December 18, 2014

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Features: Opera Features

Soviet Affair
17 Nov 2014
With its bold musical vision and frank eroticism, Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk incurred the wrath of none other than Joseph Stalin himself. The composer’s opera of adultery and murder returns to the Met with Eva-Maria Westbroek in the leading role.

Levine’s Full Docket
30 Oct 2014
After a testing-the-waters return season last year, Music Director James Levine now embarks on a jam-packed 2014–15 schedule of six operas, three Met Orchestra concerts, and a pair of recitals with the Met Chamber Ensemble.

Golden Glow
15 Oct 2014 -- In his new production of Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by James Levine, director Richard Eyre brings to the fore the sensuality of Mozart’s shimmering masterpiece.

The New Girl
15 Apr 2014 -- Olga Peretyatko makes her Met debut this month as Elvira in Bellini’s I Puritani (with none other than her husband, conductor Michele Mariotti, on the podium).

Together Again
24 Mar 2014 -- Patricia Racette and Marcelo Álvarez reunite for this month’s revival of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier. They tell the Met’s Charles Sheek about portraying love in times of revolution.

Perfect Match
24 Feb 2014 -- Jonas Kaufmann brings his celebrated portrayal of Werther to the Met for the first time in Richard Eyre’s new production. The tenor star tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler why Massenet and Goethe are such a good fit.

Back With a Vengeance
02 Jan 2014 -- James Levine’s momentous comeback this season after a two-year injury hiatus is already the stuff of legend.

Having a Ball
10 Dec 2013 -- Jeremy Sams, creator of the Met’s hit Baroque pastiche The Enchanted Island, returns to the company this month to direct a new English-language production of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus, opening New Year’s Eve. He explains why the piece “dances from beginning to end.”

Drama Queen
07 Nov 2013 -- Christine Goerke returns to the Met this month as the Dyer’s Wife in the highly anticipated revival of Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten. She tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about diving headlong into some of the most challenging dramatic soprano roles in the rep.

The Masked Ball
25 Oct 2013 -- Nico Muhly’s haunting new opera, Two Boys, conjures the early days of the Internet to explore ideas of identity, disguise, and the timeless need to forge personal connections.

15 Oct 2013 -- AOL On Network Launches NYCB Documentary Series This Fall

The Comeback Kid
03 Oct 2013 -- After two years off recuperating from a serious back injury, Music Director James Levine tells Matt Dobkin he’s as excited as audiences for his eagerly anticipated return.

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