Metropolitan Opera Cuts One Production for 2024-25 Season & Decreases HDs

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 season was announced but due to financial constraints, the company delayed one major production previously announced. In an interview with The New York Times, the company noted that Claus Guth’s production of Händel’s “Semele” will be delayed for a future season. The company also noted that previously delayed stagings on track for future seasons include Bellini’s {…}

Lise Davidsen, Benjamin Bernheim, Freddie De Tommaso, Angel Blue, Piotr Beczala Headline Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 Live in HD Slate

The Metropolitan Opera has its Live in HD series for the 2024-25 season. “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” opens the Live in HD season. The opera stars Benjamin Bernheim, Christian Van Horn, Clémentine Margaine, Pretty Yende, and Erin Morley. Marco Armiliato conducts. Screening Date: Oct. 5, 2024 Next up is “Grounded.” Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts a cast starring Emily D’Angelo, Kirsten MacKinnon, Ben Bliss, {…}

Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczała, Angel Blue, Lise Davidsen & Freddie De Tommaso Lead Metropolitan Opera’s 2024-25 Season

The Metropolitan Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. New Productions  Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s “Aida” in a new production by Michael Mayer. Angel Blue, Judit Kutasi, Piotr Beczała, Quinn Kelsey, Dmitry Belosselskiy, and Morris Robbinson. Alexander Soddy conducts the second cast with Christina Nilsson, Elīna Garanča, Brian Jagde, Eri Owens, Michael Chioldi, Amartüvshin Enkhbatyn, Alexander Vinogradov, and Krzysztof Bączyk. John {…}

Roberto Alagna, Elena Pankratova, Christine Goerke & Aleksandra Kurzak Lead Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Turandot’

The Metropolitan Opera is set to present Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot” for 17 performances. The production will showcase Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv in her Met debut with two casts. The first cast will feature Elena Pankratova in the title role opposite tenor SeokJong Baek as Calàf. They will be joined by Aleksandra Kurzak as Liù and  Vitalij Kowaljow {…}

Metropolitan Opera & Julia Bullock Lead Classical Grammy Awards

During the Grammy’s premiere ceremony, the Academy announced the winners of the Classical Music Grammys. The award for Best Opera Recording went to Blanchard’s Champion featuring Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Ryan Speedo Green, Latonia Moore, and Eric Owens with David Frost as the producer (The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; The Metropolitan Opera Chorus). Meanwhile, the Best Choral Performance was awarded to Saariaho’s “Reconnaissance’ {…}

Metropolitan Opera & National Sawdust to Present ‘Opera Evolved: Genre Fluidity’

The Metropolitan Opera is joining forces with National Sawdust to co-present a concert centered on excerpts from Paola Prestini’s upcoming opera “Sensorium Ex.” The event, which is part of the “Opera Evolved” series, features such artists as J’Nai Bridges, Hailey McAvoy, stage director Lileana Blain-Cruz, and Brenda Shaughnessy (librettist of “Sensorium Ex”), as they alternate between performance and discussion. Prestini {…}