Playlist: What Makes a Verdi Baritone? Sherrill Milnes and Quinn Kelsey Explain

There are baritones, and then there are Verdi baritones. They are the elite performers, athletes among baritones, thrilling their fans with blazing top notes and plumbing the depths of some of the most dramatically complex roles in opera.

Marcello Giordani, tenor of beauty and heft, dies at 56

Giordani had a heart attack at his home in Sicily.

Domingo withdraws from Met Opera after harassment reports

The opera legend indicated that he would never again perform at the Met.

‘No path is easy’: Black opera singers detail struggles

More than 60 years after Marian Anderson broke the color barrier at the Met, Black singers still face unique obstacles within the opera industry. “We’ve made some strides, but not a whole lot,” said Professor Naomi Andre.

Multiple women say opera star Domingo sexually harassed them

For decades, Plácido Domingo has tried to pressure women into sexual relationships by dangling jobs and then sometimes punishing the women professionally when they refused his advances, numerous accusers told The Associated Press.

Met Opera ticket sales improve slightly off 2015-16 low

Gelb said the season that ended Saturday saw 69 percent of box office revenue capacity realized, up from 67 percent in each of the previous two seasons and a low of 66 percent in 2015-16.

WFMT takes NYC | Postcards from Host Peter van de Graaff

Another fantastic trip with Earthbound Expeditions and WFMT!

Soprano Lisette Oropesa wins Beverly Sills Artist Award

The 35-year-old made her Met debut in 2006 as a Woman of Crete in Mozart’s Idomeneo. She is scheduled to sing the title role next season in Massenet’s Manon and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.

Metropolitan Opera fetes Plácido Domingo golden anniversary

Plácido Domingo has starred on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera for a whopping 50 years — and is still singing, amazingly, at age 78.

Judge dismisses some of Levine’s claims against Met Opera

A New York judge on Tuesday dismissed portions of a lawsuit filed by former Metropolitan Opera music director James Levine against the company last year.

Met Opera to hire all-black chorus for ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Metropolitan Opera will hire an all-black outside chorus next season for its first presentation in nearly three decades of the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.

Plácido Domingo feted at Met Opera for his 50th anniversary

After portraying dozens of characters over a half-century on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, Plácido Domingo got emotional being himself.

Meet the pianist and statesman who helped secure Poland’s independence

Few other star concert pianists can boast that they fought for — and helped win — their country’s independence.

Nico Muhly scores with second commission from Met

NEW YORK (AP) — Ten years ago at age 27, Nico Muhly became the youngest composer ever to have a piece commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. “It was completely terrifying,” Muhly said of the offer from Met general manager Peter Gelb to write “Two Boys” for America’s leading opera house. As with any commission he gets, he said, “It’s not …

Met Opera reaches deals with unions for singers, musicians

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera says it has reached labor agreements with two of its largest unions but has not said whether the deals will allow regular Sunday performances for the first time. Met spokesman Tim McKeough said Friday agreements were reached with the American Guild of Musical Artists, which represents principal singers, choristers and production personnel; and …

Levine fired by Met after it finds evidence of sexual abuse

The company says “it would be inappropriate and impossible for Mr. Levine to continue to work at the Met.”

How Soprano Rosa Ponselle Went from the Small Town of Meriden, CT to the Metropolitan Opera

A seemingly medieval castle overlooks the town of Meriden, Connecticut, where crystal waterfalls tumble down stony hillsides. This is where the great soprano Rosa Ponselle, whose voice has been described as one of the “most beautiful of the century,” was born.

Playlist: 10 Shakespeare-Inspired Operas You Should Know

If “Music oft hath such a charm / To make bad good, and good provoke to harm,” perhaps these 10 Shakespeare-inspired operas will charm you.

Soprano Nadine Sierra wins 2017 Richard Tucker Award

Soprano Nadine Sierra has won the 2017 Richard Tucker Award, dubbed the Heisman Trophy of opera.

Hearing George Shirley, the Met’s First Black Tenor, Sing Mozart Will Melt Your Heart

In 2015, former President Barack Obama awarded Shirley with the National Medal of Arts.

James Levine Named Ravinia Conductor Laureate

James Levine, recently retired music director of the Metropolitan Opera, has been named conductor laureate of the Ravinia Festival.

10 US Presidents Who Changed Music in America, According to White House Historical Society Director Emerita

Elise K. Kirk, emerita director of the White House Historical Society, highlights ten US presidents who changed music in America through the music they presented at the White House.

Bieito’s manager: Met decision ‘cruel and disappointing’

NEW YORK (AP) — The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel his production of Verdi’s La forza del destino is “cruel and disappointing.” Met General Manager Peter Gelb said Friday he had dropped the staging from the company’s 2016-17 schedule to save about $1 million. The staging, a co-production with the English National …

Tenor Javier Camarena on His History-Making Met Encore

Tenor Javier Camarena made history on March 12, 2016, when he performed an encore during a performance of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at the Metropolitan Opera, making him one of three singers to offer encores so in the company’s recent history. He spoke about performing the encore, the music itself, and other exciting moments in his career in anticipation of his upcoming performance in …

Why Mezzo-Soprano Alice Coote Would ‘Die for Music’

A life in opera may seem all glamour and glitter. But, when the curtain falls and audience members leave the opera house, they rarely think of how difficult life can be for a singer.