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BWW Review: Big Nose, Big Heart, Big Performance from Roberto Alagna as Met's CYRANO BWW Review: Big Nose, Big Heart, Big Performance from Roberto Alagna as Met's CYRANO
by Richard Sasanow - May 07, 2017

I first heard tenor Roberto Alagna in the days when he was being touted as “The 4th Tenor”—chutzpah that only a record company could come up with, placing him in the hallowed company of Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti. Fast forward more than 20 years and he's still here. As Cyrano, the soldier-poet ... (more...)
Roberto Alagna to Star in CYRANO DE BERGERAC at the Met Opera, 5/2 Roberto Alagna to Star in CYRANO DE BERGERAC at the Met Opera, 5/2
by BWW News Desk - April 14, 2017

Roberto Alagna adds a new role to his extensive Met repertory with his first performances as the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac, opening May 2. Marco Armiliato conducts the revival of Alfano's rarely performed opera, which will be staged for four performances through Saturday, May 13. America... (more...)
Review Roundup: NYC Opera's LA CAMPANA SOMMERSA Review Roundup: NYC Opera's LA CAMPANA SOMMERSA
by BWW News Desk - April 03, 2017

New York City Opera continued the season with a rare production of Ottorino Respighi's 1927 opera La Campana Sommersa (The Sunken Bell).... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change For CYRANO DE BERGERAC Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Change For CYRANO DE BERGERAC
by BWW News Desk - April 02, 2017

Jennifer Rowley will sing the role of Roxane in all performances of Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Met this season, replacing Patricia Racette, who has withdrawn from the run due to an abdominal hernia.... (more...)
Anna Netrebko to Star in Puccini's MANON LESCAUT at the Met, Tonight Anna Netrebko to Star in Puccini's MANON LESCAUT at the Met, Tonight
by BWW News Desk - November 14, 2016

Anna Netrebko will add a new role to her wide-ranging Met repertory tonight through December 3 when she sings her first company performances of the seductive, tragic heroine of Puccini's Manon Lescaut.Marcelo Álvarez makes his role debut as Manon's obsessed lover des Grieux, with Christopher Maltman... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Update for MANON LESCAUT Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Update for MANON LESCAUT
by BWW News Desk - July 01, 2016

In order to conserve her vocal energies in a season that has included numerous performances of demanding repertory, Anna Netrebko has withdrawn from three of her eight scheduled performances of the title role in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Met next season. In her place, Kristine Opolais—who starr... (more...)
Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Update for IL TROVATORE Metropolitan Opera Announces Cast Update for IL TROVATORE
by BWW News Desk - February 03, 2016

Antonello Palombi will sing Manrico in tonight's performance of Verdi's Il Trovatore, replacing Marcello Giordani, who is ill.... (more...)
Met Opera Announces IL TROVATORE Cast Update Met Opera Announces IL TROVATORE Cast Update
by BWW News Desk - December 23, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore-February 3, 6, 9, and 13 matinee-due to his ongoing treatment for a brain tumor.... (more...)
Placido Domingo Will Miss First Five TOSCA Performances at the Met for Surgery Placido Domingo Will Miss First Five TOSCA Performances at the Met for Surgery
by BWW News Desk - October 14, 2015

Plácido Domingo, currently at the Met to conduct TOSCA, was admitted to the hospital yesterday, suffering from cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder. He is scheduled to undergo a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) early next week, and it is expected that this minimally in... (more...)
BWW Review: Sondra Radvanovsky Thrills in Met ANNA BOLENA BWW Review: Sondra Radvanovsky Thrills in Met ANNA BOLENA
by Richard Sasanow - October 12, 2015

The Met came late to the trio of Donizetti operas about British queens, when it finally mounted ANNA BOLENA mounted for Anna Netrebko in 2011. This was long after Beverly Sills made her deal with the devil, trading her voice for the cover of Time Magazine, by singing Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots... (more...)
BWW Review: Met Audience Goes Wild for Hvorostovsky at Season TROVATORE Premiere BWW Review: Met Audience Goes Wild for Hvorostovsky at Season TROVATORE Premiere
by Richard Sasanow - October 02, 2015

Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky hadn't even opened his mouth, as the Count di Luna, when the audience went wild at the season's premiere of Verdi's IL TROVATORE. It was as if he had just sung Sondheim's “I'm Still Here”--after announcing earlier this year that he had a brain tumor and was cance... (more...)
Taylor Stayton to Appear in Metropolitan Opera's ANNA BOLENA Tonight Taylor Stayton to Appear in Metropolitan Opera's ANNA BOLENA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - October 01, 2015

Taylor Stayton will sing the role of Percy in this evening's performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, replacing Stephen Costello, who is ill.... (more...)
Sondra Radvanovsky to Play Title Role in Met Opera's ANNA BOLENA Sondra Radvanovsky to Play Title Role in Met Opera's ANNA BOLENA
by BWW News Desk - September 24, 2015

