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Metropolitan Opera

  1. #metoo
    Plácido Domingo Played Charming Rogues Onstage and a Monstrous One in PrivateOnstage at the Met, he was a persuasive bad guy. We were seeing more than we knew.
  2. opera review
    A Gorgeous Porgy and Bess, Its Flaws Intact, at the Metropolitan OperaAll those musical superpowers on the Met’s stage make Porgy as easy to love as it is hard to swallow.
  3. classical music
    The Met Opera’s Yannick Nézet-Séguin Has Found His FootingAfter a few years adrift, the company has found its sheriff — or maybe shepherd is a better word.
  4. opera
    Why You Should Battle Your Way in to See This GötterdämmerungThe slats are silly, but the soloists are not.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.”
  7. opera review
    Opera Review: Anna Netrebko, an Old-Style Diva, in AidaBut really, the Met Opera needs to eliminate the brownface.
  8. 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.”
  9. 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.
  10. sexual abuse
    Met Opera Fires Conductor James Levine After Sexual-Abuse InvestigationThe Met found credible of Levine’s “sexually abusive and harassing conduct.”
  11. opera review
    Opera Review: A Parsifal Even the Wagner-Phobic Can EnjoyIncluding a long-overdue Met debut.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.”
  16. L’amour de loin Is Iridescently BeautifulThe first opera by a woman to be staged at the Met since 1903.
  17. What Happened to New Opera at the Met?Living composers are trickier than dead ones. But they’re also necessary.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. opera review
    Opening Night at the Met: Tired Tropes in Tristan und IsoldeIt takes stamina.
  21. Yannick Nézet-Séguin Will Be the Met Opera’s New Music Director He’ll commute from Philadelphia. Eventually.
  22. The Controlled Fury of the Met’s ElektraThe new production, originally directed by Patrice Chereau, finds strength in subtlety.
  23. classical music
    The Metropolitan Opera’s James Levine to RetireHe’ll step down at the end of the current season.
  24. opera review
    Opera Review: Superior Singing Saves a Buggy Manon Lescaut“A closed-eyes special.”
  25. opera review
    Opera Review: Les Pêcheurs de PerlesTreat it as escapism.
  26. Opera Review: The Met Gets It All Right in William Kentridge’s LuluMore like this, please.
  27. opera
    Opera Review: A Brief Return for The Rake’s ProgressOut of the warehouse, brilliantly, for a couple of nights.
  28. opera
    Opera Review: Cavalleria Rusticana and PagliacciThe classic diptych in a new production.
  29. opera
    Opera Review: The Met’s La donna del lago“DiDonato belongs to that elite club of performing artists who get ovations simply for stepping onstage.”
  30. opera review
    The Met’s The Merry Widow Tries to Put a Fresh Twist on an Airy ClassicBut it takes so long to warm up that it barely reaches the temperature of day-old bathwater before the final dose of foam.
  31. Opera Review: The Met’s (Very) Long-Running MeistersingerFive hours of music.
  32. Opera Review: Do Not Skip Lady Macbeth of MtsenskWhy doesn’t this production come back more often?
  33. opera review
    Opera Review: The Death of Klinghoffer Is Best Performed As a Concert“A score of many beauties soldered to a questionable premise.”
  34. controversies
    The Trouble With Klinghoffer Isn’t Quite What You Think Will an opera about terrorists ever not be timely?
  35. Macbeth Opens: Does Opera Stardom Still Matter?“Compared to their forebears, today’s divas are dwarf stars, still capable of musical miracles but not of quickening a paparazzo’s pulse.”
  36. opera
    Opera Review: Le Nozze di FigaroIt’s marvelous to see the Met’s motley armies working in lockstep again.
  37. opera
    The Muddled Logic of the Met’s Death of Klinghoffer PullbackIt’s offensive, but apparently not that offensive.
  38. opera
    Opera Review: Prince Igor Marches an Army Back Into the MetNoseda’s opening night in New York felt more gloriously Russian than Putin’s in Sochi.
  39. opera review
    Opera Review: The Met’s Satiating New FalstaffA twentieth-century setting for the ages.
  40. opera review
    Opera Review: The Half-Fulfilled Promise of Nico Muhly’s Two BoysChat rooms as masked ball.
  41. classical music
    John Cage Is Still Rattling the Bars at 100The composer explored the wondrous border zone between the intentional and the accidental.
  42. opera
    Last Night at the Opera: Technology FailThe set for the Met’s “Ring” Cycle misbehaves.
  43. party lines
    Goodwin Talks Singing at ‘Armida’ Opening Night“I have found myself in tears singing very happy Madonna songs.”
  44. opera
    The Met Gets a $30 Million GiftUnfortunately, this might not keep the fat lady from singing.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.”
  47. The Met’s Tosca Booed on Opening Night“The production made no sense!”
  48. news reel
    Is Met Opera GM Peter Gelb Spending When He Should Be Cutting?Yes, claim his critics.
  49. the not-so-great outdoors
    The Metropolitan Opera Is Staying in the Air-conditioning This SummerOr at least, the orchestra and chorus will.
  50. news reel
    Met Collateralizes ChagallsThe Metropolitan Opera has borrowed money against the huge paintings by Marc Chagall hanging in its lobby.
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