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The Metropolitan Opera – Graham Vick’s production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – Svetlana Sozdateleva, Brandon Jovanovich, Nikolai Schukoff, John Relyea; conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson

After eight years, the Met’s 1994 production of Shostakovich’s 1934 opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – a grim, existential tale of an unhappy housewife in rural Russia driven by boredom and a never-ending cycle of degradation to adultery and murder – is back for a thrilling third revival. The imaginative staging by Sir Graham Vick, who died […]

The Metropolitan Opera – Graham Vick’s production of Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – Svetlana Sozdateleva, Brandon Jovanovich, Nikolai Schukoff, John Relyea; conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson Read More »

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The Metropolitan Opera – David McVicar’s production of Puccini’s Tosca – Alexsandra Kurzak, Michael Fabiano, Luca Salsi; conducted by Carlo Rizzi

Puccini’s Tosca is back at the Met for the third revival of Sir David McVicar’s 2017 grand and opulent production, with Aleksandra Kurzak as the diva and Michael Fabiano as her artist lover, Cavaradossi. Luca Salsi is the blood-thirsty Chief of Police, Scarpia, replacing John Lundgren who withdrew due to illness. Patrick Carfizzi joins them as the

The Metropolitan Opera – David McVicar’s production of Puccini’s Tosca – Alexsandra Kurzak, Michael Fabiano, Luca Salsi; conducted by Carlo Rizzi Read More »

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Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night – David McVicar’s production of Cherubini’s Medea – Sondra Radvanovsky, Janai Brugger, Ekaterina Gubanova, Matthew Polenzani and Michele Pertusi; conducted by Carlo Rizzi

The Met Opera’s 2022-23 season got off to a tempestuous start with a spectacular opening gala performance of the company’s first ever production of Cherubini’s terrifying masterpiece, Medea, a late eighteenth-century classical tragedy that looks forward into the romantic distance as it recounts the savagery of the sorceress Medea, who – after helping Giasone (Jason, leader of

Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night – David McVicar’s production of Cherubini’s Medea – Sondra Radvanovsky, Janai Brugger, Ekaterina Gubanova, Matthew Polenzani and Michele Pertusi; conducted by Carlo Rizzi Read More »

The Metropolitan Opera – Bartlett Sher's production of Verdi's Rigoletto. Photo: www.metopera.org

The Metropolitan Opera – Bartlett Sher’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto – Quinn Kelsey, Stephen Costello, Erin Morley, Yulia Matochkina, and Ante Jerkunica; conducted by Karen Kamensek

Bartlett Sher’s opulent staging of Rigoletto, which premiered at the Met last New Year’s Eve is back with a mostly new set of principals. The single holdover is Quinn Kelsey, whose exceptionally detailed portrayal of the court jester, who helps his master, the Duke of Mantua, in his unscrupulous amorous adventures, only to have his beloved

The Metropolitan Opera – Bartlett Sher’s production of Verdi’s Rigoletto – Quinn Kelsey, Stephen Costello, Erin Morley, Yulia Matochkina, and Ante Jerkunica; conducted by Karen Kamensek Read More »

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The Metropolitan Opera – Phelim McDermott’s production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten – Anthony Roth Costanzo; conducted by Karen Kamensek

Akhnaten, the final opera, from 1984, in Philip Glass’s ‘Portrait Trilogy’ of influential historical figures, is back at the Met. Phelim McDermott’s visually spectacular production features circus-like elements of juggling and acrobatics, dazzling imagery, luxurious costumes, solid performances, and the Orchestra and Chorus in splendid form.  Like Glass’s other operatic works, the libretto – which chronicles the seventeen-year reign

The Metropolitan Opera – Phelim McDermott’s production of Philip Glass’s Akhnaten – Anthony Roth Costanzo; conducted by Karen Kamensek Read More »

The Metropolitan Opera – Brett Dean’s Hamlet – Allan Clayton, Brenda Rae, Sarah Connolly, John Relyea, Jacques Imbrailo; conducted by Nicholas Carter

Brett Dean and Matthew Jocelyn’s operatic adaptation of Hamlet, which premiered at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival, has arrived at the Met, and their daring reconfiguration of Shakespeare’s longest play is elegant and enthralling. Set to a highly complex and confident score, sung by a formidable cast, and brilliantly directed, Neil Armfield’s production is nothing less

The Metropolitan Opera – Brett Dean’s Hamlet – Allan Clayton, Brenda Rae, Sarah Connolly, John Relyea, Jacques Imbrailo; conducted by Nicholas Carter Read More »

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The Metropolitan Opera – Simon Stone’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor – Nadine Sierra, Javier Camarena, Artur Ruciński and Matthew Rose; conducted by Riccardo Frizza

Simon Stone makes his Met debut with an audacious staging of Lucia di Lammermoor, updating Donizetti’s tragedy from 17th-century Scotland to present-day American Rust Belt, a once prosperous area now fallen into decline and neglect. Nadine Sierra leads the cast as the titular heroine of the familiar tale of a fragile young woman whose abusive brother deceives

The Metropolitan Opera – Simon Stone’s production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor – Nadine Sierra, Javier Camarena, Artur Ruciński and Matthew Rose; conducted by Riccardo Frizza Read More »

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The Metropolitan Opera – Richard Eyre’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – Christian Van Horn, Ying Fang, Gerald Finley, Sasha Cooke, Federica Lombardi; conducted by James Gaffigan

In this second cast of the Met Opera’s fourth revival of Richard Eyre’s 2014 production of Le nozze di Figaro, James Gaffigan and four of the five principals are making their role debuts. Although this was only the ensemble’s second performance together, it was well-coordinated and musically excellent.  During the lively Overture, as Rob Howell’s

The Metropolitan Opera – Richard Eyre’s production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro – Christian Van Horn, Ying Fang, Gerald Finley, Sasha Cooke, Federica Lombardi; conducted by James Gaffigan Read More »

The Metropolitan Opera – Patrice Chéreau’s production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra – Nina Stemme; conducted by Donald Runnicles

The late Patrice Chéreau’s starkly sinister staging of Strauss’s Elektra, last seen at the Met in 2018, is back in the house for a second revival. Richard Peduzzi’s stripped-down set, which depicts Agamemnon’s palace and its courtyard as a surrealistic, De Chirico-like place, holds up well and – assisted by Caroline de Vivaise’s dingy, vaguely modern costumes and Dominique

The Metropolitan Opera – Patrice Chéreau’s production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra – Nina Stemme; conducted by Donald Runnicles Read More »

Elza van den Heever as Rodelinda. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

The Metropolitan Opera – Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Handel’s Rodelinda – Elza van den Heever, Sasha Cooke, Iestyn Davies, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Paul Appleby and Adam Plachetka; conducted by Harry Bicket

Stephen Wadsworth’s 2004 staging of Handel’s Rodelinda, last seen at the Met in 2011, is back for its third revival, and it looks and sounds as good as ever. Elza van den Heever leads a uniformly magnificent cast as Rodelinda, Queen of Lombardy, whose husband has been reportedly killed in battle and who is forced to accept

The Metropolitan Opera – Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Handel’s Rodelinda – Elza van den Heever, Sasha Cooke, Iestyn Davies, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Paul Appleby and Adam Plachetka; conducted by Harry Bicket Read More »

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