A Day of Divas

Two star sopranos, Renée Fleming and Sonya Yoncheva, held court in two of New York’s grandest venues on Sunday.

#carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #dinnerstein-simone, #emerson-string-quartet, #fleming-renee, #martineau-malcolm, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #opera, #previn-andre, #puts-kevin, #stoppard-tom, #yoncheva-sonya

Taylor Mac Enfolds Everyone in “The Hang,” an Operatic Opportunity for Communion.

This opera, by Mac and Matt Ray, is as much a celebration of theater itself as it is an example of the communion humans crave but have been deprived of.

#here-arts-center, #mac-taylor, #opera, #ray-matt, #the-hang-play

One Opera Opening Would Make Any Composer Happy. He Has Two.

Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Intimate Apparel” and “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” are premiering in New York almost simultaneously.

#content-type-personal-profile, #gordon-ricky-ian, #intimate-apparel-opera, #lincoln-center-theater, #national-yiddish-theater-folksbiene, #new-york-city-opera, #opera, #the-garden-of-the-finzi-continis-opera, #theater

Love, Trust and Heartbreak on Two Stages

The musical “Hadestown” and the opera “Eurydice” aim to offer new twists on a Greek myth. But when it comes to their heroine, they only go so far.

#aucoin-matthew-1990, #carney-reeve, #eurydice-opera, #hadestown-play, #metropolitan-opera, #mitchell-anais, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #noblezada-eva, #opera, #page-patrick, #ruhl-sarah, #theater

4 Operas in 48 Hours: A Critic’s Marathon at the Met

Amid the virus surge, the company is performing “Rigoletto,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Tosca” and “La Bohème” in close succession.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #la-boheme-opera, #le-nozze-di-figaro-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #rigoletto-opera, #tosca-opera

‘Rigoletto’ at the Met Unites a Father and Daughter. Again.

Quinn Kelsey and Rosa Feola have earned raves playing a jester and his child in a new production of Verdi’s opera.

#content-type-personal-profile, #feola-rosa, #kelsey-quinn, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #rigoletto-opera, #verdi-giuseppe

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Mezzo-Sopranos

Listen to the warm, rich sound of Marilyn Horne, Janet Baker, Grace Bumbry and more.

#classical-music, #music, #opera

12 Things Our Critics Are Looking Forward to in 2022

‘Better Call Saul’ returns, Cecily Strong stars in a one-woman show, and Faith Ringgold gets an overdue retrospective.

#art, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #better-call-saul-tv-program, #carnegie-hall, #casel-ayodele, #comedy-and-humor, #dancing, #don-carlos-opera, #downton-abbey-a-new-era-tv-program, #eggers-robert-filmmaker, #fellowes-julian, #flying-lotus, #movies, #music, #odenkirk-bob, #opera, #ringgold-faith, #saba, #strong-cecily, #tanowitz-pam, #television, #the-northman-movie, #the-search-for-signs-of-intelligent-life-in-the-universe-play, #the-thing-about-pam-tv-program, #theater, #tomlinson-taylor-1993, #two-thousand-twenty-two, #verdi-giuseppe, #zellweger-renee

5 Classical Music Albums to Hear Right Now

Music by Liza Lim and Pamela Z, albums of Vivaldi and Walter Piston and work from a classic conductor are some recent recording highlights.

#boston-modern-orchestra-project, #classical-music, #lim-liza-1966, #markevitch-igor, #music, #opera, #piston-walter, #vivaldi-antonio, #z-pamela

The Met Opera Spirits ‘Rigoletto’ to ‘Babylon Berlin’

As the Omicron variant looms, Bartlett Sher’s production of Verdi’s classic is set to open on New Year’s Eve.

#beczala-piotr-1966, #feola-rosa, #kelsey-quinn, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #rigoletto-opera, #rustioni-daniele, #sher-bartlett

Met Opera Finds a New Generation of Fans

Drawn by cheaper tickets and a sense of glamour, New Yorkers in their 20s and 30s are making their way to the Met this season, many of them for the first time.

#metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #opera, #youth

Arts Groups Bet Big on Holiday Programming. Will Children Come?

Children 5 and over must now have proof of vaccination to see shows and visit museums. As Covid-19 surges, arts organizations are trying to welcome their youngest audience members safely.

#american-museum-of-natural-history, #cendrillon-opera, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #culture-arts, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #new-york-city-ballet, #opera, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records, #youth

Broadway Is Canceling Shows Due to Positive Covid Tests

Broadway, where cancellations were once vanishingly rare, has seen a raft of them as positive coronavirus tests among cast and crew members have upended productions.

