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Almost paradise Almost paradise

Born on this day in 1864 soprano Sibyl Sanderson.

on December 07, 2022 at 1:25 AM
“Pseudo-Greek” “Pseudo-Greek”

On this day in 1960 soprano Eileen Farrell made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the title role of a new production of Gluck’s Alceste.

on December 06, 2022 at 2:14 AM
Triste madre Triste madre

On this day in 1960, Galina Vishnevskaya made a guest appearance with the Metropolitan Opera, singing Madama Butterfly in Russian.

on December 05, 2022 at 1:26 AM
“A soprano from the antipodes” “A soprano from the antipodes”

On this day in 1935 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Die Walküre featuring the company debut of soprano Marjorie Lawrence as Brünnhilde.

on December 04, 2022 at 4:16 AM
Lohengrin Lohengrin

Premiere of a new production from the Bayreische Staatsoper.

on December 03, 2022 at 9:00 AM
‘Contes’, get you out of my head ‘Contes’, get you out of my head

On this day in 2009 the Metropolitan Opera presented a production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann that went through six major cast changes during the rehearsal period.

on December 03, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Aida Aida

Soprano Latonia Moore stars as the Ethiopian princess torn between love and country in Verdi’s grand Egyptian epic.

on December 02, 2022 at 4:50 PM
Leveling up or leveling down? Leveling up or leveling down?

Arts Council England, as a global policy trendsetter, may have sounded the death knell for the international opera industry as we know it.

on December 02, 2022 at 12:00 PM
That indescribable feeling That indescribable feeling

Alma Deutscher’s quest for beautiful music permeates the score of her Cinderella from the hushed opening of the Overture.

on December 02, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Tutelary Tutelary

Born 99 years ago.

on December 02, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Yours, mine and ‘Hours’ Yours, mine and ‘Hours’

Of course the Met premiere of The Hours grabbed most of the attention last month!

on December 01, 2022 at 9:00 AM
Everyone’s an outlaw Everyone’s an outlaw

On this day in 1962, the Metropolitan Opera presented Ernani starring Carlo Bergonzi, Leontyne Price, Cornell MacNeil and Giorgio Tozzi, conducted by Thomas Schippers.

on December 01, 2022 at 6:00 AM
“Oh, thoughtless crew! Ye know not what ye do!” “Oh, thoughtless crew! Ye know not what ye do!”

One wonders whether an obsession with metrics and measurement has the potential to create arts organizations that are more preoccupied with finding systems that quickly and efficiently tick the Arts Council’s boxes than with creating meaningful, impactful art.

on November 30, 2022 at 3:19 PM
Co-conspirator Co-conspirator

On this day in 1990 the Metropolitan Opera presented a new production of Rossini’s Semiramide.

on November 30, 2022 at 6:00 AM
Everything sacred Everything sacred

Wrapping up Diva November, Chris’s Cache offers two sacred works that couldn’t be more unalike.

on November 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM
Bring on the night Bring on the night

On this day in 1937 the Metropolitan Opera opened its season with Tristan und Isolde.

on November 29, 2022 at 6:00 AM