Cher Public

Bohemienne

Ailyn PerezSoprano Ailyn Pérez has been named the recipient of the 11th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is designated for “extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met,” according to the Met’ press office.  Read more »

Have you seen the proconsul?

Calleja NetrebkoLa Cieca hears that Joseph Calleja will sing Pollione opposite the Norma of Anna Netrebko at the Met for opening night 2017. The pair will be reprising roles they introduced at that Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in September 2016. (Photo: Ken Howard)

Doge days

Boccanegra 1That Placido Domingo and James Levine, the Met’s inexorable septuagenarians, would team up yet again—on April Fools’ Day, no less—for a revival of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra occasioned an uncomfortable degree of doubt and dread.  Read more »

Saved by the Doge

I love the ’90s

“This story has been revised to correct production was Giancarlo del Monaco‘s, not Elijah Moshinsky‘s.”

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Chopping block

The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

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Devereux

I want your Essex

During its first-ever Roberto Devereux Thursday evening one felt transported back to the Volpe years: four of the Met’s biggest stars shining in an opulent (if occasionally perverse) but reassuringly non-challenging production paid for by Sybil B. Harrington.

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Devereux

Chat: Roberto Devereux

Welcome, cher public, to the real-time chat for this evening’s Met premiere of Roberto Devereux, starting at 7:55 PM. Photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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Elisir chat

Chat: L’elisir d’amore

Crack open a bottle of Bordeaux and enjoy this afternoon’s “La Casa della Cieca” chat during the Met broadcast of L’elisir d’amore.

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BOND

Transcendental

“Join me this Friday at The Metropolitan Opera for the next #FUN40”

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singing

Must the finals come so soon?

Without fail, all nine finalists had nice clear ringing voices. Whether they develop into great artists is another question. 

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