Opera

Six operas you'd be foolish to miss at the Glyndebourne Festival this summer, plus how to take advantage of priority booking

As Glyndebourne Festival announces its line-up, Rupert Christiansen takes an early look at the six upcoming events that you'll be foolish to miss in the coming months, from new works to popular favourites to operas that rarely see the light of day.<p>Hipermestra<p>This seldom performed opera on a …

The Arts

2020 Vision

Features<p><b>Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Met’s music director designate, has big plans for the company. Next month he leads Der Fliegende Holländer in New</b> …

Classical Music

Why Wagner’s Die Meistersinger strikes a chord in the age of Brexit

Embraced by the Nazis, Wagner’s operatic masterpiece has long been shrouded in controversy. Its debate about cultural unity is now more relevant than ever<p>We are living in a <i>Mastersingers</i> age, whether we know it or not. When the new production starring Bryn Terfel opens at the Royal Opera House, …

Richard Wagner

Opera: Tenor Matthew Polenzani ‘washes ashore’ at the Met in Mozart’s ‘Idomeneo’

#Opera commentary on a 236-year-old <i>aria</i> is what you rightly expect from #Everything Music and Theatre, and it will brace you for <b>Metropolitan Opera</b>’s …

The Arts

10 amazing places to immerse yourself in the culture of Oman

Oman’s heritage isn’t confined to great museums and galleries. The country’s culture is all around, from world class museums and ancient forts to …

Royal Opera House

In Opera, Artistry Matters More Than Size

In my most recent article, in which I analyzed the Metropolitan Opera’s 2017-2018 season announcement, I mentioned that the Met seems to be …

Review: A Look at ‘Léonore’ Before Beethoven, and Others, Got to It

Before Beethoven set it as an anti-Napoleon opera, and long before stage directors turned it into parables about Guantánamo or Bergen-Belsen, “Fidelio” was an “opéra comique.” It was called “Léonore, ou l’Amour Conjugal,” and it first saw the light in 1798 in front of a Paris audience that was …

Sonya Yoncheva To Make Her Philadelphia Orchestra Debut As Tosca

Sonya Yoncheva will make her role debut as Tosca.<p>As part of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2017-18 season, the Bulgarian soprano will sing her first …

Hey, DJ: Shane One

As a New York native who spent his youth playing enough classical instruments so that he could be a one-man symphony, DJ Shane One’s early musical …

Metropolitan Opera

Let streaming movies be a warning for Lyric Opera — or an opportunity

If the predictions of much political speechifying hold true, the words Amazon, Netflix, Google and Facebook won't be heard anywhere near as often as the name of President Donald Trump at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night. But that doesn't mean those competitive Silicon Valley colossi aren't …

Metropolitan Opera

Myth and tradition of the Vienna Philharmonic

This year, one of the world's most renowned orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic, celebrates its 175th birthday. The anniversary year will feature more than just a commemorative silver coin.<p>When the lilting melodies of Johann Strauss waft from the stage of Vienna's sumptuous "Musikverein" on January …

Classical Music

Opera and animation: the group 1927

Animation teams up with classical music and performance: that's the concept behind the British theater group "1927." Their stage sets use animation that is exactly synchronized with the movements of the performers.<p>You can find out more about European lifestyle and culture in our Euromaxx show. The …

18 Cultured As Fuck Things To Do In London This Spring

Get your spring fling on.<p>1. Burger and Beyond and Other Side Fried at Dirty Harry’s.<p>Jesus Christ, would you just look at that burger? I feel like I don’t even need to tell you anything else – that picture is enough.<p>But for those who want to know, Burger and Beyond (who do amazing burgers) and Other …

Royal Opera House

Brian Jagde on flawed characters and finding his voice

American tenor Brian Jagde has just made his return to the Royal Opera singing Maurizio in Sir David McVicar’s production of <i>Adriana Lecouvreur</i>. Two …

The Metropolitan Opera's Take On "The Little Mermaid"

Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton joins us to discuss her lead role in The Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Dvořák’s “Rusalka,” an operatic adaptation of “The Little Mermaid.” Barton, who recently won the Beverly Sills Award (a $50,000 prize given by The Met to a young artist), …

