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Features: Opera Features

The Wit and Wisdom of Susan Graham
10 Jun 2015
The star mezzo returns to the Met this month in the title role of Susan Stroman’s new production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow. She tells the Met’s Philipp Brieler about opera, operetta, and her “gift of gab.”

Both Sides Now
28 May 2015
In his new production of opera’s most popular double bill, opening April 14, Sir David McVicar emphasizes the differences of Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci, revealing additional dimensions in each work in the process.



Back In Time
11 Feb 2015 -- The English Concert’s 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 Lehár’s enchanting operetta.

Reclaiming Bel Canto
23 Jan 2015 -- Filled with vocal pyrotechnics, infectious melodies, and riveting drama, bel canto operas like Rossini’s 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 Year’s Eve, Kelli O’Hara made her Met debut in Susan Stroman’s new production of The Merry Widow. During rehearsals last November, O'Hara told the Met’s 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 Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle —both 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, 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).

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