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Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Season: Here Is All the Information For This Season’s Live in HD Performances
Every year, Metropolitan Opera audiences get pumped for a few things. But not many carry as much excitement as the Live in HD series. Every year the Met chooses a handful (or two) performances to showcase around the globe on the silver screen. Those are usually high profile presentations of new productions with opera's greatest stars. And as you might expect, this year is no different. So without further ado,…
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Opera Profile: Poulenc’s ‘Dialogues des Carmelites’
First premiering on January 26, 1957, “Dialogues des Carmelites” is a dramatization of the events surrounding the Martyrs of Compiegne, who remained faithful unto death during France’s Reign of Terror. The work delves into the theme of virtue in a world seemingly rife with corruption, and is notable for its final scene which features the repeated sound of a falling guillotine blade, becoming part of the orchestration as the nuns…
High Notes On This Day
Jessye Norman’s Greatest Opera Roles
Jessye Norman is a singer who defied fach — she sang what she wanted, when she wanted, but more importantly, she took on what felt right for her. In fact, she once stated in her youth that “pigeonholes are only comfortable for pigeons.” And what a blessing it is that she listened to her gut, or else one might not have ever experienced the full genius of her artistry. Born…
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Artist of the Week: Isabel Leonard Conquers Italian Audiences as Charlotte in Massenet’s ‘Werther’
Isabel Leonard is recognized as one of the brightest stars in the opera world for her vocal beauty and vocal fireworks. After years of exploring Mozart and the baroque repertoire, Leonard is moving into new territory this season. She recently made her role debut as Adalgisa in Bellini’s “Norma” and last week she made her role debut as Charlotte in Massenet’s “Werther.” Charlotte, which one of the pinnacle roles of…