Nun of a kind Nun of a kind

“None of that sentimental crap, okay?”

on September 28, 2023 at 12:00 PM
How do you solve a problem like ‘Medea’? How do you solve a problem like ‘Medea’?

Sondra Radvanovsky has an unconventional voice that is suited to unconventional characters and is best used in rangy, difficult music.  The lack of lush beauty was no deficit in depicting Medea’s jealousy and vengeful rage.

on September 28, 2022 at 3:50 PM
Fire Shut Up in My Bones Fire Shut Up in My Bones

The Metropolitan Opera’s opening night for 2021 features the the historic company premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

on September 27, 2021 at 2:35 PM
Get this Pati started Get this Pati started

Politics and romance entangled in a spectacular fashion at San Francisco Operas’s Roméo et Juliette.

on September 09, 2019 at 10:43 AM
Broadcast: La Traviata Broadcast: La Traviata

For your listening and discussing pleasure, cher public: the opening night of the Met’s new Traviata.

on December 04, 2018 at 5:09 PM
Broadcast: Samson et Dalila Broadcast: Samson et Dalila

Where will the elite meet? Why, at the Met for the opening night premiere of Samson et Dalila, of course!

on September 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Better call Gaul Better call Gaul

Bellini’s Norma Monday evening didn’t at all improve on the production it was replacing.

on September 26, 2017 at 12:51 PM
Broadcast: Norma Broadcast: Norma

The performance and the obligatory parterre chat both begin at 6:30 PM EDT.

on September 25, 2017 at 1:06 PM
A whiter shade of pale A whiter shade of pale

While the celebrity-studded, expensively-dressed audience gathered for the gala opening of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 season seemed genuinely enthralled by Monday evening’s performance of Otello, it was more likely swept away by the power of Verdi’s genius than by Bartlett Sher’s puzzling, inert new production.

on September 22, 2015 at 12:31 PM
Pushkin comes to shove Pushkin comes to shove

Onegin, which opens the Met’s season on Monday, has taken an unusually precipitous tumble…

on September 19, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Read meat Read meat

After last night’s opening of L’elisir d’amore, the chirping of the first critics is heard.

on September 25, 2012 at 1:38 PM
First sip First sip

UPDATE: A video preview of the new Elisir follows the jump.

on September 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM
La Cieca, like Nature, abhors a vacuum La Cieca, like Nature, abhors a vacuum

“Upon my word,” exclaims La Cieca (pictured at right, in the background), “I could almost swear I see a few empty seats on the other side of theater for the Met’s opening night performance of L’elisir d’amore!”

on September 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Tonight’s the night, cher public, traditionally the busiest of the year here at parterre. Complete details on the opening night performance of Anna Bolena after the jump.

on September 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM