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Features: Opera Features

Siren of the Seas
28 Dec 2015
Diana Damrau stars as the beautiful heroine of Bizet’s sumptuous Les Pęcheurs de Perles—returning to the Met for the first time in 100 years, in an inventive new production by Penny Woolcock.

Children and Art
25 Dec 2015
Notes on the opera Becoming Santa Claus

The Conversation: Great Scots
23 Dec 2015 -- This month’s revival of La Donna del Lago reunites Joyce DiDonato—who won raves for her portrayal of the title role last season—with Lawrence Brownlee, her original co-star when Paul Curran’s staging was first seen in Santa Fe in 2013. The two told the Met’s Philipp Brieler about delivering the high-flying vocal fireworks in Rossini’s Scotland-set drama.

Becoming Lulu
23 Nov 2015 -- Marlis Petersen brings her celebrated portrayal of Berg’s heroine back to the Met in William Kentridge’s production— her final performances of her signature role.

The Verdi Baritone
22 Nov 2015 -- Fresh from his celebrated run as Iago in the Met’s new Otello, Željko Lucˇ ic´ returns to the title role of Rigoletto this month in Michael Mayer’s Las Vegas–set production. He tells Philipp Brieler why Verdi has always been at the center of his career.

Object Of Desire
21 Nov 2015 -- The heroine of Berg’s Lulu captivates all who cross her path. Marlis Petersen in the title role— explores why all attempts to tame this so-called snake are doomed to fail.

Living for Art and Love – Puccini’s Musical Masterpiece – Tosca
20 Nov 2015 -- Tosca is, ultimately, the story of a woman who wants to create beauty and to love, but who isswept up in the storm of history.

A Word From The Librettist: Terrance McNally on Great Scott
19 Nov 2015 -- The Dallas Opera collaborates to create an "American" opera.

Tragic Dimension
08 Nov 2015 -- Verdi’s Othello—a masterpiece of reignited creativity from the composer’s final years—magnifies its Shakespearean source in the way only opera can, says Bartlett Sher, director of the Met’s season- opening new production.

Remembering Margaret Juntwait
06 Nov 2015 -- Listeners sensed her excitement about what might unfold on the storied Met stage, a curiosity and non-jadedness that, broadly speaking, mirrored her zest for the experience of life.

Queen For A Season
03 Nov 2015 -- Sondra Radvanovsky takes on all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens in a single season at the Met. The singer spoke to the Met’s Matt Dobkin about the challenges of her royal feat.

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.”

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