Tag Archive | Metropolitan Opera

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

War of the Roses: Maria Stuarda at the Metropolitan Opera

The triptych of Gaetano Donizetti’s Tudor Queens is a famously challenging cycle for any diva. Most notably sung by Beverly Sills at New York City Opera, the three queens at the centerpieces of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Anne Boleyn), Maria Stuarda (Queen Elizabeth OR Mary Stuart, depending on what angle you come from), and Roberto Devereux […]

Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

Roman Holiday: Tosca at the Metropolitan Opera

The problem that lies in many Met performances of Tosca is that they have made the extraordinary painfully ordinary.

Bloodlust: A New Production of “Lulu” at the Met

Bloodlust: A New Production of “Lulu” at the Met

My review of the Met’s latest production of Lulu is live on the Huffington Post! Find it here.    Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

The Light in the Piazza: New Productions of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci at the Met

The Light in the Piazza: New Productions of Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci at the Met

You can read my review of the Met’s new productions of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the Metropolitan Opera here on the Huffington Post. Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci run through May 8th at the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are available here. Photo: Metropolitan Opera/ Cory Weaver

Flambé: Massenet’s “Manon” at the Metropolitan Opera

Flambé: Massenet’s “Manon” at the Metropolitan Opera

Remarking about how his impending Manon Lescaut would compare to his contemporary Jules Massenet’s Manon, a successful setting of Abbé Prévost’s 1731 novel of the same name, Giacomo Puccini said, “Massenet feels it as a Frenchman, with powder and minuets. I shall feel it as an Italian, with a desperate passion.” Saturday night’s thrilling performance […]

Sight but no Vision:”Iolanta” and “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Met

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 […]

Desperate Housewife: Lady Macbeth of Mtensk at the Metropolitan Opera

Desperate Housewife: Lady Macbeth of Mtensk at the Metropolitan Opera

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

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