The damned don’t cry

Michael Mayer‘s production of La traviata at the Met is so timid, so devoid of insight, so cynically pandering and gaudy that I hardly feel like it even matters what I think of the performances of the current cast.

Broadcast: La Juive

Let the creepiness from Met begin (for today, anyway) at 1:00 PM.

Strangers in the night

One needs liberty in order to be a libertine.

Broadcast: La clemenza di Tito

Have a Roman holiday this evening starting at 7:55 PM, cher public!

Why so seria?

At the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday night, Mozart’s opera never sounded fresher, a superstar cast shining new light on one of the composer’s all-too-seldom-performed scores.

Wake up, sleepyheads, and tune in to this afternoon’s live Met broadcast at noon.

Mannes Ehre, ewige mocked

When Anthony Tommasini finds more political content in the Ring than your stage director does, you’re doing it wrong.

Oh my goddess!

Die Walküre crystallizes the cycle’s questions, ideas, and stakes.

Broadcast: Die Walküre

And a hearty “Hojotoho!” to all of you, cher public!

Broadcast: Samson et Dalila

The Philistines lose yet once again this afternoon at 1:00.

Once we thought he’d never grow tall as this fence

Our Own Joel Rozen is no longer Our Own, except of course in the most important sense that we will always adore him.

Jump for my love

Soprano Iulia Isaev proved to be in just about every way a lovely Tosca.

Everybody dance now

Austin McCormack‘s lascivious choreography outshone a tepid and tedious staging of Saint-Saëns’s old-testament epic.

Broadcast: Falstaff

A sunny opera for an overcast afternoon: the Met’s broadcast of Falstaff begins at 1:00 PM.

It takes a woman

Suddenly in the middle of March 2019 the Metropolitan Opera realized that perhaps a few of the company’s multitudes of stagehands and technicians might be of the feminine persuasion.

Domino theory

The Metropolitan Opera delivers on the promise of Wagner’s Gesamtkunswerk in a revival of Robert Lepage’s Ring.

Broadcast: Das Rheingold

The gods are at it again.

Broadcast: Aida

Let’s all sing “O terra addio” to the those crumbly styrofoam pharaoh toes.

Broadcast: La Fille du Régiment

The Met season’s final performance of the Donizetti romcom begins at 1:00 PM.

Cri du coeur

Sondra Radvanovsky returned for her 29th Met Aïda Thursday night (but only her second Aïda.)

“The weight of this sad time we must obey”

If Glenda Jackson, who is 82 years old, can whip through King Lear in two hours and 45 minutes, then how is it that La Traviata at the Met slogs on for over three hours?

Knight fever

It’s an 8:00 PM curtain tonight for the Met’s Falstaff.

Kitchen confidential

Since 1985, from the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall to the Welsh National Opera visiting BAM and from Chicago Lyric to New York City Opera to the Met, I’ve never encountered a bad Falstaff—or one that didn’t astound and delight me. 

Multitudes of Annas: Your 2019-2020 Met Season Announcement

On New Years’ Eve 2019 the Met will offer a gala truly worthy of the name when Anna Netrebko sings acts from La bohème, Tosca and Turandot.