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  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
    High Notes on the High Line: The Mile-Long OperaVernacular voices strung like Christmas lights along an elevated park.
  4. opera review
    Opera Review: Anna Netrebko, an Old-Style Diva, in AidaBut really, the Met Opera needs to eliminate the brownface.
  5. q&a
    ‘Phenomenal Levels of Denial and Arrogance’: Heidi Waleson on City Opera’s End“It was loony.”
  6. book excerpt
    How Hiring a Superstar Wrecked New York City OperaThe board thought Gerard Mortier would save the company. Instead, its promises to him doomed it.
  7. 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.”
  8. fall preview 2018
    37 Classical and Dance Performances to See This FallEmma Portner, Nico Muhly, Julia Wolfe, Trisha Brown, and more.
  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: Semiramide, a Gorgeous Relic of the 1890s and 1990sAngela Meade glides through one musical triple lutz after another.
  12. opera review
    Opera Review: A Parsifal Even the Wagner-Phobic Can EnjoyIncluding a long-overdue Met debut.
  13. 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.
  14. theater review
    Two Critics Review One Show: Farinelli and the KingA musical play about opera, reviewed by our theater and classical-music critics.
  15. 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.
  16. classical music
    Barbara Hannigan Is a Soprano Who Doesn’t Stand StillA soprano who conducts orchestras with her entire physical being.
  17. opera review
    Opera Review: Surrealism Explored in The Exterminating AngelLuis Buñuel’s 1962 satire is adapted for the stage.
  18. opera review
    Opera Review: A Triple Dose of Expert MonteverdiFor the composer’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner conducts.
  19. opera review
    Three Unconventional Operas, Three Degrees of SuccessCrossing, My Lai, and Blank Out all work the dynamic edge of what an opera can be.
  20. the metropolitan opera
    A Gloomy, Ragey Norma at the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening NightLots of murk and bark.
  21. high art
    Brace Yourself and Your Sink For the Mother! OperaLet’s consider the possibilities!
  22. It’s Alive! A Don Giovanni Where Even the Sets PerformAt Mostly Mozart, an opera that doesn’t skimp on theatrical power.
  23. Operas From Small to Large That Bring Winter HeatFiery music and song.
  24. Joyce DiDonato, at Carnegie and Her Vocal PeakMolto mezzo.
  25. L’amour de loin Is Iridescently BeautifulThe first opera by a woman to be staged at the Met since 1903.
  26. What Happened to New Opera at the Met?Living composers are trickier than dead ones. But they’re also necessary.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. the notorious rbg
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Make Her Opera DebutIn Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment.
  30. opera review
    Opening Night at the Met: Tired Tropes in Tristan und IsoldeIt takes stamina.
  31. opera news
    Ecce Homo Jesus Painting to Get Its Own OperaJesus is gonna watch it from Heaven with his dead, black rabbit eyes.
  32. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest As an Opera? Really?How did Gerald Barry do that?
  33. The Controlled Fury of the Met’s ElektraThe new production, originally directed by Patrice Chereau, finds strength in subtlety.
  34. classical music
    The Metropolitan Opera’s James Levine to RetireHe’ll step down at the end of the current season.
  35. opera review
    Opera Review: The Met’s Glamorous Roberto DevereuxHigh-energy cast, high-voltage conducting.
  36. opera review
    Opera Review: Superior Singing Saves a Buggy Manon Lescaut“A closed-eyes special.”
  37. opera
    Opera Review: The Met’s Maria StuardaRadvanovsky holds her own against the sopranos of record.
  38. opera
    City Opera, With an Originalist Tosca, Rises From Its DeathbedA new hope.
  39. Opera Review: Dog Days Is ‘Intolerable and Superb’“Super-operatic energy.”
  40. carmen
    Hear Carmen Played on Everyday ObjectsIt’s like the theme song to Home Improvement. Just … opera!
  41. opera
    Justin Davidson on Peter Gelb’s Operatic Tyranny“Gelb has only his own judgment to fall back on, and nobody to tell him when it’s flawed.”
  42. video games
    Listen to an Opera About Super Mario Bros.Jon and Al Kaplan turn the lowest-brow tenant of pop culture into a highbrow pursuit.
  43. clickables
    Watch a Few Highlights From Anna Nicole, the Opera“Jimmy Choooos!”
  44. opera
    Last Night at the Opera: Technology FailThe set for the Met’s “Ring” Cycle misbehaves.
  45. bummers
    Alan Moore Quits Damon Albarn OperaBoo.
  46. impending disasters
    What Disaster Will Befall Terry Gilliam’s Upcoming Opera?We hope the English National Opera has fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, and asteroid insurance.
  47. opera
    The Met Gets a $30 Million GiftUnfortunately, this might not keep the fat lady from singing.
  48. chat room
    Gordon Gietz Plays The NoseThe tenor talks about his unorthodox Metropolitan Opera debut.
  49. 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.
  50. 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.”
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