Metropolitan Opera Review 2016-17 – Cyrano de Bergerac: Alagna & Rowley Lead Production Filled With ‘Panache’

Franco Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac” has never truly managed to establish a foothold in the operatic canon. The work only premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 2005 and Roberto Alagna, the opera’s most dedicated interpreter has stated that he struggled to find a company willing to take a chance on it. Despite its Italian composer, the music works very much {…}

Metropolitan Opera Preview 2016-17: Roberto Alagna Becomes Third ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ In Met History

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017, the Metropolitan Opera will revive Alfano’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The opera doesn’t have a massive history with the company, its first ever performance with the company coming only a decade ago. On May 13, 2005, Alfano’s masterwork got its Metropolitan Opera premiere, a rather shocking surprise considering the opera’s premiere took place in 1936. The Met {…}

Metropolitan Opera 2016-17 Preview: Sonya Yoncheva Set To Enchant In Verdi’s ‘La Traviata’

Willy Decker’s production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” opens on Friday, marking the final revival of the acclaimed production. Sonya Yoncheva reprises her acclaimed Violetta which critics said, “was a creation full of searching details.”  The soprano has been hailed as one of the great Violettas of our time and has sung the role in Munich, Paris, Zurich and London. Michael {…}