met’s new television […]


Happy birthday to one of my favorite opera divas, soprano Anna Netrebko! She turns 41 today and I wish her a fantastic year! Please enjoy her singing the Poison Aria from Romeo et Juliette by Gounod below. P.S. I promise the second part of the Met Season Analysis will be up soon!