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‘Les Vêpres Siciliennes’ To Return To Metropolitan Opera
Stefan Herheim will direct a new production of “Les Vêpres Siciliennes” at the Metropolitan Opera. In a recent New York Times interview general manager Peter Gelb noted that Herheim will bring his production of the late Verdi work, which originated in London in 2013. The news comes after Herheim was scheduled to make his Met debut in 2019-20, with a reprise “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” that wowed the Salzburg Festival in…
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Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 Review: Schneider, Timpau, and Ramirez Bare All Before the Bronx
As the Metropolitan Opera company’s Summer Recital Series rolls on, the artists and crew took to Williamsbridge Oval Park in the Bronx for an afternoon of arias, duets, and a trio from some of opera’s most cherished composers. Kicking things off was tenor Gerard Schneider, singing “Questa o quella” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” This amorous aria made for a spirited opening, and demonstrated Schneider’s ability to be vocally strong and still…
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Opera America Conference 2018: What Opera Companies Can Do to Confront Sexual Harassment and Abuse
The opera world has been rocked by the sexual abuse scandal at the Metropolitan Opera centering around maestro James Levine. The topic was confronted head on at Opera Conference 2018 hosted by OPERA America in a panel titled “Confronting Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Assault” that tackled these issues that have unfortunately become much too pertinent in the opera world. The discussion was led by Washington University of St. Louis professor…
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Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2018 Review – Hopkins, Chang, and Moore Put on a Splendid Evening of Outdoor Opera
The Metropolitan Opera’s Summer Recital Series started off on a high note on June 11, 2018. Audience members gathered in Central Park on a cool and cloudless evening that was filled with selections from operas both old and new, to be sung by some of the company’s most promising young talent. Baritone Joshua Hopkins began the evening with “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville.” His rendition had…
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Sonya Yoncheva’s Met Opera ‘Tosca’ Comes to PBS In Mid-June
PBS will showcase Puccini’s “Tosca” from the Metropolitan Opera as part of its Great Performances Series on Friday, June 15, 2018. The broadcast will kick off at 9 p.m. EDT and will showcase soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the tragic heroine. This was the first of Yoncheva’s big season, during which she appeared on three Live in HD broadcasts. Her “Bohème” performance was already showcased on PBS. The production also features…
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Lucas Meachem To Return To Metropolitan Opera In Two Productions
Luca Meachem is slated to perform in two productions at the Metropolitan Opera next season. The baritone announced that he will be part of productions of "Iolanta" and "La Bohème." Meachem will take over performances of "La Bohème" on Nov. 29, Dec. 3, 6, 10, and 13, replacing the originally announced Simone Piazzola.  He will also sing one performance of "Iolanta" on Feb. 14, 2019 in the role of Robert,…
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Metropolitan Opera Sues James Levine
The Metropolitan Opera has sued James Levine. Two months after James Levine filed a lawsuit against the company for having dismissed him, the Met is suing the conductor for $5.8 million for having harmed the company. In a report filed on Friday, May 18, the Metropolitan Opera alleged that Levine had sexually assaulted nine young artists including two previously unreported accusations of sexual harassment and abuse. According to the New…
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‘The Opera House’ Documentary To Appear on PBS
Susan Froemke’s “The Opera House” is set to appear on PBS’s “Great Performances at the Met” on May 25, 2018.  The documentary tells the story of the creation of the Metropolitan Opera’s house in Lincoln Center and features a number of major figures of the mid-1960s. One of the major figures included in the documentary is soprano Leontyne Price, who took the stage in the new house’s opening night production…
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The Top 10 Opera Productions of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-18 Season
This article was written in collaboration with Francisco Salazar.  The Met season has drawn to a close. Overall, it was an interesting season, as any, with many incredible performances, so some solid, and some that simply didn't connect. In drawing up this list, we sifted through the entire season of performances we witnessed to pick out the ones that either coalesced on the whole or those that had individual performances…
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Carlos Álvarez To Return To The Metropolitan Opera
Spanish baritone Carlos Álvarez is set to return to the Metropolitan Opera. The baritone told Platea Magazine in an interview that he will return to the New York stage in the title role of "Simon Boccanegra" and in "La Bohème." During the interview, he also said that it was on the Met stage that he started to have issues with his vocal chords. During rehearsals with Riccardo Muti for a…