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Features: Opera Features

Back In Time
11 Feb 2015
The English Concertís Artistic Director Harry Bicket discusses the challenges and rewards of performing Baroque operas.

Making "Merry"
26 Jan 2015
Star and director of the Met's new production of The Merry Widow spoke with Matt Dobkin about the enduring charms of LehŠrís enchanting operetta.

Reclaiming Bel Canto
23 Jan 2015 -- Filled with vocal pyrotechnics, infectious melodies, and riveting drama, bel canto operas like Rossiniís The Barber of Seville have delighted audiences for more than 200 years.

In the Mind of a Diva
15 Jan 2015 -- She is a self-proclaimed storyteller - not only on opera stages in her trademark bel canto roles, but in candid conversation as well. Joyce DiDonato speaks from the heart, recounting her youth in Kansas and the role her upbringing has played in the evolution of her acclaimed career.

The Conversation: Broadway Baby
09 Jan 2015 -- On New Yearís Eve, Kelli OíHara made her Met debut in Susan Stromanís new production of The Merry Widow. During rehearsals last November, O'Hara told the Metís Philipp Brieler about bridging the worlds of musical theater and opera.

Double Vision
31 Dec 2014 -- Anna Netrebko and Nadja Michael star in the new double bill of Tchaikovskyís Iolanta and Bartůkís Bluebeardís Castle óboth directed by Mariusz Treliński, whose cinematic approach nods to the powerful emotional currents simmering under the surface of both operas.

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

Levineís Full Docket
30 Oct 2014 -- After a testing-the-waters return season last year, Music Director James Levine now embarks on a jam-packed 2014Ė15 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 Mozartís 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 Eyreís new production. The tenor star tells the Metís Philipp Brieler why Massenet and Goethe are such a good fit.

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