Don’t tell Sonya Yoncheva, but it looks like Angela Gheorghiu has stolen her costume from Otello Act 3. Read more »
Bel canto fanciers, diva fanatics and freebie queens alike will be delighted to hear that the Met is offering 2,500 gratis tickets to the September 22 open dress rehearsal of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, starring Anna Netrebko in the title role. Read more »
On February 13th, Music for Life International will bring together a community of world-renowned musicians at Carnegie Hall to perform Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection.” The performance of the Second Symphony, which draws on images of rebirth and resurrection, will benefit HelpMeSee, an organization committed to eradicating cataract blindness. Tickets available at Carnegie Hall.
As we look forward to New Year’s Eve and to the gala opening of Willy Decker’s La Traviata at the Met, it seems fitting to look back—by way of the official, live, DVD recording of the production’s sensational world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2005—to get some sense of what’s behind all the hype. Released in 2005 by Deutsche Grammophon, this recording promises an exciting evening for the Met’s audience on December 31st, but also raises the question of whether the New York premiere will live up to the high expectations set in Salzburg.