#actors-equity-assn, #ailey-alvin-american-dance-theater, #aint-too-proud-the-life-and-times-of-the-temptations-play, #aladdin-play, #broadway-league, #chicago-play, #chickenbiscuits-play, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #dancing, #freestyle-love-supreme-music-group, #harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-play, #little-shop-of-horrors-play, #metropolitan-opera, #miranda-lin-manuel, #mrs-doubtfire-play, #new-york-city, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #st-martin-charlotte, #theater, #theater-development-fund, #theaters-buildings, #tina-the-tina-turner-musical-play, #tkts-booth-nyc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Met Opera to Mandate Booster Shots for Staff and Audiences

It is the first major performing arts institution to require boosters, as concern mounts over rising coronavirus cases and the spread of the Omicron variant. The rule will take effect Jan. 17.

#american-federation-of-musicians, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #opera, #organized-labor, #theater, #vaccination-and-immunization

The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2021

Classics by Bach, Mozart and Brahms and new works by Andy Akiho, Angélica Negrón and Tyshawn Sorey were among our favorite recordings this year.

#akiho-andy, #anderszewski-piotr, #andsnes-leif-ove, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #bach-carl-philipp-emanuel, #bach-johann-sebastian, #bartok-bela, #beach-amy, #bluebeards-castle-opera, #brahms-johannes, #cerrone-christopher-1984, #classical-music, #debussy-claude, #demessieux-jeanne-1921-68, #gerhaher-christian, #glass-philip, #greve-charlotte, #handel-george-frederick, #kapustin-nikolai-1937-2020, #kaufmann-jonas, #koh-jennifer, #liszt-franz, #mozart-wolfgang-amadeus, #olafsson-vikingur, #opera, #pittsburgh-symphony-orchestra, #sanford-david-1963, #sankaram-kamala, #satyagraha-opera, #schumann-robert, #shostakovich-dmitri, #smith-gabriella-composer, #sorey-tyshawn, #thorvaldsdottir-anna, #two-thousand-twenty-one

Rolando Villazón Returns to the Met Opera in Mozart’s “Magic Flute”

Rolando Villazón, a onetime star plagued by vocal issues, is returning to the house after eight years for “The Magic Flute.”

#anxiety-and-stress, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #the-magic-flute-opera, #villazon-rolando

‘The Snowy Day,’ a Children’s Classic, Becomes an Opera

Based on the popular 1962 children’s book, the show aims to celebrate Blackness and attract new audiences to the art form.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #houston-grand-opera, #keats-ezra-jack, #mcmillon-raven, #opera, #pinkney-andrea-davis, #the-snowy-day-book, #the-snowy-day-opera, #thompson-joel-1988

Best Classical Music of 2021

The Metropolitan Opera returned with its first work by a Black composer, the repertory slowly got richer, and other highlights of the year.

#appleby-paul, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #bard-music-festival, #blanchard-terence, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #hanick-conor, #highway-1-usa-opera, #innocence-opera, #iphigenia-opera, #juilliard-school, #mahler-gustav, #metropolitan-opera, #mostly-mozart-festival, #new-york-philharmonic, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #opera-theater-of-st-louis, #philadelphia-orchestra, #saariaho-kaija, #thomas-michael-tilson, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #verdi-giuseppe, #zhu-wang

At 80, Robert Wilson Holds On to a Singular Vision for the Stage

Slowed but not stopped by the pandemic, Wilson has had a busy fall that continues with his production of “Turandot” at the Paris Opera.

#childs-lucinda, #opera, #paris-opera, #theater, #turandot-opera, #wilson-robert-1941

Covid Restrictions Are Back at Some of Europe’s Theaters

Strict controls on playhouses and music venues are returning as the continent deals with a new coronavirus wave.

#bavarian-state-opera, #classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #music, #opera, #theater, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vienna-state-opera

‘I Savor Everything’: A Soprano’s Star Turn at the Met Opera

Erin Morley, a fixture at the Met for over a decade, is now singing the title role in “Eurydice.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #eurydice-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #morley-erin, #opera

Review: The Met Opera’s ‘Eurydice’ Tries to Raise the Dead

The composer Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s teeming, wearying adaptation of her play is a contemporary vision of the Orpheus myth.

