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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Preview: Don Carlo

The Met revives Verdi's bleakest (and longest) opera...again.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Ferruccio Furlanetto remains a staple of the Met's revival of Don Carlo.
Photo by Ken Howard © 2010 The Metropolitan Opera.
Verdi conceived of Don Carlos (its original title) as a five-act grand opera for Paris, the center of the operatic world in 1866. (The Met performs the opera in Italian, using the composer's five-act 1883 revision. For linguistic reasons, the "s" disappears from the title.) There were rumors in the off-season that this revival would be sung in the original French but nope, it's in Italian.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Preview: Ernani

This well-worn but classic Met production returns.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Soprano Angela Meade is Elvira in the Met's revival of Ernani.
Photo by Marty Sohl © 2014 The Metropolitan Opera.
The Metropolitan Opera's ornate production of Verdi's Ernani returns with Francesco Meli in the title role and James Levine on the podium. Lovers of bel canto style will swoon at the return of Angela Meade in the leading role of Elvira. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Preview: Lucia di Lammermoor

High notes and high tragedy in the Highlands.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Joseph Calleja is Edgardo in the Met's revival of Lucia di Lammermoor.
Photo by Ken Howard © 2013 The Metropolitan Opera.
The bride of Lammermoor returns to the Met stage, in Mary Zimmerman's entertaining yet controversial production.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Preview: Manon

The Bad Girl is Back.
by Paul J. Pelkonen
Diana Damrau. Photo by Eric Richmond from the artist's official site.
Diana Damrau takes over the title role in the Met's 2012 production of Massenet's Manon. 


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