Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Met

Last week I attended the recent MET revival of Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg alone. My wife declined to join me, insisting that she could not bear hearing endless…

An Akhnaten for our times from the Metropolitan Opera

Philip Glass’s major operas are hardly well represented on CD. Indeed, until recently only a single recording of each of Satyagraha and Akhnaten was available – and in the case…

Met Stars Live in Concert: Three Divas

From Four Wagnerians to Three Divas; from the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden to the 250-year-old theatre of Opéra Royal du Château de Versailles.  And, for Christine Goerke, from the opera stage…

Wagnerians Live in Concert

So, after months of serving as the immensely professional, amiable and modest host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Met Stars Live in Concert series, soprano Christine Goerke finally got her own…

Met Stars Live in Concert: Sonya Yoncheva in Germany

At the start of The Metropolitan Opera’s most recent Met Stars Live in Concert broadcast, our genial host, Christine Goerke, introduced us to the Baroque Library of the Schussenried Cloister…

Anna Netrebko: Met Stars Live in Concert

The latest, and tenth, concert in the Met Stars Live series took us to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace complex.  The concert was once again genially hosted…

Met announces two-week schedule for Nightly Met Opera Streams

The Met has announced themed lineups for two weeks of its Nightly Met Opera Streams,a free series of encore Live in HD presentations and classic telecasts streamed on the company’s website during…

Sondra Radvanovsky and Piotr Beczała: Met Stars Live in Concert

January can be a dull and depressing month, and this year it is particularly difficult to keep faith that a light will eventually shine through the darkness.  But, a soul-lifting…

Tosca at the Met

?The 1917 Met Tosca production hung around for 50 years, bested by the 1925 San Francisco Opera production that lived to the ripe old age of 92.† The current Met production is just 2 years old but has the feel of something that can live forever.

Samson et Dalila at the Met

?It was the final performance of the premiere season of Darko Tresnjak’s production of Camille Saint-SaÎns’ Samson et Dalila. Four tenors later.†