BWW Review: Double, Double, Netrebko's Got No Trouble with MACBETH's Lady, in a Take-Charge PerformanceBWW Review: Double, Double, Netrebko's Got No Trouble with MACBETH's Lady, in a Take-Charge Performance
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 11, 2019

Five years ago, Anna Netrebko unveiled her take on Verdi's Lady Macbeth at the Met and wowed audiences from here to eternity. But since the first week of the Met season, she's brought her sexy, ebullient and take-no-prisoners Lady Macbeth back and showed that she's even better than ever--singing the pant (and the spots) off the role. (more...)

BWW Review: Laugh a Little, Cry a Little for Met's Well-Sung RIGOLETTOBWW Review: Laugh a Little, Cry a Little for Met's Well-Sung RIGOLETTO
by Richard Sasanow - Feb 18, 2019

No matter what one thinks of the Met's transfiguration of Verdi's RIGOLETTO from Francesco Maria Piave's Mantua to '60s Las Vegas--I personally like much of this “Rat Pack” production from director Michael Mayer--the singing at Saturday's performance [the second of the season] was first rate. (more...)

BWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Lyric Opera Of ChicagoBWW Review: LA TRAVIATA at Lyric Opera Of Chicago
by Emily McClanathan - Feb 17, 2019

As with most tales of doomed romance, Giuseppe Verdi's LA TRAVIATA highlights the contrasts between two social spheres and the difficulties faced by lovers who try to bridge this chasm. In this 1853 opera, based on a play by Alexandre Dumas, fils, the beautiful courtesan Violetta Valery (Albina Shagimuratova) tries to escape her past life among the hedonistic upper classes of Paris to settle down with her true love, Alfredo Germont (Giorgio Berrugi). After a brief period of bliss, the couple is driven apart by the strict bourgeois morality of Alfredo's family, in particular his father, who refuses to overlook Violetta's shameful past until she is on her deathbed. (more...)

BWW Review: Dudamel's Baptism by Fire Turns in a Solid, Throbbing OTELLO at the MetBWW Review: Dudamel's Baptism by Fire Turns in a Solid, Throbbing OTELLO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 17, 2018

Talk about baptism by fire! That's what Gustavo Dudamel--that wunderkind of the classical conducting world--faced as he reached the podium of the Met for the first time Friday night. Not only was he conducting Verdi's great opera, OTELLO, but he was doing so with a last-minute substitute in the title role. The result: All went well with the Met's production of the masterwork. (more...)

BWW Review: TOSCA at The Metropolitan OperaBWW Review: TOSCA at The Metropolitan Opera
by Peter Danish - Oct 28, 2018

BWW Review: TOSCA at Metropolitan Opera (more...)

Lyric Announces Guest Artists for Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary ConcertLyric Announces Guest Artists for Renée Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018

Lyric Opera of Chicago is pleased to announce the participation of several outstanding singers in the Renee Fleming 25th Anniversary Concert & Gala*, to honor and celebrate American soprano Renee Fleming's extraordinary commitment to Chicago and her unparalleled contributions to our art form. (more...)

BWW Review: Kaufmann Returns to the Met with a 'Heigh-ho Silver' in Puccini's FANCIULLA DEL WESTBWW Review: Kaufmann Returns to the Met with a 'Heigh-ho Silver' in Puccini's FANCIULLA DEL WEST
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 19, 2018

Anyone who was expecting the equivalent of Bette Midler's arrival as Dolly in the Harmonia Gardens when Jonas Kaufmann finally returned to the Met, on October 17, after four years and some high-profile cancellations, must have been wildly disappointed. Oh sure, Kaufmann looked like a glamorous buckaroo and compared to some of the star tenor misfires already this season at the Met, he had a triumph. (more...)

BWW Review: The Met's New TOSCA Tries for Beauty but DisappointsBWW Review: The Met's New TOSCA Tries for Beauty but Disappoints
by Richard Sasanow - Jan 5, 2018

The trials and tribulations of the Met's new take on Puccini's TOSCA have been well documented--with all three principals replaced along with two conductors--and it would be nice to be able to say that everything came out happily-ever-after. Alas. There's nothing wrong with the company's surprise-free new take on one of Italian opera's most famous works that a stronger director couldn't come in and cure. (more...)

Photo Flash: TOSCA Lives for Her Art at the MetPhoto Flash: TOSCA Lives for Her Art at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2017

Emmanuel Villaume will conduct the Met's new production of Puccini's Tosca, on December 31, 2017, and January 3, 6, 9, 12, 23, and 27, 2018, replacing James Levine. (more...)

