As the Deutsche Grammophon producer for the 1972 Metropolitan Opera Carmen recording, I was delighted to read Patrick Mack’s review of its recent re-release on a surround-sound/stereo CD set. Mr. Mack gives very evocative descriptions of the artists who poured their talents (and hearts) into this production, from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, James McCracken, Tom Krause, Adriana Maliponte and Donald Gramm to the supporting roles and the wonderful musicians and choristers. Read more »
The Metropolitan Opera yesterday afternoon was an uncommonly cozy place, as the auditorium was packed to the rafters with friends and family members of the nine National Council Audition Finalists. For the finalists I’m sure the experience was nerve-wracking but it was heartwarming to see the huge cheering crowds for each finalist. Read more »
“’They’re young… they’re in love… and they kill people’ goes the tagline for the 1968 film Bonnie and Clyde, but the slogan could apply almost as well to the outlaw pair at the center of the Metropolitan Opera’s white-hot revival of Massenet’s Manon.” Our Own JJ also ponders another revival (if that is not too strong a word), Lucia di Lammermoor, in his latest New York Observer roundup. (Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)
Zeljko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness.
That much-anticipated and much-feared “exposé” about Peter Gelb and the Met? Almost completely rehash.
“It was the chilliest opening night at the Met in years on Monday—barely 15 degrees when the curtain went up on the company premiere of La Donna del Lago.“
The Met announces its 2015-2016 season tomorrow at 1:00 PM, cher public, and La Cieca knows you will all be here to discuss and dissect
Ellen Douglas finds herself in Act II of Rossini’s La Donna del Lago in the far from unusual operatic position of having her love claimed by two impassioned tenors in the bel canto version of a macho drag race.
James Levine turns 72 this year. Even though his health has improved considerably in the past year and he may continue to conduct for a decade or more, it seems inevitable that he will step down as the Met’s Music Director sometime in the next few years to assume the role of Conductor Laureate.