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BWW Reviews: Kristine Opolais' BUTTERFLY Spreads Its Glorious Wings at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Apr 21, 2014

By this time in the Met's season, audiences can be a little “been there, done that”--but not when it came to Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais, singing the title role in Puccini's MADAMA BUTTERFLY for the first time in New York. They nearly stormed the stage when she came out for her curtain call, and with good reason. She was spectacular. (more...)

James Levine Returns to the Met to Conduct Three Operas; Full Season Announced Including Nico Muhly, Craig Lucas, Bartlett Sher & More!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, including six new productions, of a varied repertory that ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium for the first time in two years, conducting three operas with which he has long been associated: a new production of Verdi's final masterpiece Falstaff, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and Berg's Wozzeck. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be conducting two operas in the 2013-14 season, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (more...)

Metropolitan Opera 2013/2014 Season to Feature FALSTAFF, DIE FLEDERMAUS, PRINCE IGOR and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, including six new productions, of a varied repertory that ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium for the first time in two years, conducting three operas with which he has long been associated: a new production of Verdi's final masterpiece Falstaff, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and Berg's Wozzeck. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be conducting two operas in the 2013-14 season, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (more...)

The Met's 2013-14 Season to Feature 26 Operas, With 6 New Productions, Including a U.S. Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2013

The Metropolitan Opera's 2013-14 season will feature many of the world's greatest singers, conductors, and theater artists in 26 operas, including six new productions, of a varied repertory that ranges from the Baroque era to the 21st century. Met Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium for the first time in two years, conducting three operas with which he has long been associated: a new production of Verdi's final masterpiece Falstaff, Mozart's Cosi fan tutte, and Berg's Wozzeck. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi will be conducting two operas in the 2013-14 season, Rossini's La Cenerentola and Puccini's Madama Butterfly. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Redemption for the Metropolitan Opera's New PARSIFAL Is in the Music
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 20, 2013

There used to be an ad campaign from a New York bakery company, “You don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's rye bread.” Well, a similar statement could be made about Richard Wagner's final opera (or as he called it, a büenenweihfestspiel , or “a festival play for the consecration of the stage”): You don't have to be Christian to love PARSIFAL, with its themes of redemption, honor and loyalty. It is a unique experience, regardless of one's faith, because the music's the thing. And I'd follow the cast, orchestra and chorus of the Metropolitan Opera's new production anywhere. Heard at the opera's second performance of the season, February 18, they were superb. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek at Jonas Kaufmann and More in PARSIFAL at the Met
by Stage Tube - Feb 13, 2013

The new production of PARSIFAL opens in just 2 days! Jonas Kaufmann stars alongside Katarina Dalayman, Peter Mattei, Evgeny Nikitin, and Rene Pape. Daniele Gatti conducts. Check out a sneak peek of Francois Girard's new production below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Interview and Behind-the-Scenes With Director François Girard of Wagner's PARSIFAL at the Met
by Stage Tube - Feb 07, 2013

Jonas Kaufmann will sing the title role in a new staging of Wagner's final opera, Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Francois Girard in his Met debut. BroadwayWorld has a behind-the-scenes interview with Director, Francois Girard. Check it out below. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Jonas Kaufmann and More in Wagner's PARSIFAL at the Metropolitan Opera
by BWW News Desk - Feb 07, 2013

Jonas Kaufmann will sing the title role in a new staging of Wagner's final opera, Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Francois Girard in his Met debut. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the production below. (more...)

Jonas Kaufmann Sings the Title Role in a New Production of PARSIFAL for the Metropolitan Opera
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2013

Jonas Kaufmann will sing the title role in a new staging of Wagner's final opera, Parsifal,conducted by Daniele Gatti and directed by Francois Girard in his Met debut. The new production of Wagner's transcendent masterpiece will open February 15 with an extraordinary cast of Wagnerian stars, including Katarina Dalayman as the mysterious Kundry; Peter Mattei in his role debut as Amfortas, the wounded King of the Knights of the Holy Grail; Rene Pape as the wise knight Gurnemanz; Evgeny Nikitin as the evil Klingsor; and Runi Brattaberg in his Met debut as Titurel, Amfortas's father. The production team for Girard's staging includes set designer Michael Levine, costume designer Thibault Vancraenenbroeck, lighting designer David Finn, video designer Peter Flaherty, choreographer Carolyn Choa, and dramaturg Serge Lamothe. The Saturday, March 2 matinee performance of Parsifal will be transmitted worldwide as part of the Met's Live in HD series, which is now seen in more than 1,900 movie theaters in 64 countries around the world. (more...)

Madama Butterfly Returns to the Met 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Dec 05, 2011

Anthony Minghella's celebrated production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly will return to the Met for 12 performances beginning December 5. (more...)

Madama Butterfly Returns to the Met 12/5
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2011

Anthony Minghella's celebrated production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly will return to the Met for 12 performances beginning December 5. (more...)

Seven New Productions Headline Met Opera's 2011-12 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera's 2011-12 season will feature the world's leading singers, conductors, and stage directors in seven new productions, including a world premiere, a Met premiere, and the first complete performances of a new Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Lepage. (more...)

Seven New Productions Headline Met Opera's 2011-12 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera's 2011-12 season will feature the world's leading singers, conductors, and stage directors in seven new productions, including a world premiere, a Met premiere, and the first complete performances of a new Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Lepage. (more...)

Minghella Directed 'Madama Butterfly' Returns to the Stage Starting 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2008

The Met's acclaimed production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, directed by the late Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella, returns to the stage for twelve performances beginning Friday, October 24, 2008. Reprising their portrayals in the production this season are sopranos Patricia Racette and Cristina Gallardo-Domâs in the title role, tenors Roberto Aronica and Marcello Giordani as Pinkerton, and baritone Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. Patrick Summers conducts the opera for the first time at Met. (more...)

Minghella Directed 'Madama Butterfly' Returns to the Stage Starting 10/24
by BWW News Desk - Oct 10, 2008

The Met's acclaimed production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly, directed by the late Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella, returns to the stage for twelve performances beginning Friday, October 24, 2008. Reprising their portrayals in the production this season are sopranos Patricia Racette and Cristina Gallardo-Domâs in the title role, tenors Roberto Aronica and Marcello Giordani as Pinkerton, and baritone Dwayne Croft as Sharpless. Patrick Summers conducts the opera for the first time at Met. (more...)

'Madama Butterfly' Returns to The Met for 6 Shows, Broadcast
by BWW News Desk - Oct 05, 2007

Following its sold-out run in 2006, Academy Award-winning director Anthony Minghella's acclaimed production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly returns to the Met for only six performances, beginning Monday, October 8, 2007. (more...)

2006 Olivier Awards Nominations Released, Billy Elliot and Guys & Dolls Lead Pack
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2006

The nominations have been released for the 2006 Laurence Olivier Awards. The ceremony for this year's awards will take place at the Park Lane Hilton on February, 2006. Leading the pack this year are Billy Elliot with nine nominations, and Guys and Dolls with eight. (more...)

Minghella's Sold-Out Madam Butterfly Returns to ENO, Spring '06
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2005

Anthony Minghella's production of Madam Butterfly is sold out, but will return to the English National Opera in spring of 2006 (more...)

Minghella Stages Madam Butterfly at ENO, Nov 5-Dec 13
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2005

Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Anthony Minghella will stage a new version of the classic Puccini opera Madam Butterfly at the English National Opera; it will run from November 5th to December 13th (more...)