BWW Review: Racette Strips to Essentials as Opera's Ultimate Mean Girl, SALOME, at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Dec 13, 2016

Despite some fine singing from soprano Patricia Racette (who also went the Full Monty in the title role), the Met's revival of Richard Strauss's SALOME was a little tame--something that it should never be. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 11/29/2015 - 12/6/2015
by BWW - Dec 6, 2015

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 11/29/2015 - 12/6/2015. (more...)

Nadine Sierra and More to Join Zeljko Lucic in RIGOLETTO, Beginning Tonight at the Met
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Tonight, December 2, Verdi's RIGOLETTO returns to the Met with a new cast of principals stepping into the 1960s Las Vegas setting of Michael Mayer's acclaimed production. (more...)

Nadine Sierra and More to Join Zeljko Lucic in RIGOLETTO at the Met This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2015

On Wednesday, December 2, Verdi's RIGOLETTO returns to the Met with a new cast of principals stepping into the 1960s Las Vegas setting of Michael Mayer's acclaimed production. (more...)

BWW Review: The Met's 'Ratpack' RIGOLETTO and the Art of Making Opera
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 23, 2015

The Met's production of Verdi's great opera RIGOLETTO, is often referred to as the 'Ratpack' version--because it is set in the Las Vegas days of Frank Sinatra and his high-living cronies. From its debut, it was a huge success for the company and with good cause. It was brilliantly conceived and sung, even though the title role seemed fuzzier than it usually is in the standard setting. But how would it stand up, season after season, I wondered, when the novelty wore off? The good news is that the production (excitingly designed by Christine Jones) not only remains effective and entertaining, but, in a key way, it is even better than at the premiere nearly three years ago. (more...)

BWW Review: The Diva Out-Divas the Diva in the Met's TOSCA
by Richard Sasanow - Nov 9, 2015

The title character in Puccini's TOSCA is the quintessential diva--a grand performer ('goddess' in Italian) who thinks the world revolves around her, particularly when it comers to her lover, painter Mario Cavaradossi. The same might be said for soprano Angela Gheorghiu, who used to be a top attraction at the Met, until cancellations and other prima donna-ish actions saw her fall from favor, despite her fine singing and acting skills. Well, she came back for two performances of her well-traveled (and -received) Floria Tosca and the result was, well, disappointing. (more...)

BWW Review: Yoncheva as Desdemona Shines in New Verdi OTELLO at the Met
by Richard Sasanow - Oct 7, 2015

When Verdi and Boito were writing their operatic version of Shakespeare's OTHELLO, they were competing with the already-successful (though less faithful) version written by Rossini and thought about calling their opera IAGO. After seeing Bartlett Sher's new production of the Verdi OTELLO, I wondered whether it might have been renamed DESDEMONA--because soprano Sonya Yoncheva gave the opera's most devastating and gorgeous performance. (more...)

Capitol Center for the Arts Sets MET: Live in HD Screenings for 2015-16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

The Capitol Center for the Arts is pleased to announce that it will present 11 productions in next season's Met: Live in HD series, beginning with Verdi's Il Trovatore on Saturday, October 3, at 12:55pm. Single tickets for this series are on sale now for $26 Adults; $22 Seniors/Met/CCA Members; and $15 Students. Season subscriptions are also available at $234 Adults; $198 Seniors/Met/CCA Members; and $135 students. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com for 3/15/2015 - 3/22/2015
by BWW - Mar 22, 2015

Hottest Articles on BWWOperaWorld.com from 3/15/2015 - 3/22/2015. (more...)

Zeljko Lucic Withdraws from the Met's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and AIDA Due to Illness
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2015

Željko Lucic has withdrawn from his spring Met engagements due to illness. In his place, George Gagnidze will sing Alfio in the new production of Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana. Gagnidze, who will also sing Tonio in Pagliacci as originally scheduled, will join Marcelo Álvarez in performing in both halves of the evening's double bill; Álvarez sings both Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. (more...)

Angela Meade Rings in the New Year with a Trio of Concerts
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2015

Soprano Angela Meade, the youngest singer ever featured on the cover of the “Diva Issue” of Opera News (November 2014), launches 2015 with a trio of high-profile events in January. She makes her eagerly awaited debut with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert in three performances of Verdi's Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall (Jan 15-17). Later in the month audiences have the opportunity to hear her star turn in the Richard Tucker Music Foundation's annual gala concert on aLive From Lincoln Center broadcast. “Richard Tucker Opera Gala: A New Century”, which was taped last October, airs on PBS on Friday, January 23, 2015. This weekend Meade is performing in a more intimate New York setting at the Morgan Library (Jan 11) where she shares the bill of a George London Recital with baritone Nicholas Pallesen, a fellow winner of the George London prize. (more...)

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