20 (PLUS) QUESTIONS WITH: Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard
17 Apr 2013 The fast-rising mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard adds another remarkable accomplishment to a growing list of stellar achievements with the announcement this week that she has won the 2013 Richard Tucker Award, often referred to as the “Heisman Trophy of Opera.”
10 Apr 2013 Robert Lepage’s landmark
production of Wagner’s
epic Ring cycle is back on
the Met stage this spring—
with Deborah Voigt and Jay
Hunter Morris reprising their
acclaimed performances as
Brünnhilde and Siegfried.
13 Mar 2013 -- Fresh from her triumph as Gilda in the new production of Rigoletto,
Diana Damrau takes on the title role of Verdi’s La Traviata for the first
time in her career, opposite none other than Plácido Domingo. She tells
the Met’s Philipp Brieler about discovering opera, singing Verdi—and
why Gilda is like “Violetta’s little sister.”
The Two Faces of Faust
04 Mar 2013 -- Piotr Beczala, who sings the title role of Gounod’s Faust for the first time at the Met, talks with Charles Sheek about capturing the dual sides of the character through both voice and movement.
08 Feb 2013 -- Tenor Jonas Kaufmann takes on Wagner’s questing hero Parsifal for the first time at the Met, in a new production of the opera director François Girard calls “a sacred piece in the history of music.”
New Girl in Town: Kristine Opolais
17 Jan 2013 -- Over the last few seasons, Kristine Opolais has won raves across Europe. Now the Latvian soprano arrives at the Met as Magda in Puccini’s La Rondine. She tells Philipp Brieler why she loves this opera—and what Coco Chanel has to do with it.
Q&A With Ricky Ian Gordon
09 Jan 2013 -- The Dessoff Choirs will be presenting WORDPLAY, a Mid-Winter festival in various venues around New York City from January 15 through March 16. The festival kicks off on January 15 with Movable Type, a choral concert that pays tribute to the poetry of Harlem Renaissance author and poet, Langston Hughes.
Barber Gets a Makeover
17 Dec 2012 -- Razor-sharp and just two
hours long, the Met’s English-language holiday presentation of The Barber of Seville is a rollicking comedy the whole family can enjoy. J. D. McClatchy, the man who did the adaptation- translation, explains the process of transforming Rossini’s Italian classic into a special holiday treat.
05 Dec 2012 -- Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece Maria Stuarda has its Met premiere on New Year’s Eve—a true cause for celebration, according to star Joyce DiDonato and director David McVicar.
21 Nov 2012 -- Elına Garanca, who stars as Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito this month, tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about singing Mozart, her character’s conflicting emotions, and the unexpected challenges of playing a man.
Light and Dark
01 Nov 2012 -- With his new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, set in a cinematic Swedish atmosphere, director David Alden aims to integrate the stylistic paradoxes of Verdi’s endlessly intriguing opera.