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Composer Profile: Jules Massenet, The Chameleon Composer
Jules Massenet, born on May 12, 1842, is arguably the chameleon of all opera composers, his style evolving to suit the text rather than imposing a specific musical style to every work. This ability makes him, for many, the greatest French composer of opera to ever live. He studied under Ambroise Thomas in his youth, won the country’s top musical prize in composition and then went on to put together…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: ‘Cendrillon’ To Become 9th Massenet Met Premiere; Here Are the Others
The Metropolitan Opera is slated for its latest premiere this week when it showcases Massenet’s “Cendrillon.” The opera, which is based on the tale of Cinderella will star Joyce DiDonato and is set to run between April 12 and May 11. The opera will also feature Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, Kathleen Kim, Laurent Naouri, all under the musical direction of Bertrand de Billy. In sum, this will be the eighth…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – USA (11/17-19): Marina Rebeka, Ailyn Pérez, ‘As One’ & World Premiere Among Must-Sees
It’s a busy weekend in North America with close to 70 performances taking place all over the continent. With so much activity from such major companies, pinning down just a handful to recommend to the operagoer was a rather challenging task. But here is a look at five performances to see this weekend around the States and Canada. As One – Des Moines Metro Opera The Laura Kaminsky opera, which…
In Review Stage Reviews
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Thaïs: Ailyn Pérez & Gerald Finley Must Be Heard In Gorgeous Revival of Massenet Masterpiece
“The voice must be heard.” For the last two years, this has been the calling card for the Metropolitan Opera’s marketing department, a call to just come and listen to opera as it is intended to be. An invitation to experience something that can’t be experienced anywhere. For many, that tagline has been particularly emblematic of the vocal wizardry that has been apparent throughout the first moments of the 2017-18…
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Social Media Beat (11/2-9): A Dog Wins the Internet As Ailyn Pérez Prepares ‘Thaïs’ Among Other Major Events
Another week and more fun stuff on Instagram. One, in particular, has the internet won over. Ailyn Pérez wants everyone to be excited about her upcoming "Thaïs" at the Metropolitan Opera. J’ai trop hâte de finalement devenir Thaïs ce samedi! Ces costumes et cette musique sont d’une beauté exceptionnelle 😌💕✨ . . @geraldfinleyofficial you rock!! What a wonderful colleague to take on this adventure with! . . We open on…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: A Look At the 6 ‘Thaïs’ Interpreters in Met History
This Saturday afternoon, Ailyn Pérez becomes just the sixth soprano in Metropolitan Opera history to take on the role of Massenet’s “Thaïs.” The opera doesn’t have a particularly massive history, sung just 73 times with the company in 100 years, the first performance coming all the way back in February 1917. Here is a look at all the other major divas to take on the iconic role at the historic…
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Thaïs’ Meditation As Interpreted By Some of the Greatest Violinists in History
Massenet’s “Thaïs” is a beautiful feat of musical drama. The opera, which premiered on March 16, 1894, is rich in its character development and Massenet’s own development as a dramatist. While the work is filled with glorious musical writing, there is no doubt that the single most iconic moment of the work is the dramatic midpoint – Thaïs’ meditation. Played by a solo violin, the passage is a lyrical gem…
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season News
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season: The Operas We Are Most Excited For
Often when we react to a flood of news, like a new opera season, it is easy to dwell on some of the negatives, such as which of your favorites are now showing up or which operas got the boot for yet another season. But the beauty of a new season is ultimately the gems that we will get to experience on stage. And the Met’s 2017-18 season has quite…
Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season News
Everything You Need to Know About the Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Season
The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2017-18 season and as promised, it contains a lot of hotly anticipated productions and performances. Here is a quick rundown with OperaWire set to include additional content throughout the day. The New Productions The Metropolitan Opera season will feature five new productions. David McVicar's  new production of Bellini's "Norma" will open the season on Sept. with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja. Angela…
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Everything You Need To Know About Minnesota Opera’s 2017-18 Season
The Minnesota Opera has announced its 2017-18 season, a celebration for the company's 55th anniversary. The season opens with Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" on Oct. 7 and runs through the 15. It will be followed in November with a new production of Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." The opera will premier on Nov. 11 and will run through the 19. The 2018 calendar year begins with five performances of Jake Heggie's modern…