Please head over to Parterre Box to read my thoughts on Anna Netrebko’s magnificent return to the role of Violetta in La Traviata at Teatro alla Scala in Milan last week.
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]