Friday, October 28, 2011
“I cannot mend Nothung!” laments Mime in the first scene of Siegfried. Unfortunately, with three-fourths of the Met’s Wagnerian saga now presented to the public, one begins to wonder if anyone can mend Robert Lepage’s occasionally striking, but mostly disappointing Ring.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
How does Joseph Calleja buck the traditional tenor stereotype and manage to keep his performances fresh and vibrant? Read on for his show-day rituals in the next installment of Warm Up.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Antonin Dvorak's vision of a "New World" still speaks to people today, writes blogger Fred Plotkin.
Monday, October 17, 2011
In the previous dispatches of this series about staging opera in tough economic times, we explored many choices opera companies can make to do great art without descending into financial disaster, whether it be cutting productions, re-using old ones or sharing costs among companies.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
When times are tough, many opera companies play it safe. Blogger Fred Plotkin argues for the importance of diverse programming, particularly in light of the recent headlines about the Met's finances.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Blogger Olivia Giovetti interviews Frederica von Stade as the legendary mezzo prepares her send off to New Jersey on Friday.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
When an opera company takes a beloved old production and replaces it with something new and potentially controversial, audiences become alarmed. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the keepers at the Met.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Even during these tough economic times, the Metropolitan Opera has been charging forth with ambitious projects in the belief that this energy and visibility will keep opera consequential. Blogger Fred Plotkin considers the costs versus benefits.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Murder... Vengeance... Religious Strife: Giuseppe Verdi had something for everyone. With Nabucco underway at the Metropolitan Opera, blogger Olivia Giovetti examines the political side of the composer.