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Latest Metropolitan Opera Items
The Metropolitan Opera may have pretty much turned opening night over to the glamorous Anna Netrebko, but New Year's Eve belongs to a very different diva _ Joyce DiDonato.
Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." Some of the notables who died in 2012 created images in our minds that remained unchanged over decades.
For the first time since Rossini's most famous work was given its Metropolitan Opera premiere in 1883, "The Barber of Seville" is being presented by the company in English rather than Italian, a shortened holiday version intended to entice families during school break.
Marcello Giordani struggled mightily, his top notes effortful and thin. It turned out the tenor's third performance of Aeneas in the Metropolitan Opera's revival of Berlioz's "Les Troyens" would be his last.
With the right singers and musicians, opera doesn't need sets and costumes to be convincing.
"La Clemenza di Tito," written just months before Mozart's death in 1791, is a curiosity among his operas, a throwback to an archaic style he had moved beyond. But what a glorious throwback it is!
Talk about a high-powered collaboration: Artists from three of Lincoln Center's cultural institutions joining forces to perform one of Mozart's operatic masterpieces.
James Levine plans to return to the podium at the Metropolitan Opera in May following a two-year absence, conducting from a wheelchair following a fall last year that left him partially paralyzed.
Youth and experience both were well-served as the Metropolitan Opera revived Verdi's "Il Trovatore" for the first time this season: A young soprano made a promising debut, and a veteran mezzo twice her age stole the show.