Is the Future of American Opera Unfolding in Detroit?

Yuval Sharon’s wildly innovative stagings, already celebrated in Berlin and Los Angeles, reach new heights in Michigan.

#berlin-germany, #detroit-mich, #hopscotch-opera, #la-boheme-opera, #opera, #sharon-yuval-1979, #the-magic-flute-opera, #theater

The Netrebko Question

The Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is opera’s biggest star. But her career is in disarray because of her ties to Putin, and arts companies around the world are divided on whether to welcome her back.

#deutsche-grammophon, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #mariinsky-theater, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Odesa Opera House Reopens Amid Putin’s War

War is not far away, but a city that has always lived for the moment proclaims that culture will help Ukraine prevail.

#mykolaiv-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukrainian Diva Replacing Netrebko at the Met Wears Her Country’s Flag

The soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, replacing the Russian superstar Anna Netrebko at the Met in “Turandot,” wrapped herself in a Ukrainian flag for her curtain call.

#metropolitan-opera, #monastyrska-liudmyla, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turandot-opera

Dropping Anna Netrebko, the Met Turns to a Ukrainian Diva

The Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska, replacing one of Russia’s biggest stars in “Turandot,” is using her platform to defend her country.

#content-type-personal-profile, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #monastyrska-liudmyla, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #turandot-opera

Singing, and Signing, Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Deaf West Theater are working on an innovative production conceived for both hearing and deaf operagoers.

#beethoven-ludwig-van, #deaf-west-theater-co, #deafness, #dudamel-gustavo, #fidelio-opera, #kurs-dj, #los-angeles-philharmonic, #opera, #sign-language, #white-hands-choir

One Opera, Three Acts, Three Different Stagings

In Stuttgart, Wagner’s “Die Walküre” is being divided among a trio of creative teams with divergent visions.

#der-ring-des-nibelungen-opera, #die-walkure-opera, #meister-cornelius-1980, #opera, #stuttgart-state-opera-staatsoper-stuttgart

For This Opera Director, a Lot Is Riding on a ‘Handmaid’s Tale’

For her English National Opera debut, the company’s new artistic leader, Annilese Miskimmon, has chosen a work she hopes can bring in a new audience.

#atwood-margaret, #classical-music, #english-national-opera, #miskimmon-annilese, #music, #opera, #ruders-poul, #the-handmaids-tale-opera

Lise Davidsen and Nina Stemme Star in ‘Elektra’ at the Met

At the Metropolitan Opera, Nina Stemme and Lise Davidsen are a blazing pair as sisters in a revival of Strauss’s work.

#davidsen-lise, #elektra-opera, #grimsley-greer-1956, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #runnicles-donald, #schuster-michaela-1966, #stemme-nina, #vinke-stefan

Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Is Ambrosia. Here’s Why It Matters.

Notes on a great American composer.

#cancel-culture, #classical-music, #critical-race-theory, #internal-sub-only-nl, #music, #opera, #pianos, #ragtime-book, #theater

Review: ‘The Hours’ Will Bring Renée Fleming Back to the Met

Kevin Puts’s new opera had its premiere in a Philadelphia Orchestra concert presentation before coming to New York this fall.

#fleming-renee, #kimmel-center-for-the-performing-arts-philadelphia-pa, #metropolitan-opera, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #philadelphia-orchestra, #puts-kevin, #the-hours-opera

Metropolitan Opera’s Concert Honors Ukraine

A concert to benefit relief efforts featured a young Ukrainian singer, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” and the Met’s prima donna of the moment.

#barton-jamie, #beczala-piotr-1966, #beethoven-ludwig-van, #buialskyi-vladyslav, #classical-music, #davidsen-lise, #gelb-peter, #green-ryan-speedo, #kyslytsya-sergiy, #metropolitan-opera, #netrebko-anna, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #van-den-heever-elza

On a Stage 5,000 Miles Away, He Sings for His Family in Ukraine

At the Metropolitan Opera, the bass-baritone Vladyslav Buialskyi has become a symbol of his country’s struggles.

#classical-music, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #vladyslav-buialskyi

‘Wozzeck,’ the 20th Century’s Most Influential Opera, Turns 100

Alban Berg’s brutal classic, a tale of a lowly soldier’s degradation and death, continues to inspire artists.

#berg-alban, #boston-symphony-orchestra, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #opera, #wozzeck-opera

Review: Leonard Bernstein’s ‘A Quiet Place’ at the Paris Opera

In Paris, a new production of “A Quiet Place” makes a strong case for a work that has long struggled to join the repertory.

#a-quiet-place-opera, #antoun-frederic, #bernstein-leonard, #bintner-gordon, #boyle-claudia, #braun-russell, #nagano-kent, #opera, #paris-opera, #szczesniak-malgorzata, #wadsworth-stephen, #warlikowski-krzysztof

Cities and States Are Easing Covid Rules. Should the Arts Follow?

