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Geh such dir die Stars vom vergangenen Jahr!

tristan-flagstad-melchiorOn Monday, the Met kicks off its 132nd season with a new production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde by Mariusz Trelinski, with Sir Simon Rattle leading a premiere cast of Nina Stemme, Ekaterina Gubanova, Stuart Skelton, Evgeny Nikitin and René Pape (not pictured).  Read more »

Tucker everlasting

TamaraThe Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala promises (note, promises) a particularly glittery roster this year: Jamie Barton, Javier Camarena, Joyce DiDonato, Yusif Eyvazov, Renée Fleming, Anna Netrebko, Kristine Opolais, Nadine Sierra, Bryn Terfel and of course the 2016 Richard Tucker Award Winner Tamara Wilson!

At sunset

FlemingEven before James Levine announced his retirement as Music Director, one of this week’s concerts by the Met Orchestra at Carnegie Hall had a valedictory feel having nothing to do with Levine. Although it was not announced as such, Sunday afternoon’s all-Richard Strauss concert served as a de facto commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the debut of Renée Fleming, long one of the house’s biggest stars.  Read more »

Der Snuggiekavalier

The Met’s cobranding efforts are really beginning to pay off.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Indulgence

If I were Renée Fleming, I, too, would indulge myself.

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Barton glances

The annual Richard Tucker Gala is probably the event of the year to indulge your love of verismo staples and can belto screaming.

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Poor wan Rusalka

The winter 2014 final run of the Met’s first/only Rusalka production (a new one is scheduled in a few seasons) seemed both a nod to the theater’s past and a hint of its future.

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The hole nine yards

Fleming will have only about 700 people to captivate tonight when she performs at Walk Festival Hall for the Grand Teton Music Festival.

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Coming out

Christian Thielemann’s spirited, precise conducting and the superb, sumptuous playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden are the finest features of this strongly cast performance of Strauss’s Arabella.

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Tales of the planet Htrae

“If Maria Callas remains the prototype of the stormy operatic diva, then Renée Fleming is the anti-Callas.”

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