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The devil’s eye candy

There are shows with iconic characters, and there are shows with iconic characters playing iconic characters.  Read more »

Fleur du mal

Since it debuted in 2009, the Met’s Richard Eyre production of Bizet’s Carmen has beguiled audiences with its tense, vivid portrait of tormented love in Spain. Here, the old yarn about a corporal of dragoons who swaps reason, virginal girlfriend, and mama-love for a vampy seductress is reset in Civil War-era Seville.  Read more »

October surprise

Jonas Kaufmann‘s Herbstreise to Little Old New York dominated the busy pages of October’s parterre box, boosting our total number of pageviews to nearly 400,000. After the jump, last months’ 10 most popular stories. Read more »

Broadcast: Carmen

Bizet returns to the Met tonight at 7:30, and it’s broadcast live!

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Sondra Radvanovsky changed my opinion of her through a single performance—I’ll never think of her the same way again; the power of her singing overwhelmed my previous impressions.

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Broadcast: Tosca

Sondra Radvanovsky takes up candle-toting duties tonight at 7:25 in a live broadcast of Tosca from the Met. Discuss!

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“Nothing was shirked”

On this day in 1883 the Metropolitan Opera House opened with Gounod’s Faust.

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The beautiful doom is empty

The Met is on it with something something woker than woke: a noirish psychodrama of a frigid hysteric who seeks redemption via Freudian analysis!

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