In November, everyone wanted to hear more about Jonas Kaufmann‘s Johnson. The top parterre stories of last month follow the jump. 

La Fanciulla del West Side: Jonas Kaufmann‘s Dick will highlight the Met’s 2018-2019 season, when the tenor sings a new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West in New York.

Carol Neblett 1946-2017: The New York City Opera reports the death of American soprano Carol Neblett.

RIP Dmitri Hvorostovsky: The heartbreaking news of the death of Dmitri Hvorostovsky has been confirmed by the baritone’s press representative 21C Media.

Peace of my heart: “Trove Thursday” presents Verdi’s La Forza del Destino starring Aprile Millo as Leonora, a role she never performed at the Met.

Black friday: Usually the longer I know a work the more I look forward to rediscovering it. But that’s just not the case with the Verdi Requiem.

Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes: A wonderfully committed Ailyn Pérez and Gerald Finley abetted by Emmanuel Villaume’s passionate conducting converted me to a Thaïs believer.

Just heaven: Astonishing Anna Netrebko intones the “Monologo di Fedra” at a dress rehearsal of Adriana Lecouvreur.

Hostage situation at Met enters second week: The New York Times‘ 24/7 all-Exterminating Angel all the time coverage continues!

Broadcast: Thäis: “C’est Thais, l’idole fragile qui vient pour la première fois.”

Girl power: An opera that openly confronts female sexuality, power, and militarism in a performance overseen by the most powerful woman in opera in the United States.