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Così fan tutte: In Focus

Così fan tutte: In Focus Premiere: Vienna, Court Theater, 1790 The third and final collaboration between Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte is a fascinating paradox: a frothy comedy of manners with an intensely dark take on human nature; an … Continue reading

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Eugene Onegin: In Focus

Eugene Onegin In Focus Premiere: Maly Theater, Moscow, 1879, with students from the Moscow Conservatory. Professional premiere: Bolshoi Theater, 1881 Tchaikovsky’s many moods—tender, grand, melancholy—are all given free rein in Eugene Onegin, the composer’s lush adaptation of Alexander Pushkin’s iconic text of … Continue reading

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Norma: In Focus

Norma In Focus Premiere: Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1831 This opera is an extraordinary fusion of sublime melody, vocal challenge, and dramatic power. It examines an ageless and archetypal situation: a powerful woman compromises her ideals for love, only to … Continue reading

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Celebrating Britten at 100

While the worldwide celebrations of the bicentennials of Wagner and Verdi continue, the Met this season pays tribute to another operatic master with a rare revival of one of his most fascinating works. Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns … Continue reading

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Instagramming the Red Carpet

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Monday’s opening night performance of Eugene Onegin was seen by thousands of people in the house, on Lincoln Plaza and in Times Square. Even more listened at home on Sirius XM and through a free web stream on the Met’s site. … Continue reading

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1 Day Until Opening Night: Radio

Margaret Juntwait is the radio host for the Met Opera Radio on Sirius XM and for the Saturday Matinee International Radio Broadcasts. Starting with tomorrow’s opening night broadcast, there will be about three live broadcasts per week throughout the season. … Continue reading

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2 Days Until Opening Night: Orchestra

The Met Orchestra is renowned as one of the greatest opera orchestras in the world. We sat down with Principal Oboist Elaine Douvas to find out what she is looking forward to this season. How long have you been with … Continue reading

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3 Days Until Opening Night–Production

John Sellars is the Assistant General Manager in charge of Production and is responsible for managing “all of the work happening on stage that isn’t singing.” How do they get the stage ready for opening night? John Sellars (right) during … Continue reading

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4 Days Until Opening Night: Onegin and Lenski

Eugene Onegin’s two leading men have to be red-carpet ready in just a few days. So Mariusz Kwiecien and Piotr Beczala took a trip to Macy’s to browse the designer tuxedo collection. For Kwiecien, performing at the Met on opening … Continue reading

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5 Days Until Opening Night: Supernumeraries

What is a supernumerary? Any of the non-singing actors on the stage of the Met. They can be members of a crowd, waiters, acrobats, soldiers–take your pick. Joe Barnes, Director of Supernumeraries, tells us more. A scene from Act II … Continue reading

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