#aucoin-matthew-1990, #eurydice-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #morley-erin, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #ruhl-sarah

Review: The Met Opera’s Next ‘Ring’ Will Be a Sea Change

Richard Jones’s bleak staging of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” in London offers a clean break from the extravagance of the Met’s most recent production.

#der-ring-des-nibelungen-opera, #die-walkure-opera, #english-national-opera, #jones-richard-1953, #lepage-robert, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #wagner-richard

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Is New York’s Conductor Now

After facing anger during a prolonged labor dispute, the Met Opera’s music director has returned to the podium, emphasizing new work.

#classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-reopenings, #eurydice-opera, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #metropolitan-opera-orchestra, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #philadelphia-orchestra

If Remote Work Empties Downtowns, Can Theaters Fill Their Seats?

Since the pandemic, San Francisco has embraced work-from-home policies. Now venues and concert halls are wondering if weeknight audiences are a thing of the past.

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #magic-theater, #opera, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-arts-commission, #san-francisco-ballet, #san-francisco-opera, #san-francisco-symphony, #telecommuting, #theater, #war-memorial-opera-house

The Stakes Are Sky-High for a ‘Ring’ Coming to the Met Opera

For Richard Jones, the director of a staging that will open in London and later travel to New York, this is a third attempt at Wagner’s epic.

#der-ring-des-nibelungen-opera, #die-walkure-opera, #english-national-opera, #gelb-peter, #jones-richard-1953, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #wagner-richard

Marian Anderson: A Voice of Authenticity and Justice

A new box set explores the singer whose Lincoln Memorial concert was a 20th-century civil rights milestone.

#anderson-marian, #classical-music, #opera

How Esperanza Spalding and Wayne Shorter Realized His Dream: an Opera

“Iphigenia,” an update of the ancient Greek myth eight years in the making and decades in the dreaming, will begin a run of performances this month.

#content-type-personal-profile, #iphigenia-opera, #jazz, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #opera, #shorter-wayne, #spalding-esperanza

Review: ‘Porgy and Bess’ Returns to a New Opera Landscape

The Metropolitan Opera’s revival boasts strong performances but raises difficult questions about race and American music.

#black-people, #blue-angel, #brown-camille-a, #brugger-janai, #graves-denyce, #green-ryan-speedo, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-opera, #moore-latonia-1979, #opera, #owens-eric-1970, #porgy-and-bess-opera, #robertson-david-1958, #robinson-james-theater-director

A 6-Hour Opera in a Pandemic? The Met Goes for It.

As some try to lure audiences back with short programs, the Metropolitan Opera is staging its longest work: Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger.”

#classical-music, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #die-meistersinger-von-nurnberg-opera, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #pappano-antonio, #volle-michael, #wagner-richard

A New Era Takes Shape at the World’s Opera Capital

Serge Dorny and Vladimir Jurowski, the leaders of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, are starting their tenure with Shostakovich’s unruly “The Nose.”

#bavarian-state-opera, #dorny-serge, #jurowski-vladimir, #kosky-barrie-1967, #opera, #serebrennikov-kirill-s, #shostakovich-dmitri, #the-nose-opera

After 24 Years, a Conductor Returns to the Met Opera

Antonio Pappano is back for Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at a turning point in his career.

#classical-music, #die-meistersinger-von-nurnberg-opera, #london-symphony-orchestra, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #pappano-antonio, #wagner-richard

Go See These Black Operas

Acquired taste is often richer than, as it were, the easy score.

#blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #classical-music, #folk-music, #internal-sub-only, #jazz, #opera, #race-and-ethnicity

She’s Making History in Opera. Can She Help Ensure Its Future?

Eun Sun Kim is the first woman to serve as music director of one of America’s largest opera companies. She aims to broaden the art form’s appeal in the digital age.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #kim-eun-sun, #opera, #san-francisco-opera, #shilvock-matthew, #women-and-girls

Visconti’s Operatic Autopsy of German History, Restored Anew

The trilogy of “The Damned,” “Death in Venice” and “Ludwig” is whole again, in editions that freshly reveal their conflicted queerness.

#andresen-bjorn-1955, #berger-helmut-1944, #classical-music, #criterion-collection, #death-in-venice-movie, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #ludwig-movie, #movies, #opera, #the-damned-movie, #visconti-luchino

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Maria Callas

Listen to the best of opera’s defining diva, chosen by Patti LuPone, Renée Fleming, Marina Abramovic and many more.

