Metropolitan Opera

Let Us Now Praise Pharoah Sanders, Master of Sax

In A.B. Spellman’s essential 1966 book, <i>Four Lives in the Bebop Business</i>, Ornette Coleman said the following: “The best statements Negroes have made, …

Jazz

How Do You Train a Donkey to Be a Met Opera Performer?

Meet the live animals specially taught to learn music cues for La Bohème, Exterminating Angel, and more.<p>In many Met productions, the world’s finest …

The Arts

Two Operas With Nothing in Common, Except Exhausted Women

There could hardly be two operas less similar than “Thaïs” and “The Mother of Us All.”<p>“Thaïs,” a few gallons of French Romantic cream whipped into a lush, lurid frenzy by Jules Massenet, runs at the Metropolitan Opera through Dec. 2. “The Mother of Us All,” Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s wryly …

The Arts

Link About It: Art Vinyl's Nominees for Best Cover Art, 2017

Voting for Art Vinyl's yearly competition of best cover art has just opened, and the nominees are as impressive (some surprising) as you'd expect. From recent releases like Boneface's illustration for Queens of the Stone Age's <i>Villains</i> to Jimmy Turrell and Steve Stacey's customizable art for Beck's</i> …

Coney Island

The Opera to See This Weekend: The Exterminating Angel

Exiled from Generalissimo Franco’s fascist Spain, the surrealist filmmaker Luis Bunuel continued to skewer upper-class mores through his cinematic eye while living in Mexico City. It was here that he worked on his 1962 classic <i>The Exterminating Angel</i>. The movie is set at a formal dinner party, where …

Culture

Coloratura hits new high in Ades opera

Yes, that really is a stratospheric A above high C that Audrey Luna sings the first time we hear her in "The Exterminating Angel."<p>The American …

Entertainment

Collins, Janet Faye (1917-2003) | The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed

Image Ownership: Public Domain<p>In 1951 Janet Collins became the first black prima ballerina to perform with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York …

Black History

Hear the Highest Note Sung in the 137-Year History of the Metropolitan Opera

You may have heard an A above high C the last time you accidentally stepped on your cat's tail, but it takes a combination of rigorous training, …

Culture

Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s “The Mother of Us All” Is Avant-Garde Opera for the People

The late Andrew Porter, for many years the classical-music critic of <i>The New Yorker</i>, once wrote that he was tempted to consider “The Mother of Us All,” the composer Virgil Thomson’s second stage collaboration with the writer Gertrude Stein, from 1947, as “the best of all American operas.” (I would …

Culture

Audrey Luna in The Exterminating Angel: The highest note in New York

<b>Crackling slightly down a transatlantic phone line, Audrey Luna has a pleasant, normal speaking voice. But she's only able to use it for 10 minutes.</b><p>Come Friday evening, these same vocal cords will unleash a note so dizzyingly high, so astoundingly rare, that archivists say New York's Metropolitan …

Opera

How Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel Became a Groundbreaking Opera for The Met

The work from daring composer Thomas Adès makes its U.S. premiere this fall.<p>At first glance, the feasibility of transforming surrealist director Luis …

The Arts

Schedule of Upcoming Live Opera and Ballet Broadcasts

The opera and ballet fans' guide to where they can view live broadcasts.<p>The following is a list of live opera and ballet productions announced to be …

Ballet

Top 5 Shows of the Week

<b>1. 33 Variations at Colonial Players of Annapolis.</b><p><b>“…’33 Variations’ at The Colonial Players of Annapolis is a masterful work that sparks a wide range</b> …

Billie Holiday

At the Met Opera, a Note So High, It’s Never Been Sung Before

It lasts just a split second, almost imperceptible in a two-hour score. It’s over too quickly to summon the dogs of the Upper West Side or to break any nearby windows.<p>But brief as it is, the A above high C that the soprano Audrey Luna reaches in Thomas Adès’s new opera, “The Exterminating Angel,” …

Opera

Met Opera: Puccini's Heartbreaking "Madama Butterfly" Returns With Hui He and Aronica