Metropolitan Opera

Moschino shows anything can be worn, as long as there is attitude

| MILAN<p>"Couture is an attitude, not a price point", read the plain white t-shirt over sturdy leather biker trousers worn by Moschino's designer Jeremy Scott at the end of the Italian brand's extravagant fashion show in Milan.<p>And there was certainly a lot of attitude and character in the designs the …

Fashion

The Importance of the NEA and Opera

There are many reasons I believe you should take children to the theater. The arts do so much for the developing brain. But more than that, taking children to the theater helps foster an appreciation for the arts into adulthood. That changes lives. Arts get us through bad times. They help us know …

Metropolitan Opera

Maria Callas, From Reality to Runway

MILAN — Maria Callas, the Greek-American diva known for her passionate portrayal of operatic heroines, astounding personal metamorphosis and tormented love life, has proved one of the most enduring style references for Italian fashion, from Valentino to Dolce & Gabbana. Whenever a cape or …

Fashion

The best boutique hotels in London

With its abundance of exposed brickwork, parquet floors, a cool bar and buzzing sharing-plate restaurant, Artist Residence is a little slice of …

Royal Opera House

15 Times Opera Composers Took Your Favorite Stories And Made Them Even Better

And where you can see them live!<p>1. If you liked <i>The Little Mermaid</i>, you’ll love <i>Rusalka</i> by Antonín Dvořák.<p>Darker than its Disney classic cousin, <i>Rusalka</i> is an operatic fairy tale based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale that’s not to be missed.<p><b>Where to see it:</b> The Metropolitan Opera (with …

Metropolitan Opera

Backstage with tenor Teodor Ilincai from ‘Tosca’ by Opera Australia

Posted by James Banham on Monday, February 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment<p>In the most dramatic incarnation of Puccini’s <i>Tosca</i> to date, <b>Opera</b> <b>Australia</b> and …

The Arts

A Romantic Escape at Villa La Tosca

European beaches have long failed to impress us. Those rows and rows of striped umbrellas might make for a nice aerial photo, but being packed on to …

Hotels

Grapevine: Detroit opera singer given prestigious award

A local chef won ‘Guy’s Grocery Games,’ plus more entertainment news

Entertainment

‘Source’ takes on Chelsea Manning controversy

Composer Ted Hearne picked a bold, complicated, newsworthy topic for his 2014 oratorio “The Source” — the Chelsea Manning WikiLeaks case.<p>“There’s …

Chelsea Manning

What will we do when everything is automated?

Recently, I came across a study the caused me to think beyond the day-to-day world of code-slinging in which I live. According to the study Myth and …

Open Source

In the Land of Opera and Callas, a Choir for the Tone Deaf

MILAN — On a recent February evening, a shopkeeper, a former marketing director, a philosophy professor and several dozen others braved Milan’s bone-chilling dampness to do something that many had been told as children they could never do: sing.<p>Meet some of the freshmen of Milan’s Coro degli …

The Arts

Death Becomes Him: Tenor Vittorio Grigolo Leaves Blood on the Met Stage

Suicide is so hot right now—at least at the Metropolitan Opera, where tenor Vittorio Grigolo’s ecstatic performance in the title role of Massenet’s</i> …

Is Rossini’s Cinderella overrated? A colourful new production can't save this relentlessly banal opera

<i>Cinderella, Opera North, review</i><p>We Brits have so many expectations of the Cinderella story conditioned by pantomime that it’s always faintly disappointing to find Rossini’s operatic version so denuded of all supernatural elements: there’s no Fairy Godmother here, only an enigmatic philosopher …

Review: A Stylishly Blood-and-Guts Tenor in the Met Opera’s ‘Werther’

I do not often blush while sitting in the darkness of an opera house. But when Massenet’s “Werther” opened at the Metropolitan Opera on Thursday evening and the tenor Vittorio Grigolo declared his love for the young, respectable Charlotte, artfully weaving and fervently flinging vocal lines at and …

Metropolitan Opera

11 Secrets Of London's Royal Opera House

<i>The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden is one of the world's leading opera houses. Here are our favourite facts about this incredible London</i> …

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