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Levine Returns to Met Opera Stage

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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The Metropolitan Opera will welcome back its maestro Tuesday night.

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Review: Metropolitan Opera's Entrancing and Enigmatic Parsifal

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"The production isn’t for everybody, but so handsomely filled this five-hour-plus opera," writes David Patrick Stearns.

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WQXR Features

Baritone Thomas Hampson: A Met 'Mastersinger'

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Today at 4:30 pm, hear host Midge Woolsey's interview with baritone Thomas Hampson. He talks about his company role debut as Verdi's Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Thomas Hampson: The Met's Macbeth

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Five years ago, the LA Times named Thomas Hampson’s title role performance in Verdi’s Macbeth at the San Francisco Opera one of the “Best of 2007.” This week, the baritone brings his portrayal of the Shakespeare character to the Met for the first time. He joins us in the studio to talk about this role - and his other recent projects.

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New Year's Menu: Pasticcio at the Opera and in the Kitchen

Thursday, December 29, 2011

In anticipation of the world premiere of The Enchanted Island, the new pasticcio (pastiche) at the Metropolitan Opera, a question emerges: just what is a pasticcio?

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Mispronounciations

Monday, November 28, 2011

Why do some opera singers have such a hard time with what should be a key part of their job, namely, mastering foreign languages? Blogger Fred Plotkin has some theories.

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The Anatomy of An Opera Rehearsal: Shaping The Music

Monday, August 01, 2011

The rehearsal process for an opera production is long and complex. Yet many younger of conductors don't dedicate themselves to working with singers properly, writes Fred Plotkin, which will be bad for the future of opera.

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WQXR Features

Radioactive Rift: Met Opera Stars Drop Out of Japan Tour

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Joseph Calleja, two of the Metropolitan Opera's leading stars, have pulled out of a tour in Japan at the last minute for fear of radiation from the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant.

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A Mahler Opera? Not Such a Stretch, Actually

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Gustav Mahler, who died a century ago today, was a New Yorker for the last three years of his life, and during this time he led several productions at the Met. On WQX-Aria, Fred Plotkin reflects on the composer's life, and why it may be perfect operatic fodder.

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Boo Whom?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"While I don’t find booing acceptable in a theater under any circumstances, to do it following something so extremely challenging is what Italians call maleducato," writes blogger Fred Plotkin on WQX-Aria. What do you think about booing? Does it have a place in opera?

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An Opera Lover's Guide to Genoa, Italy

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Two of the Met's current conductors, Marco Armiliato and Fabio Luisi, hail from Genoa, Italy. On WQX-Aria, blogger Fred Plotkin considers the cultural riches of that city and its contributions to the history of opera -- from Scotto to Verdi.

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WQXR Features

Levine Pulls Out of Met Performance

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that James Levine is pulling out of Thursday night's performance of Die Walküre, due to illness. He'll be replaced by Derrick Inouye, who has conducted other performances at the Met including Tosca and Don Pasquale.

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Opera in Every Sense

Monday, March 21, 2011

When I was asked to contribute to a blog about opera for WQXR.org I accepted without hesitation. Many people who know me say that I live on a metaphorical Planet Opera, which I take as a compliment even though opera is only part -- a wonderful part -- of the fabric of my life. I know that anyone who embraces opera, which is to say loves opera rather than merely “appreciates” it, lives more richly and is usually more in touch with the human experience. This is because opera addresses, on many levels, the core issues and questions of who we are.

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WQXR Features

Guest DJ: Soprano Renata Scotto

Friday, February 25, 2011

Soprano Renata Scotto sang more than 300 performances in 26 roles with the Metropolitan Opera, and defined bel canto singing on stages from La Scala to Covent Garden. Today at 12 pm the veteran diva shares her favorite recordings.

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WQXR Features

Sondra Radvanovsky Previews the Music of Tosca

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sondra Radvanovsky is the current star of the Metropolitan Opera's production of Tosca, which airs live on WQXR this Saturday. She stopped by to present some of her favorite Toscas and discuss how they’ve inspired her.

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WQXR Features

Metropolitan Opera Settles Disability Lawsuit Within an Hour of Filing

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Metropolitan Opera House settled a federal lawsuit Thursday that charged the theater with discriminating against people with disabilities.

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WQXR Features

Poll: When is it Appropriate to Boo?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Once a mostly European phenomenon, booing has become increasingly common in American opera houses and concert halls. Should patrons be free to express their disapproval with boos and catcalls?

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WQXR Features

A Soprano Plans to Deliver A Violetta to Die For

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Marina Poplavskaya was an unknown in the U.S. just five years ago. But this season she has the unusual distinction of headlining back-to-back Metropolitan Opera premieres of major new Verdi productions. She tells us how she prepared.

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WQXR Features

James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met (DVD & CD box sets)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

As the opera fanatic on your list knows, the Metropolitan Opera loves anniversaries and it loves its James Levine. This year the company marked his 40th year working at the Met with James Levine: Celebrating 40 Years at the Met, two boxed sets, one on video and another on audio drawn from radio and TV transmissions, each with 11 live operas. 

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A Conversation with Simon Rattle

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Conductor Simon Rattle talks with Jeff Spurgeon about making his long-awaited Met Opera debut, his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, and why he learned to stop worrying and love The Nutcracker.

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