Posts Tagged ‘Metropolitan Opera’

Apr. 28 2013

Julius Caesar re-invented

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Here’s an interesting factoid: our Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, goes to the opera. As I was walking out of the auditorium at the Metropolitan Opera at the end of Handel’s Giulio Cesare yesterday afternoon, there she suddenly was! We had noticed some security personnel during the second interval – their spiral earpieces and […]

Mar. 22 2013

My turn to play groupie!

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Judith recently had a wonderful fangirl moment with Emanuel Ax; now it’s my turn. For some years, I’ve been a devotee of Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s singing. Jim and I have seen him perform operatic roles, song cycles, and recitals, all brilliantly. I had the chance to interview “Dima” in 2002 when he was in town to […]

Feb. 18 2013

Verdi hits the jackpot in Vegas

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

Last Saturday, I attended the Metropolitan Opera’s HD broadcast of Rigoletto at the Charles Theater. I was delighted to see that there wasn’t an empty seat in the room and the audience demographic ranged from high school to retirement age. As a fan of Rat Pack-era design, I was pretty excited about seeing this production, which […]

Oct. 15 2012

Wonderful Town, Indeed: Our Top 5 New York Recs

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | 4 Comments

When Jim and I go out of town, we often get away to it all rather than from it all. As such, New York is one of our favorite vacation spots. Here are our Top 5 NYC recs! 5. Take the subway or walk whenever possible. Both will afford you a wealth of people-watching opportunities! […]

Apr. 28 2012

05/05/12 – The Makropulos Case – 1:00pm

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By Leoš Janáček Librettist: Leoš Janáček Sung in Czech   Approximate running time 2 hrs. 40 min. Count on a tour-de-force performance from Karita Mattila in Janácek’s absorbing drama of a diva’s supernatural fight against her destiny. Czech expert Jirí Behlolávek conducts. Cast Conductor: Jiri Belohlávek Emilia Marty: Karita Mattila Albert Gregor: Kurt Streit Jaroslav […]

Apr. 21 2012

04/28/12 – Die Walkürie – NOON

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By Richard Wagner Librettist: Richard Wagner Sung in German   Approximate running time 5 hrs. 10 min. The second installment of Robert Lepage’s new production of the Ring cycle, conducted by Fabio Luisi, features a stellar cast led by Bryn Terfel as Wotan, lord of the Gods, and Deborah Voigt as Brünnhilde. Jonas Kaufmann and […]

Apr. 14 2012

04/21/12 – Siegfried – NOON

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By Richard Wagner Librettist: Richard Wagner Sung in German   Approximate running time 5 hrs. 30 min.   In part three of the Ring, Wagner’s cosmic vision focuses on his hero’s early conquests, while Robert Lepage’s revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Jay Hunter Morris sings the title role […]

Apr. 07 2012

04/14/12 – La Traviata – 1:00pm

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By Giuseppe Verdi Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave Sung in Italian Approximate running time 2 hrs. 35 min. Natalie Dessay will put on the red dress in Willy Decker’s stunning production, in her first Violetta at the Met. Matthew Polenzani sings Alfredo, Dmitri Hvorostovsky is Germont, and Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. Cast […]

Apr. 06 2012

Une Voyageuse Fabuleux

By Dyana Neal | Posted in Host Blogs | No Comments

    The Charles Theater is presenting The Metropolitan Opera’s live HD broadcast of Massenet’s Manon tomorrow & I’ll be on hand to greet audience members, hand out “swag”, & enjoy the show. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday, right? It gets better. Sara Stewart, a wonderful, talented woman who’s a member of […]

Apr. 01 2012

Breathing the same air

By Judith Krummeck | Posted in Host Blogs | 4 Comments

It was a first for me.  I have never before been to the opera when a singer gave an encore of an aria in the middle of the performance.  I guess it depends on the opera, and an opera buffa certainly lends itself to it more than, say, Wagner’s Ring Cycle!  Well, if you were […]

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