If you feel in the need a good cry, and who doesn’t now and then, the Metropolitan Opera has revived its splendid production of Puccini’s <i>Madama Butterfly</i>, and with Hui He singing the title role of the betrayed Cio-Cio-San and Roberto Aronica as Pinkerton, the American Navy officer who jilts her, …

Opera

Prankster tosses yellow dye into Lincoln Center's fountain

NEW YORK (AP) — A prankster has thrown yellow dye into the fountain at New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.<p>Photos posted on social media Saturday show lemon-yellow water gushing from the fountain, which sits in front of the Metropolitan Opera and is a popular tourist attraction that …

News

Why the way race is cast on stage and screen needs to change

When news of Rapture Theatre’s 2017 production of Tennessee Williams’ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, reached one writer at The Herald …

Diversity

'The Exterminating Angel' Review: Guess What's Coming to Dinner

‘The Exterminating Angel” (2016), which had its American premiere on Thursday at the Metropolitan Opera, is based on the surreal 1962 film by Luis Buñuel, which Thomas Adès’s kaleidoscopic music transforms into a scarily contemporary comedy, a kind of modern “Falstaff” in which the cosmic joke is …

News (U.S.)

When Did We Start Cheering For Music Encores?

When you’re at a concert, classical or otherwise, you might feel that an encore is a given — even if the music was OK at best. When the musician or …

Opera

12 things to do this weekend if you hate Halloween

If you’re living for jack-o-lanterns, haunted houses, black cats and all things spooky, then stop reading this post right now.<p>More power to all you …

New York City

Review: If You See One Opera This Year, Make It ‘The Exterminating Angel’

Opera audiences are always trapped, in a sense, during a performance. At the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday night, for “The Exterminating Angel,” even more so. Brilliantly so.<p>This adaptation by the composer Thomas Adès is a riff on Luis Buñuel’s 1962 film of the same name, a surreal, bleakly comic …

Orchestras

Singer Louisa Johnson's Britney Spears Halloween costume requires a double-take

It's Britney, bitch! Wait, actually, it isn't.<p>British singer Louisa Johnson sent pop music fans into a tizzy on Thursday when she posted photos of her Britney Spears Halloween costume on social media, with many pointing out the uncanny resemblance that Johnson has to Spears in the photos.<p>Channeling …

Award Shows

Read Reviews for the Metropolitan Opera’s The Exterminating Angel

Thomas Adès’ 2016 opera made its American premiere October 26.<p>The operatic adaptation of <i>The Exterminating Angel</i> received its American premiere …

The Arts

Opera Review: Surrealism Explored in The Exterminating Angel

A few sheep are already grazing onstage at the Metropolitan Opera as the audience files in. Soon, a flock of human characters enters the set, having …

Entertainment

What Was It Like to Be Ernest Hemingway?

John BanvilleThe world of the Hemingways rattled with frequent gunfire.The post What Was It Like to Be Ernest Hemingway? appeared first on The Nation.

Literature

The Exterminating Angel Makes Its American Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera October 26

Composer Thomas Adès conducts his work, which features an ensemble cast of 15.<p>Thomas Adès operatic take on <i>The Exterminating Angel</i> opens October 26 at …

Opera

Noose found inside Met opera locker room

A musician at the Metropolitan Opera House in Manhattan found a noose in the men’s locker room Saturday night — and cops are investigating it as a …

New York City

Noose found at Metropolitan Opera prompts hate crime probe

A musician at the Metropolitan Opera found a noose hanging from a locker room pipe, and cops are investigating it as a possible hate crime, police …

Opera

NYC-ARTS Profile: "The Exterminating Angel" | NYC-ARTS

Sign In<p>Use one of the services below to sign in to PBS:<p>You've just tried to add this video to your Watchlist so you can watch it later. But first, we …

Fine Art

“The Siege” Illuminates the Point of View of Palestinian Fighters

Last week marked a momentous cultural occasion: the entrance of a Palestinian theater company onto the New York stage, performing a Palestinian work …

New York City