Cultural institutions face tough decisions: Is it safe to drop mask and vaccine requirements, and would doing so be more likely to lure audiences back or keep them away?

#art, #blue-note-jazz-club-manhattan-ny, #center-theater-group, #classical-music, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #culture-arts, #los-angeles-calif, #masks, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #metropolitan-opera, #museums, #nelson-atkins-museum-of-art, #opera, #theater, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records

Too Close to Putin? Institutions Vet Artists, Uncomfortably.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led arts organizations to reconsider who performs, forcing them to confront questions about free speech and policing political views.

#bolshoi-ballet, #carnegie-hall, #classical-music, #culture-arts, #gergiev-valery, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trifonov-daniil

He Break Dances. He Pole Dances. He Sings Like an Angel.

The Polish countertenor Jakub Jozef Orlinski has the credits you’d expect for a fast-rising classical music star, and some others you might not.

#break-dancing, #bullock-julia, #classical-music, #content-type-personal-profile, #eytan-pessen, #handel-george-frederick, #mitchell-katie-1964, #music, #opera, #orlinski-jakub-josef, #social-media, #vivaldi-antonio

Anna Netrebko, Diva With Putin Ties, Is Out at the Metropolitan Opera

The Met said she would not appear for two seasons, and possibly more, after declining to comply with its demand that she repudiate her public support for Putin.

#classical-music, #gelb-peter, #metropolitan-opera, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko’s Putin Ties Threaten Their Careers

The Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and the diva Anna Netrebko have lost engagements because of their ties to Putin, as geopolitics and music collide once again.

#classical-music, #europe, #gelb-peter, #gergiev-valery, #homoki-andreas, #levit-igor, #metropolitan-opera, #munich-philharmonic, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #zurich-opera

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Wagner

Rian Johnson, Patti Smith, Alex Ross and others offer favorite highlights of a composer best known for his sprawling length.

#classical-music, #music, #opera, #wagner-richard

Review: ‘Don Carlos’ Finally Brings French Verdi to the Met

Yannick Nézet-Séguin led the sprawling masterpiece, which is being presented by the company for the first time in its original language.

#barton-jamie, #classical-music, #don-carlo-opera, #don-carlos-opera, #dupuis-etienne, #mcvicar-david, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera, #owens-eric-1970, #polenzani-matthew, #verdi-giuseppe, #yoncheva-sonya

Metropolitan Opera Says It Will Cut Ties With Pro-Putin Artists

The decision comes as arts institutions seek to distance themselves from some Russian performers amid the invasion of Ukraine.

#bolshoi-ballet, #classical-music, #gelb-peter, #gergiev-valery, #metropolitan-opera, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

‘Don Carlo’ or ‘Don Carlos’? Verdi Comes to the Met in French

On Monday, the company performs the much-revised masterpiece for the first time in its original language.

#classical-music, #don-carlo-opera, #don-carlos-opera, #french-language, #italian-language, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #opera, #verdi-giuseppe

It’s the Highest-Profile Challenge of an Earnest Tenor’s Career

Matthew Polenzani, a Met Opera stalwart known more for sweetness than swagger, stars in a new production of Verdi’s “Don Carlos.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #don-carlos-opera, #metropolitan-opera, #opera, #polenzani-matthew

The Met Opera’s New Season: What We Want to See

After a long streak without canceled performances that continued through the Omicron surge, the company announced ambitious plans for 2022-23.

#blanchard-terence, #classical-music, #gelb-peter, #mcvicar-david, #metropolitan-opera, #nezet-seguin-yannick, #opera

Review: Beethoven Returns for the Age of Black Lives Matter

Heartbeat Opera’s powerful take on “Fidelio,” as an indictment of mass incarceration, has been revived and revised for a post-2020 world.

#beethoven-ludwig-van, #fidelio-opera, #heard-ethan, #heartbeat-opera, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #opera, #schlosberg-daniel, #scott-marcus-playwright

A Shape-Shifting Opera Singer, With a Debut to Match

Marlis Petersen, one of the greatest acting talents in opera, prepares for Janacek’s “The Makropulos Case” in Berlin.

#berlin-state-opera, #content-type-personal-profile, #opera, #petersen-marlis, #the-makropulos-case-opera

Reawakening the Antichrist (and Other Lost Opera Gems)

It can be challenging to revive forgotten works like “Antikrist.” But the absence of entrenched traditions can be liberating.

#antikrist-opera, #berlin-germany, #berlin-state-opera, #deutsche-oper-berlin, #germany, #hanover-state-opera-staatsoper-hannover, #komische-oper-berlin, #langgaard-rued, #mondtag-ersan, #opera

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