La bohème is such a popular romantic opera that hardly anyone ever notices that Mimì and Rodolfo undergo what in modern terms would be called speed dating, those meetups where you sit down with a person for five minutes, and decide whether there’s anything. If there is, voilà. If there isn’t, next! Read more »
Short answer: yes. But let’s begin by dismissing a blatant canard. One thing that the Metropolitan Opera does not need to do is to scale back the number of performances in a season.
The greater New York Metropolitan area has 20 million people. 54.3 million tourists visited New York City in 2013. Many millions of people attend theater performances in New York City each year. Those numbers suggest to me that with an astute artistic approach, enhancements to the experience of attending the Met, outreach, marketing, ticket pricing, and a more sensible budget, the Metropolitan Opera should be able to thrive while producing 200 or more performances per season.
So what, specifically, will bring an audience to the Met for all those performances? Read more »
“Union members have occupied Paris’ Opera Garnier in a protest over proposed changes to labor rules for theater workers.” [AP]
“Opera can, in fact, be something beautiful and moving even when all a performance has going for it is some really excellent singing.”
The Met’s financial challenges are not meteorological, demographic, or cyclical; they are structural.
In a slight detour from the usual all-opera-all-the-time format of parterre box, the queer opera zine, issue #44 centers on Ben Letzler‘s superb appreciation of film and cabaret diva Zarah Leander.
“The finale of Sweeney Todd left the stage of Avery Fisher Hall littered with corpses, but the evening, for all its flaws, felt vibrantly alive.”
Just in from the Met: “Daniel Sutin will sing the title role in tonight’s performance of Berg’s Wozzeck, replacing Thomas Hampson, who is recovering from bronchitis.”
This afternoon at the Met, Grigolo sold his performance like the rent was due tomorrow and he was down to his last penny.
Recently, opera showed up at both Mets, the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.