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Last Build Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:12:35 +0000


The pleasure of her company

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:12:35 +0000

It is not easy for an opera company to follow a spectacular production of La Traviata with Massenet’s Manon.

Giorno d’orrore

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:58:07 +0000

Born on this day in 1694 writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet (known as Voltaire.) 

Heil sei dem Tag

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:18:22 +0000

On this day in 1808 Beethoven's Fidelio premiered in Vienna. 

Animal, vegetable

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 18:27:49 +0000

Whatever its flaws, La finta giardinera is indeed a wise rep choice for grad students eager to cut their teeth.

Broadcast: Amleto

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:43:00 +0000

By a happy coincidence, the American Opera Series Network offers a broadcast of the Faccio adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet

Hit parade

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:07:57 +0000

Born on this day in 1926 singer and actress Dorothy Collins.

Let’s put on a show

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:17:56 +0000

Born on this day in 1911 actor, choreographer and director Charles Walters.

Peace of my heart

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:35:19 +0000

Verdi’s La forza del Destino starring beloved soprano Aprile Millo as Leonora, a role she never performed at the Met.

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new Dane

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:54 +0000

C-major has made available the first DVD/Blu-ray of Franco Faccio's Amleto.

Woman of the golden west

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 13:06:11 +0000

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Maralin Niska Dice.

Zhit’! Zhit’! Zhit’!

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:28:30 +0000

La Cieca thinks you can guess how elated she is that Anna Netrebko has actually become Auntie Mame.

We love you, Ms. Hannigan

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:29:16 +0000

Could Barbara Hannigan be Joni Mitchell’s classical counterpart?

Starting from scratch

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:10:50 +0000

Happy 83rd birthday actress Joanna Barnes.

Scream and scream again

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:07:04 +0000

Born on this day in 1926 soprano Leonie Rysanek

Just Heaven!

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:46:04 +0000

Astonishing Anna Netrebko intones the "Monologo di Fedra" at a dress rehearsal of Adriana Lecouvreur.

Broadcast: Madama Butterfly

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 23:04:22 +0000

Madama Butterfly live from the Met at 7:25 PM.

Change the world – I want to get off

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:46:34 +0000

A dozen women or more talk and sing about all sort of important and exciting things, with "a man" near the bottom of their list of priorities.

Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:34:19 +0000

A wonderfully committed Ailyn Pérez and Gerald Finley at Saturday afternoon’s revival abetted by Emmanuel Villaume’s passionate conducting converted me to a Thaïs believer.

Allowing the birds to nest in your hair

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:37:33 +0000

In the seventies and eighties Dominick Argento (who turned ninety this year) was one of the most oft-performed of American opera composers.

Check yourself before you Rex yourself

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:16:15 +0000

On this day in 1940 the animated film Fantasia produced by Walt Disney and starring Leopold Stokowski (not pictured) was released.

Broadcast: Adriana Lecouvreur

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:43:32 +0000

The broadcast debuts of Anna Netrebko's Adriana and Piotr Beczala's Maurizio.

Popp star

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:03:45 +0000

Born on this day in 1939 soprano Lucia Popp.

Broadcast: Thaïs

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:14:02 +0000

"C'est Thais, l'idole fragile qui vient pour la première fois."

Big bang

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 16:07:15 +0000

Born on this day in 1917 soprano Gertrude Grob-Prandl.

Dramatic ark

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:02:42 +0000

On this day in 1970 the Richard Rodgers-Martin Charnin musical Two By Two opened on Broadway.

Over the garden wall

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 16:32:44 +0000

Renée Fleming makes her belated “Trove Thursday” debut as Sandrina in a rare early performance of Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera.

“I can’t play a slave”

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:37:52 +0000

Born on this day in 1922 actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge.

“That audience embrace has unbelievable power”

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 16:26:26 +0000

Born on this day in 1912, more or less, actress and playwright June Havoc.

La fanciulla del west side

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:44:05 +0000

Jonas Kaufmann's acclaimed Dick will highlight the Met's 2018-2019 season.

Look at these people: aren’t they eerie?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 21:19:32 +0000

I’ve always believed that Follies, like life, should be relentless and inescapable.