Double bills are a common phenomenon in the opera world. The most famous two are the pairing of Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci and the best pairings of operas offer either a stark contrast between the pieces-highlighting what makes each piece different and worthy of viewing in a new light- or complement each other, showing that two works […]
Last night, the Metropolitan Opera brought back its 1994 production of Lady Macbeth of Mtensk for the first time in nearly 15 years. You can read my review about it here, on Parterre. Enjoy! Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
What a lovely opening night it was! The second portion was wonderfully executed. All of the principal singers did their arias and ensembles to perfection and the final ensemble at the end of the opera was everything one could want for it to be. It’s been such a pleasure to live-blog/tweet this season’s opening night. […]
The Met’s Figaro is going swimmingly. James Levine has maintained his signature adherence to the score. The orchestra playing is clean and clear. Ildar Abdrazakov is a wonderfully virile Figaro and Marlis Petersen’s playful voice perfectly pairs with Abdrazakov’s. Peter Mattei is a consistent pleasure to hear as the Count, and Amanda Majeski’s “Porgi Amor”, […]
The performance is about to start! We heard a series of relatively awkward interviews with Richard Eyre, Pretty Yende, Bryan Hymel, and Peter Gelb. We’ll speak to Anna Netrebko in a coming intermission. Celebrities in attendance: Christine Baranski Vera Wang Susannah Phillips Anna Netrebko Andrew Rannels Renee Fleming Let’s get this show on the road!
After cast changes, director changes, and a union crisis that almost toppled the season, it feels good to say(er, write), with certainty, that Opening Night at the Met is finally here! For those unaware, tonight’s performance is Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in a new production by Richard Eyre with sets by Rob Howell. The […]
Part 2! The Merry Widow: I’m glad the Met has realized that cheerful operettas are the best choice for New Year’s Eve performances. Tony-winner Susan Stroman’s new production opens with Renee Fleming as Hanna and Broadway debutant and personal favorite Kelli O’Hara as Valencienne in a cast that also stars Nathan Gunn and Alek Shrader. […]