Flawless! Flawless!

At the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night, an otherwise undistinguished Traviata was salvaged by an astonishing performance from Aleksandra Kurzak, whose Violetta was an incontrovertible triumph.

on January 12, 2020 at 12:49 PM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

More Berg in the bleak midwinter.

on January 11, 2020 at 11:48 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

Musical comedy on a gloomy Saturday afternoon.

on January 04, 2020 at 11:30 AM
Queen of the New Year Queen of the New Year

Although the gold glitter cannons detonated at the end of the act were an ostentatious reminder that this was a celebration of the new year, it seemed that the only words on anyone’s lips as the audience filed out of the theater were “Viva Netrebko!”

on January 02, 2020 at 7:30 PM
New Year’s Eve Puccini Gala New Year’s Eve Puccini Gala

Cher public, let’s ring in the New Year in the most “Metropolitan Opera” way possible: lots of Puccini and extremely long intermissions!

on December 31, 2019 at 2:06 PM
Faces in the crowd Faces in the crowd

Saturday night’s Rosenkavalier at the Met was an evening of excess — beautiful singing, sensitive acting, elaborate sets, and an unfortunate business that mars Robert Carsen’s otherwise excellent production.

on December 30, 2019 at 8:34 AM
Every snarl and shimmer Every snarl and shimmer

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra reigned supreme at the opening night of Wozzeck on Friday evening, rendering every snarl and shimmer of Berg’s score with gripping intensity.

on December 28, 2019 at 12:04 AM
Wozzeck Wozzeck

Tonight’s listening experience: the premiere of a new Met production of Wozzeck.

on December 27, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Macbeth Macbeth

A blast from the (recent) past on this afternoon’s Met broadcast.

on December 21, 2019 at 11:35 AM
The Magic Flute The Magic Flute

“A beloved holiday tradition continues.”

on December 19, 2019 at 7:00 PM
You better sit down kids You better sit down kids

If Sunday’s performance of Magic Flute at the Met demonstrated one thing, it is that opera targeted at children must be just as good as (if not better than) opera targeted at adults.

on December 16, 2019 at 10:33 AM
Bass instinct Bass instinct

Günther Groissböck’s ridiculously entertaining Baron Ochs and Sir Simon Rattle’s enthralling conducting soared highest during a mostly excellent revival of Der Rosenkavalier.

on December 16, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Der Rosenkavalier Der Rosenkavalier

The Strauss-Hofmannsthal sex comedy returns to the Met tonight at 7:00.

on December 13, 2019 at 1:20 PM
Sitting Pretti Sitting Pretti

The Metropolitan Opera today announces two cast changes for its forthcoming production of Verdi’s La Traviata, opening January 10, 2020. 

on December 12, 2019 at 6:15 PM
The real deal The real deal

Yusif Eyvazov dominated Friday’s Met premiere of Pikovaya Dama with a fearless, world-class portrayal that instantly transformed the opera into December’s must-see event.

on December 01, 2019 at 6:39 PM
It’s now or Neva It’s now or Neva

In preparation for her much-awaited Met debut, Lise Davidsen sings the arioso from Queen of Spades.

on November 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Seal the deal Seal the deal

Yusif Eyvazov will sing Hermann in the performances of Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades on November 29 and December 2 and 5, replacing Aleksandrs Antonenko, who has withdrawn due to illness.”

on November 25, 2019 at 3:56 PM
Singing through Singing through

A near-full house attended the Jessye Norman Memorial Celebration at the Met on Sunday afternoon, the auditorium packed with family, friends, colleagues, and fans of the late soprano, who passed away on September 30 of this year.

on November 25, 2019 at 8:57 AM
La bohème La bohème

That bohemian opera returns to the airwaves tonight at 7:25 PM.

on November 21, 2019 at 1:22 PM
Let your love flow Let your love flow

Saturday afternoon’s performance of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Met was awash with contradictions.

on November 18, 2019 at 8:00 AM
Le nozze di Figaro Le nozze di Figaro

Listen and discuss, cher public, beginning at 12:55 PM. Photo: Marty Sohl/The Metropolitan Opera

on November 16, 2019 at 10:37 AM
Unfriended Unfriended

The Metropolitan Opera announced today that longtime [almost 40 years!] Artistic Administrator Jonathan Friend will be stepping down from his position following the end of the 2019–20 season.

on November 15, 2019 at 4:22 PM
A place in the sun A place in the sun

Friday evening’s Met premiere of Akhnaten was a resounding triumph and an outstanding testament to Philip Glass’s enduring operatic vision.

on November 09, 2019 at 5:24 PM
Endlessly engrossing Endlessly engrossing

It seems a travesty that Philip Glass’s Akhnaten, one of the seminal works of the 20th by one of America’s most iconic composers, is only just receiving its Met premiere in 2019, some 35 years after its first performance!

on November 09, 2019 at 1:39 AM