Opera

The Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House renovations

The historic theater on North Broad Street is set to undergo a $35 million renovation led by developer Eric Blumenfeld to return it to a world-class concert venue. Follow along here for all of the updates.

Metropolitan Opera

Madama Butterfly review – the whole evening is outstanding

Royal Opera House, London This revival of Leiser and Caurier’s production of Puccini’s tragedy is a superb achievement, with Ermonela Jaho bringing passionate conviction to the title role<p>Opera audiences, it would seem, are developing a habit of booing reprehensible on-stage characters. When Marcelo …

Royal Opera House

Raven, Quattlebaum make auspicious recital debuts

For the last three decades, the Schwabacher Debut Recitals have introduced up-and-coming opera singers to Bay Area audiences. Endowed by the late …

The Arts

The power of fête

When Italy was united, Verdi—a national icon if ever there was one—was elected to the new parliament in Turin, where he was bored to distraction by …

The Arts

‘The Dream’ at Royal Opera House, London | Artinfo

Related<p>Venues<p>Royal Opera House, London<p>Royal Opera House, London presents choreographer Frederick Ashton’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s ‘A …

Royal Opera House

Still-relevant 'Awake' gets a vibrant revival at New Village Arts

The people in “Awake and Sing!” can sling a quip or an insult like nobody’s business — although pretty much everyone is up in everybody else’s …

The Arts

Toscanini's musical and anti-Fascist legacy remembered

MILAN (AP) — Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini's legacies included abolishing encores at La Scala. So it was a playful touch when one of the maestro's musical heirs included a Verdi encore during a tribute at the Milan opera house marking the 150th anniversary of Toscanini's birth.<p>The Saturday …

The Arts

Opera star Marcelo Puente makes ROH debut after 13 years dreaming

Puente, who told the Standard dreamt of playing the Covent Garden venue while working as a waiter nearby, stars as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly

Royal Opera House

Festival Verdi 2017

Parma and Busseto, Emilia-Romagna, Italy September 28 – October 22<p>Jérusalem, La Traviata, Stiffelio, Falstaff, Messa da Requiem are this year main …

Festivals

Boheme Opera to stage Donizetti classic

On April 7 and 9, Boheme Opera NJ will mount Gaetano Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” to The College of New Jersey’s Kendall Hall Main Stage Theatre.<p>…

Albums

Pappano and the Royal Opera make Madama Butterfly soar - review

In deference to the needs of out-of-towners, Covent Garden’s management opened this revival with a show that began at the ungodly hour of noon. Watching grand opera before 6pm seems faintly sinful to me, but it was refreshing to be part of a raptly attentive audience that wasn’t the usual blasé …

The Arts

Recipe: How to make delicious Swedish almondy tosca cake

This is my spin on the classic toscakaka, normally made with a light sponge topped with caramelised almonds. My version uses a moister and denser …

Baking

Opera ‘L'elisir d'amore’ at Royal Opera House, London

Royal Opera House, London, presents the opera ‘L'elisir d'amore’, in performance on select dates from May 27 through June 22, 2017.Performed by The …

Royal Opera House

Signs at the `Met' on North Broad Street to emulate Philadelphia venue's 1930s look

The owners of the Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street plan to recreate the building’s 1930s signage as part of its effort to restore the …

Metropolitan Opera

Day Jobs: Opera Titles Cue-Caller

Like many artists, Lily Arbisser still has to work a day job to pay the bills while she pursues her creative career. She hopes to someday sing center stage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, but for now, she works there behind the scenes as a cue-caller: the person responsible for making sure an …

Metropolitan Opera

Watch Review: Jacob & Co. Opera Watch, A Dance on the Wrist

If you are a lover of the opera, or of music boxes, the newest Jacob & Co. Opera watch just might be for you. We say “might be” because this one is …

Watches

A Metropolitan Opera Spring Highlights Sneak Peek with Renée Fleming

At 7 pm on Thursday, March 23, join us in The Greene Space at WQXR for an evening with the Metropolitan Opera. Tickets are still available or you can …

The Arts

Viking Cruises Launches New Resident Historian Program

LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Viking Cruises (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced the rollout of its new onboard Viking Resident …

Metropolitan Opera

Conductor Simone Young: 'You're not gesturing with the music, you're instigating it'

<b>In a lofty rehearsal room</b> littered with props and rails of costumes, somewhere in the recesses of Munich's grand state opera house, a woman clutching …

Classical Music

What the Big Stars Are Up To At Deutsche Oper Berlin For 2017-18 Season

The Deutsche Oper Berlin has announced its 2017-18 season, a showcase of a whopping 35 operas featuring the biggest stars in the world.<p>The season …

The Arts

Rewriting the Playbook for Black and Brown Founders

, Women@Forbes<p>Aniyia Williams, founder of Tinsel and creator of the Black & Brown Founders Project<p>Fed up with ugly plastic headphones that tangled up in her purse and ruined her cute outfits, Aniyia Williams created a solution: ear buds that look like a fashionable necklace. This past fall, her …

Business Strategy

SF Opera starts exploring East Bay nightlife

Opera is popping up all over, and now SF Opera Lab — the San Francisco Opera’s outlet for off-the-path programming — has extended its tendrils into the East Bay. The company’s series of pop-up events, which last made a splash in October with an opera-meets-drag show, is hitting the clubs.<p>The latest …

The Arts

On View: Seductive Nudes Contemplate French Womanhood

Not all the women in photographer Sonia Sieff’s new book <i>Les Françaises</i> are French — by birth, at least.But all are French “by heart” or “by nature,” …

The Arts

Lucy Rose announces new album Something’s Changing and “global cinema tour”

The LP, the follow up to 2015's <i>Work It Out</i> and last December's intimate <i>Live At Urchin Studios</i> record, was teased earlier this month via new single …

Royal Opera House

Is there more to the legendary lover than his reputation? – Laurence Bergreen

Everyone thinks that they know about Casanova, the legendary lover who proceeded from one romantic conquest to another, but almost no one really …

History

Artist Of The Week: Marina Rebeka Sings Her First Staged ‘Maria Stuarda’

Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” is one of the prima donna assoluta roles in the repertoire and one of the most difficult in Bel Canto. This week Marina …

Metropolitan Opera

Holten's Covent Garden tenure has controversial ending

Kasper Holten concluded 5 1/2 years as director of opera at Covent Garden with a shocker: Instead of a happy ending to Wagner's "Die Meistersinger …

Covent Garden

Review: An Operatic Tryout Yields a Young Star

There were several good singers onstage Sunday afternoon at the Metropolitan Opera’s National Council Auditions Grand Finals Concert, a venerable tryout for future stars. (Renée Fleming, the event’s host, was a winner in 1988, on her third attempt.)<p>But there was only one complete artist. At just …

The Arts

Gig Alert: Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera, 3/21

Gig Alert: Idomeneo at the Metropolitan Opera, 3/21 & 3/25<br>Tickets: $25-$445. Performance at 7:30PM.<p>Idomeneo is generally considered to be Mozart’s first truly great opera. He was 24 when he wrote this tale based on an Ancient Greek story. It tells of former enemies trying to pick up their lives …

Metropolitan Opera

Annilese Miskimmon's intense production of Jenůfa at the Kungliga Operan in Stockholm

A pregnant, unmarried girl, a rigid, uncompromising stepmother, two brothers jealous of each other: <i>Jenůfa</i> brings to the stage a crude, unsentimental …

The Arts