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!
Blood, sweat, and tears are essential to making opera happen. However, on Saturday, July 6th, it was the audience that contributed the sweat. On Saturday, Caramoor presented Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes as the first part of their 2013 Bel Canto at Caramoor series. At Caramoor, there has been a consistent tradition of high quality concert […]
Of the many classical singing artists dotting the scene today, none stand out the way that soprano, Arianna Zukerman does. The Washington Post has lauded her, saying “Arianna Zukerman possesses a remarkable voice that combines the range, warmth and facility of a Rossini mezzo with shimmering, round high notes and exquisite pianissimos that would make […]
Hi opera friends! I come today with some super exciting news! As I have alluded to on Twitter, my “big news” is that last week I had the honor and privilege to record a piece along with my answers to some fun, opera related questions for the Tri-State area classical music radio, WQXR. My piece […]
Russian bass Ildar Abdrazakov has quickly become one of the most dramatic, compelling and talented singers of our day. He has appeared at nearly every major opera house and boasts two Grammy’s to his name. He has headlined new productions, sung opening nights and is a mainstay at the Metropolitan Opera House, where he is […]