Monthly Archives: October 2013
Die Frau ohne Schatten In Focus Premiere: Vienna State Opera, 1919 The fourth collaboration of Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal was in many ways their most ambitious: a heavily symbolic morality tale about love and marriage that unfolds … Continue reading
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
Der Rosenkavalier In Focus Premiere: Royal Opera House, Dresden, 1911 Strauss’s most popular opera was an instant success at its premiere, earning a secure spot in the repertory that has not wavered in the 100 years since. Set in an … Continue reading
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
Two Boys opens October 21 for 7 performances only. Check out an audio slideshow from a recent rehearsal.
Two Boys In Focus Premiere: English National Opera, London, 2011 The first full-scale opera by young American composer Nico Muhly, Two Boys is the also the first piece to reach the Met stage from the Met/Lincoln Center Theater New Works Program, … Continue reading
A Midsummer Night’s Dream In Focus Premiere: Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 1960 Wit, romance, a bewitching air of wonder, and moments of genuine human emotion—all the dramatic elements that have made Shakespeare’s fantasy-comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream an audience favorite for centuries … Continue reading
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.
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