Metropolitan Opera

Dan Gurney obituary

World-class racing driver and team owner who was the first to spray champagne in celebration<p>The American racing driver Dan Gurney, who has died aged 86, was said to be the rival most feared by the great Jim Clark. He was at the start of the most remarkable week of his career in the cockpit when, on …

Formula One

Realizing Your Dream Life after Narcissistic Abuse (Pt 2 of 2)

As I wrote in Part 1, “Our narcissists defined us as a person wrongly and pressed us into a lifestyle that was inauthentic to us. They scoffed at our …

Narcissism

Sonya Yoncheva On Making Her Debut as Tosca in the Met's New Production

The acclaimed soprano will play the title role through January 27, then return to the Met's stage in La Bohème.<p>Soprano Sonya Yoncheva is having a …

Opera

A new principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra? Nathan Hughes emerges as the sole finalist

The Philadelphia Orchestra has settled on a finalist for its coveted principal oboist job, and he has been invited to play tryouts in upcoming …

Orchestras

Modern Lighting by Mitzi: The One Upgrade That Can Change Your Room

Life is all about seating and lighting.<br>– Graydon Carter, journalist<p>Let’s face it. Lighting is the center of every good design—it just sets the mood. …

Opera

Coyote sightings increase in urban South Carolina

An advertising firm was shooting a commercial Dec. 19 at Janet Hopkins' home in Elmwood Park, just blocks from downtown Columbia, when a crew member …

Business

Hitting all the right notes: The world’s most breathtaking opera houses

1: La Scala, Milan, Italy<p>Built in 1778, La Scala has had a long and illustrious history. It has hosted performances by all of the classical world’s …

Orchestras

Metropolitan Opera Documentary The Opera House Plays U.S. Movie Theatres January 13 and 17

The film from Susan Froemke explores the creation of the Met’s home at Lincoln Center over the past 50 years.<p>Cinemas around North America will screen …

The Arts

An Opera Singer's Tips for Hitting High Notes

At the Metropolitan Opera last fall, in a show called “The Exterminating Angel,” soprano Audrey Luna sang a high A, setting a new record for the …

Opera

Hidden City Philadelphia Sues 6ABC Over "Hidden Philadelphia" Segments

Hidden City Philadelphia Sues 6ABC Over “Hidden Philadelphia” Segments<p>The Center City nonprofit says the local news station is infringing on Hidden …

Philadelphia

Revealed: My Secret Routine for How to Live to 100

<i>This article first appeared on the History News Network.</i><p>One day, when I was 88 and a half, my physician idly remarked, “Maybe you should write out …

Lyndon B. Johnson

Review: Tosca

The Metropolitan Opera stages a new production of Puccini's opera for the #MeToo era.

Opera

Park Avenue Armory's 2018 Recital Series Launches With Leonard Bernstein Tribute From Isabel Leonard

The Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano offers performances January 5 and 7.<p>Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard kicks off the Park Avenue Armory’s 2018 Recital …

Orchestras

The Met’s Admission-Fee Hike Points at a Much Bigger Problem

This morning, the Metropolitan Museum of Art — the greatest encyclopedic museum of art in the world — willfully threw a piece of its greatness away. …

Entertainment

Today In History

Today In History<p>Leontyne Price, world-renowned opera singer, made her historic last performance at the Metropolitan Opera as “Aida” on this date January 3, 1985. She was one of the first African Americans to achieve international acclaim on the opera stage. | CARTER™️ Magazine carter-mag.com #wherehistoryandhiphopmeet #cartermagazine #historyandhiphop365 #staywoke

Opera Review: The Met’s Tosca Is Afraid of Its Own Past

Welcome to Operaland, where a brand-new production evokes nostalgia for a 33-year-old forerunner, where singers compete with the memory of long-dead …

Entertainment

Dallas Opera's music director helps save 'Tosca,' the Met's 'messiest production' in history

Emmanuel Villaume, music director of the Dallas Opera, is part of a team helping salvage a new Metropolitan Opera <i>Tosca</i> that's been plagued by …

The Arts

On the Scene at the Most Talked-About Opera Premiere in Years

The Met’s high-stakes production of Tosca has been plagued by pre-show dramatics for months, but it all came together on opening night.<p>For a night at the opera, a reasonable expectation is that the plot twists remain on the stage. Rarely do they spill over the fourth wall, drenching New York …

James Levine

What Did Critics Think of the Metropolitan Opera’s New Production of Tosca?

The David McVicar staging premiered on New Year’s Eve.<p>The Metropolitan Opera unveiled a new staging of Puccini’s <i>Tosca</i> December 31, raising the …

Opera

Review: The Met's New 'Tosca' Leaps to Safety

The announcement that went out over the No. 1 subway train on Sunday was stunningly personal as it pulled into 66th Street on Saturday: "For the …

James Levine

29 Adorable Photos of Jacqueline Kennedy When She Was a Child

Born 1929 in Southampton, New York, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and …

Hamptons

'Tosca' Review: Rome Restored at the Met

New York<p>The Metropolitan Opera’s new “Tosca,” which opened on New Year’s Eve, was intended as a corrective. In 2009, for the opening night of Peter Gelb’s fourth season as general manager, the company replaced its beloved 1985 Franco Zeffirelli production, a lavish, hyper-realistic depiction of the …

Opinion

Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Tosca’ Makes Murder, Rape and Suicide a Snooze

The great fiasco thus far in Peter Gelb‘s incumbency at the Metropolitan Opera has been a muddled 2009 post-modern attempt by director Luc Bondy to …

The Arts

LGBT leaders say 'fair' sex allegation coverage 'an advance'

This combination of photos shows Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, actor Kevin Spacey, and orchestral conductor James Levine. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, Chris …

James Levine

LGBT leaders assess fallout from male-on-male sex cases

NEW YORK (AP) — LGBT leaders are assessing the fallout from a modest number of male-on-male cases that have emerged amid the dozens of prominent Americans entangled in sexual misconduct cases this year. And, for the most part, their dismay is mixed with relief and even a trace of pride at how the …

James Levine

Why Are Mutual Fund Fees So High? This Billionaire Knows

The billionaire investor Ronald S. Baron flashed the grin of a proud father at his annual investor jamboree in November, as the chief executives of his favorite companies explained how slashing prices stoked their bottom lines.<p>That is, until a shareholder in one of his mutual funds drew an awkward …

Business

China’s Shenyang fulfils dream of singing Wagner in Hong Kong performance

When Shenyang goes on stage at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Thursday, the Chinese bass-baritone will fulfil a long-held dream: to take on a …

Orchestras

Met opens 'Tosca' with replacements after Levine suspension

NEW YORK (AP) — The Metropolitan Opera's new production of Puccini's "Tosca" opens on New Year's Eve and given the opera's plot, public discussion of sexual improprieties is on the minds of the cast.<p>The opera centers on a police chief telling a famous singer he will pardon her boyfriend if she …

The Arts

Butt-Scratching Caterpillars, Whispering Whales, and Eight Other Sounds That Defined 2017

<b>Starting on a High Note</b><p>On the evening of November 10th, the audience at New York’s Metropolitan Opera was treated to the briefest of delights when Audrey Luna, a coloratura soprano, hit an A above high C—the highest note ever sung in the Met’s hundred-and-thirty-seven-year history. On a piano, the …

Opera

John Macfarlane Puts ‘Tosca’ in Context

The set and costume designer discusses his work on the Met Opera's upcoming production, accompanied by an exhibition of his drawings in …

Opera