Category Archives: Opera Background

Die Frau ohne Schatten Audio Slideshow

Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (The Woman without a Shadow) opens at the Met on November 7 for six performances only! The cast includes Anne Schwanewilms, Christine Goerke, Ildikó Komlósi, Torsten Kerl, and Johan Reuter. Check out an audio slideshow from … Continue reading

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Tosca in photos

Puccini’s Tosca is one of the most frequently-performed operas at the Met. This season, Patricia Racette, Roberto Alagna, and George Gagnidze step into the lead roles for the first run of this operatic thriller. Here’s a look (all photos: Marty Sohl/Met … Continue reading

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“Old-School Pandemonium” at Last Night’s Norma

A pair of National Council Audition winners, Angela Meade and Jamie Barton, teamed up for Norma and brought the house down with a performance for the ages. Meade and Barton sing one more performance together on Monday, October 28. Angela Meade … Continue reading

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Listen to James Conlon on A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Conductor James Conlon discusses Benjamin Britten and the music of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The opera returns to the Met for the first time in ten years on Oct 11.

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The Nose: In Focus

  The Nose In Focus Premiere: Maly Opera Theater, St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), 1930 The first of only two completed operas by the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, The Nose is an iconoclastic and unusual work. It is based on … Continue reading

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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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