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Her heart will be blessed with the sound of music and she’ll sing once more

Renée Fleming herself will sing, of course, along with a starry roster that includes Sondra Radvanovsky, Susan Graham, Lawrence Brownlee, Quinn Kelsey, Zeljko Lucic, Eric Owens, and Christian Van Horn. They will perform with and pay tribute to their beloved friend and colleague in an unforgettable musical celebration.” Read more »

Fathers’ day

How do we celebrate a long career in opera, particularly one as illustrious as Plácido Domingo‘s?  Read more »

The party of Lincoln

Gala concerts are much like life in general. You do not want the wonderful parts to end, you know the unpleasant parts will pass quickly enough, and there are always bad outfits to make fun of. The Metropolitan Opera has returned regularly to the format through the years, with star-studded concerts in 1966, 1972, 1983, 1991, 1996, 2006, 2009 and 2017 to mark a change of address, a general manager’s retirement or a significant anniversary.  Read more »

E avanti a lui russava tutta Roma

The Met got exactly what it asked for: a safely opulent, resolutely unchallenging Tosca that was far from shabby or little but couldn’t have been less shocking

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Are the stars out tonight?

This year’s Richard Tucker Music Foundation’s annual gala concert at Carnegie Hall is marginally less starry than last year’s.

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Glitter and be gala

Finally, Peter Gelb brings camp back to opera!

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Fifty shades of gold

Anticipation of events like the Metropolitan Opera’s 50th Anniversary bash turns me back into the newly opera-soused kid who begged his parents to let him watch the highlights of the Bing Gala on the family color television.

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The music, ho!

Here’s where the parterriani will surely gather to hear and to comment upon this evening’s monster gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Met’s incumbency at Lincoln Center.

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