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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 […]

To Rome With Love: Tosca at New York City Opera Renaissance

To Rome With Love: Tosca at New York City Opera Renaissance

Despite the initial curiosity of recreating the same production that was seen at the opera’s premiere in 1900, the Tosca that arrived at the Rose Theater this week seemed an odd successor to a company that prided itself on artistic innovation on every level.

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.

The Yellow Rose: La Favorite at Caramoor

As an audience member, it’s very easy to see an opera, especially one performed in concert, enjoy it, and think, “Why isn’t this piece done more?” Often, there are some clear reasons why. Sometimes it’s staging difficulties with what an opera calls for. Sometimes it’s a part that poses specific casting problems. Donizetti’s La Favorite, […]

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

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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