#callas-maria, #classical-music, #music, #opera

Jazz and Opera Come Together in ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’

Two critics discuss Terence Blanchard’s “Fire,” the Metropolitan Opera’s first work by a Black composer.

#blanchard-terence, #classical-music, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #jazz, #metropolitan-opera, #opera

Review: In ‘Upload,’ Do Blockchains Dream of Electric Lizards?

Michel van der Aa’s new opera weaves technology into a traditional form with masterly restraint for a sci-fi spin on a fundamentally human tale.

#bullock-julia, #dutch-national-opera, #ensemble-musikfabrik, #opera, #upload-opera, #van-der-aa-michel, #williams-roderick-1965

It Wasn’t Just My Life on That Stage. So Was My Purpose.

My memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” became more than just a book. It was an opportunity to reach and help more people.

#blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #books-and-literature, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-book, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #opera, #sex-crimes, #theater

Review: After a Met Opera Milestone, ‘Boris’ Brings Another

The company is performing the terse, original 1869 version of Mussorgsky’s “Boris Godunov” for the first time.

#boris-godunov-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #mussorgsky-modest-petrovich, #opera, #pape-rene

Metropolitan Opera Returns With ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’

With Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” the Met came back from its long pandemic shutdown more determined to draw new and more diverse audiences to opera.

#black-people, #blanchard-terence, #coronavirus-reopenings, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #minorities, #music, #opera

‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Review: A Black Composer at the Met, Finally

Terence Blanchard’s fresh, affecting “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” reopened the opera house on Monday after an 18-month closure.

#black-people, #blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #blue-angel, #brown-camille-a, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #lemmons-kasi, #liverman-will, #metropolitan-opera, #moore-latonia-1979, #music, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #opera-theater-of-st-louis, #robinson-james-theater-director

Packing Your Purse (or Pockets) for a Night at the Opera

Melissa Clark takes in the drama with a side of snacks, neat and petite, to sustain her through the highs and lows.

#blue-trout-and-black-truffles-book, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #costanzo-anthony-roth, #damrosch-park-manhattan-ny, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #snack-foods

Stream an Operatic Rarity by a Black Composer (While You Can)

William Grant Still’s “Highway 1, U.S.A.,” staged by Opera Theater of St. Louis, is available online until Sept. 30.

#cabell-nicole, #gibbs-christian-mark-1991, #highway-1-usa-opera, #liverman-will, #opera, #opera-theater-of-st-louis, #still-william-grant

Terence Blanchard,

Terence Blanchard, a jazz trumpeter best known for scoring Spike Lee films, reopens the opera house with “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.”

#black-people, #blanchard-terence, #blow-charles-m, #content-type-personal-profile, #fire-shut-up-in-my-bones-opera, #gelb-peter, #lemmons-kasi, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #still-william-grant

A Cabaret Star and an Opera Star Walk Onto a Stage …

The punchline is “Only an Octave Apart,” featuring the unlikely collaborators Justin Vivian Bond and Anthony Roth Costanzo at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

#bond-justin-vivian, #classical-music, #costanzo-anthony-roth, #music, #only-an-octave-apart-play, #opera, #st-anns-warehouse-brooklyn-ny, #theater

Fake Rock Nearly Crushes Opera Star: Accident or Sabotage?

Feuding stagehands, falling props: It might sound like the plot of an opera, but in France it has been the subject of a court case.

#classical-music, #opera, #smith-robert-dean, #toulouse-france, #tristan-und-isolde-opera

Review: In ‘Sun & Sea,’ We Laze Away the End of the World

Seemingly sweet yet insistently ominous, this opera installation turns a sandy beach into a spectacle of a changing climate.

#barzdziukaite-rugile, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #global-warming, #grainyte-vaiva, #lapelyte-lina, #opera, #sunsea-opera

With a Rare ‘Oedipe,’ the Paris Opera Pulls Together

Staged by the playwright and director Wajdi Mouawad, Enescu’s opera helps inaugurate a new era for the storied company.

#content-type-personal-profile, #enescu-george, #finances, #mouawad-wajdi, #oedipe-opera, #opera, #paris-france, #paris-opera, #theatre-de-la-colline-paris-france

A Climate Opera Arrives in New York, With 21 Tons of Sand

“Sun & Sea,” an operatic installation that won the top prize at the Venice Biennale, is being staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

#art, #barzdziukaite-rugile, #brooklyn-academy-of-music, #grainyte-vaiva, #lapelyte-lina, #opera, #sunsea-marina-opera, #venice-biennale