This Saturday, September 26, American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky will begin her season-long quest to sing all three of the principal heroines in Donizetti's 'Tudor trilogy,' being presented in its entirety for the first time at the Met this season. In the first opera, Anna Bolena, Radvanovsky stars ... (more...)
Anna Netrebko to Lead Starry Cast of Verdi's IL TROVATORE at Met Opera Anna Netrebko to Lead Starry Cast of Verdi's IL TROVATORE at Met Opera
by BWW News Desk - September 15, 2015

Il Trovatore returns to the Met September 25, starring Anna Netrebko as the heroine Leonora in her long-awaited Met role debut. Dolora Zajick sings her signature role of the mysterious gypsy Azucena, with Yonghoon Lee as Manrico, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Manrico's rival Count di Luna, and Štefan Kocán... (more...)
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Returns to the Met for a Limited Run Following Brain Tumor Treatment Dmitri Hvorostovsky Returns to the Met for a Limited Run Following Brain Tumor Treatment
by BWW News Desk - September 02, 2015

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky Withdraws from Select Performance's of Met Opera's IL TROVATORE Due to Illness Dmitri Hvorostovsky Withdraws from Select Performance's of Met Opera's IL TROVATORE Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - September 02, 2015

Dmitri Hvorostovsky has withdrawn from three performances of Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Met this season, on October 7, 10, and 17. Hvorostovsky, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June, will sing the opening performances of the opera at the Met as scheduled (September 25 and 29, and October 3 ... (more...)
Jamie Barton Joins Cast of Metropolitan Opera's ANNA BOLENA Jamie Barton Joins Cast of Metropolitan Opera's ANNA BOLENA
by BWW News Desk - August 20, 2015

Jamie Barton will add a new role to her Met repertory this season when she sings Giovanna Seymour in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, replacing Elena Garana, who has withdrawn due to a death in her family.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATA BWW Reviews: Thrilling Violetta from Sonya Yoncheva Finds the Truth in Met LA TRAVIATA
by Richard Sasanow - January 19, 2015

For the second time in two seasons, casting has made me reconsider a Met production that I'd written off as past its expiration date. The first was Diana Damrau and Javier Camarena in Bellini's LA SONNAMBULA. This time around it's the wonderful Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva, who breathed new lif... (more...)
Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA Quinn Kelsey Set for Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - December 29, 2014

The role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata will be sung by American baritone Quinn Kelsey on January 14 and by Russian baritone Alexei Markov on January 17, 21, and 24, replacing Ludovic Tézier, who is continuing to recover from an illness.... (more...)
Quinn Kelsey Sings 'Giorgio Germont' in First Three Performances of the Met's LA TRAVIATA Quinn Kelsey Sings 'Giorgio Germont' in First Three Performances of the Met's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - December 11, 2014

American baritone Quinn Kelsey will sing the role of Giorgio Germont in the first three performances of La Traviata tonight, December 11 and December 16 & 19, replacing Ludovic Tézier who is ill. Tézier is expected to return to the role for the remaining performances.... (more...)
Stephen Costello Makes Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA Tonight Stephen Costello Makes Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 11, 2014

Tucker Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera this Today (Dec 11) to make his house role debut as Alfredo in La traviata, when he gives the first of five performances in Willy Decker's celebrated production. Costello has already sung Verdi's hero in high-profil... (more...)
Stephen Costello to Make Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA This Thursday Stephen Costello to Make Met Role Debut in LA TRAVIATA This Thursday
by BWW News Desk - December 08, 2014

Tucker Award-winning tenor Stephen Costello returns to New York's Metropolitan Opera this Thursday (Dec 11) to make his house role debut as Alfredo in La traviata, when he gives the first of five performances in Willy Decker's celebrated production. Costello has already sung Verdi's hero in high-pro... (more...)
Quinn Kelsey Set for Upcoming Performances of Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA Quinn Kelsey Set for Upcoming Performances of Metropolitan Opera's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - December 08, 2014

American baritone Quinn Kelsey will sing the role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi's La Traviata on December 22, 27 matinee, 30, January 7 and 10, replacing Ludovic Tézier, who is continuing to recover from an illness. Tézier is expected to return to the role January 14 for the opera's final four perform... (more...)
LA TRAVIATA Returns to the Met, 12/11 LA TRAVIATA Returns to the Met, 12/11
by BWW News Desk - December 02, 2014

La Traviata will return to the Met stage December 11 with two rotating casts of stars, all of whom are singing their first company performances of the principal roles. Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka, who made a notable debut as Donna Anna in the 2011 new production of Mozart's Don Giovanni, brings he... (more...)
Quinn Kelsey to Sing 'Giorgio Germont' in First Three Performances of the Met's LA TRAVIATA Quinn Kelsey to Sing 'Giorgio Germont' in First Three Performances of the Met's LA TRAVIATA
by BWW News Desk - November 26, 2014

American baritone Quinn Kelsey will sing the role of Giorgio Germont in the first three performances of La Traviata on December 11, 16, and 19, replacing Ludovic Tézier who is ill. Tézier is expected to return to the role for the remaining performances.... (more...)



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