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Metropolitan Opera

  1. opera review
    Opera Review: A Tale of Two Tones in the Met’s La TraviataMichael Mayer’s production makes the sparkly life so unsexy and over-sugared, the last act’s bleakness comes off as refreshingly spare.
  2. opera review
    Opera Review: On the Lightness of Nico Muhly’s Marnie“This deluxe production of a lavish opera rests on such a wispy score.”
  3. opera review
    Opera Review: Anna Netrebko, an Old-Style Diva, in AidaBut really, the Met Opera needs to eliminate the brownface.
  4. classical-music review
    Opera Review: The Met Brings Back Samson et Dalila, With Just Enough Fromage“To describe it as gaudy and silly is a compliment, not a complaint.”
  5. Opera Review: Così Fan Tutte, Kelli O’Hara, and the Long Shadow of James LevineA new production with one of Broadway’s biggest voices, and also a ghost.
  6. sexual abuse
    Met Opera Fires Conductor James Levine After Sexual-Abuse InvestigationThe Met found credible of Levine’s “sexually abusive and harassing conduct.”
  7. opera review
    Opera Review: A Parsifal Even the Wagner-Phobic Can EnjoyIncluding a long-overdue Met debut.
  8. opera review
    Opera Review: The Met’s Tosca Is Afraid of Its Own PastThe replacement for a hated 2009 production looks deeper into the past.
  9. sexual assault
    The Met May Not Survive the James Levine DisgraceHe was the charismatic center holding together a company that was already in financial trouble.
  10. sexual harassment and assault
    Met Opera Suspends Conductor James Levine As Sexual-Abuse Allegations Emerge“This is a tragedy for anyone whose life has been affected,” the Met’s general manager Peter Gelb said in a statement.
  11. the opera
    Met Opera Investigating Legendary Conductor Accused of Sexually Abusing Teenager“On various occasions he would ask me how I touched myself and then he would touch me the way I touched myself.”
  12. L’amour de loin Is Iridescently BeautifulThe first opera by a woman to be staged at the Met since 1903.
  13. What Happened to New Opera at the Met?Living composers are trickier than dead ones. But they’re also necessary.
  14. see something say something
    Scattered Ashes Shut Down the Metropolitan OperaWhat was intended as a tribute to a deceased opera lover prompted an appearance by the NYPD counterterrorism unit instead.
  15. theater review
    Review: The Metropolitan Opera’s Guillaume TellIf the gimmickry serves to express some idea about the opera, or about Rossini’s music, director Pierre Audi keeps that connection under wraps.
  16. opera review
    Opening Night at the Met: Tired Tropes in Tristan und IsoldeIt takes stamina.
  17. Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Be the Met Opera’s New Music Director He’ll commute from Philadelphia. Eventually.
  18. The Controlled Fury of the Met’s ElektraThe new production, originally directed by Patrice Chereau, finds strength in subtlety.
  19. classical music
    The Metropolitan Opera’s James Levine to RetireHe’ll step down at the end of the current season.
  20. opera review
    Opera Review: Superior Singing Saves a Buggy Manon Lescaut“A closed-eyes special.”
  21. opera review
    Opera Review: Les Pêcheurs de PerlesTreat it as escapism.
  22. classical music
    John Cage Is Still Rattling the Bars at 100The composer explored the wondrous border zone between the intentional and the accidental.
  23. opera
    Last Night at the Opera: Technology FailThe set for the Met’s “Ring” Cycle misbehaves.
  24. party lines
    Goodwin Talks Singing at ‘Armida’ Opening Night“I have found myself in tears singing very happy Madonna songs.”
  25. opera
    The Met Gets a $30 Million GiftUnfortunately, this might not keep the fat lady from singing.
  26. psa
    Tune in Tonight to Judge Luc Bondy’s Tosca for YourselfSo far only those who saw ‘Tosca’ live got to be outraged — or to be outraged at the outrage.
  27. tosca-gate
    Zeffirelli Puts Bondy on Blast, Again“He’s a very bad director for my money. He should not be allowed to touch these masterpieces.”
  28. The Met’s Tosca Booed on Opening Night“The production made no sense!”
  29. news reel
    Is Met Opera GM Peter Gelb Spending When He Should Be Cutting?Yes, claim his critics.
  30. the not-so-great outdoors
    The Metropolitan Opera Is Staying in the Air-conditioning This SummerOr at least, the orchestra and chorus will.
  31. news reel
    Met Collateralizes ChagallsThe Metropolitan Opera has borrowed money against the huge paintings by Marc Chagall hanging in its lobby.
  32. The Met Goes ViralThe Metropolitan Opera is launching its own video-on-demand service.
  33. the industry
    Ben Affleck Unable to ‘Extract’ Himself From New Mike Judge MoviePlus: Highbrow day! ‘Blackbird’ will be a movie, and Placido Domingo returns to the role in which he made his Met debut.
  34. apropos of nothing
    Currently in Line: Angry Old People and Funny Young PeopleClearly these Met subscribers have never attempted to purchase an iPhone.
  35. apropos of nothing
    Want to Download Juan Diego Flórez’s Met Encore?Plus, the ‘Times’ reveals the planning that went into this seemingly spontaneous moment.
  36. news reel
    Juan Diego Flórez Matches PavarottiFlórez looks, sounds, and acts nothing at all like Pavarotti, but he did get a Luciano-size ovation.
  37. news reel
    Rufus Wainwright and His Mom Catch History at the Metropolitan OperaRufus Wainwright is still waiting for his encore, but not his mother!
  38. the take
    Is the Met the Hot Zone of Opera?Someone buy these poor opera singers some Airborne. Wait, that doesn’t even work!
  39. apropos of nothing
    William Wegman Makes the Met’s ‘Macbeth’ a Real DogHas director Adrian Noble decided to dispense with singers altogether for his new production of the Verdi opera?
  40. news reel
    Soprano Angela Gheorghiu Fired in Chicago; Headed to New York to Sing Same Role at the MetSoprano Angela Gheorghiu, the self-appointed deity of the operatic stage, apparently has decided that rehearsing is for little people.
  41. the water cooler
    Opening Night at the Met: Natalie Dessay Falls on Her Ass, the ‘Times’ ApplaudsAnthony Tommasini is in love; the bloggers are not.
  42. the industry
    Dust Off Your Manolos: ‘Sex and the City’ Heading to the Big ScreenNew Line finalizes deal to produce Sex and the City movie, with series creator Michael Patrick King writing and directing and all four stars participating. Kim Cattrall had held things up with contract demands but receives a deal for a future show at HBO as part of negotiations for this project. [Variety]