At top of opera, Yoncheva worries about classical music

In a bid to shape projects and bolster opera’s audience, Yoncheva is launching her own record label.

Stream a Documentary About Superstar Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Yannick Nézet-Séguin is one of classical music’s most exciting and intriguing figures. Get to know him through a streaming documentary.

Chicago-born opera stars Janai Brugger & Matthew Polenzani trade hometown tales, tips for singing on camera

Tenor Matthew Polenzani reflects that “there are definitely pieces where what’s required dramatically in a hall of 4,000 seats is different from what’s required dramatically on a screen.”

Met Opera season had no COVID cancellations but sales down

The Metropolitan Opera sold 56% of ticket dollar capacity this season as it returned from a 1 1/2-year absence.

Met moves Donizetti opera to decaying American town

Call it bel canto in the Rust Belt.

Dropped by Met, Netrebko to sing at Monte Carlo Opera

Anna Netrebko will sing the title role in Puccini’s Manon Lescaut.

For Soprano Ailyn Pérez, New Opera Roles and New Marriage

For soprano Ailyn Pérez, being rejected by the man she loves is all part of the job. But offstage, she is planning her wedding to bass Soloman Howard.

Renée Fleming to portray Pat Nixon at Paris Opera in 2023

The John Adams opera Nixon in China will have eight performances at the Bastille in March and April.

10 Woman Conductors You Should Know

Though there is a long way still to go, today’s stages are richer because these pioneering conductors are on them.

Anna Netrebko out of Met Opera over her support of Putin

Peter Gelb, Met Opera’s general manager, says it’s “a great artistic loss for the Met.” But with what’s happening in Ukraine, Gelb said there was ”no way forward.”

Verdi’s ‘Don Carlos’ arrives at Met Opera in original French

The version is largely based on the 1867 rehearsals and Paris Opéra premiere, including long-lost sections rediscovered in the late 1960s by David Rosen and Andrew Porter.

Met Opera shares 2022-23 season, Netrebko not in ‘Lohengrin’

Netrebko withdraws from a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Metropolitan Opera that is among seven new stagings the company announced for its 2022-23 season.

San Francisco Opera will debut Adams’ ‘Antony and Cleopatra’

John Adams’ version of Antony and Cleopatra will have its world premiere on the opening weekend of the San Francisco Opera’s 100th season.

Met Opera to present Blanchard’s ‘Champion’ in April 2023

The staging follows the success of the composer Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones on the opening night of this season.

Opera’s Newest Voice: Meet Debra Lew Harder, the New Host of the Met Broadcasts

After nearly two years, Metropolitan Opera live broadcasts are back. With their revival comes the arrival of a new host: Debra Lew Harder.

Nézet-Séguin to take 4 weeks off from conducting

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is taking a four-week sabbatical from conducting after a busy autumn and ahead of a challenging second half of the season.

Bass-Baritone Ryan Speedo Green Ready for Operatic Stardom

This Met Opera season alone has been an impressive run of roles for Ryan Speedo Green, whose bass-baritone voice and charismatic stage presence unfailingly impress critics and audiences.

Met returns with 1st work by a Black composer in its history

Fire Shut Up in My Bones became the first work by a Black composer in the 138-year history of the Metropolitan Opera as the company presented its first staged performance since March 2020 following a gap caused by the coronavirus.

Met Opera to Stage Anthony Davis’ ‘X’ on Malcolm X in 2023

The Met says X will open on Nov. 3, 2023, in a staging by Robert O’Hara that will be conducted by Kazem Abdullah. Will Liverman will star in the title role.

Met’s 9/11 Anniversary: Music Can Help Mend Wounds of 20 Years Ago and Today

Matthew Polenzani, one of the artists performing at the Met’s Verdi Requiem commemorative concerts on the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, reflects on why music can help us heal.

Met Opera and orchestra reach deal, allowing season to start

The Metropolitan Opera reached a four-year agreement with the union for its orchestra, the last major deal needed for the company to resume performances following a 1 1/2-year layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Met Opera stagehands to return to work after lockout

Stagehands at the Metropolitan Opera planned to return to work Wednesday after recommending their union ratify a new labor contract negotiated following a lockout that started last year.

Born to Conduct: Film charts Met music director’s ascent

A new documentary charts the rise of Metropolitan Opera Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin from a school stage to chief conductor at one of the world’s great opera houses.

Met Opera deal allows solo singer fees cut by up to 12.7%

The Metropolitan Opera would be able to cut the fees of its highest-paid individual singers by 12.7% under a pending four-year contract with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Playlist: Soprano Ailyn Pérez Shares the Music and Singers Close to Her Heart

Chicago native soprano Ailyn Pérez speaks to us about some of her favorite Latin American and Spanish music and shares a playlist of influential singers and music.

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